Karen Notman takes over as Chair of the region for the year 2017/18. She takes over from Ray Dickinson who was chair for the 2016/17 period.
Karen is Associate Director for Traffic and Local Roads at AECOM, based at the Nottingham office.
Karen's theme for the year is one of celebration and of transformation. She said,
"I am very excited for 2018, with a great programme of events for ICE's 200th Anniversary celebration. We are not just looking back, but also looking forward to embrace the future; exploring the potential of technological advances increasingly available to us as we experience the transformation of infrastructure, people and how we do things."
"I encourage everyone to get involved with their local community this year to tell them about civil engineering and the difference that we make to their everyday lives. This may mean speaking to local groups of all ages to tell them about the work that you do and what civil engineering can offer, so that the public can appreciate the broad spectrum of work and rewarding careers that it encompasses. Check ICE's news section on the website and your e-newsletters, for national initiatives that raise our profile as well this year."
Karen has been involved with the Institution since she was a Graduate and an early involvement with inspirational mentors, and the regular camaraderie and support from other professionals were what made her enjoy working with ICE.
She is looking forward to continuing to meet new people and to hear different perspectives.
"That is what makes the job so interesting. I am still surprised at what others do within the industry and continually inspired by them."