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Our leadership team

ICE's senior managers make sure we achieve the goals set by our Council.

Meet the team

ICE's leadership team make sure we achieve the goals set by our Council.

Nick Baveystock

Director General

Nick Baveystock was appointed director general and secretary in 2011. After schooling in England and France, Nick joined the British Army's Royal Engineers.

He commanded Royal Engineer units at all ranks up to brigadier and has wide experience in delivering engineering programmes. This includes nearly 10 years of leading post-conflict reconstruction and development in Southern Iraq and the Balkans.

Following an early career in Germany, Northern Ireland and the Balkans, Nick spent time in the Ministry of Defence's Directorate of Military Operations. He was a personal staff officer to both the assistant chief of the defence staff (Operations) in the UK and to the commander of NATO forces in Kosovo. He commanded a regiment in Kosovo, Bosnia, and from 2003-04 in Southern Iraq.

Nick was deployed to Iraq again with the 1st (UK) Armoured Division, as chief of staff multinational division (south-east) and then as chief engineer. As a brigadier he commanded the Royal School of Military Engineering, leading the £3.2Bn RSME Public Private Partnership.

Nick is on the boards of Engineering UK and the Construction Industry Council. He is also a non-executive director for Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), vice chair of Thomas Telford Ltd and an alumni of the Royal College of Defence Studies.

Married to Chris, Nick is widely travelled. He has a passion (but little talent) for golf, reads voraciously, and shoots very badly a couple of times a year. Nick spends much of his limited spare time acting as deputy assistant under-groom to his wife's horses. He also likes to walk his increasingly spoilt, disobedient, but endearing, spaniel.

Nick Baveystock

Chris Gibson

Managing Director Thomas Telford

Having joined TTL in 2008, Chris became responsible for growing the business to support ICE's charitable role.

Four years later, he took on his executive director role to bring together TTL and ICE's knowledge activities. During his time working for the ICE Group, Chris has helped to grow NEC and ICE Publishing.

The NEC portfolio has expanded and become the industry's preferred contract. By creating the ICE Virtual Library and making more books and journals available electronically, our publications and knowledge have also been reaching a global audience.

Despite the difficult market conditions after the financial crisis, Chris kept core TTL products profitable.

This helped to create a platform for future global growth. Chris has also recently been working closely with ICE's membership team to create knowledge offerings to support our members' professional development.

Before joining the ICE group Chris had a 25-year career in scientific and technical publishing.

This led to senior management roles for Elsevier, the leading company in the field. His was responsible for a wide portfolio such as books, journals and digital products.

Chris looks forward to future challenges at ICE. These include investing more in digital technology, delivering improved products that meet member needs, and engaging with audiences outside the UK.

He is a fellow of the Institute of Directors and holds the IoD's chartered director professional qualification.

Chris Gibson

Seán Harris OBE

Director of Membership

Seán was appointed director of membership in August 2015 and has been an engineer for over 30 years bringing leadership, planning and financial experience to the role.

After a distinguished career in the Royal Engineers which included a spell as the UK defence advisor and commander of British Gurkhas in Nepal, Séan Harris joined ICE as director of membership in 2015.

Séan is guided by a core principle of growing a diverse, broad and professionally qualified membership. By helping individuals to realise their potential and supporting employers in attaining the highest professional standards, he believes that ICE can play a powerful and positive role in meeting the great challenges that society faces. Crucial to this is ensuring high member satisfaction and the desire to remain an ICE member for life.

Under his direction, ICE was the only Professional Engineering Institution (PEI) to have grown professionally qualified membership every year from 2017-2021, one of only two PEIs to have seen a year-on-year increase in university applications, and has led the engineering profession in terms of annual growth in female and BME membership.

Séan is responsible for overseeing the creation and delivery the membership proposition. This includes programmes to inspire students to study and practice civil engineering, the accreditation of civil engineering degrees, the Initial Professional Development of graduates, Professional Reviews for the technician, incorporated and chartered qualification, and Continuing Professional Development and delivery of lifelong learning.

Sean Harris

Susan Bailey

Group Finance Director

Susan joined the ICE in May 2019 as group finance director and is responsible for all financial reporting and control matters across the group.

She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.

Previous roles include group finance director of the Goldsmiths Livery Company, bank financial controller for Close Brothers Bank and finance director of Molinare, a television post production company.

She spent almost 5 years working for The Royal Household as financial controller and assistant treasurer to the Queen.

Susan Bailey

Chris Richards

Director of Policy

Chris joined ICE as Head of Policy and Public Affairs in October 2018.

He has responsibility for the transfer of ICE’s insights and recommendations to political decision makers, alongside supporting the Infrastructure Client Group with industry change initiatives.

Previous roles include head of business environment policy at EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation – where he was responsible for developing positions on infrastructure, devolution and digital transformation.

Other policy roles include stints at the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Chris Richards

Mark Hansford

Director of Engineering Knowledge

Mark is passionate about civil engineering. He is a civil engineer; he is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers; and throughout his 20-plus year career he has sought roles that have allowed him to work with others to both promote the profession and provide professional engineers with the information to help them become better engineers.

That passion for the industry stems from his 20-plus year association with it. He has a MEng in Civil Engineering (First class) from the University of Birmingham and spent three years as a practicing engineer with consultant Atkins before joining New Civil Engineer in 2000, a title he edited for five years before joining the ICE in February 2020.

As a practicing civil engineer he carried out water supply and distribution analysis in the UK and overseas, spending several months in Ghana conducting a fixed asset condition and revaluation study of its 100 largest urban water schemes.

At New Civil Engineer he’s visited and written technical reports on some of the world’s most spectacular structures in including the Burj Khalifa, the Brenner Base Tunnel and Vladivostok’s Russky Island bridge.

He’s also reported from the scene of a host of international engineering disasters including a bridge collapse in northern Portugal, a tunnel fire in Baltimore and tsunami-struck Sri Lanka. And in 2003 he was the first construction reporter into Iraq following the second Gulf War. Didn’t see Nick or Sean there.

Beyond the ICE Mark volunteers time to judge numerous industry awards and in recognition of his efforts to promote the profession was in 2016 invited to join the Worshipful Company of Paviors, a City of London Livery Company that works to promote the highways industry and provide opportunities for young people through its London Highway Academy.

Susan Bailey

Tas Bhanji

Director of Communications

Tas joined the ICE in 2021 as director of communications and is responsible for coordinating the external communication of the work of the institution.

She started her career in Beijing and spent a number of years working on pan Asian issues before moving to Brussels to work with the EU. Tas combines significant agency experience with senior inhouse roles with the CBI and McDonald's.

Tas is a member of the world’s largest PR professional body, the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA), where she has been a member of the PRCA council and led their work on accessibility and inclusion in 2021.

Tas Bhanji

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