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Event Organiser: ICE

Graduates & Students Conference 2019, Belfast

  • Lecture
  • Belfast
  • 10 May 2019
  • 08:30 - 16:30
Graduates & Students Conference 2019, Belfast

About this event

The Graduates & Students Conference is an annual all-day event for young civil engineering professionals and students. This years' programme features an impressive list of speakers covering a wide range of sectors exploring the theme ‘The Future is Now’.

There will be a breakout session, and plenty of opportunities for networking.

atkins snc

This event is sponsored by SNC Lavalin – Atkins


08:30-09:00 Registration, Refreshments & Networking  
09:00-09:05 Conference Welcome G&S Committee Chair - Kerri Dorman
09:05-09:30 The State of the Nation Kaine Lynch
Head of Geotechnical and Civil Engineering, Department of Finance
09:30-10:00 Solving Urban Problems through Resilience Grainia Long
Commissioner for Resilience,
Belfast City Council
10:00-10:30 Collaborative Working in Project 13 Guy Charman
Commercial Manager (Projects)
10:30-10:45 BREAK  
10:45-12:15 Future Proofing Cities Martyn Harvie
Practice Manager, SNC Lavalin - Atkins
12:15-13:00 The Living With Water Programme - Drainage and Wastewater Investment Planning Today to Facilitate the Belfast Agenda Paddy Brow
Head of Living With Water Programme, NI Water
13:00-13:30 LUNCH  
13:30-15:00 Climatic and Engineering Considerations for Redeveloping a Base in Antarctica Mark Devenny
Associate, WSP
Robert Songhurst
Architect, Hugh Broughton Architects Ltd
15:00-15:15 BREAK  
15:15-15:45 Belfast Transport Hub - Sustainable Development on a Major Transport-Led Regeneration Project Pete Gray
15:45-16:20 Driving the Future: Connected and Autonomous Vehicles Stephen Houlihan
16:20-16:30 Conference Close Kerri Dorman and Ronan Carlin, G&S Committee


Kaine Lynch

Department of Finance

Kaine Lynch

Kaine is Head of Geotechnical and Civil Engineering Branch in the Department of Finance’s, Construction & Procurement Delivery. In this role, he leads teams of engineers in the delivery of infrastructure projects for Northern Ireland Government Departments, their Agencies and Non-Departmental Bodies.

Prior to taking up his current post, Kaine held various roles within the Department for Infrastructure, including time spent managing the Department’s Strategic Roads Improvement programme. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer with both a first-class master’s degree in civil engineering and a doctorate in geotechnical engineering.

Grainia Long

Belfast City Council

Grainia Long

Grainia is Commissioner for Resilience for the city of Belfast, based in Belfast City Council. Her role was created following Belfast’s membership of the global 100 Resilient Cities network, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.

Previous to this, she was Chief Executive of the national child protection charity in the Republic of Ireland, ISPCC Childline. This position followed several years working in housing, including as Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), and previously National Director of the CIH in Northern Ireland.

She has served two terms as a member of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, was a member of the Lyons Commission on Housing Supply and Advisor to the Best Commission on the Future of Housing in Northern Ireland. She is currently Chair of Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing Trust, a social housing provider in England, and Senior Independent Director on MTVH Group Board.

Guy Charman


Guy Charman

Guy is Head of Contracts and Frameworks within Translinks infrastructure and Projects division. Guy has 25 years’ experience and extensive knowledge in the construction industry, acting as a Quantity Survey and Project Manager.

Currently, he is the vice chairman for Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors for Ireland. Guy is leading the integration of collaborative Frameworks into Translink with a view to improving value for money and delivery times for clients.


Martyn Harvie

SNC Lavalin – Atkins

Martyn Harvie

Martyn is a Principal Engineer and Practice Manager with SNC Lavalin Atkins. He has over 20 years’ experience in Drainage Area Planning, Feasibility Studies, Hydraulic Modelling and Sewer Rehab within the Water Industry in the UK and Ireland working for Water Companies, Local Councils, and Rivers Authorities.

He is currently the Project Manager for the Dublin City Centre Sewerage Scheme on behalf of Irish Water and is undertaking a part-time secondment to NI Water acting as the Team Manager for the Living With Water Programme.

As part of his Practice Management role he is responsible for 70 staff across Northern Ireland and Scotland. He is an SCE for Graduates, Technicians & Apprentices on the ICE Training Scheme and sits on the Exec Board for the Work+ Apprenticeship. He is currently the Secretary of the ICE Northern Ireland Branch.

Paddy Brow

NI Water

Paddy Brow

Paddy is NI Water’s Head of Living With Water Programme, which is developing a Strategic Drainage Investment Plan that should deliver significant investment in drainage and wastewater treatment improvements for the catchments that discharge into Belfast Lough between 2020 and 2027. In early 2017 he completed a 2 year secondment to DfI to establish and lead the LWWP.

Paddy joined NI Water in 2007 as Head of Asset Strategy, and since then has completed roles as Programme Manager for NI Water’s first regulated Business Plan PC10, and Project Manager for the capital elements of its PC15 Business Plan.

Prior to joining NI Water Paddy worked as a Consulting Engineer from 1992 on projects for UK Water Companies and the English Environment Agency.

Paddy is a Fellow the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Chartered Member of CIWEM, and since 2013 has been a Board member of the UK Water Industries Research Company ‘UKWIR’.

Mark Devenny


Mark Devenny

A Chartered Civil Engineer, Mark has 20 years’ experience in engineering consultancy working on roads and major projects, water and civil infrastructure. Mark is an Associate Director with WSP in Belfast. He has a broad range of technical skills and experience in a wide range of projects of varying scale and complexity. Mark is responsible for project delivery, design management, mentoring and technical challenge. Concurrently he delivers a wide portfolio of projects to handover including lead civil engineer on the Scott Base Development in Antarctica.

Until recently Mark was Manager of the WSP-Opus Infrastructure Team in New Zealand and a Technical Principal where he delivered major infrastructure rebuild projects following the Christchurch earthquake in 2011 and the Kaikōura earthquake in 2016. Prior to this Mark was the Manager of the Major Projects Team in Belfast where he led road improvements projects including the A4/A5 Dungannon to Ballygawley dual carriageway, urban regeneration projects such as Belfast Streets Ahead and infrastructure projects such as the Northern Ireland Science Park.

Robert Songhurst

Hugh Broughton Architects Ltd

Robert Songhurst

Since joining Hugh Broughton Architects in February 2018, Robert has enjoyed involvement across the company’s diverse portfolio of projects; ranging from a research station in the extreme environment of Antarctica to the restoration of a Grade II* listed church in Kent.

He has contributed to the practice’s expanding use of modern digital tools for design, visualisation and coordination. Robert graduated from the Welsh School of Architecture in 2012, completing his professional qualification at the University of Westminster in 2014.

Pete Gray


Pete Gray

Pete is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Civil Engineers with over 15 years of industry experience. He works for Arup (multidisciplinary consultancy firm) and leads the Belfast Water Team. His responsibilities include the delivery of capital projects in Northern Ireland.

Pete understands the importance of our need to address Climate Change and he has a seat on the Climate NI Steering Group.


Stephen Houlihan

RPS Group

Stephen Houlihan

Stephen Houlihan MSc, BSc(Hons), CMILT, MTPS is an Associate Transport Planner within the Highways & Transportation section of RPS with over 10 years’ experience within Transportation Engineering/Planning. Stephen has worked on a number of varied schemes within the UK and Ireland for both private and public sector clients and has a detailed knowledge of the industry standard local and micro-simulation modelling software packages including JUNCTIONS 9, LinSig V.3 and Vissim.

Through working on a number of large and small scale schemes over the years, Stephen has developed a holistic approach to his work, often while working within multi-disciplinary teams, providing advice from project inception through to implementation and continued support beyond where necessary for his clients.

Stephen specialises in the preparation of Transportation Assessments, including the preparation of Transport Assessment Forms, Scoping Studies, Traffic Impact Assessments, and Travel Plans and is also proficient in the preparation of Transport chapters for Environmental Statements and is also a Chartered Member of the Institute of Logistics and Transport (CMILT).

Event venue

Riddel Hall
185 Stranmills Road
Belfast BT9 5EE
United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Georgia Hamilton

e: [email protected]