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The Trustees are supported by a Council, who are directly elected by ICE members. As the pinnacle of the Learning Society, Council drives the agenda by being the key decision-making body with respect to the ICE’s learned society activity.
The Council has an essential role in representing the views of the membership to the Trustee Board and supporting the Trustees to ensure ICE is considered a global centre of excellence championing the role civil engineering plays at the heart of society. The Council is the pinnacle of the Learning Society and meets regularly to debate issues of relevance to civil engineering, the Institution and society, to set the agenda for the Institution’s learned society activity.
More details on the duties, responsibilities and composition of Council can be found in the Council Terms of Reference.
The Agenda for future meetings and the minutes for past meetings can be accessed here.
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Council is made up of 38 members from different countries and grades of membership. Every year, certain positions on our Council become available, so members can stand for these positions. They receive votes from other ICE members.
Council members serve for three years and are directly elected by the membership.
The following may attend Council meetings as observers if they are not otherwise Council members:
Our president promotes the institution and the profession in the UK and around the world. ICE has a different president every year. The President’s calendar, including past and forthcoming events, can be accessed online by ICE members.
Further detail on the President’s responsibilities and duties are set out in the President’s terms of reference.
Rachel is Executive Director (Transport) of WSP and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. She is also the President of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
In 2019, she was appointed by the Scottish Government as a Commissioner for the Infrastructure Commission for Scotland. Rachel is a Patron of Women in Transport (a not-for-profit), having been one of its founding board members since 2005. She is a chartered engineer, chartered transport planner and an ICE Fellow and Trustee.
Rachel was named in The Telegraph’s inaugural Top 50 Influential Women in Engineering in 2016, then in 2017 she won both “Most Distinguished Winner” and “Best Woman in Civil Engineering” at the European Women in Construction and Engineering Awards. In 2019 she was confirmed by the Financial Times as one of the UK’s Top 100 Women in Engineering. She is regularly invited to give keynote conference presentations and to chair or participate in panel discussions at national industry events.
A transport planner and geographer by technical background, Rachel has authored and co-authored several publications, most recently on driverless vehicles, shared mobility and future place-making. She is involved with strategic projects for clients across the public and private sectors, including leadership of a growing portfolio of future mobility projects in the UK and overseas.
There are 38 members on the ICE Council. The President chairs the Council and the following are Council members. Members serve until the November of the year shown.
(to be President 2020-21)
Member of Council
Graduate Member (2021)
Our members around the world elect ICE's Council members. We hold elections every year when about one third of Council member seats are available. These places are usually for a three-year term, to replace members whose term of service has finished.
The election in 2021 will run from 1 June to 13 July. The result will be announced at the Institution’s Annual General Meeting, with elected candidates taking office from 2 November 2021.
Candidate eligibility criteria:
Not open to graduate or student members
Technician members are eligible to sponsor technician candidates only
Vacancies for this year are within:
Not open to student members
Terms of Service:
A member may sponsor up to two candidates. The sponsor must be a paid-up ICE member. Sponsors will need to meet the eligibility criteria, which can be accessed in Section C of the nomination form.
Please submit your nomination form with the support of your five sponsors to the ICE Governance office by 31 March 2021.
To find out more about what is needed to stand for election, please read the ICE election rules document.
2021 will be the first time that ICE voting Members will directly elect members to the Trustee Board. Further details can be found on the Trustee Board webpage.
If you would like to find out more about Council nominations elections, please contact the Governance Office on +44 (0)20 7665 2002/2077 or at [email protected].
Following each meeting of council, a brief note summarising what was discussed and any actions to be taken is produced and made available to members and the public.
27 July 2020
28 April 2020
13 December 2019
07 August 2019
14 May 2019
If you want to get in touch with your Council, contact us at:
E: [email protected]