Municipal Engineering Expert Panel

The aim of the Municipal Engineering Panel is to create promote the sharing, coordinating and transferring of knowledge for the development and management of urban infrastructure, specifically towns and cities.

In supporting the ICE charter to foster and promote the art and science of civil engineering, the purpose of the Municipal Panel is to provide professional leadership for the development and application of knowledge relating to the built environment. Find out more in our Terms of Reference.

Meet the panel

The Municipal Expert panel is made up of a variety of industry experts. Find out more about our panel chair and details of the panel's members.

  • Panel chair: John Pelton

    Municipal Engineering Expert Panel

    John is the Jacobs Programme Strategy Director for the Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal Programme. Previously John has led the Highways England Major Projects transformation programme, the Crossrail Programme Partner JV including delivering the Crossrail Innovate18 innovation programme, the HS2 Efficiency Challenge Programme and prior to joining CH2M has spent many years leading complex programmes with the British military.


Other panel members

Panel member name Employer
Ken Aitken (Vice Chair) Transport Scotland
Stephen Holcroft Liverpool City Council
Robert Huxford Urban Design Group
Nicole Metje University of Birmingham
Kim Faithfull-Wright Costain
John Thomson Prsident, International Federation of Municipal Engineers/Perth & Kinross Council
Paul Keeble Monmouthshire Council, Wales
Neil Humphrey NCH Transport
Melanie Farnham City of York Council

For full panel member biographies, see MEP member bios.

What are we working on?

Having helped create an ongoing mentoring scheme for qualified ICE members, as well as a series of briefing reports, the panel have identified 3 projects they will be focusing on for 2018-2020:

Urban Infrastructure Technologies and Innovation: Identify how technology and innovation can be used more effectively in the development and management of urban infrastructure, specifically towns and cities. For more details, read the project mandate.

Future Cities Standards: Produce case-studies, briefings and a report that outlines a standard for the governance and management systems that will be required for the city of the future. For more details, read the project mandate

Education and Forward Thinking: To consider what new skills and techniques will be required to move forward and provide urban engineers with the requisite skills and resources beyond traditional engineering. For more details, read the project mandate

In 2016, the panel held one of their quarterly meetings at Coventry University followed by attendance at the ICE West Midlands conference titled 'Re-Engineering Our Cities'. John Thomson gave a presentation on 'Translating the urban vision into reality'.

Links to the International Federation of Municipal Engineers (IFME)

John Thomson (past Chairman and current standing member of the Municipal Engineering Expert Panel) represents the ICE Municipal panel and the UK on the International Federation of Municipal Engineers (IFME). IFME is an organisation that fosters technical and cultural exchange of information, innovations, skills and experience between municipal and public works engineers worldwide. ICE's link to IFME is important as it increases awareness and understanding across differing cultures.

John has produced a number of papers showcasing municipal best practice in countries like Denmark and Canada as well as the UK. John took over as President of IFME in August 2018, at the congress held in Kansas, USA. Watch this space as ICE will be hosting the IFME Triennial Congress in 2021. John will be working closely with the ICE international team to push forward ICE's agenda internationally. More details on IFME, their work and past congresses can be found at

Technical briefs and congress papers can be found in the IFME Knowledge Hub.

On 28 June 2019, a senior delegation from the China Municipal Engineering Association was hosted at the ICE. They met with the ICE International Membership Recruitment Manager, Patrick Courtney to discuss professional qualifications, global BIM standards and approaches to STEM education and careers support. The visit was facilitated by the IFME and also included a tour of One Great George Street provided by ICE Archivist, Carol Morgan.

Visit the ICE Journals page and access the Municipal Engineer journal.