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Keith Howells confirmed as 158th ICE President

15 December 2021

The former Mott MacDonald chair will succeed Ed McCann for the 2022-23 session. 

Keith Howells confirmed as 158th ICE President
Keith Howells, current ICE Vice President.

Keith Howells, current ICE Senior Vice President, has been officially elected as the next President by ICE Council, succeeding Ed McCann in November 2022.

Howells was initially put forward as a potential candidate for the 2022/23 presidency by the Nomination Committee in January 2021 and confirmed by ICE Council in April 2021.

Since becoming an ICE trustee and vice president in 2019, Howells has chaired the ICE’s Policy and External Affairs Committee and the steering group responsible for the institution's 2020 State of the Nation Report on Net Zero.

Keith Howells' background

An ICE fellow, Howells has built career-long experience in the planning, study and design of hydraulic structures, hydropower, urban draining, sewerage, water supply and river engineering schemes.

He was chair of engineering firm Mott MacDonald from 2011-2019. At Mott MacDonald, Howells worked on numerous international projects, including those funded by international finance institutions, as well as by the UK government.

As the firm's managing director, he led its expansion in North America and Australasia.

Howells also holds fellowships at the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

  • Pat Marsh, head of governance at ICE