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The Board comprises eleven members including the Institution President, three Vice-Presidents, a Past President and six Council members.

The main functions of the Board are:

  • To develop, with the advice of the Council and committees, Institution strategy and policy
  • To act as the trustees of the Institution
  • To set and maintain a framework of delegation and manage internal processes
  • To ensure the adequate allocation of resources to achieve the Institution’s objectives    
  • To ensure Institution compliance with its Charter and Bye-laws
  • To approve the annual report and accounts of the Institution 

The Board is elected by the Institution Council. The 2018 members of the Board are:

Faith_WainwrightFaith Wainwright – President, Chairman

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. 

Ian Firth
Ian Firth – Immediate Past President

During his career Ian has led world famous bridge projects like the Severn Bridge Strengthening, Erskine Bridge, Westgate Bridge and Stonecutters’ Bridge in Hong Kong. He is also a leading advocate of bridge-building charity Bridges to Prosperity.
Serving as Institution President in 2017, he also serves as Chair of IABSE UK.

Joe Kindregan
Joe Kindregan – Senior Vice-President

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.

Jane Entwistle
Jane Entwistle – Vice-President

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.

Don McQuillan
Don McQuillan – Vice-President

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.

Glenn Bell
Glenn Bell – Council member

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.

David Knight
David Knight – Council member

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 Martin
Victoria Martin – Council member

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,

Simon Pitchers
Simon Pitchers – Council member

Simon is a director of Craddys, a 55-strong Bristol civil and structural engineering consultancy. He is a consulting engineer, occasional speaker and media commentator. Simon has been involved with the Institution since the 1990s, at the inception of the Institution’s IT systems and website. He has served as Regional Group Chairman, served on various committees and several terms on council. He’s now serving a second term on the Board and is also a member of the Editorial Advisory Group. Simon believes strongly that our members are often undervalued by wider society and his mission is to correct this anomaly.

Marelize Visser
Marelize Visser – Council member

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. 

Ron Watermyer
Ron Watermeyer – Council member

Ron graduated in 1978 and then joined South African Railways and Harbours, where he gained invaluable site and structural engineering experience. He moved during 1988 to a small civil and structural engineering consultancy, Soderlund and Schutte, where he became a director in 1990. He founded the firm Infrastructure Options in 2012. He was the SAICE 2004 President and was awarded a DEng from the University of Witwatersrand in 2009 and the 2010 ICE International Medal for his contributions over time to the delivery of infrastructure. He is a Trustee of Engineers Against Poverty and the chair of ISO TC59/SC18 (construction procurement).

K F Chung – Vice-President, attending by invitation

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.

Matt Byatt
Matt Byatt – Vice-President, attending by invitation

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 the Lewis Kent Award.
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