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General members on ICE Council

Election of six general members to the ICE Council 2022

To satisfy the requirements of the ICE Council Terms of Reference on the composition of Council, six general members must be elected.

Candidate Statements

Benjamin Alexander Hamer BSc CEng FICE

Managing Director – JT Mackley Ltd

“I have spent much of my career in major consultancies, leading global teams… I bring valuable experience based on diversity of challenge and collaborative working across sectors, cultures and geographies”.

With a marine science background, I gained membership of the ICE through the Career Appraisal Route in 1998. I have always been an active member of the ICE and sat on working groups for topics from Flood Risk to Renewable Energy, Transportation and the Grenfell response as well as supporting the development of State of the Nation reports. I have been a reviewer and SCE and chaired the Maritime Panel for two years.

Moving to Australia in 2013, I joined the New South Wales Committee as the Fellowship Officer and supported the promotion of the profession through ICE events and the British Business Network. In 2018, between overseas assignments, I joined the Professional Conduct Panel, helping to upkeep the standards expected of civil engineers.

Relocating to Africa in 2019, I joined the committee of the British Chamber of Commerce for Morocco to support the exchange of ideas and business between our two countries.

I have spent much of my career in major consultancies, leading global teams of up to 2,500 people, and am enjoying leading an SME construction company in the UK. I bring valuable experience based on diversity of challenge and collaborative working across sectors, cultures and geographies.

Proposed by: Andrew Alder, Alasdair JF Coates, Matthew Colton, Martin Knights, Nicholas Baveystock

Benjamin Hamer

Eur Ing Dr Phebe Mann MA(Cantab) MSc PhD LLB LLM CEng MICE FRICS MCIOB FCIArb FRSA FHEA

Panel Member (Transport Expert) – Upper Tribunal Administrative Appeals Chambers (Traffic Jurisdiction)

“I am passionate in promoting Civil Engineering to the general public, the next generation, and young people who are budding civil engineers”.

I am passionate in promoting Civil Engineering to the general public, the next generation, and young people who are budding civil engineers.

I became a chartered civil engineer in 1999. I worked for Westminster City Council, Cambridgeshire County Council and Atkins Global on major Highway/Structures Schemes. I am Senior Vice Chair ICE London and a member since 2011, I comprehend the objectives and activities of ICE, Council role and stakeholders.

As QUEST Award and CPR Reviewer, I am excellent in listening and working constructively with teams. As Transport Expert Member of the Upper Tribunal Administrative Appeals Chambers (Transport Jurisdiction), I listen to others, influence and challenge them in taking decisions with my engineering experience.

In recognition of my leadership I was awarded the Woman of Outstanding Achievement Tomorrow’s Leader Award 2011 by WISE/UKRC and Telegraph/WES TOP50 Women in Engineering 2018. I hosted ICE Open House London Boat Trip and chaired ICE Knowledge Seminars. I speak frequently at national events promoting ICE, its leadership in the change for the better, and global events as far as Malaysia.

Women Chartered Engineers are under-represented. I will contribute to ICE Council with my excellent communication skills, engineering knowledge, legal experience, national and global experience.

Proposed by: Steven Peter Lee, Beryl Gwendoline Kemplen, Sitthambaranatha Gandhi Suppiah, Yan Zhou, Ray Powell

Phebe Mann

Yuli (Chaido) Doulala-Rigby BEng MSc CEng FICE

Chief Civil Engineer & Business Development – Tensar International Ltd

“…I am passionate and committed to educating others on the use of geosynthetics to dramatically lower carbon in construction. My approachable, yet tenacious, style enables me to maximise my voice in a committee environment”.

I am a civil/geotechnical engineer and a proud member of the ICE since 2005. I am the current ICE NW Chair after actively supporting the ICE NW committee over the past 15 years. I became Fellow of the ICE in 2011. In 2018 I became the first non-military engineer to be elected Fellow of the Institution of Royal Engineers. I am also Fellow of the Permanent Way Institution and a registered STEM Ambassador.

After my first 10 working years in Hong Kong, I returned to the UK and joined Tensar, where, as Chief Civil Engineer, I held responsibility for a multi-national design team across the Eastern Hemisphere. As a member of various geotechnical working groups, I am passionate and committed to educating others on the use of geosynthetics to dramatically lower carbon in construction. My approachable, yet tenacious, style enables me to maximise my voice in a committee environment.

If elected, I will draw from my well-rounded civil engineering background to advise on the Institution’s strategic direction, support ICE’s policy, promote closer collaboration between civilian, military and infrastructure engineering and strengthen ICE’s STEM outreach towards recruiting our future civil engineers.

Proposed by: Sir John Armitt, Jeff Ashurst, Richard Coackley, Emma Kent, Ed McCann

Yuli (Chaido) Doulala-Rigby

Tina Gunnarsson MEng CEng MICE

Senior Methods Engineer - Balfour Beatty

“I aspire to shape a sustainable and inclusive society through my work…I believe diverse thinking can provide creative solutions needed to build sustainable and resilient societies…”.

I aspire to shape a sustainable and inclusive society through my work as a multidisciplinary Chartered Civil Engineer.

I joined ICE ten years ago as a QUEST scholar at Imperial College London and trained as a Temporary Works Engineer with Balfour Beatty across 30 projects. I draw on contracting and technical knowledge of delivering piling, reinforced-concrete and façade for tower construction in London, fundraising and constructing a suspension footbridge in Rwanda and leading a digital transformation to drive positive change. Alongside these roles, I achieved chartership with ICE and was awarded the James Rennie Medal, Karen Burt Award, Rene Redfern-Hunt Prize.

I have a passion for inclusion to bring to Council, developed through reverse-mentoring senior leaders and co-founding SheBuilds, an online engineering collective. I can contribute my experience as a member of ICE’s Fairness, Inclusion and Respect Committee and international practice spanning Australia, Taiwan, Sweden, Rwanda and UK to improve equality in our industry.

I believe diverse thinking can provide creative solutions needed to build sustainable and resilient societies. I am focusing on low-carbon solutions in my current role as Senior Methods Engineer to bring us closer to achieving Net-Zero by 2050 and positively impact the planet.

Proposed by: Anusha Shah, Daniel Michael Jacques, Kate Cairns, Andrew Alder, Lina Söderberg

Tina Gunnarsson

Tim Harman MEng CEng FICE

Technical Leader – Laing O’Rourke

“The professionalism of our industry has never been more important...I am passionate about driving this through professional accreditation… I am an advocate for professional apprenticeships, to improve routes into construction…”.

I am proud to be a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) having been a Chartered member since 2011 and a Fellow since 2019. My career has encompassed work on many major infrastructure schemes, including water treatment plants, the Thameslink extension programme, Crossrail, Thames Tideway and am now a technical leader at Laing O’Rourke.

The professionalism of our industry has never been more important. Whether responding to tragedies such as Grenfell Tower, the need to diversify our energy supply (primarily due to the climate emergency but highlighted by the conflict in Ukraine) or regional disparities in connectivity, our decisions make headlines.

I am passionate about driving this through professional accreditation and volunteer to review from EngTech through to CEng. I am an advocate for professional apprenticeships, to improve routes into construction, and undertake end point assessments at all levels.

Our improved ability to communicate and share knowledge across the industry has been an upshot of the COVID pandemic. I would work with you, and the ICE, to drive knowledge sharing and improving links to industry.

I would relish the opportunity to serve you, as members of this institution, by being elected to the ICE council.

Proposed by: Tiffany Grinwade, Jonathan Chew, Lord Robert Mair, Joanna Vezey, Joyce Brady

Tim Harman

Robert White BEng(Hons) PGDipBA CEng CPEng (Aus) FICE FEngNZ FIEAust MInstD

Independent Principal Engineer

“…My focus is on sustainability and carbon reduction, lifelong learning, service to the community and maintaining the profession’s reputation… My priority is to… enhance the ICE and profession’s reputation and increase the voice of engineers in society…”.

Rachel Skinner has asked us all “what are you going to do?” To “speak up and speak out” was my commitment as a panellist for the Australasian Brunel lecture with Seth Shultz. My focus is on sustainability and carbon reduction, lifelong learning, service to the community and maintaining the profession’s reputation.

Recently I’ve reduced my carbon footprint year on year and offset the remainder; I’ve encouraged my employer to achieve carbon neutrality through reduction and offsetting; and challenged clients to ensure that we are solving the real problem, rather than just building something.

I bring experience of working in three continents to an international institution; joining in 1985; becoming chartered in 1998 and contributing as Reviewer since 2004. I was the Warren Medal recipient in 2015.

With experience as a principal owner and director of a SME consultancy and a board member of ACENZ, I also bring governance experience. I am currently a Board Member of Engineers without Borders NZ Incorporated and on the path to become recognised as a “Chartered Director” in 2022.

My priority is to maintain and enhance the ICE and profession’s reputation and increase the voice of engineers in society generally.

Proposed by: Ed McCann, Matthew Colton, Tim Warren, Sara Wheeler, Huw Howell

Robert White

Penny Gilg MEng MSc CEng MICE

Project Manager, City Transport – Bristol City Council

“To effectively tackle the Climate Emergency, we need to address the skills shortage, and so we must ensure no-one is excluded from our industry…I would like to hear from and represent you”.

I’ve been a Bridge Designer, Transport Planner and Client Engineer. I’ve worked in all stages of a project lifecycle; in private and public organisations, from 300, to 10,000 people. This has given me unique and varied insight into our industry. Currently I’m a Transport Project Manager at Bristol City Council.

In ICE I’ve volunteered for 10 years, starting with GSNet, then the Transport Expert Panel and now Vice-Chair of the Fairness Inclusion and Respect Committee, which recently conducted the racism survey.

If elected, in undertaking my council duties I would support parts of our industry which sometimes take a back seat to the mega projects. The minor works team; the self-employed; the subbies’ subby.

To effectively tackle the Climate Emergency, we need to address the skills shortage, and so we must ensure no-one is excluded from our industry. From the new dad nervous to take time off work, to the women wearing 3 pairs of socks so their safety boots fit, the engineers feeling left behind by technology, and the countless engineers who believe they must hide part of their personality at work; I would like to hear from and represent you.

Thank you in anticipation for your vote.

Proposed by: Anusha Shah, Jeff Ashurst, Alex McDermott, Dawn Bonfield, Kate Cairns

Penny Gilg

Paul McEwen BEng CEng MICE

Principal Geotechnical Engineer – Ove Arup and Partners (Arup)

“…I am keen to use my varied skills developed through my career to drive forward sustainability and resilience …I am passionate about design and the ability of good design delivered well, can influence lives for the better”.

I am a geotechnical engineer and have been a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) since joining as a graduate in 1998. I have had great experiences in contracting and design consultancy and have been lucky enough to be involved in a number of prestigious infrastructure projects in the UK and overseas.

Working in these multidisciplinary environments has given me key insights into the needs and drivers of a large diverse group and how collaboration and effective communication can produce exceptional outcomes.

The ICE has a significant and leading position in our society and I welcome the opportunity, should I be elected, to take on a more hands on position, helping to drive forward and shape the future of the ICE and it’s members.

This will be achieved through dynamic and dedicated communication with the diverse group of diciplines that combine to make up the institution. I am keen to use my varied skills developed through my career to drive forward sustainability and resilience with particular empahsis to earthworks.

I am passionate about design and the ability of good design delivered well, can influence lives for the better.

Proposed by: Alan Phear, Jane Collins, Andrew Lloyd, Timothy Hocombe, Stewart Jarvis

Paul McEwen

Gillian H. Castka BEng MSc CEng MICE MHKIE

Managing Director – Project Management Solutions

“As civil engineers our over-riding responsibility is to the public good. The challenges of the 21st century require urgent action from civil engineers worldwide to protect the health and well-being of future generations…”.

Since being elected on to Council in Nov 2019 I have joined the IPD panel where I have contributed on aspects of initial professional development. I am also the ICE Council representative on the Nominations Committee responsible for making recommendations to the Trustee Board on the appointment of candidates for senior positions in the Institution. I wish to continue this work and other contributions.

My earliest engagement with the Institution was with the East Midlands branch promoting WISE activities in the early 80s, through being a SCE, mentor, CPR reviewer and as MDO in Hong Kong.

As civil engineers our over-riding responsibility is to the public good. The challenges of the 21st century require urgent action from civil engineers worldwide to protect the health and well-being of future generations. This requires effective communication from engineers prepared to listen, learn and gain from authentic engagement.

I have enjoyed a diverse career with consultants, contractors, public and private sectors, in the UK, Middle East, India and Hong Kong and will bring this holistic wealth of experience and understanding to represent the views of the membership to the ICE Council for the benefit of the profession as a global family.

Proposed by: Paul W. Jowitt, Peter A Thompson, Eammon Marley, Wong Chin To Louis, Sita Shah

Gillian H. Castka

Beth Griffiths Eng Tech MICE

Design Technician - Anglesey County Council

“I am an advocate for support of young people whilst actively liasing with students through the ICE and Careers Wales to encourage roles within Civil Engineering…”.

I am a proud young member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), joining as a student member then becoming a Eng Tech Member in January 2022. I have both industry and academic experience gaining a HNC in Civil Engineering and studying towards my B.Eng Hons in Civil Engineering whilst working as an engineer.

I am an advocate for support of young people whilst actively liasing with students through the ICE and Careers Wales to encourage roles within civil engineering. I visit frequently and also take part yearly in CITB International Women’s day promoting the industry to young females. I am an active CITB ambassador where I voluntarily undertake STEM activities.

I was awarded a scholarship 19/20 for my dedication within the industry and am an active member attending CPD events, sitting in on the South Wales Fairness, Inclusion and Respect Committee and the North Wales Students and Gradutes Committee.

The ICE is the pillar of civil engineering in our Society and I would be proud to welcome the opportunity to serve and support this institution. If elected to Council, I will continue to fully commit to the ICE and communicate the view of the ICE members to the Council.

Proposed by: Stella Hannah Brookes, Ifan Robert Pritchard Rowlands, Gareth Smith, Daniel Durrans, Carl Matheson Edwards

Beth Griffiths