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ICE’s Carbon Champions initiative aims to celebrate individuals and their teams who are committed to achieving net zero. Applicants are invited to submit examples of their own carbon reduction activities, giving details of their project and the quantified carbon saving that has been achieved, or is projected/expected following a decision which is now embedded into a strategy or design.
We would now like to celebrate our first ICE Carbon Champions, and introduce them in this event. They will discuss how they saved carbon on their projects, and inspire others to do the same. This event will be hosted by ICE President Rachel Skinner, and we will also hear from the Chair of the ICE Carbon Champions Review Panel, Lara Young.
This event is being run in partnership with Bentley Systems.
President, Institution of Civil Engineers, Executive Director, WSP & Patron, Women in Transport
Rachel Skinner is the 156th President of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and is an Executive Director (Transport) at WSP. She is a Patron of Women in Transport (a not-for-profit) having been one of its founding board members since 2005.
She is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a chartered engineer and a chartered transport planner. Rachel chairs the Carbon stream of the Infrastructure Client Group (ICG) and was recently invited to join the external expert panel established to support the UK Department for Transport’s Acceleration Unit that is focused on a faster, better and greener recovery beyond COVID-19. She served two years as an Infrastructure Commissioner for Scotland from late 2018.
In 2016, Rachel was listed as one of The Telegraph’s inaugural UK Top 50 Influential Women in Engineering; in 2017 she was named the Most Distinguished Winner and Best Woman Civil Engineer at the Women in Civil Engineering Awards, and in 2019 she was confirmed by the Financial Times as one of the UK’s Top 100 Women in Engineering.
Rachel has authored, scripted and hosted publications and films on topics including “Shaping Zero” about net zero carbon for infrastructure, “Making Better Places” on place-making and future mobility, and before that about digital technology and its potential for infrastructure, industry innovation and collaboration.
She is regularly invited to give keynote conference presentations and to chair international and national industry events. Rachel is involved with strategic projects for clients across the public and private sectors, including leadership of a growing portfolio of future mobility projects in the UK and overseas.
Group Carbon Manager Costain
Lara Young, Group Climate Change Director for Costain Group, named Energy and Carbon Manager of the Year at the 2021 edie sustainability leaders award and Highway UK 2020 Associate Laureate, is the instigator and driving force behind establishing and implementing Costain’s Climate Change Action Plan to transition to a net-zero organisation.
Challenging existing business models and processes, her role is to embed carbon management and drive the design and delivery of whole life low carbon solutions across the Costain Group. Lara is leading the integration of the world’s first standard for managing infrastructure carbon, PAS2080 within the Costain Group.
In 2020 Lara joined the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Carbon Project steering group and is working to incorporate systems thinking to help articulate a future vision for UK infrastructure.
Lara was recently listed in the Energy Saving Trust “Eight Great Women list” for International Women’s day and named the 2021 New Registrant of the Year by the Society for the Environment.
Director Strategic Industry Engagement Bentley SystemsM
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.
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