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Professionalising the whole industry: The Chartered Infrastructure Engineer discussion

Event organised by ICE

14 September 2021

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In 1818, the term civil engineering was coined to differentiate between civil and military engineering. At that time, civil engineering incorporated all non-military engineering.

ICE was the first Professional Engineering Institution and whilst it does not seek to represent those working in all areas of engineering, it can with some legitimacy lay claim to being the natural professional home for individuals working within infrastructure who seek professional qualification within the context of civil engineering.

Recent studies have looked at how significant numbers of technically competent (and often academically qualified) engineers might be brought onto the professional register.

The Falzani report concluded that an estimated three million eligible engineers “know who the Professional Engineering Institutions (PEIs) are, know what you offer but aren’t interested”. Professor John Uff concluded that PEIs have a moral responsibility to capture these individuals.

And the Hackitt Review went further still, suggesting that PEIs look at mechanisms to provide societal assurance through professionally qualifying, training, and auditing the skill sets of engineers on a routine and through-career basis. It is against this background ICE seeks to deliver against such aspirations.

The proposal was due to be put to a member vote this summer. However, following discussions with members, the trustees have listened to member feedback asking for more opportunities to understand the proposal before voting. The Institution will therefore hold a separate ballot at the beginning of 2022, when members will be invited to vote on the single issue of the introduction of the protected title.

This discussion, which follows a Q&A session held in June with ICE President Rachel Skinner and will bring together a panel taken from the broad spectrum of our membership to share their points of view on the topic and address questions from the audience. The discussion aims to allow all members to participate in an open forum and reflect on the implications of the proposals prior to the member ballot in early 2022.


10:45 - 11:00


11:00 - 11:05

Welcome from ICE President, Rachel Skinner

11:05 - 12:20

Panel discussion

12:20 - 12:30

Closing Remarks from ICE President, Rachel Skinner and event closes


Rachel Skinner

Rachel Skinner


executive director

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Rachel Skinner

Rachel Skinner is an executive director at WSP, sitting on the UK Board to lead Corporate Responsibility (ESG) and Government Relations. Prior to her current role, she led WSP’s 600-strong UK transport planning and advisory team for several years. In 2020-21, Rachel served as the 156th President of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and she is a Patron of Women in Transport (a not-for-profit), having been one of its founding board members since 2005.

She is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a chartered engineer and a chartered transport planner. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Leeds for services to transport, engineering and industry diversity and is an honorary fellow of the Society for the Environment.

Rachel was awarded a CBE for services to infrastructure in the 2022 New Year Honours list.

At present, Rachel chairs the Infrastructure Carbon workstream of the Infrastructure Client Group (ICG), the ICE’s Decarbonisation Advisory Board and the UK Department for Transport Taskforce that is focused on employment and skills. She also served two years as an Infrastructure Commissioner for Scotland from late 2018. In 2016, Rachel was listed as one of The Telegraph’s inaugural UK Top 50 Influential Women in Engineering; in 2017 she was named the Most Distinguished Winner and Best Woman Civil Engineer at the Women in Civil Engineering Awards, and in 2019 she was confirmed by the Financial Times as one of the UK’s Top 100 Women in Engineering.

Rachel has authored, scripted and hosted publications and films on topics including “Shaping Zero” about climate action for infrastructure, “Making Better Places” on place-making and future mobility, and before that about digital technology and its potential for infrastructure, industry innovation and collaboration. She is regularly invited to give keynote conference presentations and to chair international and national industry events.

Andy Alder

Andy Alder

Jacobs and Tideway

vp for major projects and programmes, jacobs and programme director, tideway

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Andy Alder

Andy is Jacobs Vice President for Major Projects and Programmes in the UK. He is also Programme Director for Tideway, where he is responsible for delivery of all infrastructure on the project.

Andy joined Tideway from Crossrail where he was Chief Tunnel Engineer during the detailed design phase, managed procurement of a number of the tunnelling contracts, and was Project Manager for construction of all tunnelling work through the West End of London.

Andy has previously been responsible for the design of the LU Tottenham Court Road Station Upgrade, and DLR Extensions to London City Airport and Woolwich. Other projects that Andy has worked on include the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, the Jubilee Line Extension and tunnelling / metro projects In Ireland, Egypt, and Malaysia.

Andy is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, an ICE Council Member and an ICE Trustee. He is co-chair of the Productivity Community Advisory Board as well as Chair of the Finance, Assurance and Risk Committee and a member of the Fellowship Panel. Andy is also a Fellow of the Association for Project Management and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

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Barbara Etzi