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Regional members on ICE Council

Election of regional members to the Council 2022

The ballot to elect the regional member is uncontested, only one candidate having presented for each region.

ICE | London

Yan Zhou MBA MSc BEng CEng FICE

Divisional Director – Jacobs

“I am devoted to representing the core values and interest of the members of all grades based in the London Region. I would continue to contribute to the work of the Council with my deep knowledge of the London Region...”.

I am working for Jacobs as a divisional director, leading the technical innovation & digital disruption for the Transportation Business. In the past few years, I held senior roles on several prestigious major programmes including Houses of Parliament Restoration & Renewal, Lower Thames Crossing, and Smart Motorways Alliance.

I am currently serving my first term on the ICE Council as the London Regional Member and am seeking re-election. In the meantime, I’m sitting on ICE’s Communication Committee, Professionalism Panel, ICE London Regional Committee, as well as the editorial board of the ICE Proceedings: Civil Engineering.

I have been involved in the ICE at varies levels since 2010. Previously served as vice chair for the London G&S committee, ICE President’s Apprentice, and honorary secretary of London regional committee.

I am devoted to representing the core values and interest of the members of all grades based in the London Region. I would continue to contribute to the work of the Council with my deep knowledge of the London Region. I’m particularly interested in topics such as ED&I, digital transformation, disruptive innovation, knowledge transfer, and policy engagement.

Proposed by Steven Peter Lee, Amir Mansour Mohammed-Motlagh, Grant John Banester, Maria Pelaez Ortega, Joanne Hon Ching Chau

Yan Zhou

ICE | Yorkshire & Humber

David M. Hirst Eur Ing BEng (Hons) CEng MBA FICE FEI

Director – Ainsty Risk Consulting Ltd

“If re-elected, I would continue to:

  • Support diversity and representation across the region and promote active member engagement to both inform ICE policy and to influence regional infrastructure strategy…”.

I am founder and director of an independent energy and risk management consultancy that works nationally and internationally to support the responsible and effective provision and use of energy.

I am active in the ICE both regionally and nationally, having chaired the Management Panel, the Risk Group, Y&H’s Regional Advisory Board, and the Energy Journal. I supported several key ICE reports including “In plain sight”, “Delivering a northern infrastructure strategy”, and “Defending Critical Infrastructure”, and provided evidence on behalf of the ICE to the Select Committee on the restoration and refurbishment of the Parliament.

If re-elected, I would continue to:

  • Support diversity and representation across the region and promote active member engagement to both inform ICE policy and to influence regional infrastructure strategy.
  • Vigorously engage at Council and with Trustees, working with ICE Staff to ensure the right questions are posed on infrastructure priorities that affects all regions.
  • Promote infrastructure policies nationally, regionally, and locally that deliver active travel and apply the “energy hierarchy”.
  • Help develop and promote a CPD programme for the region, that encourages cross disciplinary engagement to enhance the technical competence and understanding of our members - at all stages of their careers.

Proposed by Chris Longley, Damien Kilburn, Prof Roger Falconer, Chris Digman, Peter Drenon

David M. Hirst

ICE | Scotland

Steven Graeme Robertson CEng BSc (Hons) MICE

Account Leader – Mott MacDonald Ltd

“…I believe that it has never been more important to work together to achieve netzero and productivity improvement aims set by government….to encourage new people and diversity in the industry through education engagement”.

I have been a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers since joining as a student in 1985. I work with Mott MacDonald as an Account Leader and am presently based in Glasgow. I am a past Chair of Highlands and Islands Branch; where I was part of the improving connections with members.

I have been a member of ICE Scotland Committee since 2016. I am the current Scotland Representative on ICE Council and was elected by Council as Deputy Chair of Council 2022 (which includes the same role on the Learning Society Committee).

I strongly believe that the civil engineering industry is vital for the economic well-being and growth of the Scotland region. If re-elected, I would continue to connect with the Scotland regional members through the branches and help ensure that the Learning Society’s aims are shared, and professional standards maintained.

I believe that it has never been more important to work together to achieve netzero and productivity improvement aims set by government. It is an exciting time to encourage new people and diversity in the industry through education engagement.

Proposed by David Shaun Nesbitt, James Young, Karen Rutherford Dinardo, Carlo Dinardo, Fiona Barbour

Steven Graeme Robertson

ICE | East of England

Elizabeth Orchard MEng A.U.S CEng MICE

Associate Director, Civil Engineering – Pinnacle Consulting Engineers Ltd

“…I collaborate with the education sector to provide aspiring engineers with diverse role models and work experience, and support colleagues with their journeys to ICE membership”.

I have been a dedicated member of ICE for over 15 years, holding numerous positions within the Thames Valley Branch Committees, including twice serving as Chair and representing TVB on South-East England Regional Committee. A highlight was hosting past-ICE President Robert Mair during his visit to TVB in 2018.

In 2021, I moved to East of England and joined Pinnacle Consulting Engineers Ltd as Associate Director, leading their UK Civil Engineering teams through a period of rapid growth and diversification. My background in Project Management and strategic thinking, innovation, and leadership skills bring teams together to collaborate and achieve sustainable development.

I believe that opportunities should be given fairly and equitably on the merit of skill and effort, regardless of background or personal identity; I collaborate with the education sector to provide aspiring engineers with diverse roles models and work experience, and support colleagues with their journeys to ICE membership.

Bringing these skills and experience to the role of Regional Member of Council, I would:

  • Support, encourage and challenge the Council to grow and thrive
  • Be a strong representative for the Region at UKRAC and ICE HQ
  • Advocate for future members of the profession to safeguard our skills and legacy

Proposed by: David John Meigh, Michael David Allerton, Tom Roberts, Daniel Legg, Peter Lawton

Elizabeth Orchard

ICE | South East England

Susan Hawkes EngTech MICE

CAD Technician – Berryrange Ltd

“I am passionate about improving the profession for technicians as well as raising awareness of people with challenges and the benefits they can bring to the industry...”.

I became a member of the ICE in 2018 when I passed my EngTech Professional Review. I joined the Kent and East Sussex branch where I became Technician Representative. I organised events for technicians to promote the professional qualification as well as networking events for female engineers and technicians.

Last year I became Chair of the branch and went on to organise monthly talks by engineers and technicians with physical, mental and emotional challenges in line with Institution diversity and inclusivity objectives.

More recently I have set up a series of talks by technicians to highlight the variety of roles in which they work and also set up an online monthly forum called Technician Teabreak which has inspired further groups to similarly organise in Northern Ireland and Wales.

I am passionate about improving the profession for technicians as well as raising awareness of people with challenges and the benefits they can bring to the industry. I would like to apply for the role of South East Regional Council Representative. I feel the experiences I have gained over the last 3 years will put me in a good position to bring a balanced point of view to council business in future.

Proposed by: Craig Oram, David Bailey, Helen Rowe, Norman Frederick Brent, Liam Mitchell

Susan Hawkes