Professor Tim Broyd chooses his President’s Apprentices for 2016/17

The incoming President, whose tenure begins on November 1, continues the ICE tradition of selecting young members to work with him and the Institution

The President
The President's Apprentices for 2016/17 (clockwise from top left) Paul Chambers, Eleanor Earl, Brittany Harris, Daniel O’Neill, Jonathan Smith, Sorrella Smith, Ching Fai Tan, Abigail Fryett).

The ICE President's Apprentice Scheme, which is open to all technicians and ICE graduate members working towards their professional qualification, has been running since 2005 and offers a unique opportunity to gain experience, develop skills, learn about the industry and be mentored by the ICE President.

The eight successful apprentices will attend ICE events, meet senior industry people and join Tim on regional visits.

They will also select one of several projects to help make a real contribution to the profession. Policy based projects include contributing to ICE's flagship State of the Nation report, and National Needs Assessment work. Public engagement projects include inspiring the next generation of engineer and changing the public perception of engineering. Industry change projects include opportunities for industry evolution in Digital Engineering (as discussed in our 'ICE Thinks' series) and changing industry attitudes to diversity.

At the end of the President's twelve month term the apprentices automatically become part of the President's Apprentice 'alumni network', which provides opportunities to engage and network with a dynamic peer group for the rest of their career.

Professor Broyd said: "For a number of years, each President of the ICE has recruited a small team of Apprentices for their twelve month tenure. I am delighted at the number of young civil engineers who applied, and the calibre of applicants meant that choosing half a dozen wasn't an easy process.

This year I've also recruited two first-rate Apprentices based in Dubai and Malaysia respectively, who will ensure that we maintain a wide, global focus. I very much look forward to working with my Apprentices, and learning from them, as my Presidential year unfolds."

President's Apprentices

Paul Chambers joined Skanska UK, in 2011, as an Undergraduate ICE Quest Scholar who works on the Crossrail Paddington Station Project He was the Pre-Review Officer for ICE London G&S, and published research on the construction of Paddington Station with ICE's Geotechnical Research and CIRIA C760 on behalf of Skanska UK.

Paul says he is looking forward to the opportunities that the role will give him: "Being a President's Apprentice is a fantastic opportunity to engage with industry leaders who I would normally never encounter, and see how they view the profession.

I am also really excited to get a better understanding of how ICE forms and enacts policy, and how our cohort can support Professor Tim Broyd's vision for developing the digital agenda in our profession, as I am convinced we can do much better than the status quo."

Eleanor Earl graduated from Cardiff University in 2014 after which she joined Arup's Infrastructure London Group in the Civil Engineering, Site Development and Regeneration team. In her spare time, she is also a keen STEM Ambassador and mentor for the Girls Network.

Eleanor said "Being one of this year's President's Apprentices presents a fantastic opportunity to learn more about and contribute to the work of ICE alongside industry leaders – I am really looking forward to the year ahead!

Brittany Harris graduated from the University of Bristol in 2015 and went to Peru to volunteer with Engineers Without Borders – UK for three months, carrying out a design and feasibility study for alternative sanitation. On returning, she began work with Buro Happold Engineering as a Graduate in their Water Team.

She is part of a global community of young leaders tackling the Sustainable Development Goals, known as World Merit, and recently presented WASHable international (a charity co-founded with 21 other young leaders from 13 different countries around the world) in the United Nations in New York.

Brittany says she is excited to be meeting other young leaders in the industry, and experienced professionals that can support and guide them.

Daniel O'Neill's career began in the Middle East in 2010, working on a variety of land development projects throughout the United Arab Emirates. In his current capacity as Infrastructure Design Manager at CH2M, he works closely with government and major developers, to help shape some of the most exciting and ambitious infrastructure projects in the region.

Daniel says "The ICE's international base is expected to grow substantially in the coming years, and with that will see new challenges. I hope to work with the ICE to grow our membership abroad, and gain a greater understanding of members' needs across an international spectrum."

Jonathan Smith, a graduate civil and structural engineer, performs detailed engineering design calculations and attends site meetings for a range of local, national and international projects.

He says he is "really excited about the scheme since I love engineering for the difference it makes to people's lives. Doing work that has a positive impact on people's lives is really exciting and the opportunity to help answer key civil engineering questions at a policy and society level so early in my career is a real privilege."

Sorrella Smith joined the Laing O'Rourke Graduate Development Programme in 2015 after graduating from the University of Bath, and has been part of the Digital Engineering function. Her role involves driving project efficiency across a broad range of areas including design co-ordination, programme evaluation, cost control, coordination of logistics and temporary works and asset management and handover. She is currently working towards achieving chartered engineer status.

Sorrella says she is "excited, and honoured, to have the opportunity as a President's Apprentice to share my passion, experience and dedication in this area to further the positive impact Civil Engineering has on society and look forward to working with the team to do so."

Ching Fai Tan graduated from the National Energy University, Malaysia (UNITEN) and he is currently working as a design engineer with AECOM managing construction support for the Thomson Line Contract 2104 rail project in Singapore.

He says "I hope to use my role as a President's Apprentice to promote the benefits of civil engineering in the region and turn engineering knowledge into action."

Abigail Fryett has been working at Wood Group Mustang's Structural Department for just over a year, since graduating with a Masters in Civil Engineering from the University of Bristol in 2015.

Abigail says "I have been involved with some really exciting technical structural work on the recent Ivar Aasen offshore structure. Ivar Aasen is now finished and in-place, and I look forward to what other challenges the future may bring.

I am really looking forward to working with the President and tackling anything he wants to throw at us. With his guidance hopefully we can achieve something that will be really useful to the civil engineering industry.

Tim's inaugural speech will be held at ICE's Headquarters One Great George Street on November 1.