East Midlands engineers achieve elite status

29th September 2015: East Midlands Civil Engineers, Phil Brown and Simon Middleton, has been awarded Fellowship of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)

Phil Brown and Simon Middleton receive certificates from Professor David Balmforth, ICE President
Phil Brown and Simon Middleton receive certificates from Professor David Balmforth, ICE President

Respected internationally, ICE Fellowship is the highest grade of ICE membership and a benchmark for those practising at the top level within the profession. Only those with a position of responsibility in the planning, design, construction, maintenance or management of important engineering work can be awarded this level of membership and add the letters "FICE" to their name.

Phil and Simon were presented with their Fellowship certificates by ICE President, Professor David Balmforth, at a special ceremony held at ICE's headquarters in Westminster, London.

ICE East Midlands regional director, Molly McKenzie commented: "Gaining ICE Fellowship is an exceptional achievement and I warmly congratulate Phil on joining an elite group of civil engineers. This highly-respected accolade recognises a significant contribution to the civil engineering profession and seniority in the industry."

Phil, who is currently director of JPP Consulting, a civil and structural engineering consultancy service, said "Being admitted as a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers means an enormous amount to me and I feel a real sense of achievement. I love civil engineering and hope that becoming a Fellow will help me further promote the profession and raise its profile to those within and those outside of it."

He says he became an engineer because "For as long as I can remember this is the job that I have always wanted to do. Civil engineering gives you the opportunity to shape and improvement your environment and be part of the construction of your local schools, hospitals and infrastructure."

When asked what achieving Fellowship of the ICE means to him, Simon, Technical Director for AECOM in Beeston, said "Becoming an ICE Fellow is the culmination of 20 years of study and work in the Civil Engineering industry reaching reach the ICEs highest grade of membership."

Phil said that he became a civil engineer because "As a child I was always interesting in building Lego and models. I found at school that maths and science related subjects were more interesting and where my natural ability lay. Working the in civil engineering industry has allowed me to develop a number of management and leadership skills that are transferable to other industries, allowed me to travel, and develop the business. It is great to work in an (often undervalued) industry, that can make such a significant positive social, economic and environmental impact."

The opportunity to join ICE is available to civil engineers, technicians and technical/scientific specialists at every stage of their professional career, from students and apprentices to senior board directors. Find out more about membership.