Andrew Wyllie explores his presidential year priorities in Northern Ireland

ICE's president challenged members and the wider industry to improve lives in our global society by being at the forefront of the smart infrastructure revolution.

ICE President Andrew Wyllie speaking at the ICE NI Annual Dinner in Belfast.
ICE President Andrew Wyllie speaking at the ICE NI Annual Dinner in Belfast.
ICE President Andrew Wyllie CBE engaged with ICE members and prominent Northern Ireland decision makers on 6 and 7 December 2018, with a visit organised around his themes for his presidential year. 

During his visit, he delivered his presidential address to more than 500 guests at ICE NI’s Annual Dinner at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. The event was sponsored by AECOM and hosted by BBC’s Mark Simpson.

ICE improving lives in a global society

On arriving in Belfast, the president was met by the ICE Invisible Superheroes exhibition at Belfast City Airport, who have, each day, been showing 11,000 people how civil engineers improve lives.

Wyllie also saw first-hand the impact that ICE NI made in Rwanda in Spring 2018 by watching the documentary of a team of civil engineers travelling to the country to build a life-saving bridge.

ICE must help ensure its members continue to deliver better value for money solutions for their customers

Wyllie shared a panel with representatives from KPMG, GRAHAM and Translink.

The president shared a panel with Richard Threlfall, Global Head of Infrastructure at KPMG, Emer Murnaghan, Head of Sustainable Business at GRAHAM, and John Glass, Director of Infrastructure and Projects at Translink, to discuss how to improve infrastructure outcomes using a Project 13 approach.

Over 70 people attended the seminar held at KPMG in Belfast, where issues such as value for money, sustainability, innovation, single-year budgets and a lack of investment in new technologies were discussed.

The president met with Katrina Godfrey (pictured above, right), Permanent Secretary of the Department for Infrastructure, to discuss current challenges, recognition of professional qualifications in procurement and the NI Year of Infrastructure campaign.  

ICE must be at the forefront of the smart infrastructure revolution

The president joined an open discussion with the ICE Digital Transformation group regarding emerging trends and challenges in smart infrastructure and also heard about the group’s plans for great collaboration across and outside the traditional infrastructure sector.

ICE must continue to attract, nurture and develop the outstanding talent of the next generation

The president also met with employers participating in the Work+ apprenticeship scheme.

Twenty-seven local employers recruit apprentices through Work+ and there are now around 100 civil engineering apprentices in NI.

He also met with ICE NI’s Graduate and Student (G&S) Members to discuss the legacy of ICE 200, a year-long campaign which celebrates the outstanding achievements of civil engineers and the 200 years of contribution ICE has made to improving society.

This roundtable event was an opportunity for G&S Members to shape ICE NI’s work in 2019.

The president’s visit to Northern Ireland concluded with a visit to Harland & Wolff in Belfast Harbour (pictured above), where he met with senior representatives to hear about their new projects.

To see more photos from the president’s visit and Annual Dinner, visit the ICE NI Flickr page.