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ICE Strategy Session: engineering, ethics, equity and the law

Event organised by ICE

Date
31 January 2024
Time
18:30 - 20:30 GMT
Location
Institution of Civil Engineers
One Great George Street
Westminster
London, SW1P 3AA
United Kingdom

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Overview

Within this session the audience will hear from former judge and chartered civil engineer, Sir Vivian Ramsey, as well as members of the ICE Ethics Committee. The session will be used to:

  • Raise awareness among civil engineers about the role ethics plays within recent global developments, discussing potential ethical dilemmas.
  • Educate listeners about ethical reasoning within engineering, along with the role of the law.

For the second part of this event, the panel will be exploring changes in civil engineering ethics over the past 50 years and anticipated changes in the future?

This will be an interactive session and you will have the opportunity to pose your questions to the panel.

Speakers

Claire Rose

Claire Rose

Bechtel Infrastructure

heavy civil and water sector lead

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Claire Rose

Claire is Bechtel Infrastructure’s heavy civil and water sector lead, bringing more than 10 years of delivery experience gained at Bechtel, HS2 and EDF, where she served in several leadership roles in client organisations.

An experienced practitioner in helping organisations deliver major complex programmes, Claire's experiences lies across a wide range of heavy civil industries including highways, nuclear, rail, oil and gas.

In her role, she is responsible for developing and driving the global strategy for heavy civils and water infrastructure planning, design, construction, and project management.

Prior to this, Claire was deputy programme director for the £6bn civils programme on Hinkley Point in Somerset.

Claire is a chartered civil engineer and member of the ICE, Chartered Project Professional and member of the Association for Project Managers.

Most recently, Claire was a finalist in the 2019 Everywoman Transport and Logistics Awards for the Infrastructure Leader Category, which recognises a female leader who is innovating or excelling in their role within transportation and infrastructure and shortlisted as a 2020 UK Construction Week Role Model.

Claire serves on the ICE London executive board as vice chair for informing opinion and the ICE Ethics Committee.

Sir Vivian Ramsey

Sir Vivian Ramsey

professor, international judge and arbitrator

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Sir Vivian Ramsey

Sir Vivian Ramsey was educated in the UK and the USA. He studied engineering science and economics at Oxford before working for Ove Arup and Partners for eight years, qualifying as a chartered civil engineer. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2013.

He studied law at the City University and qualified as a barrister, commencing practice in 1981. He became a QC in 1992 and was head of Keating Chambers in London. He became a Bencher of Middle Temple in 2002.

Sir Ramsey was appointed a High Court judge in 2005 and became judge in charge of the Technology and Construction Court from 2007 to 2010.

Following his retirement in 2014, he became an International Judge in the Singapore International Commercial Court. He also acts as an arbitrator, mediator, expert and dispute board member around the world. In 2018 he was awarded the Society of Construction Law inaugural International Medal in Chicago. He was Master of the Worshipful Company of Constructors in 2019-2020. He was awarded an Honorary DSc Degree by the University of Westminster in 2021.

John Beck CEng FICE

John Beck CEng FICE

Independent Consultant

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John Beck CEng FICE

  • Independent Consultant

Former posts:

  • Chief Executive & Secretary of the Church of England Diocese of Manchester, the third largest English diocese, serving two million people in Greater Manchester, parts of Lancashire and Cheshire.
  • Director General of the International Cotton Association, the regulatory and arbitral body for the US$60 billion annual value globally traded commodity, setting the trading rules and operating a commercial arbitration service for international cotton contract disputes.
  • Consultant with niche construction law and arbitration practice in Manchester, Gately Vinden, specialising in dispute resolution and corporate insolvency.
  • ICE Director International, supporting ICE’s interests across 130 countries, via 96 country representatives and 8 overseas offices, supporting local associations and liaising with universities, UK and foreign government departments and agencies.
  • Local government technical director 1990 – 1999

Unpaid roles

  • ICE Council Member 2012 – 21, Trustee 2019 - 2021 carrying Ethics & Professional Conduct portfolio. Former Chair, Ethics Committee
  • Past-President (2011) and long-term Honorary Secretary of Société des Ingénieurs et Scientifiques de France (UK section) a division of a Paris-based, international professional body and learned society of 1.2 million members, maintaining technical and cultural links.
  • Chairman, local government International Affairs Committee of Technical Advisors Group (TAG) (1996 – 2002) representing the Chief Technical Officers in 444 district councils and 43 county councils.
Raj Pathak CEng FICE

Raj Pathak CEng FICE

Jacobs

Major Programme and Strategy Director

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Raj Pathak CEng FICE

Raj Pathak is the major programme and strategy director for Jacobs Critical Mission Solutions business.

Raj is a civil engineer with 25 years of experience in large infrastructure projects within the United Kingdom and overseas. His experience includes delivering some of the most challenging infrastructure projects such as Crossrail, Network Rail, Docklands Light Railway and High Speed Two and critical projects in the defence sector. 

Raj is a chartered civil engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (CEng FICE) and chartered project professional and Fellow of the Association for Project Management (ChPP FAPM).

He is the current ICE London regional committee chair and was a council member of the Nepal Engineers Association from 2001 – 2003 before moving to the UK. 

Raj was a founding member of the Society of Nepalese Engineers in the UK and currently serves as an advisor.

Richard Bayfield

Richard Bayfield

Institution of Civil Engineers

trustee for ethics and professional conduct

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Richard Bayfield

Richard is the Chair the ICE Ethics Committee and currently the ICE Trustee responsible for ethics. Richard’s civil engineering career comprises senior roles as a contractor, consultant and client. He has also studied law and was Chair of the Society of Construction Law in 2003/4. He is one of four civil engineers who have been made Honorary Members of the society. In 2006 he was appointed to the construction minister’s sounding board of six, chaired by the late Sir Michael Latham, which advised on proposed changes to UK construction legislation.

His early career began with Costain working on major projects including the Thames Barrier. The latter part of his career has involved working with large client organisations including Honda, UCL, New College Oxford, and the Church Commissioners. These client leadership roles have subsequently attracted peer awards for successful project delivery. The client role has majored on establishing a positive project culture, clear project governance and pro-active risk management processes. Richard occasionally lectures and writes about client leadership, including methods such as early warnings and conflict avoidance strategies to establish a true collaborative culture.

Richard often acts as an independent project advisor providing a second opinion or peer review on the status of a project. Sometimes this may be formalised into an Adjudicator’s Decision. Frequently such advice is obtained to avoid a formal dispute. Richard was previously appointed to dispute panels for Terminal 5 and the London 2012 Olympics.