North West - committees

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Our regional committee, branch committees and special interest groups in the North West region plan and organise how we support and share knowledge with ICE members.

If you'd like to be involved or are looking for advice, why not get in touch?

Find out what the committees do, who is involved and how you can contact them.

  • North West Regional Committee

    Gareth Scott, Chair

    The North West Regional Committee is the focal point for matters that are important to civil engineers in the region.

    It helps raise the profile of civil engineering as a profession and a career choice, and promotes continuing professional development among ICE members.

    Name Position
    Gareth Scott Chairman
    John Gatheral Senior Vice Chair
    TBC Junior Vice Chair
    Kathleen Harrison Past Chair
    Vacant Financial Controller
    Chaido Doulala-Rigby (Yuli) Dinner Secretary
    Peter Hallsworth Regional Council Member
    Jeff Ashurst Council Member (from November)
    Alan Bradley Cheshire Branch
    Jonathan Clarke Cumbria Branch
    Chris Hudson Lancashire Branch
    Chris Wood Manchester Branch
    Kevin Keating Merseyside Branch
    Keith MacDonald Graduates and Students
    Robert Jackson / Dave Haddon Environment and Sustainability, and Health and Safety Group
    Dr Paul McMahon Geotechnical Group
    Jim Parry Historical Engineering Group
    Rory lingham Management Group
    Dave Colbert Transportation Engineering Group

    North West Committee meetings

    The North West Committee meets every other month on Monday evenings in central Manchester, 18.00 for 18.30pm. This year's dates are:

    • 7 September 2015
    • 2 November 2015
    • 11 January 2016
    • 7 March 2016
    • 9 May 2016
    • 27 June (or 4 July) 2016 - plus ICE North West Annual General Meeting
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  • Cumbria Branch

    Gareth Scott, Chair

    The Cumbria Branch aims to challenge the traditional perception of civil engineers and celebrate the everyday engineering heroes in the region. It does this by offering a varied and wide-ranging programme of events that promote civil engineering, and by highlighting the positive impact that civil engineers have on society.

    Name Position
    Gareth Scott Chair
    Andrew Poole Vice Chair
    Scott Christian Past Chair
    Steve Pollington Meeting Secretary
    Liang Liu Accounts Manager, and Graduate and Student Liaison
    Jonathan Clarke Education Rep
    Melanie Thompson Honorary Secretary
    Michael Briggs  

    Interested in getting involved?

    The Cumbria Committee is always keen for new members to join. If you'd like to find out more or to get involved, please get in touch with one of its members.

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  • Manchester Branch

    Chris Wood, Chair

    The Manchester Branch is diverse, forward-thinking and active, and works with various engineering institutions and organisations involved in the built environment. It aims to increase interest and attendance at technical meetings to help members continue their professional development.

    Name Position
    Chris Wood Chair
    Kathleen Harrison Meeting Secretary
    Andrew Simms Accounts Manager
    Nick Brookes Education Representative
    Jason Hyde Member
    Sarah Beck Member
    Mushtaq Kapasi Member
    Jon Goddard Member
    Peter Hallsworth Member
    Jonathan Han Member
    Guy Rigby Member

    Interested in getting involved?

    If you'd like to find out more or to join the Manchester Committee, please get in touch with one of its members.

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  • Merseyside Branch

    Kevin Keating, Chair

    The Merseyside Branch Committee represents the interests and views of local members at regional and national levels of ICE. It offers ways for members, at all stages in their career, to come together and share knowledge.

    Name Position
    Kevin Keating Chair
    Tim Elton Vice Chair
    Mogan Athmanathan NW Representative
    Irina Lavina Meetings Secretary
    Charles Wilsoncroft Accounts Manager
    Ian Munford Education Representative
    Stephen Alexander Hon Secretary
    Dave Boyer Dinner Secretary
    Steve Jones UoL Education representative
    Andrew Harries LJMU Student Representative
    Philip Kirby G&S Representative
    Steve Holcroft Member
    Bill Atherton Member
    Dave Haddon Member
    Yue Huang Member
    Stuart Wilson Member

    Interested in getting involved?

    The Merseyside Committee welcomes new members. If you're interested in joining or finding out more, please get in touch with one of its members.

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  • Graduates and Students Committee

    Keith MacDonald, Chair and meetings organiser

    There are around 2,500 graduate and student ICE members in the North West region. The committee aims to support all graduate and student members to become better engineers. It organises events, courses, competitions and socials, helping members develop their careers and bringing like-minded people together.

    Name Position
    Keith MacDonald Chair (and meetings organiser)
    Natalie Swaffer Vice Chair
    Tom West Secretary
    Nick Kalampokas Senior Accounts Manager
    Dan Williams Education Representative
    David McSorley Communications Officer
    Lara Rueda Communications Officer
    Lawrence Cheung GSNet Representative and Construction Challenge Team Leader
    Ehsan Gerami Engineering Your Future Coordinator
    Lyndon Trinder Written Exercise Group Coordinator
    Terry McCormick University of Liverpool Representative
    Keith MacDonald Liverpool John Moores Representative
    David McSorley University of Manchester Representative
    Dan Williams Bolton University Representative
    Arooj Shah University of Salford Representative

    Interested in getting involved?

    The committee is always keen for new members to join. If you'd like more information, or to get involved, please get in touch with one of its members.

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Special interest groups

The North West region's special interest groups (SIGs) focus on particular aspects of civil engineering. The groups are run by members on a voluntary basis, and provide an opportunity to discuss topics, share knowledge and meet up for social activities.

Environment, Sustainability, Health and Safety Group (ESHSG)

The group enables civil engineers and other professionals to exchange views and share knowledge. If you'd like to get involved or find out more, please contact Co-Chairs Robert Jackson, Dave Haddon, or any other committee member.

Name Position
Professor Robert Jackson Co-Chair
Dave Haddon Acting Accounts Manager and Meeting Secretary
Nigel Sagar Member
Perry Shard Member
John Donaghy Member
Elaine Middleton Member
Sally Sudworth Member
James Mannouch Member
Emma Jane Guy Member
Stephen Charlton Member

Interested in getting involved?

The committee is always keen for new members to join. Please get in touch with one its members if you'd like to find out more or get involved.

Geotechnical Group (GG)

The group promotes understanding of geotechnical and geo-environmental engineering issues, and provides opportunities for members and non-members to meet, exchange views and attend presentations.

Name Employer
Dr Paul McMahon Chair
Chris Eccles Member
Martin de Krester Member
Paul Hooton Member
Ria Blackmore Member
Mohammed Syed Member
Gareth Belton Member

Interested in getting involved?

To find out more, please contact Dr Paul McMahon, or any other committee member.

Historical Engineering Group (HEG)

The Historical Engineering Group is for anyone in the North West who has an interest in historical engineering works. It provides an opportunity to discuss topics with like-minded people. The group also helps the ICE Panel for Historical Engineering Works (PHEW) to record historical works and promote historical engineering within the community.

Name Position
Jim Parry Chair
Ian Browne Past Chair
Denis O'Gara Secretary

Interested in getting involved?

If you'd like to join or find out more, please contact a committee member.

Management Group

The group explores subjects ranging from project management to marketing and finance. It also provides a forum for networking and communications on management-related issues.

Name Position
Dave Colbert Chair
Gary Rowland Secretary
Alec Curley Member
Huw Jenkins Member
Nicola Kane Member
Jeff Ashurst Member
Steve Dempsey Member
Sean Mooney Member
Steve Jones Member
John Hensman Member
Paul Hastings Member
David Boyer Member

Interested in getting involved?

If you'd like to get involved or find out more, please contact a committee member.

Transportation Engineering Group (TEG)

The Transportation Engineering Groups provides an opportunity for members to discuss and promote the study and practice of transportation engineering on land, water or in the air. For any queries, please contact the Chair, Dave Colbert at

Name Position
Dave Colbert Chair
Gary Rowland Secretary
Nicola Kane Transport Planning Society representative
Huw Jenkins Member
Alec Curley Member

Interested in getting involved?

If you'd like to get involved or find out more, please contact a committee member.

Equality and Diversity Group

ICE is committed to valuing the diversity that individuals with differing backgrounds and abilities bring to the institution and respecting all members and applicants through fairness, tolerance and consistency of professional standards.

Our North West Equality and Diversity group offers a support network for minority groups within civil engineering and provides a regional equality and diversity representative to the regional committee. Along with raising awareness, providing advice and supporting best practice, we also work with ICE's Equality and Diversity Committee.

Name Position
Kathleen Harrison Chair
Sarah Beck Secretary and Communications Officer
Abigail Kiernan Education and Finance Officer
Jeni Nelson Engineering Council Representative

Interested in getting involved?

If you'd like to get involved or find out more, please contact a committee member.

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