General member candidates

Election of five general members to the ICE Council 2018

Details of candidates

Names are listed in alphabetical order. Instructions on registering your vote online are included in the covering email or on the ballot paper for those receiving a postal vote.

  • Lawrence Oritsebemigho Ajuyah BSc (Eng) MSc MBA CEng FICE

    Lawrence Oritsebemigho Ajuyah BSc (Eng) MSc MBA CEng FICE

    “If elected, I would bring my broad leadership and management experience to the role of Council member; dedicate myself to promoting the pride of this fascinating people centred profession amongst younger members and students…”

    I have been associated with the Institution since 1977 and I am the Country Representative for Nigeria. I have keenly mentored younger colleagues over the years to promote professional excellence. I served the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) as examiner for 7 years and on special panels of the Society that investigated 3 local engineering problems with solutions presented to government for implementation. I was National Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers with responsibility for mentoring, training and development.

    I had early experience with the Nigerian Railways, then with consulting engineering practices on design and construction of water resource projects. I later worked for the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria in engineering, business planning, economics and management and retired voluntarily in December 2014 after 30 years of service. I currently provide engineering and management services as a consultant.

    If elected, I would bring my broad leadership and management experience to the role of Council member; dedicate myself to promoting the pride of this fascinating people centred profession amongst younger members and students; and actively engage with the issues that will impact the future generation.

    Chief Executive Officer, ENMAS Consulting
    Proposed by Olusegun Oyelola, Gabriel Ojo, Raheem Sanni, Adekunle Adebajo, Abdul Oladapo

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  • John Robert Beck MBA CEng FICE FRICS MCIArb DipLaw

    John Robert Beck MBA CEng FICE FRICS MCIArb DipLaw

    “Acknowledging ICE’s wealth of knowledge and its domestic and international reputation, I shall strongly support ICE’s growing influence in addressing the challenges posed by infrastructure development, sustainability and climate change and the opportunities provided by digital technology”.

    I believe my task as a Council member is to play my part in shaping a diverse, broad-based, sustainable institution, whose role is to provide leadership for the profession but equally, to support and be responsive to engineers at the grass-roots level, both in the UK regions and overseas. We must never forget that the Institution’s greatest asset is its members.

    Acknowledging ICE’s wealth of knowledge and its domestic and international reputation, I shall strongly support ICE’s growing influence in addressing the challenges posed by infrastructure development, sustainability and climate change and the opportunities provided by digital technology.

    With a civil engineering construction background, I became an ICE Fellow in 1999, subsequently a technical director, also chairing a national European Affairs Committee, before becoming ICE Director International. Leadership roles followed in a global commercial regulatory and arbitral authority and a major charitable organisation.

    Elected to Council in 2012, re-elected in 2016, I am a member of the Audit Committee, putting my experience to good effect in providing the vital scrutiny of ICE activities, plus the Standards Panel and a lead professional reviewer in the UK and overseas

    I also maintain an active involvement in ICE North West regional affairs.

    Independent Consultant
    Proposed by Peter Hansford, Robert Mair, Anthony Brummell, Denys Morgan, Ron Gardner

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  • Martin Crapper BSc MSc PhD CEng FICE CWEM MPWI MCIWEM FHEA

    Martin Crapper BSc MSc PhD CEng FICE CWEM MPWI MCIWEM FHEA

    “…the ICE has a vital role in promoting the public’s understanding of the value of infrastructure to society – for which our 200 year history is an ideal foundation. …Central to this is the education of future engineers…”

    I am standing for election to Council because I think the world needs to be reminded that Civil Engineers already know how to solve the world’s problems: what we need now is for society to buy into the fact that the solutions require a willingness to expend resources to achieve the necessary results. I believe that the ICE has a vital role in promoting the public’s understanding of the value of infrastructure to society – for which our 200 year history is an ideal foundation.

    Central to this is the education of future engineers. We need to teach new skills, but also emphasize the old ones, producing graduates and technicians who have a clear and fundamental understanding of the behaviour of Civil Engineering materials, in systems, under load. The ICE has a key role in emphasising the enduring importance of this basic technical competence.

    I am Professor of Civil Engineering at Northumbria University and have long experience in academia and industry, mainly in the field of hydraulics; I have wide interests in water and transport infrastructure issues. I am a member of the ICE Fellowship panel and am a Reviewer; I am also involved with the Permanent Way Institution.

    Professor of Civil Engineering, Northumbria University
    Proposed by Bill Hewlett, Martin Borthwick, John Bull, Victoria Edmondson, John Nielsen

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  • Blessing Danha MEng (Hons) CEng MICE

    Blessing Danha MEng (Hons) CEng MICE

    “…I am passionate about providing ICE members with diverse voices on important matters…If elected, I will use my ICE Council role to leverage my network to drive the agenda, listen to members and push for positive change…”.

    I am running for General Member because I am passionate about providing ICE members with diverse voices on important matters. I have previously served the ICE as a member of the QUEST Committee, Secretary on the London Graduates & Students Committee and President’s Apprentice to Dr Jean Venables CBE.

    My career spans over 10 years, both working on site and in consulting across the UK and Middle East. I have gained broad engineering experience, and understand the challenges and opportunities for our profession. As Programme Manager of the Roads Investment Strategy 2, I enable effective programme-level governance and decision-making, and manage complex stakeholder relationships - essential skills for serving on the Council.

    I have remained committed about Inclusion and Diversity throughout my career. In Qatar, I co-headed the Women in Professional Services network, which celebrated women’s contributions in the built environment. I currently work on several initiatives within KMPG to promote a more inclusive environment, and I mentor junior colleagues.

    If elected, I will use my ICE Council role to leverage my network to drive the agenda, listen to members and push for positive change. I will continue working as a role model promoting engineering to boys and girls in schools.

    Manager, KPMG UK LLP
    Proposed by Jennifer Stables, Sue Kershaw, Mandy Thomas, Michael Kent, Javier Garcia Gonzalez

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  • Peter A Greenhalgh MEng MBA CEng MICE

    Peter A Greenhalgh MEng MBA CEng MICE

    “…it is essential that leading organisations work in synergy at all levels and specialisms, be they technical, economic, environmental or societal. I firmly believe that ICE is, and should remain at the head of those discussions”.

    I have been fortunate enough to work in a number of different roles across the industry. In doing so I have actively sought to engage other professional bodies and promote ICE to new members and new audiences.

    I currently work at Highways England where we are tasked with delivering the biggest investment in our road network in a generation. To ensure we achieve the most from this it is essential that leading organisations work in synergy at all levels and specialisms, be they technical, economic, environmental or societal. I firmly believe that ICE is, and should remain at the head of those discussions.

    If elected, I would look to continue to develop our position as a leading voice in infrastructure. In addition I feel that it is imperative to develop our educational offering, extending beyond graduate and student members. The role and benefits of apprenticeships, STEM ambassadors and teachers in developing engineers of the future is clear and will be vital in attracting new talent to the industry. Only by engaging as early as possible can we remain at the forefront of the industry over the long term.

    Head of Commercial Delivery (NW), Highways England
    Proposed by Paul Ahdal, Tsuwun Bevan, Kennedy Muzira, Ben Ridgeon, Andrew Mills

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  • Jim Hall BEng MA PhD FREng CEng FICE

    Jim Hall BEng MA PhD FREng CEng FICE

    “I am committed to the ICE being at the heart of infrastructure decision-making…Civil engineers have special responsibility for national infrastructure, which I believe relies upon high professional standards and continuous promotion of innovation by the ICE’s learned society”.

    I am committed to the ICE being at the heart of infrastructure decision-making in the UK and globally.

    I led the analysis for the ICE’s influential “National Needs Assessment: A Vision for UK Infrastructure” and was on the panel that wrote the ICE’s 2014 State of the Nation Infrastructure report. I gave evidence on behalf of the ICE to the Treasury Select Committee. I have been a member of the ICE’s Public Voice Committee since 2012.

    I have contributed extensively to public policy as a member of the UK Committee on Climate Change Adaptation and as scientific advisor to the Pitt review of the 2007 floods, the 2014 Transport Resilience Review and 2016 National Flood Resilience Review. I am a member of the Expert Advisory Group for the National Infrastructure Commission.

    After starting my career as a practicing coastal engineer, I have held academic positions in the Universities of Bristol, Newcastle and Oxford. I lead research programmes that have enhanced the resilience of infrastructure systems by providing methodologies for risk analysis and investment planning.

    Civil engineers have special responsibility for national infrastructure, which I believe relies upon high professional standards and continuous promotion of innovation by the ICE’s learned society.

    Director of the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford
    Proposed by Rachel Skinner, Tim Broyd, Keith Clarke, Jane Smallman, David Balmforth

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  • Stephen Paul King BEng (Hons) CEng MICE MCIOB

    Stephen Paul King BEng (Hons) CEng MICE MCIOB

    “As a member of the Council I hope to maintain and enhance the Institution’s focus on training and development. I am also a great believer in collaboration and want to further enhance our links with other institutions…”

    Civil Engineering attracted me because this industry can benefit all people, everywhere – from vital roads used to distribute aid in the poorest of countries, to the creation of economic opportunities by connecting communities, by preserving our heritage, through to providing solutions for a sustainable future. After 28 years in the industry, I still believe in that potential.

    My career has been varied as I’ve worked for consultants and contractors, from family firms to “top 10” businesses. I’ve worked on projects from rail infrastructure to listed buildings to regeneration. Design, construction and work winning roles have included leading and developing teams, and inspiring the next generation of engineers which is a key interest of mine.

    I have enjoyed acting as an SCE for a few years now. The ability to apply our skills to new situations, making safe, wise and economic decisions are some key traits of a good engineer, whether generalist or specialist, and however they enter the profession.

    As a member of the Council I hope to maintain and enhance the Institution’s focus on training and development. I am also a great believer in collaboration and want to further enhance our links with other institutions and industry bodies.

    Head of Strategic Bids (Civil Engineering), F M Conway Limited
    Proposed by Gordon Deuce, Nicholas Langdon, Joseph Slattery, Davinder Singh Reehal, Alan Gaston

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  • Stephen David Lawrence BSc (Hons) MSc CEng CEnv FICE

    Stephen David Lawrence BSc (Hons) MSc CEng CEnv FICE

    “…I wish to represent on the Institution’s Council the ability to:

    • work better together;
    • involve all members to reflect the diversity of our community;
    • look to the longer term, as well as focusing on the now;…”

     

    I have been associated with the Institution for more than ten years, being active as a Committee Member in Wales and serving as Chair of ICE Wales Cymru during 2016/17. I have been a Supervising Engineer for many years as I’m an avid supporter of developing people through their careers.

    My employment is in the field of engineering and management consultancy and it is by linking my interest in professional development and consultancy that has developed my interest in creating places with a meaningful and fulfilling legacy. To achieve this aim I wish to represent on the Institution’s Council the ability to:

     

    • work better together;
    • involve all members to reflect the diversity of our community;
    • look to the longer term, as well as focusing on the now; and
    • highlight and take action now tackling perceived problems, for example communicating civil engineering effectively through new social media outlets, by preventing these problems becoming worse, solving issues, or where possible preventing problems occurring in the first place.

    In this fast moving World, I want to assist in the progression of the Institution becoming a highly professional community fit for the 21st Century.

    Divisional Director, Mott MacDonald
    Proposed by Yvonne Murphy, Keith Jones, Stephen Smith, Nicholas Price, Charlie Woollcombe-Adams

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  • Philip John Parker BSc CEng FICE

    Philip John Parker BSc CEng FICE

    “…I would bring to Council my many years’ experience as the Institution moves beyond ICE200.

    As a Member of Council I would seek to promote:

    • The training and development of all grades particularly abroad…”.

     

    I have been actively involved in Institution affairs since 1982, joining the then West Cheshire and North Wales Branch as Graduate Representative. I became Chairman of ICE NW in 2005 and have served on Council twice before. I am currently SCE for my company and am passionate about the training of civil engineers. I have been an active Reviewer since 1994 reviewing in the UK and abroad.

    I currently work part time for consultants and can readily be described as a generalist Civil Engineer. I would bring to Council my many years’ experience as the Institution moves beyond ICE 200.

    As a Member of Council I would seek to promote:

    • The training and development of all grades particularly abroad.
    • The Institution as the country moves into a post Brexit world.

    Associate, Byrom Clark Roberts
    Proposed by Richard Coackley, Stanley Falconer, John McRobert, David Gooud, Nicholas Wheeler

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  • Henry Poh BEng (Hons) CEng FICE

    Henry Poh BEng (Hons) CEng FICE

    “…I will employ my abilities to promote and diversify the use of technologies in civil engineering that meet industry future needs and which will reach out to the global young engineers’ community through engineering media platforms”.

    I firmly believe that technology will be revolutional to our industry and that our Institution needs to engage with technology communities to provide the skills needed now, and in the near future. As a Member of Council, I will promote and encourage diversity of the members’ leadership by placing positive value on diversity in the engineering community that will support and enhance future engineering skills and promote workplace equality. I will employ my abilities to promote and diversify the use of technologies in civil engineering that meet industry future needs and which will reach out to the global young engineers’ community through engineering media platforms.

    I have over 17 years’ experience in civil engineering mainly in the airports and aviation sector. I have been the technical authority and client for all civil and structural engineering for one of the busiest airports in the UK. I supported the engineering asset management team and airport operational to deliver safe, reliable, efficient and stable operations while maintaining business continuity. During the last 8 years, I have been a Reviewer for the Chartered Professional Reviews in the UK and overseas, member of the PRP Working group, and New Reviewer Trainer for the ICE.

    Director, HLP Global Limited
    Proposed by Peter Hallsworth, Stephen Dellow, John McRobert, John Beck, Keith Jones

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  • Lucy Rew MEng (Hons) CEng MICE

    Lucy Rew MEng (Hons) CEng MICE

    “…I strive to maintain high professional standards both in the design office and on site…My lengthy international experience will bring an added dimension to my management and technical background in the role of Council member”.

    My commitment to ICE began when as a graduate I joined the Thames Valley LA and the G&S National Committee. Since 2000 I have worked in France where I joined the LA and I have been variously Vice-chair and Chair since 2008. I was appointed France Country Representative in 2013 by ICE, and in 2015 I was invited to chair the Europe and Central Asia Sub-Committee. As such I am a member of the International Committee. I have mentored graduates on the Career Appraisal route and as Country Representative I am fully aware of the challenges faced by overseas graduates seeking chartered membership.

    I have 24 years of professional experience, of which 18 years in tunnelling, in the UK and abroad. I strive to maintain high professional standards both in the design office and on site and to create a nurturing environment amongst my team. My lengthy international experience will bring an added dimension to my managerial and technical background in the role of Council member.

    If elected to Council I shall endeavour to represent the views and needs of international members of all grades and to help define the relevance and role of ICE internationally.

    Senior Project Manager, Egis Structures et Environnement
    Proposed by Jean Venables, Paul Jowitt, Richard Burleigh, Richard Coackley, Chai Kwong Mak

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  • Neil Sandberg BSc (Hons) MBA CEng FICE

    Neil Sandberg BSc (Hons) MBA CEng FICE

    “…I’m a great believer in the importance of the engineer’s role in society…

    If re-elected, I would continue to:

    • harness current enthusiasm amongst engineering students and ensure we retain more high quality graduates…”.

     

    Growing up in an engineering family ignited my enthusiasm from an early age. After graduating, I trained with Mowlem and Arup. I worked in America for Aecom before joining Sandberg, working in Hong Kong and UK. I have been Managing Partner of Sandberg since 2000. I’m a great believer in the importance of the engineer’s role in society and am actively involved in RedR.

    Having joined ICE in 1993 (FICE 2007), I was on ICE’s London Committee for 3 years, Board Member of European Federation of Consulting Associations and Chairman of the Association for Consultancy and Engineering. I have previously been on Council, including its Executive Board and was a member of ICE’s Audit Committee. I have been active on all three.

    If re-elected, I would continue to:

    • harness current enthusiasm amongst engineering students and ensure we retain more high quality graduates
    • use our 200th anniversary and the Year of the Engineer as vehicles to enhance ICE’s position leading the energy and infrastructure debates
    • ensure that ICE carefully manages the difficult balance between using its facilities to keep subscriptions down and supporting our profession
    • raise our profile and continue enhancing engineering’s reputation. Let’s find our own Professor Brian Cox!

    Managing Partner, Sandberg
    Proposed by Andrew Wolstenholme, Emer Murnaghan, Nelson Ogunshakin, Denise Bower, Ed McCann

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  • Matthew Peter Sims BEng (Hons) CEng MICE

    Matthew Peter Sims BEng (Hons) CEng MICE

    “I see the ICE as the key player in the movement to make the engineering world what we all aspire for it to be; an industry based on trust and mutual respect, no matters what our backgrounds…”

    I’ve been a member of the ICE for only just a few years less than a member of The Scout Association, but my passion for developing, training and promoting young people and creating opportunities for everyone is the same both in my professional life and my volunteering life.

    I see the ICE as the key player in the movement to make the engineering world what we all aspire for it to be; an industry based on trust and mutual respect, no matter what our backgrounds. This is why I have worked with apprentices, technicians and aspiring professionals for many years to support them in joining and engaging with the Institution. I am also a supporter of WES and its aims to be a voice for women in our industry.

    My aim as a member of Council will be to continue to promote the vital need to develop our young and emerging talent while supporting our existing members to guide and mentor too. Having worked as client, consultant and contractor, my experience over the last 29 years and having sat Technician, Incorporated and Chartered Reviews will give me the breadth of knowledge to represent you and the Institution.

    Independent Consultant
    Proposed by John Sunderland, Chris Goodacre, Grahame Wickenden, Adrian Holland, Alan Waters

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  • Julie Templeton MEng CEng MICE

    Julie Templeton MEng CEng MICE

    “If elected, I would focus on the following themes:

    1. Supporting our apprenticeship programs and developing our technician members.
    2. Professional qualifications through mentorship
    3. Engaging members beyond professional review particularly with CPD and obtaining further qualifications…”

    I wanted to be an engineer for as long as I can remember and now 13 years in to my career I don’t regret entering the profession and the Water Industry.

    I’ve been actively involved in the Institution and promoting the profession since graduating in 2005; holding the positions of both Secretary and Chair on the NI G&S Committee. I became a Chartered Member of ICE in 2010 and won the Women’s Engineering Society’s Karen Burt Award on behalf of ICE that year. Following chartership, I sat on the NI Regional Committee and Law and Contracts Sub-Group for a further two years. Now I would appreciate the opportunity to contribute to the ICE’s Council.

    I have a keen interest in Continuing Professional Development / life-long learning and encouraging young people to enter the profession.

    If elected, I would focus on the following themes:

    1. Supporting our apprenticeship programs and developing our technician members.
    2. Professional qualifications through mentorship.
    3. Engaging members beyond professional review particularly with CPD and obtaining further qualifications.
    4. Cross-skilling / up-skilling to help existing members flex to meet the skills shortages in the coming years.
    5. Diversity and inclusion in our industry and in the Institution.

    Principal Civil Engineer, SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins Business
    Proposed by Adrian Long, David Orr, Emer Murnaghan, David Porter, Michael McNicholas

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  • Robert Thorniley-Walker MA (Oxon) CEng CEnv FICE FIStructE MCIHT IHBC FRSA CARE

    Robert Thorniley-Walker MA (Oxon) CEng CEnv FICE FIStructE MCIHT IHBC FRSA CARE

    “…Civil engineers need to take a lead in addressing the issues for the good of society…Civil engineers need to prepare for conditions that were previously considered ‘worst credible’ but which should now be expected”.

    I believe that climate change is by far the most important and over-riding threat. Civil engineers need to take a lead in addressing the issues for the good of society.

    Unfortunately, this opinion was shared by only 1% of ICE votes in 2013 and 3% in 2015. Yet as headlined in the NCE in January 2018, atmospheric CO2 levels are ‘off the chart’. Civil engineers need to prepare for conditions that were previously considered ‘worst credible’ but which should now be expected.

    I am a former NE regional chair and have organised evening events for the Teesside branch for over 20 years. I spoke for ICE to the World Federation of Engineering Organizations at the UN Climate Conference in Paris 2015. I am on the ICE Climate Change Task Force and have been lead editor on two climate themed issues for the ICE Forensic Journal.

    Director, Structural & Civil Consultants Ltd
    Proposed by Tim Kermode, John Parry, David Yates, Kate Cairns, Joe Foley

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  • Edwin Yau BEng MSc LLM CEng MICE

    Edwin Yau BEng MSc LLM CEng MICE

    “My aim as a member of Council will be to promote and encourage:

    • Future generations to explore civil engineering…
    • Collaboration with other professional institutions to provide a wide variety of events and enhance our visibility…”.

    I am an Airport Engineer who has a wealth of experience in design, planning and management in projects both in the UK and overseas.

    I have been serving South Branch committee since 2013 involving a number of key roles. I was elected Branch Chair in 2016 and represented the Branch in South East England Regional committee as a Vice-chair. With support from the committee, we were able to arrange free monthly CPD meetings and social events for our members. In addition, I am a reviewer for the professional reviews as well as a mentor. I understand what our young engineers need to achieve professional qualification.

    I have been visiting schools to promote civil engineering to younger generations hoping these would enable them to make informed decisions to choose civil engineering to be their future career.

    My aim as a member of Council will be to promote and encourage:

    • Future generations to explore civil engineering.
    • A clearer training programme to assist young engineers to approach their professional qualifications.
    • Collaboration with other professional institutions to provide a wide variety of events and enhance our visibility.
    • Maintenance of high professional standards by enhancing our current review system.

    Associate, WSP UK
    Proposed by Jason Brooks, Alexander Burrell, Jonathan Allen, Georgios Savvidis, Shuqiang Zhao

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