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ICE East of England Fellows reception 2024

Event organised by ICE

08 July 2024
18:00 - 21:00 BST (GMT+1)
Newnham College
Sidgwick Avenue
Cambridge, CB3 9DF
United Kingdom

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We are delighted to invite you to a special Fellows Reception hosted by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) on 08 July in Cambridge. This exclusive event is designed for both existing and aspiring Fellows to come together, network, and exchange knowledge and ideas. 

Why Attend? 

Network with peers: meet and connect with fellow civil engineers and industry leaders in a relaxed and informal setting. 

Exchange ideas: share your experiences, learn from others, and gain new perspectives that can inspire and enhance your professional journey. 

Knowledge sharing: benefit from the insights and experiences of others and take away valuable lessons that can help you in your career. 

Form new connections: build relationships with professionals who can offer support, mentorship, and opportunities for collaboration. 

Be inspired: hear firsthand the stories and achievements of your peers, and discover pathways to becoming a Fellow if you are an aspiring member. 

This reception is a fantastic opportunity to connect with some of the most brilliant civil engineering minds in the region. Whether you are a seasoned Fellow or an aspiring one, this event promises to be a valuable evening of networking and inspiration. 


18:00 - 18:10

Guests arrive

18:10 - 18:20

Welcome note by Peter Lawton, chair of the ICE East of England Committee

18:20 - 18:35

Address on committee’s work and upcoming plans

18:35 - 18:50

Speech by a Fellow

18:50 - 19:00


19:00 - 21:00

Networking and canapes


Event close


Peter Lawton

Peter Lawton

Institution of Civil Engineers, East of England

regional chair

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Peter Lawton

Peter Lawton is the East of England regional chair. Peter has nearly 50 years of civil engineering experience in both the public and private sectors. Initially specializing in general civil engineering works, the demanding coastal environment of North Norfolk led to becoming adept in many aspects of coastal engineering. He has been engaged on a large number of coastal engineering projects ranging from the localised small scale works to large scale projects some of which were innovative. Clients have included Councils in England and Scotland, contractors, HR Wallingford, the insurance industry and major oil companies such as Shell and Perenco.

Elizabeth Orchard

Elizabeth Orchard

Ptarmigan Land

civil engineer

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Elizabeth Orchard

Elizabeth Orchard CEng MICE is a Chartered Civil Engineer specialising in the delivery of sustainable development on large (strategic) sites, and is the Institution of Civil Engineers' Regional Member of Council for the East of England until 2025. 

In March 2023, Elizabeth set up her own consultancy business, Endelevu Ltd., to help fulfil her ambitions to help deliver truly sustainable large-scale/strategic development in the UK, in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and now advises clients on how to deliver Net Zero Impact infrastructure in mixed-use developments around the UK.  

Chris Fernandez

Chris Fernandez



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Chris Fernandez

Chris has a broad range of experience in the construction industry encompassing both technical and major project leadership roles. He has worked on projects from feasibility to construction across the highways, rail, heavy civils, marine and building sectors.

He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

He has worked for civil engineering contractors, May Gurney and Kier for over 10 years and also worked for small, medium and large consultancies including Atkins and WSP. Throughout his career he has drawn upon his technical grounding and constructability experience in how he influences and delivers projects, and his firm belief that these are fundamental to the successful outcome of any civil engineering project.