NCE Question Time Panel

  • 29 October 2018
  • 5:30pm — 8:00pm
  • SKEM 164

Hi everyone! 

We have a brand-new event for you, presented by the NCE (New Civil Engineer) and Arup:

NCE Question Time Panel

17:30 – Tea, coffee and biscuits (BOSS)

18:00 – Debate (SKEM 164)

19:30 – Drinks (wine, beer, soft drinks) and crisps (BOSS)


Make sure you fill in the form as we have a limited attendance!

You can ask your questions (examples below) to the panel attending the debate, formed of:


Steve Tarr, Managing Director for Major Projects at Balfour Beatty.

A chartered civil engineer, Stephen first joined the Balfour Beatty Group in 1981 as a graduate engineer. He is responsible for the Group's Major Projects business which spans an extensive major infrastructure project portfolio across the UK including HS2, nuclear new build at Hinkley and Wylfa, nuclear decommissioning at Sellafield, Thames Tideway and Crossrail.


Hannah Vickers, chief executive of the Association of Consultancy and Engineering

A civil engineer by profession, Hannah recently joined the ACE from the Institution of Civil Engineers where she led the policy and public affairs team. Prior to this she advised ministers at HM Treasury on infrastructure delivery policy, while also working as a consultant to senior stakeholders on a number of major projects including Crossrail 2, a geological disposal facility for higher-activity radioactive waste and the redevelopment of London’s Olympic Park. She has also trained and advised the governments of Argentina, Indonesia, Egypt, Brazil and China in infrastructure planning and delivery. Hannah is the first woman to be chief executive of ACE and is also the youngest person to lead the organisation.


Michele Dix, managing director of Crossrail 2

Michèle started her career at the Greater London Council (GLC) after completing a civil engineering degree and then went on to complete a PhD in Transport and Land Use Planning at Leeds University. Six years later she moved to consultants Halcrow Fox where she became the Board Director of Urban Transport Planning. In 2000, she joined TfL as Co-director of Congestion Charging, later developing the Low Emission Zone before becoming Managing Director of Planning in 2007 to lead TfL’s strategic thinking on the future transport needs of London. She now leads Crossrail 2.


and others!


Typical questions:

  • Big questions are being asked around professional competence post-Grenfell. What are the key skills needed in future professional civil engineers? What skills are essential and what are additional add-ons?
  • With HS2 and other major programmes in road and rail ahead, does the UK have enough capacity, and what might be the consequences of any shortfall?
  • Once automation in design and construction bites, how will young engineers gain their formative experience?
  • With the renewed calls from the IPCC to cut carbon emissions, what should civil engineers be doing?
  • What will the impact of Brexit be on our ability to work in Europe and further afield?
  • Where are the best opportunities globally for aspiring, ambitious civil engineers?
  • We hear a lot about the lack of diversity in engineering? Is civil engineering really a great place as a woman?
  • What impact are autonomous vehicles going to have on our world and the projects we promote?

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