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ICE Fellow

ICE Fellow at a North West fellows event

Fellowship, our highest grade of membership, is for civil engineers and technicians who've made a big contribution to the profession. Fellows and prospective Fellows are often known and respected in the industry for their expertise.

Why become a Fellow?

ICE Fellowship recognises your high level of knowledge, ability and experience. This recognition positively affects how your peers, employers and clients see you. So if you're an experienced civil engineering professional or academic, or in a senior position in the industry, becoming a Fellow can really increase your status.

As a Fellow you'll get all of our standard member benefits, plus:

  • The post nominal letters 'FICE' to use after your name
  • Our ICE Fellows’ stamp (logo) to use on websites, stationery etc
  • The opportunity to shape ICE policy by joining an expert panel, or through events and online discussions
  • ICE and peer recognition for your contribution to the profession
  • The opportunity to 'give back' as a mentor or ambassador to young people

Who's it for?

If you've been involved in important engineering work in a senior position, you could become a Fellow.

This responsibility includes heading up the promotion, planning, design, construction, maintenance or management of major projects. It could also involve playing a part in changing policy for the sector in general.

Fellowship can be awarded in other ways too: for expertise in a technical subject area, or for engineering education and training. You can apply to become a Fellow even if you're not an ICE member.

Meet our Fellows

Want to know more? Hear from other ICE Fellows about their journey to Fellowship and how it benefits them.

  • Samina Khan CEng FICE

    Samina Khan

    Applying to become a Fellow allowed me to reflect on my career achievements and how much I have accomplished. I want to be a positive role model to future female engineers and inspire them to take the next step to become an ICE Fellow.

    Following a visit in 1974 to my parents’ home villages in north-west Pakistan, I decided that I wanted to do something that would help people. Having only lived in London before this visit, it was a little bit of a culture shock to find myself in a country with little/no sanitation and where the drinking water was from a well and then needed to be boiled for several minutes to avoid us becoming ill. Not having a fridge also meant we drank lukewarm water for months!

    Later in life when I working as an engineer, I was horrified at the lack of attention given to protecting the environment. As an engineer, I knew we could have a good infrastructure without compromising the environment. This was the catalyst for me completing an MSc in Environmental Impact Assessment.

    My most rewarding projects have been:

    • Eastern Region Road Maintenance Programme, Nepal. Early in my career, I had the opportunity to work in Nepal at the public works departments. I helped manage their maintenance programmes and budgets effectively which gave me the experience of working in challenging environments. Access was limited and there were frequent floods and landslides as a result of heavy monsoon rains and climate change.

      I also saw the impact on people and through my work, the public works department issued longer-term contracts to their workers. This gave the workers more security and allowed them to make plans. This was incredibly satisfying and showed me how the provision of infrastructure can contribute to moving people out of poverty.
    • Medmerry managed realignment. It was the first open coast realignment in England; and a unique scheme delivering economic growth, better access to nature for local residents, new coastal habitat and reduced flood risk. It was rewarding leading a strong multi-disciplinary team who were committed to finding an innovative and sustainable solution to the management of the coastline at Medmerry.

      I lead the project from strategy through to construction, fostering a collaborative open relationship with consultant, contractor, local authority partners, and other stakeholders (including community and private businesses). This project created a managed realignment that serves as a very adaptive sea defence, works with natural processes and is an amazing habitat for birds. The project won the Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award in 2014.

    I never thought I would even become chartered all those years ago, so I’m incredibly proud of my achievement in becoming a Fellow in 2016.

    Inspiring other female engineers and my daughter was what really motivated me to become a Fellow. I enjoyed the application process because it made me look back over my varied career path and reflect on how much I’ve accomplished. I was lucky enough to have the support and encouragement of some inspiring mentors helping me with my application and now I want to encourage others to become Fellows.

    Since becoming a Fellow, I have changed jobs. I think the application process helped me recognise how transferable my skills are and made me reflect on the areas of work that gave me the most satisfaction. Do I feel I am treated differently? I am not sure. It is a conversation starter though and has raised some eyebrows!

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  • Alison Chippington FICE

    Alison Chippington

    My passion for civil engineering ignited when I did my first summer placement in North Wales. Even though I’d chosen to study the subject because of my interest in maths, science and problem solving, it was the hands-on experience that sealed the deal.

    Further summer placements followed, giving me the opportunity to work on large infrastructure projects including the Mersey Estuary Pollution Alleviation Scheme (MEPAS), building cathedral-like underground structures to reduce sewage discharge into Liverpool's famous river.

    All the projects I worked on brought their own challenges, giving me a real sense of achievement when they were completed well. Looking back now, I can recognise my communication skills and cooperative nature were fundamental to their successful delivery. In recent years, I have found real satisfaction in developing business strategies and successfully winning work with new customers in new sectors.

    I've been an ICE member since 1990. When I was told I'd became a Fellow in April 2017, I was so excited and felt proud that I've achieved this milestone – it was a real boost to my confidence. I hope with my accomplishment, I will inspire others to pursue their own professional qualifications.

    One bit of advice I would give to someone who is considering pursuing ICE Fellowship – use ICE resources to check your eligibility. Make notes of which attributes you think you meet and discuss it with colleagues, your local membership development officer (MDO) and your family. You can use this to map out additional development areas and draft your submission to find sponsors.

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How much does it cost?

Fellowship subscription rates depend on your location:

  • £409.00 per year (members in the UK)
  • £310.75 per year (members outside the UK)

If you're earning less than £16,286 a year, you might qualify for a reduced membership rate of £67.50.

What do you need to apply for Fellowship?

The Fellowship guidance document provides full details on the process and the attributes you will need to demonstrate. Please ensure that you read this document so that you are fully aware of what you need to provide with your application.

Please note that if you would like us to assess your suitability for Fellowship before applying formally, you can first contact your Regional Support Team or the Fellowship Executive at fellowship@ice.org.uk for advice. To obtain a preliminary assessment, you will need to send us an up to date CV (4 sheets of A4 maximum) setting out your personal achievements.

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Am I ready to be an ICE Fellow?

Becoming an ICE Fellow demonstrates you've reached the peak of your profession. If you're an experienced civil engineer working at a senior level, find out if you're eligible to reach the top.

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