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Infrastructure in 2023: what are the big challenges for engineers?

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13 December 2022
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Overview

We’ll be joined by experts who have collaborated to produce ICE’s annual horizon scan report, Infrastructure in 2023, which takes an issue and sector-based view of the challenges and opportunities in the year ahead.

Our speakers and panellists are drawn from ICE’s community advisory boards and represent a range of organisations working across sectors and the infrastructure lifecycle including major industry clients, consultants, contractors and suppliers.

This event will explore the political, economic, societal, environmental, legislative, and financial drivers that will affect infrastructure delivery in the next 12-18 months.

Programme

11:00 - 11:10

Welcome from ICE President Keith Howells

11:10 - 11:35

Keynote interview with Vice President – Learning Society, David Porter, on the report

11:35 - 11:50

Lightning talks 5 slides, 5 minutes from 3 speakers

11:50 - 12:25

Panel Q&A for speakers and LSC chair

12:25 - 12:30

Closing remarks

12:30

Event close

Speakers

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.

David Porter

David Porter

Institution of Civil Engineers

vice president

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David Porter

David Porter is the Vice President of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and will, subject to interim annual election by Council, become President in November 2025. As VP he has responsibility for the ICE Learning Society activity.

He is Director of Engineering and Services with the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) in their Transport and Road Asset Management core group, which is the roads authority for Northern Ireland.

David is the director of engineering within the Department for Infrastructure, In this position, David is the chief highways engineer and the head of the civil engineering profession within the Northern Ireland civil service. . Previously, he was the Chief Executive of Rivers Agency, the flood defence and drainage authority for Northern Ireland.

David is a Chartered civil engineer, a Fellow of ICE, and has served on its Council, and on numerous other committees and Panels.

Ian Parke

Ian Parke

Institution of Civil Engineers

co-chair, Low Carbon Energy Advisory Board

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Ian Parke

Ian is currently the co-chair of the ICE’s Low Carbon Energy Community Advisory Board (CAB). He is also a reviewer of candidates for CPR & IPR and a Policy Fellow at the ICE.

Ian is the current UK president of the American Society of Civil Engineers and liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Engineers.

His recent experience has been in renewable energy, working for EDF Renewables on a variety of projects including Battery Storage, solar, and on and offshore wind turbines. Ian worked at EDF for twelve years where in addition to working on renewables, he was the Fleet Civil Engineer for EDF thermal generation. Prior to EDF Ian was working on several energy related projects including underground gas storage and transmission.

Ian is an accredited storage tank inspector working within Nuclear and petrochemicals.

Ian is a former director of the Engineering Equipment and Materials Association and a former chair of the Civil Engineering Advisory Board for GENSIP (Coal Generators Safety & Integrity Programme).

Fiona Barbour

Fiona Barbour

Sustainable Resilient Infrastructure Community Advisory Board

co-chair

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Fiona Barbour

Fiona is co-chair of the Institution of Civil Engineer’s Sustainable Resilient Infrastructure Community Advisory Board and a Fellow if the Institution. She is a Chartered Civil Engineer with twenty years of experience and specialises in Urban Flooding. She works for Mott MacDonald based in their Edinburgh Office. She has been involved in various Flood Prevention Schemes taking projects from feasibility to construction. She also carries out Surface Water Management Schemes and SuDS designs. She was Technical Advisor for a review into the Flooding in London in 2021.

Lewis Barlow

Lewis Barlow

WSP

Decarbonisation Technical Director

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Lewis Barlow

Lewis is co-chair of the ICE Decarbonisation Advisory Board, a member of both the PAS2080:2023 Steering Group and its Technical Advisory Panel, and was recently selected as the ICE Trustee for Carbon and Climate. He led the development of the ICE’s decarbonisation strategy, helping to ensure that its 95,000 members worldwide are suitably equipped to decarbonise the built environment. He provides decarbonisation expertise to the Scottish, Welsh and UK Governments through the Freeports and Regional Growth Deals programmes. This involves expert training and advice on the practical application of UK Treasury Green Book whole life carbon criteria, including strategies for high-level carbon estimation in economic appraisals.

For more information please contact:

Kate Peters