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

    Sarah Kellerman, 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
    Sarah Kellerman ICE North East chairman Arcadis
    Graham Yates Immediate past ICE North East chairman and education panel chair  
    Alison Mee ICE North East vice chair &
    Northumbria branch chair
    Mott MacDonald
    Barry Walmsley Teesside branch chair Teesside University
    Yanyan Liang Honorary secretary Atkins
    Melanie Farnham Honorary treasurer Mouchel
    Mike Chater Regional member of Council Atkins Limited
    Laura Chatwin Graduates & students committee chair Arup
    Stephen Larkin Regional Advisory Board chair Aone+
    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 chair  
    John Jeffrey Annual dinner secretary  
    Peter Ellingsen Incorporated Engineer representative Aecom
    Vacant Technician representative  
    David Yates Corporate member - honorary secretary (Teesside) YECC Consultants
    Laura Brown Corporate member - honorary secretary (Northumbria) Bowmer and Kirkland
    Richard Pike Corporate member - Northern Geotechnical Group representative Royal HaskoningDHV
    Brian Taylor Northumbria Branch representative  
    Richard Marr Robert Stephenson Awards secretary  
    Amy Wright Regional education coordinator Farrans
    Kate Cairns Diversity panel & general council representative Kate Cairns Consultancy
    Alan Murray CIC representative NBS
    Martin Heddon NECC representative RWO Associates
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  • Northumbria Branch

    Alison Mee, Chairman of Northumbria Branch

    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.

    Name Position
    Alison Mee Chair
    Laura Brown Honorary secretary
    Jason Boddy Member
    Laura Brown Member
    Vanessa Collins Member
    Michael Coulson Member
    Victoria Edmondson Member
    Jonathan Fisher Member
    Mike Ford Member
    Mike Gardiner Member
    Stephanie Glendinning Member
    Steven Harvey Member
    Martin Heddon Member
    Ian Histon Member
    John Jeffrey Member
    Yanyan Liang Member
    Andy Morris Member
    Alan Murray Member
    Derek Smith Member
    Brian Taylor Member
    Michael Taylor Member
    Phil Welton Member
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  • Teesside Branch

    Barry Walmsley, Teeside Chair

    The Teesside branch represents members living and working in the Tees Valley and welcomes members from neighbouring North Yorkshire. It organises events, technical talks and seminars throughout the year. Branch events are usually held in Middlesbrough.

    Name Position Employer
    Barry Walmsley Chairman Teesside University
    David Yates Honorary secretary (Teesside) YECC Consultants
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  • Graduate and Students Committee

    Jonathan Livingstone-Evans, Chair of Graduates and Students

    The ICE North East Graduates and Students (G&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 Graduates and Students Committee 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 G&S also sit on the ICE North East regional committee and regional executive board.

    Name Position Employer
    Laura Chatwin Chair Arup
    Jonathan Livingstone-Evans Immediate past chair Arup
    FrithaMcCrimmon Vice chair MWH Global
    Sarah Chadwick Secretary Mott Macdonald
    Jo Spencer Treasurer Arup
    Bradley Reid Northumbria branch rep Cundall
    Andrew Robinson Teesside branch rep Atkins
    Jordan Larkin Technician Member Capita
    Jack Gaskell GSNet Rep Galliford Try
    Georgi Georgiev Sports & social rep Ryder Architecture
    Melika Reza, Jo Spencer, Daryl Charlton, Yung Chi Poon Schools & colleges liaison  
    Morwenna Parkin Communications rep Ryder Architecture
    Hayley McQuaid Main Student rep  
    Jonathan Smith G4C  

    Interested in getting involved?

    There are lots of ways for graduate and student members 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 G&S 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 Aone+
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

Flooding Panel

The ICE North East Flooding panel is made up of regional members with expertise in flooding issues.

It aims to represent the region (locally and nationally) on flooding matters, and contribute to central ICE reports, such as State of the Nation, which are of particular interest to Government. The panel also uses its professional expertise to contribute to media coverage, which helps raise ICE's profile.

The panel offers a place to share knowledge and best practice, and helps promote local issues in the national arena.

New members from all parts of the industry are welcome to join the panel's discussions. Please see contact details below for more information.

Name Position
Tom Brown Chairman

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 Andrew Richmond

Name Postiton Employer
Jason Boddy Chairman Arup
Andrew Richmond Secretary and Treasurer Arup
David Toll 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  


Heritage links

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
Michael Taylor Chair
David Byrom Treasurer
Mike Gardiner Secretary
Mike Wade Events Co-ordinator
Malcolm Smith Membership Secretary
Dick Atkinson, Martin Bailey Committee members
Enid Jones Co-opted Assistant Secretary
David Byrom, Martin Bailey, Michael Taylor Account Signatories
Neil Buchanan, Doug Shearer, Brian Blakeley Account Examiners
Margot Wade Newsletter Editor

Sustainability Panel

The panel aims to encourage and promote an understanding of sustainability in the region.

It provides a link between the profession in the North East region and ICE centrally. It does this by acting as a focal point where knowledge on environmental and sustainability issues can be shared.

The panel also acts as a regional advocate on sustainability issues, and for mitigation and adaption actions relating to climate change.

Its aims are to:

  • Raise awareness of sustainability issues within civil engineering
  • Share knowledge and promote best practice
  • Inform thinking on key issues
  • Give regional perspective to consultation documents
  • Contribute to current debates
  • Engage with other relevant regional bodies

The panel welcomes new committee members, from both academia and industry. Representatives from major clients and contracting companies are particularly welcome. If you're interested, please see contact details below.

Name Position
Kate Cairns Chair
Sarah Melville-Crowe  

Sustainability links

Transport Panel

The North East transport panel is made up of transportation professionals who aim to represent the region, locally and nationally, on transport matters.

It gives feedback to ICE nationally on important transport issues, particularly those of interest to Government.

The panel also provides a place to share knowledge and best practice, and helps promote local issues in the national arena.

The main aims of the group are to:

  • Discuss issues relating to all modes of transport in the North East
  • Contribute to National ICE Transport Panel discussion
  • Give a regional perspective to national debate
  • Share best practice and knowledge

New members from all sides of the industry are welcome to join the panel's discussions. Please contact Laura O'Toole for more information.

Name Position Employer
Laura O'Toole Chair Arup
Chris Jolley    
Stephen Larkin    
David Laux    
Dave Wafer    



Transport links

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