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ICE Connects: growing the women in fellowship network, Manchester

Event organised by ICE

29 February 2024
16:00 - 18:00 GMT
6th Floor
Three Piccadilly Place
Manchester, M1 3BN
United Kingdom

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Fellowship is the highest grade of membership offered by ICE and is a professional accolade highly respected around the world. The ICE Connects initiative, begun in 2021, is working to improve diversity in the Fellowship cohort and build a supportive network to encourage more people to become ICE Fellows.

This event, delivered by ICE Regions, is being held in multiple locations across the UK, plus South Africa, Qatar and – at a later date – Australia, as well as online, to allow women and industry allies to unite and explore the importance of diversity across Fellowship.  

Hosted by Michѐle Dix FICE, a panel of ICE Fellows will broadcast to attendees around the world. The panel includes ICE President, Prof. Anusha Shah, together with Claire Gott and Chris Caves, an advocate for diversity in infrastructure. Join in person to watch the broadcast and enjoy networking opportunities.

This event is open to all, primarily those considering ICE Fellowship and current Fellows interested in becoming more involved in the process, through mentoring or sponsoring an applicant.

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16:00 - 17:00

Panel broadcast

17:00 - 18:00



Dr Michѐle Dix CBE

Dr Michѐle Dix CBE

Major Projects Association

non-executive director

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Dr Michѐle Dix CBE

Dr Michѐle Dix CBE FICE has 47 years’ experience in transport in the public and private sector. At Transport for London she developed and delivered the Central London Congestion Charging Scheme with her job share partner. As the managing director for planning she was responsible for London wide strategies and policies and developing major schemes. Most recently she was the managing director of Crossrail 2.

Today Michѐle is a non-executive director of the Major Projects Association, a non-exec on Crossrail International, a visiting professor at UCL, programme board member for the restoration and renewal of the Houses of Parliament and an ICE Policy Fellow. Michѐle is chair of the ICE Connects: Women in Fellowship focus group and was appointed a UK Infrastructure Commissioner in 2023.

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.

Chris Caves

Chris Caves


North Transport Group Leader

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Chris Caves

Chris leads Arup's infrastructure business in Northern Ireland, building this from inception to a team of over 50 people. Over recent years, he has led the delivery of many of Northern Ireland’s most significant projects including A8 Belfast to Larne, A26 Dualling, Coleraine to Derry/Londonderry Track Renewals and Belfast Transport Hub. 

Claire Gott MBE

Claire Gott MBE


UK Head of Industry and Deputy Head of Structures

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Claire Gott MBE

As UK Head of Industry, Claire leads a 100 strong team in their work across the pharmaceuticals & life sciences and advanced chemical manufacturing sectors.

Claire is also responsible for driving WSP’s Structural Engineering strategy across the built environment with a particular emphasis on growth and client care.

In previous roles, Claire has specialised in managing multi-disciplinary design teams on major infrastructure projects. She has worked on several high-profile projects including the High Speed 2 stations at Birmingham Curzon Street and Euston, the £790m London Bridge Station redevelopment project and the Paddington Cube.

Claire feels strongly about building diversity in the engineering and construction industries and represents the next generation as a Board Member of the Major Projects Association. She is also passionate about making positive sustainable change and in 2018 she developed WSP’s UK Net Zero Operations by 2025 strategy.