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ICE Spring Prestige lecture: Dugald Clerk 2023

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27 March 2023

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How can civil engineers better collaborate with project stakeholders and wider engineering professions? What can be done to focus project teams on outcomes rather than output? These are the questions that a systems approach seeks to answer and in doing so, drive better delivery of infrastructure projects.

The ICE’s Spring Prestige Lecture – the Dugald Clerk lecture – will focus this year on systems engineering. On the theme of embracing a systems approach on East-West Rail to redefine project outcomes and collaboration, the lecture will be delivered by the CEO of East West Rail, Beth West.

Applying the lessons and principles from the ICE’s Systems Approach to Infrastructure Delivery reports, Beth will address why systems thinking is important to effective project delivery and how the enterprise architecture approach has helped define scope while providing flexibility for the whole team at EWR.

Beth will also be joined by Svetlana Joao, structural engineer, TYPSA and Tony Meggs, non-executive chair, Sellafield Ltd, to discuss how infrastructure projects can improve interactions between professions and break down traditional industry barriers. The panel will also debate the impact a shift towards systems engineering has on outcomes and how both the civil engineering sector and society at large can benefit from a change in thinking.

For those attending in person, in addition to networking opportunities with our experts and like-minded delegates, there is also the chance to participate in an ‘empty chair’ session with Beth which will see one member of the audience invited onto stage to interview Beth and engage in further discussions on her talk.

This event, together with the Summer Lecture focusing on the transport sector on 19 June, and the Autumn James Forrest Lecture on 5 September, makes up the Prestige Lecture series. Be sure to make a note of these dates and look out for further information on these centre pieces of the ICE’s events calendar.


17:00 - 17:30

Registration and refreshments

Registrations start at 17:00 BST for those attending in person. For those joining online, we recommend logging in at 17:15 BST to test connections.

17:30 - 17:35

Welcome by Prof. Anusha Shah, Senior Director - Resilient Cities, Arcadis and Senior Vice President, ICE

17:35 - 18:05

Keynote address by Beth West, CEO, East West Rail

18:05 - 18:15

‘Empty Chair’ session

The chance for one member of the audience to come onto the stage to interview Beth and engage in further discussions on her talk.

18:15 - 18:55

Panel discussion and Q&A

18:55 - 19:00

Closing remarks by Anusha Shah and event close for online participants

19:00 - 20:00

Networking reception for in person attendees


Event close


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.

Beth West

Beth West

East West Rail (EWR)


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Beth West

Beth joined EWR Co after a period of consulting, having previously been the Regional South Managing Director at Balfour Beatty where she had responsibility for a wide array of civil engineering and building projects.

Beth has a rich knowledge of the transport sector, strong commercial acumen, and a long track record in driving construction innovation. Her previous positions include being Commercial Director for HS2; Head of Development for Landsec; and spending nine years in several roles at Transport for London.

Svetlana Joao

Svetlana Joao


structural engineer

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Svetlana Joao

Svetlana Joao is a structural engineer at TYPSA, working on the HS2 Project, an ICE President Future Leader 2022-2023, and TOP 50 Women in Engineering 2023.

She is working in the site support of the HS2 C2/C3 by managing the tasks and activities of various teams, and also undertaking the complexity of the construction queries. In her role, Svetlana acts as the bridge between the contractor (EKFB), adeptly handling communication and collaboration on behalf of her team.

Tony Meggs

Tony Meggs

Sellafield Ltd

non-excutive chair

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Tony Meggs

Tony Meggs, CB, FICE, Non-Executive Chair of Sellafield Ltd; Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Programme Review Committee, Defence Equipment & Support.

Prior to his current roles, Tony was Chairman of Crossrail Ltd, Europe’s largest metro rail project. Before that, he was CEO of the UK Government’s Infrastructure and Projects Authority, with oversight of a £600 billion portfolio of HMG’s largest and most complex projects and programmes and responsibility for building project capability within the UK government.

Tony has a background in energy, with many years in conventional oil and gas exploration, development, and production, followed by several years as Head of Group Technology in BP. In this role, he was responsible for corporate oversight of major projects groupwide, as well as technology development across the company. A major area of focus was the development of clean energy opportunities for BP, including the setting up of Hydrogen Energy.