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ICE Strategy Session: the engineer and ethical dilemmas

Event organised by ICE

10 October 2023

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Join us online at this ICE strategy session, where you will hear from former judge and chartered civil engineer, Sir Vivian Ramsey, as well as members of the ICE Ethics Committee.

In addition to discussing the role and importance of ethics within engineering and recent developments, our experts will share an update on the ICE’s Advice on Ethical Conduct document, available to download below. This document is now in a consultation period (alongside the 2012 version). The consultation period is open until the 10 October, after which the ethics committee will review all comments. The ICE intends to publish the final version later in the autumn.

The ICE Advice on Ethical Conduct is an accompaniment to the ICE Code of Ethical/Professional Conduct. It offers members clarification on the expectations of them when fulfilling their duties as civil engineers.

This session will provide further advice and information about particular areas of professional practice that the Institution would like its members to follow in order to behave ethically.

This will be an interactive session and you will have the opportunity to pose your questions to the panel.


09:00 - 09:05

Opening remarks from ICE President, Keith Howells

09:05 - 09:10

Introduction by Richard Bayfield, Trustee, Professional Conduct & Ethics and Chair, Ethics Committee, ICE

09:10 - 09:35

Keynote address by Sir Vivian Ramsey

09:35 - 09:40

Q&A with Sir Vivian Ramsey

09:40 - 10:15

Panel discussion moderated by Richard Bayfield

    • Robert Evans, Keating Chambers
    • Lauren Luck, John Sisk and Son Ltd
    • Ioli Kynigou, Systra
10:15 - 10:25

Q&A session moderated by Richard Bayfield

10:25 - 10:30

Closing remarks by Keith Howells


Session close


Keith Howells

Keith Howells

Institution of Civil Engineers

president 2022/23

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Keith Howells

Keith Howells is the 158th President of the ICE.

Having graduated in civil engineering in 1974, Keith joined one of the founder members of the Mott MacDonald Group and spent the first 10 years of his career in infrastructure design and project management, mostly in the water and transport sectors. On completing an MBA in 1986, he became involved with the planning, feasibility, and financial and economic analysis of projects, principally in the water and environmental sectors. Over the next decade he worked on numerous projects funded by the international finance institutions as well as by UK government bodies.

Keith has built career long experience in the planning, study and design of hydraulic structures, hydropower, urban drainage, sewerage, water supply and river engineering schemes. He has worked in numerous countries as well as in the UK. He ran the firm’s Water and Environment business from 1997 to 2002, before becoming the Group Managing Director in 2004, directing the firm’s expansion in North America and Australasia. Keith became Chair of the Group’s Executive Board in 2011, responsible to shareholders for the performance of the company and its strategic direction – a role he continued until mid-2019.

Keith was on the board of the Association for Consultancy and Engineering from 2011 to 2015, and its Chair in 2013; he was a member of the CBI’s Construction Council from 2013 to 2019; and a member of the Cranfield School of Management Advisory Board from 2012 to 2020.  He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Richard Bayfield

Richard Bayfield

Institution of Civil Engineers

trustee for ethics and professional conduct

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Richard Bayfield

Richard is the Chair the ICE Ethics Committee and currently the ICE Trustee responsible for ethics. Richard’s civil engineering career comprises senior roles as a contractor, consultant and client. He has also studied law and was Chair of the Society of Construction Law in 2003/4. He is one of four civil engineers who have been made Honorary Members of the society. In 2006 he was appointed to the construction minister’s sounding board of six, chaired by the late Sir Michael Latham, which advised on proposed changes to UK construction legislation.

His early career began with Costain working on major projects including the Thames Barrier. The latter part of his career has involved working with large client organisations including Honda, UCL, New College Oxford, and the Church Commissioners. These client leadership roles have subsequently attracted peer awards for successful project delivery. The client role has majored on establishing a positive project culture, clear project governance and pro-active risk management processes. Richard occasionally lectures and writes about client leadership, including methods such as early warnings and conflict avoidance strategies to establish a true collaborative culture.

Richard often acts as an independent project advisor providing a second opinion or peer review on the status of a project. Sometimes this may be formalised into an Adjudicator’s Decision. Frequently such advice is obtained to avoid a formal dispute. Richard was previously appointed to dispute panels for Terminal 5 and the London 2012 Olympics.

Lauren Luck

Lauren Luck

John Sisk and Son Ltd

regional engineer

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Lauren Luck

Lauren is a chartered engineer with 10+ years’ experience in the construction industry.

Lauren has multi discipline design and construction experience having worked on highways, light and heavy rail, infrastructure and nuclear projects across the UK.

She has developed successful working relationships with a range of clients including National Highways, Network Rail, local authorities and private sector clients.

Lauren achieved professional chartered status with the ICE in 2020 and is a past chair of ICE Manchester Branch. She has a keen interest in the promotion of civil engineering with a specific interest in increasing accessibility and visibility to young women. This is supported by her commitment as a STEM Ambassador and her representation on the WISE Young Professional Board between 2017-2020.

Robert Evans

Robert Evans

Keating Chambers


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Robert Evans

Robert Evans began his career as a civil engineer, working for international consultants and contractors in the UK and in Hong Kong.

He was called to the Bar in 1989 and became a member of Keating Chambers in 1990. Robert utilises his strong civil engineering background and is often instructed in disputes with highly technical issues as a result.

Robert predominately acts as arbitrator, adjudicator and mediator in international and domestic disputes.

He is a CEDR accredited mediator, and a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers’ panels of arbitrators and adjudicators. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is a member and past chairman of the ICE Dispute Resolution Panel.

As counsel, Robert specialised in construction, engineering and energy disputes and professional negligence work in the UK and abroad.

loli Kynigou

loli Kynigou


Senior manager

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loli Kynigou

loli graduated from the University of Bristol in 2017 with a Masters degree in civil engineering. In 2007 she obtained her MBA degree from Cyprus International Institute of Management and Frankfurt School of Finance and Management.

loli became a Chartered Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers in Autumn 2018 and was one of the three globally to have been nominated for the Renee Redfurn Hunt Memorial Award. She became a member of the ICE Ethics & Professional Conduct Committee in March 2021 following her commitment for continuing education in this remit.

Throughout her career she worked for engineering and contracting firms on high profile projects in the UK, Saudi Arabia and Cyprus with access to capabilities and resources from various parts of the world; India, France, Dubai and other. Her experience varies from bridge engineering, to sewerage, drainage and water supply schemes, buildings and other civil engineering provisions. Her most recent experience is on the Enabling Works Contract and Main Works Design Contract for the HS2, Phase 1.

Sir Vivian Ramsey

Sir Vivian Ramsey

professor, international judge and arbitrator

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Sir Vivian Ramsey

Sir Vivian Ramsey was educated in the UK and the USA. He studied engineering science and economics at Oxford before working for Ove Arup and Partners for eight years, qualifying as a chartered civil engineer. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2013.

He studied law at the City University and qualified as a barrister, commencing practice in 1981. He became a QC in 1992 and was head of Keating Chambers in London. He became a Bencher of Middle Temple in 2002.

Sir Ramsey was appointed a High Court judge in 2005 and became judge in charge of the Technology and Construction Court from 2007 to 2010.

Following his retirement in 2014, he became an International Judge in the Singapore International Commercial Court. He also acts as an arbitrator, mediator, expert and dispute board member around the world. In 2018 he was awarded the Society of Construction Law inaugural International Medal in Chicago. He was Master of the Worshipful Company of Constructors in 2019-2020. He was awarded an Honorary DSc Degree by the University of Westminster in 2021.