Municipal Engineering Expert Panel

The panel works to show how public works infrastructure can improve our communities' health and quality of life.

Panel members provide ICE with expertise on the built environment of our towns and cities. We use this knowledge to find ways to improve how we design, construct and manage our communities.

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: Andy Morris

    Municipal Engineering Expert Panel

    Since graduation from Liverpool University in 1980, Andy has worked in Municipal engineering for both the public and private sectors as Head of Transport and Engineering at Sunderland City Council, a consultant at Jacobs, and now manages his own design consultancy, Novo55.


Other panel members

Panel member name Employer
Ken AItken Transport Scotland
Paul Keeble Monmouthshire County Council
Stephen Holcroft Liverpool City Council
Ian Jenkinson (Vice Chair) The Stilwell Partnership
Robert Huxford Urban Design Group
Damian McGettrick WM Long Reach Ltd (Plant Hire & Environmental Contracting)
John Pelton CH2M Hill
John Thomson International Federation of Municipal Engineers/Perth & Kinross Council
Nicole Metje University of Birmingham

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 has turned it's attention to Local Government Procurement processes, investigating whether current practice really is delivering best value for communities.

The panel will also be contributing to ICE activity on Future Cities, and how technology could change and improve the integration of infrastructure within the built urban environment.

Last year, the panel held their quarterly meeting 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. John is the current Vice President of IFME and will become President in 2018. John will be working closely with the ICE international team to push forward ICE's agenda internationally. More details on IFME can be found at