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The ICE's director team makes sure the ICE's Plan is delivered as agreed by its trustees.

Meet the team

Dr Janet Young CBE

Director general and secretary

Dr Janet Young joined the ICE as director general and secretary in January 2023.

She has extensive experience in the built environment sector, having most recently worked in the Cabinet Office where she was head of the Government Property Profession, leading the profession and driving the agenda for the property and estates function.

She has also been global director of estates for the British Council, director of estates for the Ministry of Justice, and head of asset management in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

She is a Major Projects Leadership Academy graduate of the Saïd Business School, and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Royal Engineers, and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Her PhD, Towards Zero Energy Buildings, looked at the challenges and solutions for low carbon and energy developments.

Janet was awarded a CBE in the King’s Birthday Honours 2023 for public service.

Janet Young

Séan Harris OBE

Deputy director general and director of membership

Séan was appointed director of membership in August 2015 and has been an engineer for over 30 years bringing leadership, planning and financial experience to the role.

After a distinguished career in the Royal Engineers which included a spell as the UK defence advisor and commander of British Gurkhas in Nepal, Séan Harris joined ICE as director of membership in 2015.

Séan is guided by a core principle of growing a diverse, broad and professionally qualified membership.

By helping individuals to realise their potential and supporting employers in attaining the highest professional standards, he believes that ICE can play a powerful and positive role in meeting the great challenges that society faces.

Crucial to this is ensuring high member satisfaction and the desire to remain an ICE member for life.

Under his direction, ICE was the only Professional Engineering Institution (PEI) to have grown professionally qualified membership every year from 2017-2021, one of only two PEIs to have seen a year-on-year increase in university applications, and has led the engineering profession in terms of annual growth in female and BME membership.

Séan is responsible for overseeing the creation and delivery the membership proposition.

This includes programmes to inspire students to study and practice civil engineering, the accreditation of civil engineering degrees, the Initial Professional Development of graduates, Professional Reviews for the technician, incorporated and chartered qualification, and Continuing Professional Development and delivery of lifelong learning.

Sean Harris

Tas Bhanji

Director of communications

Tas joined the ICE in 2021 as director of communications and is responsible for coordinating the external communication of the work of the institution.

She started her career in Beijing and spent a number of years working on pan Asian issues before moving to Brussels to work with the EU. Tas combines significant agency experience with senior in-house roles with the CBI and McDonald's.

Tas is a member of the world’s largest PR professional body, the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA), where she has been a member of the PRCA council and led their work on accessibility and inclusion in 2021.

Tas Bhanji

Mark Hansford

Director of engineering knowledge

Mark is passionate about civil engineering. He is a civil engineer; he is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers; and throughout his 20-plus year career he has sought roles that have allowed him to work with others to both promote the profession and provide professional engineers with the information to help them become better engineers.

That passion for the industry stems from his 20-plus year association with it. He has a MEng in Civil Engineering (First class) from the University of Birmingham and spent three years as a practicing engineer with consultant Atkins before joining New Civil Engineer in 2000, a title he edited for five years before joining the ICE in February 2020.

As a practicing civil engineer he carried out water supply and distribution analysis in the UK and overseas, spending several months in Ghana conducting a fixed asset condition and revaluation study of its 100 largest urban water schemes.

At New Civil Engineer he’s visited and written technical reports on some of the world’s most spectacular structures in including the Burj Khalifa, the Brenner Base Tunnel and Vladivostok’s Russky Island bridge.

He’s also reported from the scene of a host of international engineering disasters including a bridge collapse in northern Portugal, a tunnel fire in Baltimore and tsunami-struck Sri Lanka. And in 2003 he was the first construction reporter into Iraq following the second Gulf War. Didn’t see Nick or Sean there.

Beyond the ICE Mark volunteers time to judge numerous industry awards and in recognition of his efforts to promote the profession was in 2016 invited to join the Worshipful Company of Paviors, a City of London Livery Company that works to promote the highways industry and provide opportunities for young people through its London Highway Academy.

Mark Hansford

Calum Mercer

Group finance director

Calum joined the ICE in November 2023 and is responsible for all financial reporting and control matters across the group.

A Chartered Accountant and Fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers, he has worked at board level for over 20 years as CFO or non-executive director including at a range of infrastructure and utility companies. Calum is well versed in dealing with a variety of stakeholders and tax regimes having worked in both the business and charity sectors.

In his most recent role before joining the ICE, he was Director of Finance and Operations at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the professional membership body responsible for supporting psychiatrists throughout their career. In that role he had responsibility for leading the group’s financial performance as well as all governance matters.

Calum Mercer

Andrea Naylor

Managing director, Thomas Telford

Andrea Naylor joined Thomas Telford Ltd (TTL) in March 2023.

As MD of Thomas Telford, Andrea is responsible for developing the commercial activities of the organisation.

Andrea has a wealth of experience in the business-to-business information and publishing sector and has worked previously as MD at Bloomberg Industries and also the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and Lexis Nexis.

Andrea’s focus is commercial growth based on digital transformation and innovative product development.

She builds on the excellent progress TTL has made in its field as the leader for commercial civil engineering contract information and training tools.

Andrea Naylor

Gary Payne

Chief operating officer

Gary joined the ICE Group in 2005 as director for our award-winning venue, One Great George Street (OGGS).

He now oversees various aspects of the ICE Group, including the people team, the events team, and OGGS. Additionally, Gary serves as an executive director on the board of Thomas Telford Ltd.

Gary was appointed chief operating officer (COO) in September 2023. His role covers the management of the facilities team at OGGS, including looking after the tenants at ICE properties. The ICE events team, under his leadership, continues to deliver exceptional experiences throughout the year, with key highlights being the ICE presidential address and the Certificate Presentation Ceremony. Gary also oversees the operations at OGGS, which isn’t only the home of infrastructure, but also hosts a wide range of events and filming activities, including the recent Bob Marley movie. Gary is working closely with his team on plans to reduce the carbon footprint across the ICE estate.

Gary brings a wealth of experience from working at several five-star hotels across London, including the Savoy and the Goring. Throughout his career, working with people has been central, and he has a wealth of experience managing diverse talents and skills in the leisure industry and now at the ICE Group. Gary has worked in the Westminster area for many years, having led the catering teams at the House of Commons.

Gary Payne

Chris Richards

Director of policy

Chris joined the ICE as head of policy and external affairs in October 2018.

As director of policy, he oversees the ICE’s policy and external affairs function focused on ensuring decision makers have access to the advice and insight on how to use infrastructure to allow our planet, and those who live on it, to thrive.

As part of his role, Chris has given evidence to parliamentary select committees, conducted media interviews, spoken at events, authored reports and briefed ministers on the case for change.

Previous roles include head of business environment policy at EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation – where he was responsible for developing positions on infrastructure, regional growth and digital transformation.

Other policy roles include stints at the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Chris Richards

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