Two new Vice Presidents chosen for 2018/19

Emer Murnaghan and Paul Sheffield are to join the ICE Presidential Team from November 2018.

Emer Murnaghan and Paul Sheffield will join the ICE Presidential Team from November 2018.
Emer Murnaghan and Paul Sheffield will join the ICE Presidential Team from November 2018.

ICE is pleased to welcome two new Vice Presidents joining the Presidential Team for the 2018/19 presidential year from November.

They are Emer Murnaghan OBE and Paul Sheffield CBE.

They join current Vice Presidents Kyle Clough, CK Mak, Ed McCann, Rachel Skinner and Dr Jane Smallman and will work with incoming President Andrew Wyllie.

Andrew Wolstenholme has stepped down as Chief Executive of Crossrail Limited as the programme nears completion. He will take up a new full time role leading major programmes for BAE Systems in May. As a consequence he will stand down as a Vice President in November 2018. The By-laws state Andrew has the option, having not served his expected full term, to re-apply to become a Vice President in the future.

Presidential Succession

The ICE Council have confirmed that Ed McCann should become a succeeding Vice President from November 2018, with a view to becoming President in November 2021, subject to interim annual election by the trustees.

The ICE Council have also confirmed the election of Paul Sheffield CBE as a succeeding Vice President and that he should become Senior Vice President in November 2018 and President in November 2019.

Emer Murnaghan – OBE CEng MICE CEnv MIWO

Emer Murnaghan has just recently been appointed as GRAHAM Head of Sustainable Business, having spent the last seven years developing and implementing their Business Improvement Programme.

Emer is a Chartered Civil Engineer, a Chartered Environmentalist and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Water. She has a long history of supporting and influencing industry through her previous role with the ICE. She was Assistant Regional Director of ICE Northern Ireland 2008–2010. She currently sits as an elected trustee on ICE Council and on ICE Executive Board in London. She is also junior vice chair of ICE Northern Ireland, to succeed as chair in 2019–2020. She leads the Education & Inspiration Team. In June 2015, Emer was awarded the OBE for services to civil engineering and further education in Northern Ireland.

Paul Sheffield CBE, BSc, CEng, FICE

Paul graduated in Civil Engineering from Surrey University in 1983. He spent the first 31 years of his career with Kier Group Plc. In his early career he spent 15 years working on a variety of civil engineering and building projects around the world. His experience was earned through roles as an Engineer on a gold mine development in Papua New Guinea, a high rise office development in the City of London, a hotel in Turkey, time spent in design of temporary and permanent structures and in estimating.

Paul was the Chief Engineer on the Maentwrog New Dam in North Wales - one of very few concrete dams that have been built in the UK in the last 50 years, and then Project Manager on a major Combined Cycle Gas Turbine Power Station in North London. From there he travelled to Saudi Arabia where he was Project Manager for a significant part of a major desalination plant being built at Al Khobar on the East Coast and then to Hong Kong as Project Manager on part of the Airport Railway that was being built to connect the new airport at Chek Lap Kok to the city centre. In 1996 he won the ICE's Civil Engineering Manager of the Year award for the work he did in Saudi Arabia.

Over the last 20 years, Paul has had many leadership roles in the construction industry. He served on the ICE Council from 1998 - 2001, the Finance Committee from 1998 - 2000, the Executive Board from 2000 - 2001 and was Vice Chairman of the Energy Board from 1998 - 2001. He has been heavily involved in major infrastructure projects such as the Channel Tunnel Rail Link and Crossrail as well as power stations and the water industry.

Between 2005 and 2010 Paul sat on the Board of Kier Group Plc and had responsibility for their global construction operations and between 2010 and 2014 he served as Chief Executive of the company. He served on the Construction Leadership Council and has always been a passionate believer in developing talent within our organisations and in up-skilling the industry. In 2014 he moved to Laing O'Rourke to head up the UK and Middle East businesses and to help drive the offsite manufacturing agenda that the company had invested in over the preceding years.

Huge efficiency gains can be achieved with manufacturing in factory conditions and there remains much work to do in that arena. Whilst at Laing O'Rourke, Paul was closely involved in the progress of Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Station, Thames Tideway Tunnels and HS2 as well as a number of prestigious building projects such as the Francis Crick Institute in London.

In 2014 Paul was awarded the CBE for his services to civil engineering and for charitable fundraising.

Paul currently serves as a Non-Executive Director of Southern Water Services and of BAM Group, the Dutch multi-national construction and infrastructure company. He is also an industry advisor to the Board of Manchester Airport Group assisting with the management of their expansion programmes at Manchester and Stansted airports. He has already agreed to chair the 2018 ICE State of the Nation Report.

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

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