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ICE Council elects new trustee board members for 2023-24 session

19 April 2023

The council has agreed to appoint Julie Wood as the succeeding vice president.

ICE Council elects new trustee board members for 2023-24 session
ICE Council 2022-23

The ICE Council has confirmed Julie Wood as ICE vice president from November 2023, with a view to become president of the institution in November 2026, subject to interim annual election by the council.

The council has also approved two new members to the ICE Trustee Board for the 2023-24 presidential year from November 2023. They are Lucy Rew and Professor Priti Parikh.

They will join current trustee board members David Porter, Professor Jim Hall, Dr Sabih Khisaf, Jonathan Spruce, Ed Bingham, Liz Waugh, Richard Bayfield and Paula McMahon.

They will work with incoming ICE President Anusha Shah.

ICE Trustee Board elections

This year, the ICE’s voting members will directly elect the final member to the trustee board for the 2023-24 session. Voting shall take place in the ICE Ballot, which opens in June 2023.

More information on the election can be found in the ICE Trustee Board webpage.

Julie Wood

Julie Wood

Julie Wood

Julie Wood is an Arup director, Fellow of the ICE, Honorary Fellow of the Association of Project Management, and Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Wood is also a Liveryman with the Worshipful Company of Engineers, and a ‘Freeman’ of the City of London.

Wood started her career as an apprentice and is passionate about social mobility and opportunity for all.

She’s an elected member of the ICE Council and a member of the ICE Trustee Board.

She’s the co-chair of the Low Carbon Energy Community Advisory Board.

Wood has over 25 years of experience in the construction industry. Much of this involved the delivery of major complex projects. These include projects such as:

  • the Glaxo Group Research Campus
  • McLaren HQ
  • The Francis Crick Institute
  • HS2 Euston Station
  • Transpennine Upgrade Project

Wood has over 16 years of experience in non-executive director roles across several sectors.

She’s particularly interested in sustainable futures for society, digital transformation, lifelong learning and social mobility.

She’s a keen landscape photographer, particularly long exposure shots. In fact, they’re so good she’s still a practicing engineer.

Professor Priti Parikh

Dr Priti Parikh

Professor Priti Parikh

Professor Priti Parikh is a professor in engineering infrastructure and international development at the Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction, where she’s acting director.

She’s the founding director of UCL’s Engineering for International Development Centre.

This centre focuses on engineering solutions for human development and wellbeing. It researches locally acceptable water, sanitation, and energy solutions in low-middle income countries.

She has over 15 years of engineering industry experience in South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the UK with consultancies.

This includes hands-on experience of designing infrastructure for slums in partnership with local communities.

She was awarded the prestigious BBOXX/Royal Academy of Engineering research chair fellowship that focuses on energy access in sub-Sahara Africa through smart solar solutions.

Professor Parikh was the editor-in-chief of ICE’s Engineering Sustainability journal for three years.

She then went on to get elected to the ICE Council and is a member of the Learned Society Committee.

She also sits on the board of Happold Foundation and Engineers Against Poverty to influence strategy on engineering and development.

Professor Parikh was named as one of the 100 most influential academics in the UK government for her work in climate and sustainability by Apolitical, and as a top 50 women in engineering in 2022 by the Women in Engineering Society (WES).

Professor Parikh’s research has influenced policy and practice especially the work around evidencing links between infrastructure and Sustainable Development Goals with governments and charities.

Lucy Rew

Lucy Rew

Lucy Rew

Lucy Rew is a project director at Egis Tunnels, a Chartered Civil Engineer and a Fellow of the ICE.

Rew graduated from the University of Bristol in 1994 with a degree in Civil Engineering and Study in Continental Europe, which enabled her to learn European languages.

She’s been living in France since 2000 and has been working with a French consultancy since 2002.

Rew's main professional interests lie in tunnelling and contract management. Her current position has given her many opportunities to work on a range of underground projects, such as:

  • road tunnels in mountainous areas
  • urban tunnel renovation projects
  • the Grand Paris Express
  • the extension to Paris’s underground RER E line (EOLE)
  • the Lyon Turin high speed rail line (one of the most complex tunnels driven in France to date)

Rew has been a volunteer with the ICE nearly continuously since 1995. First in the Thames Valley region in the UK and in France since 2000.

She’s been a member of the International Committee since 2015, a general member of the ICE Council since 2018, and a member of the Nominations Committee since 2019.

In her spare time, Rew is the board chair of a cultural and sports association in her local town in France. It has 33 employees and a paid-up membership of around 2,000 children and adults.

The association carries out activities as diverse as improvisation, badminton, yoga and drawing.

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