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ICE North East


ICE North East's various committees and panels bring together like-minded people and give members the opportunity to increase their knowledge, get advice, and raise the profile and standard of civil engineering.

Regional committees and branches

ICE's work in the North East is carried out by the regional committee. It's made up of branch members and interest groups, and is supported by the Regional Support Team.

Committee members are volunteers and come from a range of backgrounds within the civil engineering profession.

Find out more about the committees and groups, including who's involved and how you can get in touch.

The regional committee is responsible for setting the direction of ICE in the North East and making sure that the region achieves its aims. The committee is made up of representatives of the branches, interest groups and sections.

Contact: - [email protected]

Download the North East Regional Constitution

Name Position
Meshi Taka ICE North East Chair and Fairness, Inclusion & Respect Lead
Malcolm Cattermole Treasurer
Liam Simpson Teesside Branch Chair
James Potter Northumbria Branch Chair

Other members: Yanyan Bryan, Paula McMahon, Nuwanthi Thennakoonwela, Robert Chesney, Laura Brown, Graham Yates, Laura O'Toole, Andrew Richmond,Mike Wade, Kirils Holstovs, Sonny Henderson, Alan Ross, Martin Crapper

The Northumbria branch organises events, technical talks and seminars throughout the year. It represents ICE members living and working in Durham, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear. In normal times events are mainly held in central Newcastle. At the moment events are held online.

Contact: - [email protected]

Download our Terms of Reference

Name Position
James Potter Chair
Darcie Coombs Vice Chair
Jessica Clarke Regional Council Member/Education Panel Chairman
Paul Slaughter Treasurer

The Teesside branch represents members living and working in the Tees Valley and welcomes members from neighbouring North Yorkshire. It organises events, technical talks and seminars throughout the year. Branch events are usually held in Middlesbrough.

Contact: - [email protected]

Download our Terms of Reference

Name Position
Liam Simpson Chair
Daniel Hawxwell Technical Meeting Coordinator

The ECNet represents over 900 graduate and student, apprentice and technician ICE members living within the region. It organises regular events, seminars, competitions and socials. These help members develop their careers and get support, as well as providing opportunities for like-minded people to meet and network.

The ECNet also runs many events and initiatives to get schools and local communities involved in civil engineering.

It's managed by a committee of core members who are elected annually. The committee meets once a month. Key members of the ECNet also sit on the ICE North East regional committee and regional executive board.

Contact: - [email protected]

Download the terms of reference

Name Position
Nuwanthi Thennakoonwela Co-chair
Robert Chesney Co-chair
Siobhan Durcan Secretary
Dominic Corr Treasurer and RAB Rep

Special interest groups

ICE North East has a number of special interest groups which focus on a range of areas of interest for its members.

If you would like to get involved in one of these groups, then please contact the relevant chairperson.

The Regional Advisory Board gives expert advice on a range of industry sectors.

The board provides informed debate, and promotes a coherent strategy for infrastructure development in the region. It also contributes to ICE's State of the Nation reports, both nationally, and from a regional perspective.

Contact: - [email protected]

Download the terms of reference

Name Position
Chris Jolley Transport
Laura O'Toole Transport
Brian Wilson Rail
James Hollender Energy
George Hare Water
Richard Warneford Water
Phil Welton Flooding
John Robinson Flooding
Donald Daly Flooding
Oliver Heidrich Flooding / sustainability
Robert Thorniley-Walker FICE Environment, Climate change
Garry Edwards Drainage
Professor David Toll Geotechnical
John Jeffrey H&S
Sarah Kellerman Procurement/Law
Martin Heddon Structures

Contact: - [email protected]

Download the terms of reference

We are actively recruiting members to join the education panel, please get in touch at [email protected] if you would like to find out more.

Name Position

The Northern Geotechnical Group (NGG) is a focal point for the local geotechnical community.

It organises a full programme of technical meetings and seminars throughout the year.

Anyone with an interest in geotechnical engineering is welcome to come along to events. If you'd like to join or find out more about events, please contact David Hinxman

Contact: David Hinxman

Name Position
Andrew Richmond Chairman
David Hinxman Secretary and Treasurer
Jason Boddy Immediate Past Chairman

The ICE North East Heritage Panel is a group of civil engineers who are interested in the history of the profession.

It has published regional guides and leaflets on the subject and also works with the national Panel for Historical Engineering Works (PHEW). They identify historical engineering works and, in some cases, preserve and add them to an online database.

The panel also organises heritage walks describing some of Newcastle's historic buildings, structures and notable engineers.

Anyone with an interest in historical engineering is welcome to join the panel. If you'd like to get involved or find out more about talks, walks and other aspects of the panel's work, please contact [email protected]

Download the terms of reference

Heritage links

Name Position
David Yates Member
Donald McCartney Member

The ICE North East Seniors Group was formed in 1990 specifically to arrange events and activities for engineers who are retired or nearing retirement. Meetings are held approximately once a month and include:

      • Visits to sites of engineering interest
      • Talks on subjects of historical or present engineering interest, or of a more general/topical interest
      • Social events, including an Annual Lunch

The Group is informal and places particular importance on the social aspects of its activities. Partners of members are particularly welcome to join in. As events and activities are usually held during the daytime, this often provides the opportunity to enjoy a leisurely and sociable lunch in a convivial atmosphere

A quarterly Newsletter is circulated.

A modest annual subscription fee (currently £10) is made for membership of the Group and this supports financial underwriting of its activities.

If you're a retired or semi-retired ICE member, or are still working but able to come to day-time meetings, the group would like to hear from you.

Download a copy of the senior members' newsletter

Contact: [email protected]

Name Position
Neil Buchanan President
Eric Valentine Chairman
Mike Wade Immediate past Chair
Chris Norris Treasurer
Malcolm Smith Membership Secretary
John Roper Events coordinator
Paul Fenwick Member
Mike Gardiner Member
Doug Shearer Account examiner
Margot Wade Newsletter editor