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Early Careers Network evening

Event organised by ICE

08 September 2023
17:30 - 19:30 BST (GMT+1)
Institution of Civil Engineers
One Great George Street
London, SW1P 3AA
United Kingdom

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Join the ICE Early Careers Network (ECNet) for this in-person evening networking event at One Great George Street, the home of ICE. The event is for ICE members within the Early Careers cohort, i.e. graduate members, student members and apprentices. We therefore politely request that, if you are not a member within this cohort, please do not sign up to attend this event, to keep spaces open for early careers members as the event capacity is limited.

Organised by ECNet, this is a great opportunity to expand your network and learn more about the ICE and the work being done within the Early Careers Network.

We are also delighted that we will be joined by ICE President, Keith Howells, and look forward to hearing from him about his role and the wider work of the Institution. Alongside Keith, Paula McMahon (Trustee for UK Regions) will also join us to provide her insights on the benefits gained through being engaged with the Institution.

Light refreshments will be provided. Dress code smart casual/business attire. 17:30 for 18:00 start.

Registration deadline: please book before the end of 30 August 2023.


Keith Howells

Keith Howells

Institution of Civil Engineers

president 2022/23

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Keith Howells

Keith Howells is the 158th President of the ICE.

Having graduated in civil engineering in 1974, Keith joined one of the founder members of the Mott MacDonald Group and spent the first 10 years of his career in infrastructure design and project management, mostly in the water and transport sectors. On completing an MBA in 1986, he became involved with the planning, feasibility, and financial and economic analysis of projects, principally in the water and environmental sectors. Over the next decade he worked on numerous projects funded by the international finance institutions as well as by UK government bodies.

Keith has built career long experience in the planning, study and design of hydraulic structures, hydropower, urban drainage, sewerage, water supply and river engineering schemes. He has worked in numerous countries as well as in the UK. He ran the firm’s Water and Environment business from 1997 to 2002, before becoming the Group Managing Director in 2004, directing the firm’s expansion in North America and Australasia. Keith became Chair of the Group’s Executive Board in 2011, responsible to shareholders for the performance of the company and its strategic direction – a role he continued until mid-2019.

Keith was on the board of the Association for Consultancy and Engineering from 2011 to 2015, and its Chair in 2013; he was a member of the CBI’s Construction Council from 2013 to 2019; and a member of the Cranfield School of Management Advisory Board from 2012 to 2020.  He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Paula McMahon

Paula McMahon

Sir Robert McAlpine

#TheLine founder and regional supervising officer

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Paula McMahon

Paula started life as a civil engineering apprentice with her local Council straight from school.

She is currently the regional supervising officer for Sir Robert McAlpine’s Northern region where she oversees the professional development of future ICE members.

She also manages the Social Value for the A19 DBFO Project, is an employee representative and sits on several Affinity and leadership groups.

Her career has been wide ranging and varied and has included significant roles on high profile projects including the Thames Barrier, Hinkley Point C and DUBAL Aluminium. She is a Chartered Fellow of the ICE and Chartered Management Institute as well as being a Fellow of the Women’s Engineering Society and Royal Society of Arts, Commerce and Manufactures.

Paula is currently the North East Chair and Honorary Editor and Panel Chair for the flagship ICE Proceedings: Civil Engineering. She also sits on several strategy groups including the North East Chamber of Commerce Transport Forum and Teesside University’s Engineering Board where she is also a visiting lecturer.

Paula strongly believes in inspiring our next generation of civil engineers and educating everyone to work towards an equitable and sustainable future.

She is the driving force behind Engineering Together which brings together a wide selection of UK and International Engineering Institutions and bodies to work collaboratively to raise awareness and understanding of engineers and engineering.

She set up Primary Voices to impress the need for urgency climate action whilst providing everyday solutions to help tackle the climate crisis.

She is regularly invited to speak at national and international events on a range of topics including engineering, diversity and sustainability.

Paula’s work in the industry and education has earned her many Awards and accolades including the prestigious European WICE Award Lifetime in Engineering for 2021.

For more information please contact:

ICE Northern Ireland Regional Coordinator