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ICE's work in Scotland is carried out by volunteer members on various committees and groups. They organise events and activities that bring together like-minded people and give members the opportunity to increase their knowledge, get advice and raise the profile of civil engineering in the region.

Find out about the committees and groups that make up ICE Scotland, and who you can contact to get involved.

  • ICE Scotland Committee

    Frances Ratcliffe, Chair

    The ICE Scotland Committee oversees the implementation of the Business Plan and takes the lead on external facing activities to inform opinion and raise public awareness of civil engineering. It is made up of representatives of Branches, corporate members and co-opted Members from across Scotland.

    ICE Scotland's knowledge programme ensures the continuous professional development (CPD) of our members and is delivered by 5 Branches across Scotland (Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Highlands and Islands). Specialist Interest Groups also organise technical events relating to specific engineering topics.

    ICE Scotland Branches also take the lead in coordinating education and inspiration volunteer activities in local schools to inspire the next generation of civil engineers.

    Name Position Employer
    Frances Ratcliffe Chairman Fife Council
    Mac West Immediate Past Chair Retired
    Ronnie Hunter Regional Member on Council Retired
    Alastair Templeton Edinburgh Area Branch Chair Jacobs
    Lawrence Shackman Senior Vice Chair Transport Scotland
    Jim Young Junior Vice Chair CHAP Construction
    Graham Edmond Glasgow & West of Scotland Branch Chair Transport Scotland
    Emma Dickson Glasgow West of Scotland Branch Representative Carillion
    Steven Robertson Highlands & Islands Branch Chair Mott MacDonald
    Martin Kirkpatrick ICE Scotland Graduates and Students Arch Henderson LLP
    Stewart Craigie Municipal Group Scotland Grontmij
    Emily Sweeney Honorary Secretary Jacobs
    Shaun Nesbitt Honorary Treasurer Retired
    Sara Thiam Regional Director ICE
    Kevin Burnett Aberdeen Association of Civil Engineers President Mott MacDonald
    Alan Hutchison Dundee Area Branch Chair Tay Road Bridge Joint Board

    The committee's AGM takes place in October of each year.

    Each Branch has a Graduates and Students (G&S) sub-committee which support members who are working towards becoming professionally qualified. Their activities include knowledge events, seminars and competitions and peer group learning about specific aspects of the Professional Review including the written exercise.

    Got a question?

    If you've got a question for the committee, please feel free to contact the chair, Frances Ratcliffe:


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  • Glasgow and West of Scotland Branch (GWoS)

    Graham Edmond, Chair

    This is the largest ICE branch in Scotland with just under 4,000 members. It was the first association formed outside London, in 1884.

    GWoS Branch runs an extensive programme of technical lectures, social events and competitions. The Branch Annual Dinner is the flagship social event in Scotland. It is held in Glasgow in November and is regularly attended by over 600 guests.

    Name Position Employer
    Graham Edmond Chair Transport Scotland
    Emma Dickson Senior Vice Chair Carillion PLC
    John Campbell Junior Vice Chair Arup
    Alan Frew Past Chairman Arup
    Nicola Bell Honorary Secretary South Lanarkshire Council
    David Riach Minute Secretary Aecom
    Alan Fry Honorary Treasurer Aecom
    Greg Cook Chair Graduates & Students (G&S) Chair South Lanarkshire Council
    Maria Lucey Secretary of Education & Inspiration (E&I) Subcommittee Scottish Water
    Tim Barber Dinner Secretary Jacobs
    Bernadette Mckell Member Jacobs
    Donald Bell Member CH2M
    Robbie Clark Secretary of Life-long Learning Sub-Committee McLaughlin & Harvey
    Steven Marshall Member CH2M
    Graham McFarland Secretary of Thought Leadership Sub-Committee Aecom
    Sandra Purves Panel for Historical Engineering Works (PHEW) Rep Retired
    Altin Staka Member Ferrovial Lagan
    Roger Minto Golf Events Organiser Fairhurst
    Katie Bacon Member Tony Gee
    Alex Currie Member Ramboll UK
    Allan Randall Member Luddon
    Donal Ryan Member University of the West of Scotland
    Tom Phillips G&S Honorary Secretary Network Rail
    Niamh Callaghan G&S Honorary Treasurer Transport Scotland c/o Jacobs
    Jamie Salmon Argyll & Bute Section Argyll & Bute Council
    Kefa Gacura Ayrshire Section Ayrshire Roads Alliance
    Ross Gibson Dumfries & Galloway Section Dumfries & Galloway Council
    Ken Aitken Municipal Group Scotland (MGS) Rep Transport Scotland
    Willie Cannon Scottish Geotechnical Group (SGG) Rep Donaldson Associates
    Jonathan Dick Scottish Hydrological Group (SHG) Rep The University of Aberdeen
    Kenny MacDougall Scottish Hydraulic Study Group (SHSG) Rep Envirocentre
    Ronnie Hunter ICE Council Member Retired
    Susan Briggs Saltire Awards Representative Fairhurst c/o Transport Scotland

    Got a question?

    If you've got a question for the committee, please feel free to contact the chair:

    e: Graham Edmond

    Graduates and Students

    Glasgow's Graduates & Students Group runs a series of technical lectures, competitions and social events in Glasgow as well as an annual lunch in November, which is attended by the ICE President.

    Name Position Employer
    Greg Cook Chair South Lanarkshire Council
    Tom Philips Honorary Secretary Network Rail
    Steven Smith Depute Honorary Secretary AECOM
    Niamh Callaghan Honorary Treasurer Transport Scotland
    Stephanie Kennedy Depute Treasurer Atkins
    Victoria Scott Stirling Conference Mott MacDonald
    Martin Kirkpatrick 5-a-side football Arch Henderson
    Dan Mulhare GSNet Scotland Network Rail
    Caleigh Bradbury I&T Committee Strathclyde University
    Alison Bradley Technical Meetings Arup Group
    Caroline Griffin Technical Meetings Morgan Sindall Group
    Martin Kirkpatrick Emerging Engineers Competition Arch Henderson LLP
    Steven Smith Written Exercise Group Coordinator AECOM
    Ryan Sanders Written Exercise Group Coordinator AECOM
    Fraser Proctor Student Representative, Glasgow Caledonian University Glasgow Caledonian University
    Alexander Barclay Golf Outing Student Representative Transerv

    If you'd like to know more, please contact the chair:

    e: Greg Cook

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  • Edinburgh Area Branch (EAB)

    David Cole, Chairman

    EAB covers the Edinburgh area from the Firth of Forth to the Borders. We are keen to serve all of our members throughout the area and are currently looking at arranging occasional events in the Borders or in the Falkirk/Stirling area. New members are always welcome.

    The work of the branch is handled by the Committee who have a wide range of professional experience on a range of projects and specialisms.

    Name Position Employer
    David Cole Chairman & ICE Scotland Representative Goodsons
    Alastair Templeton Immediate Past Chair Turner and Townsend
    Andrew Carrie Interim Honorary Secretary Andrew Carrie Traffic & Transportation
    Gordon Boyd Honorary Treasurer Amey
    Bob McLeod Social Sub-Committee Retired
    Craig Milne Education and Inspiration Will Rudd Davidson
    Michael Woods Committee Member Turner & Townsend
    Derek Elder External Communications Townhouse Consulting
    Alan Hobbs Committee Member Systra
    Ellen Halkon Knowledge Transfer Lead Aecom
    Brian McCall Knowledge Transfer Sub-Committee QMI
    Ellen Halkon Social Sub-Committee Aecom
    Andrew Boxall Social Sub-Committee Lead  

    Got a question?

    If you've got a question for the committee please feel free to contact the chair:

    e: David Cole

    Graduates and Students

    The Edinburgh Graduates & Students Group run a series of technical lectures, competitions and social events in Edinburgh.

    Name Position Employer
    Ross Elliot Interim Chair Sweco
    Stefan Bozhkov Chair (sabbatical until 2017) Atkins
    Jane Templeton Vice Chair Jacobs
    Louise Williamson Honorary Secretary Jacobs
    Conor Owens Honorary Treasurer Heriot-Watt University
    David McKay Communications Sweco
    Isaac Andoh-Kesson IT & WebEx Manager  
    Greig Gibson Pre-19 Co-ordinator Scottish Borders Council
    Barry Stewart Pre-19 Co-ordinator Atkins
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  • Highlands and Islands Branch

    Steven Robertson, chair

    This branch covers the Scottish Highlands with events generally held at Inverness College. It works closely with the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation CIHT in the area to run a number of popular technical lectures.

    Name Position Employer
    Steven Robertson Chairman Mott Macdonald
    Alasdair Couttie Honorary Secretary SSE
    Liam Matheson Honorary Treasurer Forestry Commission
    Kelly Andrew Chair Graduates and Students (G&S) Fairhurst
    Barry Richardson G&S Representative Fairhurst
    Carrie Higgins Committee member University of the Highlands and Islands
    Tom Murray Committee member RJ Mcleod

    Got a question?

    If you've got a question for the committee please feel free to contact the chair:


    Graduates and Students

    The Graduates & Students Group is keen to recruit new members in the Highlands area. If you'd like to get involved, please contact the chair or honorary secretary for more information:

    e: Kelly Andrew
    e: Barry Richardson

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  • Aberdeen Association of Civil Engineers (AACE)

    Kevin Burnett, Chairman

    This associated ICE society organises a programme of technical lectures and social events in the Aberdeen area. It also aims to raise the profile of civil engineering among young people by working closely with local schools.

    Name Position Employer
    Kevin Burnett President 2016-18 Mott MacDonald
    Elaine Delgarno Vice President 2016-18 Atkins
    Jim Young Immediate Past President CHAP Group (Aberdeen) Ltd
    Graham Dixon Young Members' Group Chair Subsea 7
    Chris Thitlethwaite Pre-19 Chair Atkins
    Catherine Gourlay Honorary Secretary Subsea 7
    Stuart Thompson Council Member Fairhurst
    Kate Ivanova Honorary Treasurer Retired
    CA Kennedy Dinner Secretary Private Consultant
    Rachel Kennedy Council Member Aberdeenshire Council
    Donald MacPherson Council Member Aberdeenshire Council
    Alastair Scott-Kiddie Council Member Fairhurst
    Stuart Allan Council Member Aberdeen City Council
    James Gray Council Member Aberdeen Roads Limited
    Israel Osofero Council Member The University of Aberdeen

    Interested in getting involved?

    If you've got a question for the committee, please feel free to contact the chair Kevin Burnett.

    The Branch also run a young members group. Contact Catherine Gourlay for more information.

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Special interest groups

ICE Scotland has a number of special interest groups. They have a variety of responsibilities and meet at least once a year.

Municipal Group Scotland (MGS)

The Municipal Group Scotland (MGS) comprises engineers working in the public sector often for local authorities or client bodies such as Transport Scotland.

They run a events and seminars, hosting high-profile speakers from the field tackling issues of relevance to municipal engineering.

The MGS half and full-day conferences are usually held in Stirling.

Got a question?

If you've got a question for the group, or you're interested in getting involved in their work, then please contact:

e: Ken Aitken, Chair, Transport Scotland
e: Richard Williams, Honorary Secretary, retired

Scottish Hydrological Group (SHG)

This group offers specialist technical meetings for all members interested in hydrological engineering. Meetings are held across Scotland.

Got a question?

If you've got a question for the group, or you're interested in getting involved, then please contact:

Name Position Employer
Michael Stewart Chair Kaya Consulting
Jonathan Dick Honorary Secretary University of Aberdeen

Scottish Geotechnical Group (SGG)

This group specialises in sharing knowledge in the field of geotechnical engineering. It is a regional group of the British Geotechnical Association.

Name Position Employer
Karen Macpherson Chair CH2M
Willie Cannon Vice Chair Cowi
Andrew Hatherley Honorary Treasurer Arup
Scott Robinson Honorary Secretary, Poster Competition and Dundee Branch Liaison University of Dundee
Christopher Currie Communications Secretary Jacobs
Ross Turnbull ICE Glasgow West of Scotland Liaison CH2M
Payal Debroy Student/University Liaison Cowi
Lorin Bosoc Social Media Assistant CH2M
Jessica Smith GeolSoc Liaison Atkins
Slobodan (Bob) Mickowski Committee Member Glasgow Caledonian University
Andy Clark Committee Member NHBC
Jim Shields Committee Member BAM Ritchies
William Robinson Committee Member Fairhurst

Interested in getting involved?

If you've got a question for the committee, please feel free to contact the chair.

The objective of the SGG is to promote the geotechnical engineering profession mainly by arranging learned meetings and bringing high profile national and international lectures to Scotland.

This is coupled with encouraging young people into the discipline and promoting young engineers. SGG arranges meetings, seminars and competitions in order to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, knowledge and experience concerning the latest developments in the continually developing field of geotechnical engineering.

Scottish Hydraulics Study Group (SHSG)

This group shares knowledge on hydraulic engineering among members in Scotland.

Got a question?

If you've got a question for the group, or you'd like to get involved, then please contact:

e: Dr Kenny MacDougall, Chair, Envirocentre

Panel for Historical Engineering Works (PHEW)

This group is made up of historical experts and those who are passionate about recognising and preserving Scotland's rich engineering heritage. It hosts a series of events through the year, including an annual Summer Visit.

The 2015 Summer Visit will take place on July 3-5thand will visit landmarks in Dumfries and Galloway. Contact Sandra for details and booking.

ICE Scotland also has a collection of civil engineering artefacts which is currently hosted by Heriot-Watt University. Information on the collection is available on their website.

Got a question?

If you've got a question, or you'd like to get involved with the group, then please contact:

e: Sandra Purves Honorary Secretary, retired

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