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Board

The Board is the Institution’s governing body and its members are our Trustees.

The Board is appointed and elected by the Council. It comprises eleven members including the President, three Vice-Presidents, a Past President and six Council members.

The Board exists to:
  • Act as trustees 
  • Ensure compliance with our Royal Charter and Bye-laws
  • Develop our strategy and policy
  • Set and maintain a framework of delegation and manage internal processes
  • Ensure our objectives are allocated adequate resources 

Joe is a self employed consulting engineer based in Ireland, having previously worked as a lecturer and Head of Department of Civil and Structural Engineering at Dublin Institute of Technology. Prior to that, Joe worked in consulting engineering practices on projects in Europe and the Middle East. Joe has had a long involvement in the engineering profession in Ireland through his involvement with the Institution's Regional Group Committee, having served as both Chairman and Vice Chairman. He has served on many of the Institution's panels and committees, including chairing the Paper Awards Panel, Education Committee and Engineering Leadership Group. Joe continues to promote the internationalism of the Institution, firmly believing that the Institution's future lies in collaborating with other international organisations with similar interests and objectives.

Don is a director of RPS, a global energy resources and environmental consultancy. He specialises in project managing multidisciplinary projects and in forensic engineering. Don was first elected to Council in 1989 and has since been involved at HQ particularly with the development of The Structural Engineer, still serving on the Editorial Advisory Group. He has authored many technical papers, some award winning. Don is also a RAE Visiting Professor. He is passionate about mentoring younger engineers, providing technical support and guidance to members and promoting the Institution as the world leader in structural engineering.

K.F. is a Professor in Structural Engineering at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He has been involved with the Joint Structural Division of the Institution and the Hong Kong Institute of Engineers in various capacities since 2000. He was elected an Institution Council Member from 2013 to 2015, and then a Vice President in 2017. K.F. believes strongly in education, research and innovation. He has witnessed huge infrastructure development in various parts of the world, in particular, China. He strives to promote innovative applications of structural engineering to enable sustainable construction with high performance materials. He advocates effective design and construction of high strength steel structures.

Jane is Technical Director to Thomasons in Manchester, specialising in work on existing buildings. She particularly enjoys working on historic structures and undertaking Expert Witness work. Jane has been involved with the Institution since 2000, serving as Regional Group Chairman for Lancashire and Cheshire in 2006/7 and on various committees and panels. Currently she is serving her second year as Vice President and also serves on the Membership, Education and Resources Committees. Jane is very keen to ensure that discussions and decisions made at HQ account for and reflect the needs of members, helping them undertake their day-to-day work to the benefit of society.

Faith has a strong track record in multidisciplinary engineering projects, collaboration and knowledge sharing. She is a Director of Arup and an expert in skill-based communities. Faith leads the firm’s strategy for communities of professional practice and developed its innovative Masters programme in collaboration with partner universities. Faith’s structural design projects have included many award-winning buildings, from the American Air Museum in Duxford to the Tate Modern. With a passion for technical excellence, collaboration, and leadership, Faith was awarded an MBE in 2012 for Services to the Built Environment and Engineering Professions, and holds an Honorary Doctorate from Bath University. 

Glenn Bell has worked for more than 40 years as a structural engineer at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH), a US-based structural engineering firm, where he has been responsible for creative design of structures internationally. He was SGH’s CEO for 22 years and currently serves as Chairman. Glenn’s passion is working with professional and academic institutions to help prepare the structural engineering profession for future leadership roles, helping society meet its grand challenges. He has written and spoken globally on that subject. Glenn is also a board member of the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) and works to strength collaboration between the Institution and SEI for the greater good of the global engineering profession.

Shalini is a consulting structural engineer with PAHO/WHO specialising in climate resilient design of buildings and healthcare facilities. Since 2013 she has also been involved in humanitarian response following natural disasters. She believes that structural engineers have an important role in safeguarding our built-environment for future generations and strongly advocates for this in developing countries, particularly SIDS.

David Knight is Director of Design and Engineering at Cake Industries. He is an experienced designer, with a background in bridges, sculpture and moving structures, and he was lead designer for several award winning footbridges. He has a passion for well crafted design, cross disciplinary collaboration and making beautiful things.

Victoria is an Engineering Associate with BDP in London, having recently left Expedition where she worked on world class designs both in the UK and overseas. Her involvement with the Institution started with the North Thames Regional Group, before joining the Education Committee, being elected to Council and subsequently the Board where she is serving her second term. Victoria is passionate about the Institution’s potential for knowledge sharing; supporting those in practice, engaging the general public and enthusing future designers. She firmly believes in taking a broad, holistic approach to engineering and the importance of the entire team in producing elegant, sustainable designs.

Ashutosh has extensive experience in delivering water, energy and built environment projects spanning Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He has worked for leading global design firms and contractors including Mott MacDonald, Black and Veatch and MWH. Ashutosh specialises in health and safety, constructability and is keenly interested in development and implementation of BIM and automation. He is passionate about promoting professional qualifications and actively supports number of professionals in their pursuit of gaining chartership. Ashutosh was co-opted member to Council in 2016 and is currently serving his first year on the Institution Board (Trustee) and third year on Institution Council. He also serves on the Institution’s Education Committee and is an Institution representative in India. Ashutosh firmly believes structural designs should demonstrate the fine balance between elegance, functionality, costs, aesthetics and sustainability, thus helping build a better world for future generations.

Marelize Visser began working as a structural engineer at VelaVKE doing concrete bridge design in 2001, then started her own structural engineering consulting practice in 2010, namely TMV Consulting and Design. She joined the Joint Structural Division (JSD South Africa) in 2011 as ordinary committee member, and then served as the treasurer during mid-2013 and 2014. She was appointed as JSD Chairperson 2015 and 2016, with an extended two year term 2017 and 2018. Marelize started serving on the Instituion Council from 2015, and was appointed as an ordinary Council member 2017-2019. During 2017 she was appointed to serve the Institution as a Board member. She is also a Fellow of the SAICE (South African Institute of Civil Engineers), serving on its Council since 2014. 

Matthew is a Director at Pinnacle, responsible for the Norwich office and offshore structures. He is a consulting engineer with experience across the commercial, retail, industrial and residential sectors in the UK, as well as offshore structures specialising in ‘brown field’ work. Matt has been actively involved with the Institution since the mid 1990’s serving on numerous panels and committees as well as being East Anglian Regional Group Chairman, twice, serving on Council and the Board. Matt progressed from becoming an Incorporated Engineer in 1995, to Chartered in 2005 and a Fellow in 2015. In 2014 he was presented with the Institution's Lewis Kent Award.

John is an advocate of collaborative working, both through the design and construction phases of projects. With a mix of consultancy, contractor and client experience, he currently leads Michael Aubrey Partnership which he established in 1994.  Following his collaborative ethos, the Michael Aubrey offering includes traditional structural consultancy blended with architectural design and more latterly, construction of their own designs. John has been actively involved with the Institution since achieving Chartered status in 1994, serving on panels and committees including Resources 2004‑2018, Council 2008 to date, Board 2010‑2017, Membership 2019 and Chairing Education 2019. He has also served as Chair of the Thames Valley Regional Group in 2009, 2013 and 2018. He was awarded the Lewis Kent Award in 2015 and became a Fellow in 2016.

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