Graduate 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.

  • Divik Bandopadhayaya

    Divik Bandopadhayaya BEng (Hons) MSc GMICE

    Tunnelling Engineer, London Bridge Associates Ltd.

    “…if elected…, I will build on my track record of supporting those in their early careers by being their champion for development and making their opinions heard by the Council”.

    I am a Tunnelling Engineer at London Bridge Associates with 4 years of experience, and am currently working on Tideway East as CVB JV’s Asset Protection Engineer.

    I also chair British Tunnelling Society Young Members (BTSYM), act as the GSNet Representative for ICE London Graduates & Students Committee (G&S), and serve as a member on the Steering Board for University of Warwick’s MSc in Tunnelling & Underground Space.

    Previously, I have served as the Sub-Chair (Professional Development) for BTSYM and Vice-Chair (Knowledge) for the London G&S.

    Through my track record of working with industry, academia and professional institutions, I have developed an in-depth understanding of both the civil engineering industry and the Institution, and the context in which they operate.

    My 7+ years of involvement with the ICE has helped me personally witness the positive change GMICEs bring. Therefore, I have constantly facilitated their development and voiced their concerns through my rigorous efforts.

    A strong believer in “graduates of today, shape tomorrow’s industry”, if elected as the Graduate Member of the Council, I will build on my track record of supporting those in their early careers by being their champion for development and making their opinions heard by the Council.

    Proposed by Ashkan Amiri, Alasdair Fraser, Emily Riley, William Thorpe, Asil Zaidi

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    Divik Bandopadhayaya
  • Rebecca Barkham

    Rebecca Barkham MEng GMICE MWES

    Engineer (Highways), WSP UK

    “I am standing for election to council to give a voice to the 45,000 graduate and student members, in the UK and overseas, who are the lifeblood of our institution and leaders of the future”.

    I am a highways engineer, STEM ambassador, and a proud member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). I am standing for election to council to give a voice to the 45,000 graduate and student members, in the UK and overseas, who are the lifeblood of our institution and leaders of the future.

    Having served on the ICE Graduate and Student Committee for three years, I have established strong ties with peers and have a good understanding of the issues that matter to them. I bring experience of chairing WSP’s Professional Growth Network representing 3,000 Early Career Professionals and leading a programme of events to support development.

    I marched alongside the ICE at Pride 2019 and would use my council role, and experience from WSP’s Global Diversity and Inclusion committee, to ensure diversity remains on the agenda. Just as the ICE is setting the standard for Net Zero, we have the influence and responsibility to set a standard for diversity.

    I support the recent streamlining of the Chartered Professional Review and feel strongly that bureaucracy should not be a barrier to talent. To be a true learning society, we must embrace different routes into the industry and perspective these bring.

    Proposed by Winifred Amissah, Dominic Cronin, Tim Hou, Brogan MacDonald, Joseph Marner

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    Rebecca Barkham
  • Claudia Caravello

    Claudia Caravello MEng ACGI GMICE

    Assistant Project Manager, Turner and Townsend

    “As your Graduate Council Member… I would draw upon my years of knowledge as part of the ICE London Graduate & Student Committee to:

    • …Effectively communicate the views of Graduate & Student members and ensure they are heard”.

    I have been a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers since 2014 when I joined as an undergraduate. After graduating university I worked as a Charity Trustee for a year, specialising in finances and services, before joining the construction industry where I focus on delivering large-scale infrastructure projects.

    As your Graduate Council Member, I would be dedicated to representing your views and ensuring that the wider membership is engaged. I would draw upon my years of knowledge as part of the ICE London Graduate & Student Committee, including my experiences as Diversity Officer and Vice Chair, to:

    • Drive discussions on issues and constructively challenge agenda items at Council meetings to better our engineering industry.
    • Effectively communicate the views of Graduate & Student members and ensure they are heard.
    • Develop strategies to drive progress towards the goal of net zero carbon and future-proof that work so that our graduate generation can continue to build upon the progress.
    • Offer guidance on how to promote the civil engineering profession and ICE to schools and young adults as they embark on their career paths.
    • Monitor the governance of the ICE and ensure it acts in the best interests of our members.

    Proposed by Charlotte Flower, Kaya Patel, Tim Hou, Horace Chan, Ashkan Amiri

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    Claudia Caravello
  • Ryan Doolan

    Ryan Doolan MEng GMICE

    Engineer, WSP

    “I would be a representative voice for G&S members at council-level and promote the expansion – and use! – of G&S members rights within the ICE.”

    My involvement with the ICE began as a student member in 2014 and I’ve had numerous responsibilities since, with my current role being Chair of the ICE Scotland G&S Committee.

    My professional experience is in highways drainage design, where I continuously strive to improve my technical knowledge and communication skills to ensure designs are robust and problems are proactively approached alongside other disciplines. I have mentored student & apprentice members and always make time to answer questions from the team and share learning.

    I consistently work to strengthen links between universities, companies, and ICE, while improving collaboration across all ICE Scotland branches. I am active in company and ICE ED&I groups, alongside Building Equality, where I aim to learn, share best practice, and ultimately celebrate the diversity inherent in our 95,000 members. I aim to ensure that any member in any branch has access to an offering of events that consistently provide value at any stage in their journey.

    If elected, I would use my platform to further build upon the above on a wider scale. I would be a representative voice for G&S members at council-level and promote the expansion – and use! – of G&S members rights within the ICE.

    Proposed by Jane Middlemiss, Aisling Doyle, Laura Ferguson, Calum Harrison, Nicola Fauvergue

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    Ryan Doolan
  • Andrea Franchini

    Andrea Franchini BSc MSc GMICE

    PhD Student, University College London

    “…if elected, I will:

    • promote the discussion on effective ways by which better collaboration and more impactful knowledge exchange between consultants and researchers can be accomplished;
    • represent the views and the needs of researchers to the Trustee Board…”

    I am a PhD Student at University College London and hold a MSc in Structural Engineering from Tongji University, China, and The University of Trento, Italy.

    Since 2020, I have been serving as the ICE London G&S Committee’s Post-Graduate Champion. I aim to encourage wider participation of research students in the ICE, also supporting their route to chartership. Moreover, I am involved in STEM activities such as the ‘Nuffield Research Placement’.

    To build a better present and a sustainable future, which includes the transition to net-zero and adaptation to climate change, the Civil Engineering sector is innovating rapidly. Industry and academia play a crucial role in this process, but much can still be improved in the way they cooperate. Therefore, if elected, I will:

    • promote the discussion on effective ways by which better collaboration and more impactful knowledge exchange between consultants and researchers can be accomplished;
    • represent the views and the needs of researchers to the Trustee Board, helping the Institution to better reach an area of our industry with many potential members;
    • support periodic debates between industry and academia on sustainability and climate change adaptation;
    • advise the Trustee Board based on innovative solutions and new technologies proposed by researchers.

    Proposed by James Charnock, Luis Fernando Gutierrez Urzua, Zoe Henderson, Arash Nassirpour, Martin Reboul

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    Andrea Franchini
  • Mandy Siu Man Lai

    Mandy Siu Man Lai BSc MSc GMICE

    Senior Compliance Engineer, Build King Holdings Limited

    “I will use my skills in problem-solving and engaging Graduates and Students members to effectively communicate the views to Council. Also, I will support professional development of young engineers and future leaders”.

    I graduated BEng in Civil Engineering and studying to obtain an MSc in Construction Project Management. Currently, I am working as a Senior Compliance Engineer in a contractor company and involving in project management role. I assist in preparing the tender documents for the work, liaison with clients to ensure the requirements to be incorporated in the contract.

    I am an active Graduate Member of the ICE, Hong Kong Association, Graduates and Students Division since 2015. I started to serve the committee as co-opted members in 2016. I was taking up roles namely Chairman, Vice Chairman, Treasurer and Personal Development Team Leader in four successive sessions of the committee (Session 2017-2021). I also supported ICE HKA as Organising Committee Member for ICE HKA Annual Conference and Annual Dinner.

    Being the Council member, I am confident in taking up the role using my past experiences in HKA G&S. I believe that it is essential and strengthens the connection between engineers and promoting social responsibility and awareness of international affairs. I will use my skills in problem-solving and engaging Graduates and Students members to effectively communicate the views to Council. Also, I will support professional development of young engineers and future leaders.

    Proposed by Pik Yin Chiu, Hoi Yin Lee, Ho Yin Lui, Man Ki Lui, Ho Yeung Man

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    Mandy Siu Man Lai
  • Rosemarie Poad

    Rosemarie Poad MEng GMICE

    Assistant Engineer, WSP

    “On Council, I would use my drive and passion for engineering to contribute to the constant evolution of our institution and ensure that the Graduate voice is represented in future Council decisions”.

    I am an Assistant Highway Engineer with WSP in Exeter and joined the ICE in 2013. I am the Junior Honorary Secretary for the South West Regional ICE committee; a member of the South West Graduate and Apprentice ICE Committee and I was awarded the ICE SW Graduate of the Year award 2020.

    I began working for WSP in 2018 working on a multitude of projects ranging from preliminary design to detailed design as well as supervising construction on site having recently gained my NEC4 Supervisor qualification.

    I am a strong believer in encouraging young people into STEM and perusing their own career path. I recently volunteered for the STEM Build Trip Malawi, constructing two STEM classrooms and delivering STEM workshops with students.

    On Council, I would use my drive and passion for engineering to contribute to the constant evolution of our institution and ensure that the Graduate voice is represented in future Council decisions. I would champion knowledge events which support those progressing through their professional qualification and continue to inspire others into engineering. In my role on the ICE SW Committee I will also be able to provide an effective communication link to members in the South West.

    Proposed by Christopher William Ackland, Natasha Curry, William Foulkes, Elizabeth Frances Rees, Alex Russell

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    Rosemarie Poad
  • Emily Seabrook

    Emily Seabrook MEng GMICE

    Graduate Site Engineer, Skanska UK Plc

    “If successfully elected, I plan to work with Council to make the ICE accessible to everyone and support the Institution in meeting today’s challenges including decarbonisation and sustainable development”.

    I work as a graduate site engineer on the M42 J6 Regional Delivery Partnership for Skanska. I have been fortunate to have excellent support as a young engineer, whilst working alongside a diverse team.

    At university I was a QUEST Scholar and Kenneth Watson Travel Award holder enabling me to gain an early understanding of the ICE and an opportunity to promote civil engineering.

    If successfully elected, I plan to work with Council to make the ICE accessible to everyone and support the Institution in meeting today’s challenges including decarbonisation and sustainable development.

    I believe I am well suited to represent the ICE graduate, student, and apprentice membership to Council as I:

    • Actively contribute to our industry, recently I spoke about the systematic and behavioural change required to improve social and environmental outcomes through the delivery of infrastructure at England’s Economic Heartland conference.
    • Recognise the importance of the ICE race, ethnicity, and civil engineering survey and wish to promote Fairness, Inclusion & Respect.
    • Am a STEM Ambassador.
    • Volunteer locally with youth, elderly and international groups.
    • Am engaged with the Membership Streamlining, after participating in the ICE Member Engagement Focus Group and am working towards chartered membership.

    Proposed by James Betts, Ryan Calleja, Jevgenijs Jegorovs, Eridi Kucaj, Adam Steele

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    Emily Seabrook
  • Daaoud Shafi

    Daaoud Shafi MEng(Hons) GMICE

    Design Engineer, Careys PLC (Design Team)

    “I am an experienced advocate for expanding the ICE’s offering to aspiring members – having chaired the Graduates and Students Network for two years... With your vote, I can continue our work at GSNet, within the Council”.

    I am a proud graduate member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), having joined as a graduate member in 2017. I am currently a structural engineer at Careys PLC.

    I am an experienced advocate for expanding the ICE’s offering to aspiring members – having chaired the Graduates and Students Network for two years and representing the Scottish region on GSNet for one year prior. In my leadership, GSNet over the past two years has worked hard; representing the views of aspiring members to the many ICE panels and ultimately, to Council.

    Together GSNet has contributed to everything from Streamlining 2.0; to Graduate Voting Rights; to the Institution's Governance reforms. The GSNet executive committee has made history by appointing the first modern apprentice to Chair GSNet. It has strengthened existing links with international regions through the Emerging Engineers competition and through regular attendance at GSNet quarterly meetings.

    As outgoing Chair, my final task is to promote the right to vote for the 20,0000 graduates. This, in addition to GSNet's and the ICE's ongoing reforms, will secure graduate engagement for the generations to come; through greater integration and representation. With your vote, I can continue our work at GSNet, within the Council.

    Proposed by Simone Bertram, Andrew Campopiano, Serena Gough, Zoe Henderson, Elliott Webb

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    Daaoud Shafi
  • Jack Welch

    Jack Welch BEng MSc GMICE

    Temporary Works Designer, Laing O’Rourke

    “If elected to the council, I would use my experience of [joining] the profession to help engagement of students whilst they are studying, especially through the day release study route”.

    I am a temporary works engineer currently working for Laing O’Rourke as part of FLOJV on the Thames Tideway Central section. I began with Laing O’Rourke in 2020, before this I was working at Andun Engineering Consultants for 5 years within temporary works and demolition.

    This time included completing my undergraduate degree with two days a week at Anglia Ruskin University and taking a year out to do my MSc in Glasgow. I have been a graduate member of the ICE since finishing my degree and have attended a number of evening talks and events when I had the opportunity including during my time as a student.

    If elected to the council, I would use my experience of this route into the profession to help engagement of students whilst they are studying, especially through the day release study route. I would also use the opportunity to help carve out the role for the ICE in dealing with the challenges that we are certainly going to face as we begin the recovery from COVID-19 and how that will affect the industry.

    Proposed by Richard Patrick Boyle, Marcus Luke Akin Fisher, Claire Kilrane, Hossein Monfared, Ghokulan Ravikulan

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    Jack Welch
  • Kit Wolverson

    Kit Wolverson BEng MEng GMICE

    Civil Engineer, Mott MacDonald

    “I am standing to be elected as a graduate member of Council to actively engage all members by making Council processes and decisions as transparent and inclusive as possible”.

    I am an active, enthusiastic, and passionate graduate member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, located in the North West. I work as a Civil Engineer at Mott MacDonald, in the Bridges team. Here I encourage others to engage with the ICE, volunteer for STEM activities and lead our internal Early Career Professional events.

    I joined the ICE as a student member in 2013, while studying at the University of Leeds, proactively seeking out and joining the Yorkshire and Humber Graduates & Students committee. Upon moving to Manchester, I have continued my involvement, successfully chairing the ICE North West Graduates and Students committee for 2019/20. I organised many events, including the Presidential Visit and Attributes Workshops, whilst increasing engagement and outreach in the region.

    I am standing to be elected as a graduate member of Council to actively engage all members by making Council processes and decisions as transparent and inclusive as possible. I have experience being part of a Council working group for ICE Membership Engagement, and have previously written a response on how we, in the North West, engage graduates and students. The recent discussions on ICE governance have reinforced my interest in the role of council.

    Proposed by Catherine Baker, Jenna-May Hill, Patrick Hylands, Gemma James, Alexandra Mather.

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    Kit Wolverson
 
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