Event Organiser: ICE

ICE Council Strategy Session: Reassuring the public that infrastructure is safe, London


  • Lecture
  • Watch online
  • London
  • 21 April 2020
  • 09:00 - 10:30
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About this event

ICE is opening its doors to both members and the interested public to take part in one strategy session that support the Institution’s 2020 thought leadership programme. The session will hear from outstanding experts in the field and will address:

  • What ICE should be doing to reassure the public that infrastructure is safe?

Strategy session: Reassuring the public that Infrastructure is safe

In the wake of recent high-profile failures such as the Grenfell Tower fire and collapse of the Polcevera viaduct in Italy, the first session will ask how civil engineers and infrastructure professionals can best reassure the public that buildings and structures remain safe throughout their lifecycle.

This strategy session shall hear from:

  • Dame Judith Hackitt, Government’s Independent Advisor on Tall Building Safety – outlining her work to advise the Government on how best to establish the powerful new Building Safety Regulator, and challenging whether the civil engineering profession is doing enough to take responsibility for ensuring safety of the public
  • Hazel McDonald, Chief Bridge Engineer, Transport Scotland – describing the challenge of maintaining Scotland’s ageing rail and trunk road bridge assets and efforts to establish an international certification scheme for bridge inspectors
  • Julie Bregulla, Director of Fire & Building Technology, BRE – discussing ongoing work within the ICE to embed the findings of the 2018 In Plain Sight report which made 11 recommendations aimed at ICE and the wider industry, across the areas of lesson-sharing, competence and governance.

Presentations and discussion shall question the confidence that has been shaken by the public in the resilience of buildings and structures. It shall consider how ICE should be driving changes to certification models to improve decision making and oversight at all levels within the industry and consider whether we should be reviewing existing codes, standards and professional guidance to minimise the risk of failure.

This strategy session builds on the work from the 2018 In Plain Sight: assuring the whole-life safety of infrastructure report, and shall seek to respond to the public perception of safety toward infrastructure, and the professionals who build, design, manage and maintain these assets.

Presentations will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.


ICE’s Council is the pinnacle of the Institution’s learning society activity. Each year, ICE’s elected Council identifies several strategic thought leadership challenges for the Institution’s expert network to address. These challenges are topical and directly address issues of interest to ICE’s members and their role to serve the public.


Please note, lunch is available for Council Members and members of the Institution of Civil Engineers only.

Time Event Audience
09:00 Presentation: Reassuring the public that infrastructure is safe Open to members and the public
10:00 Questions and answers Open to members and the public
10:30 Event finishes



Dame Judith Hackitt DBE, FREng, FIChemE, FCGI

Dame Judith Hackitt

Dame Judith Hackitt was the Chair of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety and is Chair of manufacturing trade body Make UK (formerly EEF). She also holds non-executive positions at HS2 Ltd, Made Smarter Commission, Imperial College Court, City & Guilds Group, and High Value Manufacturing Catapult. An engineer by profession, Dame Judith holds a degree in chemical engineering from Imperial College, London.

Hazel McDonald

Hazel McDonald

Hazel is Chief Bridge Engineer for Transport Scotland. Educated at Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities, Hazel has been immersed in maintenance, renewal and asset management of Highway structures for 25 years and worked for Transport Scotland for the last 13 years.

Previous experience with Cumbria County Council and Capita Symonds in inspection, design and maintenance followed a PhD in ‘Temperature Effects in Concrete Box Girder Bridges’ and bridge inspection and assessment for Mott MacDonald. In Transport Scotland, Hazel leads a team of 12 staff managing the inspection, maintenance and improvement of Scottish Trunk Road structures with a current budget of £64.5m.

Julie Bregulla Dipl. Ing PhD CEng FICE

Julie Bregulla

Julie is BRE’s Group Director of Fire and Building Technology and a Visiting Professor at the University of Bath.

She has been involved in a wide range of projects, from technical research to industry strategic studies. She has served as technical secretariat to the UK Building Regulations Advisory Committee, has chaired a sector group of the Group of Notified Bodies and has published over 300 reports, papers and industry guidance, covering various technical aspects of structural engineering.

Julie is a Fellow and Council member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a member of the Expert Witness Institute. She Chairs ICE’s Structures Expert Panel and is a member of the Standing Committee on Structural Safety (SCOSS), which includes contributing to Confidential Reporting on Structural Safety (CROSS) and industry-wide alerts and associated review and analysis.

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