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Diversity and inclusion

As a membership organisation and an employer, the ICE values equity, diversity and inclusion. Informed by the Fairness, Inclusion and Respect (FIR) Committee, we work to create a fair environment free from harassment and discrimination.


What is the ICE's diversity and inclusion policy?

Civil engineers work for the benefit and wellbeing of society – including both the environment and humankind.

ICE President Anusha Shah calls for engineers to work in harmony with nature as they ensure that the world has the infrastructure systems it needs to enable our planet and our people to thrive.

As a membership organisation and an employer, the ICE values diversity and works to create a fairer environment free from harassment and discrimination, and one in which everybody feels included and valued.

Anyone who meets our standards can join the ICE. We don't discriminate based on beliefs, backgrounds, abilities or anything else.

All our members and staff should feel able to challenge prejudice and approach their work with open and critical minds.

The ICE recognises that some of its members may work in countries where people are criminalised, victimised or harassed on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

While the ICE expects that its members will abide by local laws, this does not imply that such laws are condoned or deemed fair or appropriate.

Members should always, with due regard for local laws, strive to follow best practice in supporting fair treatment of women and the human rights of LGBT+ colleagues and communities.

Fairness, Inclusion and Respect Committee

Our Fairness, Inclusion and Respect (FIR) Committee is made up of members who are passionate about ensuring the institution is inclusive and representative. 

The ICE aims to:

  • Take a holistic view of diversity, which addresses fair treatment, inclusion and respect for all members.
  • Make everyone more aware of the positive impact of addressing diversity through training for members, media releases, promotional literature and events.
  • Understand and tackle anything standing in the way of equal opportunities.
  • Challenge and address any discrimination.
  • Make sure our policies and the way we work promotes diversity.

Our policies are for members of all grades, employees and anyone applying for a job. We also encourage members to promote diversity in their workplace.

What we do

The FIR Committee works with employers to make sure the civil engineering industry attracts talented people from all backgrounds. 

Any ICE member can contact the committee about equal opportunities issues. 

Name Position
Kate Cairns Chair
Meshi Taka Deputy chair
Anusha Shah Vice president, membership
Tarisiro Fundiro FIR representative for NW
Sandhya Sreekumar FIR representative for SW
Sam Hewlings FIR representative for the Midlands
Rachel Horn FIR representative for Yorkshire and Humber
Nada Elhariry FIR representative for graduates and students
Louise Hall FIR representative for East of England
Norman Chan FIR representative for East of England
Keith Jones FIR representative for Wales
Emma Dickson FIR representative for Scotland
Krish Mistry FIR representative for the South East
Jeff Ashurst ICE Council representative
Tina Gunnarson FIR representative for London
Abbas Naqvi FIR representative for London
Dawn Bonfield WFEO representative
Simone Bertram Committee member
Cherrie Mendoza Committee member
Robert Ridley Committee member
Briony Wickenden Co-opted CECA (The Civil Engineering Contractors Association) rep

Fairness, Inclusion and Respect Action Plan

The ICE is a signatory to the Royal Academy’s Engineering Diversity Concordat.

As such, the institution commits to self-monitoring through the Royal Academy of Engineering and Science Council Diversity and Inclusion Progression Framework.

In November 2020, the FIR Committee led on a membership survey, Racism in Civil Engineering.

The results of the survey of UK members led to the ICE developing a Fairness, Inclusion and Respect Action Plan for 2021-2025.

As part of this, we also developed the Anti-Racism Toolkit for employers, which has been produced with the support of the Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers (AFBE-UK).

What is the Anti-Racism Toolkit and who is it for?

The second version of the ICE's Anti-Racism Toolkit was launched in September 2022.

It provides training and development material, but also practical steps and guidance for organisations of all sizes, to help them be inclusive places to work. 

ICE Anti-Racism Toolkit

Women in engineering

Fellowship is the highest grade of membership offered by the ICE, but women are underrepresented in the cohort.

The ICE Connects initiative, started in 2021, works to improve diversity among ICE Fellows and to build a supportive network to encourage more people to reach this highly respected professional accolade. 

Under the initiative, the ICE hosts hybrid events in locations around the world that unite women and industry allies to explore the importance of diversity across Fellowship. 

Find out more about ICE Fellowship

ICE gender pay gap

As a membership organisation and an employer, ICE values diversity and inclusivity. We believe that workplaces thrive where there is greater diversity, inclusion and gender balance and ICE works hard to create a culture where all of our people are treated equally.

ICE exists to help civil engineers to tackle the challenges facing society. We are best placed to do this when the people who work for us are representative of society.

Whilst the exercise to produce this report has been driven by government legislation, we are pleased that it has allowed us to refocus on the areas on which we need to concentrate to ensure that we strive for balance.

As a consequence of the report, we are putting in place some recommendations to address this issue and whilst it will not be a quick process, we are committed to making sure that our employment practices are as flexible as possible so that we may remove any possible barriers to women taking up positions at the very top of our organisation.

Equity, diversity and inclusion memorandum of understanding

The ICE has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with five membership bodies from across the built environment sector to agree to jointly improve equity, diversity and inclusion.

Alongside the ICE, the organisations collectively represent 350,000 members.

The other signatories of the MoU are:

  • The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
  • The Landscape Institute (LI)
  • The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
  • The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)

Together, the consortium has so far produced an action plan to deliver the three objectives of the memorandum (data collection; improving understanding of transition from education into employment; and EDI standards).

Got a question about diversity and inclusion?

Get in touch with the equality and diversity team to find out how ICE is being more open and inclusive.