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The President's Future Leaders Scheme

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 graduate 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 President's Future Leaders Alumni network.

Applications are now open for 2022/23 Future Leaders.

We are looking for student members on degree apprenticeships, graduate members and technician members with exceptional leadership potential. So, if you are ambitious, enthusiastic, and have the confidence to challenge the status quo—please apply!

How much time is involved?

You will need roughly 15 days out of the office over the year to attend meetings and networking events. You may need to do some additional work in your own time. You need your employers’ support, but they should recognise that ICE will be helping to accelerate your development.

Why apply?

Watch the 2019/20 Future Leaders discuss why they applied, their experiences and the projects they have been involved in.

How to apply

Complete the application form and submit it with your CV, a reference from your line manager, and your answer to the question.

The deadline to apply is 12pm (BST) on Friday 22 July 2022.

Download application form

What are the benefits?

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.

  • Accelerate early career development
  • Work on your idea that will make a real difference to the industry
  • Mentored by the President and an ICE Director
  • Meet senior civil engineering professionals
  • Learn more about the industry and ICE
  • Get experience outside a normal work environment
  • Develop new skills and improve existing ones
  • Attend important ICE events

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.

  • Build a reputation for employing talented, young and qualified engineers
  • Benefit from a more skilful, confident and well-rounded employee
  • Appear in industry publications, such as New Civil Engineer

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.

Meet this year's Future Leaders

This year ICE President's, Ed McCann Future Leaders will be working on a variety of projects.

Applicants choose to work on their choice of projects, which are integral to ICE's Business Plan and will have an impact on the industry.

Ed, through shortlisting and video interviews, chose the following eight candidates to be his Future Leaders for the year.

In addition to working alongside ICE staff members on their chosen project, they will be spending some quality time with Ed.

Asil Zaidi

Asil Zaidi

London Bridge Associates

engineer

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Asil Zaidi

I am looking forward to meeting motivated, curious, and driven individuals to form lasting connections. Hopefully, form a blueprint for the future movers & shakers of the ICE and above all explore new technical perspectives on civil engineering together with other future leaders. Most of all face some new challenges and later have fun with the team on overcoming them.

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Karina Augustine

Karina Augustine

COWI

graduate tunelling engineer

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Karina Augustine

I am looking forward to collaborating with leaders in the industry and learning from their experience to drive the achievement of Net Zero 2050 and the Sustainable Development Goals. I hope my fellow Future Leaders and I can learn from each other and contribute to solving the issue of infrastructure productivity, which is Ed’s focus for the year. Hopefully our projects will be impactful towards the engineering and wider community and will allow me to place greater focus on sustainability in my future career.

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 Emma Zikun Wei

Emma Zikun Wei

Mott MacDonald

graduate civil engineer

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Emma Zikun Wei

I am looking forward to collaborating with leaders in the industry and learning from their experience to drive the achievement of Net Zero 2050 and the Sustainable Development Goals. I hope my fellow Future Leaders and I can learn from each other and contribute to solving the issue of infrastructure productivity, which is Ed’s focus for the year. Hopefully our projects will be impactful towards the engineering and wider community and will allow me to place greater focus on sustainability in my future career.

Kristina Dahyaraj

Kristina Dahyaraj

working with Skanska

site engineer

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Kristina Dahyaraj

I’m thrilled to be part of this year’s scheme, working alongside President Ed McCann and fellow Future Leaders to address the imminent issues facing the construction industry, as well as the global community. I am particularly looking forward to contributing to this year’s project, ‘Optimal Infrastructure’ and working on initiatives to help drive change within the industry to deliver a more sustainable world. This is a great opportunity for professional and personal growth and the experience will benefit me immensely.

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Lara Lightfoot

Lara Lightfoot

Story Contracting

project engineer

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Lara Lightfoot

Getting a place on the Future Leader’s scheme has given me an invaluable opportunity to gain new perspectives of the institution and industry, meet civil engineers in sectors and positions that I wouldn’t interact with otherwise, and to see the inner workings of the ICE. Working alongside the other likeminded and motivated Future Leaders, I’m eager to develop our ideas on how to improve the global infrastructure productivity problem, and to become an all-round, better, civil engineer.

Panagiotis Stratos

Panagiotis Stratos

SNC Lavalin Atkins

structural engineer

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Panagiotis Stratos

I am excited and honoured to be selected as an ICE Future Leader. Working alongside my fellow Future Leaders, under the guidance of our president Ed McCann, I believe we can make significant steps to bring into fruition his vision of optimising the infrastructure sector. I am looking forward to being part of the discussions conducted with senior industry figures, which will broaden my insight into our industry and communicate my ideas on developing new policies and strategies that could help our sector.

Peter Simmons

Peter Simmons

Balfour Beatty

temporary works co-ordinator

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Peter Simmons

I am excited to meet and work alongside people from across the industry, including Ed McCann and the other Future Leaders. I believe this is a great opportunity to continue the drive to improve the sustainability of civil engineering. The ICE is one of the most respected engineering institutions in the world and it will be a privilege to be a part of its role in shaping the industry. I hope that our generation of engineers will help leave a legacy of leaving the world in a better state.

Rhona Kerr

Rhona Kerr

Buro Happold

structural engineer

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Rhona Kerr

I’m really excited to be working with Ed McCann in his year focusing on ‘Optimal Infrastructure’, I hope that we can build on the work that has been done by Rachel Skinner with her ‘Shaping Zero’ agenda and continue to push the industry towards our 2050 target. Infrastructure plays a huge role in carbon emissions and optimising our new and existing assets is going to be key to driving positive change. I’m looking forward to being able to contribute to this with the other future leaders.

Achievements of the Future Leaders

The Future Leaders scheme have delivered on a wide range of initiatives for ICE and the profession since the scheme was first set up.

Paul Sheffield's Future Leaders

Paul Sheffield's Future Leaders

Paul's Future Leaders worked on a series of strategic projects, which were aligned to the ICE Business Plan.

The 2019-20 President's Future Leaders:

  • Louise Hetherington
  • Tim Hou
  • Hayley Jackson
  • Chris Landsburgh
  • Joseph Marner
  • Holly Smith

Andrew Wyllie's Future Leaders

Andrew Wyllie's Future Leaders

Andrew’s Future Leaders worked on their own projects during the year.

In this video they tell us what drives them as civil engineers

The 2018-19 President's Future Leaders:

  • Alex Backhouse
  • Bryn Noble
  • Eric Leung
  • Monika Szczyrba
  • Emma Watkins
VIDEO: ICE President Andrew Wyllie CBE has chosen five new engineers to be his future leaders this year.
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VIDEO: ICE President Andrew Wyllie CBE has chosen five new engineers to be his future leaders this year.

Professor Lord Robert Mair's Future Leaders

Professor Lord Robert Mair's Future Leaders

Robert's Future Leaders worked on a series of strategic projects, which were aligned to the ICE Business Plan.

In this video they tell us what drives them as civil engineers

The 2017-18 President's Future Leaders:

  • Meghan Fick
  • Asif Huq
  • Louisa King
  • Will Lavelle
  • Charlotte Murphy
  • Max Ng
  • Simone Schmieder
  • Ayo Sokale
VIDEO: ICE President Professor Lord Robert Mair's Future Leaders discuss the highlights of the year.
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VIDEO: ICE President Professor Lord Robert Mair's Future Leaders discuss the highlights of the year.

Paul Sheffield's Future Leaders

Paul Sheffield's Future Leaders

Paul's Future Leaders worked on a series of strategic projects, which were aligned to the ICE Business Plan.

The 2019-20 President's Future Leaders:

  • Louise Hetherington
  • Tim Hou
  • Hayley Jackson
  • Chris Landsburgh
  • Joseph Marner
  • Holly Smith

Andrew Wyllie's Future Leaders

Andrew Wyllie's Future Leaders

Andrew’s Future Leaders worked on their own projects during the year.

In this video they tell us what drives them as civil engineers

The 2018-19 President's Future Leaders:

  • Alex Backhouse
  • Bryn Noble
  • Eric Leung
  • Monika Szczyrba
  • Emma Watkins
VIDEO: ICE President Andrew Wyllie CBE has chosen five new engineers to be his future leaders this year.
Play

VIDEO: ICE President Andrew Wyllie CBE has chosen five new engineers to be his future leaders this year.

Professor Lord Robert Mair's Future Leaders

Professor Lord Robert Mair's Future Leaders

Robert's Future Leaders worked on a series of strategic projects, which were aligned to the ICE Business Plan.

In this video they tell us what drives them as civil engineers

The 2017-18 President's Future Leaders:

  • Meghan Fick
  • Asif Huq
  • Louisa King
  • Will Lavelle
  • Charlotte Murphy
  • Max Ng
  • Simone Schmieder
  • Ayo Sokale
VIDEO: ICE President Professor Lord Robert Mair's Future Leaders discuss the highlights of the year.
Play

VIDEO: ICE President Professor Lord Robert Mair's Future Leaders discuss the highlights of the year.

Got any questions about the scheme?

If you have any questions or are unable to find what you are looking for, please contact the President's Future Leaders Scheme Co-ordinator using the link below.