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ICE NI ECNet Conference 2024

Event organised by ICE

31 May 2024
09:00 - 16:30 BST (GMT+1)
Clayton Hotel Belfast
22-26 Ormeau Avenue
Belfast, BT2 8HS
United Kingdom

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The ICE NI ECNet Conference is an annual all-day event for early career professionals and students.  

This year’s programme features an impressive list of speakers with a wealth of industry knowledge and experience exploring the theme ‘Positive Solutions for a Sustainable Future’. The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and this year’s Presidential theme from Prof. Anusha Shah, focussing on how we become a nature and people-positive profession, underpin the conference theme.  

During the day, speakers will explore in more depth how these themes and goals are being adopted as the framework for sustainable development and how this is being applied by teams and projects, both locally and globally.   

Join us to hear from Dr Bryan Monson (HSENI), exploring the construction industry’s need to consider ‘Not just health and safety’. 

Delegates will be encouraged to consider their opportunities to inspire others, by hearing from Timothy McCaughey (Translink), ICE NI STEM Ambassador of the Year. 

The Belfast Grand Central Station project (the Belfast Transport Hub) will be discussed, entitled Belfast Grand Central Station – The Social Value Journey.  

Jonathan Macauley (Design ID) and Edelle Dodds (McGurk Architects) will discuss their recent success on the regeneration project in the Sperrins, particularly focussing on the ‘Sperrin Giants’.  

Attendees will also have the opportunity to develop their knowledge with an ‘Insight into offshore wind farms - key to sustainable energy’ presentation by Dr Indrasenan Thusyanthan (GDG - Venterra Group). 

After lunch, we are honoured that ICE President, Professor Anusha Shah, will speak to the cohort about the role of Early Career professionals in ensuring a nature- and people-positive future for our profession.   

Our final formal activity will be an interactive workshop, ‘Future Proofing Cities’ - led by Martyn Harvie (AtkinsRéalis) - which will consolidate learnings from throughout the day as delegates have the opportunity to work through a hypothetical city planning project. 

As always, there will be plenty of opportunity to network with peers and make new connections.   

This event is kindly sponsored by AECOM.   


Early bird rates available until 26 April 2024. Standard rates apply thereafter.  

Ticket Cost
ICE member (GMICE, MICE, AMICE, FICE) Early bird ticket: £80 + VAT
Standard ticket:  £100 + VAT
Apprentice/part-time student in employment Early bird ticket: £55 + VAT* 
Standard ticket: £75 + VAT*
Full-time student £8.33 + VAT* (£10 in total) 
Non-member   Early bird ticket:   £105 + VAT 
Standard ticket:    £125 + VAT

*Students/apprentices – please ensure you select the correct ticket when registering. Only full-time students holding free ICE student membership qualify for the discounted rate of £10 (inc VAT).   



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09:00 - 09:20

Registration and refreshments

09:20 - 09:25

Welcome by Leon Toner, Northern Ireland Early Careers Network Chair

09:25 - 09:50

Not just health and safety - Bryan Monson, HSENI

09:50 - 10:00

STEM Ambassador of the Year - Timothy McCaughey, Translink

10:00 - 10:45

Belfast Grand Central Station - Louise Sterritt, Gemma Thompson & Orlaith Kirk;  Translink & Juno Planning & Environment Ltd

10:45 - 11:00


11:00 - 11:45

Sperrins Sculptures - Jonathan Macauley & Edelle Dodds, Design ID & McGurk Architects

11:45 - 12:30

Insight into Offshore wind farms - key to sustainable energy - Dr Indrasenan Thusyanthan, GDG-Venterra Group

12:30 - 13:30


13:30 - 13:40

Conference Sponsor - AECOM

13:40 - 14:15

Prof. Anusha Shah - ICE President

14:15 - 16:15

City Planning and Development (interactive workshop) - Martyn Harvie, AtkinsRéalis

16:15 - 16:30

Closing remarks


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.

Bryan Monson

Bryan Monson


deputy chief executive

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Bryan Monson

Bryan grew up on a farm on the Ards peninsula in the East of Northern Ireland before attending the Queens University of Belfast where he was awarded a PhD in Geology. Following work on a number of mining and mining exploration projects in Europe and North America, he joined the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland in 1994, where he progressed through various positions, becoming Principal Inspector of the Extractive Industries, Explosives and Local Authorities Group in 2000.  In April 2003 he moved to lead the HSENI Major Hazards Unit.  

 In February 2006 Bryan was promoted to the position of deputy chief executive of HSENI where he has held positions as head of HSENI’s Compliance Division and  Support Division with responsibility for, amongst other things, major hazards, transport, health issues, scientific services and compliance activities.

Bryan currently heads up HSENI’s Field Operations Division responsible for agriculture, construction, manufacturing and extractive industries, waste and explosives.

Timothy McCaughey

Timothy McCaughey


apprentice civil engineering technician

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Timothy McCaughey

Timothy is an apprentice and professionally qualified Technician Member of the ICE. Having left school in 2017 after completing his GCSE’s he is now studying towards a MEng in civil engineering at Ulster University.

This route has given Timothy a keen interest in encouraging others into the industry, in December 2023 Timothy was awarded “ICE Northern Ireland STEM Ambassador of the Year 2023-2024” for his works as a STEM Ambassador.

Alongside his studies Timothy has gained 6 years of valuable industry experience, working most recently for Translink since 2021 as an apprentice civil engineering technician in the Structures Team responsible for the surveying, maintenance, and management of some 2000+ structural railway assets.

Louise Sterritt

Louise Sterritt


senior programme manager

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Louise Sterritt

Louise Sterritt is senior programme manager for the Infrastructure Major Projects’ Department in Translink. She is currently responsible for providing leadership in the design, construction, commercial management and programme delivery for Belfast Grand Central Station. She manages the collaborative project delivery team including associated consultant teams and contractors.

Louise is a Chartered member of ICE and has over 20 years’ experience in civil engineering and project and programme management. Since joining Translink as a project manager in 2006 she has managed large property construction and park and ride projects. In addition to a programme of station upgrade projects, she also led the project and programme management of the high profile Portrush Train Station project completed in advance of the 2019 Golf Open.

Orlaith Kirk

Orlaith Kirk

Juno Planning & Environmental Ltd

principal planner

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Orlaith Kirk

Orlaith Kirk is a principal planner with JUNO Planning & Environmental Ltd with over 20 years professional planning experience, having worked for both private planning consultancies (BDP and Tom Philips & Associates Ltd) and local authorities (Louth County Council) in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Orlaith is a member of the Irish Planning Institute and Social Value UK. 

Orlaith’s involvement with the Belfast Grand Central Station project commenced during the Pre-Application Community Consultation phase, spanned the planning application and approval process and she continues to be involved in the construction phase of the project. In 2019, in association with the Translink team, Orlaith prepared the Social Value Plan for the Enabling Works Contract. In concert with the Translink team and project contractors, she continues to review and update the key social value contract delivery on the project.

Orlaith has been the lead planner responsible for securing planning permission for a number of major infrastructure projects. Of particular note are the Corkey and Rigged Hill Scottish Power Renewables Wind Farm Repowering projects, which are the first two wind farm repowering projects consented in NI.

Orlaith regularly manages the Pre-Application Community Consultation Phase of major developments, and recognises the importance of early consultation and engagement to deliver social value benefits and return for local communities and stakeholders. Orlaith works with clients to identify social value opportunities for delivery through the construction process, to enable opportunity to employment opportunities,  benefit local communities and diversify supply chains.

Gemma Thompson

Gemma Thompson


communication, brand and stakeholder engagement manager

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Gemma Thompson

Gemma Thompson is communication, brand and stakeholder engagement manager for the Belfast Grand Central Station Project in Translink She is currently responsible for overseeing project Social Value delivery for this £multi- million project as well as managing the communication, brand, arts and heritage and stakeholder engagement for the project including corporate stakeholders and neighbouring communities. 

Gemma is a marketing, communications and engagement specialist with over 15 years’ experience of working in large scale organisations and challenging projects delivering targeted and impactful communications and  campaigns which leave lasting positive impacts on communities and stakeholders.

Since joining Translink in 2015, Gemma has worked in both corporate and project roles, managing and developing the Belfast Grand Central Station and Weavers Cross branded communications from conception and leading on the Social Value and Arts and Heritage commitments of the project to hyperlocal and wider stakeholder groups. 

Jonathan Macauley

Jonathan Macauley

Design ID


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Jonathan Macauley

Jonathan has over 22 years’ experience in the industry and is joint managing director at Design ID where he has led the growth of the practice since 2007, now employing over 70 staff with offices in Hillsborough, London and Dublin.  

He is an Accredited Conservation Engineer (CARE) has design experience across a broad range of project sectors including refurbishment of large scale Grade 1 listed buildings, new build commercial and industrial schemes to bespoke art installations. 

Jonathan is a creative problem solver, bringing artistic flair and a practical, can-do approach to project delivery.

Dr Indrasenan Thusyanthan

Dr Indrasenan Thusyanthan

GDG-Venterra Group

global offshore director

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Dr Indrasenan Thusyanthan

Dr Indrasenan Thusyanthan (Thushy) is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (FICE), Chartered Engineer (CEng) and Chartered Marine Engineer (CMarEng) with over 22 years of experience in energy sector. He is global offshore director with GDG (Venterra Group) overseeing offshore wind farm engineering and consultancy services globally.

He has extensive offshore project experience around the world, working with clients, contractors and designers from conceptual to detailed design stages. He has successfully delivered complex multi-disciplinary projects around the world. He also has expert witness reporting experience in international arbitrations. He has over 100 technical publications in journals and conferences and is recipient of “John Henry King Medal” and “Bill Curtin Medal” from Institution of Civil Engineers UK.

Thushy graduated with a first-class degree and PhD from University of Cambridge where he also served as university lecture. 

Martyn Harvie

Martyn Harvie


practice manager water networks and drainage - Scotland and NI

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Martyn Harvie

Martyn is a Chartered civil engineer with over 20 years’ experience in the water industry specialising in asset management, hydraulic modelling, drainage area planning and feasibility studies.  He is currently practice manager for AtkinsRéalis Water business in Scotland and Northern Ireland comprised of over 100 engineers and modellers in Belfast, Glasgow, Edinburgh and India.

Martyn was the principal modeller for many hydraulic modelling studies over the last 20 years including Belfast Sewers Project for NI Water and Dublin City Centre Sewerage Scheme for Uisce Eireann.

The AtkinsRéalis Future Proofing Cities game asks teams to act a city planners, deciding when, how much and what type of development occurs and how this is adapted for changing demands and constraints.

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ICE Northern Ireland