ICE Trustee Board

The ICE is governed by a Trustee Board which is responsible for the Institution’s strategic decision making.

The Trustees are supported by a Council, which approves the Trustee Board members and are themselves directly elected by the members.

How does our Trustee Board work?

The Trustee Board is comprised of 12 trustees, who are responsible for the leadership and management of the Institution. Trustees are ultimately responsible and accountable for all activities of the Institution.

The appointment and processes of the Trustee Board are contained within the Royal Charter and By-laws. Further detail on the Board’s responsibilities, duties and composition is set out in the Trustee Board Terms of Reference.

Trustee Board meetings

The meeting notes for Trustee Board meetings can be accessed here. A summary of the latest Trustee Board meeting is available to read.

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Meet our Trustee Board

Following approval by the Privy Council with effect from 3 November 2020, the Trustee Board composition will be 12 members: the President (who chairs the meetings); three Vice Presidents (all of whom will succeed to Presidency); four ordinary members, elected by the membership (subject to transitional arrangements as defined in the By-laws); three Council members (directly appointed by Council) and one Nominated member.

ICE Trustee Board 2021.
ICE Trustee Board 2021.

ICE President

Our president promotes the institution and the profession in the UK and around the world. ICE has a different president every year. The President’s calendar, including past and forthcoming events, can be accessed online by ICE members.

Further detail on the President’s responsibilities and duties are set out in the President’s terms of reference.

  • Rachel Skinner

    Rachel Skinner BSc MSc(Eng) FREng CEng FICE CTPP FCIHT HonFSE

    President 2020 - 21

    President, Institution of Civil Engineers
    Executive Director, WSP
    Patron, Women in Transport

    Rachel Skinner is the 156th President of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and is an Executive Director (Transport) at WSP. She is a Patron of Women in Transport (a not-for-profit) having been one of its founding board members since 2005.

    She is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a chartered engineer and a chartered transport planner. Rachel chairs the Carbon stream of the Infrastructure Client Group (ICG) and was recently invited to join the external expert panel established to support the UK Department for Transport’s Acceleration Unit that is focused on a faster, better and greener recovery beyond COVID-19. She served two years as an Infrastructure Commissioner for Scotland from late 2018.

    In 2016, Rachel was listed as one of The Telegraph’s inaugural UK Top 50 Influential Women in Engineering; in 2017 she was named the Most Distinguished Winner and Best Woman Civil Engineer at the Women in Civil Engineering Awards, and in 2019 she was confirmed by the Financial Times as one of the UK’s Top 100 Women in Engineering.

    Rachel has authored, scripted and hosted publications and films on topics including “Shaping Zero” about net zero carbon for infrastructure, “Making Better Places” on place-making and future mobility, and before that about digital technology and its potential for infrastructure, industry innovation and collaboration.

    Rachel is regularly invited to give keynote conference presentations and to chair international and national industry events. Rachel is involved with strategic projects for clients across the public and private sectors, including leadership of a growing portfolio of future mobility projects in the UK and overseas.

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    Rachel Skinner

Trustee Board members

There are twelve members on the ICE Trustee Board. The President chairs the Trustee Board and the following members are Trustees. Members serve until the November of the year shown.

  • Ed McCann

    Ed McCann BEng (Hons) MSc CEng FICE FRSA

    Senior Vice President

    Ed graduated from Imperial College London in 1989 with a degree in Civil Engineering. During twelve years with Binnie & Partners he obtained a Master’s Degree in Hydraulic Engineering and worked on some fifty infrastructure projects all over the world.

    He joined Expedition Engineering in 2002 where he has been the Project Director for many projects including the multi award winning Infinity Bridge and the Olympic 2012 Velodrome. Ed was instrumental in the growth and development of Expedition from a “back bedroom start-up” to Building Magazine’s Engineering Consultant of the Year in 2012.

    In 2009 Ed co-founded the Useful Simple Trust and gifted his shareholding in Expedition to the Trust for the benefit of the employees.

    Ed has been actively involved in design education since 1999. He is a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor of Innovation at Strathclyde University.

    Ed lectures widely and has also made some 35 Television programs on civil engineering.

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    Ed McCann
  • Andy Alder

    Andy Alder MEng MSc CEng FICE FAPM

    Trustee, Finance Assurance and Risk

    Andy is a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 25 years infrastructure experience. He is currently Programme Director for the Thames Tideway Tunnel, responsible for the design and construction of the £3.8bn sewer tunnel project to tackle the 50 million tonnes of untreated sewage that flows into the River Thames each year.

    Andy joined Tideway in 2015 from Crossrail. where he undertook several roles: Chief Tunnel Engineer during detailed design; procurement lead for the tunnelling contracts; and project manager during construction of all tunnelling work in the Crossrail West Area.

    Andy was responsible for the design of the London Underground Tottenham Court Road Station Upgrade, the Docklands Light Railway Extensions to London City Airport and Woolwich, and the Dublin Luas tram system. He was part of the design and construction team for Jubilee Line Extension and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link. Andy has worked in the UK, Ireland, Egypt, Malaysia and Canada.

    Andy is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and of the Association for Project Management. He is an ICE Professional Review and a member of the ICE Fellowship Panel.

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    Andy Alder
  • John Beck

    John Beck MBA CEng FICE FRICS MCIArb DipLaw

    Trustee, Professional Conduct & Ethics

    John is a Chartered Engineer (1984), a Chartered Surveyor (1986) and ICE Fellow (1999).

    He spent 20 years in civil engineering project design and management predominantly in the water industry, becoming a public sector technical director before going on to lead multi-disciplinary organisations in the commercial and charitable sectors, with particular interest in strategic management and governance.

    He is an independent consultant.

    John’s posts include Chief Executive & Secretary of one of the Church of England’s largest dioceses, a major charitable organisation occupying a central role in the life of many diverse communities.

    He was Director General of the International Cotton Association, the regulatory and arbitral authority governing the US$60 billion annual value global traded commodity, where market volatility, environmental and resource sustainability, subsidies and tariff barriers were recurring sources of agroeconomic and political concern.

    Member of the Commercial Courts Users Committee (RCJ).

    John is a former ICE Director International, representing ICE’s interests overseas, supporting local associations and co-operating with universities, UK and foreign government departments and agencies, as necessary. He is Past-President and currently Honorary Secretary of Ingénieurs et Scientifiques de France (British section) and past Chair of the national public sector European Affairs Committee.

    Between 1990 and 1999, he was Director of Technical Services and Environmental Services in SW England.

    John has an MBA (Bristol) 1993, postgraduate Diploma in Law (London) 2002, is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

    Elected to ICE Council in 2012, Trustee Board in 2019, he is Chair of the Ethics Committee, member of the Policy & External Affairs Committee and the Standards Panel and a lead professional Reviewer in the UK, India and Hong Kong.

    Awarded an honorary Jubilee Medal of Moscow State University (2001) for ‘Services to Education and Science’.

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    John Beck
  • Gary Brian Cutts

    Gary Brian Cutts BEng (Hons) CEng FICE

    Trustee, Member Engagement and Relationship with Council

    Gary is a Senior Project Manager for Turner & Townsend working within their South West Infrastructure team; and has over 20 years’ experience in delivering infrastructure projects from several different industry sectors; undertaking designer, contractor and client organisation roles in both the public and private sectors.

    Gary is a Chartered Member of both the ICE and the Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES), an Accredited NEC Project Manager, CEEQUAL Assessor and an APM Certified Project Manager.

    His Turner & Townsend roles include: - EA Regional Framework Manager; Sustainability Champion, Utilities and Transport sector business generation and he is currently seconded into the Environment Agency working in a Client role for their Programme and Contract Management Service. As the EA’s Client Project Manager he is overseeing a portfolio of flood management enhancement works along the Sowy River / King’s Sedgemoor Drain on behalf of the Somerset Rivers Authority.

    Gary first supported the ICE as a volunteer in 1998. His current ICE roles includes Regional Council Member representing the South West, Chairing the ICE’s CPD Panel, serving on the Awards Committee and he is a Professional Reviewer for the ICE and ICES. Gary also acts as an SCE for Turner & Townsend.

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    Gary Brian Cutts
  • Jim Hall

    Prof Jim Hall FREng FICE

    Trustee, Carbon & Climate

    Professor Jim Hall is Professor of Climate and Environmental Risks in the University of Oxford.

    Before joining the University of Oxford in 2011 to become Director of the University’s Environmental Change Institute, Prof Hall held academic positions in civil engineering departments in Newcastle University and the University of Bristol.

    Prof Hall is internationally recognised for his research on risk analysis for water resource systems, flooding and coastal engineering, infrastructure systems and adaptation to climate change. Professor Hall is a member of the Prime Minister's Council for Science and Technology and is Expert Advisor to the National Infrastructure Commission. He was a member of the UK independent Committee on Climate Change Adaptation from 2009 to 2019.

    He led the development of the National Infrastructure Systems Model (NISMOD), which was used for the ICE’s influential National Needs Assessment and for the UK’s first National Infrastructure Assessment. Prof Hall invented, and now chairs, the UK Data and Analytics Facility for National Infrastructure (DAFNI).

    Amongst various distinctions, Prof Hall was awarded the ICE’s George Stephenson Medal in 2001 and the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water in 2018. He was a Contributing Author to the Nobel Prize-winning Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

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    Jim Hall
  • Keith Howells

    Keith Howells FREng CEng FICE FCIWEM

    Vice President, Policy and External Affairs

    Having graduated in civil engineering in 1974, Keith joined one of the founder members of the Mott MacDonald Group and spent the first 10 years of his career in infrastructure design and project management, mostly in the water and transport sectors.

    On completing an MBA in 1986, he became involved with the planning, feasibility, and financial and economic analysis of projects, principally in the water and environmental sectors. Over the next decade he worked on numerous projects funded by the international finance institutions as well as by UK government bodies.

    Keith has built career long experience in the planning, study and design of hydraulic structures, hydropower, urban drainage, sewerage, water supply and river engineering schemes. He has worked in numerous countries as well as in the UK.

    He ran the firm’s Water and Environment business from 1997 to 2002, before becoming the Group Managing Director in 2004, directing the firm’s expansion in North America and Australasia. Keith became Chair of the Group’s Executive Board in 2011, responsible to shareholders for the performance of the company and its strategic direction – a role he continued until mid-2019.

    Keith was on the board of the Association for Consultancy and Engineering from 2011 to 2015, and its Chair in 2013; he was a member of the CBI’s Construction Council from 2013 to 2019; and has been a member of the Cranfield School of Management Advisory Board for the last eight years.

    He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He has now stepped down from the Board of Mott MacDonald but continues to act as an adviser to the company and as a Pension Scheme trustee.

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    Keith Howells
  • Sabih Khisaf

    Dr Sabih Khisaf Eur Ing CEng FICE FCIHT FCMI

    Trustee, International

    Dr. Sabih is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation, Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (UK), and is also the Chair of the ICE’s UAE Branch.

    Dr Sabih has extensive experience in the design and construction of civil and heavy civil infrastructure projects, such as Heathrow Terminal 5 in London, Khalifa Port and Khalifa Industrial Zone in Abu Dhabi, Vasco da Gama Bridge in Lisbon, A13 DBFO Project in London, Metro operation, London Underground (Tube Lines, London), program management for the development of multi-mode transit systems (e.g. Abu Dhabi’s US$ 32-billion Integrated Public Transport Program), as the Civil Infrastructure Design Manager, Metro Design, Doha Metro and most recently, Head of Engineering with Hyperloop Transportation Technologies MENA Region.

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    Sabih Khisaf
  • Emer Murnaghan

    Emer Murnaghan – OBE CEng MICE CEnv MIWO

    Vice President UK Regions

    Emer Murnaghan is the Head of Responsible Sustainable Business at GRAHAM Group. She joined GRAHAM Construction in 2011and spent 7 years developing and implementing their Business Improvement Programme.

    She has recently been tasked with evolving and communicating a sustainable business strategy for the £750 M business which operates across the UK & Ireland. She works closely with the GRAHAM Group Board to ensure the vision and strategic approach aligns with the aspirations of the shareholders and reflects the collaborative approach of the business, which aims to deliver lasting impact for a diverse portfolio of customers, their stakeholders and the communities in which they work.

    Emer is a Chartered Civil Engineer, a Chartered Environmentalist, a Chartered Member of the Institute of Water and a Fellow of Engineers’ Ireland. She has a long association with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). She was Assistant Regional Director of ICE Northern Ireland 2008 - 2010. She was elected to ICE Council and Executive Board in London between 2012 - 2018. In November 2018 she was appointed Trustee and one of the Vice Presidents of the Institution of Civil Engineers with responsibility for UK Regions.

    She is keen to see the industry become more diverse and inclusive, not only because it is the right thing to do, but because there is a strong business imperative to accelerate this transformation.

    In June 2015 Emer was awarded the OBE for services to civil engineering and further education in Northern Ireland. She continues to be passionate about an industry and profession that exists to serve the fundamental needs of society.

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    Emer Murnaghan
  • Richard Threlfall

    Richard Threlfall FICE

    Vice President Learning Society

    Richard has over 25 years’ experience in infrastructure policy, governance, strategy and financing, working with both public and private sector organisations in the UK and overseas. He is currently Global Head of Infrastructure at consulting firm KPMG.

    Richard began his career as a civil servant at the UK Department for Transport where he held positions in the road, rail and aviation directorates. Between 1996 and 1998 he was Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Transport and the Deputy Prime Minister. He subsequently moved to the Infrastructure Advisory team at Citigroup before joining KPMG, where he led the UK Infrastructure, Building and Construction sector until 2018.

    Richard has an extensive network of contacts across the infrastructure, transport, utility, and construction markets and the related political, financial and legal communities, in the UK and internationally. He works with national and local infrastructure and transport authorities, private infrastructure owners and promoters of infrastructure schemes. He has advised on the governance and financing of some of the worlds’ most complex civil engineering projects.

    Richard is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and became a Vice-President of the Institution in November 2019. He is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Infrastructure. He is a member of the Infrastructure Board of the Confederation of British Industry.

    He chairs the Advisory Council of The Infrastructure Forum, which is an independent think-tank which brings together organisations with involvement in UK infrastructure from public, private and regulatory perspectives. He is a prolific writer on infrastructure and transport, and is quoted regularly in the trade and national press.

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    Richard Threlfall
  • Anusha Shah

    Anusha Shah BEng, MSc, CEng, FICE

    Vice President, Membership

    Anusha is a Director, Resilient Cities at Arcadis. She is also a Royal Academy of Engineering-Visiting Professor at King’s College London on Climate Adaptation, Sustainability and Inclusive Design.

    She represents Arcadis at the London Climate Change Partnership and is the immediate Past Chair of the Thames Es-tuary Partnership, a charity working towards sustainable management of the Thames Estuary. She is also an External Examiner in the Civil Engineering and Built Environment department, Leeds Beckett University.

    Anusha was previously the Founder & CEO of Plan for Earth, consultancy offering advisory services on Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience, Sustainability and Inclusive Design. A chartered engineer and a Fellow of the ICE, Anusha has specialisation in Water & Environmental Engineering with over 20 years’ experience in designing, managing and leading projects and programmes both in the UK and internationally.

    She has worked with the government, NGO’s, consult-ants (Jacobs, CH2M and Black & Veatch), contractors, regulator and utility companies, and has led various multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural projects on Water, Environment, Flood Risk Management, Mining and Rail.

    Anusha was the Co-Chair of ICE London and South-East Diversity Task Force and a member of the ICE Fairness, Inclu-sion and Respect Panel. She was the youngest and first female Chair of the ICE - London Region in 2010, General Coun-cil Member and Trustee of the ICE for two consecutive terms, Non-Exec Director, Thomas Telford Board, Member, ICE Executive Board, Member-ICE Research & Development Panel and Member- ICE Qualifications Panel.

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    Anusha Shah
  • Liz Waugh

    Liz Waugh BSc Hons AMICE MCIPR MCI

    Trustee, Communications

    A communications professional with over 25 years’ experience in industry and public sector, specialising in stakeholder engagement with critical infrastructure and crisis management.

    Providing expert advice to public and private sector, including central Government (Cabinet Office, BEIS and Defra), Scottish and Welsh Governments, as well as local authorities. Currently adviser to critical infrastructure portfolios totalling in excess of £15.7bn, including 11 energy from waste projects, major road and rail schemes, and separate regeneration programmes for two towns and a district hospital.

    Mentoring 3 engineers and regular speaker at Women in Leadership, Construction and other fora to promote engineering and career progression. Member of the Great Western Railway Advisory Board, SW Infrastructure Panel and Governor (UK) to Association of Real Property and Infrastructure. Previously chaired the Local Transport Board, BBC Audience Council (representing England) and ex interim CEO of Heart of the South West LEP. Lectures for Bournemouth, Plymouth and Leeds University and expert witness to several public inquiries on the impact of critical infrastructure on the tourism economy.

    Managing Director of Coast Communications, a strategic technical communications agency based in Cornwall, London and Cardiff, with a roster of national and international clients. In her (limited) spare time, Liz enjoys walking in the Black Mountains with her dog, paddleboarding on the coast and photography. She is learning Welsh, with nominal success.

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    Liz Waugh

ICE Trustee Elections 2021

The ICE Trustee Board contains four members who are directly elected by the membership. To ensure continuity, not all vacancies arise in the same year. Those elected usually serve for a three-year term.

The results for the 2021 Trustee Elections were announced at ICE’s Annual General Meeting on 20 July 2021. Two new trustees were elected to take the Institution forward:

  • Trustee, Policy & External Affairs: Jonathan Spruce MEng MBA CEng FICE FCIHT
  • Trustee, UK Regions: Paula McMahon BEng CEng FICE FCMI

The newly elected trustees will take office from 2 November 2021 and will serve for three years.

Congratulations and welcome to our new trustees.

Further information

If you would like to find out more about Trustee elections, please contact the Governance Office on +44 (0)20 7665 2002/2077 or at [email protected].

Trustee updates

Following each meeting of the Trustee Board, a brief note summarising what was discussed and any actions to be taken is produced and made available to members and the public.

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