Two new Vice Presidents chosen for 2017/18

ICE is pleased to welcome two new Vice Presidents joining the presidential team for the 2017/18 presidential year from November.

New Vice Presidents for 2017/18, Mak Chai-kwong and Dr Jane Smallman.
New Vice Presidents for 2017/18, Mak Chai-kwong and Dr Jane Smallman.

They are Dr Jane Smallman and Mak Chai-kwong.

They join current Vice Presidents Kyle Clough, Ed McCann, Rachel Skinner, Andrew Wolstenholme and Andrew Wyllie and will work with incoming President Lord Robert Mair.

Zara Lamont will stand down as Vice President in November at the end of her three year term.

Presidential succession

Council have confirmed that Rachel Skinner should transfer to becoming a succeeding Vice President from November 2017, with a view to becoming President in November 2020, subject to interim annual election by Council.

Council have also confirmed the election of Andrew Wyllie CBE as succeeding Vice President and that based on seniority, he should be considered as a candidate for the Presidency in November 2018, subject to formal election by Council in December 2017.

Dr Jane Smallman

Dr Jane Smallman

Jane has worked in civil engineering for most of her professional career. She was at HR Wallingford Ltd from 1984 (when she joined as a mathematical modeller) until her retirement in 2015, and was Managing Director from 2006 to 2014. As Managing Director she was responsible for a £27m turnover business employing about 270 staff. HR Wallingford is a world leading specialist consultant in the area of civil engineering and environmental hydraulics.

Jane is now a Non-Executive Board Member of the Management Board for the Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (Cefas), which is an Executive Agency of the UK Government Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Cefas is a world leading organisation in marine science and technology, and the aquatic environment. Jane chairs both the Cefas Management Board, and the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee.

Jane is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and was elected to the ICE Council in 2016. She is the Immediate Past President of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST), and a Member of the Board of Trustees of IMarEST.

In May 2016 Jane was appointed as an Honorary Visiting Professor to the School of Engineering of the University of Edinburgh.

Jane has a degree in mathematics from Reading University and a PhD in mathematics (integral equation solutions to water wave diffraction problems) also from Reading University.

Mak Chai-kwong

Mak Chai-kwong

C K Mak's early career was associated mainly with Hong Kong's railway development. He joined the HK Government in 1973 and took part in the modernization of the Kowloon-Canton-Railway (KCR) that transformed the single-track diesel-electric KCR system to its present form. In 1993, he led studies to formulate two Railway Development Strategies (RDS 1994, RDS 2000) which became Hong Kong's railway network expansion blueprints.

He became Project Manager in the Territory Development Department in 2000 and managed infrastructure projects in three of Hong Kong's new towns. In 2002, he became Director of Highways and took charge of the development, expansion, maintenance and upgrading of the highways and railways in Hong Kong.

He was appointed Permanent Secretary for Development (Works) in 2006 and was responsible for the Government's Public Works Program (annual expenditure of HK$30 billion) covering both capital projects and recurrent maintenance works, the formulation and execution of policies on works and heritage conservation, and resource management for programme delivery.

In 2008, he took up the unique assignment as the Team Leader to oversee the HKSAR Government funded reconstruction works in Sichuan (Mainland China) after the 5.12 earthquake. He liaised with the Mainland officials to devise a HK$9 billion reconstruction programme comprising of 56 schools, 35 hospitals, 35 Rehabilitation Centres, the reconstruction of the Wolong Giant Panda Conservation Base and two highways each 44 km in the hilly terrain. This reconstruction program was successfully completed in 2015.

After retirement in 2010, he has taken up teaching assignments in the universities in Hong Kong.

For more information about the election process and the offices of President and Vice President, see the ICE Council webpages.