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A panel discussion with the ICE President Prof. Anusha Shah and key North East stakeholders

Event organised by ICE

Date
07 March 2024
Time
13:00 - 15:00 GMT
Location
Crowne Plaza Hotel
Hawthorn Square
Forth Street
Newcastle, NE1 3SA
United Kingdom
Add to Calendar 07-03-2024 13:00 07-03-2024 15:00 false Europe/London A panel discussion with the ICE President Prof. Anusha Shah and key North East stakeholders https://www.ice.org.uk/events/latest-events/a-panel-with-prof-anusha-shah-and-key-ne-stakeholders Crowne Plaza Hotel, Newcastle

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Overview

This prestigious panel debate with ICE President Prof. Anusha Shah and key regional stakeholders forms part of her presidential visit to the North East. The theme for the debate will draw on Anusha's presidential theme of nature and people positive infrastructure. 

Likely topics for discussion:

  • Creative ways to include nature and create spaces for all parts of society.
  • Unique partnerships with people/organisations from outside the infrastructure space.
  • Initiatives that demonstrate a step change in how we create infrastructure for a community.
  • How projects can give back to the natural environment.
  • How we can quantitatively demonstrate long-term sustainability.
  • How to provide proof of resilience for the future.
  • Showcasing examples where integrated options have been implemented that address carbon as well as help build resilience. 

Venue

Crowne Plaza Hotel
Hawthorn Square
Forth Street
Newcastle
United Kingdom
NE1 3SA

Programme

13:00 - 13:30

Buffet lunch

13:30 - 15:00

Panel event

15:00

End

Speakers

Prof. Anusha Shah

Prof. Anusha Shah

Institution of Civil Engineers

president 2023/24

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Prof. Anusha Shah

Anusha Shah is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and its president for the 2023-24 session. She’s the third woman and first person of colour to be elected as president in over 200 years of ICE history.

She’s a senior director for resilient cities and UK climate change adaptation lead at Arcadis, a global sustainability, design, engineering and management consulting firm.

She’s also a non-executive director at the Met Office, a trustee at the Green Alliance and a visiting professor at Edinburgh University. She was awarded honorary professorship by the University of Wolverhampton for knowledge transfer and an honorary doctorate of engineering by the University of East London for her services to address climate change.

Anusha specialises in water and environmental engineering and has over 22 years of experience in designing, managing and leading projects and programmes in the UK and internationally.

Anusha sits on various industry climate change groups. She represents Arcadis at the London Climate Change Partnership and the 50L Home Initiative of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. She’s a past chair of the Thames Estuary Partnership Board.

Anusha is the recipient of several awards, including the 2020 Top 50 UK Women Engineers Sustainability Award and the CECA Inspiring Change Award. She was recognised by Climate Reframe as one of the UK’s leading Black, Asian and minority ethnic voices on climate change.

Meshi Taka

Meshi Taka

Waterman Aspen

associate director

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Meshi Taka

Meshi is a chartered Civil Engineer predominantly focused on water, flood risk and infrastructure spanning 20 years. In that time she has worked in a variety of roles across client and consultancy design delivery teams.

A longstanding volunteer for the ICE in the northeast and nationally, Meshi is an active champion and advocate for workplace EDI, STEM ambassador and Supervising Civil Engineer. Meshi can usually be found speaking to industry on allyship, inclusion, enabling, and promoting inclusive dialogue with everyone. She is committed to promoting inclusion in the workplace and attracting diverse talent into engineering and sustainability in design and net-zero action. Having collaborated with schools and professional organisations both within the region and nationally, engaging with and empowering girls through direct dialogue and visible representation; she has been influencing change by sharing her own experiences to help break down barriers and misconceptions, celebrate diversity and underrepresented groups without alienating the mainstream groups.

She also holds national ICE commitments as a serving member and vice-chair of the ICE’s Fairness Inclusion and Respect (FIR) committee (Diversity and inclusion, Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)) and a member of the editorial panel for the ICE journal. She is also a technical contributor to the ICE’s Knowledge hub on flood risk and water.

Monisha Gower

Monisha Gower

Northumbria Water Group (NWG)

asset and programme director

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Monisha Gower

Monisha leads the Asset Directorate in Northumbrian Water Group covering Maintenance & Reliability, Capital Programme & Project Delivery, Engineering and Asset Intelligence. 

She has in-depth experience delivering end to end, high value projects/programmes. A certified project manager practitioner and motivational leader, skilled at heading up teams and organising all areas of complex, multi-million pound works; implementing investment and project strategies.

Educated to Masters degree level in electronic and electrical engineering, following a Bachelor of engineering degree in the same discipline.

Member of APM - IPMA Level C, Certified project management practitioner.
Member of Institution of Engineering & Technology.

Finalist, 2021 Top 50 Women in Engineering: Engineering Heroes.

Heather Jones

Heather Jones

Transport North East

head of enhanced partnerships

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Heather Jones

Heather leads on the delivery of the North Easts Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) and Enhanced Partnership as part of Transport North East, the regions transport strategy unit. 

Previously she worked as an infrastructure project manager specialising in rail and structures projects, following her early career as a structural engineer working predominantly in asset management.

Paul Eckersley

Paul Eckersley

Turner & Townsend - Tees Tideway

associate director

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Paul Eckersley

Paul is associate director at Turner & Townsend and involved in a £30million programme of work to help the River Tees Estuary adapt to climate change, restore valuable habitat for internationally important wildlife and reconnect the river’s tributaries. The Tees Tidelands programme will realign flood defences, restore mudflat and saltmarsh habitat, and remove tidal barriers so migratory fish can return to rivers where they have been absent for hundreds of years.

Paul is also a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. 

James Hollender

James Hollender

EDF Renewables

chartered civil engineer

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James Hollender

A Chartered Civil Engineer with over 16 years experience in public and private sector in both contractor and consultant roles. James has a background in geotechnical investigation specification and management, reinforced concrete and steel design, highways structures inspections and assessments as well as construction management.

12 years experience across the renewable energy and power industry in engineering feasibility, development support, engineering design, technical due diligence, construction management and operational management of projects including on and offshore wind, solar, STOR and battery storage projects. James has also been involved in peer reviews for transmission line contingency costs, co-authored a report on Ofgem's Late CATO model and reviewed construction costs and risk allocation for a large new build transmission connected generator.

Registered with FEANI and holding the title of European Engineer (Eur Ing), James is a Certified Member of the Association for Project Safety (CMaPS) and is also a Chartered Manager and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (CMgr FCMI).

Michelle Percy

Michelle Percy

Newcastle City Council

director of place

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Michelle Percy

Michelle has held the role of director of place at Newcastle City Council for over 5 years. She has been involved in delivering a major change programme to challenge and shape Newcastle City Council's approach towards becoming an enterprising Council. 

She has an interest in the effect on lives and business of good well managed public spaces and art in the civic environment.