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ICE Presidential Address 2022

Event organised by ICE

01 November 2022

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The ICE welcomes its 158th President, Keith Howells, at an online event on 01 November 2022.

The Presidential Address is one of the highlights of the Institution’s calendar and at his inaugural event, incoming president Keith Howells will look at how civil engineers can use the UN Sustainable Development Goals framework to truly build a better society. We hope that you will be able to join us and celebrate his inauguration.

An ICE fellow, Keith has had a distinguished career in the planning, design and construction of hydraulic structures and river engineering schemes, urban drainage and sewerage, hydropower, and water supply schemes.

He was managing director of engineering consultancy firm Mott MacDonald from 2004 to 2011, and chair from 2011-2019. Throughout his 45 year career, he has worked on numerous international projects, including those funded by international finance institutions, as well as completing many projects in the UK, mostly in the water sector.

Keith also holds fellowships at the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

With thanks to all the individuals and organisations who made this film and the projects highlighted in it possible: Ana Ramos, Ayanangshu Dey, Ben Howe, James Redman, Jonty Howley, Mace Group, Dr. Nilangshu Bhusan Basu and the entire team at Kolkata Municipal Corporation, Peter Fry, Peter Robinson, Scottish Canals, and many others.


Keith Howells

Keith Howells

Institution of Civil Engineers

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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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Barbara Etzi