Trustee, Policy & External Affairs

2021 will be the first time that ICE voting Members will directly elect members to the Trustee Board.

To ensure continuity on the Trustee Board, not all vacancies will arise in the same year. This year, the voting members will directly elect two individuals to the Trustee Board. This year the two portfolios that fall vacant are the Trustee for UK Regions and the Trustee for Policy and External Affairs.

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

Names are listed in alphabetical order by surname. Details of the candidates standing for Trustee for Policy and External Affairs.

  • John Beck

    John Robert Beck MBA CEng FICE FRICS MCIArb DipLaw

    Independent Consultant

    “I have been an active and loyal supporter of my home North West ICE region and strongly maintain that it is essentially at local level that ICE needs to be seen to be providing services to and support for its members”.

    An ICE Fellow since 1999, I have been a loyal advocate of ICE throughout my involvement with the Institution but not afraid to hold it to account or to provide challenge or constructive criticism when decisions and policy directions are not in the best interests either of the Institution’s global reputation or its members’ interests.

    I have been active in ICE in many roles, including as a lead professional reviewer in the UK, India and Hong Kong. Latterly I have been the Trustee portfolio holder for Professional Conduct and Ethics.

    Whilst it is vital that ICE retains its position as a trusted advisor, sounding board and partner on the national and international stages, it is at its heart a membership organisation. I have been an active and loyal supporter of my home North West ICE region and strongly maintain that it is essentially at local level that ICE needs to be seen to be providing services to and support for its members.

    I believe that my knowledge of corporate governance and finance, the way businesses and governments work and international relations are extremely useful attributes.

    In order to underline my credentials and relevant skills for being and ICE Trustee, I have set out briefly below my recent employment history and specialisms developed over that time.

    After spending a large part of my career at the ‘sharp end’ of civil engineering design and construction, predominantly involved water industry projects, I was successively a local government Director of Technical services and Director of Environmental Services, managing multiple professions. I chaired a national European Affairs Committee.

    I was formerly ICE Director International, promoting and developing ICE’s interest overseas, supporting local associations and co-operating with universities, UK and foreign government departments and international agencies, including the then DTI and DFID.

    Following some time in specialist consultancy engaged in dispute management and corporate finance. I moved on to be Director General and Company Secretary of a global commodity regulatory body, dealing with international trade and resolving disputes via arbitration or sometimes, litigation.

    Finally, I became CEO & Secretary of a major charitable organisation, before setting up an independent consultancy.

    I am eager to continue to serve ICE as a Trustee.

    Proposed by Peter George Hansford CBE

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    John Beck
  • Lawrie Quinn

    Lawrie Quinn BSc CEng FICE

    Transportation Programme Director, SNC Lavalin Atkins

    “Engineers have never been more needed… I hope my past contributions and experience of Westminster, Whitehall and national policy development can be of further service to our Institution role in building back better”.

    Please consider this application as Trustee with responsibility for ICE’s Policy and External Affairs.

    I believe my career and professional experiences alongside my personal contribution to promoting the national and global contribution of ICE members align well with the Trustee Role Description.

    I am truly honoured to have the endorsement of Sir John Armitt for this role and pleased to have worked with him on numerous occasions since my period of service as MP for Scarborough & Whitby from 1997 until 2005.

    As well as my constituency duties for the communities of the North Yorkshire Coast I was chosen to work as a Parliamentary Private Secretary to Cabinet Office, Department of Trade & Industry and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

    I worked closely with Senior Civil Servants, Diplomats and the Armed Forces giving me a unique perspective of the working of the UK Government, parliamentary scrutiny and global partnerships.

    My Parliamentary Career saw my close working with Past ICE Presidents and Director Generals.

    As well as High Speed One, the merits of Crossrail and the Strategic Rail Authority, I also facilitated the ICE’s representations with Engineering Council on the status of the Engineer in British Society and the need for a national infrastructure delivery plan.

    I was also able to co-host high level diplomatic visits to OGGS including delegations from Saudi Arabia and the Peoples Republic of China. I believe these enhanced the global positioning of ICE.

    Since 2005 I’ve worked with Bechtel then Atkins, I’ve been pleased to support the work of the ICE and its Officers across many initiatives.

    As Chair of ICE London our relationships with London’s Mayors & City Hall and positioned ICE as a valued voice as the UK’s politics develops through Devolution, “levelling up” and delivering the global NET ZERO Agenda.

    Engineers have never been more needed to delivery recovery from the Pandemic, the Global Warming and more collaborative positions to deliver a Sustainable Planet.

    I hope my past contributions and experience of Westminster, Whitehall and national policy development can be of further service to our Institution role in building back better.

    Proposed by Sir John Armitt CBE

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    Lawrie Quinn
  • Jonathan Spruce

    Jonathan Spruce MEng MBA CEng FICE FCIHT

    Director, Fore Consulting Ltd

    “I have experience in chairing the Institution’s committees and have regularly been called on to represent the ICE with the press and media. I have also worked extensively… ensuring that the important voice of the regions is heard when developing policy”.

    Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, these remain exciting, and crucial, times for all of those involved in infrastructure. How we collectively rise to the challenge of climate change whilst adapting to a world beyond the pandemic, presents enormous challenges and opportunities for our profession. The level of interest and determination stimulated by this year’s Presidential Address shows quite clearly the major role that the Institution can, and should, play in a post-Covid-19 world.

    I believe I am very well suited to fill the Trustee appointment with responsibility to lead our policy work. I have extensive experience working with national and regional politicians and officials. I spent two years as Interim Strategy Director at Transport for the North, leading the work to produce the first Strategic Transport Plan for the North which required building alliances and consensus to implement new policy positions to set out a 30 year investment programme.

    I have extensive experience of the Institution, not just as a current member of our Policy and External Affairs Committee, but also working on some of our key reports over the last five years including the State of the Nation reports. I acted as Lead Fellow on a number of recent policy documents and was directly involved in the work of the northern ICE regions in examining the role of devolution and the Northern Powerhouse.

    I am a member of the Transport Communities of Practice/Expert Panel and have experience in chairing the Institution’s committees and have regularly been called on to represent the ICE with the press and media. I have also worked extensively with two of my local ICE Regions – North East and Yorkshire and Humber – supporting the work of the Regional Director where appropriate and ensuring that the important voice of the regions is heard when developing policy and advocating the work of the Institution.

    The primary role of a Trustee is to act in the best interests of the Institution to maintain its reputation, set its vision and strategy and direct its activities. Through my existing work with the Institution, I have seen it develop and adapt in recent years to become an important voice in ensuring that our profession leads rather than follows. As a Trustee, I would be committed to making sure that continues and I fully support the current direction taken on key issues such as climate change and infrastructure transformation. As a Director of a SME, I have experience of corporate finance and business and resource planning, and I was previously a trustee of the company pension scheme at JMP Consultants.

    Away from work, I am a Governor of two primary schools, currently steering one through the academisation process. These roles have given me direct experience of exercising independent judgement, constructively questioning and challenging proposals and taking responsibility for specific areas of governance, all of which I believe are fundamental requirements of a Trustee. They have also given me direct experience of working with a range of officials and elected representatives to help drive change.

    Proposed by Keith Howells

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    Jonathan Spruce
 
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