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Northern Regions GAST Conference 2022

Event organised by ICE

12 July 2022
09:30 - 16:30 BST (GMT+1)
The North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers
Neville Hall
Westgate Road
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE
United Kingdom
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This year, we are welcoming our 157th ICE President, Ed McCann to join the Graduates, Apprentices, Students and Technicians (GAST) members across the Northern Regions of North East, North West and Yorkshire and Humber at our Northern Regions GAST Conference 2022.

This is the first in person pan northern event amongst the GAST cohort, bringing together ICE’s Early Career members as well as Technicians to share the best practice among regions as well as to explore some of the challenges faced.


Neville Hall
Westgate Road
Newcastle upon Tyne


** Please note that this is an in-person event in Newcastle there will be an exhibition space for companies, as places will be limited, early booking is essential.

09:30 - 10:30

Registration opens and refreshments

10:30 - 10:40

Open Conference – ICE NE, YH Regional Director, Steena Nasapen-Watson

10:40 - 10:55

ICE President, Ed McCann speech

Session 1: Setting the Scene and Challenges

10:55 - 11:00

Introduce Lead of session
GAST North East, Nipun Banka and Alex Radcliffe

11:00 - 11:15

Presentation 1 – Productivity in the work place
Speaker TBC

11:15 - 11:30

Presentation 2 – Progression in the workplace
Tim Brownbridge EngTech FICE

11:30 - 11:45

Presentation 3 – Building Equality in the workplace
Kathleen Harrison, Jacobs

11:45 - 12:00

Q&A and session close

12:00 - 12:45


Session 2: Workshops
NE, YH and NW chairs to also join the panel

13:00 - 13:30

Panel Discussion (Prep +QA) on Professional Qualifications Intro
Elizabeth & Tracie, NE and YH Membership Development officers

13:30 - 14:30

Panel Discussion (Prep +QA) The ‘Busy’ years after Professional Quals
Andy Magee tbc

14:30 - 14:45

Coffee break /refreshments

Session 3: Successes and Active Volunteering

14:50 - 15:10

Presentation 1 – Introduction of Committee and role
GAST NW, Jenna-May Hill

15:10 - 15:30

Presentation 2 – NW – Liaisons with Unis and Students?
GAST YH, Jak Lomas

15:30 - 15:50

Presentation 3 – STEM Ambassador and volunteering opportunities
Jess Clark, NE STEM Ambassador 22

15:50 - 16:10


16:10 - 16:20

President’s closing remarks

16:20 - 16:30

Close conference
Emma Antrobus, ICE NW Regional Director


Ed McCann

Ed McCann

Institution of Civil Engineers

president 2021-22

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Ed McCann

Ed graduated from Imperial College London in 1989 with a degree in Civil Engineering. During twelve years with Binnie & Partners he obtained a Master’s Degree in Hydraulic Engineering and worked on some fifty infrastructure projects all over the world.

He joined Expedition Engineering in 2002 where he has been the Project Director for many projects including the multi award winning Infinity Bridge and the Olympic 2012 Velodrome. He currently works on major projects and programs in the UK and internationally where he focuses on strategic engineering design and improving productivity across the asset lifecycle. 

Ed was instrumental in the growth and development of Expedition from a “back bedroom start-up” to Building Magazine’s Engineering Consultant of the Year in 2012.

In 2009, Ed and the two other owners of Expedition set up a social enterprise called the Useful Simple Trust and gave the company to the employees. He is now a Trustee of the UST, which has a number of award-winning companies specialising in Engineering, Communications Design, Architecture, Education and Sustainability.

He is a Royal Academy Visiting Professor of Innovation and a member of the UK’s i3P Strategic Leadership Group which is focused on innovating across the built environment. 

He co-created cross industry initiatives including: the Constructionarium, the Get It Right Initiative and the Expedition Workshed.

Ed has been actively involved in design education since 1999 and he is a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor of Innovation.


Kathleen Harrison

Kathleen Harrison


senior associate director

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Kathleen Harrison

Kathleen joined Balfour Beatty in 2001 in the building division working as a Site Engineer, building schools in the north of England. After 5 years she became a Design Manager, working closely with the design team to finalise the design and solve problems from site.

In 2013 she joined Jacobs in the Utilities department, focusing on drainage and wastewater treatment works, before moving into the Water and Environment department, leading the River Engineering team focusing on flood protection and prevention.

In 2020 she joined the Transportation Department and took on the Framework Manager role on the Professional Services Framework for Lancashire County Council.

Kathleen is passionate about promoting civil engineering, Inclusion and Diversity and positive mental health in the workplace. She studied a BEng in Civil and Structural Engineering at the University of Bradford and a MSc in Construction Management at the University of Salford. She is a Chartered Civil Engineer and last year a Fellow of the ICE.

Tim Brownbridge

Tim Brownbridge

Bam Nuttall

academy manager

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Tim Brownbridge

Tim manages BAM Nuttall Academy delivering training and qualifications across the direct and supply chain workforce, supervisors and managers.

He develops and delivers internal training programmes for managers, supervisors and the workforce to meet both company and industry targets. He also leads the development and promotion of interactive, engaging and immersive e-learning programmes.

Tim is active with the Skills Councils in National Occupational Standards development for various occupations from trades to management. He represents the Civil Engineering Contractors Association and is Vice Chairman of the Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) Management Committee.

For more information please contact:

Joanne Topping