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A Systems Approach to Infrastructure Delivery Part 2

Event organised by ICE

20 April 2022

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We invite you to join the launch of our A Systems Approach to Infrastructure Delivery report, which explores how a more whole-systems approach can improve infrastructure project delivery and secure better outcomes for asset owners and the public. This is the second in a series of reports looking at how we can simplify the complexity of modern infrastructure projects.

The first report in this series identified eight principles aimed at helping the sector overcome challenges, embrace technology, and deliver more effective results for end users. We have since collaborated with several live projects to generate practical insights on how the principles can be implemented and the benefits they bring.

At this launch event, review chair Andrew McNaughton, infrastructure sector lead at Aczel, will be joined by representatives from the six featured projects – Tideway, Crossrail, East West Rail, the British Antarctic Survey’s Infrastructure Investment Programme, Anglian Water’s Strategic Pipeline Alliance, and the development of major contractor Costain’s Systems Approach Capability. These case studies have given us a deeper understanding about how those eight principles can support the delivery of modern infrastructure projects.

Please join us to engage with industry leaders and learn how you can apply the eight principles in your own line of work.


11:30 - 11:35

Welcome and introduction by Anusha Shah, Vice President, Membership, Institution of Civil Engineers and Senior Director for Resilient Cities, Arcadis

11:35 - 11:40

Report unveiling and overview by Andrew McNaughton

11:40 - 12:30

Case studies

  • James Crompton, Anglian Water
  • David Seaton, British Antarctic Survey
  • Paul Eastwood, Costain
  • Simon Scott, East West Rail
  • Roger Bailey, Tideway
12:30 - 12:55

Q&A and panel discussion

12:55 - 13:00

Closing remarks by Anusha Shah and session closed


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.

James Crompton

James Crompton

Anglian Water

strategic pipeline alliance (SPA) director

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James Crompton

James is the Strategic Pipeline Alliance (SPA) Director for Anglian Water. SPA is Anglian Waters latest Enterprise, predominately established to deliver the business’ Water Resources Management Plan (WRMP). James has over 25 years’ experience in the delivery of infrastructure investment projects and programmes of work. The last 12 years have been spent working in collaborative alliancing environments where teams are highly integrated and rewarded for out-performance and delivery of outcomes.

James is also a keen advocate and adopter of Project 13 and represents Anglian Water SPA on the P13 Steering Group. In addition, James chairs the P13 Water Hub

David Seaton

David Seaton

British Antarctic Survey

head of construction

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David Seaton

David is a chartered civil engineer and environmentalist with 35 years’ experience in the construction industry working for contractor, consultant and client organisations. He has worked on a wide variety of infrastructure projects in the UK including water, wastewater, marine, nuclear, transportation and renewable energy projects.

His work over the past 20 years has been mainly focused on project and design management and sustainability. He is a Chartered Project Professional with the Association for Project Management and he sits on the Advisory Board for the Westminster Sustainability Business Forum.

Since joining BAS in 2015 his role has been to lead the team managing the design and construction delivery of the Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation Programme. This has included to date the successful delivery of Rothera Wharf (£40M), KEP Wharf (£11M), Bird Island (£4.5M) and the design and first three seasons of construction for the new Rothera Discovery Building and Site Wide Services (£100M). He is leading the project management teams for the AIMP Phase 2 construction infrastructure projects, which currently include Rothera Hangar and Runway upgrades, and the decarbonisation of Rothera.

David is the lead contract manager for the Technical Advisor (£60M) and Construction Partner (£500M) framework contracts.

Simon Scott

Simon Scott

East West Rail Company

engineering director

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Simon Scott

Simon Scott has over 30 years’ experience in technical transformational leadership within transportation industries; covering a wide range of systems including signalling, telecommunications, power, civils, hyperloops, and rail vehicles.

Simon is Engineering Director for East West Railway (EWR), a government organisation set up to develop, build and operate a new link between Oxford and Cambridge. Simon leads the solution development of this transformative railway.

Prior to EWR Simon worked for KBR and PA Consulting in the hyperloop market, advising clients and leading teams to turn hyperloop into a reality, from private financing and funding, through to regulation & systems engineering.

Simon was the Chief Architect on Network Rail’s Digital Railway Programme at its inception, working collaboratively with the industry to identify the benefits of digitalising the UK railway network. Prior to that he was Engineering Director for Network Rail. His role was to lead collaboratively the engineering community of Network Rail, in developing and assuring the Network Rail Infrastructure systems.

Roger Bailey

Roger Bailey


chief technical officer

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Roger Bailey

Roger joined the Thames Tideway Tunnel project in February 2012. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and has held board level positions in both contracting businesses and engineering and planning consultancies prior to joining the project. The first 20 years of his career was in the geotechnical contracting sector (mining, piling and ground engineering) in the UK and overseas followed by over 10 years in transportation consultancy (highways, rail, aviation) for clients such as Crossrail, Network Rail, TfL, Highways Agency, and the Department for Transport. Roger’s Completion & Handover Team at Tideway is responsible for technical oversight, property and commercial agreements, compliance with planning permission, system commissioning and the operational integration of the completed Thames Tideway Tunnel asset into the existing London sewer network.

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Daxa Bharadwa