Past Presidents

The President of the Institution of Civil Engineers represents and promotes the institution and the civil engineering profession in the UK and around the world.

Some of the world's greatest and most distinguished civil engineers have held the post of President of ICE, including:

  • Robert Stephenson, who, together with his father George, was one of the pioneers of railway
  • Joseph Bazalgette, who created central London's first sewer system, saving thousands from cholera
  • William Halcrow, who, during WW2, designed deep air raid shelters and helped devise the 'bouncing bomb' made famous in The Dam Busters.

The first President of ICE was Thomas Telford, who served from 1820 until his death in 1834. He was awarded the office for life in recognition of his services to civil engineering.

Now ICE has a different president each year, with a new incumbent elected annually.

Immediate Past President

Geoff French BSc(Eng) CEng FICE

Past Presidents

149 Geoff French BSc(Eng) CEng FICE November   2013 November 2014
148 Eur Ing Professor Barry Clarke PhD CEng FICE FGS November   2012 November 2013
147 Eur Ing Richard Coackley BSc CEng FICE CWEM FCIWEM November   2011 November 2012
146 Peter Hansford, BSc MBA CEng FICE FAPM FRSA CCMI MEWI November   2010 November 2011
145 Professor Paul Jowitt, BSc(Eng) PhD DIC CEng CEnv FICE FIPENZ FRSA FCGI FRSE November   2009 November 2010
144 Jean Venables, CBE DSc MSc BSc(Eng) FREng CEng CEnv FICE FCGI MCIWEM MCIArb November   2008 November 2009
143 David Orr, CBE, FREng, CEnv, FICE, FIAE, FIHT, November   2007 November 2008
142 Quentin John Leiper, CBE, CEng, CEnv, FICE November 2006 November 2007
141 Gordon Grier Thomson Masterton, OBE, BA, MSc, DIC, FREng, FICE, FIStructE, FIES November 2005 November 2006
140 Dr Colin John Clinton, BSc(Hons), Hon DScEng, CEng, FICE, FInstCES, FIHT November 2004 November 2005
139 Douglas Oakervee, CBE, FREng, CEng, FICE, FHKIE November 2003 November 2004
138 Professor Adrian Long, PhD, OBE, DSc, FREng, FIStructE, FIEI, FIAE, FICT, FACI November 2002 November 2003
137 Mark Whitby, BSc(Eng), FREng, FIStructE, Hon FRIBA November 2001 November 2002
136 Sir Joseph Dwyer, FREng, CEng, FCIOB November 2000 November 2001
135 Professor George Fleming, BSc, PhD, FRSE, FREng, FASCE November 1999 November 2000
134 Roger Norman Sainsbury, MA, FREng, Hon IFASCE November 1998 November 1999
133 Sir Alan Cockshaw, BSc, Hon DEng, Hon DSc, FREng November 1997 November 1998
132 David F Green, FREng November 1996 November 1997
131 Professor Tony Melville Ridley, CBE, PhD, FREng March       1995 November 1996
130 Dr Edmund Cadbury Hambly, MA, FREng November 1994 March        1995
129 Stuart Norman Mustow, CBE, BSc, FREng November 1993 November 1994
128 Michael Norman Tizard Cottell, OBE, FREng November 1992 November 1993
127 Robin Lee Wilson, CBE, BSc(Eng), FREng November 1991 November 1992
126 Professor Roy Thomas Severn, CBE, DSc, PhD, FREng November 1990 November 1991
125 Professor Peter Frank Stott CBE, MA, FREng November 1989 November 1990
124 Alastair Craig Paterson CBE, DSc, BSc(Eng), FREng November 1988 November 1989
123 Sir William Francis CBE LLD FREng November 1987 November 1988
122 David Gwilym Morris Roberts CBE, MA, FREng November 1986 November 1987
121 Donald Arthur David Reeve CBE, BSc, FREng November 1985 November 1986
120 John Anthony Derrington CBE, BSc(Eng), DIC, FREng November 1984 November 1985
119 James Anthony Gaffney CBE, BSc(Eng), DSc, FREng November 1983 November 1984
118 John Vernon Bartlett CBE, MA, FREng November 1982 November 1983
117 Ian McDonald Campbell CVO, BSc(Eng), FEng November 1981 November 1982
116 Peter Arthur Cox BSc(Eng), FCGI, FEng November 1980 November 1981
115 William George Nicholson Geddes CBE, BSc, FEng November 1979 November 1980
114 Professor Reginald Charles Coates PhD, BSc(Eng), FEng November 1978 November 1979
113 Sir Alan Muir Wood MA, DSc, FRS, FEng November 1977 November 1978
112 John Walter Baxter CBE, BSc(Eng), FEng November 1976 November 1977
111 Sir Norman Rowntree BSc(Eng), DSc, FEng November 1975 November 1976
110 Sir William G Harris KBE, CB, MA, DSc(Eng), FEng November 1974 November 1975
109 Sir Kirby Laing, MA, FEng, JP, DL November 1973 November 1974
108 Roger Le Geyt Hetherington, CBE, MA, FEng November 1972 November 1973
107 George Ambler Wilson, CBE, MEng November 1971 November 1972
106 Sir Thomas Angus Lyall Paton, CMG, DSc (Eng), BSc (Eng), FRS, FEng November 1970 November 1971
105 Angus Anderson Fulton, CBE, BSc, LlD, FRSE November 1969 November 1970
104 John Holmes Jellett, OBE, DSc, MA November 1968 November 1969
103 Sir Hubert Shirley-Smith, CBE, BSc(Eng) November 1967 November 1968
102 Sir Ralph Freeman, CVO, CBE, MA, FEng November 1966 November 1967
101 James Arthur Banks, CVO, OBE, FRSE November 1965 November 1966
100 Sir Robert Meredydd Wynne-Edwards, CBE, DSO, MC, DSc, MA November 1964 November 1965
99 Sir Harold John Boyer Harding, DSc, BSc (Eng), FEng November 1963 November 1964
98 Reginald William Mountain, BSc (Eng) November 1962 November 1963
97 Sir George Matthew McNaughton, CB, BSc (Eng) November 1961 November 1962
96 Sir Herbert John Baptista Manzoni, CBE February 1960 November 1961
95 Arthur Clifford Hartley, CBE, BSc (Eng) November 1959 February 1960
94 Professor Alfred John Sutton Pippard, MBE, DSc, LlD, FRS November 1958 November 1959
93 Sir Frederick Arthur Whitaker, KCB, DEng January     1957 November 1958
92 Harold John Frederick Gourley, MEng November 1956 January     1957
91 William Kelly Wallace, CBE, DSc November 1955 November 1956
90 David Mowat Watson, BSc November 1954 November 1955
89 Wilfred Philip Shepherd-Barron, MC, TD, LlD November 1953 November 1954
88 Henry Francis Cronin, CBE, MC, BSc (Eng) November 1952 November 1953
87 Sir Allan Stephen Quartermaine, CBE, MC, BSc (Eng) November 1951 November 1952
86 Sir William Henry Glanville, CB, CBE, DSc (Eng), PhD, FRS November 1950 November 1951
85 Vernon Alec Murray Robertson, CBE, MC November 1949 November 1950
84 Sir Jonathan Roberts Davidson November 1948 November 1949
83 Sir Roger Gaskell Heatherington, CB, OBE, MA November 1947 November 1948
82 Sir William Thompson Halcrow November 1946 November 1947
81 Sir Thomas Pierson Frank November 1945 November 1946
80 Francis Ernest Wentworth-Shields, OBE November 1944 November 1945
79 Sir David Anderson, LlD, BSc November 1943 November 1944
78 Sir John Edward Thornycroft, KBE November 1942 November 1943
77 Professor Sir Charles Edward Inglis, OBE, MA, LlD, FRS November 1941 November 1942
76 Sir Leopold Halliday Savile, KCB November 1940 November 1941
75 Sir Clement Daniel Maggs Hindley, KCIE, MA November 1939 November 1940
74 William James Eames Binnie, MA November 1938 November 1939
73 Sydney Bryan Donkin November 1937 November 1938
72 Brigadier-General Sir Alexander Gibb, GBE, CB, LlD, FRS November 1936 November 1937
71 John Duncan Watson November 1935 November 1936
70 Sir Richard Augustine Studdert Redmayne, KCB, MSc November 1934 November 1935
69 Sir Henry Percy Maybury, GBE, KCMG, CB November 1933 November 1934
68 Sir Murdoch MacDonald, KCMG, CB, MP November 1932 November 1933
67 Sir Cyril Reginald Sutton Kirkpatrick November 1931 November 1932
66 Sir George William Humphreys, KBE November 1930 November 1931
65 William Wylie Grierson November 1929 November 1930
64 Sir Brodie Haldane Henderson, KCMG, CIE November 1928 November 1929
63 Ernest Frederic Crosbie Trench, CBE, MA, BAI November 1927 November 1928
62 Sir Frederick Palmer, KCMG, CIE November 1926 November 1927
61 Sir William Henry Ellis, GBE, DEng November 1925 November 1926
60 Sir Basil Mott, Bt, CB, FRS November 1924 November 1925
59 Sir Charles Langbridge Morgan, CBE, DEng November 1923 November 1924
58 William Henry Maw, LlD November 1922 November 1923
57 William Barton Worthington, DSc November 1921 November 1922
56 John Alexander Brodie, MEng November 1920 November 1921
55 Sir John Purser Griffith, MAI November 1919 November 1920
54 Sir John Audley Frederick Aspinall, DEng November 1918 November 1919
53 Harry Edward Jones November 1917 November 1918
52 Sir Maurice Fitzmaurice, CMG, MA, MAI, LlD, FRS November 1916 November 1917
51 Alexander Ross November 1915 November 1916
50 Benjamin Hall Blyth, MA November 1914 November 1915
49 Anthony George Lyster, MEng November 1913 November 1914
48 Sir Robert Elliott-Cooper, KCB November 1912 November 1913
47 William Cawthorne Unwin, BSc, LlD, FRS November 1911 November 1912
46 Sir Alexander Siemens November 1910 November 1911
45 Sir James Charles Inglis November 1908 November 1910
44 Sir William Matthews, KCMG November 1907 November 1908
43 Sir Alexander Blackie William Kennedy, LlD, DEng, FRS November 1906 November 1907
42 Sir Alexander Richardson Binnie November 1905 November 1906
41 Sir Guilford Lindsey Molesworth, KCIE November 1904 November 1905
40 Sir William Henry White, KCB, DSc, LlD, DEng, FRS November 1903 November 1904
39 John Clarke Hawkshaw, MA November 1902 November 1903
38 Charles Hawksley November 1901 November 1902
37 James Mansergh, FRS November 1890 November 1901
36 Sir Douglas Fox November 1899 November 1900
35 Sir William Henry Preece, KCB, FRS April         1898 November 1899
34 Sir John Wolfe Barry, KCB, LlD, FRS June         1896 April 1898
33 Sir Benjamin Baker, KCB, KCMG, DSc, LlD, MAI, FRS May          1895 June 1896
32 Sir Robert Rawlinson, KCB May 1894 May 1895
31 Alfred Giles, MP May 1893 May 1894
30 Harrison Hayter May 1892 May 1893
29 Sir George Berkley, KCMG May 1891 May 1892
28 Sir John Coode, KCMG May 1889 May 1891
27 Sir George Barclay Bruce June 1887 May 1889
26 Edward Woods May 1886 June 1887
25 Sir Frederick Joseph Bramwell, Bt, DCL, LlD, FRS December 1884 May 1886
24 Sir Joseph William Bazalgette, CB December 1883 December 1884
23 Sir James William Brunlees December 1882 December 1883
22 Lord Armstrong, CB, LlD, DCL, MAI, FRS December 1881 December 1882
21 James Abernethy December 1880 December 1881
20 William Henry Barlow, FRS December 1879 December 1880
19 John Frederic La Trobe Bateman, FRS December 1877 December 1879
18 George Robert Stephenson December 1875 December 1877
17 Thomas Elliott Harrison December 1873 December 1875
16 Thomas Hawksley, FRS December 1871 December 1873
15 Charles Blacker Vignoles, FRS December 1869 December 1871
14 Sir Charles Hutton Gregory, KCMG December 1867 December 1869
13 Sir John Fowler, KCMG, Bt, LlD December 1865 December 1867
12 John Robinson McClean, CB, FRS, MP December 1863 December 1865
11 Sir John Hawkshaw, FRS December 1861 December 1863
10 George Parker Bidder December 1859 December 1861
9 Joseph Locke, FRS, MP December 1857 December 1859
8 Robert Stephenson, FRS, MP December 1855 December 1857
7 James Simpson December 1853 December 1855
6 James Meadows Rendel, FRS December 1851 December 1853
5 Sir William Cubitt, FRS December 1849 December 1851
4 Joshua Field, FRS January 1848 December 1849
3 Sir John Rennie, FRS January 1845 January 1848
2 James Walker, FRS January 1835 January 1845
1 Thomas Telford, FRS March 1820 September 1834


Current ICE President

Past presidents

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