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Tuesday 11 June

Civils 2002 NCE live debates

Subject: Civil engineers:

environmental protectors or destroyers?

Time: 2pm Chair: Peter Head, director, FaberMaunsell Protectors: Bernard Gambrill, head of public affairs, Union Railways Stephen Tarr, operations director, Balfour Beatty Destroyers: Chris Baines, environmental consultant and broadcaster Henry Oliver, head of policy, Council for the Protection of Rural England The relationship between civil engineers and the environment is becoming increasingly critical. Is the industry responsible for destroying our natural resources, or do civil engineers hold the key to safeguarding the environment for future generations?

Bernard Gambrill Bernard Gambrill is a railway civil engineer whose career includes specification of the track design, environmental assessment, town planning and public consultation for the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.

He joined the rail link project in 1989 as client engineer in control of the central sections of the first unified route, and was asked to take on public consultation. Supported by engineers, environmentalists and railway experts, he provided the framework for the successful presentation of the proposals to the public.

Peter Head Peter Head has worked consistently to improve the design, development, construction and operation of major transport infrastructure projects so that they contribute to sustainability, including pioneering the use of whole life costing in highway maintenance. The Second Severn Crossing - where Head was project director - is now seen as a model for delivering sustainable development in a PPP framework. In 1998 Head received an OBE for this work.

He chairs the London First Sustainabillity unit and supports Schumacher College in Devon on business and sustainability courses. He also leads a sustainability business group within FaberMaunsell.

Henry Oliver Henry Oliver has campaigned on planning, local government, regional issues and natural resource management for CPRE since 1997, and has led its planning team since October 2001. He previously worked for Hereford City Council, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council and Shetland Islands Council. Oliver has an MA in theology and religious studies from Cambridge University, and a master of civic design degree (specialising in urban design) from the University of Liverpool. He is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and policy think-tank Green Alliance, based in London.

Chris Baines Chris Baines is one of the UK's leading environmentalists, an award-winning writer and broadcaster, and a trustee of the Heritage Lottery Fund and The Waterways Trust. He has an advisory role with several major companies, including Carillion, ExxonMobil and Kelda (Yorkshire Water), and advises government on sustainable development. Baines also chairs the Rebuilding Biodiversity Group - a crosssectoral initiative determined to bring back the UK's lost wildlife within a generation by working with nature.

Stephen Tarr Stephen Tarr joined Balfour Beatty after graduating from Warwick University with a degree in civil engineering. He is currently operations director for Balfour Beatty Major Projects, responsible for a portfolio of projects, most of which have been procured on a design and build or DBFO basis, such as the M6 Toll (formerly known as the Birmingham Northern Relief Road) and the A303 Stonehenge Improvement.

Tarr also has responsibility for health, safety and environmental issues within the organisation.

He has an MBA from City University.

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