Graduate member candidates

Election of one graduate member 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.

  • Giedre Jurkonyte MEng (Hons) GMICE

    Giedre Jurkonyte MEng (Hons) GMICE

    “The construction industry is a stressful environment and it is important that mental health issues in the industry are recognised. I aim to raise awareness in the subject of personal resilience and address the stigma of mental health.”

    I have been an active graduate member of ICE North West since 2015, contributing to and presenting at a number of events. Leading as Chair of ICE North West Graduate and Student Committee from 2017 provided me with a great opportunity to expand and invigorate the committee, shape G&S activities and further develop relationships with the local universities. I have been promoting careers in engineering and equal opportunities at schools and universities. I am keen to continue this work as a council member.

    Two years in Digital Engineering gave me a good understanding of BIM and the importance of digital engineering in construction. I am passionate about the application of technology in construction and would focus on promoting research and the implementation of innovative solutions throughout the project lifecycle. I am keen to bring the latest research closer to implementation in the industry.

    The construction industry is a stressful environment and it is important that mental health issues in the industry are recognised. I aim to raise awareness in the subject of personal resilience and address the stigma of mental health.

    If elected, I would focus on promoting equal opportunities, school outreach, mental health and innovation in the construction industry.

    Site Engineer, Laing O’Rourke
    Proposed by John Hopkins, Kit Wolverson, Louise Westhoff, Lawrence Pui Kit Cheung, Louisa King

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  • Ruth Kelly MEng PhD GMICE

    Ruth Kelly MEng PhD GMICE

    “If elected, as a member of Council I would…:

    • Encourage more engineers in industry to publish their work.
    • Input ideas on the long-term maintenance and planning of the technical and professional standards in both qualification and practice.

    I joined the ICE NI G&S Committee during my PhD studies in 2012 as a student representative for Queen’s University Belfast, and I am the current Chair of the ICE NI G&S Committee (2017-2018). I currently sit on the ICE NI Regional Executive Board and the ICE NI Main Committee. This year, I organised a calendar of events for the NI G&S membership in-line with the ICE 200 Celebrations.

    After completing a degree in MEng Civil Engineering (2012), I undertook PhD research in the field of Geotechnics. Following this, I worked as a Research Fellow on an EPSRC funded project. In 2017, I moved to Jacobs, and have recently joined a geotechnical design team at Amey. At QUB, I co-supervised a number of undergraduate projects, and in Jacobs worked alongside a Work+ apprentice – I enjoy mentoring individuals as they develop through their education and career.

    If elected, as a member of Council I would encourage:

    • Increasing awareness of the profession, especially during our bi-centenary celebrations, and encourage the participation of our G&S members.
    • Encourage more engineers in industry to publish their work.
    • Input ideas on the long-term maintenance and planning of the technical and professional standards in both qualification and practice.

    Graduate Engineer, Amey
    Proposed by Meghan Fick, Lyndsay Carmichael, Andrew Noble, Grainne McQuaid, Kerri Dorman

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  • George Marling MEng (Hons) GMICE

    George Marling MEng (Hons) GMICE

    “…We are currently facing significant global challenges and engineers must meet the needs of future generations. Civil engineering affects everyone and students should be inspired to develop skills which might equip them to meet new and developing global challenges”.

    The ICE is a regular source of guidance and inspiration to me on both a personal and professional level. The members and online resources are invaluable and it’s this vehicle for education and collaboration that greatly interests me. Currently, I am a regular contributor to regional ICE committee meetings and Institution events. I would however, like to make a greater contribution towards promoting awareness of the engineering industry.

    I am committed to my Continued Professional Development which I believe reflects in my work at Mott MacDonald within the Ports, Coastal and Offshore team. This has greatly enhanced my technical knowledge of engineering and I am currently involved in the concept design of a large port extension in the Caribbean. During my time at university, I dedicated my summers to working with VGC Group which gave me valuable site experience in CrossRail.

    My priority as a member of the Council would be to promote the civil engineering profession to students nationwide. We are currently facing significant global challenges and engineers must meet the needs of future generations. Civil engineering affects everyone and students should be inspired to develop skills which might equip them to meet new and developing global challenges.

    Graduate Civil Engineer – Ports, Coastal and Offshore, Mott MacDonald
    Proposed by Jordan McMullan, Thomas Atkinson, Carmen Coronado, Irina Lavina, Sam Smith

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  • Richard Sambrook MSc BEng GMICE

    Richard Sambrook MSc BEng GMICE

    “…I have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to the Institution, proving my passion and enthusiasm…Should I be elected to the Council, I would enthusiastically undertake the role with the same vigour and commitment I have demonstrated in previous roles…”

    As Chair of the ICE Bristol City Club I have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to the Institution, proving my passion and enthusiasm for the industry. This year I have proactively collaborated with other institutions and academic bodies; strengthening ties within the industry and broadening attendance demographics at our events. I have worked closely with the ICE regional support team and actively contributed at ICE South West regional committee meetings.

    Should I be elected to the Council, I would enthusiastically undertake the role with the same vigour and commitment I have demonstrated in previous roles within the institution.

    I am extremely excited to be part of the industry at a time when digital innovations are influencing the way we deliver projects, but there are significant challenges ahead:

    • We should be raising our profile and do more to attract the right talent in the coming decades to address the skills gap.
    • We must design smarter and deliver our projects in a more considerate manner to alleviate consumption of non-renewable materials and limit the impact upon our environment.

    I am keen to raise these complex topics within the Council and discuss how we can positively influence the future of our institution.

    Senior Structural Engineer, AECOM
    Proposed by Claire Tucker, Kevin O’Donoghue, Tom Bawden, Georgina Potter, Edwin Cheung

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  • Cristina Styles MEng (Hons) GMICE

    Cristina Styles MEng (Hons) GMICE

    “I am a proud and passionate Civil Engineer and believe the key challenges we face are to inspire younger generations into engineering, and to drive civil engineering towards innovation, leading to creation and commitment for a sustainable future”.

    I have been involved with the ICE since joining AECOM as a Graduate Engineer in September 2016 having completed my studies abroad. The value of the Institution quickly became apparent to me, which is why I joined the local G&S committee with shared passion for promoting Civil Engineering and Professional Development.

    Furthering my commitment, I became the GSNet Representative for the East of England and am currently Vice Chair of the GSNet Executive, working with the Membership group to support graduates and students at national level.

    I am a proud and passionate Civil Engineer and believe the key challenges we face are to inspire younger generations into engineering, and to drive civil engineering towards innovation, leading to creation and commitment for a sustainable future.

    As an engineer, I love a challenge, which is why if elected as a council member, I would have three main aims: To target engagement with future generations; Increase diversity in the industry; and contribute to the council’s policy development as we move forward into exciting times for our profession. I believe all this can be accomplished through maintaining and building upon the strong and necessary link with GSNet which represents the future of our Institution.

    Graduate Engineer, AECOM
    Proposed by Simone Bertram, Paul McGoldrick, Lyndsay Carmichael, Eleanor Holliday, Lawrence Pui Kit Cheung

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