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ICE West Midlands: ask the ICE President session

Event organised by ICE

21 September 2023
12:30 - 13:45 BST (GMT+1)
Mott MacDonald
10 Livery Street
Birmingham, B3 2NU
United Kingdom

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As part of the ICE President Keith Howell’s visit to the region, members of all grades are invited to join this ask the President session. This is a great opportunity to learn about Keith’s life and career, his role in the ICE, and to answer any burning questions you may have!

There will also be the opportunity to network with other likeminded early civil engineers over a buffet lunch.

Please note: places are limited, so early booking is advisable. Please do not book if you are unlikely to attend and please note that prompt arrival at the venue on the day is vital. Once places are booked, to join the waiting list should other participants cancel, please email via: [email protected] 


Keith Howells

Keith Howells

Institution of Civil Engineers

president 2022/23

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Keith Howells

Keith Howells is the 158th President of the ICE.

Having graduated in civil engineering in 1974, Keith joined one of the founder members of the Mott MacDonald Group and spent the first 10 years of his career in infrastructure design and project management, mostly in the water and transport sectors. On completing an MBA in 1986, he became involved with the planning, feasibility, and financial and economic analysis of projects, principally in the water and environmental sectors. Over the next decade he worked on numerous projects funded by the international finance institutions as well as by UK government bodies.

Keith has built career long experience in the planning, study and design of hydraulic structures, hydropower, urban drainage, sewerage, water supply and river engineering schemes. He has worked in numerous countries as well as in the UK. He ran the firm’s Water and Environment business from 1997 to 2002, before becoming the Group Managing Director in 2004, directing the firm’s expansion in North America and Australasia. Keith became Chair of the Group’s Executive Board in 2011, responsible to shareholders for the performance of the company and its strategic direction – a role he continued until mid-2019.

Keith was on the board of the Association for Consultancy and Engineering from 2011 to 2015, and its Chair in 2013; he was a member of the CBI’s Construction Council from 2013 to 2019; and a member of the Cranfield School of Management Advisory Board from 2012 to 2020.  He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

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