Paul Sheffield CBE BSc CEng FICE
Senior Vice President 2018 - 19
Paul studied civil engineering at the University of Surrey graduating in 1983, becoming Chartered in 1987. Following graduation, he spent 31 years with the Kier Group, initially working on a wide range of civil engineering and construction projects in various parts of the world including a gold mine in Papua New Guinea, a commercial development in London, a concrete gravity dam in Snowdonia where he was the Chief Engineer and latterly as Project Director on a desalination plant in Saudi Arabia and underground railways in Hong Kong.
Between 2005 and 2010 he was on the Board of Kier with responsibility for their global civil engineering and construction activities and from 2010 to 2014 he was CEO of the Group with overall revenues of £3bn and activities spanning construction, support services, property development and housing.
In 2014 he joined Laing O’Rourke to head their UK and Middle East construction business with close involvement in projects such as Thames Tideway Tunnels and Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.
Paul is currently a non-executive Director of Southern Water Services and is on the Supervisory Board of the Dutch Construction Group BAM. He is also an Industrial Advisor to the Board of Manchester Airport Group working on their capital expansion work at both Manchester and Stansted airports. He is a chartered engineer, an ICE Fellow and Senior Vice President of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).
Karen Ann Britton MEng (Hons) CEng MICE
Trustee Board Member and General Member of Council (2020)
Karen Britton is a Technical Director of Aviation for AECOM. Karen is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow and an elected member of Council for the Institution of Civil Engineers. Karen is also a Member of the Institution of Highways and Transportation.
Karen is a proven leader of complex multidisciplinary aviation projects and has spent the majority of her career in the aviation and defense sector. Karen is passionate about harnessing innovation through the use of technology and in 2018 Karen was named in The Sunday Telegraph’s 2018 Top 50 Women in Engineering.
Karen is a strong advocate for the important role that women can and should play in the built environment and in 2017 Karen received a highly commended Award as a Diversity and Inclusion Ambassador from the UK Business Culture Awards for her work to promote gender equality in engineering.
Teresa June Frost IEng FICE
Trustee Board Member and General Member of Council (2019)
Teresa began her engineering career in the 70’s by opting for Technical Drawing at school. An Engineering Drawing ‘A’ level led to a job as a Draughtswoman for South West Water. She then secured a position as a Trainee Technician with Cornwall Council. Progressing academically to attain an HNC in CE Studies at Oxford Polytechnic, she then completed her IEng Professional Review. Her passion for the ICE started with the Board of Incorporated Engineers and Technicians.
Teresa is currently serving her third term on ICE Council, has been a member of the Executive Board and is a member of the Trustee Board and Nomination Committee. She is also honoured to be the Chairman of the ICE Benevolent Fund until Jan 2020.
Teresa’s career with Cornwall Council and its civil engineering contractor CORMAC Solutions Ltd spans 29 years. She has been an Asst. Resident Engineer, a supervisor for the Clients highway maintenance function, a co-ordinator for Streetworks, an Area Manager responsible for both trunk and county roads and managed a work force dealing with such events as the Boscastle flooding.
Currently Teresa has returned to Quality Management and is deploying her auditing skills and lean management approach to reinforce the CORMAC Integrated Management System.
Ed McCann – BEng (Hons) MSc CEng FICE FRSA
Vice President Learning Society (2020)
Ed graduated from Imperial College London in 1989 with a degree in Civil Engineering. During twelve years with Binnie & Partners he obtained a Master’s Degree in Hydraulic Engineering and worked on some fifty infrastructure projects all over the world.
He joined Expedition Engineering in 2002 where he has been the Project Director for many projects including the multi award winning Infinity Bridge and the Olympic 2012 Velodrome. Ed was instrumental in the growth and development of Expedition from a “back bedroom start-up” to Building Magazine’s Engineering Consultant of the Year in 2012.
In 2009 Ed co-founded the Useful Simple Trust and gifted his shareholding in Expedition to the Trust for the benefit of the employees. He is now the Chair of the Board of Directors responsible for the five companies within the Trust.
Ed has been actively involved in design education since 1999. He is a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor of Innovation at Strathclyde University.
Ed lectures widely and has also made some 35 Television programs on civil engineering.
Emer Murnaghan – OBE CEng MICE CEnv MIWO
Vice President UK Regions (2021)
Emer Murnaghan has recently been appointed as GRAHAM Head of Sustainable Business, having successfully spent the last seven years developing and implementing the privately-owned company’s Business Improvement Programme.
Emer is a Chartered Civil Engineer, a Chartered Environmentalist and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Water. A passionate supporter of the industry, Emer enjoys a long association with the ICE stretching as far back as 2008 when she was the Assistant Regional Director of ICE Northern Ireland for a two-year term.
Recognised for actively raising the profile of civil engineering, she was first elected to the ICE Council in 2012 and in November 2018 became a Vice President and member of the ICE Trustee Board in London. She is also a Vice Chair of ICE Northern Ireland. In June 2015, Emer was awarded the OBE for services to civil engineering and further education in Northern Ireland.
Dr Jane Smallman BSc (Hons) PhD FICE
Vice President Finance (2020)
Jane has worked in civil engineering for most of her professional career. She was at HR Wallingford Ltd from 1984 (when she joined as a mathematical modeller) until her retirement in 2015 and was Managing Director from 2006 to 2014. As Managing Director, she was responsible for a £27m turnover business employing about 270 staff. HR Wallingford is a world leading specialist consultant in the area of civil engineering and environmental hydraulics.
Jane is now a Non-Executive Board Member of the Management Board for the Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (Cefas), which is an Executive Agency of the UK Government Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Cefas is a world leading organisation in marine science and technology, and the aquatic environment.
Jane is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a member of the Trustee Board. She is also a Fellow and Trustee of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST), and was their President in 2016. Jane is also a Director and Chair of the Board of the Marine Learning Alliance (MLA), which is a subsidiary of IMarEST that specialises is blended distance learning in the marine sector.
In May 2016 Jane was appointed as an Honorary Visiting Professor to the School of Engineering of the University of Edinburgh. She has a degree in mathematics and PhD in applied mathematics (water wave diffraction), both from Reading University.
Steven Balliston HND EngTech MICE
Trustee Board Member and General Member of Council (2019)
Steve is currently senior construction manager for Volkerfitzpatrick. Steve started his working life with Edmund Nuttall and developed his career through working for Norwest Holst Vinci and Jackson Civil Engineering.
Steve has worked on a diverse range of projects that include highways, structures, CTRL, many large flood alleviation schemes and more recently large rail infrastucture schemes for Network Rail on the CP5 framework.
Steve is an active member of ICE. He is currently serving his second term on Council, has been a member of the Executive Board and is now a member of the Trustee Board. Steve also has involvement with the Professional Reviews Panel, is a keen professional reviewer and also forms part of the team that train the new cohort of reviewers for EngTech MICE. In addition, Steve was a key part of the team that drove the recent EngTech changes and actively encourages industry to become members of the ICE at this level.
Steve is a passionate civil engineer that takes great pleasure and pride in sharing the benefits of the ICE among his peers and other members of the industry.
Kyle Clough BEng CEng CEnv FICE RPP FAPM
Vice President Membership (2019)
Kyle is a graduate of Loughborough University and Operations Director for Kier Construction and Infrastructure Services. Previous companies include Costain, Edmund Nuttall, Morrison Construction and Tarmac.
He has worked on a diverse number of projects including Water and Road Asset Management, Highways and Bridges, Marine, Immersed Tube Tunnelling and High Speed Rail. In addition, Kyle provides support to the Loughborough University’s Industry Advisory Panel.
Other areas of engagement have included co-authoring of publications on digital transformation and involvement with All Party Parliamentary Groups on Water, Smart Cities and Women in Under Represented Industries.
His professional interests include the impact of technology on infrastructure and the changing skills needed to be a modern day civil engineer.
Kyle is a Fellow of the ICE and Chartered Environmentalist as well as being a Registered Project Professional and Fellow of the Association for Project Management.
MAK Chai-kwong - GBS JP FICE FCILT FHKIE FHKIHT FHKAES
Vice President International (2020)
CK was a career civil servant. He joined the HK Government after graduating from the University of Hong Kong. During his 37 years of service, he served as Head of the Railway Development Office, Project Manager in the Territory Development Department, Director of Highways and Permanent Secretary for Development in charge of the Government’s work policies, the planning, procurement and implementation of infrastructure projects and resource management for the public works programme.
His latest assignment was the unique appointment as Team Leader to oversee the HKSAR Government funded reconstruction works in Sichuan, China after the 5.12 devastating earthquake in 2008. He liaised with the Mainland officials to devise a HK$9 billion reconstruction programme comprising 150 projects for schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centres, rebuilding the Wolong Giant Panda Conservation Base and two highways in the hilly terrain. This reconstruction programme was successfully completed in 2015.
Since the early 1980’s, he has taken up teaching assignments in the Universities in Hong Kong. His passion is to build and strengthen the bonds between students, young engineers and the more experienced seniors through teaching and interaction, experience sharing, mentoring and experiential learning ventures.
Professor Andrew McNaughton FREng CEng FICE FIET FRGS FCILT
Trustee Board Member and General Member of Council (2019)
Since 2009 Andrew has led the specification, operational design, technical strategy and route development of HS2, the £55bn British high speed rail programme. He was Principal Witness before Parliament for the first phase Bill. He chairs the International Railway Union (UIC) World High Speed Rail Committee and advises other Governments on rail development and allied transport policy.
Prior to this he was Chief Engineer of Network Rail, accountable for overall safety and specification of the British rail network and chairing its investment committee. He chaired the EU Rail Research Council and the UIC Infrastructure Commission and was vice chair of the EU Transport Advisory Group.
This followed a rail engineering, operational and general management career which started in 1973.
Andrew is an honorary professor of rail engineering at Nottingham University and a visiting professor of engineering at both Imperial College, London and Southampton University.
Rachel Skinner – BSc (Hons) MSc (Eng) CEng FICE MCIHT TPP
Vice President Public Voice (2019)
Rachel is UK Head of Development and an Executive Director of WSP, and a Vice President of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). She is a chartered engineer, an ICE Fellow and a member of the ICE Trustee Board. She is also a Patron of Women in Transport, having been one of its founding board members.
In 2016, Rachel was named as one of The Telegraph’s inaugural Top 50 Influential Women in Engineering and in 2017 she was named as the Most Distinguished Winner and Best Woman Civil Engineer at the Women in Civil Engineering Awards.
She has authored and co-authored various publications on topics including autonomous vehicles and future place-making, and before that about digital technology and its potential for infrastructure, industry innovation and collaboration. She is involved with major projects for clients across the public and private sectors, including leadership of a growing portfolio of future mobility projects in the UK and overseas.