ICE's Council

ICE Council 2016 - 2017

Our Royal Charter and by-laws ensure that members are involved in how ICE is run. This is done through our council. Discover how our council works and learn about our current council and our senior members

Council is made up of 44 members from different countries and grades of membership. Every year, certain positions on our council become available, so members can stand for these positions. They receive votes from other ICE members.

How does our Council work?

Four times a year the council meets to talk about our future plans and to set our policy (the details of what we are going to do). These meetings cover education, training, qualification and ICE's role as a source of civil engineering knowledge.

The council has an Executive Board, which is chaired by the senior vice president and takes care of more detailed business. It's made up of the president, vice presidents and five elected members.

The council and Executive Board are responsible for running the institution on behalf of our members, but the director general manages our day-to-day affairs.

ICE member? You can access the most recent council minutes and summaries going back over the last 2 years.

Meet our council

Our council members are also trustees of the institution. This includes ensuring that ICE is run in the right way (legally and so we meet our Royal Charter objectives). Members serve for three years (while the president is in post for one year) and come from around the world. They range from members who are new to the industry to very experienced and influential civil engineers managing big companies.

Find out more about our current council and our senior members.

Council Committees and Calendar 2018

The members' handbook "Council Committees and Calendar 2018" is now available. It's an invaluable source of information for both ICE members and staff. The handbook also details our regional and international structure and provides ICE's key calendar of events and activities for the year ahead.

Download the Council Committees and Calendar

ICE President

Our president promotes the institution and the profession in the UK and around the world. ICE has a different president every year.

Professor Lord Robert Mair

Professor Lord Robert Mair CBE FREng FICE FRS, President 2017 - 18

Robert Mair is Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering at Cambridge University, where until recently he was the Sir Kirby Laing Professor of Civil Engineering and Head of Civil Engineering. He was Master of Jesus College 2001-2011 and Senior Vice-President of the Royal Academy of Engineering 2008-2011. Before he was appointed to a Professorship at Cambridge in 1998 he worked in industry for 27 years, in 1983 founding the Geotechnical Consulting Group, an international consulting company based in London. He was awarded the ICE Gold Medal in 2004 and the President's Medal in 2013.

His research group at Cambridge specializes in the geotechnics of tunnelling and underground construction. He has advised on numerous tunnelling and major civil engineering projects in the UK and worldwide, including the Jubilee Line Extension project for London Underground. He introduced the technique of compensation grouting to the UK; this was successfully used to protect Big Ben from movement due to construction of the adjacent Westminster Station and the technique has now been adopted world-wide. He has been closely involved with Crossrail, Europe's largest civil engineering project, and was a member of its Engineering Expert Panel. He is also advising on the Thames Tideway and HS2 projects. He is Chairman of the Science Advisory Council of the Department of Transport.

He also leads the Centre on Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC) at Cambridge, involving the innovative use of the latest sensor technologies to monitor the behaviour of civil engineering infrastructure. He chaired the Royal Society/Royal Academy of Engineering Report on Shale Gas for the Government, published in 2012. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2007 and awarded the CBE in 2010 for services to Engineering.

He was appointed an independent crossbench peer in the House of Lords in 2015, and is a member of the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology.

Vice presidents

The president is supported by a senior vice president (who chairs the Executive Board) and six vice presidents. Our Council selects three of the vice presidents and the senior vice president to be future presidents.

  • Andrew Wyllie CBE FREng, MBA, BSc CEng FICE CCMI, Senior Vice President

    Andrew Wyllie

    Andrew is Chief Executive of Costain Group PLC, the smart infrastructure solutions company. Prior to taking up this role in 2005, he worked for Taylor Woodrow where he was Managing Director of the construction business and was a member of the Group Executive Committee.

    He worked for several years on a variety of major contracts in Saudi Arabia, Ghana, the Falklands and Malaysia, as well as projects in the United Kingdom.

    In addition, Andrew is a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Yorkshire Water and was previously a Non-Executive Director of Scottish Water.

    Andrew has an MBA from London Business School, is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institute of Directors and the British American Project. He is also a member of the CBI Infrastructure Board and a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute.

    Andrew was awarded a CBE for services to Engineering and Construction.

  • Andrew Wolstenholme OBE FREng BSc CEng FICE FRICS, Vice President Finance

    Andrew Wolstenholme

    Andrew graduated from Southampton University in 1981 with a first class honours degree in Civil Engineering.

    Following five years in the army and 10 years with Arup, Andrew joined the airport operator BAA plc in 1997 as Construction Director for the Heathrow Express rail link. He went on to lead the delivery of the £4.3bn Terminal 5 programme and became BAA's Director of Capital projects running the £10bn development programme across seven UK airports.

    From there Andrew joined the Balfour Beatty Group in 2009 as Director of Innovation and Strategic Capability. Andrew joined Crossrail as its Chief Executive Officer in 2011.

    Andrew is co-Chair of the Construction Leadership Council.

  • Rachel Skinner – BSc (Hons) MSc (Eng) CEng FICE MCIHT TPP, Vice President Public Voice

    Rachel Skinner

    Rachel is Director, Development for WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff, a chartered engineer, a Fellow and elected member of Council for the Institution of Civil Engineers. She chaired the ICE London Region in 2010/11 and is now Chair of its Transport Expert Network.

    In 2016, Rachel was named as one of The Telegraph's inaugural Top 50 Influential Women in Engineering.

    She has authored and co-authored recent publications on autonomous vehicles and place-making, digital technology and its potential for infrastructure, industry innovation and collaboration.

    Having held prior roles as UK Director of Transportation Planning and European Director of Marketing and Communications, Rachel is now involved with major contracts for both public and private sector clients in London and elsewhere in the UK. Rachel is also a founding Board member of the Women's Transportation Seminar in London and was its elected President from 2009-2013.

  • Kyle Clough BEng CEng CEnv FICE RPP FAPM, Vice President Membership

    Kyle Clough

    Kyle is a graduate of Loughborough University and Framework Director for Costain. Previous companies include Edmund Nuttall, Morrison Construction and Tarmac.

    He has worked on a diverse number of projects including Water and Road Asset Management, Highways and Bridges, Marine, Immersed Tube Tunnelling and High Speed Rail. In addition, Kyle provides support to the Loughborough University's Industry Advisory Panel.

    Other areas of engagement have included co-authoring of publications around Digital Transformation and involvement with All Party Parliamentary Groups on Water, Smart Cities and Women in Under Represented Industries.

    His professional interests include the impact of technology on infrastructure and the changing skills needed to be a modern day civil engineer.

    Kyle is a Fellow of the ICE and Chartered Environmentalist as well as being a Registered Project Professional and Fellow of the Association for Project Management.

  • MAK Chai-kwong - GBS JP FICE FCILT FHKIE FHKIHT FHKAES, Vice President International

    MAK Chai-kwong

    CK was a career civil servant. He joined the HK Government after graduating from the University of Hong Kong. During his 37 years of service, he served as Head of the Railway Development Office, Project Manager in the Territory Development Department, Director of Highways and Permanent Secretary for Development in charge of the Government's work policies, the planning, procurement and implementation of infrastructure projects and resource management for the public works programme.

    His latest assignment was the unique appointment as Team Leader to oversee the HKSAR Government funded reconstruction works in Sichuan, China after the 5.12 devastating earthquake in 2008. He liaised with the Mainland officials to devise a HK$9 billion reconstruction programme comprising 150 projects for schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centres, rebuilding the Wolong Giant Panda Conservation Base and two highways in the hilly terrain. This reconstruction programme was successfully completed in 2015.

    Since the early 1980's, he has taken up teaching assignments in the Universities in Hong Kong. His passion is to build and strengthen the bonds between students, young engineers and the more experienced seniors through teaching and interaction, experience sharing, mentoring and experiential learning ventures.

  • Ed McCann – BEng (Hons) MSc CEng FICE FRSA, Vice President Learned Society

    Ed McCann

    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. He is now the Chair of the Board of Directors responsible for the five companies within the Trust.

    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.

  • Dr Jane Smallman BSc (Hons) PhD FICE, Vice President UK Regions

    Jane Smallman

    Jane has worked in civil engineering for most of her professional career. She was at HR Wallingford Ltd from 1984 (when she joined as a mathematical modeller) until her retirement in 2015, and was Managing Director from 2006 to 2014. As Managing Director she was responsible for a £27m turnover business employing about 270 staff. HR Wallingford is a world leading specialist consultant in the area of civil engineering and environmental hydraulics.

    Jane is now a Non-Executive Board Member of the Management Board for the Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (Cefas), which is an Executive Agency of the UK Government Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Cefas is a world leading organisation in marine science and technology, and the aquatic environment.

    Jane is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and was elected to the ICE Council in 2016. She is also a Fellow and Trustee of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST), and was their President in 2016.

    In May 2016 Jane was appointed as an Honorary Visiting Professor to the School of Engineering of the University of Edinburgh. She has a degree in mathematics and PhD in applied mathematics (water wave diffraction), both from Reading University.

General members

There are 15 general members on the ICE Council. General members are individual members who are not linked with any particular constituency. Their role is to communicate with members, represent the views and policies of the Council, and receive feedback from members. *Member of the Executive Board.

  • Jeffrey Ashurst

    Jeffrey Ashurst CEng FICE MCIWEM CWEM MAPM

  • John Robert Beck

    John Robert Beck MBA CEng FICE FRICS MCIArb DipLaw

  • Karen Ann Britton MEng (Hons) CEng MICE

    Karen Ann Britton MEng (Hons) CEng MICE

  • Kate Cairns BEng (Hons) DIC MSc CEng FICE

    Kate Cairns BEng (Hons) DIC MSc CEng FICE

  • Teresa June Frost IEng FICE

    *Teresa June Frost IEng FICE

  • Andrew George McNaughton FREng CEng FICE

    Andrew George McNaughton FREng CEng FICE

  • Yvonne Murphy BEng (Hons) CEng MICE

    Yvonne Murphy BEng (Hons) CEng MICE

  • Gareth John Walker

    Gareth John Walker BEng (Hons) MSc CEng MICE

  • Steven Balliston

    *Steven Balliston HND EngTech MICE

  • Denise Ann Bower

    Denise Ann Bower PhD BEng CEng FICE FAPM

  • David Caiden BSc CEng FICE FHKIE FIEAust FASCE ACIArb PE

    David Caiden BSc CEng FICE FHKIE FIEAust FASCE ACIArb PE

  • Stephen James Dellow BEng CEng CWEM FICE FCIWEM FCIHT MTPS

    Stephen James Dellow BEng CEng CWEM FICE FCIWEM FCIHT MTPS

  • Emma Julia Kent MEng (Hons) CEng MICE MIStructE

    Emma Julia Kent MEng (Hons) CEng MICE MIStructE

  • Emer Marie Murnaghan OBE BEng CEng MICE MIW CEnv

    *Emer Marie Murnaghan OBE BEng CEng MICE MIW CEnv

  • Helen Julia Samuels BEng (Hons) MSc CEng FICE

    Helen Julia Samuels BEng (Hons) MSc CEng FICE

Regional members

There are 13 regional members on Council (including Hong Kong). Regional members communicate with members from their regions to represent the views and policies of the Council. They also receive feedback from members in their regions. *Member of the Executive Board.

International members

There are four international members on Council, representing Europe (non-UK) and Central Asia, Americas, Middle East and Africa and Asia Pacific (non-Hong Kong). International members communicate with members from their countries to represent the views and policies of the Council. They also receive feedback from members in their countries. Members serve until the November of the year shown.

  • Richard John Giffen BEng (Hons) PE FASCE CEng FICE

    Richard John Giffen BEng (Hons) PE FASCE CEng FICE
    Americas, 2020

  • Mark Esdaile Jamieson BEng (Hons) CEng FICE

    Mark Esdaile Jamieson BEng (Hons) CEng FICE
    Middle East and Africa, 2020

Graduate members

There are three graduate members on Council. Their role is to contribute to the Council’s work so it can represent our younger members and keep them interested in ICE and civil engineering. Members serve until the November of the year shown. *Member of the Executive Board.

  • Emily Clare Bonner

    *Emily Clare Bonner BA (Hons) MEng

  • Zoë Henderson MEng GMICE

    Zoë Henderson MEng GMICE

  • Nicola Elizabeth ROBINS MEng (Hons)

    Nicola Elizabeth ROBINS MEng (Hons)

ICE Council Elections 2018

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.

Results for the 2018 Council Elections were announced at our AGM on 17 July 2018. 11 new Council members were elected to take the Institution forward:

General members
  • Blessing Danha MEng (Hons) CEng MICE
  • Lucy Rew MEng (Hons) CEng FICE
  • Neil Sandberg BSc (Hons) MBA CEng FICE
  • John Beck MBA CEng FICE FRICS MCIArb DipLaw
Regional members
  • East Midlands: Edward Bingham BEng (Hons) PGCert CEng FICE
  • West Midlands: Mark James Downes MSc BEng CEng MICE
  • Northern Ireland: Brenda Marie O'Loan BEng (Hons) CEng MICE MAPM MIEI
  • North West: Jeffrey Ashurst BSc (Hons) CEng FICE MAPM
  • South West: Gary Cutts BEng (Hons) CEng FICE MAPM MCInstCES
Graduate member
  • Giedre Jurkonyte MEng (Hons) GMICE

Newly elected members will take office from 6 November 2018 and will serve for three years.

Congratulations and welcome to our new Council members.

Changes to our Royal Charter, By-laws and Regulations

In addition to the Council elections, ICE members were asked to vote on resolutions concerning the governance structure of the Institution, streamlining of the By-laws and new Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements.

Results for the membership ballot were announced at our AGM on 17 July 2018.

Members were asked to vote on nine resolutions affecting the ICE's Royal Charter, By-laws, Admission and Disciplinary Regulations. Members have approved all nine resolutions.

Resolution 1 - related to proposed amendments to the Royal Charter, By-laws and Regulations to change the governance structure of the Institution. The change will see a smaller, more agile Trustee Board of 12 becoming responsible and accountable for all activities of the ICE supported by a new Council, elected by and representative of the membership responsible for delivering advisory and audit functions as well as scrutinizing the performance of the Trustee Board. More than 70% voted in favour of this resolution.

Resolution 2 – related to proposed amendments to the By-laws to allow for Regulations to be made, amended or rescinded by the Trustee Board. Currently, changes cannot come into operation until these have been approved by a member ballot. As the majority of the changes are procedural, giving the Trustees authority to make these changes (as may other professional engineering institutions have done) will enable ICE to operate more efficiently. 69% voted in favour of this resolution.

Resolutions 3 – 5 - related to proposed amendments to the Royal Charter, By-laws and Admission Regulations. The change will draw admission, qualification and training items from the By-laws into the Admission Regulations which would then be renamed 'Admission, Qualification and Training Regulations'. The change will enable ICE to streamline its By-laws. More than 80% voted in favour of resolutions 3, 4, and 5.

Resolutions 6 – 7 – related to proposed amendments to the By-laws and Disciplinary Regulations. The change will draw certain disciplinary items from the By-laws into the Disciplinary Regulations. As above, the change will enable ICE to streamline its By-laws. More than 82% voted in favour of resolutions 6 and 7.

Resolutions 8 – 9 – related to proposed amendments to the By-laws and Admission Regulations to accommodate an Engineering Council requirement for all members to record their CPD. The requirement comes into effect in January 2019 and the change will ensure that ICE continues to be licensed by the Engineering Council. More than 71% voted in favour of resolutions 8 and 9.

Election Timetable

The ballots for 2018 have closed. Council vacancies for 2019 will be posted in November 2018.

Further information

If you would like to find out more about Council nominations elections, please contact the Council Office on +44 (0)20 7665 2002/2077 or at

Voting method

ICE uses the Electoral Reform Services (ERS) to manage our ballot process so the votes are secure.

The ballot is run online for most members. The ERS only sends out a paper ballot when:

  • A member has 'opted in' to receive a postal ballot
  • A member has not provided ICE with an email address

Opting out of online voting

To opt out of online voting:

  • Go to your MyICE profile
  • Click on the + sign next to ‘Ballot & Voting Options’ and tick the box to request the postal vote

Information and contacts

If you'd like to find out more about the Council election, please contact the Council Office on +44 (0)20 7665 2077/2002 or at