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Tuesday 11 June

Civils 2002 NCE live debates

Subject: Civil engineering is of no interest to young people Time: 11am Chair: Stuart Doughty, chief executive, Costain For: David Rowley, director, Young Engineers' Club Andrew Richards, associate director, Hochtief and engineering charity Bridging the Gap Against: Saffron Beetham, winner of the Henry Palmer Award 2001 Jonathan Goring, director, Symonds A dramatic fall in the number of young people applying for civil engineering degree courses suggests that the profession is failing to sell itself as an attractive career option. What should the industry be doing to attract young people and ensure the profession's future?

Stuart Doughty Stuart Doughty has been chief executive of Costain group since July 2001. He started his career as a graduate engineer at John Laing Construction, where he stayed for 21 years, working his way up to managing director of the civil engineering and pipelines business. This was followed by senior appointments at Tarmac Construction Alfred McAlpine Construction and Hyder Infrastructure Development.

David Rowley David Rowley began his engineering career with a student apprenticeship in the aerospace industry, then moved into personnel and training, including developing BAe's millennium education programme 'Engineering our Future'. He has lectured on Bristol University's Further Professional Studies programme, focusing on the involvement of the business world in the school curriculum, and joined Young Engineers as national director in September 2000.

Andrew Richards Andrew Richards has spent his career working for contractors, and is now responsible for major road and rail projects within Hochtief. He specialises in technically complex design and build schemes, such as the award-winning Marsh Mills A38 viaduct slide. Richards chairs the Wiltshire Curriculum Centre and is on the ICE QUEST committee and a local technical college review group.

He instigated the 'Bridge the Gap' CD, which brings the construction world into the classroom.

Saffron Beetham Saffron Beetham studied civil engineering at Coventry University. After graduation she joined Glasgow City Council, then moved to Bullen Consultants in Glasgow. She is a member of the ICE's West of Scotland association Graduates and Students committee. Beetham won the Henry Palmer Award for a campaign to promote civil engineering to young people.

Her activities include helping children to build large scale model bridges and acting as a role model at a local primary school.

Jonathan Goring Thirty-nine year old Jonathan Goring is board director of Symonds Group responsible for project management, construction management and building engineering. He previously worked for Bovis, London & Metropolitan, Henry Riley and Mace, and prides himself on building strong client relationships and successful teams.

High profile construction projects include the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts and Broadgate Phase II, and he has also carried out business change programmes for two blue chip organisations. Goring took a sabbatical to complete an MSc and works as a full time senior lecturer at Southbank University.

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