North East - committees

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ICE's work in the North East is carried out by the regional committee. It's made up of branch members and interest groups, and is supported by the Regional Support Team.

The region is made up of the Northumbria and Teesside Branches, Graduates and Students Section, special interest panels, Seniors Group and the Northern Geotechnical Group.

Committee members are volunteers and come from a range of backgrounds within the civil engineering profession.

Find out more about the committees and groups, including who's involved and how you can get in touch.

  • ICE North East regional committee

    Laura Brown, North East Regional Committee Chair

    The regional committee is responsible for setting the direction of ICE in the North East and making sure that the region achieves its aims. The committee is made up of representatives of the branches, interest groups and sections.

    Name Position Employer
    Laura Brown ICE North East Chairman Bowmer & Kirkland
    Alison Mee Immediate past ICE North East chair Mott MacDonald
    Alisdair Cook Northumbria branch chair Siemens
    Paula McMahon Teesside branch chair Sir Robert McAlpine
    Kyle Sutcliffe Teesside branch secretary JNP Group
    Becky Jackson Honorary secretary Aecom
    Melanie Farnham Honorary treasurer City of York Council
    Graham Yates Education panel chair Northumberland County Council
    Charlotte Flower Graduates, Apprentices, Students & Technicians (GAST committee co-chair
    Tom Wilde Graduates, Apprentices, Students & Technicians (GAST committee co-chair
    Stephen Larkin Regional Member of Council and Regional Advisory Board chair AECOM
    Laura O'Toole Regional Advisory Board representative Arup
    Jason Boddy Northern Geotechnical Group chair Arup
    Michael Taylor Heritage panel chairman, Seniors chair & PHEW representative NE
    Mike Gardiner North East education panel
    Kirils Holstovs Climate Change rep
    John Jeffrey Annual dinner secretary
    Meshi Taka Fairness, Inclusion & Respect Lead AECOM
    David Yates NECC member YECC Consultants
    Kate Cairns General Council Representative Kate Cairns Consultancy
    Martin Heddon NECC representative RWO Associates
    Alan Ross Elected member
    Martin Crapper General Council Representative
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  • Northumbria Branch

    Alasdair Cook, chair

    The Northumbria branch organises events, technical talks and seminars throughout the year. It represents ICE members living and working in Durham, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear. Events are mainly held in central Newcastle.

    Alasdair Cook Chair
    Jason Boddy Member
    Vanessa Collins Member
    Meshi Taka Member
    Michael Coulson Member
    Victoria Edmondson Member
    Jonathan Livingston-Evans Member
    Mike Ford Member
    Mike Gardiner Member
    Martin Heddon Member
    John Jeffrey Member
    Yanyan Bryan Member
    Brian Taylor Member
    Michael Taylor Member
    Phil Welton Member
    Alan Ross Member
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  • Graduates, Apprentices, and Students & Technicians Committee

    The ICE North East Graduates, Apprentices, and Students & Technicians (GAST&S) Committee represents over 900 graduate and student ICE members living within the region. It organises regular events, seminars, competitions and socials. These help members develop their careers and get support, as well as providing opportunities for like-minded people to meet and network.

    The GAST also runs many events and initiatives to get schools and local communities involved in civil engineering.

    It's managed by a committee of core members who are elected annually. The committee meets once a month. Key members of the GAST also sit on the ICE North East regional committee and regional executive board.

    Name Position Employer
    Charlotte Flower Joint Chair
    Tom Wilde Joint Chair
    Darcie Coombs & James Lane Immediate past Chairs
    Luke Roberts Vice Chair
    India Hutchinson Secretary
    Sam Berry & David Steedman Co treasurers
    Bradley Reid Northumbria Branch Rep
    India Hutchinson Teesside Branch Rep
    Luke Roberts GSNet Rep
    Sam Berry and David Steedman Sports and Social Rep
    Jessica Jackson Schools & Colleges Rep
    Kirils Holstovs Climate Change Rep
    Laurence Appiah Communications Rep
    Alex Jennings, Edward Robson & Cerys White Student Reps
    Matthew Hutchinson RAB Rep
    George Lazar G4C Rep
    John Hogg Technician Rep
    Darcie Coombs Fairness, Inclusion & Respect Rep
    Sarah Chadwick Elected Member

    Interested in getting involved?

    There are lots of ways to join the committee.

    If you'd like to find out more, why not come to a meeting? All graduate and student members are welcome, and it's a great way to meet other volunteer engineers and network. Getting involved will help you make the most of your ICE membership.

    View ICE North East GAST roles & responsibilities
    Benefits of joining - what our current committee say

    For the latest news and events follow @ICE_NE on Twitter

    Facebook: ICENEGraduatesandStudents

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Special interest groups

Four ICE special interest groups have been set up in the North East, covering transport, flooding, heritage and sustainability.

The group's members provide expert comment and informed opinion, contribute to learned society activities and help raise ICE North East's profile. Members have given responses to consultations and State of the Nation reports, as well as contributing to media coverage and lectures.

The panels provide an exciting opportunity for people to get more involved with ICE and have a say on important issues affecting the region.

So, if you have the experience and expertise to contribute, and would like to join a panel, please contact the relevant chair or download the information sheet to find out more.

Regional Advisory Board

The Regional Advisory Board gives expert advice on a range of industry sectors.

The board provides informed debate, and promotes a coherent strategy for infrastructure development in the region. It also contributes to ICE's State of the Nation reports, both nationally, and from a regional perspective.

Name Sector Employer
Chris Jolley Transport Mott Macdonald
Stephen Larkin (RAB Chairman) Transport AECOM
Laura O'Toole Transport Arup
Brian Wilson Rail Nexus
James Hollender Energy TNEI
Steena Nasapen-Watson Water Northumbrian Water Limited
George Hare Water MWH Global
Richard Warneford Water Northumbrian Water Limited
Phil Welton Flooding Environment Agency
John Robinson Flooding Newcastle City Council
Donald Daly Flooding Arup
Oliver Heidrich Flooding / sustainability Newcastle University
Kate Cairns Sustainability Kate Cairns Consultancy
Robert Thorniley-Walker Environment, Climate change Structural & Civil Consultants Ltd
Garry Edwards Drainage
David Toll Geotechnical Durham University
John Jeffrey H&S
Sarah Kellerman Procurement/Law Arcadis
Martin Heddon Structures RWO Associates

Find out more

Download the terms of reference for the ICE North East Regional Advisory Board

Education Panel

Name Position Employer
Graham Yates Chair Newcastle City Council
Mike Gardiner Secretary Retired
Jo Spencer Member Arup
Fritha McCrimmon Member Stantec
Joao Mendez Member Northumbria University
Paul Sergeant Member Teesside University

Geotechnical Group

The Northern Geotechnical Group (NGG) is a focal point for the local geotechnical community.

It organises a full programme of technical meetings and seminars throughout the year.

Anyone with an interest in geotechnical engineering is welcome to come along to events. If you'd like to join or find out more about events, please contact David Hinxman

Name Postiton Employer
Andrew Richmond Chairman Arup
David Hinxman Secretary and Treasurer Arup
Jason Boddy Immediate Past Chairman Durham University

Heritage Panel

The ICE North East Heritage Panel is a group of civil engineers who are interested in the history of the profession.

It has published regional guides and leaflets on the subject and also works with the national Panel for Historical Engineering Works (PHEW). They identify historical engineering works and, in some cases, preserve and add them to an online database.

The panel also organises heritage walks describing some of Newcastle's historic buildings, structures and notable engineers.

Anyone with an interest in historical engineering is welcome to join the panel. If you'd like to get involved or find out more about talks, walks and other aspects of the panel's work, please contact Michael Taylor.

Name Position
Michael Taylor Chairman
John Jeffrey  
David Yates  


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Seniors Group

The ICE North East Seniors Group was formed in 1990 to arrange activities for engineers who are retired or nearing retirement. Meetings are held around once a month and include:

  • Visits to sites of engineering interest
  • Lectures on subjects of historical or present engineering interest
  • Social events

Partners are welcome to join members at events. They are usually held during the daytime and also provide the opportunity to enjoy a leisurely lunch.

Events include an annual lunch in December and a three or four-day holiday usually held in May. The group is informal and sociable, helping members make new friends with the same interests.

Members are asked to pay a modest annual subscription, which helps the group produce a quarterly newsletter and put on events.

If you're a retired or semi-retired ICE member, or are still working but able to come to day-time meetings, the group would like to hear from you. Email Michael Taylor to find out more.

Name Position
Mike Gardiner Chair
Eric Valentine Secretary
David Byrom Treasurer / account signatory
Mike Wade Events Co-ordinator
Malcolm Smith Membership Secretary
Dick Atkinson Member
Michael Taylor Member / account signatory
Ralph Bliss Member
Neil Buchanan Account Examiner
Doug Shearer Account Examiner
Margot Wade Newsletter Editor

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