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ICE President’s Visit: ICE Wales Cymru Fellows event

  • Webinar
  • Online
  • 01 July 2021
  • 13:00 - 14:15
ICE President’s Visit:  ICE Wales Cymru Fellows event

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This is an online Fellows’ discussion event to explore the challenges and opportunities for civil engineers in keeping pace with digital acceleration during and after the coronavirus pandemic and throughout the industry in general.

Led by the ICE President Rachel Skinner. The workshop will be about projects, initiatives and ideas that stand out for their genuine engagement with the carbon challenge in civil engineering. How well-equipped are the civil engineers of today to meet the challenge?

Invited guests to give short presentations on the main theme are what their organisations are doing/planning.



13:00 Moderator’s comments – Keith Jones, ICE Wales Cymru Director

13:02 Welcome and introductions by Ken Evans ICE Wales Cymru Chair

13:05 Rachel Skinner, ICE President – ‘Shaping Zero’.

13:15 Jon Oates, Welsh Government Zero Carbon Policy lead.
Jonathan will set out Welsh Government’s approach to meeting Wales’ statutory Climate Change targets.

13:22 Ceri Davies, Natural Resources Wales, Executive Director of Evidence, Policy and Permitting. Ceri will share perspectives from Natural Resources Wales on the need for mitigation of, and adaptation to, climate change as the central element of how natural resources are sustainably managed in Wales.

13:29 Steve Wilson, Managing Director, Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water Managing Director- Wastewater Service, Business Customers & Energy.#
Steve Wilson will present the Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water new “Carbon Isel” 2040 strategy. DCWW are going for net zero by 2040, including embedded carbon from their construction activities, with a desire to get 90% reduction by 2030. (OFWAT funding dependent).

13:36 Barny Evans, WSP; Barny will give some insight to the challenges and opportunities presents to the civil engineering profession and how WSP are addressing it.

13:43 Questions and discussion

14:13 Closing remarks – Ken Evans

14:15 Close

We will be using MS Teams. Although the event starts at 13:00, Attendees please join at 12:50


Rachel Skinner BSc MSc(Eng) FREng CEng FICE CTPP FCIHT

Rachel Skinner

President, Institution of Civil Engineers Executive Director, WSP Patron, Women in Transport

Rachel is the 156th President of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and is an Executive Director (Transport) at WSP

Rachel 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.


Jon Oates

Jon Oates

Welsh Government Zero Carbon Policy lead

Jonathan has worked in Welsh Government since 2005 in a range of programme delivery and policy roles. Jonathan led the Energy Wales Programme, building the delivery programme to implement Welsh Government’s 2012 energy strategy, Energy Wales : A Low Carbon Transition. Jonathan also developed Welsh Government’s public sector energy development programme which forms an integral part of the Welsh Government Energy Service and committed £23m to energy projects in the last year. Jonathan is currently the Head of Clean Growth, with leadership roles in developing Welsh Government’s strategic climate change policy, the Welsh Government Energy Service, domestic fuel poverty policy, including the delivery programmes Warm Homes Nest and Arbed and the UK Emissions Trading Scheme.


Ceri Davies

Ceri Davies

Natural Resources Wales, Executive Director of Evidence, Policy and Permitting

Ceri has worked at Natural Resources Wales since April 2013. Her job title is Executive Director of Evidence, Policy and Permitting. She possesses a BSc Hons in Chemistry and Biochemistry. She is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Waste Management. Her career to date spans over 27 years in both private and public sector organisations. She has significant experience in regulation, policy development and implementation of new regulatory regimes. All of her career has been focused on safeguarding natural resources whether that be from the impacts of pollution from industrial processes to the policy and evidence approaches needed to ensure the sustainable management of our precious environment.

Steve Wilson

Steve Wilson

Managing Director, Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water Managing Director- Wastewater Service, Business Customers & Energy

Steve has over 20 years’ experience in the water industry, including Wastewater operations in England, Scotland and the USA. He specialises in operational leadership and business transformation. Has a proven track record in delivering performance improvements and customer service whilst remaining focused on efficiency and cost control. Heads a team of 7 Managers across the business – Treatment, Networks, Assets, Science, Business Improvement, Maintenance, Energy and Transport with over 800 employees working for the wastewater side of the business. Steve has worked for Dŵr Cymru as Director of Wastewater since 2011 having transferred from Kelda Water Services, where he was Head of Water Services.

Barny Evans

Barny Evans

Barny is a specialist in renewable energy, energy efficiency and policy He has over 16 years’ experience working in renewable energy and sustainability. He is a CIBSE (Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers) Low Carbon Consultant and Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (C-MVP). He leads our Sustainable Places and Energy team advising on sustainable development and energy at a site level. This work is undertaken at a strategic and technical level. At a strategic level he advises government and large corporates on sustainability and energy strategy, including how this integrates active travel and the electrification agenda. His technical advice and analysis on energy investments has included the full gamut of energy efficiency and generation technologies, including, EV charging, solar, biomass, LED lighting, heat pumps, wind, CHP, demand side management and energy storage and the full range of scales from domestic to utility. He has driven our innovation in the energy sector and has driven our 360O Energy offer, where we analyse all elements of the energy system as one for developments, considering how vehicles, energy storage, renewables, efficiency can all be optimised to operate together.

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