ICE's international growth is made possible through the network of ICE members who volunteered as ICE Representatives and are supported by the ICE's International division. In recent months, there have been a number of news appointments and retirements.
At ICE's headquarters, Lauren Slawson has been appointed as the International Membership Manager since August 2016. Lauren has been providing comprehensive support and guidance to potential and current members, facilitating the admission to ICE professional membership grades. Lauren will also be responsible for delivering membership growth and recruitment across international regions and was recently in the Middle East meeting ICE graduates, corporate organisations and non-members.
Allyson Lewis, the administrator for the ICE's international division will be retiring at the end of December 2016. Allyson started working for ICE in September 1991 as the personal assistant to the President and Director International before moving on to a number of roles within the International division. After two stints at ICE spanning 25 years, Allyson has decided to take up a well-earned retirement and will be leaving on 22 December.
In Bahrain, Ismail Khonji was the first representative in the Middle East and has held this voluntary position for 20 years. He is a great example of the continuing success of Bahrain British partnership – he set up the first memorandum of understanding which gave ICE the permission to operate in Bahrain and assisted other countries in the region with similar arrangements. Ismail retired in August 2016 and the new ICE Representative for Bahrain is John Barnes.
John Barnes has 26 years' experience in the UK, the Far East and in the Middle East. He began his career in Manchester, working on reservoir remedial works prior to travelling Hong Kong. There, he worked on the suspension and cable stay bridges and on major reclamation and infrastructure projects for Mott MacDonald and then Atkins. After 13 years in Hong Kong, he moved to Abu Dhabi and worked on the Al Raha Beach project for Aldar Laing O Rourke. After, he relocated to Bahrain and spent seven years with Scott Wilson (which became URS and then AECOM). He worked on large reclamation projects and became the head of the Marine and Environmental department. During this period he served on the local ICE committee and studied for his Master's Degree in Construction Law. He recently joined Hill International to assist setting up their claims consultancy office in Bahrain which also serve part of Saudi Arabia.
The Canada Central branch welcomes Phil Holliday as their ICE Representative. Phil, an ICE Fellow since 2009, started his career after graduating from University College London in 1983. He worked for a number of construction companies in the UK including Taylor Woodrow, Mowlem, Dean & Dyball and Balfour Beatty. In 2013, he relocated to Toronto and joined Aecon Infrastructure where he was leading two major LRT pursuits. He is currently seconded to Crosslinx Transit Solutions (a joint venture of four major construction companies) and work as the Interface Director for the CAD$5 billion Eglinton Crosstown LRT project.
Over at New Delhi, Yogesh Sawdadkar has been appointed as the region's ICE Representative. Yogesh has 16 years' experience in highways including asset management and project management which were gained from the UK and India. He is currently working as a Group Manager and heads the Highways department in WS Atkins in New Delhi. He is also a supervising civil engineer and leads professional development initiative in Atkins's Delhi office through mentoring graduates and providing much needed commercial and health and safety related trainings.
Rajesh Patwardhan is the new ICE Representative for Mumbai. Rajesh works for Black & Veatch as their Water's Director Business Development. A civil engineer by qualification, Rajesh has worked for more than 20 years as a structural engineer and worked on innovative designs for internationally acclaimed projects such as Changi NEWater treatment plant, Glencorse WTW, Mogden STW and many more. He has achieved many coveted international qualifications including Project Management Professional (PMP) and Chartered Engineer (CEng).
In Nigeria, Lawrence Ajuyah is the new ICE Representative. Lawrence graduated from the University of Lagos with a BScHons in Civil Engineering in 1978. He joined ICE in 1977, became Chartered in 1983 and then became a Fellow in 2003. He is currently the CEO for ENMAS Consulting where he is responsible for provision of engineering, management advisory and consultancy services.
Sweden's ICE Representative is Andrew Wilson. Andrew is currently working for HI Group within the field of hydraulic and hydrological modelling, specifically water resource planning and climate change management. Prior to this position, he was a technical director for Caley Water in Scotland – principally in the same field. At the beginning of his career, he was an officer in British Army, and worked on many exciting and challenging projects during that time. He has been actively involved with ICE since he joined the graduate and student committee in the mid 90's and he was the Edinburgh Area Branch Chair in 2011.
Welcome to all and happy retirement to Ismail and Allyson.