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ICE and InstRE JPM 2024: protecting critical national infrastructure

Event organised by ICE

04 June 2024
19:00 - 20:40 BST (GMT+1)
Institution of Civil Engineers
One Great George Street
London, SW1P 3AA
United Kingdom
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This year’s Joint Professional Meeting (JPM) between the Institution of Royal Engineers (InstRE) and the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) will consider the use of military and civilian capabilities to protect critical national infrastructure.  

Recent global events have amply demonstrated the need to protect vital state assets, whether this be from overt conventional threats or covert attack like cyber warfare. Military engineers are currently at the forefront of delivering advice in Ukraine; this major eastern Europe conflict has provided a timely reminder of the need to examine national resilience demands.  History provides plenty examples of successful civilian military collaboration in times of need, with the ability to respond dynamically often delivering a competitive edge.   

The JPM will provide an opportunity to consider ways to enhance national resilience, with presentations examining conventional security demands as well as considering why ‘Digital Engineering’ is also essential for the protection of critical national infrastructure. The meeting will culminate in a panel and Q&A session. 


Institution of Royal Engineers

Institution of Royal Engineers

A learned society that seeks to advance the art and science of military engineering by sharing experiences, best practice and emerging thinking.


Institution of Civil Engineers
One Great George Street


18:30 - 19:00

Registration and refreshments

  • Registrations will start at 18:30 for those who are attending in person. For those joining online, we recommend logging into the platform at 18:45 to test connections
19:00 - 19:05

Welcome by David Porter, vice president, Institution of Civil Engineers

19:05 - 19:25

Si vis pacem, para bellum – lessons from the Russia-Ukraine war for Infrastructure Engineers

  • Lieutenant Colonel Doug Nelson, Commanding Officer 63 Works Group, Royal Engineers
19:25 - 19:45

Resilience requirements of the United Kingdom

  • Head of Physical Security, National Protective Security Authority (NPSA)
19:45 - 20:05

Why ‘Digital Engineering’ is essential for protecting critical national infrastructure

  • Alexandra Luck, joint policy lead, National Digital Twin Programme, Department for Business and Trade
20:05 - 20:35

Panel discussion and Q&A

  • Chaired by Brigadier Simon Carvel, Commander 8 Engineer Brigade
20:35 - 20:40

Summation by Major General Nick Cavanagh CB, president, The Institution of Royal Engineers

20:40 - 21:30

Networking reception for in person attendees


Event close


David Porter

David Porter

Institution of Civil Engineers

vice president

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David Porter

David Porter is the Vice President of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and will, subject to interim annual election by Council, become President in November 2025. As VP he has responsibility for the ICE Learning Society activity.

He is Director of Engineering and Services with the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) in their Transport and Road Asset Management core group, which is the roads authority for Northern Ireland.

David is the director of engineering within the Department for Infrastructure, In this position, David is the chief highways engineer and the head of the civil engineering profession within the Northern Ireland civil service. . Previously, he was the Chief Executive of Rivers Agency, the flood defence and drainage authority for Northern Ireland.

David is a Chartered civil engineer, a Fellow of ICE, and has served on its Council, and on numerous other committees and Panels.

Major General Nick Cavanagh CB

Major General Nick Cavanagh CB

Institution of Royal Engineers


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Major General Nick Cavanagh CB

Major General Nick Cavanagh was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1988 after reading engineering at Cambridge University. Over a full military career, he has commanded engineers on operations and exercises at home and overseas including operational tours of Northern Ireland, the First Gulf War, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. He has also completed a range of non-operational roles including as the Assistant Head of Army Infrastructure Plans, the Assistance Chief of Staff for the deployable Field Army, the Director of Manning for the Army and Director of Strategy and Planning in the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, Defence’s infrastructure advisory and delivery agent delivering c£3.5Bn of infrastructure spend annually.

Since January 2021 he has been the Development Director for the Advisory and Programmes Division within the European Region of Mott MacDonald.  He was elected as the President of the Institution of Royal Engineers in October 2018 and was made a Companion of the Bath (CB) on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2019.

Brigadier Simon Carvel

Brigadier Simon Carvel

8 Engineer Brigade


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Brigadier Simon Carvel

Si Carvel grew up in Kuwait and Northwest England before joining the British Army through Welbeck College and commissioning into the Corps of Royal Engineers in 1997. He now commands 8 Engineer Brigade, Defence’s home for a range of unique military engineering capabilities including, force support, infrastructure, explosive ordnance and search, working dogs, and counter-chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear units. 

Si’s career in the Corps of Royal Engineers has centred on armoured and air manoeuvre roles including as a troop commander in 32 Engineer Regiment, officer commanding in 35 Engineer Regiment and both operations officer and commanding officer in 23 Parachute Engineer Regiment. He has operational experience in Kosovo, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan, and become a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Royal Engineers. Away from regimental appointments he has been a platoon commander at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, deputy chief of staff 16 Air Assault Brigade and a staff officer in the Army Headquarters Organisation Branch and Ministry of Defence Strategy Unit. 

Prior to assuming command of 8 Engineer Brigade Si was a Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff of the United States Army in Washington D.C. The two-and-a-half years as personal advisor to the Chief of the General Staff’s counterpart included transition to President Biden’s Administration, retrograde from Afghanistan and support to Ukraine’s Armed Forces. 

Si holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the Royal Military College of Science, a Post Graduate Diploma in International Human Resources Management, and a Master of Arts in Defence Studies from King’s College London. He is also an alum of the Intermediate, Advance and Higher Command and Staff Courses, the Windsor Leadership Trust Emerging Leaders Programme, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI Program. 

Si is married to Ebba, and they have two children. He enjoys reading, supper with friends, family walks, and following the Philadelphia Eagles, but his interests are shifting to support his son’s fishing hobby and daughter’s baking passion. 

Lieutenant Colonel Doug Nelson

Lieutenant Colonel Doug Nelson

63 Works Group, Royal Engineers

commanding officer

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Lieutenant Colonel Doug Nelson

Having completed a degree in civil engineering at the University of Bristol, Lt Col Doug Nelson joined the Army in 2000.  He has completed operational deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, the Broader Middle East, and Eastern Europe. Doug Chartered with the ICE in 2017 and is a Fellow of the Institution of Royal Engineers. He is a Cabinet Office accredited expert in Commercial Management.  He currently commands 63 Works Group Royal Engineers.

Alexandra Luck

Alexandra Luck

National Digital Twin Programme, Department for Business and Trade

joint policy lead

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Alexandra Luck

Alexandra Luck is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, and a member of the Register of Security Engineers and Specialists.

She has a wealth of experience in issues pertaining to asset and risk management, digital engineering, management of information and security-minded approaches. Accumulating expertise through a number of engineering roles, Alexandra specialises in the development, implementation, management and auditing of polices and processes as well as the development and delivery of programmes within these disciplines. She is currently Head of the National Digital Twin Programme.