Trustee, UK regions

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 UK Regions.

  • Mark Calvert

    Mark Calvert BSc IEng MICE

    Senior Civil Engineer, Anglo American plc

    "I will work hard to enable the UK regions to achieve all they can…by continuing and developing the work done as part of the UKRAC and broader committees and communities of practice to share the members' outstanding work".

    My voluntary service with the ICE began in 2007 as a Graduate Member. Since then, I have taken an active role in many ICE committees throughout my career. This work has enabled me to build a good professional national network with like-minded individuals and solid knowledge and understanding of the governing structures and procedures of the ICE.

    As a trustee, I will work hard to enable the UK regions to achieve all they can. I will do this by continuing and developing the work done as part of the UKRAC and broader committees and communities of practice to share the members' outstanding work and enable the UK regions to achieve all they can. I firmly believe we have the right foundations to innovate and drive the regions' fantastic work forward.

    My recent post as Chair of the Yorkshire and Humber Region meant I could develop strong links with the UK Regions, their chairs and members, and gain a deep insight into their workings and activities. This role, lasting two years, enabled me to attend the UK Regional Advisory Group. This opportunity and my career have taken me to different parts of the UK and allowed me to witness the obstacles faced by each region firsthand.

    The various regions have challenges unique to them. As a trustee, I would take time and effort to get to grips with and facilitate the ICE to continue the regional successes. Working alongside The Council, Trustee Board, and various other committees and the wider membership, I would understand and then improve existing barriers such as geography, lack of investment, and transport links.

    As a Trustee of Middleton Railway, I have eight years of direct experience of being a trustee, where being ultimately being accountable for all its decisions and activities. I have enjoyed this role greatly; it has seen me undertake civil engineering as our founders did, with picks, shovels and wheelbarrows, along with driving steam engines! This experience has taught me the Charity Commission requirements and ensuring we follow the varied and often complex legislation. Often, I found myself having to stand my ground for what I believed was right. I will commit to taking the correct ethical and commercial approach if elected onto the ICE Trustee Board.

    My professional career has focused heavily on building and managing a successful team. My varied role has seen me working on highways, railways, and multi-billion infrastructure projects. With this work, I have been able to adapt and manage the changing world we live in.

    The ICE is an evolving institution that has to adapt to change. It is world-leading and holds a place dear to our members' hearts, who contribute to maintaining and furthering its rich history that we are all part of. I believe my skills and qualities will allow me to contribute to the institution going from strength to strength. I passionately believe we can do what we as Civil Engineers have always done: Change, adapt, and succeed.

    Proposed by David M. Hirst

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    Mark Calvert
  • Adrian Coy

    Adrian Charles Coy BEng (Hons) CMgr CEng FICE

    Independent Consultant

    “Adrian aims to engage directly with regional committees, members, and GSNet groups, to develop a consensus for change, and will enable a bottom-up transition focused on both ICE strategy and the needs of members across the UK regions/countries”.

    Adrian’s career spans both public and private sectors. Rapid promotion in local government saw him leading engineering services aged 33 and becoming politically astute in serving cabinets and committees. He later headed a broad technical services department (highways, transportation, sewerage, coastal and municipal engineering, plus emergency planning, CCTV, car parks, markets etc.).

    His consultancy career (Scott Wilson/URS/AECOM) included several collaborative arrangements, multi-client frameworks and technical proposals for major clients including HS2, Network Rail, Transport Scotland and Highways England.

    An excellent communicator, Adrian has addressed a range of audiences on issues as diverse as collaborative working, competitive dialogue, highways asset management, best value, coast protection, CPD and development on flood plains. He has fronted media engagement regarding oil-spill shoreline clean-up, controversial highway schemes and flood response.

    After leading the development of the ICE State of the Nation Report on Devolution, he fronted its launch and spoke at related events.

    Continuous engagement in regional and branch activities since 1984, and involvement in both the first 6-years of UKRAC and its predecessor Regional Chairs Forum, provides Adrian with unparalleled experience of regional affairs. Involvement with Council and the Executive Board brings extensive knowledge of ICE strategy and governance. He is proud of his Garth Watson Medal awarded for services to the ICE.

    As a member of Council and a Trustee, Adrian demonstrated that he is a team player, owning collective decisions and acting always in the best interest of the Institution.

    As VP Membership Adrian drove significant change across three of five core-strands of ICE’s Business Plan; streamlining qualification, broadening membership and establishing the ICE’s first Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan. All were achieved through close working with the Director Membership and his team, Membership Committees and Panels, the Director General, and the Executive Board. Externally Adrian represented the President in dialogue with Engineering Council, Universities and the Royal Academy of Engineers (Diversity). He provided leadership to Council to reinforce confidence in qualification processes, and to drive major by-law changes that broadened membership, and improved graduate, technician and apprentice recognition.

    Adrian is currently driving the development of a new ICE Further Learning Examination that provides a new route to membership for both Hong Kong graduates and holders of BEng degrees. His passion for serving ICE is undimmed and he is enthused by its current strategic vision. Retiring early from full-time employment for personal reasons, Adrian has the necessary time available for the role of Trustee, to drive change in the UK Regions, and to champion the contribution they make to the ICE.

    The Pandemic has changed the way many professionals work, and the way the ICE operates. The increased use of technology will permanently change how the ICE communicates with, and delivers services to, its members. How should Regions adapt to this change? Adrian aims to engage directly with regional committees, members, and GSNet groups, to develop a consensus for change, and will enable a bottom-up transition focused on both ICE strategy and the needs of members across the UK regions/countries.

    Proposed by Edward Bingham

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    Adrian Coy
  • Gary Cutts

    Gary Cutts BEng (Hons) CEng FICE MAPM MCInstCES

    Senior Project Manager, Turner & Townsend

    "I will continue to champion issues such as the need to maintain competent professional skills in a rapidly evolving workplace; breaking down barriers to achieve greater equality and diversity within the industry and to drive the Net Zero agenda".

    To champion this portfolio, I would draw upon the experience, understanding and lessons learned from having diligently performed a multitude of different regional and global roles in support of the ICE over the last 21+ years. This experience includes supporting regional committees and chairing specialist committees and local branches in the South West region. Undertaking these roles has given me first-hand knowledge of the operational challenges that both the ICE Regional Support Teams and the Regional Committees need to regularly overcome; to deliver the vast range of benefits to the membership and promote civil engineering within society at large. I would also use the experience I’ve gained from my time representing the ICE on the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership: Construction Strategy Steering Group to help me support the regions in influencing the decision makers to the benefit of the profession.

    In addition to being the current Trustee responsible for ‘Membership Engagement’ and ‘Relationship with Council’ portfolios, I am in my sixth year of serving on the ICE Council and the UK Regional Affairs Committee as the South West Regional Member. I have contributed enthusiastically to both these forums and have always strived to lead and direct the Institution and its membership to accomplish better outcomes and reach higher standards for the benefit of civil engineering and the ICE membership - ultimately for society. I am keen to ensure that recent changes to the UK Regional structure become fully embedded and function well.

    Through serving on Council, Trustee Board, Awards Committee, Learning Society Committee, Membership Committee and Chairing the CPD Panel I have established positive, collaborative working relationships over the years with the Director General and the ICE staff. My time on Council has provided me with a breadth and depth of knowledge, understanding and appreciation of challenges that the Institution has faced. I am proud to have played my part in overcoming such challenges as moving to a new Trustee structure for improved Governance and to have voiced my opinions in the debate on voting rights for Graduates. I will continue to champion issues such as the need to maintain competent professional skills in a rapidly evolving workplace; breaking down barriers to achieve greater equality and diversity within the industry and to drive the Net Zero agenda.

    I have the support of my employer Turner & Townsend to commit to this role. I fully understand the responsibilities of being a Trustee for the ICE. I would relish the opportunity to continue working with the other Trustees, as the Trustee for UK Regions, to help create the Vision for next 20 years and ensure that the ICE remains the first choice for the civil engineering profession with all the challenges that the future holds for the industry. I would apply my affable approach coupled with my love of the profession and 25 years’ project and commercial management/leadership experience for the benefit of our great Institution and ultimately the membership.

    Proposed by Emer Murnaghan OBE

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    Gary Cutts
  • Roger Falconer

    Professor Roger Falconer PhD FREng ForMemCAE CEng FICE FCIWEM

    Emeritus Professor of Water and Environmental Engineering, Cardiff University

    "I believe it is essential that ICE continues to create the most appropriate infrastructure to support its members in the UK (and international) Regions, so that civil engineers can remain at the forefront of improving the quality of life".

    I am delighted to be proposed for the role of Ordinary Member of the Trustee Board and the vacancy for Overseeing the UK Regions. I have held academic posts in water and environmental engineering at three UK universities, including: Birmingham (Lecturer, 1977-86), Bradford (Professor, 1987-97 and Head of Department, 1993-97), and Cardiff (Halcrow/CH2M Professor, 1997-2018). Whilst working at these universities I was heavily involved in the local ICE regions and elected to the Midlands, Yorkshire, and Wales regional committees, respectively. I have recently returned to Yorkshire and now serve on the ICE Yorkshire and Humber committee, where I am leading an initiative to establish an annual Flooding Conference in the region. I believe that my continuing experience of serving on these committees throughout my career, and working with the regional committee directors and staff, has given me significant insight into the operation of the ICE UK Regions and the different challenges and opportunities the regions face in contributing to delivering local solutions to the big picture challenges of climate change, sustainability, transport, renewable energy etc. I believe it is essential that ICE continues to create the most appropriate infrastructure to support its members in the UK (and international) Regions, so that civil engineers can remain at the forefront of improving the quality of life of our fellow citizens, across all the regions in the UK and internationally.

    In addition to serving on 3 different regional committees, I have been heavily involved in several activities in the ICE throughout my career, including serving on Council and various committees and being the founding editor of the ICE Water Management journal etc. I believe this experience has given me significant insight into the operation of ICE Head Quarters and how best to help contribute to the support that ICE HQ can provide most effectively to the regions, in serving the needs of its members.

    During my career I believe that I have had the opportunity to appreciate fully the responsibilities of being a Trustee Board member and the need to comply with ICE’s Royal Charter and By-Laws, as well as relevant UK and International laws. For example, I recently completed my term as member of the Trustee Board of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (2016-20) and during this term I chaired the CIWEM Professional Standards Committee. In terms of international responsibilities and opportunities, I was elected President of the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (2011-15) and chaired the IAHR international Council and Executive Committee. I introduced and led several key new initiatives, with the membership increasing by 25% during my period of office. I have developed strong links internationally throughout my career, particularly with the Asia Pacific region (e.g., as a Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering) and am aware of the growing opportunities for greater international collaboration between the regions and international counterparts, e.g., through increased exchange of relevant webinars etc.

    Proposed by Professor John Boscawen Burland CBE

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    Roger Falconer
  • Richard Fish

    Richard Fish BSc(Hons) CEng FICE FIStructE FCIHT MIAM FRSA

    Director, Richard Fish Consultancy Ltd

    “I feel that I have a good understanding of the breadth and depth of our membership’s needs and interests. I believe I can also offer strategic input to the Trustee board and the ICE at this critical time”.

    Having previously served on Council, and as a member of David Orr’s Governance Commission, I fully understand the roles and responsibilities that are placed on a Trustee and our need to comply with charity law. I confirm that I believe I am able, and state that I am willing, to meet those criteria.

    Possibly apart from wartime, I believe our planet has never been in more peril. However, both in the UK and with our global perspective, the Institution is in a strong position to light a path through the economic uncertainty and to show what must be done to overcome the existential challenges we face. I suggest that the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals offer a vision which the ICE should follow; and offering strong leadership from a dynamic and diverse Trustee Board is essential in helping to meet those goals. I believe I have the experience to make a key contribution to solving these challenges at a corporate level.

    In terms of a Trustee representing ICE Regions, as well as at a national level, I have always been a keen supporter of the Institution in the regions, particularly my native South West. The region is the largest in terms of geography and smallest in terms of population and, working with a previous Regional Director, I helped to develop the City Club concept as opposed to the traditional branches. That model has worked well for the SW and I have presented on it at UKRAC; and I know it has been considered by other regions.

    In recognition of my regional work, I was awarded a Spirit of Telford Award in 2007 and the Warren Medal in 2016.

    My two-year tenure as ICE SW Chair included ICE200 when I undertook a personal commitment to visit all of our 12 City Clubs during 2018. This gave me the opportunity to meet many members whose focus is predominantly local rather than regional or national. I also worked closely with the Regional Director to transform our committee, making it more diverse, inclusive and enthused.

    I was a member of UKRAC for a total of 8 years, a forum which I always thoroughly enjoyed and one of the most rewarding of the various committees and panels on which I have served. Through UKRAC, and more lately by the fact that many have observed recent meetings of the Fellowship Panel, I have met all UK Regional Directors. I fully appreciate the demarcation between ICE members and staff at both national and local levels. Understanding respective roles and functions needs special attention at a local level with a mutual understanding of the local committee and RST roles being paramount.

    In summary, both at a regional level and with the national and global perspective from my experience on Council, I feel that I have a good understanding of the breadth and depth of our membership’s needs and interests. I believe I can also offer strategic input to the Trustee board and the ICE at this critical time.

    Proposed by David Orr CBE

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    Richard Fish
  • Paula McMahon

    Paula McMahon BEng CEng FICE FCMI

    Regional Supervising Officer, Sir Robert McAlpine

    "Paula always acts in the interests of the ICE… She is a true leader who inspires others through her own actions and vision of active collaboration and true sustainability for the betterment of the industry".

    Paula is a very well-known and respected leader of the engineering community as a representative of the ICE and her incredible voluntary work promoting engineering.

    Paula has worked closely with the ICE for many years and has seen many changes over the years as the ICE staff and priorities changed and has shaped the regional business plan and approved associated budgets. Paula worked closely with the Regional Director to develop a revised 2021 budget and plan. Due to Paula’s collaborative and inclusive thinking her Teesside Branch is the most diverse and active in the region.

    Paula helps shape infrastructure policies with respect to infrastructure, decarbonisation and education as an active volunteer. Paula has spoken at the Tees Valley LEP and regularly contributes to strategy plans including the North East Construction Strategy 2020-2025 and Tees Valley Combined Authority Business Plan.

    The various regions have challenges unique to them. As a trustee, I would take time and effort to get to grips with and facilitate the ICE to continue the regional successes. Working alongside The Council, Trustee Board, and various other committees and the wider membership, I would understand and then improve existing barriers such as geography, lack of investment, and transport links.

    Paula’s reach goes beyond the ICE as Founding Chair of Engineering Together, where she collaborates with all the major professional institutions whilst shaping a coherent collective vision. She also works with local decision makers and is currently in discussions with the Metro Mayoral candidates to prioritise Climate Action.

    Paula always acts ethically with the best interests of the ICE at the heart of all she does. She personally championed the first ever ICE special issue journal on climate change.

    As a Lead Reviewer Paula is familiar with the UK Engineering Council and ICE professional qualification standards and responsibilities. She is also a very active SCE and Mentor and works closely with MDOs nationally.

    Paula’s has encouraged new processes for improvements and has engaged several times with OGGS staff in relation to computer system improvements, improved member communications and climate collaborations; she strives for transparency, efficiency and resilience in all things. Her constructive challenges of ICE password handling led to a reduction in persons having access to sensitive member data. Her challenge regarding the quality of CSCS test questions has resulted in her appointment to a taskforce to review these. She founded the Committee Charter Task Group in order to bring the ICE NE regional constitution in line with the Royal Charter and By-Laws.

    Paula always acts in the interests of the ICE though her extensive knowledge and direct experience of working with volunteers and ICE both regionally and nationally. She is a true leader who inspires others through her own actions and vision of active collaboration and true sustainability for the betterment of the industry.

    As a member of the SRM Employee Network Paula is responsible for disciplinary, financial and legal matters within the company and as such has a need to keep up with such regulations. Decisions are made by the group and then conveyed through Paula to the staff in her area.

    Paula is well placed to fill the criteria and not only be a great Trustee but also an ideal candidate to Chair the UK Regional Affairs Committee.

    Proposed by Laura Brown

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    Paula McMahon
  • Richard Salter

    Richard Salter BEng CEng FICE

    Structures Engineering Manager, Highways England Operations Directorate South East

    "I would bring my demonstrable passion and enthusiasm to the ICE as a Trustee for the UK Regions, especially in the interests of asset management, maintenance, competency and membership engagement, whilst striving to uphold the core values of the Institution".

    I am a driven, enthusiastic and committed young Civil Engineer, having rapidly progressed through IEng MICE via MPR, CEng MICE via TRR and finally CEng FICE within 12 years of graduating from Exeter University. My commitment to the Institution has been unwavering, including active participation since 2008 in the Exeter, South West, Thames Valley and South East committees in varying roles. As immediate Past Chair of TVB, I led the committee to become a strong and diverse team and reinvigorated member engagement through engagement initiatives including measuring uptake and response and delivering extensive and targeted events programmes; something I continue to develop as VC for Informing Opinion for ICE South East Regional Committee. I am also an SCE, Mentor and Reviewer, and have always endeavoured to lead by example. I believe the Trustee for the UK Regions role would be a logical ‘next-step’ from my previous experience and roles within the ICE.

    I am currently employed by Highways England as Structures Engineering Manager for Operations in the South East Region. I am responsible for the safe management and maintenance programming, including inspections, studies and design for some 3000 structures with an annual budget of around £50m. Actively involved in the transition of services from an Asset Support Contract form to an Asset Development contract form, I am helping bring all ‘front end’ technical services in-house whilst maintaining a consistent programme delivery performance. I am also responsible for overseeing the safe and timely handover into maintenance of the Structures aspects of all Major Projects schemes in Area 3 (including Smart Motorway programmes).

    I would bring my demonstrable passion and enthusiasm to the ICE as a Trustee for the UK Regions, especially in the interests of asset management, maintenance, competency and membership engagement, whilst striving to uphold the core values of the Institution. My relative youth was seen as an asset while working with mature committee structures, and I hope my dynamism and enthusiasm will continue to support and inspire all who I work with, as I have sought to do in all of my ICE committee roles to date. My breadth and depth of experience in the many charitable roles performed by the Institution give me good prior knowledge of the charity’s purpose and work areas.

    As part of my asset, team and budget management roles I have in-depth experience of identifying and mitigating financial risk and consequences through my experience of delivering large programmes of technical studies and schemes, complemented by my experience of implementing corporate risk and quality management processes to reduce risk and increase efficiency. I am also well versed with working with experts in adjacent fields, such as legal, technical and discipline-specific expert bodies.

    Proposed by Elizabeth Orchard

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    Richard Salter
  • Yan Zhou

    Yan Zhou BEng MSc CEng FICE MHKIE

    Divisional Director, Jacobs

    "If elected, I look forward to:

    • Being a strong voice for UK regions
    • Working together with other directorate of the ICE to improve member’s experience in learning, collaboration, and engagement by harnessing the benefit of digital tools ".

    I am fully committed to act in the best interests of the Institution. Having served as a council member and sat on several committees and panels, I understand the responsibilities as a trustee of the Institution. I believe I will add value to the Trustee Board with my passion about engineering profession, my unique work experience both professionally and for the ICE, and my international insights.

    Over my sixteen years professional career, I have developed broad experience in senior positions on major projects across government, transportation, and energy sectors. Currently I’m working on the Houses of Parliament Restoration & Renewal (R&R) programme as a requirements manager. In my previously role as governance lead on the same programme, I led the strategic development and implementation of the three-tiered governance framework across the programme. I have developed deep understanding of governance structure, and how a good governance framework will benefit the organisation especially regarding internal and external relations.

    I have been volunteering for the ICE London Regional Committee for eleven years. My roles evolved from a vice-chair of the Graduates & Students Committee, to a general member when I got chartered, then as Honorary Secretary and most recently as Regional Council Member. I have gained extensive experience by contributing to and managing of regional affairs. I worked closely with four regional committee chairs and three regional directors (and their regional support team) to set vision, strategies, and implementation plans for the region. I contributed to organisational reform and succession planning of the regional committee and executive board. I was on judging panels of ICE regional awards both in London and in South East England regions. In addition, I was chairman of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers UK Chapter.

    I have been an active contributor to the UK Regional Affairs Committee (UKRAC) in the past few years. This forum gave us the opportunity to share lessons learnt and the best practices among the UK regions. It also gave me the opportunity to have a good insight into how the other regions operate in practice. Regions across the country have their unique challenges. With the aim of bringing benefits to all members, it is essential to have a balanced view across the regions to ensure a fair and effective allocation of resources.

    If elected, I look forward to:

    • Being a strong voice for UK regions at the Trustee Board
    • Being a sounding board and bringing feedback from the regions to the Trustee Board in a timely manner. Actively seeking resolution where issues arise
    • Leading and supporting the engagement with UK regions, their regional directors, regional committees, chairs, regional council members, G&S committees, and general members
    • Working with the regions to seize the opportunities for development and growth as well as overcoming the challenges brought by the Covid-19 pandemic and the new ways of working
    • Working together with other directorate of the ICE to improve member’s experience in learning, collaboration, and engagement by harnessing the benefit of digital tools

    Proposed by Steve Lee

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    Yan Zhou
 
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