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Professionalising the whole industry: The Chartered Infrastructure Engineer discussion, webinar

  • Webinar
  • Online
  • 14 September 2021
  • 11:00 - 12:30
Professionalising the whole industry: The Chartered Infrastructure Engineer discussion, webinar

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In 1818, the term civil engineering was coined to differentiate between civil and military engineering. At that time, civil engineering incorporated all non-military engineering.

ICE was the first Professional Engineering Institution and whilst it does not seek to represent those working in all areas of engineering, it can with some legitimacy lay claim to being the natural professional home for individuals working within infrastructure who seek professional qualification within the context of civil engineering.

Recent studies have looked at how significant numbers of technically competent (and often academically qualified) engineers might be brought onto the professional register.

The Falzani report concluded that an estimated three million eligible engineers “know who the Professional Engineering Institutions (PEIs) are, know what you offer but aren’t interested”. Professor John Uff concluded that PEIs have a moral responsibility to capture these individuals.

And the Hackitt Review went further still, suggesting that PEIs look at mechanisms to provide societal assurance through professionally qualifying, training, and auditing the skill sets of engineers on a routine and through-career basis. It is against this background ICE seeks to deliver against such aspirations.

The proposal was due to be put to a member vote this summer. However, following discussions with members, the trustees have listened to member feedback asking for more opportunities to understand the proposal before voting. The Institution will therefore hold a separate ballot at the beginning of 2022, when members will be invited to vote on the single issue of the introduction of the protected title.

This discussion, which follows a Q&A session held in June with ICE President Rachel Skinner and will bring together a panel taken from the broad spectrum of our membership to share their points of view on the topic and address questions from the audience. The discussion aims to allow all members to participate in an open forum and reflect on the implications of the proposals prior to the member ballot in early 2022.


10:45 - Registration
11:00 - Welcome from ICE President, Rachel Skinner
11:05 - Panel discussion
12:20 - Closing Remarks from ICE President, Rachel Skinner
12:30 - Event ends


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

Rachel Skinner

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

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.

Paul Jowitt

Paul Jowitt

Professor of Civil Engineering Systems, Heriot Watt University Edinburgh

Paul Jowitt is Professor of Civil Engineering Systems at Heriot Watt University Edinburgh. He is a graduate of Imperial College and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. In 2006 he was invited to give the ICE’s 6th Brunel International Lecture, “Engineering Civilisation from the Shadows” – focussed on the twin shadows cast by Climate Change and World Poverty.

Paul was ICE President in 2009-10. His Presidential Address was entitled “Now is the Time”; the time to build engineering capacity worldwide to deliver the UN Millennium Development Goals and build and maintain the critical underpinning infrastructure upon which civilisation depends at home and abroad. And the time to take a systems view of the world and deliver systems level solutions.

Paul is a Trustee of the charity Engineers Against Poverty and the current President of the Commonwealth Engineers Council.

Marwa Al-Mohaideb

Marwa Al-Mohaideb

Senior Engineer, Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA)

I am Marwa Al-Mohaideb. I work as a Senior Engineer in the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). Part of my work at the RTA involves engaging in green projects that improve the energy and water performances at the Dubai Metro and Dubai Tram systems. This includes participating in the review of energy saving projects, managing the delivery of the same, and assessing the performance of utility consumption.

I hold a master’s degree in Engineering Systems Management, and bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering. I also hold four technical certificates that pour into the area of energy management, including: CEM, CEA, CMVP, and LEED GA. My professional aim is to innovate and contribute to the Energy Management efforts in the UAE, and worldwide.

Georgia Thompson

Georgia Thompson

Design Delivery Manager, Tony Gee & Partners

Georgia Thompson is a Design Delivery Manager at Bam Nuttall and Graduate Member of the ICE. She managed a £50m Structures & Buildings portfolio on behalf of Network Rail in the South East. She is currently on secondment to Tony Gee and Partners as a design engineer in their structures team.

Undertaking design analysis of structures in multi-sector environments. She has a varied background in the design development and delivery of multidisciplinary infrastructure projects in rail, utilities, highways and private sectors.

Passionate about creating inclusive working environments conducive to personal and professional development. Georgia is an Engineer’s Without Boarders Change Maker and was a finalist in the Black British Business Awards 2020 as a rising star in STEM.

Tina Gunnarsson

Tina Gunnarsson

Chartered Civil Engineer, SheBuilds

Tina is a multidisciplinary chartered Civil Engineer with a passion for sustainability. She trained as a Temporary Works Designer with Balfour Beatty and has constructed a 180m tall tower in London, built a suspension footbridge in Rwanda and led a digital transformation for Major Projects.

Tina is a reverse mentor for senior leaders in the industry and was in 2020 awarded the James Rennie Medal and Karen Burt Award for best chartered candidate.

Andy Alder

Andy Alder

Tideway Programme Director, Jacobs

Andy is the Programme Director for Tideway (as part of the Jacobs Programme Management Team) and is responsible for delivery of all infrastructure for the project.

Andy joined the Tideway Project in 2015 from Crossrail where he was Chief Tunnel Engineer during the detailed design phase, managed procurement of a number of the tunnelling contracts, and was Project Manager for construction of all tunnelling work in the west area of Crossrail.

Andy has previously been responsible for the design of the LU Tottenham Court Road Station Upgrade, and DLR Extensions to London City Airport and Woolwich. Other projects that Andy has worked on include the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, the Jubilee Line Extension and projects In Ireland, Egypt and Malaysia.

Andy is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Member of the ICE Council and Trustee Board, and Chair of the ICE Finance, Assurance and Risk Committee. Andy is also a Fellow of the Association for Project Management.

Frank Marples CEnv CEng FICE

Frank Marples CEnv CEng FICE

The majority of my career has been with Vinci Construction Uk Ltd (formerly Norwest Holst Construction Limited). I was Engineering Director and Supervising Civil Engineer (SCE). I supported one individual from being a student, through IEng and then was his mentor through Technical Report Route (TRR) to achieve CEng and then again to FICE.

I have supported ICE being a Reviewer, member of Academic Qualifications Panel (AQP) and member of Council. I am familiar with the rules for membership of the ICE and aware of the requirements of the ICE’s “Gold Standard”

I am currently chairing a BSI committee responsible for revision of BS 5975 Code of Practice for the Management of Temporary Works and the Design of Falsework.

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