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Event Organiser: ICE

Social value of infrastructure seminar, London

  • Lecture
  • London
  • 25 July 2018
  • 09:00 - 13:00
Social value of infrastructure seminar, London

About this event

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The purpose of infrastructure is always to benefit society and human activity but the inherent strongly social aspects of this are not always appreciated by civil engineers. This needlessly misses opportunities to create powerful social impacts through the design and construction of infrastructure. It also contributes to reduced public awareness of, and support for, infrastructure as a key enabler of social value.

This is also a sustainability issue, because sustainability is often misunderstood as being limited solely to environmental sustainability. However, sustainability also includes economic and social sustainability, and hence delivering social value through infrastructure is an important way to improve the economic value and impact of infrastructure projects. ICE's Sustainability Leadership Team is therefore focused on engaging civil engineers in the issue of the social value of infrastructure, and showcasing how this can be achieved.

This is an increasingly important topic that merits further discussion and showcasing by leading civil engineers and built environment professionals. A recent ICE event on 'Inclusive Cities' focused on feminist cities, the night-time economy and accessibility but this only starts to 'scratch the surface'.

This half-day seminar, organised by ICE's Sustainability Leadership Team, brings together leading civil engineers and other built environment professionals to demonstrate how their work inherently creates social value for society, and how this can best be achieved. Presentations will be about a variety of water, energy, transport and placemaking projects.


8.30 Registration and refreshments
9.00 Welcome from Nick Baveystock, Director General of ICE
9.15 Introduction from the Chair, Kim Wilson, Head of Sustainability, EDF
9.20 Dale Evans OneAlliance Social Value at Wisbech
9.40 Velocity team members (Sarah Featherstone and Judith Sykes) Putting placemaking first in award-winning developments
10.00 Q&A

10.20 Break

10.55 Ben Ganney, TfL 'Delivering Social Value for All at Transport for London'
11.15 Andrew Cockcroft, EDF 'Community engagement on infrastructure projects'
11.35 Rob Paris (Cross Rail)
11.55 Q&A
12.15 Closing remarks
12.20 Close


Sarah Featherstone

Sarah Featherstone

Sarah is an architect and co-Director of Featherstone Young, a practice with expertise in place-making and social engagement. She is interested in how architecture can capture the character and identity of a place and stimulate, rather than dictate, activity and social interaction. Her work has won many awards particularly for housing and community projects including RIBA awards for a homeless centre, a crisis centre, artists' studios and two housing projects in sensitive rural locations.

Sarah teaches at Central Saint Martins and is a visiting critic and external examiner at various universities. She was one of the youngest members first recruited to the CABE National Design Review Panel and currently sits on the Islington, Southwark and Camden panels. She has been a RIBA and Civic Trust award judge and in recognition of her contribution to both practice and education she was awarded The Atkins Inspire Outstanding Achiever in Architecture.

Rob Paris

Rob Paris

After 13 years in environmental and sustainability consulting Rob joined Crossrail in 2003 as part of the team responsible for delivering the environmental statement (ES) that was deposited along with the Crossrail Bill to Parliament in 2005.

After submission of the ES he was responsible for the production of further volumes of the ES, for negotiating several key elements of the Crossrail Environmental Minimum Requirements (EMR) and was the co-author of Crossrail's Sustainability Strategy. He has been the Head of Sustainability & Consents at Crossrail for 8 years and amongst other things has been responsible for managing the teams obtaining planning, traffic and environmental consents to carry out the works, the environmental management of the works, assuring compliance with the EMR and coordinating Crossrail's delivery of the Sustainability Strategy.

Judith Sykes

Judith Sykes

Judith is Director of Expedition Engineering with 20 years' experience in civil engineering, infrastructure master planning, sustainable design and strategy. Her technical expertise spans water, energy, the circular economy and urban resilience. Her background is in major infrastructure and regeneration projects including Heathrow Terminal 5 and the London 2012 Olympic Park. She is a former commissioner for Milton Keynes 2050 and a member of the Otterpool Park Place Panel.

A Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, she is active in shaping industry practice. Her roles include Editorial Chair of the Engineering Sustainability Journal, Member of the ICE Sustainability Leadership team and UCL Industrial Board Member for the Centre of Sustainability and Urban Resilience. Judith has a long interest in the relationship between infrastructure, sustainability and quality of life. She is co-author of the National Infrastructure Report into the Value of design in Infrastructure Delivery.

Kim Wilson

Kim Wilson

Head of Sustainable Business at EDF Energy

Kim is the Head of Sustainable Business at EDF Energy, the UK's largest producer of low-carbon electricity, the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain and the largest supplier to British businesses. She is a senior sustainability professional with over 16 years of industry and consulting experience, covering a range of sectors, particularly the energy and extractive industries, and geographies.

Kim was responsible for developing EDF Energy's updated framework for being a sustainable and responsible business, The Better Plan, launched in April 2017. She regularly engages with and briefs Executive Team members on sustainability issues and performance. She is now responsible for driving the implementation of this strategy within EDF Energy including delivering effective social and environmental governance, oversight and support to the business in embedding sustainable business practices into the culture and ways of working at EDF Energy. She is also responsible for external partnerships, stakeholder engagement and communications about The Better Plan.

Kim has a strong understanding of the commercial implications of the sustainability agenda on business strategy, risk management, innovation, revenue creation opportunities and cost management. She is also experienced in developing and delivering employee training, cultural and behavioral change programmes on sustainability.

Kim began her career as a chartered accountant at KPMG and has built her career on the solid foundations of this experience and training as an sustainability assurance provider, consultant and in-house specialist.

Dale Evans

Dale is Chair of the Infrastructure Client Group (ICG) and a member of the Project 13 Executive Group. He recently led a cross-infrastructure team in developing the IUK ICG Alliancing Best Practice Report (November 2014) and Code of Practice (2016).

Dale as Director of the Anglian Water alliance is responsible for overall management of the @one alliance, delivering a capital programme of circa £250 million a year and he is an Executive member of the @one Alliance Board.

Prior to this Dale held a number of senior management roles in asset management, operations and in the development of international concession contracts. His career has included periods in the US and New Zealand.

Dale is a Chartered Civil Engineer and an MBA. He has three daughters and enjoys sport and the outdoors.

Ben Ganny

Ben Ganny

Event venue

Institution of Civil Engineers
One Great George Street
London SW1P 3AA
United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Shelly-Ann Russell

e: [email protected]