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ICE was founded on 2nd January 1818 in Kendal's Coffee House, Fleet Street, London becoming the world's first professional engineering body. It was an era of formal technical engineering education and self-improvement, which reflected the maturing of the engineering profession.
Nick will look at why ICE remains to this day one of the leading engineering bodies in the world, positively influencing the world around us.
As the modern world has evolved, the profession has had to react and respond to these new challenges. Nick will detail some of the challenges facing our profession and how these are being addressed, looking towards the future of civil engineering and what role the industry and the Institution will play.
Speaker: Nick Baveystock, Director General ICE
Nick Baveystock took up the post of Director General of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 2011. Nick is a member of the Construction Industry Council, a non-executive director of Engineering UK, a member of both the Education for Engineering and Engineering the Future boards, and non-executive Vice Chairman of Thomas Telford Ltd.
From an engineering family, after schooling in England and France, Nick joined the British Army in 1985. His early career was spent in Germany, Northern Ireland and the Balkans. He worked for the Director of Military Operations, was personal staff officer to the Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Operations), and then the Commander of NATO forces in Kosovo. He commanded Royal Engineer units at all ranks up to Brigadier; deploying on operations in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Kosovo, and Iraq where he commanded a Regiment, was Chief of Staff of coalition forces and Chief Engineer in Southern Iraq. Nick attended the Royal College of Defence Studies in 2007 before command of the Royal School of Military Engineering, leading the £3.2 Bn RSME Public Private Partnership.
He has, for the last 10 years, been increasingly involved in international post conflict reconstruction and development: roads and power stations in the Balkans; and the repair and management of regional utility infrastructure including water supply, irrigation, oil and gas, sewerage and transport in Iraq. His RCDS thesis, subsequently published, dealt with the challenges of post conflict reconstruction.
Married to Chris for 25 years, he has a passion (but little talent) for golf, reads voraciously, shoots very badly a couple of times a year, and spends much of his limited spare time acting as deputy assistant under-groom to his wife's horses, or walking his increasingly spoilt spaniel.