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.

Sandy Pfeifer, Director of Finance

Since joining ICE in 2011 Sandy has help ICE to improve its financial position. This includes overseeing a new reserves policy introduced by ICE's Council. Sandy has also restructured ICE's financial teams, implemented a new finance system and performance reporting processes, and managed some major supplier tenders.

Sandy Pfeifer, ICE Group finance director
Sandy is responsible for the long-term health of ICE's finances

He is currently overseeing a number of digital initiatives, including website upgrades.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Sydney, Sandy joined Deloitte, qualifying as a chartered accountant in 1983. Following postings to the USA and Papua New Guinea, Sandy moved to the UK in 1986 and joined the Reuters Group.

Sandy's career at Reuters included eight years in continental Europe. He set up finance and administrative operations across Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, and became global financial controller in the London head office.

In 2003 Sandy became group treasurer at the London Stock Exchange Group (LSE). He was responsible for managing the implementation of large scale capital restructuring, borrowing facilities and public bond issues. This helped the LSE to successfully defend five hostile takeover attempts.

Five years later Sandy moved into the not-for-profit sector. He first became director of finance for Raleigh International, and then joined The Civil Service Benevolent Fund in 2009. While at the fund, Sandy reformed its governance, internal systems and processes.

Outside of work, Sandy is a governor of the adult learning college, City Lit. He is married with two young adult sons and is a running enthusiast.

Andrew Crudgington, Director of External Affairs & Strategy

He joined ICE in June 2000 and was the first head of ICE's new policy team in 2005. During this time he helped ICE to develop our role influencing government and contributing to policy making.

Andrew Crudgington, Director of External Affairs and Stratagy
Andrew is responsible for defining ICE's future strategy

This included early support for a National Infrastructure Plan, a Green Investment Bank and more operational freedom for the Highways Agency.

Working with the director general, Andrew supports trustees to develop ICE's long-term strategy. He helps to find the evidence needed for ICE's decision-making. He also reviews political, economic, social, technological and legal developments.

Andrew has day-to-day responsibility for ICE's media, policy and public affairs work. This includes producing our flagship State of the Nation series of reports on UK infrastructure and responding to government and parliamentary consultations. He and his team also promote and protect the reputation of civil engineers and the institution in the media. They are currently building a network of industry leaders, academics and big thinkers to support our new Infrastructure Thought Leadership programme.

One of ICE's long-term aims is to have more influence and contribute more to the public good in countries outside the UK. So Andrew is currently working closely with colleagues in Hong Kong, where over 5,000 of our members are keen for the institution to have a stronger voice.

Andrew has a BA in Philosophy and an MSc in Political Science. Before joining ICE he held posts in central and local government and in academic administration.

Nathan Baker, Director of Engineering Knowledge

Nathan joined the ICE Group late last year and was appointed Director of Engineering Knowledge

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

Following an early career in insurance, Nathan Baker joined the British Army and was commissioned into the Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire. Having served on operations in Northern Ireland he was posted to the Infantry Training Centre, Catterick, where he commanded a training company. After completing further professional development at the Junior Command and Staff College he was deployed in 2003 to Iraq to command a specialist unit as part of Multinational Division (South East).

After a period designing, developing and delivering learning solutions as part of a Tri-Service unit, including acting as a specialist instructor at the NATO School in Oberamergau, Germany, he deployed to Afghanistan as part of the US 173rd Airborne Brigade to transition Information Operations to the Canadian led Multi-National Brigade.

He has wide experience of delivering innovation through learning. On leaving the military he re-designed the learning programmes for the UK arm of a €1Bn construction product manufacturer, delivering technical learning across the UK and Europe. In 2008 he became part of the Babcock International Group contract senior management team on a £3.2 Bn Public Private Partnership with the Ministry of Defence. It was here that he drove the transformation of training, incorporating the latest learning methodologies and technologies to deliver highly skilled and motivated Royal Engineers into the Field Army.

In 2011, following Babcock's successful acquisition of VT Group, he became part of Babcock's procurement synergy team to drive cost efficiencies into the enlarged Group prior to moving to the Training Business Unit to define the growth strategy for engineering training.

In 2013 he became the Strategy and Development Director for the Sector Skills Council for the energy and utilities sectors. Here his passion for enabling leaners to achieve was coupled with the need to enable employers to get the skills they need, bringing together the core capabilities of research and market intelligence with learning development, quality assurance and training delivery into a comprehensive learning solutions offer that drives best practice and leverages modern learning thought leadership and technology across the learning spectrum.

Nathan is married and has two children. He has a passion for outdoor pursuits and can be found most weekends with his family, cycling or rambling, in between acting as the taxi, a contractor to a six year old Lego expert and enthusiastic supporter of a Grade 3 ballerina. In his spare time he follows the trials and tribulations of English cricket, reads historical fiction and squeezes in the odd round of golf.

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.