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ICE's work in Scotland is carried out by volunteer members on various committees and groups. They organise events and activities that bring together like-minded people and give members the opportunity to increase their knowledge, get advice and raise the profile of civil engineering in the region.

Find out about the committees and groups that make up ICE Scotland, and who you can contact to get involved.

  • ICE Scotland Committee

    Mac West, Chair

    The ICE Scotland Committee oversees the implementation of the Business Plan and takes the lead on external facing activities to inform opinion and raise public awareness of civil engineering. It is made up of representatives of Branches, corporate members and co-opted Members from across Scotland.

    ICE Scotland's knowledge programme ensures the continuous professional development (CPD) of our members and is delivered by 5 Branches across Scotland (Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Highlands and Islands). Specialist Interest Groups also organise technical events relating to specific engineering topics.

    ICE Scotland Branches also take the lead in coordinating education and inspiration volunteer activities in local schools to inspire the next generation of civil engineers.

    Name Position Employer
    Mac West Chairman Clackmannanshire Council
    Gareth Pender Immediate Past Chair Heriot-Watt University
    Ronnie Hunter Regional Member on Council Retired
    Alastair Templeton Edinburgh Area Branch Chair Goodsons Associates
    Frances Ratcliffe Senior Vice Chair & Dundee Area Branch Representative Fife Council
    Jim Young Aberdeen Association of Civil Engineers CHAP Construction
    Graham Edmond Glasgow West of Scotland Branch Representative Transport Scotland
    Lawrence Shackman Junior Vice Chair & Glasgow West of Scotland Branch Representative Transport Scotland
    Derek Donald Highlands & Islands Branch Retired
    Dan Mulhare ICE Scotland Graduates and Students Network Rail
    Ken Aitken Municipal Group Scotland Transport Scotland
    Olivia Bennett Honorary Secretary Buro Happold
    Shaun Nesbitt Honorary Treasurer Retired
    Sara Thiam Regional Director ICE

    The committee's AGM takes place in October of each year.

    Each Branch has a Graduates and Students (G&S) sub-committee which support members who are working towards becoming professionally qualified. Their activities include knowledge events, seminars and competitions and peer group learning about specific aspects of the Professional Review including the written exercise.

    Got a question?

    If you've got a question for the committee, please feel free to contact the chair, Mac West:


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  • Glasgow and West of Scotland Branch (GWoS)

    Alan Frew, Chair

    This is the largest ICE branch in Scotland with just under 4,000 members. It was the first association formed outside London, in 1884.

    GWoS Branch runs an extensive programme of technical lectures, social events and competitions. The Branch Annual Dinner is the flagship social event in Scotland. It is held in Glasgow in November and is regularly attended by over 600 guests.

    Name Position Employer
    Alan Frew Chair Arup
    Graham Edmond Senior Vice Chair Transport Scotland
    Emma Dickson Junior Vice Chair Carillion PLC
    Lawrence Shackman Past Chairman Transport Scotland
    Nicola Bell Honorary Secretary South Lanarkshire Council
    David Riach Minute Secretary Aecom
    Stephen Batchen Honorary Treasurer Capita
    Greg Cook Chair Graduates & Students (G&S) Subcommittee South Lanarkshire Council
    John Campbell Chair Syllabus Subcommittee Arup
    Maria Lucey Chair Education & Training (E&T) Subcommittee Scottish Water
    Mike Hackney Chair Exhibitions and Archives (EXAR) Subcommittee Aecom
    Tim Barber Dinner Secretary Jacobs
    Bernadette Mckell Syllabus/ E&T Subcommittees Jacobs
    Donald Bell Syllabus / Publications & Communications Subcommittees CH2M
    Alan Fry EXAR / E&T Subcommittees Aecom
    Robbie Clark Syllabus / EXAR Subcommittees Barr
    Steven Marshall Publications & Communications / EXAR Subcommittees CH2M
    Graham McFarland P&C and EXAR Subcommittees Aecom
    Bill Bannister Dinner Subcommittee Goodsons
    Sandra Purves Panel for Historical Engineering Works (PHEW) Representative (PHEW) Retired
    Altin Staka E&T / Yearbook Subcommittees Ferrovial - Lagan JV
    Roger Minto Golf secretary Fairhurst
    Sean McDade G&S Representative Syllabus Subcommittee Aecom
    Manuel Neves G&S Representative Syllabus Subcommittee CH2M
    Caleigh Bradbury G&S Representative E&T Subcommittee Student
    Alison Cochrane G&S Representative E&T Subcommittee Arup
    Tom Phillips G&S Honorary Secretary Network Rail
    Niamh Callaghan G&S Honorary Secretary Transport Scotland
    Jamie Salmon Argyll Section Argyll & Bute Council
    Kefa Gacura Ayrshire Section East Ayrshire Council
    Ross Gibson Dumfries & Galloway Section Dumfries & Galloway Council
    Ken Aitken Association of Municipal Engineers JMP c/o Transport Scotland
    Willie Cannon Scottish Geotechnical Group (SGG) Donaldson Associates
    J Dick Scottish Hydrological Group (SHG) The University of Aberdeen
    K MacDougall Scottish Hydraulic Study Group (SHSG) Envirocentre
    Ronnie Hunter ICE Council Member Retired
    Susan Briggs Saltire Awards Representative Fairhurst c/o Transport Scotland
    John Wooton Saltire Awards Representative Retired

    Got a question?

    If you've got a question for the committee, please feel free to contact the chair:

    e: Alan Frew

    Graduates and Students

    Glasgow's Graduates & Students Group runs a series of technical lectures, competitions and social events in Glasgow as well as an annual lunch in November, which is attended by the ICE President.

    If you'd like to know more, please contact the chair:

    e: Greg Cook

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  • Edinburgh Area Branch (EAB)

    Alastair Templeton, Chairman

    EAB covers the Edinburgh area from the Firth of Forth to the Borders. We are keen to serve all of our members throughout the area and are currently looking at arranging occasional events in the Borders or in the Falkirk/Stirling area. New members are always welcome.

    The work of the branch is handled by the Committee who have a wide range of professional experience on a range of projects and specialisms.

    Name Position Employer
    Alastair Templeton Chairman & ICE Scotland Representative Jacobs
    Michael Woods Immediate Past Chair Turner and Townsend
    Andrew Carrie Honorary Secretary & Social Lead Andrew Carrie Traffic & Transportation
    Gordon Boyd Honorary Treasurer Amey
    Bob McLeod Social Sub-Committee Retired
    Craig Milne Education and Inspiration Will Rudd Davidson
    David Cole Knowledge Transfer Sub-Committee Goodsons
    Derek Elder External Communications Townhouse Consulting
    Ross Elliot Chair Graduates and Students sub-committee Sweco
    Sue Slater Knowledge Transfer Lead  
    Brian McCall Knowledge Transfer Sub-Committee QMI

    Got a question?

    If you've got a question for the committee please feel free to contact the chair:

    e: Alastair Templeton

    Graduates and Students

    The Edinburgh Graduates & Students Group run a series of technical lectures, competitions and social events in Edinburgh.

    Name Position Employer
    Ross Elliot Interim Chair University of Edinburgh
    Stefan Bozhkov Chair (sabbatical until 2017) Atkins
    Jane Templeton Vice Chair Jacobs
    Louise Williamson Honorary Secretary Jacobs
    Conor Owens Honorary Treasurer Heriot-Watt University
    David McKay Communications Sweco
    Isaac Andoh-Kesson IT & WebEx Manager Edinburgh Napier University
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  • Dundee Area Branch (DAB)

    Alan Hutchison, chair

    This branch covers the Dundee area. It offers a programme of popular technical meetings and social events for all ICE members as well as providing educational activities for local schools and attending careers fairs.

    Name Position Employer
    Alan Hutchison Chair & ICE Scotland Representative Tay Road Bridge
    Peter Morton Honorary Secretary Angus Council
    Frances Ratcliffe Immediate Past Chairman Fife Council
    Martin Lorimer Vice Chairman Dundee City Council
    David Blackwood Vice Chairman University of Abertay
    Richard Meeson Assistant Secretary Angus Council
    David Kingsmill Honorary Treasurer Dundee City Council
    Martin Lorimer Saltire Awards Representative Dundee City Council
    Kevin Smith Education & Inspiration Chairman Fife Council
    Avril Novak Minute Secretary Macleod Consulting
    Andrew Minto G&S Chairman University of Dundee
    Liam Wood G&S Committee Secretary Mouchel
    Steven Traynor Corporate Members Sir Robert McAlpine
    Scott Robinson Co-opted Member University of Dundee
    Rod Jones University Representative University of Dundee
    Morven Scott Dundee & Angus College Representative Dundee & Angus College

    Got a question?

    If you've got a question for the committee please feel free to contact the chair:

    e: Alan Hutchison

    Graduates and Students

    The Graduates & Students Group run a series of technical lectures, competitions and social events in Dundee.

    Name Position Employer
    Andrew Minto Chair University of Dundee
    Leon Chan Committee Member Abertay University
    James Rennie Committee Member L N Henderson
    Liam Wood Committee Member Mouchel
    Rory Smith Committee Member BEAR Scotland
    Graham Lawson Committee Member Angus Council
    Johan Stalder Committee Member University of Dundee
    Craig Ritchie Committee Member University of Dundee
    Jayne Colbert Committee Member Abertay University
    Lesley Collins Committee Member Abertay University
    Liam Mullaney Committee Member Dundee College
    Alistair Russell Committee Member University of Dundee
    Helen Martin Committee Member Abertay University
    Josh Mills Committee Member Abertay University
    Chris Chalmers Committee Member Angus Council
    Kerry McCaughey Committee Member Abertay University
    James Williams Committee Member Abertay University

    If you'd like to know more or you're interested in getting involved, please contact the chair:

    e: Andrew Minto

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  • Highlands and Islands Branch

    Steven Robertson, chair

    This branch covers the Scottish Highlands with events generally held at Inverness College. It works closely with the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation CIHT in the area to run a number of popular technical lectures.

    Name Position Employer
    Steven Robertson Chair Mott Macdonald
    Alasdair Couttie Honorary Secretary SSE
    Liam Matheson Honorary Treasurer Forestry Commission
    Kelly Andrew Chair Graduates and Students (G&S) Fairhurst
    Barry Richardson G&S Representative Fairhurst
    Lloyd Roberts Committee member University of the Highlands and Islands
    Kenna Warren Committee member Moray Council
    Tom Murray Committee member RJ Mcleod

    Got a question?

    If you've got a question for the committee please feel free to contact the chair:

    e: Derek Donald

    Graduates and Students

    The Graduates & Students Group is keen to recruit new members in the Highlands area. If you'd like to get involved, please contact the chair or honorary secretary for more information:

    e: Kelly Andrew
    e: Barry Richardson

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  • Aberdeen Association of Civil Engineers (AACE)

    James Young, Chairman

    This associated ICE society organises a programme of technical lectures and social events in the Aberdeen area. It also aims to raise the profile of civil engineering among young people by working closely with local schools.

    Name Position Employer
    James Young President 2014-16 CHAP Group(Aberdeen)Ltd
    Kevin J Burnett Vice President 2014-16 Mott MacDonald
    Stuart Thompson Honorary Secretary Fairhurst
    A F Crabbe Honorary Treasurer Retired
    C A Kennedy Past President and Dinner Secretary Clive Kennedy Consulting Limited
    Elaine Dalgarno Young Members Representative Atkins
    Stuart Dougal Pre 19 Chair Petrofac
    Rachel Kennedy Past President Aberdeenshire Council
    Donald MacPherson Council Member Aberdeenshire Council
    Alastair Scott-Kiddie Council Member Fairhurst
    Stuart Allan Council Member Aberdeen City Council
    James Gray Council Member Aberdeen Roads Limited
    Israel Osofero Council Member The University of Aberdeen

    Interested in getting involved?

    If you've got a question for the committee, please feel free to contact the chair.

    The Branch also run a young members group. Contact Catherine Gourlay for more information.

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  • Graduate and Student Committee

    Dan Mulhare, Chair

    The ICE Scotland Graduate & Student Committee oversees the activities of all G&S groups in Scotland. It also organises the all-Scotland final of the Emerging Engineers competition.

    Name Position Employer
    Dan Mulhare Chair Network Rail
    Ross Elliot Chair Edinburgh Area Branch G&S Sweco
    Tom Phillips Chair Glasgow West of Scotland Branch G&S Network Rail
    Andrew Minto Chair Dundee Area Branch G&S University of Dundee
    Kelly Andrew Chair Highland and Islands Branch G&S Fairhurst
    Elaine Delgarno Chair Aberdeen Association of Civil Engineers G&S Atkins
    Euan Kerr GSNet Representative Jacobs

    Got a question?

    If you've got a question for the committee please feel free to contact the chair:e: Dan Mulhare

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Special interest groups

ICE Scotland has a number of special interest groups. They have a variety of responsibilities and meet at least once a year.

Municipal Group Scotland (MGS)

The Municipal Group Scotland (MGS) comprises engineers working in the public sector often for local authorities or client bodies such as Transport Scotland.

They run a events and seminars, hosting high-profile speakers from the field tackling issues of relevance to municipal engineering.

The MGS half and full-day conferences are usually held in Stirling.

Got a question?

If you've got a question for the group, or you're interested in getting involved in their work, then please contact:

e: Ken Aitken Chair, Transport Scotland
e: Stewart Craigie, Honorary Secretary, Grontmij


Scottish Hydrological Group (SHG)

This group offers specialist technical meetings for all members interested in hydrological engineering. Meetings are held across Scotland.

Got a question?

If you've got a question for the group, or you're interested in getting involved, then please contact:

e: Michael Stewart, Chair, Kaya Consulting
e: Jonathan Dick, Honorary Secretary, University of Aberdeen

Scottish Geotechnical Group (SGG)

This group specialises in sharing knowledge in the field of geotechnical engineering. It is a regional group of the British Geotechnical Association.

Name Position Employer
Karen Macpherson Chair CH2M Hill
Ian Lockie Vice Chair BAM Ritchies
Andrew Hatherley Honorary Treasurer Arup
Scott Robinson Honorary Secretary, Poster Competition and Dundee Branch Liaison University of Dundee
Ross Turnbull Communications Secretary CH2M Hill
Willie Cannon ICE Glasgow and West of Scotland Liaison Donaldson Associates
Payal Debroy Student/University Liaison Donaldson Associates
Lorin Bosoc Social Media Assistant CH2M Hill and Newcastle University
Dr Slobodan (Bob) Mickovski Committee Member Glasgow Caledonian University
Andy Clark Committee Member Atkins
Christopher Currie Committee Member Jacobs

Interested in getting involved?

If you've got a question for the committee, please feel free to contact the chair.

The objective of the SGG is to promote the geotechnical engineering profession mainly by arranging learned meetings and bringing high profile national and international lectures to Scotland.

This is coupled with encouraging young people into the discipline and promoting young engineers. SGG arranges meetings, seminars and competitions in order to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, knowledge and experience concerning the latest developments in the continually developing field of geotechnical engineering.

Scottish Hydraulics Study Group (SHSG)

This group shares knowledge on hydraulic engineering among members in Scotland.

Got a question?

If you've got a question for the group, or you'd like to get involved, then please contact:

e: Dr Kenny MacDougall, Chair, Envirocentre

Panel for Historical Engineering Works (PHEW)

This group is made up of historical experts and those who are passionate about recognising and preserving Scotland's rich engineering heritage. It hosts a series of events through the year, including an annual Summer Visit.

The 2015 Summer Visit will take place on July 3-5thand will visit landmarks in Dumfries and Galloway. Contact Sandra for details and booking.

ICE Scotland also has a collection of civil engineering artefacts which is currently hosted by Heriot-Watt University. Information on the collection is available on their website.

Got a question?

If you've got a question, or you'd like to get involved with the group, then please contact:

e: Professor Roland Paxton, Chair, Heriot-Watt University
e: Sandra Purves Honorary Secretary, retired

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