General members on ICE Council

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 will run from 01 June to 13 July 2021. The result will be announced at the Institution’s Annual General Meeting on 20 July 2021, with elected candidates taking office from 02 November 2021.

Candidate statements

Names are listed in alphabetical order by surname.

  • Kelachi Amadi-Echendu

    Kelachi Amadi-Echendu BEng (Hons) MSc CEng MICE

    Consultant, Resolex

    “If elected to Council, I will apply my skills, knowledge, and experience to support the institution in the development of a diverse engineering community, reflective of the needs of society”.

    I started my journey in Civil Engineering as an Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) QUEST Undergraduate Scholar in 2006 and became a Chartered Member of the ICE in 2015.

    I am passionate about infrastructure delivery, the role of civil engineering in society and the ways in which we work as a profession to develop the best solutions for our world. I currently work as a consultant to project teams across the industry, having spent almost a decade in contracting, delivering major infrastructure projects.

    Outside of my work with project teams, I am also keen to play a part in developing the next generation of engineers to contribute to solving social challenges; I have volunteered as a STEM Ambassador for many years, acted as Delegated Engineer for graduates, and as a mentor for A-Level students as part of the Arkwright Engineering Scholarships programme. Over the last three years I have also been privileged to sit on the Industry Advisory Group for the Civil Engineering degree course at the University of Hertfordshire.

    If elected to Council, I will apply my skills, knowledge, and experience to support the institution in the development of a diverse engineering community, reflective of the needs of society.

    Proposed by Richard William Bayfield, Natalie Davey, Helen Macadam, Danielle Skelley, Patrick James Watson

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    Kelachi Amadi-Echendu
  • Patrick Chan

    Patrick W T Chan BSc (Eng) MBA PhD CEng FICE MIStructE FHKIE

    Part-time Lecturer, Chu Hai College of Higher Education

    "In addressing the challenges to our preeminent global status we need to uphold ICE’s core values, promote diversity and inclusiveness… and embrace new memberships in the new developing civil engineering field".

    I have been member ICE member for 47 years. I am Chair of ICE East Asia Committee and a professional reviewer for more than 20 years. I was also ICE Regional Director for Hong Kong from 2007 to 2017 and Council Member representing Hong Kong from 2017 to 2020.

    I saw the challenges to the preeminent global status of our esteemed Institution. I believe in addressing these challenges it is important to uphold ICE’s core values and promote diversity and inclusiveness. We should support our members to maintaining a high level of professional competence and ethics. We should foster a diversity, equity and inclusion culture and embrace new memberships in the new developing civil engineering fields.

    My international exposure, professional/industry experience and managerial skills can help Council charting a strategy for these challenges and developing practical action plans. I will bring the true views and wishes of members and extend international input on Council. I will advise Council the desires and priorities of our Asia Pacific and international members. I will use my independent judgment and give my honest views in the deliberation and decision process of these important issues in Council.

    Proposed by Shirley Shu-Wait Cheng, Ian Robert Cowan, Ken Ho, Winnie Man Ying Lai, Geoffrey Mills

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    Patrick Chan
  • Owen Chirwa

    Owen Chirwa BEng (Kingston UK) CEng MICE MAPM

    Senior Project Engineer (BBV) on HS2, SENER Engineering & Systems Limited UK

    “As a General Council Member, I would welcome the opportunity to use my skills and networks to escalate these challenges and play a key part in delivering solutions as part of the wider ICE”.

    I am a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 20 years’ experience in the UK and sub-Saharan Africa. I am currently a Senior Project Engineer on a major UK infrastructure railway scheme. As a volunteer, I have worked through the ICE ranks and now want to take the next step on Council.

    In 2014 I was appointed ICE Zambia Representative where I grew to understand the grassroot challenges for local engineers, graduates and students: increasing demand for better infrastructure and therefore professionally qualified engineers verses local economic challenges and inertia towards paying for better quality.

    In 2017 I was elected Chair for ICE Africa Region to continue driving forward solutions to local infrastructure challenges and wider needs for Africa. In that time, I have learnt to take a holistic approach to developing solutions but honing down to the local level for implementation - WIP. This work is coordinated and channelled through a great team of Country Representatives across Africa and the International Committee on global issues.

    As a General Council Member, I would welcome the opportunity to use my skills and networks to escalate these challenges and play a key part in delivering solutions as part of the wider ICE.

    Proposed by Mark Jamieson, Abdel Moniem, Trudy Morgan, Frederick Mukonoweshuro, Finlo Paish

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    Owen Chirwa
  • David Randell Coles

    David Randell Coles CDir CEng FICE FIOD

    Chief Engineer, Department for Transport

    “…I’m a strong supporter of the Institution, but it needs to adapt, and fast… I would like to be part of Council which helps the ICE, and members, address these challenges”.

    Our civil engineering infrastructure currently generates 70% of global C02. Construction productivity remains poor. As DfT’s Chief Engineer, I’m establishing a framework to deliver 50% ‘capital carbon’ reductions on our multi-£billion transport projects. My team must help scope the major infrastructure spend planned to aid post-COVID19 recovery.

    I’m passionate about EDI, but showing someone different in a hard hat is not the answer. Site experience is brilliant, but most of us work in an office, as part of a team. What matters is why we come to work. Facing £40,000 or more of debt, is civil engineering still a good degree choice? And it’s not just about attracting graduates, or who is called an engineer. In health, we respect paramedics as much as surgeons.

    An ICE Fellow and RCEA committee member for over 10 years, I’m a strong supporter of the Institution, but it needs to adapt, and fast. COVID19 has changed the way we work, probably permanently. The ICE is now accessible to anyone, anywhere. But what does that mean for our fine, but expensive-to-run building?

    I would like to be part of Council which helps the ICE, and members, address these challenges.

    Proposed by Alison Baptiste, David Castlo, Tim Chapman, Andrew McNaughton, Doug Oakervee

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    David Randell Coles
  • Carlos De Freitas

    Carlos De Freitas MSc CEng FICE MIStructE

    Technical Director, Arcadis Consulting UK

    “I am committed to ensure the ICE continues to play a pivotal role in improving quality of life and shaping the future of our society”.

    I am a Fellow of the Institution, a Technical Director and Leader of the Arcadis Water Engineering team in the South- East of England. I am passionate about people and mentoring and I have been a Supervising Civil Engineer for several years. I joined the ICE’s London & South-East Water Community in 2020 and I was a Member of the ICE’s Structures Expert Panel between 2009 and 2014. I am a Senior Member of the Engineers Order in Portugal.

    I dedicated my career to the Water industry and my experience includes construction; civil, structural & utilities engineering; project & framework management. I volunteer with Shelter, a non-profit programme created by Arcadis to provide pro-bono engineering support to UN Habitat.

    If appointed, I would like to promote and encourage an increased focus on:

    • Driving innovation, resilience & sustainability across the industry.
    • Apprenticeships as a key route to a career in Civil Engineering.
    • Sharing knowledge with overseas professional institutions and likeminded organizations.
    • The role of Civil Engineers in the fight against poverty, resource scarcity and climate change.

    I am committed to ensure the ICE continues to play a pivotal role in improving quality of life and shaping the future of our society.

    Proposed by Mark Howard, Jo Kenward, Dom Lovell, Anusha Shah, Ricardo Teixeira

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    Carlos De Freitas
  • Philip Holliday

    Philip Holliday BSc CEng FICE

    Director, Estimating and Engineering, Aecon Construction Group Inc.

    “I am committed to the advancement of civil engineering, and its relevance to the modern world and future of our society. My dedication to the profession is unwavering, and I put significant energy into raising its profile”.

    I have been active with the ICE for much of my career, as SCE in the UK, and as ICE Representative for Ontario, Canada, from 2016. I am currently Regional Chair for ICE Americas; through this role I can engage and collaborate with 19 Representatives across the continent, to advance the ICE strategies and support the 1200 members in the Americas. During my first year as Americas’ Regional Chair, I have regularly consulted with 18 regional representatives, listened, increased communication and shared knowledge through events made available to the total Americas’ membership.

    I am passionate about raising the profile of ICE in the Americas and improving its relevance for the local membership and wider industry communities. In Ontario I have led a strategic review, identifying several focus areas to support my objectives. These include relevance, membership, communication, EDI and Learning/Networking. Across all areas, I have a particular focus on sustainability priorities and the current Presidential theme around net zero.

    I am committed to the advancement of civil engineering, and its relevance to the modern world and future of our society. My dedication to the profession is unwavering, and I put significant energy into raising its profile.

    Proposed by David Caiden, Philippa Higgins, Julian John Benedict Lineham, Adrian Keith Sheppard, Richard David Taylor

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    Philip Holliday
  • Alain Jacquet

    Alain Jacquet BSc.Eng (Civil) CEng MICE

    Director, South African Built Environment Exchange (Pty) Ltd - SABEeX

    “My intention… is to focus on the Institution’s role in developing people, harnessing the accumulated knowledge of our profession. I want to build bridges across our profession by bringing ICE into every engineer’s daily activities”.

    My career as a civil engineer began in 1985 with a dream to build bridges. My 7 years’ contracting experience showed that relationships are the real bridges to success! My passion for developing people and entrepreneurs drove me to establish a category of professional registration in South Africa for Professional Construction Mentors in 2004.

    In 1997 I changed focus to construction procurement reform. As convenor of the ISO working group for construction procurement standards since 2015, I have also developed practical online tools for swift and secure implementation of international procurement standards.

    I have been involved with ICE matters in South Africa since 2007 when the ICE-SA Joint Division was formed. Adjudication, the NEC and continuing education have been my primary focus as Secretary and Chairman. Career highlights have been becoming an ICE member in 2008 and appointment as ICE Country Representative for South Africa in 2017, along with 2 years as Vice President of SAICE.

    My intention as Council Member of ICE is to focus on the Institution’s role in developing people, harnessing the accumulated knowledge of our profession. I want to build bridges across our profession by bringing ICE into every engineer’s daily activities.

    Proposed by Andrew Baird, Professor George Fanourakis, Mark Jamieson, Dr. Hylton Macdonald, Dr. Ron Watermeyer

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    Alain Jacquet
  • Jonathan Knight

    Jonathan Knight EngTech MICE

    Section Engineer, Balfour Beatty

    “If elected the experience and expertise I have acquired throughout my career, hobbies and interests will be utilised to contribute to the work of the Council and to support the Trustee Board”.

    In 2016 I began my career as a Graduate Civil Engineer with Balfour Beatty working at Hammersmith Pumping station which is part of the BMB JV Tideway West Contract. Using my experience as a Site Engineer, I obtained my Engineering Technician Membership with the Institution of Civil Engineers [ICE] (2018). I am currently a Section Engineer leading an Interception Chamber substructure, that assists in the removal of raw sewage from the River Thames.

    As the 2017-18 London Graduates and Students Committee Public Engagement Officer I encouraged creativity to display the work of Engineers. This included the launch of @icelondong_s on Instagram which my successors have continued to use to inspire existing and future Engineers.

    I take pleasure in the simplification of problems and their solutions in order to communicate effectively and clearly. This is proven by my participation at the ICE Pitch180 Competition and recognition as London Regional Emerging Engineers Award Winner (2015) and New Civil Engineer Contractor of the Year Award (2017).

    If elected the experience and expertise I have acquired throughout my career, hobbies and interests will be utilised to contribute to the work of the Council and to support the Trustee Board.

    Proposed by Jeremy Capps, John Corcoran, Francesca Oliver, Taylor Ryan, Bianca Wheeler

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    Jonathan Knight
  • David Lavin

    David Lavin MSc BEng(Hons) MCIHT MSoRSA CEng MICE FIHE CMgr MCMI AMAPM

    Associate Technical Director, Arcadis

    “I believe our Institution needs to embrace three key areas of opportunity…Digital…Sustainability… Communication… to ensure we adapt and work in the best interests of our members”.

    I believe our Institution needs to embrace three key areas of opportunity to ensure we adapt and work in the best interests of our members and stakeholders. If elected to Council, I would expand on the important work done to date in the following areas:

    • Digital – Promoting collaboration, shaping policy around the sharing of digital transformation best practice in achieving digital maturity, and encouraging talent from non-traditional routes into the industry.
    • Sustainability – In conjunction with Net Zero, building and embedding sustainability into project decision making with particular emphasis on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
    • Communication – Recognising the global reach of the Institution by embracing diversity and supporting inclusivity across our profession.

    I have predominantly worked on the design of major highways and infrastructure projects in the United Kingdom, Australia, and the Middle East. More recently, I have joined Arcadis’ Construction Site Services team as a Section Manager on High Speed 2 and I am really looking forward to the challenges that this will bring over the next few years.

    Since gaining Chartership in 2015, I have thoroughly enjoyed supporting, and assessing, candidates on their routes to membership as a Supervising Civil Engineer and Professional Reviewer.

    Proposed by Javaid Amin, Shaligram Arayal, Philip Boyes, Peter Elliot, Stanley W J Falconer

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    David Lavin
  • Eur Ing Dr. Phebe Mann

    Eur Ing Dr. Phebe Mann MA(Cantab) MSc PhD LLB LLM CEng MICE FRICS MCIOB FCIArb FRSA FHEA

    Panel Member (Drainage Expert), Agricultural Land Tribunal (Wales)

    “A voice for under-represented BAME Women Chartered Engineers: I will contribute to ICE Council with my excellent communication skills, engineering and legal knowledge and experience, along with my national and global experience”.

    I became a chartered civil engineer in 1999. I worked for Westminster City Council, Cambridgeshire County Council and Atkins Global on major Highway/Structures Schemes. I am Senior Vice Chair ICE London and member since 2011, I comprehend the objectives and activities of ICE, Council role and stakeholders.

    As QUEST Award Committee member and CPR Lead Reviewer, I demonstrate excellent team member role and ability to listen and work constructively with the team. As Panel Member (Drainage Expert) of the Agricultural Land Tribunal (Wales) I listen to other Tribunal members, influencing them in taking decisions and challenge constructively with my engineering experience. In recognition of my leadership I was awarded the Woman of Outstanding Achievement Tomorrow’s Leader Award 2011 by WISE/UKRC and Telegraph/WES-TOP50 Women in Engineering 2018.

    I hosted ICE Open House London Boat Trip and chaired ICE Knowledge Seminars at One Great George Street. I speak frequently at national events promoting ICE and its leadership in the change for the better, and global events as far as Malaysia.

    A voice for under-represented BAME Women Chartered Engineers: I will contribute to ICE Council with my excellent communication skills, engineering and legal knowledge and experience, along with my national and global experience.

    Proposed by Patrick Gannon, Beryl Gwendoline Kemplen, Matthew Kuhn, Steven Peter Lee, Yan Zhou

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    Eur Ing Dr. Phebe Mann
  • Jim Martin

    Jim Martin MEng CEng FICE FIStructE

    Technical Director, WSP

    “…tackling the climate emergency is our most important challenge… and I will work with Council to ensure the Institution provides a platform… to collaborate… so best design practice around embodied carbon becomes normal practice”.

    I joined the ICE as undergraduate and recently became a fellow. Throughout my career journey, the ICE has been a source of resources and support and I want to give something back by standing as a candidate for Council. I have 25 years experience in buildings and infrastructure projects in the UK and overseas.

    I provide support to engineers, technicians and apprentices as a Supervising Civil Engineer. The education of the next generation of engineers is one of the most important things we can provide, and I will work with Council to ensure we insist on the highest standards of training whilst encompassing the broader skills and education routes of the modern profession.

    I believe tackling the climate emergency is our most important challenge. A Net Zero Carbon agenda can be achieved with continued growth and technical innovation and our members need the tools and resources to ensure our industry leads this in the built environment. I want Civil Engineers to play a leading role and I will work with Council to ensure the Institution provides a platform for the engineering community to collaborate and share the technical knowledge so best design practice around embodied carbon becomes normal practice.

    Proposed by Emma Kent, John Parker, Bill Price, Rachel Skinner, Saeed Ziaie

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    Jim Martin
  • Dr. Priti Parikh

    Dr. Priti Parikh MPhil PhD CEng FICE FRSA

    Associate Professor & Head of Engineering for Intl. Development Centre, University College London

    “I am passionate about using engineering skills to benefit society and for poverty alleviation. I want to support the Council by building on my research footprint… to make ICE’s work relevant and impactful globally...”

    I am a charter civil engineer and Fellow of the ICE living in the UK since 2001 where I studied to obtain a PhD in Engineering Sustainability. I grew up in India where I saw how infrastructure transformed deprived neighbourhoods inspiring me to become an engineer.

    At University College London I head the Engineering for International Centre which harnesses research to achieve impact and to deliver infrastructure to those who need it the most. I have developed the evidence base to demonstrate that infrastructure is non-negotiable for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

    I have had the privilege of serving as a member of ICE’s International Development Panel, member of ICE’s Civil Engineering Journal editorial panel and currently chair the editorial panel for ICE’s Engineering Sustainability Journal.

    I am passionate about using engineering skills to benefit society and for poverty alleviation. I want to support the Council by building on my research footprint in Africa, Latin America and Asia to make ICE’s work relevant and impactful globally to foster wider engagement. I am keen to support and drive ICE’s plans for decarbonisation focussing on just and equitable transitions which aligns with my current work on clean energy access in Africa.

    Proposed by Professor Tim Broyd, Peter Guthrie, Peter George Hansford, Paul William Jowitt, Professor Tiziana Rossetto

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    Dr. Priti Parikh
  • Iain Kennedy Reid

    Iain Kennedy Reid BSc MEng(Structures) MICE

    Retired, formerly Project and Research Manager, WS Atkins

    “Seventy years’ experience…
    Encourage the following:

    • University courses combining practical and theoretical, arts and science.
    • Technically qualified and experienced people in decision taking positions in the profession…”

    Seventy years’ experience from Meccano digger design and Scout bridge, runway and raft, to port, bridge, water, highway and soils, research, planning, design, construction and maintenance with contractor, local authority, and consultants, in ten countries, to Eurocode Implementation, published books, and Engineering Philosophy guiding politics, law, medicine and climate control.

    Encourage the following:

    • University courses combining practical and theoretical, arts and science.
    • Technically qualified and experienced people in decision taking positions in the profession.
    • ICE reflecting the ethics emanating from the tripartite British Democratic Constitution.
    • Direct control of publications reflecting in-depth technical standard leadership.
    • Independent auditing of customers' receipt of public civil engineering services.
    • Monitoring and feedback upon clients' decision taking wisdom.
    • Common sense regarding consultancy firm size now localism is arresting climate change.
    • Restraint on competitions and prizes for projects in acknowledgement of value of mundane detailed checking and attention to detail.
    • Value prior to decision taking allocated to aspects which cannot be definitively measured or realistically priced.
    • Enlightened consideration allowed towards challenging of expression, noting for others to comment, and action made by other members.
    • Balance constantly sought between allocating work in fairness to reliable members and encouraging entrepreneurial spirit necessarily constrained by reliability.

    Proposed by Nigel Barltrop, Richard Brace, Les Clark, Mike Forde, Noel Gibbin

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    Iain Kennedy Reid
  • Lucy Rew

    Lucy Rew MEng(Hons) CEng FICE

    Project Director, Egis Structures et Environement

    “If elected to Council for a second term I shall continue to:

    • Represent the views and needs of international members of all grades…
    • Challenge ICE where necessary to ensure members’ and society’s needs are met”.

    My commitment to ICE began as a graduate member of the Thames Valley LA and the G&S National Committee. Since 2000 I have worked in France and I have been the LA Vice-chair and Chair. I was the France Country Representative for 6 years. In 2015 I was invited to chair the Europe and Central Asia Sub-Committee.

    As such I am a member of the International Committee. I have mentored graduates on the Career Appraisal route and I am fully aware of the challenges faced by overseas graduates seeking chartered membership.

    I have 27 years of professional experience, including 21 years in tunnelling, in the UK and abroad.

    Civil engineers need a radical shift to stay relevant and tackle global challenges such as climate change, pandemics etc. For this we need a truly diverse and inclusive workforce. My lengthy international experience gives me an additional perspective to contribute towards societal benefit and climate emergency analysis.

    If elected to Council for a second term I shall continue to:

    • Represent the views and needs of international members of all grades,
    • Help define the relevance and role of ICE internationally,
    • Challenge ICE where necessary to ensure members’ and society’s needs are met.

    Proposed by Richard Coackley, Lord Robert Mair, Chai Kwong Mak, Anusha Shah, Jean Venables

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    Lucy Rew
  • Ivor M. H. Thomas

    Ivor M. H. Thomas BEng LLB CEng FICE

    Tunnel Manager, BAM Nuttall

    “I am a keen advocate of tunnelling as part of civil engineering, the development of our young engineers and the practical challenges that need to be resolved to meet the Nation’s target of net zero…”

    I am a contractors engineer and have been for my entire career working in this country and overseas. I became a Fellow of the ICE in 2014 and had been a member before that. I am a member of the British Tunnelling Society and was Chair of the Society from 2018 to 2020.

    I have been employed by Bam Nuttall for over two decades and am currently their Tunnel Manager providing a Company wide service to tunnelling projects. I was Tunnel Manager on Tideway West and Crossrail West, amongst other major civil engineering schemes. I enjoy being at the sharp end of construction and the camaraderie that civil engineering construction brings.

    I have been a Reviewer of the ICE since the early 2000s and usually sit at least once a year. During my time as a Reviewer I campaigned successfully with a group of likeminded Reviewers to retain the need for site experience as an essential attribute for membership.

    I am a keen advocate of tunnelling as part of civil engineering, the development of our young engineers and the practical challenges that need to be resolved to meet the Nation’s target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

    Proposed by Andy Alder, John Corcoran, Steve Fox, Bill Grose, Richard Prime

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    Ivor M. H. Thomas
  • Tony David Watson

    Tony David Watson BEng (Hons) CEng MICE

    Director, Remora Consulting Sdn Bhd

    “I am a big advocate for health and safety in construction if elected I will ensure that the ICE start a global campaign to raise awareness of the issues still faced in our industry”.

    I am a proud Member of the ICE having been a graduate member since 2003 and passing my professional exam in 2008. I have been fortunate in my career to have been able to spend the majority of it working on major programmes and projects internationally, this has been possible due to the support, at an early stage in my career, from highly experienced and trusting mentors, managers and ICE members who have helped me achieve my career successes to date.

    I want to be able to afford the same opportunities to the next generation of civil engineers that I was afforded, and this starts with introducing them to the ICE, its global support network and helping them work towards Member status. Globally if we talk about Professional Engineers, the ICE is seen as the gold standard and it is my aim to help continue this perspective and grow our reputation even further.

    I am a big advocate for health and safety in construction if elected I will ensure that the ICE start a global campaign to raise awareness of the issues still faced in our industry.

    Proposed by Michael Julian Barron, Herman Kao, Kuruparan M Kasilingam, Sabih Gatea Khisaf, Tom Olliver

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    Tony David Watson
 
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