North East engineers recognised by ICE with chartered status

Three civil engineers from the North East region have passed their professional reviews to become chartered civil engineers.

L to R: Alexandra Mitchell, Frances McCord and Joe Pitkin with Professor Tim Broyd, President of ICE receiving their certificates.
L to R: Alexandra Mitchell, Frances McCord and Joe Pitkin with Professor Tim Broyd, President of ICE receiving their certificates.

Joe Pitkin, Frances McCord and Alexandra Mitchell have been awarded the protected title of Chartered Civil Engineer and membership of ICE. As a result, they can now use the letters CEng and MICE after their names.

Joe, 29, is a Senior Engineer at global design, engineering and project management consultancy, Atkins Global, having graduated from the University of Bristol. Frances, 27, is a Structural Engineer also at Atkins Global, having graduated from the University of Aberdeen. She previously attended Cramlington Learning Village. Alexandra, 28, is a Senior Engineer at national construction and facilities firm, VINCI Construction UK, having graduated from the University of Leeds and attended Dame Allan's School in Newcastle.

Alexandra is currently working on the largest civil engineering project in Europe, Crossrail – the new east to west railway in London – and was featured in a BBC documentary 'The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway', which is currently available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

ICE membership can be awarded to a wide range of engineers practising in the broad area of civil engineering in recognition of their work in the field, and after passing a professional review.

The ICE's professionally qualified grades of membership are internationally recognised and are the benchmark of an engineer's competence and professional standing.

Joe said: "I have worked extremely hard for this over the last five years, so to achieve chartered status is definitely one of my greatest career highlights. It is very rewarding to be able to design and create as a civil engineer, a career which opens up diverse and interesting opportunities in all corners of the world.

Frances said: "I am delighted to have achieved chartered status, which is undoubtedly my biggest professional achievement to date and has been my goal since the age of 16. I have always had a keen interest in engineering and it is a fantastic feeling to be recognised within my profession.

Alexandra said: "This is a huge achievement for me that I am extremely proud of, as it is something I have been aiming for since I was at school. As a chartered engineer I am hoping that this will help with my career progression and allow me to work on high profile civil engineering projects across the globe.

Penny Marshall, ICE Regional Director for the North East, said: "Joe, Frances and Alexandra are driven and competent industry professionals who have worked extremely hard throughout education and their working life. ICE chartered status is an internationally-accredited qualification, which is respected among the various engineering disciplines. I would like to wish all three the very best with their future careers"

Information about newly qualified members can be accessed via our members' directory.