Our mission and work

ICE promotes civil engineering and supports the people who work in our profession. It's also important for us to keep telling the public about what civil engineers do - because without them our world would be very different.

Learn more about our aims, and about the people leading us so we can achieve them.

Helping the public understand what civil engineers do to our daily lives.
Helping the public understand what civil engineers do to our daily lives.

Why were we formed?

We have three main roles:

  • To qualify civil engineering professionals and give them the tools they need to continue to develop.
  • To help the industry learn more and share our knowledge so we can maintain the natural and built environment.
  • To promote the contribution that civil engineers make to society worldwide.

How we want ICE to be seen

We aim to be:

  • A highly respected organisation which qualifies not just civil engineers but other professionals working in the built environment around the world.
  • An independent voice that uses the expert knowledge of our members to influence government policy and help the industry progress.
  • A trusted source of advice, guided by our members' high ethical standards.
  • An organisation whose members are passionate about being part of such a rewarding profession and about inspiring the next generation.
  • The professional engineering association that other world organisations and institutions turn to for help in tackling global challenges.

What we stand for

The values that guide our work, and the work of our members, are:

  • Trust and honesty
  • Ethical behaviour and integrity
  • High standards
  • Quality and professionalism

Meet our senior managers

ICE's senior managers make sure we achieve the goals set by our Council.

  • Nick Baveystock

    Nick Baveystock

    Director General

    Nick Baveystock was appointed director general and secretary in 2011. After schooling in England and France, Nick joined the British Army's Royal Engineers.

    He commanded Royal Engineer units at all ranks up to brigadier, and has wide experience of delivering engineering programmes. This includes nearly 10 years leading post-conflict reconstruction and development in Southern Iraq and the Balkans.

    Following an early career in Germany, Northern Ireland and the Balkans, Nick spent time in the Ministry of Defence's Directorate of Military Operations. He was a personal staff officer to both the assistant chief of the defence staff (Operations) in UK and to the commander of NATO forces in Kosovo. He commanded a regiment in Kosovo, Bosnia, and from 2003-04 in Southern Iraq.

    Nick was deployed to Iraq again with the 1st (UK) Armoured Division, as chief of staff multinational division (south east) and then as chief engineer. As a brigadier he commanded the Royal School of Military Engineering, leading the £3.2 Bn RSME Public Private Partnership.

    Nick is on the boards of Engineering UK and the Construction Industry Council. He is also a non-executive director for Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), vice chair of Thomas Telford Ltd and an alumni of the Royal College of Defence Studies.

    Married to Chris, Nick is widely travelled. He has a passion (but little talent) for golf, reads voraciously, shoots very badly a couple of times a year. Nick spends much of his limited spare time acting as deputy assistant under-groom to his wife's horses. He also likes to walk his increasingly spoilt, disobedient, but endearing, spaniel.

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    Nick Baveystock
  • Chris Gibson

    Chris Gibson

    Managing Director Thomas Telford

    Having joined TTL in 2008, Chris became responsible for growing the business to support ICE's charitable role. Four years later, he took on his executive director role to bring together TTL and ICE's knowledge activities.

    During his time working for the ICE Group, Chris has helped to grow NEC and ICE Publishing. The NEC portfolio has expanded and become the industry's preferred contract. By creating the ICE Virtual Library and making more books and journals available electronically, our publications and knowledge have also been reaching a global audience.

    Despite the difficult market conditions after the financial crisis, Chris kept core TTL products profitable. This helped to create a platform for future global growth. Chris has also recently been working closely with ICE's membership team to create knowledge offerings to support our members' professional development.

    Before joining the ICE group Chris had a 25-year career in scientific and technical publishing. This led to senior management roles for Elsevier, the leading company in the field. His was responsible for a wide portfolio such as books, journals and digital products.

    Chris looks forward to future challenges at ICE. These include investing more in digital technology, delivering improved products that meet member needs, and engaging with audiences outside the UK.

    He is a fellow of the Institute of Directors and holds the IoD's chartered director professional qualification.

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    Chris Gibson
  • Seán Harris

    Seán Harris

    Director of Membership

    Seán was appointed director of membership in August 2015 and has been an engineer for over 30 years bringing leadership, planning and financial experience to the role.

    He has served in the Royal Engineers and was responsible for overseeing the Institution of Royal Engineers as it gained and implemented an Engineering Council licence to qualify members as EngTech, IEng and CEng.

    He is most recently been on secondment to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, as UK Defence Advisor and Commander of British Forces in Nepal.

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    Seán Harris
  • Susan Bailey

    Susan Bailey

    Group Finance Director

    Susan joined the ICE in May 2019 as Group Finance Director and is responsible for all financial reporting and control matters across the group.

    She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.

    Previous roles include Group Finance Director of the Goldsmiths Livery Company, Bank Financial Controller for Close Brothers Bank and Finance Director of Molinare, a television post production company. She spent almost 5 years working for The Royal Household as financial controller and Assistant Treasurer to the Queen.

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    Susan Bailey
  • Chris Richards

    Chris Richards

    Director of Policy

    Chris joined ICE as Head of Policy and Public Affairs in October 2018. He has responsibility for the transfer of ICE’s insights and recommendations to political decision makers, alongside supporting the Infrastructure Client Group with industry change initiatives.

    Previous roles include Head of Business Environment Policy at EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation – where he was responsible for developing positions on infrastructure, devolution and digital transformation. Other policy roles include stints at the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

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    Chris Richards