ICE Trustee Board

The ICE is governed by a Trustee Board which is responsible for the Institution’s strategic decision making.

The Trustees are supported by a Council, which approves the Trustee Board members and are themselves directly elected by the members.

How does our Trustee Board work?

The Trustee Board is comprised of 12 trustees, who are responsible for the leadership and management of the Institution. Trustees are ultimately responsible and accountable for all activities of the Institution.

The appointment and processes of the Trustee Board are contained within the Royal Charter and By-laws. Further detail on the Board’s responsibilities, duties and composition is set out in the Trustee Board Terms of Reference.

Trustee Board meetings

The meeting notes for Trustee Board meetings can be accessed here. A summary of the latest Trustee Board meeting is available to read.

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Meet our Trustee Board

Following approval by the Privy Council with effect from 3 November 2020, the Trustee Board composition will be 12 members: the President (who chairs the meetings); three Vice Presidents (all of whom will succeed to Presidency); four ordinary members, elected by the membership (subject to transitional arrangements as defined in the By-laws); three Council members (directly appointed by Council) and one Nominated member.

ICE Trustee Board 2022
ICE Trustee Board 2022

ICE President

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.

  • Ed McCann

    Ed McCann BEng(Hons) MSc CEng FICE FRSA

    President 2021 - 22

    President, Institution of Civil Engineers
    Ed graduated from Imperial College London in 1989 with a degree in Civil Engineering.

    During twelve years with Binnie & Partners he obtained a Master’s Degree in Hydraulic Engineering and worked on some fifty infrastructure projects all over the world.

    He joined Expedition Engineering in 2002 where he has been the Project Director for many projects including the multi award winning Infinity Bridge and the Olympic 2012 Velodrome. He currently works on major projects and programs in the UK and internationally where he focuses on strategic engineering design and improving productivity across the asset lifecycle.

    Ed was instrumental in the growth and development of Expedition from a “back bedroom start-up” to Building Magazine’s Engineering Consultant of the Year in 2012.

    In 2009, Ed and the two other owners of Expedition set up a social enterprise called the Useful Simple Trust and gave the company to the employees. He is now a Trustee of the UST, which has a number of award-winning companies specialising in Engineering, Communications Design, Architecture, Education and Sustainability.

    He is a Royal Academy Visiting Professor of Innovation and a member of the UK’s i3P Strategic Leadership Group which is focused on innovating across the built environment.

    He co-created cross industry initiatives including: the Constructionarium, the Get It Right Initiative and the Expedition Workshed.

    Ed has been actively involved in design education since 1999 and he is a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor of Innovation.

    Along the way he appeared in 35 Television programs on engineering and allegedly has a fan in Japan!

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    Ed McCann

Trustee Board members

There are twelve members on the ICE Trustee Board. The President chairs the Trustee Board and the following members are Trustees.

  • Keith Howells

    Keith Howells FREng CEng FICE FCIWEM

    Senior Vice President

    Having graduated in civil engineering in 1974, Keith joined one of the founder members of the Mott MacDonald Group and spent the first 10 years of his career in infrastructure design and project management, mostly in the water and transport sectors.

    On completing an MBA in 1986, he became involved with the planning, feasibility, and financial and economic analysis of projects, principally in the water and environmental sectors. Over the next decade he worked on numerous projects funded by the international finance institutions as well as by UK government bodies.

    Keith has built career-long experience in the planning, study and design of hydraulic structures, hydropower, urban drainage, sewerage, water supply and river engineering schemes. He has worked in numerous countries as well as in the UK.

    He ran the firm’s Water and Environment business from 1997 to 2002, before becoming the Group Managing Director in 2004, directing the firm’s expansion in North America and Australasia. Keith became Chair of the Group’s Executive Board in 2011, responsible to shareholders for the performance of the company and its strategic direction – a role he continued until mid-2019.

    Keith was on the board of the Association for Consultancy and Engineering from 2011 to 2015, and its Chair in 2013; he was a member of the CBI’s Construction Council from 2013 to 2019; and has been a member of the Cranfield School of Management Advisory Board for the last eight years.

    He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He has now stepped down from the Board of Mott MacDonald but continues to act as an adviser to the company and as a Pension Scheme trustee.

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    Keith Howells
  • Andy Alder

    Andy Alder MEng MSc CEng FICE FAPM

    Trustee, Finance Assurance and Risk

    Andy is a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 25 years infrastructure experience.

    Andy is currently Programme Director for the Thames Tideway Tunnel, responsible for the design and construction of the £3.8bn sewer tunnel project to tackle the 50 million tonnes of untreated sewage that flows into the River Thames each year.

    Andy joined Tideway in 2015 from Crossrail. where he undertook several roles: Chief Tunnel Engineer during detailed design; procurement lead for the tunnelling contracts; and project manager during construction of all tunnelling work in the Crossrail West Area.

    Andy was responsible for the design of the London Underground Tottenham Court Road Station Upgrade, the Docklands Light Railway Extensions to London City Airport and Woolwich, and the Dublin Luas tram system. He was part of the design and construction team for Jubilee Line Extension and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link. Andy has worked in the UK, Ireland, Egypt, Malaysia and Canada.

    Andy is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and of the Association for Project Management. He is an ICE Professional Review and a member of the ICE Fellowship Panel.

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    Andy Alder
  • Richard Bayfield

    Richard Bayfield BSC (Hons) MSc CEng CEnv FICE FCIARB

    Trustee, Professional Conduct & Ethics

    Richard began his Civil Engineering career in 1975, as a sandwich student at Surrey University, working for Costain on major projects, including the Thames Barrier.

    Richard gained a master’s degree in construction law from Kings College, London in 1990. He has subsequently had senior roles as a Contractor, Consultant and Client. He was Chair of the Society of Construction Law in 2003/4.

    He is one of the 4 Civil Engineers who are Honorary Members of the Society of Construction Law. In 2006 he was appointed to the Construction Minister’s sounding board of 6, chaired by the late Sir Michael Latham, which advised on proposed changes to construction legislation.

    The latter part of his career has involved working with large Client organisations including Honda, UCL, New College Oxford, and the Church Commissioners. These successful Client leadership roles have majored on both establishing clear project governance structures and establishing pro-active risk management processes including strategies for dispute avoidance.

    Richard has three times been part of a British Construction Industry Award (BCIA) winning project. These were at UCL, Cuddesdon College Oxford and Honda, Swindon.

    Richard is an Adjudicator on the ICE, CIC and CIOB panels. Richard was previously appointed to dispute panels for Terminal 5 and the London 2012 Olympics. Richard is also a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv). He occasionally lectures and writes about Client leadership, collaborative working, and project delivery.

    Richard is part of the Chaplaincy support team at Bullingdon Prison, a shift leader at the Oxford Winter Night Shelter and is Chair of the charity

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    Richard Bayfield
  • Julie Bregulla

    Julie Bregulla FREng Dipl.-Ing. PhD CEng FICE MEWI

    Trustee, Member Engagement & Relationship with Council

    Following her studies in structural and fire engineering, Julie joined the Building Research Establishment in 2003.

    There she progressed to leading BRE Group’s standards and technical strategy, having run BRE’s fire and building technology testing, research and certification business. She joined the leadership at TEDI-London, a higher education provider jointly founded by University of Arizona, UNSW Sydney and King’s college London, in 2021.

    She has worked in academia, consulting and construction, giving her a blended experience in the multi-faceted interactions of engineering practice. From applied research, testing and certification in support of the most innovative projects in the UK and abroad, to representing the UK national position at key industry code and regulatory committees, her work is wide-ranging in impact.

    Julie has supported key ICE initiatives over many years (including ICE’s In Plain Sight) chairs the ICE Structures Expert Panel, is a member of SCOSS (Standing Committee on Structural Safety) and leads on strategic industry-wide initiatives. She holds the chair of TC250’s horizontal, pan-European Eurocode committee developing the provisions for robustness of structures (TC250/WG6).

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    Julie Bregulla
  • Jim Hall

    Prof Jim Hall FREng FICE

    Trustee, Carbon & Climate

    Professor Jim Hall is Professor of Climate and Environmental Risks in the University of Oxford.

    Before joining the University of Oxford in 2011 to become Director of the University’s Environmental Change Institute, Prof Hall held academic positions in civil engineering departments in Newcastle University and the University of Bristol.

    Prof Hall is internationally recognised for his research on risk analysis for water resource systems, flooding and coastal engineering, infrastructure systems and adaptation to climate change. Professor Hall is a member of the Prime Minister's Council for Science and Technology and is Expert Advisor to the National Infrastructure Commission. He was a member of the UK independent Committee on Climate Change Adaptation from 2009 to 2019.

    He led the development of the National Infrastructure Systems Model (NISMOD), which was used for the ICE’s influential National Needs Assessment and for the UK’s first National Infrastructure Assessment. Prof Hall invented, and now chairs, the UK Data and Analytics Facility for National Infrastructure (DAFNI).

    Amongst various distinctions, Prof Hall was awarded the ICE’s George Stephenson Medal in 2001 and the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water in 2018. He was a Contributing Author to the Nobel Prize-winning Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

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    Jim Hall
  • Dr Sabih Khisaf


    Trustee, International

    Dr. Sabih is well known in the GCC for his contribution to the construction industry within the region, he is a regular contributor to the regional industry events a Keynote Speaker, Presenter or as Conference Host.

    Dr. Sabih has extensive experience in the design and construction of civil and heavy civil infrastructure projects such as Heathrow Terminal 5 in London, Khalifa Port and Khalifa Industrial Zone in Abu Dhabi, Vasco da Gama Bridge in Lisbon, A13 DBFO Project in London, Metro operation, London Underground (Tube Lines, London), program management for the development of multi-mode transit systems (e.g. Abu Dhabi’s US$ 32-billion Integrated Public Transport Program), as the Civil Infrastructure Design Manager, Metro Design, Doha Metro and recently, Infrastructure Design Lead with Hyperloop Transportation Technologies MENA Region.

    Dr. Sabih is a Charted Civil Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (UK), also, he is Institution of Civil Engineers Trustee Board Member, VP International and the Chairman of the ICE’s UAE Branch.

    He sits on several Universities Industry Advisory Bords advising and supporting the universities in their education activities. He is an Honorary Professor at Heriot-Watt University.

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    Dr Sabih Khisaf
  • Paula McMahon

    Paula McMahon BEng CEng FICE FCMI

    Trustee, UK Regions

    Paula started life as a Civil Engineering Apprentice with her local Council straight from school.

    She is currently the Regional Supervising Officer for Sir Robert McAlpine’s Northern region where she oversees the professional development of future ICE members.

    She also manages the Social Value for the A19 DBFO Project, is an Employee Representative and sits on several Affinity and leadership groups.

    Her career has been wide ranging and varied and has included significant roles on high profile projects including the Thames Barrier, Hinkley Point C and DUBAL Aluminium. She is a Chartered Fellow of the ICE and Chartered Management Institute as well as being a Fellow of the Women’s Engineering Society and Royal Society of Arts, Commerce and Manufactures.

    Paula is currently the North East Chair and Honorary Editor and Panel Chair for the flagship ICE Proceedings: Civil Engineering. She also sits on several strategy groups including the North East Chamber of Commerce Transport Forum and Teesside University’s Engineering Board where she is also a visiting lecturer.

    Paula strongly believes in inspiring our next generation of civil engineers and educating everyone to work towards an equitable and sustainable future. She is the driving force behind Engineering Together which brings together a wide selection of UK and International Engineering Institutions and bodies to work collaboratively to raise awareness and understanding of engineers and engineering. She set up Primary Voices to impress the need for urgency climate action whilst providing everyday solutions to help tackle the climate crisis.

    She is regularly invited to speak at national and international events on a range of topics including engineering, diversity and sustainability. Paula’s work in the industry and education has earned her many Awards and accolades including the prestigious European WICE Award Lifetime in Engineering for 2021.

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    Paula McMahon
  • Anusha Shah

    Anusha Shah BEng MSc CEng FICE

    Vice President, Membership

    Anusha is a Director-Resilient Cities at Arcadis. She is also a Royal Academy of Engineering-Visiting Professor at King’s College London on Climate Adaptation, Sustainability and Inclusive Design.

    A Fellow with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Anusha is also a Non-Executive Director at the Met Office, UK. She has specialisation in Water & Environmental Engineering with over 20 years’ experience in designing, managing and leading projects and programmes both in the UK and internationally. She has worked with the government, NGOs, consultants, contractors, regulator and utility companies, and has led various multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural projects on Water, Environment, Flood Risk Management, Mining and Rail.

    Anusha is an External Examiner at Leeds Beckett University, an Honorary Professor at University of Wolverhampton and a Visiting Professor at University of Edinburgh. She is also Past Chair of the Thames Estuary Partnership Board, a charity working towards sustainable management of the Thames Estuary.

    Anusha is a member of the ICE Fairness, Inclusion and Respect Panel and was the Co-Chair of ICE London and South-East Diversity Task Force . She was the youngest and first female Chair of the ICE - London Region in 2010, General Council Member and Trustee of the ICE for two consecutive terms, Non-Executive Director- Thomas Telford Board, Member- ICE Executive Board, Member-ICE Research & Development Panel and Member- ICE Qualifications Panel.

    She sits on various industry NetZero groups and represents Arcadis at the London Climate Change Partnership and 50L Home Initiative of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

    A recipient of several awards including 2020 - Top 50 UK Women Engineers Sustainability Award and CECA FIR Inspiring Engineers Award 2019, Anusha is regularly invited to panel discussions and for delivering keynote speeches at various high profile industry events. Anusha was recognized by Climate Reframe as one of the UK’s leading BAME voices on climate change.

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    Anusha Shah
  • Jonathan Spruce

    Jonathan Spruce MEng MBA CEng FICE FCIHT

    Trustee, Policy & External Affairs

    Jonathan is a civil and transportation engineer with almost 30 years’ worth of wide-ranging experience working for the public and private sectors.

    He is an experienced advisor to the public and private sector, and regularly provides advice at a senior level to local authorities and partnerships in the UK, aimed at the development of integrated transportation and regeneration solutions aimed at supporting economic growth in towns and cities.

    In May 2019, he completed a commission acting as Interim Strategy Director for Transport for the North, leading the team that developed the first pan-Northern Strategic Transport Plan and associated 30 year Investment Programme.

    More recently, he has been providing support to a number of local authorities on the contents of the Integrated Rail Plan for the Midlands and the North, the development of Bus Service Improvement Plans and the roll-out of active travel improvements.

    He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, currently serving on the Policy and External Affairs Committee, as well as being part of the steering groups for the State of the Nation report on Devolution and the Delivering a Northern Infrastructure Strategy report.

    He recently gave evidence on behalf of the ICE to the House of Commons Transport Select Committee inquiries into Major transport infrastructure projects: appraisal and delivery and Smart motorways.

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    Jonathan Spruce
  • Richard Threlfall

    Richard Threlfall FICE

    Vice President, Learning Society

    Richard has over 25 years’ experience in infrastructure policy, governance, strategy and financing, working with both public and private sector organisations in the UK and overseas. He is currently Global Head of Infrastructure at consulting firm KPMG.

    Richard began his career as a civil servant at the UK Department for Transport where he held positions in the road, rail and aviation directorates. Between 1996 and 1998 he was Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Transport and the Deputy Prime Minister. He subsequently moved to the Infrastructure Advisory team at Citigroup before joining KPMG, where he led the UK Infrastructure, Building and Construction sector until 2018.

    Richard has an extensive network of contacts across the infrastructure, transport, utility, and construction markets and the related political, financial and legal communities, in the UK and internationally. He works with national and local infrastructure and transport authorities, private infrastructure owners and promoters of infrastructure schemes. He has advised on the governance and financing of some of the worlds’ most complex civil engineering projects.

    Richard is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and became a Vice-President of the Institution in November 2019. He is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Infrastructure. He is a member of the Infrastructure Board of the Confederation of British Industry.

    He chairs the Advisory Council of The Infrastructure Forum, which is an independent think-tank which brings together organisations with involvement in UK infrastructure from public, private and regulatory perspectives. He is a prolific writer on infrastructure and transport, and is quoted regularly in the trade and national press.

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    Richard Threlfall
  • Liz Waugh

    Liz Waugh BSc Hons AMICE MCIPR MCI

    Trustee, Communications

    A communications professional with over 25 years’ experience in industry and public sector, specialising in stakeholder engagement with critical infrastructure and crisis management.

    Providing expert advice to public and private sector, including central Government (Cabinet Office, BEIS and Defra), Scottish and Welsh Governments, as well as local authorities. Currently adviser to critical infrastructure portfolios totalling in excess of £15.7bn, including 11 energy from waste projects, major road and rail schemes, and separate regeneration programmes for two towns and a district hospital.

    Mentoring 3 engineers and regular speaker at Women in Leadership, Construction and other fora to promote engineering and career progression. Member of the Great Western Railway Advisory Board, SW Infrastructure Panel and Governor (UK) to Association of Real Property and Infrastructure. Previously chaired the Local Transport Board, BBC Audience Council (representing England) and ex interim CEO of Heart of the South West LEP. Lectures for Bournemouth, Plymouth and Leeds University and expert witness to several public inquiries on the impact of critical infrastructure on the tourism economy.

    Managing Director of Coast Communications, a strategic technical communications agency based in Cornwall, London and Cardiff, with a roster of national and international clients. In her (limited) spare time, Liz enjoys walking in the Black Mountains with her dog, paddleboarding on the coast and photography. She is learning Welsh, with nominal success.

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    Liz Waugh

ICE Trustee Elections 2022

ICE voting Members directly elect members to the Trustee Board. To ensure continuity on the Trustee Board, not all vacancies will arise in the same year.

Trustee vacancies 2022

Vacancies for the 2022 Trustee elections will be announced at the end of January 2022.

Election timetable

The election in 2022 will run from 01 June to 12 July. The results will be announced at the Institution’s Annual General Meeting on 19 July 2022 with elected candidates taking office from 01 November 2022.

Further information

If you would like to find out more about Trustee elections, please contact the Governance Office on +44 (0)20 7665 2002/2077 or at [email protected].

Trustee updates

Following each meeting of the Trustee Board, a brief note summarising what was discussed and any actions to be taken is produced and made available to members and the public.

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