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Wednesday 12 June

Civils 2002 NCE live debates

Subject: Paying civil engineers more is the only answer to the skills shortage Time: 11am Chair: Antony Oliver, editor, NCE For: Martin Hurst, chairman, Dean & Dyball Roger McLaughlin, chairman of the Progress Network, Association of Consulting Engineers Against: Hugh Blackwood, chief executive, Scott Wilson Railways Dick Harris, head of engineering, Halliburton KBR Civil engineering is struggling to recruit and retain high quality staff. In the face of competition from the IT and finance sectors, is better pay the answer to skills shortages?

Antony Oliver Antony Oliver is a chartered civil engineer who worked for Owen Williams and Balfour Beatty before joining NCE as a reporter in 1994.

Oliver edited NCE's news from 1996, and was promoted to deputy editor in 1998, before becoming editor in 2000. Last year Oliver launched NCEinsite, a magazine to inform 13-18 year olds, their parents and teachers about the industry.

Roger McLaughlin Roger McLaughlin is a principal engineer with consultant Cameron Taylor Bedford.

He graduated in civil engineering from Queens University, Belfast and has since gained a masters degree. McLaughlin chairs the ACE's Progress Network, which promotes networking and business opportunities for engineers under 35. The network organises events for members to meet other young professionals and seminars designed to boost business skills.

Martin Hirst Martin Hirst graduated from Southampton University in 1971, and has since gained experience in building, civil engineering, marine construction and property development. His first job was as an indentured graduate civil engineer with John Laing Construction, and he worked for Southern Counties Construction and Walcon Construction before joining Dean & Dyball Construction as contracts director in 1982. Seven years later he became group managing director, and was appointed chairman of the Dean & Dyball Group in 1998.

Hugh Blackwood Hugh Blackwood joined Scott Wilson in 1971, and worked for over 20 years on a wide range of projects in the UK and overseas, including the Channel Tunnel Rail Link. In 1995 he took over responsibility for the former British Rail design offices in Glasgow and Swindon and has been project director on West Coast, East Coast and Cross Country Route modernisation programmes. He became chief executive of the £16M turnover Scott Wilson Railways in 2000.

Dick Harris Dick Harris is chief engineer and executive vice president with responsibility for engineering excellence at Halliburton KBR. After 35 years of delivering major projects to the heavy industry, offshore, defence, civil infrastructure and petrochemical industries, Harris now determines how the company will engineer major projects in the future. He has a reputation for being passionate about process, execution technologies and the human engineering that ultimately defines project success. Harris is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and visiting professor of Engineering Management at the University of Surrey.

Subject: Extra road capacity is the best way to solve Britain's transport congestion

Time: 2pm Chair: Steven Norris, former Minister for Transport in London For: Tim Matthews, chief executive, Highways Agency Malcolm Noyce, chairman, British Consultants & Construction Bureau Against: Stephen Joseph, executive director, Transport 2000 Phil Goodwin, professor of transport infrastructure, University College London Transport is one of the key battlefields of UK politics. The rail industry may be in crisis, but passenger numbers are at their highest since the 1950s and massive improvements are planned. And, despite environmental protests, experts still favour increasing road capacity to get the country moving.

Steven Norris Stephen Norris was born in Liverpool in 1945 and studied jurisprudence at Worcester College Oxford. He became MP for Oxford East in 1983 and, five years later, for Epping Forest. In 1992 he was appointed Parliamentary Under Tim Matthews Tim Matthews was appointed chief executive of the Highways Agency in September 2000 after seven years as chief executive of Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital Trust.

In his previous role Matthews headed 7,000 staff and oversaw the merger of two big London hospitals.

He describes himself as 'deeply wedded to public service values' and believes transport is becoming as important in the public's mind as the health agenda has been.

Malcolm Noyce Malcolm Noyce qualified as a chartered civil engineer in 1974, working primarily on detailed designs of motorways and bypasses. He specialised in transportation and, over a 30 year career, has worked in the public sector and at main board level in private consultancies. He is currently a director of TRL and a nonexecutive director of Viridis.

As well as being chairman of BCCB, Noyce is a member of the Transport Policy Committee of the CBI, and a member of the Policy Group of IOD.

Secretary of State for Transport and Minister for Transport in London. On retiring from the Commons in 1997 Norris became director general of the Road Haulage Association, a position he resigned in 1999 to contest the election for Mayor of London.

He was a member of the board of Transport for London from 2000 to 2001, and in October 2001 was appointed chair of the National Cycling Strategy Board.

Phil Goodwin Phil Goodwin is professor of transport policy and director of the ESRC Transport Studies Unit at UCL. He helped write the 1998 Transport White Paper, and was co-author of three influential SACTRA (Standing Advisory Committee on Trunk Road Assessment) reports on environment, induced traffic, and economy.

He was director of the Rees Jeffreys New Realism project, which helped realign transport policy away from 'predict and provide'. Goodwin recently wrote a critique of the government's plans on congestion, called Running to Stand Still, and advised the Transport Select Committee for its recent inquiry on the 10 Year Transport Plan.

Stephen Joseph Stephen Joseph has been executive director of Transport 2000 since 1988, having worked for a range of environmental and voluntary organisations, including the Civic Trust and the Town & Country Planning Association. Transport 2000 is an environmental campaigning group whose policy aims are to give priority to public transport, walking and cycling to reduce dependence on the car. Joseph was awarded the OBE in 1996, and appointed to the government's Commission for Integrated Transport in 1999.

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