Alison Chippington FICE

My passion for civil engineering ignited when I did my first summer placement in North Wales. Even though I’d chosen to study the subject because of my interest in maths, science and problem solving, it was the hands-on experience that sealed the deal.

Alison Chippington FICE
Alison Chippington FICE

Further summer placements followed, giving me the opportunity to work on large infrastructure projects including the Mersey Estuary Pollution Alleviation Scheme (MEPAS), building cathedral-like underground structures to reduce sewage discharge into Liverpool's famous river.

All the projects I worked on brought their own challenges, giving me a real sense of achievement when they were completed well. Looking back now, I can recognise my communication skills and cooperative nature were fundamental to their successful delivery. In recent years, I have found real satisfaction in developing business strategies and successfully winning work with new customers in new sectors.

I've been an ICE member since 1990. When I was told I'd became a Fellow in April 2017, I was so excited and felt proud that I've achieved this milestone – it was a real boost to my confidence. I hope with my accomplishment, I will inspire others to pursue their own professional qualifications.

One bit of advice I would give to someone who is considering pursuing ICE Fellowship – use ICE resources to check your eligibility. Make notes of which attributes you think you meet and discuss it with colleagues, your local membership development officer (MDO) and your family. You can use this to map out additional development areas and draft your submission to find sponsors.

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