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13th Brunel International Lecture Series – Closing lecture, online

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  • 17 January 2022
  • 12:00 - 13:30
13th Brunel International Lecture Series – Closing lecture, online

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After travelling virtually around the world for 12 months, Seth Schultz will close ICE’s 13th Brunel Lecture Series in London on 17 January 2022.

At the closing lecture, Seth will be joined by ICE President, Ed McCann, and a panel of thought leaders to reflect on Seth’s year-long journey and debate how the engineering community can deliver a carbon-neutral and resilient society by mid-century.


  • Welcome from Ed McCann, ICE President 2021-22
  • Presentation by Seth Schultz, Brunel lecturer
  • Panel discussion and Q&A session chaired by Mark Hansford, Director of Engineering Knowledge


Seth Schultz

Seth Schultz

Brunel Lecturer

Seth is executive director of The Resilience Shift, a global initiative focused on making the world safer through resilient infrastructure. Seth is leading work to accelerate the theory and practice of resilience for critical infrastructure systems. He has a long track record of building consensus and initiating change in sustainable development and urban resilience.

With a 20-year career as a geologist and environmental scientist, Seth has worked with leading organisations to drive change in urban sustainability and raise awareness of the role of cities in tackling climate change. He is a founding partner of the International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure, a global coalition of organisations from across the engineering, investment, city and philanthropic communities.


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. He currently works on major projects and programs in the UK and internationally where he focuses on strategic engineering design and improving productivity across the asset lifecycle.

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 and the two other owners of Expedition set up a social enterprise called the Useful Simple Trust and gave the company to the employees. He is now a Trustee of the UST, which has a number of award-winning companies specialising in Engineering, Communications Design, Architecture, Education and Sustainability.

He is a Royal Academy Visiting Professor of Innovation and a member of the UK’s i3P Strategic Leadership Group which is focused on innovating across the built environment.

He co-created cross industry initiatives including: the Constructionarium, the Get It Right Initiative and the Expedition Workshed.

Ed has been actively involved in design education since 1999 and he is a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor of Innovation.

Along the way he appeared in 35 Television programs on engineering and allegedly has a fan in Japan!

Richard Threlfall FICE

Richard Threlfall

Richard has over 25 years’ experience in infrastructure policy, governance, strategy and financing, working with both public and private sector organisations in the UK and overseas. He is currently Global Head of Infrastructure at consulting firm KPMG.

Richard began his career as a civil servant at the UK Department for Transport where he held positions in the road, rail and aviation directorates. Between 1996 and 1998 he was Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Transport and the Deputy Prime Minister. He subsequently moved to the Infrastructure Advisory team at Citigroup before joining KPMG, where he led the UK Infrastructure, Building and Construction sector until 2018.

Richard has an extensive network of contacts across the infrastructure, transport, utility, and construction markets and the related political, financial and legal communities, in the UK and internationally. He works with national and local infrastructure and transport authorities, private infrastructure owners and promoters of infrastructure schemes. He has advised on the governance and financing of some of the worlds’ most complex civil engineering projects.

Richard is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and became a Vice-President of the Institution in November 2019. He is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Infrastructure. He is a member of the Infrastructure Board of the Confederation of British Industry.

He chairs the Advisory Council of The Infrastructure Forum, which is an independent think-tank which brings together organisations with involvement in UK infrastructure from public, private and regulatory perspectives. He is a prolific writer on infrastructure and transport, and is quoted regularly in the trade and national press.

Chair: Mark Hansford FICE

Mark Hansford

Mark is passionate about civil engineering. He is a civil engineer; he is a Fellow of ICE; 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.

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.

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.

Dame Jo da Silva DBE RDI FREng FICE FIStructE  

Dame Jo da Silva

Dame Jo da Silva has earned global recognition as an engineer who has applied her knowledge and design expertise to improve safety, promote inclusivity, and enhance resilience of communities, cities, and infrastructure globally. 

Jo is currently Global Director, Sustainable Development at Arup leading business transformation in response to the climate, biodiversity and equity crises, and an Arup Fellow. She founded Arup International Development to direct Arup’s expertise and creativity to improving human development outcomes in the global south. She has led the planning, design and implementation of buildings, infrastructure, and urban regeneration projects globally, and worked extensively in crisis and disaster contexts for non-governmental, UN agencies and multi-laterals.  

 She has an honorary doctorate in humanitarian engineering from Coventry University, and was awarded the Gold Medal by the Institution of Structural Engineers in 2017, and last year was recognised as a Royal Design for Industry for sustainable design. She was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in the 2021 New Year Honorus for services to engineering and sustainable international development.

Jennifer Stables FICE

MEA CI Alternative Delivery Lead & Senior Project Manager, AECOM; ICE Qatar Country Representative

Jennifer Stables

Jennifer is a Chartered Fellow of ICE, a registered Engineer with MMUP Qatar, and a Project Management Institute Project Management Professional with PRINCE 2 Project Management certification. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Civil and Structural Engineering from the University of Cambridge in 2007, and has worked for AECOM in Doha, Qatar since June 2013.

Jennifer is the Qatar Representative for ICE and actively supports those seeking chartership. She previously sat on the ICE Global Council for a three-year term and chaired the London Young Members Committee.

She is also a member of Engineers Without Borders UK having been a reviewer for the Engineering for People Design Challenge 2017 and spent three months in Bangladesh in 2012 supporting a rural NGO. Jennifer acts as a Patron for the ‘TeamBuild’ cross construction industry competition for young people previously having acted as an organiser and Trustee.

Jennifer was recognised as one of the top 50 women engineers under 35 by The Women's Engineering Society and The Telegraph newspaper in 2017. She is a Super User for the AECOM Safety in Design initiative and APIC financial systems and an accredited AECOM Project Manager.

Jennifer has recently been appointed to lead Alternative Delivery of Civil Infrastructure for AECOM Middle East & Africa, having project managed multiple D&B projects for AECOM Qatar including the Inner Doha Resewerage Implementation Strategy (IDRIS), Hamad International Airport Western Extension and the Lusail Expressway beautification where she initially worked on the structural design of the 4/5 arches.

Ali Minhas FICE 

ICE Country Representative for Vietnam; Technical Director at RHDHV Maritime Vietnam

Ali Minhas

Ali is a Technical Director for the maritime team at Royal HaskoningDHV based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. 

His main area of expertise is the structural design and management of maritime projects. Ali has extensive experience in leading the design development of complex port projects from master planning to construction stage. He has specialist expertise in designing infrastructure related to general cargo, containers and oil and gas ports. Under Ali’s technical leadership the design team in Vietnam has become a global delivery centre, growing from 15 to over 40 engineers and technicians.

 During the early years of his career, Ali worked with international contractor companies on a variety of large-scale civil engineering projects in Pakistan and Turkmenistan. Due to the first-hand site experience, he can combine his technical expertise with the practicalities of site execution and deliver a best overall engineering solution.

Ali believes in team spirit and exercising a holistic approach to his profession. His overall skill set therefore spans across the spectrum of engineering business including project management, business management and commercial expertise. Ali also regularly contributes and reviews commercial proposals.

 Ali is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) UK, has a MSc in Structural Engineering, Surrey University, UK and BENG in Civil Engineering, Newcastle University, UK.  

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