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ICE Strategy Session - Future of civil engineering: delivering differently to deliver better

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  • 14 December 2021
  • 08:30 - 12:30
ICE Strategy Session - Future of civil engineering: delivering differently to deliver better

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We are delighted to present our upcoming ICE Strategy Session which will dive into two parallel strands of work ICE has been working on through 2021. Both aimed at exploring how the infrastructure sector can deliver differently and in doing so, deliver better. Both sought to challenge perceptions and shine a light on new approaches to infrastructure delivery.

Join us at this event – split across two sessions – which will expand on the recent launch of our Engineering Rebellion report and provide a year-on update to the A Systems Approach to Infrastructure Delivery programme ahead of a final report launch in Spring 2022. In doing so, this event will trigger debate and discussion around the nature of the infrastructure into 2022 and beyond.

Engineering Rebellion, focuses on the practitioner, and explores exactly who is the civil engineer of the future and, having understood that, asks how does the ICE adapt to embrace them? A Systems Approach to Infrastructure Delivery, addresses the industry leader, and explores how a more whole-systems approach can improve infrastructure project delivery.

Both have identified common themes. Both have recognised that the challenges faced today are very different to the challenges faced by their counterparts of even a decade ago. They work in an industry that is striving to deliver increasingly complex projects, exploit technological advances, and deal with the existential threat of climate change.

Both have found that answering these questions has the potential to be transformative for individual civil engineers, the wider engineering profession, the construction and infrastructure industry, and ICE itself.

Our excellent line up of clients, major infrastructure delivery experts, and emerging future leaders below will describe the work conducted, the conclusions drawn and, critically, outline the way forward for the industry.


Part 1: Engineering Rebellion
09:00 Welcome from President Ed McCann
09.10 Engineering Rebellion: overview with Emma-Jane Houghton
09.30 What the report means to a future leader with Hayley Jackson
09.40 Discussion & Q&A with Engineering Rebellion steering group members
10.20 Closing remarks from President Ed McCann
10:30 Break

Part 2: A Systems Approach to Infrastructure Delivery
11:00 Welcome from President Ed McCann
11:10 SAID: the principles explained with Andrew McNaughton
11.30 Early learnings from recent round tables with Mark Coates
11.40 Putting the principles into practice panel discussion and Q&A with early adopters
12.20 Closing remarks from President Ed McCann
12:30 Event close



President, Institution of Civil Engineers

Ed graduated from Imperial College London in 1989 with a degree in Civil Engineering. During twelve years with Binnie & Partners he obtained a master’s degree in Hydraulic Engineering and worked on some fifty infrastructure projects all over the world.

He joined Expedition Engineering in 2002 where he has been the Project Director for many projects including the multi award winning Infinity Bridge and the Olympic 2012 Velodrome. He currently works on major projects and programs in the UK and internationally where he focuses on strategic engineering design and improving productivity across the asset lifecycle.

Ed was instrumental in the growth and development of Expedition from a “back bedroom start-up” to Building Magazine’s Engineering Consultant of the Year in 2012.

In 2009, Ed and the two other owners of Expedition set up a social enterprise called the Useful Simple Trust and gave the company to the employees. He is now a Trustee of the UST, which has a number of award-winning companies specialising in Engineering, Communications Design, Architecture, Education and Sustainability.

He is a Royal Academy Visiting Professor of Innovation and a member of the UK’s i3P Strategic Leadership Group which is focused on innovating across the built environment.

He co-created cross industry initiatives including: the Constructionarium, the Get It Right Initiative and the Expedition Workshed.

Ed has been actively involved in design education since 1999 and he is a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor of Innovation.

Along the way he appeared in 35 Television programs on engineering and allegedly has a fan in Japan!

Emma-Jane Houghton

Independent Chair, Engineering Rebellion

Emma-Jane Houghton is a senior commercial director in the cabinet office. Since January 2021, the Cabinet Office appointed her Commercial Director for the New Hospital Programme - responsible for the commercial strategy, procurement and end to end market creation - one of the biggest and most challenging major programmes for UK government policy and manifesto commitment. A chartered quantity surveyor by training she is highly experienced in infrastructure and the built environment.

Her expertise is based in both coal-face and Big 4 advisory with roles at Terminal 5, East London Line Extension, KPMG and Heathrow Expansion. Through the wide range of roles and delivery environments of her career a deep interest in the link between commercial ethos and the performance of major programmes and their supplier networks was sparked.

Alongside her passion for the construction sector is Emma-Jane’s commitment to her role as a Major in the Engineering and Logistics Staff Corps, where she is commissioned to provide impartial and confidential advice to the British Armed Forces.

She chairs the Institution of Civil Engineers' (ICE), Civil Engineer of the Future Working Group ‘Engineering Rebellion’ - championing the way to a new definition of what our traditional construction professions need to focus on to be ‘current’ and how they can attract new and broader talent to their doors.

Hayley Jackson

Site Engineer, Taylor Woodrow; ICE President’s Future Leader, Institution of Civil Engineers (2019/20)

Hayley graduated with a First-Class Honours Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Nottingham in July 2018, receiving the Golden Jubilee and Chris Maxwell Prize for her significant contribution to the department throughout her degree.

She was an ICE Undergraduate QUEST Scholar, sponsored by Taylor Woodrow from September 2014-2018, completing three summer placements on Victoria Dock Portal and Whitechapel Station, both part of Crossrail and the M5 Junction 4a-6 Smart Motorway Upgrade.

Katherine Bew

Co-Founder, PCSG Ltd

Katherine is co-founder and former Managing Director of PCSG, a leading international built environment consultancy firm which specialises in providing experienced ‘hands on’ support in a range of activities, including digital strategy and implementation, business transformation and change in the built environment.

Following nine years working at Laing Civil Engineering, she has enjoyed a fascinating journey of leading and developing a people-centric consultancy business that grew organically and successfully evolved over a 21-year period to become a team of 60+ staff with a revenue of £10M.

She has delivered successful assignments ranging from small commissions to £multi-million assignments for public and private sector clients across sectors including nuclear, road, rail and air infrastructure. Her aim is to help individuals, teams and businesses flourish by embedding a high performance team approach and realise the benefits of transformational change for their organisations, departments, programmes and projects.

Mark Enzer OBE FREng

Head of the National Digital Twin programme (NDTp) at the Centre for Digital Built Britain and Chief Technical Officer of Mott MacDonald

Mark is a keen champion of innovation in the context of collaborative delivery models and he is particularly interested in the transformation of the infrastructure industry, including: systems-thinking, digital transformation, connected digital twins, data infrastructure, low-carbon sustainable solutions and the circular economy in the built environment.

As the Head of the NDTp, Mark is contributing to the leadership of this ambitious programme to enable an ecosystem of connected digital twins across the built environment.

Professor David Richards

Head of the School of Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Southampton

David is Professor in Ground Engineering. Technical interests include the geotechnical aspects of ageing infrastructure, the engineering behaviour and characterisation of landfill wastes; mechanical characterization of chalk using CT imaging techniques and the rate loading behaviour of electricity transmission tower foundation systems; performance of overhead line electrification foundations.

He was PI for the £46M BEIS/EPSRC funded UKCRIC National Infrastructure Laboratory at Southampton and member of the UKCRIC Coordination Team - working to deliver a networked suite of national research test facilities to support infrastructure research.

His teaching covers all aspects of geotechnics and foundations with interests in the broad aspects of engineering design. Working with industrial collaborators and recent graduates, he leads the Civil Engineering Part 1 Constructionarium undertaken at the National Construction College, Norfolk.

Andrew McNaughton, FREng, CEng, FICE

Infrastructure Sector Lead – Aczel

Andrew recently joined Aczel as a Partner. Aczel is a consultancy specialising in strategic change management and complex project delivery across multiple sectors.

From June 2016 Andrew served as Chief Operating Officer of the Systra Group, a French headquartered company with 7000 staff, globally, specialising in transport engineering and consultancy services. Andrew was previously Director of Engineering and Construction for Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay Plc.

Andrew has over 35 years’ experience of delivering major infrastructure in the UK and overseas. As both a project manager and an executive officer he has been responsible for the delivery of many of the country’s major infrastructure projects over that time.

Prior to his appointment at Tidal Lagoon, Andrew was the Chief Executive Officer of Balfour Beatty plc. He held a range of executive positions in his 17 years at Balfour Beatty, including Chief Operating Officer and latterly Chief Executive Officer. From graduation he initially spent 12 years with the Kier Group, a period that included his involvement in the construction of Sizewell B nuclear power station.

Andrew is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He has served as a Vice President of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and was previously named Civil Engineering Manager of the Year by the Institution. In 2020, Andrew led a study on behalf of the ICE into the performance of infrastructure project delivery that led to a report. Welcomed across the industry, defining a Systems Approach to Infrastructure Delivery.

In July 2021, Andrew was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of the newly formed Board of AWE Plc, with specific responsibility for the infrastructure investment programme to support the current and future delivery requirements of the organisation.

Mark Coates

International Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, Bentley Systems

Mark Coates is Bentley’s director of strategic industry engagements, where he gives Bentley and their clients unparalleled insight into the UK infrastructure market and educates the marketplace on how they can harness digital technology to transform how they deliver infrastructure projects.

A former quantity surveyor with an extensive background in global project delivery, Mark first began working in the construction sector 31 years ago. He has worked with Thames Water, United Utilities, ICI, Highways England, The Olympic Delivery Authority, and Crossrail.

For the past seven years, Mark has been working in digital transformation and has seen the great advances made in sectors by adopting digital ways of working. He has worked on numerous infrastructure projects, consulting asset owners and their advisors on technology adoption to attain better project results while being conscious of time, cost, and quality.

Mark is a member of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, as well as chairman of British Water and a member of the advisory board of the Institute of Government and Public Policy.


Technical Director, Crossrail/p>

Colin has over 30 years’ experience in the systems engineering and project delivery of complex multidisciplinary infrastructure systems. Since 2018 he has led the technical and engineering teams at Crossrail, accountable for the design, site engineering, testing, systems integration, and assurance across the programme.

His career started in 1991 with British Rail, leading maintenance teams on the Kent side of the new Channel Tunnel and then in the Midlands around Leicester. He then headed off into leadership roles on major rail projects followed by stints in other industries including banking, digital TV, and IT systems.

He then spent ten years as an Engineering Director, first for Westinghouse Rail Systems (now Siemens) and then Thales Transportation, focusing on developing the systems engineers and engineering leaders for future complex systems projects.

Since 2010 and prior to joining Crossrail, he supported international clients with project management and engineering leadership, technical advice, and capability development. This included assignments with major rail projects as well as advisory support to the Royal Navy and even a period of time in contemporary art production and exhibition management.

In 2011 he co-founded the charity Wellboring.org which to date has installed over 100 wells in rural community schools across east Africa.

Colin continues to be actively involved in coaching senior engineering leaders and young graduate engineers alike, having trained and gained accreditation as a life-coach and a Master Practitioner and Trainer of NLP.

Roger Bailey

Chief Technical Officer, Tideway

Roger joined the Thames Tideway Tunnel project in February 2012. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and has held board level positions in both contracting businesses and engineering and planning consultancies prior to joining the project. The first 20 years of his career was in the geotechnical contracting sector (mining, piling and ground

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