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ICE's work in Scotland is carried out by volunteer members on various committees and groups. They organise events and activities that bring together like-minded people and give members the opportunity to increase their knowledge, get advice and raise the profile of civil engineering in the region.

Find out about the committees and groups that make up ICE Scotland, and who you can contact to get involved.

  • ICE Scotland Committee

    Lawrence Shackman, Chair

    The ICE Scotland Committee oversees the implementation of the Business Plan and takes the lead on external facing activities to inform opinion and raise public awareness of civil engineering. It is made up of representatives of Branches, corporate members and co-opted Members from across Scotland.

    ICE Scotland's knowledge programme ensures the continuous professional development (CPD) of our members and is delivered by five Branches across Scotland (Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Highlands and Islands). Specialist Interest Groups also organise technical events relating to specific engineering topics.

    ICE Scotland Branches also coordinate support for education and inspiration volunteer activities in local schools to inspire the next generation of civil engineers.

    Name Position Employer
    Lawrence Shackman Chair Transport Scotland
    Jim Young Senior Vice Chair CHAP
    Graham Edmond Junior Vice Chair Transport Scotland
    Frances Ratcliffe Immediate Past Chair Fife Council
    Emily Sweeney Honorary Secretary Jacobs
    Shaun Nesbitt Honorary Treasurer Retired
    Sara Thiam Regional Director ICE Scotland
    Kevin Burnett Aberdeen Association of Civil Engineers President Mott MacDonald
    Alan Hutchison Dundee Chair Tay Road Bridge
    David Cole Edinburgh Chair Goodsons
    Emma Dickson Glasgow & West of Scotland Chair Carillion PLC
    John Campbell Glasgow & West of Scotland Vice Chair Arup
    Steven Robertson Highlands & Islands Chair Mott MacDonald
    Niamh Callaghan Graduates & Students Chair Transport Scotland
    Andrew Campopiano Graduates & Students Honorary Secretary Amey
    Daaoud Shafi Graduate & Students Network Scotland Representative Fairhurst
    Stewart Craigie Municipal Group Scotland - Chair SWECO
    Sandra Purves Panel for Historical Engineering Works (PHEW) Retired
    Ronnie Hunter Regional Council Member Retired
    Mac West Public Voice Committee - Chair Retired
    Alastair Templeton ICE 200 - Vice Chair Jacobs

    The committee's AGM takes place in October of each year.

    Each Branch has a Graduates and Students (G&S) sub-committee which support members who are working towards becoming professionally qualified. Their activities include knowledge events, seminars and competitions and peer group learning about specific aspects of the Professional Review including the written exercise.

    Got a question?

    If you've got a question for the committee, please feel free to contact the chair, Lawrence Shackman:


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  • Glasgow and West of Scotland Branch (GWoS)

    Emma Dickson, Chair

    This is the largest ICE branch in Scotland with just under 4,000 members. It was the first association formed outside London, in 1884.

    Glasgow West of Scotland (GWoS)Branch runs an extensive programme of technical lectures, social events and competitions. The Branch Annual Dinner is the flagship social event in Scotland. It is held in Glasgow in November and is regularly attended by over 600 guests.

    Name Position Employer
    Emma Dickson Chair Carillion PLC
    John Campbell Senior Vice Chair Arup
    Robbie Clark Junior Vice Chair McLaughlin & Harvey
    Graham Edmond Immediate Past Chairman Transport Scotland
    Nicola Bell Honorary Secretary South Lanarkshire Council
    David Riach Minute Secretary Aecom
    Alan Fry Honorary Treasurer Aecom
    Steven Smith Chair Graduates & Students (G&S) Chair Aecom
    Maria Lucey Chair of Education & Inspiration (E&I) Subcommittee Stirling Council
    Vacancy Dinner Secretary  
    Donald Bell Member CH2M
    Robbie Clark Chair of Life-long Learning Sub-Committee McLaughlin & Harvey
    Graham McFarland Chair of Thought Leadership Sub-Committee Aecom
    Sandra Purves Panel for Historical Engineering Works (PHEW) Rep Retired
    Roger Minto Golf Events Organiser Fairhurst
    Alex Currie Member Ramboll UK
    Donal Ryan Member University of the West of Scotland
    Tom Phillips Graduate & Student (G&S) Secretary Network Rail
    Niamh Callaghan Graduate & Student (G&S) Treasurer Transport Scotland c/o Jacobs
    Jamie Salmon Argyll & Bute Section Argyll & Bute Council
    Kefa Gacura Ayrshire Section Ayrshire Roads Alliance
    Ross Gibson Dumfries & Galloway Section Dumfries & Galloway Council
    Ken Aitken Municipal Group Scotland (MGS) Rep Transport Scotland
    Willie Cannon Scottish Geotechnical Group (SGG) Rep Cowi
    Kenny MacDougall Scottish Hydraulics Study Group Enviro Centre
    Vacancy Scottish Hydrological Group (SHG) Rep  
    Ronnie Hunter ICE Council Member Retired
    John Wotton Saltire Awards Representative Retired
    Susan Briggs Saltire Awards Representative Fairhurst c/o Transport Scotland

    Got a question?

    If you've got a question for the committee, please feel free to contact the chair:

    e: Emma Dickson

    Graduates and Students

    Glasgow's Graduates & Students Group runs a series of technical lectures, competitions and social events in Glasgow as well as an annual lunch in November, which is attended by the ICE President.

    Name Position Employer
    Steven Smith Chair AECOM
    Ryan Doolan Honorary Secretary AECOM
    Asif Huq Depute Honorary Secretary Transport Scotland
    Ryan Sanders Honorary Treasurer AECOM
    Eleanor Lockhart Depute Treasurer WSP
    Asif Huq Stirling Conference Transport Scotland
    TBC Annual Lunch  
    Alison Bradley Education & Inspiration Committee ARUP
    Caroline Griffin Technical Meetings Morgan Sindall Group
    TBC Emerging Engineers Competition  
    Ryan Saunders Written Exercise Discussion Group AECOM
    Skye Dick Interview & CV Workshop Mott MacDonald
    Fraser Proctor Student Model Making Competition Glasgow Caledonian University
    Steven Smith 5-a-side football AECOM
    Eilidh Sneddon G&S Pub Quiz University of Strathclyde
    Fraser Proctor Student Representative, Glasgow Caledonian University Glasgow Caledonian University
    Alan Kakuba Student Representative, University of Glasgow University of Glasgow
    Claire Stevenson Student Representative, University of Strathclyde University of Strathclyde
    TBC Student Representative, University of West of Scotland  

    If you'd like to know more, please contact the chair:

    e: Steven Smith

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  • Edinburgh Area Branch (EAB)

    David Cole, Chairman

    EAB covers the Edinburgh area from the Firth of Forth to the Borders. We are keen to serve all of our members throughout the area and are currently looking at arranging occasional events in the Borders or in the Falkirk/Stirling area. New members are always welcome.

    The work of the branch is handled by the Committee who have a wide range of professional experience on a range of projects and specialisms.

    Name Position Employer
    David Cole Chairman & ICE Scotland Representative Goodsons
    Alastair Templeton Immediate Past Chair Jacobs
    Andrew Carrie Interim Honorary Secretary Andrew Carrie Traffic & Transportation
    Gordon Boyd Honorary Treasurer Amey
    Bob McLeod Social Sub-Committee Retired
    Craig Milne Education and Inspiration Will Rudd Davidson
    Michael Woods Committee Member Turner & Townsend
    Derek Elder External Communications Townhouse Consulting
    Alan Hobbs Committee Member Systra
    Ellen Halkon Knowledge Transfer Lead Aecom
    Brian McCall Knowledge Transfer Sub-Committee QMI
    Ellen Halkon Social Sub-Committee Aecom
    Andrew Boxall Social Sub-Committee Lead EDB Infrastructure Ltd

    Got a question?

    If you've got a question for the committee please feel free to contact the chair:

    e: David Cole

    Graduates and Students

    The Edinburgh Graduates & Students Group run a series of technical lectures, competitions and social events in Edinburgh.

    Name Position Employer
    Ross Elliot Interim Chair Sweco
    Stefan Bozhkov Chair (sabbatical until 2017) Atkins
    Jane Templeton Vice Chair Jacobs
    Louise Williamson Honorary Secretary Jacobs
    Conor Owens Honorary Treasurer Heriot-Watt University
    David McKay Communications Sweco
    Isaac Andoh-Kesson IT & WebEx Manager  
    Greig Gibson Pre-19 Co-ordinator Scottish Borders Council
    Barry Stewart Pre-19 Co-ordinator Atkins
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  • Tayside and Fife Area Branch (DAB)

    Kevin Smith, chair

    This branch covers the Tayside and Fife area. It offers a programme of popular technical meetings and social events for all ICE members as well as providing educational activities for local schools and attending careers fairs.

    Name Position Employer
    Kevin Smith Chair  Fife Council
    David Kingsmill Senior Vice Chair Dundee City Council
    Vacant Vice Chair  
    Alan Hutchison Past Chair Tay Road Bridge
    Claire Summers Honorary Secretary Sir Robert McAlpine
    Vacant Assistant Secretary  
    Kevin Smith Education & Inspiration Chair Fife Council
    Alison Ward ICE E&I Coordinator ICE
    Kevin Smith /  David Kingsmill ICE Scotland Representative  
    Andrew Louden Saltire Representative ESD
    David Kingsmill Honorary Treasurer University of Abertay
    Vacant Minute Secretary  
    Daniel Colaci G&S Chair University of Dundee
    Adam Hindmarch G&S Vice-Chair  
    Eriks Maj G&S Treasurer  
    Romans Alehins G&S Secretary  
    Alex Coombes  G&S E&I lead  
    Elsje Fraser G&S Mentors(s)  
    Frances Ratcliffe Corporate Member Fife Council
    Susan Francombe Corporate Member No Red Tape Ltd
    Scott McEwan Corporate Member Millard Consulting
    Andrew Minto Corporate Member University of Dundee
    Margi Vilnay Corporate Member  
    Liam Wood Corporate Member Mouchel
    David Blackwood University/College Liaison Abertay University
    Rod Jones University/College Liaison Dundee University
    Morven Scott University/College Liaison D&A College
    Marc Fleming University/College Liaison Fife College

    Got a question?

    If you've got a question for the committee please feel free to contact the chair:

    e: Alan Hutchison

    Graduates and Students

    The Graduates & Students Group run a series of technical lectures, competitions and social events in Dundee.

    Name Position Employer
    Jamie Williams Joint Chair University of Dundee
    Michael Mudie Joint Chair University of Dundee
    David Lawton Secretary  
    Liam Mullaney Committee Member Dundee College
    Sarah McDonald Committee Member University of Dundee
    Adam Hindmarch Committee Member University of Dundee
    Sarah Bruce Committee Member University of Dundee
    Stephen Brindle Committee Member University of Abertay

    If you'd like to know more or you're interested in getting involved, please contact the chair:

    e: Jamie Williams or
    e: Michael Mudie

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  • Highlands and Islands Branch

    Steven Robertson, chair

    This branch covers the Scottish Highlands with events generally held at Inverness College. It works closely with the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation CIHT in the area to run a number of popular technical lectures.

    Name Position Employer
    Steven Robertson Chairman Mott Macdonald
    Alasdair Couttie Honorary Secretary SSE
    Liam Matheson Honorary Treasurer Forestry Commission
    Kelly Andrew Chair Graduates and Students (G&S) Fairhurst
    Barry Richardson G&S Representative Fairhurst
    Carrie Higgins Committee member University of the Highlands and Islands
    Tom Murray Committee member RJ Mcleod

    Got a question?

    If you've got a question for the committee please feel free to contact the chair:


    Graduates and Students

    The Graduates & Students Group is keen to recruit new members in the Highlands area. If you'd like to get involved, please contact the chair or honorary secretary for more information:

    e: Kelly Andrew
    e: Barry Richardson

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  • Aberdeen Association of Civil Engineers (AACE)

    Kevin Burnett, Chairman

    This associated ICE society organises a programme of technical lectures and social events in the Aberdeen area. It also aims to raise the profile of civil engineering among young people by working closely with local schools.

    Name Position Employer
    Kevin Burnett President 2016-18 Mott MacDonald
    Elaine Delgarno Vice President 2016-18 Atkins
    Jim Young Immediate Past President CHAP Group (Aberdeen) Ltd
    Graham Dixon Young Members' Group Chair Subsea 7
    Chris Thitlethwaite Pre-19 Chair Atkins
    Catherine Gourlay Honorary Secretary Subsea 7
    Stuart Thompson Council Member Fairhurst
    Kate Ivanova Honorary Treasurer Retired
    CA Kennedy Dinner Secretary Private Consultant
    Rachel Kennedy Council Member Aberdeenshire Council
    Donald MacPherson Council Member Aberdeenshire Council
    Alastair Scott-Kiddie Council Member Fairhurst
    Stuart Allan Council Member Aberdeen City Council
    James Gray Council Member Aberdeen Roads Limited
    Israel Osofero Council Member The University of Aberdeen

    Interested in getting involved?

    If you've got a question for the committee, please feel free to contact the chair Kevin Burnett.

    The Branch also run a young members group. Contact Catherine Gourlay for more information.

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  • Graduate and Student Committee

    Niamh Callaghan, Chair

    The ICE Scotland Graduate & Student Committee oversees the activities of all G&S groups in Scotland. It also organises the all-Scotland final of the Emerging Engineers competition.

    Name Position Employer
    Niamh Callaghan Chair Transport Scotland
    Andrew Campopiano Secretary Amey
    Daaoud Shafi GSNET Rep Fairhurst
    Graham Dixon Aberdeen Chair Subsea7
    Louise Edward Edinburgh Chair Jacobs
    Steven Smith Glasgow Chair Aecom
    Kelly Andrew H&I Chair Fairhurst
    Daniel Colaci Dundee Chair University of Dundee

    Got a question?

    If you've got a question for the committee please feel free to contact chair Niamh Callaghan

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Special interest groups

ICE Scotland has a number of special interest groups. They have a variety of responsibilities and meet at least once a year.

Municipal Group Scotland (MGS)

The Municipal Group Scotland (MGS) comprises engineers working in the public sector often for local authorities or client bodies such as Transport Scotland.

They run a events and seminars, hosting high-profile speakers from the field tackling issues of relevance to municipal engineering.

The MGS half and full-day conferences are usually held in Stirling.

Name Position Employer
Stewart Craigie Chair Sweco
Graeme Malcolm Vice Chair West Lothian Council
Kenny Aitken Immediate past Chair Transport Scotland
Lawrence Shackman ICE Scotland Chair Transport Scotland
Richard Williams Minute Secretary John Lewis
Brian Cooper Honorary Treasurer Retired
John Thomson ICE Municipal Expert Panel Member Retired
David Arran Committee member Retired
Gavin Penman Committee member Aberdeenshire Council
Ross Speirs Committee member Fife Council
Elspeth King Committee member Retired
Mac West Committee member Retired
Malcom Taberner Committee member Retired
Vacancy Committee member  
Vacancy Committee member  
William Mahoney Co-opted committee member Perth & Kinross Council
Myles McGregor Co-opted committee member Curtins
Doug Farnan Co-opted committee member Dundee City Council
Thomas O'Connor Co-opted committee member Aberdeenshire Council
Sara Thiam Ex-officio member Director, ICE Scotland
James McLeod Corresponding member Dumfries & Galloway Council
Sandy Ross Corresponding member Sweco

Got a question?

If you've got a question for the group, or you're interested in getting involved in their work, then please contact:


Scottish Hydrological Group (SHG)

This group offers specialist technical meetings for all members interested in hydrological engineering. Meetings are held across Scotland.

Got a question?

If you've got a question for the group, or you're interested in getting involved, then please contact:

Name Position Employer
Michael Stewart Chair Kaya Consulting
Jonathan Dick Honorary Secretary University of Aberdeen

Scottish Geotechnical Group (SGG)

This group specialises in sharing knowledge in the field of geotechnical engineering. It is a regional group of the British Geotechnical Association.

Name Position Employer
Andrew Hatherley Chair Arup
Karen McPherson Vice Chair CH2M
Ross Turnbull Honorary Treasurer CH2M
Scott Robinson Honorary Secretary University of Dundee
Christopher Currie Communications Secretary Jacobs
Payal Debroy Student/University Liaison Cowi
Jessica Smith Poster Competition and GeolSoc Liaison Atkins
Willie Cannon ICE Glasgow and West of Scotland Student Liaison Cowi
Lorin Bosoc Poster Competition and Social Media CH2M
Bobby Mickovski Committee member Glasgow Caledonian University
William Robinson Committee member Fairhurst
Stuart Jackman Committee member BAM Ritchies
Tom Shire Committee member University of Glasgow

Interested in getting involved?

If you've got a question for the committee, please feel free to contact the chair.

The objective of the SGG is to promote the geotechnical engineering profession mainly by arranging learned meetings and bringing high profile national and international lectures to Scotland.

This is coupled with encouraging young people into the discipline and promoting young engineers. SGG arranges meetings, seminars and competitions in order to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, knowledge and experience concerning the latest developments in the continually developing field of geotechnical engineering.

Scottish Hydraulics Study Group (SHSG)

This group shares knowledge on hydraulic engineering among members in Scotland.

Got a question?

If you've got a question for the group, or you'd like to get involved, then please contact:

e: Dr Kenny MacDougall, Chair, Envirocentre

Panel for Historical Engineering Works (PHEW)

This group is made up of historical experts and those who are passionate about recognising and preserving Scotland's rich engineering heritage. It hosts a series of events through the year, including an annual Summer Visit.

The 2015 Summer Visit will take place on July 3-5thand will visit landmarks in Dumfries and Galloway. Contact Sandra for details and booking.

ICE Scotland also has a collection of civil engineering artefacts which is currently hosted by Heriot-Watt University. Information on the collection is available on their website.

Got a question?

If you've got a question, or you'd like to get involved with the group, then please contact:

e: Sandra Purves Honorary Secretary, retired

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