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ICE G&S President’s Visit: The Future of Civil Engineering - An Honest Conversation, Belfast

  • Lecture
  • Belfast
  • 05 December 2019
  • 10:45 - 13:00
ICE G&S President’s Visit: The Future of Civil Engineering - An Honest Conversation, Belfast

About this event

Join ICE President Paul Sheffield with NI Graduates and Students, chaired by Ronan Carlin, Chair of ICE G&S in Northern Ireland.

Civil engineering and the construction sector is currently facing a number of key challenges. Adapting to an increasingly digital world, tackling climate change and changing the public’s perception of civil engineering, are some of the few challenges that our industry is facing, and will continue to face in the future.

Come along to this workshop to engage in an open and honest discussion with our President and your peers. This is your opportunity to ask those burning questions; what does the future hold for the industry and your career as a Civil Engineer?

Please join us for lunch after the event at 1pm in the Hub of the David Keir building.


10.45am – Doors open, hot drinks and refreshments available
11.15am – Event begins


Paul Sheffield CBE BSc CEng FICE

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.

Event venue

Queen’s University Belfast
David Keir Building
Belfast BT9 5AG
United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Georgia Hamilton

e: [email protected]