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Join us on Monday 29 June from 12.30 – 13.30, for an online panel discussion of the ICE report: ‘An infrastructure advisory body for Northern Ireland’. The discussion will include recommendations set out in the report, followed by a short question and answer session.
As we all move into the recovery phase of the Covid-19 pandemic, infrastructure will have a key role to play. It will support the vision for our society and economy to emerge from this very difficult period, though the challenges that existed pre-pandemic will, no doubt, be impacted by the lockdown period and its aftermath.
For that reason, ICE believes that the formation of an independent body for infrastructure will be even more important - when financial resources will be further stretched, we will need to unlock better value and better social and economic outcomes, and address shared global challenges in a sustainable way. It is hoped that an independent advisory body could assist the Executive as strategic decisions are made and priorities established, to improve opportunity for all of us living and working here.
ICE Vice President
Recognised for actively raising the profile of civil engineering, Emer was first elected to the ICE Council in 2012 and in November 2018 became a Vice President and member of the ICE Trustee Board in London. She is also a Vice Chair of ICE Northern Ireland. In June 2015, Emer was awarded the OBE for services to civil engineering and further education in Northern Ireland. In 2019, she was invited to become a WISE Ambassador to act as role model and to work to promote gender balance at the highest levels within STEM across the UK.
Emer is a Chartered Civil Engineer with ICE, a Chartered Environmentalist and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Water. She joined GRAHAM Construction in 2011 and spent 7 years successfully developing and implementing their Business Improvement Programme before taking up the role as Head of Responsible Sustainable Business. She has helped evolve and communicate a sustainable business strategy linked to UN SDGs for the £750 M business which operates across the UK & Ireland.
Paul studied civil engineering at the University of Surrey, graduating in 1983 and becoming Chartered in 1987. Following graduation, he spent 31 years with the Kier Group, initially working on a wide range of civil engineering and construction projects in various parts of the world including; a gold mine in Papua New Guinea, a commercial development in London, a concrete gravity dam in Snowdonia where he was the Chief Engineer; and latterly as Project Director on CCGT power station in Hertfordshire, a desalination plant in Saudi Arabia, and underground railways in Hong Kong.
Between 2005 and 2010 Paul was on the Board of Kier with responsibility for their global civil engineering and construction activities, and from 2010 to 2014 he was CEO of the Group with overall revenues of £3bn and activities spanning construction, support services, property development and housing.
In 2014 he joined Laing O’Rourke to head their UK and Middle East construction business with close involvement in projects such as Thames Tideway Tunnels and Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, alongside a host of major construction projects including hospitals and commercial buildings.
Paul is currently a non-executive Director of Southern Water Services and is on the Supervisory Board of the Dutch Construction Group BAM. He is also an Industrial Advisor to the Board of Manchester Airport Group working on their capital expansion work at both Manchester and Stansted airports. He is a chartered engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He was awarded a CBE in 2014 for services to construction and charitable fundraising.
ICE NI Chair
John was appointed Vice Chair of the Northern Ireland region of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 2017 and became chairman in September 2019.
John worked for McLaughlin & Harvey as a civil engineer for over 20 years after graduating from the University of Ulster. He rapidly progressed from the role of site engineer to senior management roles, before becoming the Civil Engineering Director in January 2009. During this time, John was also a Director and the Chairman of Gael Force Renewables Ltd, a joint venture between McLaughlin & Harvey Ltd and Henry Alexander Ltd to deliver renewable opportunities in the UK & Ireland.
John joined Translink in 2016 as Head of Project Delivery and was appointed the Director of Infrastructure & Projects in 2018. Throughout his career he has gained extensive experience in a wide variety of civil engineering projects including marine and harbour works, railway works, road schemes, bridge construction, offshore and onshore energy projects, and building works.
Ashleen is a Markets Partner at KPMG and is responsible for pursuing new growth opportunities in the Northern Ireland market across Corporates, Government and Enterprise. She is a member of KPMG’s Private Enterprise Team and has worked with many of Northern Ireland’s family owned construction, engineering and development businesses. Ashleen also has 20+ years of experience advising Government on the procurement, financing and delivery of infrastructure projects across a range of sectors. More recently, she led the KPMG team engaged to advise on the Belfast Region City Deal – an ambitious £1bn+ investment programme designed to maximise impact on sustainable and inclusive growth. The infrastructure investment pillar underpinning the deal, includes the next phase of Belfast Rapid Transit and the Southern Relief Road, Newry.
As the first female partner in Northern Ireland, she endeavours to pro-actively champion inclusion and diversity and is currently a mentor on KPMG Global Infrastructure Women’s Mentorship Program.
Ashleen is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland, Member of CBI (NI) Regional Council and a Member of the Institute of Directors.
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