Our mission and work

ICE promotes civil engineering and supports the people who work in our profession. It's also important for us to keep telling the public about what civil engineers do – because without them our world would be very different. Learn more about our aims, and about the people leading us so we can achieve them.

ICE President Sir John Armitt pictured in March 2016 with Commercial Secretary to the Treasury, Lord O’Neill at the launch of the government’s National Infrastructure Delivery Plan
ICE President Sir John Armitt pictured in March 2016 with Commercial Secretary to the Treasury, Lord O’Neill at the launch of the government’s National Infrastructure Delivery Plan

Why were we formed?

We have three main roles:

  • To qualify civil engineering professionals and give them the tools they need to continue to develop
  • To help the industry learn more and share our knowledge so we can maintain the natural and built environment
  • To promote the contribution that civil engineers make to society worldwide

How we want ICE to be seen

We aim to be:

  • A highly respected organisation which qualifies not just civil engineers but other professionals working in the built environment around the world
  • An independent voice that uses the expert knowledge of our members to influence government policy and help the industry progress
  • A trusted source of advice, guided by our members' high ethical standards
  • An organisation whose members are passionate about being part of such a rewarding profession and about inspiring the next generation
  • The professional engineering association that other world organisations and institutions turn to for help in tackling global challenges

What we stand for

The values that guide our work, and the work of our members, are:

  • Trust and honesty
  • Ethical behaviour and integrity
  • High standards
  • Quality and professionalism

ICE Strategy 2013-2025 - Civil Engineers: Shaping the World

This document redefines ICE's vision and strategy in line with goals set by Council.

In October 2012 the ICE Council met to discuss future strategy, considering the period 2013-2025. Alongside its many existing outputs, ICE aims to operate on a more global scale and represent a broader range of professionals operating in the 'built environment' in this period.

View this document to find out more

Our Plan for 2017-2019

ICE's rolling three year plan for 2017-2019 was launched in December 2016 by ICE Director General and Secretary Nick Baveystock. Members can view the document on ICE's Operational Policies page. Nick Baveystock looks back at a successful year in 2016 and looks ahead at our aims for the coming three years in the film below:

ICE Director Nick Baveystock launches Our Plan for 17-19 from ICE Group on Vimeo.

UK Engineering 2016

In March 2016 ICE, IET and IMechE commissioned John Uff QC to lead a review of UK professional engineering. In response the 3 institutions have agreed to put in place 5 work streams focusing on;

  • advice to governments
  • promotion of the profession in schools
  • support for knowledge sharing across engineering disciplines
  • a review of the efficiency of our accreditation of academic courses
  • a programme to engage and support members of the engineering industry who are not currently professionally registered

Download the review

Meet our senior managers

ICE's senior managers make sure we achieve the goals set by our Council

Find out more about our achievements

If you're looking to find out more about what we've done, and how we delivered, why not explore our annual reports? We provide reports going back over the last 5 years, detailing exactly how we've performed during a given year.

View our annual reports

Nick Baveystock, Director General

Nick Baveystock was appointed director general and secretary in 2011.

Nick Baveystock, Director General
Nick was appointed ICE Director General in 2011

After schooling in England and France, Nick joined the British Army's Royal Engineers. He commanded Royal Engineer units at all ranks up to brigadier, and has wide experience of delivering engineering programmes. This includes nearly 10 years leading post-conflict reconstruction and development in Southern Iraq and the Balkans.

Following an early career in Germany, Northern Ireland and the Balkans, Nick spent time in the Ministry of Defence's Directorate of Military Operations. He was a personal staff officer to both the assistant chief of the defence staff (Operations) in UK and to the commander of NATO forces in Kosovo. He commanded a regiment in Kosovo, Bosnia, and from 2003-04 in Southern Iraq.

Nick was deployed to Iraq again with the 1st (UK) Armoured Division, as chief of staff multinational division (south east) and then as chief engineer. As a brigadier he commanded the Royal School of Military Engineering, leading the £3.2 Bn RSME Public Private Partnership.

Nick is on the boards of Engineering UK and the Construction Industry Council. He is also a non-executive director for Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), vice chair of Thomas Telford Ltd and an alumni of the Royal College of Defence Studies.

Married to Chris, Nick is widely travelled. He has a passion (but little talent) for golf, reads voraciously, shoots very badly a couple of times a year. Nick spends much of his limited spare time acting as deputy assistant under-groom to his wife's horses. He also likes to walk his increasingly spoilt, disobedient, but endearing, spaniel.

Chris Gibson, Managing Director Thomas Telford

Having joined TTL in 2008, Chris became responsible for growing the business to support ICE's charitable role. Four years later, he took on his executive director role to bring together TTL and ICE's knowledge activities.

Chris Gibson, Managing Director of Thomas Telford Limited (TTL)
Chris runs ICE's successful publishing, training and recruitment businesses

During his time working for the ICE Group, Chris has helped to grow NEC and ICE Publishing. The NEC portfolio has expanded and become the industry's preferred contract. By creating the ICE Virtual Library and making more books and journals available electronically, our publications and knowledge have also been reaching a global audience.

Despite the difficult market conditions after the financial crisis, Chris kept core TTL products profitable. This helped to create a platform for future global growth. Chris has also recently been working closely with ICE's membership team to create knowledge offerings to support our members' professional development.

Before joining the ICE group Chris had a 25-year career in scientific and technical publishing. This led to senior management roles for Elsevier, the leading company in the field. His was responsible for a wide portfolio such as books, journals and digital products.

Chris looks forward to future challenges at ICE. These include investing more in digital technology, delivering improved products that meet member needs, and engaging with audiences outside the UK.

He is a fellow of the Institute of Directors and holds the IoD's chartered director professional qualification.

Seán Harris, Director of Membership

Seán was appointed director of membership in August 2015.

Seán Harris, Director of Membership
Seán Harris was appointed Director of Membership in 2015

Seán has been an engineer for over 30 years and brings leadership, planning and financial experience to the role. He has served in the Royal Engineers and was responsible for overseeing the Institution of Royal Engineers as it gained and implemented an Engineering Council licence to qualify members as EngTech, IEng and CEng.

He is most recently been on secondment to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, as UK Defence Advisor and Commander of British Forces in Nepal.

Nathan Baker, Director of Engineering Knowledge

Nathan joined the ICE as Director of Engineering Knowledge in 2014 having had a broad and varied career.

Nathan Baker, Director of Engineering Knowledge
Nathan Baker, Director of Engineering Knowledge

After time in the military he led the development of learning for the UK arm of a €1Bn construction product manufacturer, driven the transformation of learning and development across as £3.2Bn training contract for the MoD training and defined the growth strategy for engineering training business of a FTSE 100 organisation.

He has a passion for enabling leaners to succeed and meeting the skills needs of, bringing together the core capabilities of research and market intelligence with learning development, quality assurance and training delivery into a comprehensive learning solution. His role at the ICE brings together his commercial and not-for-profit experience in order to meet the ICE charter and mission.