Alan was a very popular and experienced civil engineer who was VP of International in 2011. He latterly served as VP for the Regions until November 2014. His likeable personality and eloquent public speaking skills made him a well-respected and popular spokesperson.
Alan had a long and distinguished career in public sector transport having served as director of integrated transport at Merseytravel. He also worked for Chester County Council where he was County engineer.
He had substantial experience in public sector transport functions across projects in the North West and nationally.
These included transportation planning, highways and traffic engineering, and passenger transport roles. He was extensively experienced in the development and delivery of highways and transport schemes. He had specialist expertise in integrated transport, highway safety issues, traffic management, and passenger transport infrastructure and services.
He had long been active within ICE, having been a member for 45 years, serving in the North West and nationally. He also joined the former Institution of Municipal Engineers (prior to the merger with the ICE) as a Graduate Member in 1977, becoming a Member in 1978.
He sat on ICE's Transport Expert Panel, having also been a past Chair. His work on the panel saw him work on a number of projects including playing a leading role in the 2008 State of the Nation report on Transport which he delivered with aplomb to an audience of MP's at ICE's headquarters. It was thanks to this that he was asked to become Chair of the State of the Nation on Critical Infrastructure in 2009.
His achievements were recognised in May of this year when he was awarded a National Transport Award for Lifetime Contribution to Transport.
Prior to his death he was the ICE UK Representative on the European Council of Civil Engineers. He was also a member Board of Trustees for the Sefton Park Palm House Preservation Trust. He held two current directorships: Liverpool Waterfront Business Partnership and Open Eye Gallery.
ICE President, David Balmforth paid tribute to Alan:
"I was deeply saddened to hear of the untimely death of former Vice President Alan Stilwell. Alan worked tirelessly to improve public transport throughout a distinguished career and was held in very high regard by his colleagues on both the Transport Panel, on which he served, and within the wider transport planning community.
Alan played an active role for many years in his support of ICE, as Vice President, Member of Council and serving on the Executive Board and his achievements will not be forgotten. His enthusiasm for engineering and vast subject expertise made him a great ambassador for the profession and he will be profoundly missed."