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ICE Trustee Board

The ICE is governed by a trustee board which is responsible for the Institution’s strategic decision making.

The trustees are supported by a council, which approves the trustee board members and are themselves directly elected by the members.

How does our trustee board work?

The trustee board is comprised of 12 trustees, who are responsible for the leadership and management of the institution.

Trustees are ultimately responsible and accountable for all activities of the institution.

The appointment and processes of the trustee board are contained within the Royal Charter and by-laws.

Further detail on the board's responsibilities, duties and composition is set out in the trustee board terms of reference.

Trustee board meetings

The meeting notes for trustee board meetings can be accessed here. A summary of the latest trustee board meeting is available to read.

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Meet our trustee board

Following approval by the Privy Council with effect from 03 November 2020, the trustee board composition will be 12 members:

  • The president (who chairs the meetings)
  • Three vice presidents (all of whom will succeed to presidency)
  • Four ordinary members, elected by the membership (subject to transitional arrangements as defined in the by-laws)
  • Three council members (directly appointed by council)
  • One nominated member

Our president promotes the institution and the profession in the UK and around the world.

ICE has a different president every year. The president's calendar, including past and forthcoming events, can be accessed online by ICE members.

Further detail on the president's responsibilities and duties are set out in the president's terms of reference.

ICE Trustee Board 2022/23. Click to enlarge.
ICE Trustee Board 2023/24. Click to enlarge.

Professor Anusha Shah BEng MSc CEng FICE Hon Prof Hon DEng

159th ICE President

She is a senior director for Resilient Cities and UK climate adaptation lead at Arcadis, and currently seconded to the Effiage, Kier, Ferrovial and BAM Nuttall joint venture on High Speed 2 as senior director of environmental consents. An ICE Fellow, she is also a non-executive director at the Met Office, and a trustee at the Green Alliance board. Anusha completed a Royal Academy of Engineering visiting professor stint at King’s College London on climate adaptation, sustainability, and inclusive design.

In 2021, she was conferred an honorary professorship for knowledge transfer by the University of Wolverhampton and a doctorate for services to climate change in engineering by the University of East London. In addition, Anusha is a visiting professor at the University of Edinburgh and has been invited to give lectures at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

With a specialisation in water and environmental engineering, with over 23 years’ experience in designing, managing and leading projects and programmes both in the UK and internationally, Anusha has worked with the government, NGOs, consultants, contractors, regulator, and utility companies. She has led various multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural projects on water, environment, flood risk management, mining and rail.

Anusha has previously been chair of the Thames Estuary Partnership Board, a charity working towards sustainable management of the Thames Estuary. She has been involved with the ICE for several years in various guises. In addition to her role on the trustee board, she is a passionate member of the ICE Fairness, Inclusion and Respect Panel. Prior to that she was co-chair of ICE London and South-East Diversity Task Force. In 2010 Anusha was the youngest and first female chair of ICE London region, and has been a non-executive director of the Thomas Telford Ltd board, member of the executive board, and member of both the Research & Development Panel, and Qualifications Panel.

Her passion for nature runs through everything she does. She works with various industry NetZero and climate change groups and represent Arcadis at the London Climate Change Partnership, London First and 50L Home Coalition of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. She has written extensively on water, climate change, diversity, equity and inclusion topics for national and international publications. Anusha is honoured to have this dedication recognised by a number of industry awards including 2020 - Top 50 UK Women Engineers Sustainability Award and CECA FIR Inspiring Engineers Award 2019. She is regularly invited to panel discussions, media interviews and asked to deliver keynote speeches. In 2020, Anusha was named as one of the UK’s leading BAME voices on climate change by Climate Reframe.

Anusha Shah

Professor Jim Hall FREng BEng MA PhD CEng FICE

Senior vice president

Professor Jim Hall is professor of climate and environmental risks in the University of Oxford.

Before joining the University of Oxford in 2011 to become director of the university’s Environmental Change Institute, Prof Hall held academic positions in civil engineering departments in Newcastle University and the University of Bristol. Prof Hall is internationally recognised for his research on risk analysis for water resource systems, flooding and coastal engineering, infrastructure systems and adaptation to climate change.

Professor Hall is a member of the Prime Minister's Council for Science and Technology and is a commissioner of the National Infrastructure Commission. He was a member of the UK independent committee on climate change adaptation from 2009 to 2019. He led the development of the National Infrastructure Systems Model (NISMOD), which was used for the ICE’s influential National Needs Assessment and for the UK’s first National Infrastructure Assessment.

Professor Hall invented, and now chairs, the UK Data and Analytics Facility for National Infrastructure (DAFNI). Amongst various distinctions, Prof Hall was awarded the ICE’s George Stephenson Medal in 2001 and the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water in 2018. He was a contributing author to the Nobel Prize-winning Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Jim Hall

David Norman Porter (Hons) MSc CEng FICE

Vice president, learning society

David Porter is currently the director of engineering with the Department for Infrastructure (DfI), which is the roads authority for Northern Ireland.

In this position, David is the chief highways engineer and the head of the civil engineering profession within the Northern Ireland Civil Service. He is responsible for the development of the department’s professional and technical staff, engineering policies and standards, health and safety, and leads on procurement and the internal consultancy. Previously, David was the chief executive of the Rivers Agency, the flood defence and drainage authority for Northern Ireland, and also held the posts of director of development and director of operations with the agency.

David is a past chair of the Northern Ireland Region of ICE, has been on council three times, two terms as the Northern Ireland representative, and one as a general member. He has also served on numerous committees and panels, was a member of the Presidential Commission on ICE Governance (the Orr Review), chaired the member-led review of NOMCO, the Audit Committee, and the Qualifications Panel. David has also been on the Committee of Management of the ICE Benevolent Fund.

David Porter

Julie Wood BSc (Hons) CEng FICE FRICS CMgr Hon FAPM

Vice president, membership

Julie is a major projects leader, a Chartered Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and an Honorary Fellow of the Association of Project Management.

Julie is also a Liveryman with the Worshipful Company of Engineers and is a ‘Freeman’ of the City of London. Julie started her career as an apprentice and is passionate about social mobility and opportunity for all.

Julie is a member of the ICE Trustee Board. She is the co-chair of the Low Carbon Energy Board. She has over 25 years of experience in the construction industry much of this involved in the delivery of major complex projects. Until the end of August she was an executive director of Arup where she led projects such as the Glaxo Group Research Campus, McLaren HQ, The Francis Crick Institute, HS2 Euston Station and the Transpennine Upgrade Project. Julie has over 16 years of experience in non-executive director roles across a number of sectors.

She is particularly interested in sustainable futures for society, digital transformation, systems thinking, lifelong learning and social mobility.

She is a keen landscape photographer particularly long exposure shots. In fact, they are so good she is still a practicing engineer.

Richard Threlfall

Richard Bayfield BSc (Hons) MSc CEng CEnv FICE FCIARB

Trustee, professional conduct & ethics

Richard began his civil engineering career in 1975, as a sandwich student at Surrey University, working for Costain on major projects, including the Thames barrier.

Richard gained a master’s degree in construction law from Kings College, London in 1990. He has subsequently had senior roles as a contractor, consultant and client. He was chair of the Society of Construction Law in 2003/4. He is one of the 4 civil engineers who are honorary members of the Society of Construction Law. In 2006 he was appointed to the Construction Minister’s sounding board of 6, chaired by the late Sir Michael Latham, which advised on proposed changes to construction legislation.

The latter part of his career has involved working with large client organisations including Honda, UCL, New College Oxford, and the Church Commissioners. These successful client leadership roles have majored on both establishing clear project governance structures and establishing pro-active risk management processes including strategies for dispute avoidance.

Richard has three times been part of a British Construction Industry Award (BCIA) winning project. These were at UCL, Cuddesdon College Oxford and Honda, Swindon.

Richard is an adjudicator on the ICE, CIC and CIOB panels. Richard was previously appointed to dispute panels for Terminal 5 and the London 2012 Olympics. Richard is also a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv). He occasionally lectures and writes about client leadership, collaborative working, and project delivery.

Richard is part of the chaplaincy support team at Bullingdon Prison, a shift leader at the Oxford Winter Night Shelter and is chair of the charity

Richard Bayfield

Professor Priti Parikh CEng FICE

Trustee, international

Priti Parikh is a professor in engineering infrastructure and international development and director of UCL’s Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction.

She is the founder director of UCL’s Engineering for International Development Centre. This centre focuses on engineering solutions for human development and wellbeing; and researches locally acceptable water-sanitation-energy solutions in low-middle income countries.

She has over 15 years of engineering industry experience in South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the UK with consultancies to include hands-on experience of designing infrastructure for slums in partnership with local communities. She was awarded the prestigious BBOXX/Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair fellowship that focuses on energy access in sub-Sahara Africa through smart solar solutions.

Priti was the editor-in-chief of ICE’s Engineering Sustainability journal for three years. She then went on to get elected to ICE Council and is a member of the Learned Society Committee. She also sits on the board of Happold Foundation and Engineers Against Poverty to influence strategy on engineering and development.

Priti was named as one of the 100 most influential academics in the UK Government for her work in climate and sustainability by Apolitical and as the top 50 women in engineering in 2022. Priti’s research has influenced policy and practice especially the work around evidencing links between infrastructure and Sustainable Development Goals with governments and charities.

Priti Parikh


Trustee, carbon and climate

Lewis provides expert advice on whole life decarbonisation for local authorities, developers and governments at the highest level.

With over 25 years’ experience of managing environmental risk and minimising whole life carbon, Lewis is responsible for many internationally recognised advances in addressing the climate crisis.

He is renowned for his skills and experience in reducing carbon on construction projects. He and his team won the NCE100 Low Carbon Leader award for two consecutive years for their work in reducing carbon and sharing best practice across the infrastructure sector. Lewis wrote and presents the ICE’s Carbon Management in Infrastructure course and is also skilled in the application of climate change projections to ensure project resilience. He was a member of both the PAS2080:2023 (Carbon Management in Buildings and Infrastructure) steering group and its Technical Advisory Panel.

He works across governments to develop decarbonisation technical guidance and policy to help promulgate PAS 2080 and the consistent economic appraisal of whole life carbon in business cases, providing pragmatic advice to help projects align with the transition to net zero.

Lewis Barlow

Paula McMahon BEng CEng FICE FCMI

Trustee, UK regions

Paula started life as a civil engineering apprentice with her local council straight from school.

At Sir Robert McAlpine she oversees the professional development of future ICE members and manages the social value for the A19 DBFO project as well as effecting positive changes through several affinity and leadership groups.

Her career has been wide ranging and varied and has included significant roles on high profile projects including the Thames barrier, Hinkley Point C and DUBAL Aluminium. She is a Chartered Fellow of the ICE and the Chartered Management Institute as well as being a Fellow of the Women’s Engineering Society and the Royal Society of Arts, Commerce and Manufactures.

Paula hands over her role as honorary editor and panel chair for the flagship ICE Proceedings: Civil Engineering at the end of 2023. She also sits on several strategy groups including the North East Chamber of Commerce Transport Forum and Teesside University’s Engineering Board where she is also a visiting lecturer.

Paula strongly believes in inspiring our next generation of civil engineers and educating everyone to work towards an equitable and sustainable future. She is the driving force behind Engineering Together which brings together a wide selection of UK and International Engineering Institutions and bodies to work collaboratively to raise awareness and understanding of engineers and engineering. She set up Primary Voices to impress the need for urgency climate action whilst providing everyday solutions to help tackle the climate crisis.

She is regularly invited to speak at national and international events on a range of topics including engineering, diversity and sustainability. Paula’s work in the industry and education has earned her many Awards and accolades including the prestigious European WICE Award Lifetime in Engineering for 2021.

Paula McMahon

Edward Bingham BEng (Hons) PGCert CEng FICE

Trustee, member engagement & relationship with council

Edward is currently technical director for AECOM as part of their roads sector and is currently leading the HS2 Phase 2b delivery.

As part of the AECOM roads sector for the last 20 years, Edward has delivered a number of significant and complex multidisciplinary infrastructure projects, including a number of smart motorways and roads elements of HS2. His current role will seek to draw on this extended and broad experience through the early development stages and pre-hybrid bill preparation. In previous roles, Edward also lead the digital transformation strategy and implementation for the AECOM UK roads sector.

Edward is a past chair of the ICE East Midland region and currently East Midlands council member. His experience as a practicing civil engineer is enhanced by his long involvement with the ICE at branch and regional level, within UKRAC, previously Fellowship Panel, Edward currently sits on FARC, Policy and External Affairs and Transport CAB groups.

Edward Bingham

Jonathan Spruce MEng MBA CEng FICE FCIHT

Trustee, policy & external affairs

Jonathan is a civil and transportation engineer with almost 30 years’ worth of wide-ranging experience working for the public and private sectors.

He is an experienced advisor to the public and private sector, and regularly provides advice at a senior level to local authorities and partnerships in the UK, aimed at the development of integrated transportation and regeneration solutions aimed at supporting economic growth in towns and cities.

He led the team that developed the first pan-Northern Strategic Transport Plan and associated 30 year investment programme as part of a secondment to Transport for the North. More recently, he has been providing support to a number of local authorities on the outputs of the Integrated Rail Plan for the Midlands and the North, the implementation of bus service improvement plans and the roll-out of active travel improvements.

He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, currently acting as chair of the Policy and External Affairs committee. He chaired the steering group that led the ICE’s recent policy paper on a National Transport Strategy, as well as having been part of the steering groups for a number of State of the Nation reports and the Delivering a Northern Infrastructure Strategy report. He often gives evidence on behalf of the ICE to House of Commons Transport Select Committee inquiries, such as those into Major transport infrastructure projects: appraisal and delivery and Smart motorways.

Jonathan Spruce

Liz Waugh BSc (Hons) AMICE MCIPR MCI

Trustee, communications

A communications professional with over 25 years' experience in industry and public sector, specialising in stakeholder engagement with critical infrastructure and crisis management.

Providing expert advice to public and private sector, including central government (Cabinet Office, BEIS, DHLUC, DCMS and Defra), Scottish and Welsh governments, as well as local authorities. Currently adviser to critical infrastructure portfolios totalling in excess of £21bn, including marine energy and renewables, battery storage, energy from waste and renewable waste projects, major road and rail schemes, and separate regeneration programmes for a district hospital and local authorities.

Mentoring engineers and regular speaker at Women in Leadership, and other fora to promote engineering and career progression. Member of the Great Western Railway Advisory Board, SW Infrastructure Panel, governor (UK) to Association of Real Property and Infrastructure and NED to Secure Forests. Previously chaired the Local Transport Board, BBC Audience Council (representing England) and ex interim CEO of Heart of the South West LEP. Expert witness to several public inquiries on the impact of critical infrastructure on the tourism economy.

Managing director of Coast Communications, a strategic technical communications agency based in Cornwall, London and Cardiff, with a roster of national and international clients. In her (limited) spare time, Liz enjoys walking in the Black Mountains with her dogs, paddleboarding on the coast and photography.

Liz Waugh

Lucy Rew CEng FICE

Trustee, Finance, Assurance & Risk Committee

Lucy is a chartered civil engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Lucy graduated from the University of Bristol in 1994 with a degree in civil engineering and study in continental Europe, which enabled her to pick up a few European languages and really was the doorway to her current career: she has been working and living in France since 2000, and in her current job with a French consultancy since 2002.

Lucy's main professional interests lie in tunnelling and contract management and her current position as project director with Egis Tunnels has given her many opportunities to work on a range of underground projects such as road tunnels in mountainous areas, urban tunnel renovation projects, the Grand Paris Express, the extension to Paris’s underground RER E line (EOLE), the Lyon Turin high speed rail line (probably the most complex tunnel driven in France to date, if not Europe or the world) amongst others.

Lucy has been a volunteer with the ICE nearly continuously since 1995, first in the Thames Valley region in the UK and in France since 2000. She has been a member of the International Committee since 2015, a general member of council since 2018 and a member of Nominations Committee since 2019.

In her spare time Lucy is the chair of the board of a cultural and sports association in her local town in France with 33 employees and a paid up membership of around 2000 children and adults, carrying out activities as diverse as improvisation, badminton, yoga and drawing.

Lucy Rew

ICE trustee elections 2024

ICE voting members directly elect members to the trustee board. To ensure continuity on the trustee board, not all vacancies will arise in the same year. This year, the voting members will directly elect three individuals to the trustee board.

Voting will take place in the ICE ballot, which opens on 03 June 2024 and will run to 09 July 2024. The result will be announced at the institution’s Annual General Meeting on 16 July 2024. The directly elected trustee will then take up their post with effect from 05 November 2024 and, subject to annual confirmation by the ICE Council, will serve for three years.

This year the portfolios that were vacant were for:

  • Policy and external affairs,
  • Learning society,
  • Professional conduct and ethics.

The candidates for the 2024 election are as follows:

Trustee, policy and external affairs - candidate

  • Jonathan Spruce (uncontested)

Trustee, learning society – candidates

  • Matthew Colton
  • Dr. Ohis Ilalokhoin

Trustee, professional conduct and ethics – candidates

  • Christopher James Thomas Burton
  • Honorary Professor Paula McMahon
  • Patrick Waterhouse

Members are encouraged to read the candidate statements prior to voting. 

Voting method

ICE uses the Civica Election Services (CES) to manage our ballot process so the votes are secure.

The ballot is run online for most members. CES only sends out a paper ballot when:

  • A member has ‘opted in’ to receive a postal ballot.
  • A member has not provided ICE with an email address.
Opting out of online voting

To opt out of online voting:

Go to your MyICE profile

Click on the + sign next to ‘Ballot & Voting Options’ and tick the box to request the postal vote.

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