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ICE Strategy Session - Future of civil engineering: delivering differently to deliver better

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14 December 2021

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We are delighted to present our upcoming ICE Strategy Session which will dive into two parallel strands of work ICE has been working on through 2021. Both aimed at exploring how the infrastructure sector can deliver differently and in doing so, deliver better. Both sought to challenge perceptions and shine a light on new approaches to infrastructure delivery.

Join us at this event – split across two sessions – which will expand on the recent launch of our Engineering Rebellion report and provide a year-on update to the A Systems Approach to Infrastructure Delivery programme ahead of a final report launch in Spring 2022. In doing so, this event will trigger debate and discussion around the nature of the infrastructure into 2022 and beyond.

Engineering Rebellion, focuses on the practitioner, and explores exactly who is the civil engineer of the future and, having understood that, asks how does the ICE adapt to embrace them? A Systems Approach to Infrastructure Delivery, addresses the industry leader, and explores how a more whole-systems approach can improve infrastructure project delivery.

Both have identified common themes. Both have recognised that the challenges faced today are very different to the challenges faced by their counterparts of even a decade ago. They work in an industry that is striving to deliver increasingly complex projects, exploit technological advances, and deal with the existential threat of climate change.

Both have found that answering these questions has the potential to be transformative for individual civil engineers, the wider engineering profession, the construction and infrastructure industry, and ICE itself.

Our excellent line up of clients, major infrastructure delivery experts, and emerging future leaders below will describe the work conducted, the conclusions drawn and, critically, outline the way forward for the industry.


Part 1: Engineering Rebellion
09:00 Welcome from President Ed McCann
09.10 Engineering Rebellion: overview with Emma-Jane Houghton
09.30 What the report means to a future leader with Hayley Jackson
09.40 Discussion & Q&A with Engineering Rebellion steering group members
10.20 Closing remarks from President Ed McCann
10:30 Break

Part 2: A Systems Approach to Infrastructure Delivery
11:00 Welcome from President Ed McCann
11:10 SAID: the principles explained with Andrew McNaughton
11.30 Early learnings from recent round tables with Mark Coates
11.40 Putting the principles into practice panel discussion and Q&A with early adopters
12.20 Closing remarks from President Ed McCann
12:30 Event close


Ed McCann

Ed McCann

Expedition Engineering

Senior Director

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Ed McCann

Ed is an experienced project director and is the Immediate Past President of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He was fundamental in growing Expedition from a startup to Building Magazine’s Engineering Consultant of the Year in 2012. As a senior director at Expedition, Ed provides invaluable leadership and experience to our organisation.

He is technical, an excellent communicator, enthusiastic, and has a deep understanding of the construction process. He is particularly skilled in strategic consultancy, feasibility studies, and design.

Ed’s career has taken him to lead projects all over the world. He was the project director for the multi award-winning Infinity Bridge and the Olympic 2012 Velodrome. Environmental factors and efficiency are drivers for Ed’s current projects that see him work with infrastructure clients to improve processes and implement new technologies. Projects include creating and delivering a productivity workstream for HS2, designing the Rolls-Royce SMR Program Site Factory for BAM Nuttall, and helping develop the Berkeley Homes modular housing system.

Ed is a founder trustee and trustee board member, former chair of the USL Board.

He is passionate about developing talent in the industry with quality training and education, a passion that led him to become the co-creator of the Constructionarium. This non profit organisation delivers education and training to students and professionals across the built environment sector. He is also co-founder of the Get It Right Initiative which aims to reduce errors in the industry.

As a respected thought leader, Ed is often invited to speak at various events, write articles, and deliver lectures, and has also made television programmes on civil engineering.

Hayley Jackson

Hayley Jackson


ICE president's future leader 2019-20 & site agent

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Hayley Jackson

Hayley graduated with a First-Class Honours master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Nottingham in July 2018, receiving the Golden Jubilee and Chris Maxwell Prize for her significant contribution to the department throughout her degree. She was an Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Undergraduate QUEST Scholar, sponsored by Taylor Woodrow from September 2014-2018, completing three summer placements on Victoria Dock Portal and Whitechapel Station, both part of Crossrail and the M5 Junction 4a-6 Smart Motorway Upgrade.

In July 2023, Hayley moved into a site agent role with Coffey delivering water infrastructure projects across the Severn Trent Framework, including a reservoir repair in the Peak District and a new pipeline in Nottingham.

Hayley joined ICE East Midlands Graduates and Students Committee in September 2016 as secretary, being elected as vice chair and chair in consecutive years until October 2019. Most recently, Hayley was selected by Paul Sheffield as one of his ICE President’s Future Leaders for 2019-20 and continues to be involved in regional and national committees.

Mark Enzer OBE FREng

Mark Enzer OBE FREng

Mott MacDonald

strategic advisor

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Mark Enzer OBE FREng

Mark is a keen champion of digitalisation in the built environment, and he is particularly interested in outcomes-focused systems thinking, digital transformation, connected digital twins, data infrastructure, low-carbon sustainable solutions and the circular economy.   

Mark is a Strategic Advisor for Mott MacDonald and was previously the Director of the Centre for Digital Built Britain at the University of Cambridge, where he was the Head of the National Digital Twin programme.  Mark is one of the co-Chairs of the ICE’s ‘Data and Digital’ Community Advisory Board. 

David Richards

David Richards

University of Southampton

Head of the School of Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

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David Richards

David is professor in ground engineering and from August 2018 – August 2023, head of the School of Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Southampton.

Technical interests include the geotechnical aspects of ageing infrastructure, large-scale field monitoring, the engineering behaviour and characterisation (pre and post processed) of landfill wastes, and the mechanical characterisation of chalk using CT imaging techniques and cyclic simple shear tests.

He has undertaken detailed studies into the rate loading effects of electricity transmission tower (shallow) footing systems involving both scaled physical modelling techniques in a geotechnical centrifuge and through field monitoring.

He has more recently addressed Overhead Line Electrification foundation design issues that significantly contributed to the GWEP upgrade cost increases and eventual project scope reduction.

He was PI for the £26M BEIS/EPSRC funded UKCRIC National Infrastructure Laboratory on the UoS Boldrewood Campus and UKCRIC Coordination Node (CN) director working to support a networked suite of national research test facilities to undertake fundamental research related infrastructure performance, resilience and renewal.

Teaching covers all aspects of geotechnics and foundations with particular interests in the broad aspects of engineering design. Working with industrial collaborators and recent graduates, he leads the civil engineering Part 1 Constructionarium located at the National Construction College, Norfolk.

David was awarded a Gledden Senior Visiting Fellowship by the University of Western Australia, Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems in 2001.

He is a co-recipient of the IMechE Thomas Hawksley Gold Medal and the John F Alcock Memorial Prize, 2007, an ICE Telford Premium, 2009 and the ICE Curtin Medal, 2016 and Geotechnical Research Medal, 2003.

Andrew McNaughton

Andrew McNaughton


executive director, fissile programme

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Andrew McNaughton

Andrew recently joined Aczel as a Partner. Aczel is a consultancy specialising in strategic change management and complex project delivery across multiple sectors.

From June 2016 Andrew served as Chief Operating Officer of the Systra Group, a French headquartered company with 7000 staff, globally, specialising in transport engineering and consultancy services. Andrew was previously Director of Engineering and Construction for Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay Plc.

Andrew has over 35 years’ experience of delivering major infrastructure in the UK and overseas. As both a project manager and an executive officer he has been responsible for the delivery of many of the country’s major infrastructure projects over that time.

Prior to his appointment at Tidal Lagoon, Andrew was the Chief Executive Officer of Balfour Beatty plc. He held a range of executive positions in his 17 years at Balfour Beatty, including Chief Operating Officer and latterly Chief Executive Officer. From graduation he initially spent 12 years with the Kier Group, a period that included his involvement in the construction of Sizewell B nuclear power station.

Andrew is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He has served as a Vice President of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and was previously named Civil Engineering Manager of the Year by the Institution. In 2020, Andrew led a study on behalf of the ICE into the performance of infrastructure project delivery that led to a report. Welcomed across the industry, defining a Systems Approach to Infrastructure Delivery.

In July 2021, Andrew was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of the newly formed Board of AWE Plc, with specific responsibility for the infrastructure investment programme to support the current and future delivery requirements of the organisation.

For more information please contact:

Megan Gilligan