Election of an Ordinary Member ‘Professional Conduct and Ethics’ to the Trustee Board 2022
Professor Kate Cairns BEng MSc DIC CEng CEnv FICE
“…I have earned huge credibility and respect from peers for my integrity in upholding and driving ethical practices. Professional conduct is a manifestation of acting fairly, inclusively and with respect”.
The primary role of Trustee is “to act in the best interests of the Institution … set its vision and strategy and direct its activities”. I have gone beyond; setting the vision and driving strategic change for the whole civil engineering industry: I have developed and instigated two award-winning, world-first industry standards to improve sustainability in civil engineering: (CEEQUAL) and reduce construction logistics risk to communities (CLOCS).
“Trustees act as leaders and promoters of the profession”. I am a multi-award-winning professional, also judging many national and international project and leadership awards; to be elected as a general member of council as an independent consultant requires high profile, connections, and credibility across industry. I featured in ICE 200year celebrations as a ‘superhero’ alongside Brunel and was voted the public’s “favorite superhero” at the Great Northern Engineering Exhibition.
My two terms on Council, strong involvement in the Orr review, as key player in the Porter Review, as an elected member of nomination committee, and as chair of the FIR committee, my affinity with, knowledge of, and commitment to the institution is clear, making me a safe pair of hands to “deputize for the President”.
I bring a massive “range of skills and experience” within one individual: as a professor in academia; as a consultant with client bodies and supply chain; in the third sector as trustee of a national charity operating “in accordance with … Charities [laws and regulations]”. Further, I have political acumen and experience: serving as an elected county councillor for three years as well as an impressive track record in “policy and influencing government” which draws on my skill in “communications, customer focus and campaigning”: I founded the SeeMeSaveMe campaign to improve safety of construction logistics which resulted in change to legislation and policy at European, national and local level: my EU lobbying secured change to Directive 96/53 in cab design; my oral evidence to select committees is quoted in government policy resulting in the London Mayor’s Safer Lorry Scheme and the world’s first Direct Vision Standard for HGVs.
I am especially passionate about professional conduct and ethics. I have chaired the ICE FIR committee for several years leading on the first ever pan-industry racism survey, and a review of President’s Terms of Reference in response to the Royal Academy of Engineering’s feedback for ICE to improve diversity at the highest level of the organisation. My term ends shortly providing continuity.
I have “knowledge and in depth understanding of professional conduct processes”: I serve on BRE Global Governing Body and lead on the annual Impartiality Audit ensuring transparency and sound professional conduct throughout the organisation. As a trustee of RoadPeace I carried out performance reviews and resolved claims of misconduct.
I am working closely with the current ICE Ethics committee on aligning and updating policy and standards. I have earned huge credibility and respect from peers for my integrity in upholding and driving ethical practices. Professional conduct is a manifestation of acting fairly, inclusively and with respect.
Proposed by: Jose M. Lores, Graham Yates, Penny Gilg, Claire Rose, Jeff Ashurst
Richard Bayfield BSc (Hons) MSc CEnv CEng FICE FCIArb
“…If elected, my focus will be to promote wider engagement, debate and discussion of the…critical ethical challenges facing Engineers in 2022 and thereafter…within Universities, the ICE, other professional organisations and the wider public”.
I began my Civil Engineering career studying for a sandwich course at Surrey University back in the 1970’s. Initially, I spent 13 years with Costain and worked on major projects including the Thames Barrier.
In 1987, I began studying for a part time Masters in Construction Law at Kings College London, primarily to improve my Project Management skills. I, subsequently, became one of the first ICE Adjudicators.
In 2003, I became Chair of the Society of Construction Law (www.scl.org). Subsequently, I was appointed by the Construction Minister to the late Sir Michael Latham’s group of 6 “key industry figures” advising potential changes to Construction Industry legislation.
The latter part of my career has largely involved working with large Client organisations including Honda, UCL, New College Oxford and the Church Commissioners. These roles have majored on good project governance, including pro-active risk management and dispute avoidance strategies. The benefit to the Client organisation is the ongoing prospect of successful project delivery.
I have now been a member of the ICE for over 40 years. For around half that time, I have been involved in policy, mentoring, training and peer review of those who the ICE puts forward to sit on the various panels that provide expertise in Dispute Resolution. These roles have directly and indirectly included professional conduct and professional standards. There are inevitably ethical issues that arise in the interpretation of standards of professional conduct.
In early 2019 I gave evidence to the Orr commission about how our governance needed to be improved, with greater transparency of decision making. In July 2019 I was elected to Council for 3 years and last year I was elected by Council, to the role of “Trustee, Professional Conduct and Ethics”. I now seek re-election.
In 2020 I advocated that graduate voting rights should be equivalent to member voting rights. Initially, it was not a popular position, since full voting rights had become synonymous with a benefit for passing an examination. Some members were protective of this privilege.
However, by looking at the proposition from an ethical perspective, it became clear that we had to change. Otherwise, we inferred concern over the competence of our graduate members, who by implication we did not trust to vote.
More recently the President has tasked the Professional Conduct and Ethics group to articulate the 5 critical ethical challenges facing Engineers in 2022 and thereafter. The work is in its early stages but will be presented to the Institution in July this year. Our initial thinking has centred on the subjects of:
- Fairness, Inclusivity and Respect
- Poor Project Governance
- Professional Code of Conduct
We are a “learned Society”. If elected, my focus will be to promote wider engagement, debate and discussion of these 5 subjects within Universities, the ICE, other professional organisations and the wider public.
Proposed by Paul W Jowitt, Jean Venables, John Uff, Julie Wood, Kelachi Amadi-Echendu