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Every year the ICE President chooses some of the brightest and most motivated graduate and technician members to be on the Future Leaders Scheme.
This popular and highly competitive scheme has been running since 2005.
It gives student members on degree apprenticeships, graduate members, and technician members a unique opportunity to gain experience, develop skills, and learn about the industry.
Future Leaders meet and engage with senior engineering professionals, getting invaluable insight into industry development.
They also become part of the Presidents’ Future Leaders Alumni network.
If you have any questions, contact Jo Hunt at [email protected].
The President's Future Leader Scheme has many benefits - not just for you but also for your employer and ICE.
The President's Future Leader Scheme has many benefits - not just for you but also for your employer and ICE.
The scheme is a fantastic opportunity for up and coming engineers and technicians to enhance their personal development, increase their confidence, and boost their career by learning from industry leaders and working on projects that shape the profession.
The scheme provides a unique platform for employers to accelerate the development of their future leaders.
It also creates opportunities to raise the profile of those employers – highlighting their commitment to the profession and increasing their reputation as an employer of choice.
The scheme allows ICE an insight into the thinking and ambitions of the upcoming generation.
It sustains the President's Future Leaders Alumni network, a small but influential group of engineers that provide a unique cross-generation perspective on the profession.
And it helps ICE to showcase the talents of the next generation of industry leaders.
This year ICE President’s, Anusha Shah, Future Leaders will be working on a variety of projects.
The Future Leaders choose to work on their choice of projects, which are integral to ICE’s Business Plan and will have an impact on the industry.
Anusha, through shortlisting and video interviews, chose the following eight candidates to be her Future Leaders for the year.
In addition to working alongside ICE staff members on the project, they will be spending some quality time with Anusha.
Civil Engineer Degree Apprentice
Aimee is a civil engineer degree apprentice at Mott MacDonald in the water consultancy division. She is also studying at London South Bank University on a civil engineering degree apprenticeship.
Aimee is really looking forward to working with and learning from Professor Anusha Shah during her year in office and the other ICE future leaders. She will strive to make the most of this fantastic opportunity - by learning as much as possible throughout the scheme but also helping to make a positive impact, by tackling the challenges the industry is facing - especially surrounding the skills shortage and the challenge of delivering collaborative sustainable adaptive infrastructure.
Alexis is a graduate engineer at Arcadis, based in London. He graduated with an MEng of civil engineering from University of Surrey in 2022. Currently, Alexis is working in various projects of asset management, developing digital tool solutions, and delivering bridge design. He is passionate about entrepreneurship, sustainability, digital innovation and being part of the future carbon net-zero transformation.
Through his role as President's Future Leader 2023/2024, Alexis hopes to help to build on ICE initiatives surrounding the decarbonisation of our industry and help ICE to strategically expand its influence and reach in the wider industry.
Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands
Lead Civil Engineer and Project Manager
Elena is a lead civil engineer and project manager at the Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. She graduated with a MEng in civil and environmental engineering from Liverpool John Moores University in 2019. She began working for Binnies as a civil engineer. In May 2022, she moved within the RSK Group to RSK Falkland Islands as a civil engineer. She was seconded into the Falkland Islands Government (FIG) in December 2022, and held the role of contracts engineer for the Public Works Department (PWD).
Elena is excited to promote collaboration and connection within ICE, with representation from the South Atlantic. Elena is particularly looking forward to collaborating with professionals from a range of industries, drawing upon their knowledge, and sharing her own. She hopes to contribute her experiences of logistically complex projects and global team management to inform future strategies and generate new ideas.
Evita is an engineer at AtkinsRéalis. She graduated from the University of Cambridge with a MEng in Civil Engineering.
Evita is excited to engage and collaborate with a wide range of professionals to solve the industry’s most pressing challenges. She would like to explore how we can put the thought leadership rhetoric into practical day-to-day action, with a focus on water, energy, and carbon synergies. She is also honoured to join Professor Shah’s resilience journey as one of her Future Leaders.
Assistant Structural Engineer
Marcus is an assistant structural engineer working at AtkinsRéalis. He graduated with an MEng in civil engineering from Imperial College London.
Marcus is most looking forward to being exposed to a wide range of people across the industry, having conversations that shape the profession and address some of society’s pressing issues. Being a Future Leader is a unique opportunity to get a holistic view of the Institution and the industry through various events and mentoring sessions throughout the year, which will really help to accelerate his development on a personal and professional level.
Civil Engineering Apprentice
Nusayba is a civil engineering apprentice at Balfour Beatty. She is also studying at the University of West London on a civil engineering degree apprenticeship.
Nusayba is most excited about working with Professor Anusha Shah on projects that will test her skillsets in new and enlightening ways, particularly in her focus on improving sustainability in the infrastructure we build. She hopes to take these learnings and use them to frame her career to make her desired impact on the industry, with a specific focus on supporting the industry to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Ramsha Saleem is a graduate civil engineer in the Sustainable Water Management team at WSP, London. She graduated from the University of Surrey with an MEng in civil engineering with a year in industry. Notable achievements include being awarded a Surrey ICE Scholarship and Level 4 and 5 Global Graduate Awards in Spanish.
Ramsha is passionate about sustainability, diversity, inclusion and STEM, particularly in making higher education more hands on and student centred, which she presented a research paper on at the 2023 IASS Conference in Melbourne, Australia. Ramsha was also a finalist STEM Champion in the 2023 Inspiring Women in Construction awards.
Through her role as a 2023 Presidents Future Leader, Ramsha hopes to make a positive change in the industry furthering resilience and inclusion.
Sayid is a geotechnical engineer at Arup with previous experience in ground engineering teams at Atkins and Dr Sauer & Partners. He graduated from University College London (UCL) obtaining a BEng and MSc in civil engineering.
Sayid thinks that this year presents an exciting opportunity with Professor Anusha Shah’s focus on how civil engineers can play a key part in addressing the growing urgencies of climate effects. Sayid is looking forward to engaging with industry leaders on the ICE projects at the forefront of driving change in this area as well as gaining a better understanding of industry thinking and influence. This is an exciting opportunity to benefit from vast learning experiences to further his personal and professional growth as a civil engineer.
The Presidents’ Apprentices and Future Leaders have delivered on a wide range of initiatives for ICE and the profession since the scheme was first set up.
President Gordon Masterton launched the President's Apprentice scheme in 2005. Looking back in 2017, he commented: "when we started the scheme, one of the great attractions to me was that it was a bit edgy, a bit radical, to have a group of young people placed so close to the President, with influence". That edge remains and successive Presidents have brought in their own Apprentices to help them during their year in office.
Professor Lord Robert Mair rebadged the scheme "President's Future Leaders" in 2017 to recognise their long-term potential – with the scheme's energy and vitality continuing as before.
Left to right: Rachel Hayden, Svetlana Joao, Blake Scott, Lucy Davison, Keith Howells, Kyle McLean, Benjamin Delmond, Rohinee Pattani
Keith’s Future Leaders worked on projects linked to the Institution’s Business Plan and their own project raising awareness of how the UN SDGs link into everyday civil engineering work.
Keith’s Future Leaders developed their own tool to raise awareness of how the UNSDGs link into everyday civil engineering work. They undertook literature reviews to ascertain the effectiveness of any existing programmes; liaised with working groups and stakeholders; developed a survey and learnt from its results; consulted with peer groups and more senior groups; spoke to UKIB; and met with the UN. The tool developed should be used throughout the life of a project.
In addition to this, they also joined one of the Institution’s Community Advisory Boards. This meant that they were embedded into the core knowledge programme linked to the Institution’s Business Plan, which ensured that the talents and energies of the Future Leaders were aligned directly with the work of the Institution.
Community Advisory Boards (CABs) identify problems and challenges faced by engineers, the environment, and society and drive the production of trusted, authoritative, independent insight into the major issues facing the industry. The CABs provide direction to creating engaging digital knowledge programmes for ICE members and identify gaps in knowledge or dissemination and propose the creation of new professional or knowledge networks to fill them.
They also went on a site visit to HS2 organised by Svetlana.
Left to right: Kristina Dahyaraj, Emma Wei, Lara Lightfoot, Panagiotis Stratos, Pete Simmons, Ed McCann, Rhona Kerr, Karina Augustine, Asil Zaidi.
Ed’s Future Leaders worked on projects linked to the Institution’s Business Plan.
Who they are:
Ed’s Future Leaders joined one of the Community Advisory Boards. This meant that they embedded into the core knowledge programme linked to the Institution’s Business Plan, which ensured that the talents and energies of the Future Leaders were aligned directly with the work of the Institution.
Whilst moving back to a greater sense of normality after the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, there was still an element of uncertainty surrounding events. Therefore, Ed’s Future Leaders were able to participate in both physical and online events.
The Community Advisory Boards (CABs) were established to identify problems and challenges faced by engineers, the environment and society and to drive the production of trusted, authoritative, independent insight into the major issues facing the industry.
The CABs provide direction to creating engaging digital knowledge programmes for ICE members. In addition, the CABs identify gaps in knowledge or dissemination and propose the creation of new professional or knowledge networks to fill them.
Asil, Emma, and Panagiotis joined the Data & Digital Community Advisory Board. This CAB is focused on advancing better solutions through the exploitation of data and digital solutions.
Karina joined the Community Advisory Board which was focused on water. This CAB is looking at transforming the availability of potable water and sanitation solutions.
Kristina joined the Climate Resilience Advisory Board. The remit of this CAB is to work with others to mitigate and provide resilience to the significant effects of climate change.
Lara joined the Transport Community Advisory Board. The remit of this CAB is to focus on mobility and access to safe and affordable transport.
Panagiotis also joined the Geotechnical and Structures Community Advisory Board.
Panagiotis and Pete joined the Low Carbon Energy Community Advisory Board. This CAB is looking at the provision of and promotion of access to low carbon energy.
Rhona joined the Decarbonisation Advisory Board. The remit of this CAB is to place the decarbonisation of the industry at the heart of the agenda.
All of them joined the Productivity CAB, which was focussed on driving productivity through modern methods of procurement and delivery including advocating for a systems-engineering approach and Project13 style thinking.
The Productivity CAB also produced this year’s State of the Nation report “Improving Infrastructure Productivity”. The aim for the State of the Nation was to produce a practical and user-friendly guide backed by best practice case studies for civil engineers to transform infrastructure productivity while delivering carbon reduction goals.
It focuses on what civil engineers can do to make sure infrastructure projects are i) more effective: maximising a much wider range of benefits to people around the world, and ii) more efficient: delivering that value with fewer resources and eliminating waste wherever it is found.
The State of the Nation also introduces the Infrastructure Lifecycle Guidance – a new toolkit from the ICE that allows professionals to pinpoint advice on boosting productivity tailored to their role at every stage of a project.
Left to right: Cliff Francis, Rachel Skinner, Bianca Wheeler, Tondup Wangail (on screen), Rachel Hopson (on screen), Kaye Pollard, Micheala Chan
Rachel’s Future Leaders worked on projects linked to the Institution’s Business Plan.
Rachel’s Future Leaders joined one of the newly formed Community Advisory Boards. This meant that they embedded into the core knowledge programme linked to the Institution’s Business Plan, which ensured that the talents and energies of the Future Leaders were aligned directly with the work of the Institution.
As the coronavirus pandemic continued into Rachel’s presidential year, all group meetings (apart from the last one), regional presidential visits, and events were online. This did enable the Future Leaders to participate in many visits and events, including international ones.
The Community Advisory Boards (CABs) were established to identify problems and challenges faced by engineers, the environment and society and to drive the production of trusted, authoritative, independent insight into the major issues facing the industry. The CABs provide direction to creating engaging digital knowledge programmes for ICE members. In addition, the CABs identify gaps in knowledge or dissemination and propose the creation of new professional or knowledge networks to fill them.
Left to right: Tim Hou, Hayley Jackson, Joseph Marner, Paul Sheffield, Louise Hetherington, Holly Smith, Chris Landsburgh
Paul’s Future Leaders worked on projects linked to the Institution’s Business Plan.
Paul’s Future Leaders worked on some of the Institution’s strategic projects linked to the Institution’s Business Plan. This ensured that the talents and energies of the Future Leaders were aligned directly with the work of the Institution.
Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic hit five months into Paul’s presidential year. This meant an immediate stop to activities and events whilst everyone adjusted to solely online working and visits. The efforts of the staff and members were applauded by Paul as online regional presidential visits began again in May. The move to online visits did mean that the Future Leaders were able to participate in the international presidential visits as well as those in taking place in the UK.
All of them contributed to an article written halfway through the year detailing the activities they have taken part in. They also took part in an online discussion about the scheme and why they applied.
Left to right: Emma Watkins, Eric Leung, Bryn Noble, Andrew Wyllie, Alex Backhouse, Monika Szczyrba
In selecting his Future Leaders, Andrew was looking for individuals that were making a change or recognised the need for affecting change within the industry. He asked applicants to submit their idea or concept that would change the industry for the better. His chosen Future Leaders had the opportunity to develop their idea with guidance from senior industry figures.
Andrew’s Future Leaders worked on their own projects. They were appointed earlier than usual, as Andrew wanted them to feature on video in his Presidential Address. Their video focused on what drove them as a civil engineer.
VIDEO: President's Future Leaders 2019
Learn about the initiatives and activities of the Presidents’ Apprentice Alumni.
Professor Lord Robert Mair rebadged the scheme "President's Future Leaders" in 2017 to recognise the long-term potential of the people involved. The scheme's energy and vitality continued as before.
The 2017/18 President's Future Leaders:
Robert’s Future Leaders worked on some of the Institution’s strategic projects linked to the Institution’s business plan. This ensured that the talents and energies of the Future Leaders were aligned directly with the work of the Institution. The Future Leaders accompanied Robert on his regional presidential visits. They also had a group visit to the Laing O’Rourke Ferrovial Agroman Thames Tideway site.
Asif and Ayo worked on the State of the Nation 2018 Investment report. This strategic policy document set out how funding and finance flow across sectors to support the capital and revenue needs of the infrastructure system. Ayo also worked on the In Plain Sight report and was part of the competence working group. Asif also worked on the Scottish State of the Nation report, which involved evidence gathering and report writing.
Charlotte and Will chose to work on Project 13. This is an industry led initiative to outline and establish a better business model for infrastructure delivery, improving productivity, performance and mitigating the skills risk. The aspect of Project 13 that Charlotte worked on was the blueprint for the future of the industry. It concentrated on why there was a need to change and then how the changes should be made. Will worked on the Project 13 roadmap. The roadmap outlined the way to get from the “now” to the “where we ought to be”.
Louisa worked on the “sharing good practice to promote the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs)” project. This work was part of the Energy Resilience and Climate Change campaign. She also had a key role at the Global Engineering Congress.
Max worked on raising public awareness of civil engineering in Hong Kong. Given it was the bicentenary year, there were several new public outreach initiatives, which Max took advantage of. He organised a series of events throughout the year. He also played a pivotal role in the creation and displaying of the Hong Kong Lego Bridge, which was sponsored by AECOM. The year cumulated with a two-week exhibition about civil engineering in City Gallery, which around 7,000 people visited.
Meghan opted for the “engaging sixth-form students” project. This programme was set up specifically to target increasing the numbers of people studying civil engineering at university. It built on the existing STEM ambassador activities and used the Tomorrow’s Engineers data to target schools more effectively.
Simone’s project was to support the work of the Infrastructure Risk Group (IRG). This was an expert group supported by ICE that advised the UK Government in ways to better manage the planning and delivery of large-scale infrastructure projects.
Here’s their video explaining the highlights of the year and what the scheme meant to them.
Tim’s Apprentices worked on projects linked to the Institution’s Business Plan.
The 2016/17 President's Apprentices:
Like Sir John’s Apprentices, four of Tim’s Apprentices worked on the Institution’s strategic projects, as outlined in its business plan. The other four worked on their own projects, which aligned with one of the main themes of the Institution.
The Apprentices accompanied Tim on his regional presidential visits. Sorrella also arranged a group visit to the Laing O’Rourke’s DfMA factory, which uses digital engineering to pre-fabricate reinforced concrete elements that can be shipped to the site.
Abigail and Jonathan applied to work on the National Needs Assessment (NNA) project. This was follow-on work after the publication of the NNA in October. Jonathan worked on the “Delivering a Northern Infrastructure Strategy” report. Abigail worked on ICE response to the Government’s “Building Our Industrial Strategy” green paper. She also conducted research and prepared case studies for the Heat Networks project, which focused on decarbonising heat.
Brittany focussed on raising the profile of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). Her work helped ICE focus on the ways civil engineers can take them from aspirational targets to implementation. Brittany helped promote best practice as part of the Energy Resilience and Climate Change campaign.
Ching Fai also worked on a bespoke project. He wanted to help ICE increase its presence in Malaysia. He identified student chapters as a natural starting point and collated information about different student chapters and their activities to identify best practice. Ching Fai also joined Tim on the presidential visit to Hong Kong, which enabled him to learn first-hand about the graduate and student committee model there. He also helped organise the 11th Brunel International Lecture Series event in Singapore.
Paul and Eleanor worked on the State of the Nation 2017 Digital Transformation report. This focused on how advances in technology and data processing could be harnessed to revolutionise the design and delivery of infrastructure. Following the publication of the State of the Nation in March, they worked on the joint ICE/National Infrastructure Commission Artificial Intelligence thought leadership event and were involved in with Project 13 and promoting digital best practice.
Sorrella and Daniel worked on a bespoke joint project which focussed on digital engineering in Dubai. This combined Sorrella’s role with Daniel’s location. They wanted to raise the profile and understanding of the benefits of digital engineering within the country, by organising an event to share the latest thinking coming from the UK. Their project cumulated in a Digital Engineering event in Dubai, which was a great success. The innovative format of the event was a hit and was replicated on subsequent occasions by the local team.
Tim’s Apprentices were also pivotal to the change of the name of the scheme from President’s Apprentices to President’s Future Leaders. They felt that the use of the term “Apprentice” was misleading, given the introduction of the apprenticeship levy and the increased awareness about apprentices and apprenticeships. Tim took their views to the incoming President, Professor Lord Robert Mair, and the Director General, who agreed the name change and that it would be introduced by Professor Lord Robert Mair.
Sir John’s Apprentices worked on projects linked to the Institution’s Business Plan.
The 2015/16 President's Apprentices:
This year, rather than work on a project set by the President, the Apprentices worked on some of the Institution’s strategic projects, as outlined in its business plan. This ensured that the talents and energies of the Apprentices were aligned directly with the work of the Institution. The Apprentices worked with staff leads on a project of their choosing. Sir John supported and encouraged them but did not manage any of the projects directly.
The Apprentices accompanied Sir John on his regional presidential visits. Sir John also arranged a visit to the Laing O’Rourke’s Centre of Excellence for Modern Construction (CEMC).
Aaron worked on the development of the “This is Civil Engineering” public awareness campaign. The aim was to increase public awareness of civil engineering projects and improve employer/client engagement with the campaign. Additionally, he came up with the concept of the Pitch180 competition - a new competition for ICE members to take on the challenge of explaining an aspect of civil engineering in just 180 seconds. During the ICE200 celebrations in 2018, the concept was adapted to reflect the milestone anniversary and became Pitch200. The competition continues today.
Alex and Emma worked on the Station of the Nation (SoN) 2016 report, which focused on devolution. They were part of the core steering group that produced the SoN.
Michelle worked on a project to raise the profile of civil engineering and the Institution through vlogging and social media. Aaron helped with this work as it aligned with his project.
Musa opted to work on the International Project – a research project about the Middle East. The focus was to better understand the market conditions within the region, with a particular focus on the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman, and to understand the appetite for a tailor-made partnership offer. He also accompanied ICE staff to undertake a field research trip in the region.
Nick worked on the “Representing the next generation on the Engineering Collection working group” project. This focussed on transforming how ICE created and disseminated knowledge and how to make infrastructure and civil engineering more attractive to the next generation. The project was based around bringing the stories and information contained within the ICE archives to life in an informing, engaging and educational way.
Sam originally worked on a project aimed at attracting more young people into civil engineering. However, his true passion lay within diversity and inclusivity, so he changed projects to work with the ICE ED&I lead to investigate ways to increase diversity in the industry. He also joined the Institution’s Fairness Inclusion Respect (FIR) Committee.
VIDEO: ICE President's Apprentices 2015/16
David’s Apprentices designed and developed a report to encourage innovation within the industry. It outlines why innovation is important in the industry, gives recommendations and provides innovation checklists for different groups of people.
The 2014/15 President's Apprentices:
David set his Apprentices a specific task – identify and communicate ways in which the industry can improve/increase innovation. David and his Apprentices believed that the construction industry could meet the challenges of the future through innovation.
The manufacturing, pharmaceutical and technology sectors all boast reputations as leaders of innovation, yet the construction industry lags behind. Were these industries doing something different, or has construction just not seen the same opportunities? The UK Construction Industry was moving forward under a joint strategy with the UK government, Construction 2025, to transform the industry into a global leader by reducing costs, improving delivery time frames, and reducing carbon within construction. To achieve these goals innovation has vital role to play.
Transforming construction was about more than just changing what we build. It was also about the way that we think about our problems and turn them into projects. Diverse teams, flexible project scopes and support from the top were all ways that we could encourage fresh, creative thinking and drive innovation.
To make the project manageable the year was split into quarters. In the first quarter, the Apprentices focussed on answering the question “where does innovation come from?”. The second quarter concentrated on the blockers to innovation. In the third quarter, the Apprentices looked at the opportunities for innovation. And in the last quarter, they answered the question “how to unlock innovation”. They looked at each area from a capacity (technology/technical aspect, processes) and capability (the human dimension, working practices, individual’s abilities) view. They always kept the bigger picture in mind.
The Apprentices also considered three key questions:
They conducted interviews with key industry and non-industry individuals, people from within their companies, and their peers. They also considered organisations and clients that do innovate and those that don’t. In both instances, they looked within and out with of the construction industry.
The final report looked at the culture of our industry and set outs the building blocks that will help individuals, teams, businesses, CEOs, government, clients, and institutions deliver value through innovation.
Geoff's Apprentices focussed on inspiring the next generation of engineers.
The 2013/14 President's Apprentices:
Geoff's Apprentices focussed on inspiring the next generation of engineers.
Geoff challenged Chris and Jamie to think about ways to encourage students aged 17 and 18 to continue with science and maths subjects and how the industry could avoid losing 40% of engineering graduates after graduation. They found that many of the issues with the profession lay around the lack of understanding about what civil engineers do. Better informed and consistent careers information, advice, and guidance for all ages that promoted the diversity of engineering careers available and the variety of routes in would help. The perception of engineering careers and civil engineering needed to be improved and the relevance of engineering to modern-day life fully explain.
Melanie and Helen produced a paper for Geoff with their thoughts about better informing teachers and parents about the role of civil engineers. One idea was to provide lesson plans and resources to teachers about civil engineering. There was a lot of information already in existence under a generic Royal Academy of Engineering’s brand of “Tomorrow’s Engineers”. The pair found that parents had the biggest influence over teenagers and their decisions. To educate parents about the benefits of a civil engineering career, a “parents evening” style event was proposed, which would educate parents and students at the same time.
Michael and Sakthy investigated what practical steps could be taken to simplify the process to professional qualification. Their aim was to simplify the route to becoming a chartered civil engineer, by creating a training framework that is managed and regulated by ICE. They looked at other industries that had best practice in this area. However, these industries are regulated so direct comparisons were unrealistic. Within their proposed framework the aim was to simplify the route by providing tools and a number of set choices so the individual who is struggling to choose topics or areas within their work environment can have concrete guidance and a pathway to achieving chartership.
As a group, they created a video competition for members and the public to say why "I love civil engineering". The results can be viewed on the ICE YouTube channel.
Barry’s Apprentices designed and developed an ethics toolkit.
The 2012/13 President's Apprentices:
Barry’s Apprentices designed and developed an ethics toolkit. They researched members' experience of dealing with ethical issues in their working lives and developed an ethics toolkit for practising civil engineers.
“How ethics impact on engineering practice is a topic I was keen to weave through my Apprentice scheme. It’s an area that throws up many questions and challenges and I am looking forward to hearing the inspirational, innovative views of young engineers who aspire to be Apprentices. I am looking for applicants who value teamwork but aren’t afraid to show their individuality.”
Richard's Apprentices created the ICE photo competition. The competition still runs today and has helped ICE build-up a large portfolio of images to promote civil engineering.
The 2011/12 President's Apprentices:
Each Apprentice joined Richard on at least one regional visit, attended three group meetings, had individual mentoring sessions, and shadowed him for one day during his business at ICE. Additionally, they attended the joint ICE/Halcrow lecture where Prince Charles was the keynote speaker and they had an opportunity to meet him afterwards. Over the course of the year, all Apprentices were encouraged to contribute to the development of the theme “Harnessing Energy” – specifically the energy of the ICE membership, the civil engineering industry, and our natural resources.
Caroline went on the Northern Ireland and Wales presidential visits. Lydia joined Richard on the North West and South East presidential visits. Angela attended the Yorkshire & Humber presidential visit with Richard. Sebastian went on the East Midlands and East of England presidential visits. Kieren joined Richard on the North East and South West presidential visits. Yan attended the West Midlands presidential visit.
During the first group meeting, the plan and objectives for the year were developed. The second meeting focussed on Richard’s theme for the year – “Harnessing Energy”. In addition to this, there were discussions about effective communication to engineers and the public and the best methods to use, and how to attract young civil engineers into the Institution. The idea of an ICE photo competition was discussed and developed.
The third meeting was a group mentoring session followed by the ICE/AECOM lecture. The final meeting was a review of the year with conclusions and outcomes being highlighted.
VIDEO: ICE President's Apprentices 2011/12
Peter’s Apprentices designed, developed, and promoted an initiative to inspire and engage young people in civil engineering. This took the form of a competition for schools. Teams from schools were asked to design a community sports venue, write a project report, design display posters, and build models of their plans. The project spanned the UK with 82 schools and over 1,000 students involved.
The 2010/11 President's Apprentices:
Peter and his Apprentices created and developed the Create Sport Challenge.
The Create Sport Challenge was a free national competition, which showed students that Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) GCSE subjects can be engaging and fun as well as a crucial step towards a fulfilling career in engineering. It allowed year 8 students to work in teams with a built environment professional to complete a challenging project that introduced real-world problems to the classroom. The school children were guided by an industry professional as they planned, designed, and built a model of their community sports venue.
The project work involved project management skills. It also challenged the students to think about the project from an engineering perspective. They had to consider real technical, infrastructure and sustainability constraints and concerns such as transport links, flooding, energy use and generation, environment (biodiversity), and safety aspects.
The overall aim was to impress upon the students the importance of STEM curriculum options in an approachable and fun context and allow find out about career options within the realm of the built environment. The challenge was designed to stimulate students’ creative nature and to use their knowledge to encounter and overcome a range of engineering problems. It also raised their awareness of the world around them and highlighted the things that civil engineers do every day to solve problems both locally and across the world.
The project work of all school teams was assessed independently and when a school excelled, they had the chance to go to London to compete against other schools at a grand final and prize giving ceremony.
Running in parallel with the Create Sport Challenge was Create Sport Go4SET. The final six teams from the Create Sport Go4SET competition met the final six teams from the Create Sport Challenge at a grand final in One Great George Street.
Paul's Apprentices designed and developed an engineer’s toolkit for international development. It maps out appropriate responses to challenges faced in international development across the infrastructure delivery cycle.
The 2009/10 President's Apprentices:
Paul and his Apprentices created and developed the International Development Toolkit.
The toolkit was the output of an educational and professional development initiative that sought to increase the awareness of international development amongst our young engineers. ICE works to embed sustainability competencies throughout the education and training of young engineers. Yet few graduates would have experience within the context of international development, either during their undergraduate course or early graduate employment.
The year’s programme was divided into three sessions and each focused around a workshop. One workshop took place in London, another in Durban and one at the UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris. The workshops comprised of intensive tutorials delivered by industry specialists and academics on a variety of subjects including climate change, urbanisation, water & sanitation, sustainability, development financing, corruption, and procurement.
In South Africa, the Apprentices also visited local infrastructure projects ranging in scale and sophistication, in which social aims were deemed as important as the engineering outcomes themselves. Based on that training, and with guidance from Paul, the two principal tutors (Charles Ainger and Ron Watermeyer) and many others from the world of civil engineering, the Apprentices defined the key elements of an Engineering Project Delivery Plan for International Development. The toolkit also captures the UN MDGs (Millennium Development Goals). This was a first in the civil engineering field as an open-source set of materials and ideas to help engineers plan and deliver infrastructure for international development, poverty alleviation and UN MDGs.
The toolkit is divided in four sections, mirroring project delivery planning:
About a year after Paul’s Presidential year, he received funding from the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Ingenious Awards scheme to run a series of launch events - one in each of ICE’s 12 regions with a final event in Portcullis House hosted by Anas Sarwar MP (Member of the International Development Select Committee 2010-12 and former Deputy Leader of the Scottish Labour Party). Many of the Apprentices helped with these events. Ben Bampoh, who was from Ghana, also organised and raised the funding for a similar event in Ghana, which involved six of the overall team (three Apprentices (Ben, Abi Akinyemi, Lorna Brady), Paul and mentors Ron Watermeyer and Charles Ainger).
Jean’s Apprentices helped deliver on her core presidential themes of climate change and sustainability, and to promote engineering to local communities.
The 2008/09 President's Apprentices:
All of Jean’s Apprentices attended a Council meeting individually and as a group. They also accompanied Jean on at least one regional visit. They also all had a group breakfast with Jean.
Alistair accompanied Jean on the presidential visit to Wales. There, they attended the joint ICE, IHT and CILT 9th Transport Conference. Alistair also joined Jean on the North East presidential visit during which Jean had an interview about flooding with BBC Radio Newcastle. This was followed by a walk around the main areas affected by the previous year’s flooding, which had affected more than 1000 properties. Ben joined Jean on the West of Scotland presidential visit, which included a site visit to the White Cart Water Flood Alleviation Scheme. Ben also hosted Jean at his offices in Exeter after her presidential visit to Devon and Cornwall and accompanied Jean on a trip to the Olympic Park in September to see the progress being made.
Blessing joined Jean on the East Midlands presidential visit. This included visiting Severn Trent Water’s Stoke Bardolph Education Centre and Nottingham Trent University’s School of Architecture and the Built Environment. Blessing also accompanied Jean on the East of England presidential visit which included a visit to Denver Sluice where Jean unveiled a plaque commemorating the role of civil engineers in the development and construction it. Emer accompanied Jean on the Northern Ireland presidential visit, which included a breakfast discussion at the Waterfront Hall about local infrastructure needs and a site visit to NI Roads Service’s Westlink Project; and attending the regional annual dinner where Jean was interviewed by TV journalist Noel Thompson.
Lili’s first opportunity to join Jean at a function was to attend the Graduates and Students centenary ball at ICE. This celebrated 100 years of graduates’ and students’ activities in the London. She also accompanied Jean on the presidential visit to the South East.
David’s Apprentices helped deliver on his presidential themes of unsung heroes, professionalism, procurement excellence and the value of civil engineering.
The 2007/08 President's Apprentices:
All of David’s Apprentices attended an ICE Council meeting, to understand the workings of the Institution better, and provided him with their thoughts on nuclear power to help him prepare for a senior industry leaders forum on the matter.
Molly joined David on the East Midlands and Scotland presidential visits. During the Scotland visit, she gave a vote of thanks after a debate on “Scotland’s Route to Sustainable Energy”. Siobhán accompanied David on the East of England and the Northern Ireland presidential visits. During the Northern Ireland visit, Siobhán attended a group meeting led by the Minister of Finance and Personnel for the Northern Ireland Government. John went on the North West and the South West presidential visits with David. During the North West visit, he addressed a large student audience and spoke about his experiences since graduating. Hayley attended the Vice Presidents’ Dinner, which included John Armitt as the guest speaker. This enabled her to ask some very insightful questions about his role of Chair of the Olympic Delivery Authority.
Kate accompanied David on the Yorkshire & Humber and Wales presidential visits. During the Yorkshire & Humber visit, David and Kate went to the University of Bradford where students and graduates from local universities had gathered to hear David speak about his career and things that had inspired him. Kate also addressed the audience and spoke enthusiastically about her passion – the railway bridge over the Rive Worth in Keighley, which she designed and supervised on site. Chris joined David on the North East and West Midlands presidential visits. During the North East visit, Chris accompanied David on school visits and spoke to the local graduates and students committee about his experiences since graduating.
Quentin decided to call his Apprentices “Telford Apprentices”, given it was the 250th anniversary of Telford’s birth. Also, to help strengthen the Apprentices link with their regions, the Regional Support Teams were invited to select the Apprentice from their region. Therefore, Quentin had 13 Telford Apprentices, representing each region of the UK (at that time Scotland was two regions).
The 2006/07 President's Apprentices:
All the Apprentices attended the Telford Apprentice training day. This consisted of learning about the workings of the Institution and discussing various topics in breakout groups, from identifying the strengths and weaknesses in their companies’ mentoring programmes to raising the profile of chartered engineers.
Quentin set his Apprentices various tasks. These included producing a briefing note on sustainability - “Young engineers face up to delivering sustainability” - which was published in the ICE Proceedings Journal in May 2007 (volume 160 issue 2); developing mentoring guides for both mentors and mentees; and developing a jointly produced ICE-Dreamworks board game, based on the film “Flushed Away”, for primary schools to teach children about civil engineering.
One of Gordon’s initiatives for his year as President was to give seven graduate engineers the opportunity to shadow the work of the President, as a “President’s Apprentice”.
He believed that it was a great opportunity for young engineers to see the workings of the Institution first-hand and to gain valuable and different skills that may not be part of their usual career development.
The 2005/06 President's Apprentices:
Helen attended one of ICE’s prestige lectures and delivered a vote of thanks to 250 people. She later joined Gordon on a tour encompassing Keele University, Ironbridge and Portsmouth, helping with logistics and planning. Jonathan attended the Triennial Conference on ‘Safety, Security and Sustainability of the Planet’. He was asked to speak at short notice on a number of occasions and responded to the challenge with great ease. Jonathan also attended the Brunel Bicentenary Conference. Liz and Kate accompanied Gordon on his visits to Scotland and Northern Ireland, respectively. They assisted him with presentations to graduates and students, attended the Annual Dinner, and accompanied Gordon throughout the entire tour. On several occasions, they gave presentations to large groups of graduates and students, and committee members.
Kin attended a networking dinner with major employers, clients and academics addressed by Sir David King, the Government’s Chief Scientist. He gave an excellent vote of thanks at short notice. Kin also attended the South West region’s presidential visit and participated in discussions with students at Exeter and Plymouth universities and attended the Region’s Annual Dinner. Sjouke accompanied Gordon to a seminar for UK heads of civil engineering departments. She addressed them describing her overseas experience in higher education. She also joined Gordon when he met the Benevolent Fund and helped him to prepare for a meeting with the Government Chief Scientist, Sir David King.
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