The Railway Civil Engineers Association
The RCEA promotes professional development and knowledge transfer in railway engineering with areas of interest including main line, metros, London Underground and light rail.
The RCEA is delighted to host six talks on the construction of Phase 1 of HS2.
These talks will cover how the project set up its engineering and delivery partner through:
This series of talks is a must for anyone interested in the design and delivery of Europe’s biggest construction project and will feature state-of-the art techniques and video footage of the works as they are happening right now.
Introduction & welcome - David Coles
Building the team - Tom Wilne
Colne Valley Viaduct design - George Kapos
Colne Valley Viaduct construction - Aimee Davies O’Grady & Natalia Ximenes
Chiltern Tunnel - George Isitt
Sustainability and environment - Alice Williams & Carl Baker
Innovation - Nick Podevyn
Round up & meeting closed
Department for Transport
David joined the Department for Transport’s High Speed 2 Rail Group in 2016 and was appointed chief engineer for the whole department in 2020. He leads a team advising on technical and operational aspects of DfT’s infrastructure projects, their influence on cost, value and risk and where we should be looking to innovate.
He is a chartered civil engineer and director and fellow of both those institutions and former chairman of the Railway Civil Engineers’ Association.
In 2020 he completed the Infrastructure Project Authority’s Major Projects Leadership Academy and in 2021 he was elected to ICE Council.
Tom is a Programme Director with Jacobs and currently leads the HS2 Engineering Delivery Partner JV (EDP) on behalf of Jacobs, Atkins and Sener.
Tom’s career spans high speed rail, aviation, infrastructure, and oil and gas, in both client and consultant roles. Prior to joining Jacobs Tom was the Project Delivery Director for Manchester Airport Group, leading matrixed multi-discipline teams across the group’s airports to develop and deliver the capital investment programme.
Previously Tom worked across Shell’s exploration, production and refining businesses, through numerous commercial, project and technical roles, operating on both a global and local scale.
senior methods manager
Aimee is a Chartered Civil Engineer, who joined the Align JV in 2020, leading the Sub-Structure Methods team for the Colne Valley Viaduct. She joined the Methods Team, having worked previously for 12 years as a Project Manager with Lendlease.
Alice is Environmental Manager for Surface works at the ALIGN JV South Portal and Western Valley Slopes site covering earthworks, drainage, civils and landscaping. She has been with ALIGN Since August 2019, starting as an Environmental Advisor. Prior to working on the ALIGN JV, Alice was an Assistant Ecologist for CSA Environmental – an Ecology, Landscape and Urban Design Consultancy.
sustainability & waste lead
Carl is the Sustainability and Waste lead at Align JV. He has worked within Waste and Sustainability across both the public and private sectors for over 12 years.
George is Civil Engineer and Design Manager working with a 10-year history in heavy civil and infrastructure projects. He spent 5 years in the Nuclear Energy sector, working on HPC from project development through to Civil Delivery phase. He has since spent 5 years on HS2 C1 working as a design manager on underground works including tunnels and shafts.
cvv design package manager
George is a Chartered Civil Structural engineer with 18 years of experience in major transport infrastructure and process industry projects in the UK, Europe, Middle East and Australia. He has key knowledge and expertise in the design of concrete and steel structures ranging from buildings to bridges. George has worked on several significant transportation projects, notably the North West Rail Link (NWRL) in Australia; the New Tyne Crossing in the UK; The New Europe Bridge in Bulgaria - Romania and the Shah Amanat Bridge in Bangladesh.
Natalia is a Civil Engineer working towards Chartership, who joined Align JV in May 2021 as a Sub-Structure Methods Engineer for the Colne Valley Viaduct. Currently working as Section Engineer, leading the Viaduct’s Internal Drainage Package. Previously working for 3 years as Engineering and Utilities Coordinator at Lenovo Brazil.
innovation & improvement manager
Nick is an Innovation Manager at Sir Robert McAlpine, currently working in the Align Joint Venture. He has worked for 20 years in frontline engineering projects. Nick has worked across defence, civils and renewables and previously served as an officer in the Royal Engineers which included operational deployments to Afghanistan to conduct combat engineering projects.
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This event is primarily for those living and working in Republic of Ireland who are planning on achieving Incorporated or Chartered Membership with the ICE.