Regional members on ICE Council

Our members around the world elect ICE's Council members.

We hold elections every year when about one third of Council member seats are available. These places are usually for a three-year term, to replace members whose term of service has finished.

The election will run from 01 June to 13 July 2021. The result will be announced at the Institution’s Annual General Meeting on 20 July 2021, with elected candidates taking office from 02 November 2021.

Candidate statements

ICE | East Midlands

  • Edward Bingham

    Edward Bingham BEng (Hons) PG Cert CEng FICE

    Technical Director, AECOM

    “…one of my key drivers for re-election - working across Region and Council to ensure that future engineering schemes (new build and rehabilitation/renewal/upgrade) embed the best of UNSDG’s…”

    For the last 20 years I have proudly supported the ICE through Branch, Region and the last three years nationally on Council, Financial, Assurance and Risk Committee and Fellowship Panel. During my last term, the ICE faced significant challenges and changes that I believe as a Council team we have helped move ICE forward positively.

    Throughout this period, as East Midlands representative, I brought together my knowledge and experience of our own region members voice and agenda to the debates, including continuation of the ICE200 outcomes aligned to the UN SDGs, broadening membership, streamlining, digitisation of our knowledge offering and response to Covid.

    One of the most exciting developments of the governance review has been reenergising of Councils objective to set the strategic focus of the Institutions activities. As an active Civil Engineer, leading large multidisciplinary projects in the digital world, this serves as one of my key drivers for re-election -working across Region and Council to ensure that future engineering schemes (new build and rehabilitation/renewal/upgrade) embed the best of UNSDG’s, support education & training of future and existing engineers to understand the interaction between climate and ecological emergencies to meet the climate change challenge.

    Proposed by Robert Armitage, Kyle Clough, Adrian Coy, Bachar Hakim, William Kemp

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    Edward Bingham

ICE | West Midlands

  • Yvonne Aust

    Yvonne Aust BSc (Hons) CEng MICE

    Associate Director, Couch Consulting Engineers (Midlands) Ltd

    “…in the role of Regional Council Member, I will continue to:

    • Ensure the issues and views of regional members are considered at a national level…”

    Joining ICE as a university student in 1996, I became Chair of the ICE West Midlands Regional Committee 2016–18, as well as Chair of the Shropshire Branch. I am a Reviewer and sit on the ICE Membership Committee. My background is primarily in the public sector (healthcare and education) as a Civil and Structural Engineer. Currently an Associate Director with Couch Consulting Engineers, I have worked with both small and major UK contractors and consultancies, leading teams that have won regional infrastructure awards.

    My experience has convinced me that the most significant contribution engineers can make is aligning technical solutions to societal problems. Engineers can literally build a better future, and must approach projects with that understanding, mindful of the part we play in shaping the world. In addition to my enthusiasm for civil engineering, in the role of Regional Council Member, I will continue to:

    • Ensure the issues and views of regional members are considered at a national level
    • Continue suggesting and promoting new ICE and employer initiatives to attract young people into civil engineering
    • Continue to encourage employers to recognise the value of qualified engineers
    • Support the insights and influence agenda regionally

    Proposed by Malcolm Corlett, Mark James Downes, Ian Jenkinson, David Paul Johns, Damian John McGettrick

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    Yvonne Aust

ICE | Northern Ireland

  • Philip Brown

    Philip Brown BEng CEng FICE

    Head of Major Projects, Frameworks & Contracts, Translink

    “If elected to Council, I will represent the Northern Ireland membership, promote the development of our younger members and work to raise the profile of civil engineering”.

    Having graduated in 1993, I spent most of my career with Graham Construction, working my way to Engineering Director. I helped deliver a wide variety of complex civil engineering projects including the Samuel Beckett and Dargan Bridges in Dublin and the Peace Bridge in Derry~Londonderry. In 2019 I moved to Translink where I was appointed Head of Major Projects, Frameworks and Contracts.

    I achieved Chartered status in 1998, became an ICE Fellow in 2004 and throughout my career have actively supported ICE. This has included publishing a number of papers in ICE journals, presenting papers at ICE meetings and serving on the Bridge Engineering Journal Editorial Panel. I was SCE at Graham for 19 years, supporting graduate civil engineers towards professional qualification and have been a Professional Reviewer since 2004.

    I served as Chairman of the ICE Northern Ireland region in 2017-18, during which time we celebrated the 200th anniversary of the Institution. I led a number of initiatives that year, raising the profile of civil engineering in the region.

    If elected to Council, I will represent the Northern Ireland membership, promote the development of our younger members and work to raise the profile of civil engineering.

    Proposed by Christopher Caves, Emer Marie Murnaghan, David Malcolm Orr, Stephen Geoffrey Orr, David Norman Porter

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    Philip Brown

ICE | North West

  • Jeff Ashurst

    Jeff Ashurst BSc (Hons) CEng FICE MAPM

    Independent Consultant

    “I have a particular interest in the way the Institution ensures fairness, inclusion and respects the members’ views”.

    I have been a member of the Institution for over 40 years and was awarded Fellowship in 2000 and elected as North West Regional Council Member in 2018. I work closely with the Regional Director and Committee promoting ICE activities and representing all the grades of membership and liaising with the other regions. I have a particular interest in the way the Institution ensures fairness, inclusion and respects the members’ views.

    Most of my career has involved bringing about improvements to North West infrastructure and tackling pollution in the Mersey Basin and along the coast. I have links with many infrastructure owners and operators, business leaders and organisations grappling with major issues such transport, flooding, housing and the carbon agenda.

    Following the governance review and formation of a Trustee Board supported by Council I believe the Institution has become more democratic and outward looking, able to communicate more directly with its membership, policy makers and Government.

    I would like to help the NW deliver local projects and the strategic infrastructure for the new world, post Covid. The rate of change in our cities and communities means the civil engineer will need all his skills to contribute to a better world.

    Proposed by Steve Dempsey, Chris Hudson, Peter Molyneux, Catherine Schefer, Stewart Tennant.

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    Jeff Ashurst

ICE | South West

  • Katy Toms

    Katy Toms MEng CEng MICE

    Principal Engineer, WSP

    “I recognise the importance of regional engagement with the wider ICE objectives, and also understand the need for Council to work as a whole in formulating and delivering those objectives through the business plan”.

    I am a Principal Engineer at WSP, based in Exeter and I have supported the ICE since becoming a Student Member in 2008. Starting as a member of the Plymouth Graduate & Student Committee, I went on to Chair the Plymouth City Club and in 2019, became Chair of the South West Regional Committee.

    Through my involvement with ICE to date, I have championed local public-facing events to raise ICE’s profile, inspired others into engineering and worked to involve ICE in the important conversations about South West infrastructure.

    With my commitment and dedication to the profession I will support the ICE in meeting the challenges we face, especially in the climate change and net zero agendas. Another of my personal passions is to enhance member engagement opportunities to make the Institution as inclusive as possible.

    I recognise the importance of regional engagement with the wider ICE objectives, and also understand the need for Council to work as a whole in formulating and delivering those objectives through the business plan.

    I would consider it an honour to continue to represent the South West as the Regional Council Member, supporting the Trustee Board and communicating the views of ICE Members to Council.

    Proposed by Stuart Allen, Gary Cutts, Richard James Fish, Teresa June Frost, Sally Walters.

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    Katy Toms
 
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