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Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE)
Q & A with ICE Director


The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is a registered charity that strives to promote and progress civil engineering. It was founded in 1818 and granted a royal charter in 1828. Its aim is to "foster and promote the art and science of civil engineering".

We spoke to Steve Feeley, Director, Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE), apart the importance of the Institute and it's increasing importance and relevance to modern engineering professionals.

ICE helps civil engineers to shape the world by:

  • Being a qualifying body - providing an internationally recognised civil engineering qualification
  • Being a centre of excellence for civil engineering knowledge
  • Promoting the civil engineering profession by ensuring that everyone understands the positive impact that civil engineers have on society. Click here to learn more.



ICE has 80,000 members worldwide across five membership grades Student (Free membership), Graduate, TMICE (Technician Member), AMICE (Affiliate), MICE (Chartered Member), FICE (Fellow), Companion (Fellowship level but working in a related field).

Benefits of membership

ICE is a leading professional qualification body, and an internationally recognised and respected organisation, offering guidance, support and information about becoming professionally qualified. ICE’s membership and professional qualifications are internationally recognised and highly valued, showing personal dedication to achieving the highest competencies within your profession.

You can join ICE if you are a civil engineer, technician, student or working in a related field. Click here to link to membership page of ICE web site.

Regional presence

ICE has a presence in ten English Regions and in Scotland and Wales. Each region has a Regional Support Team which is dedicated to providing membership support, events, and communication for members in their region. Click here to find ICE in your region.

Affiliations / events

ICE holds knowledge sharing events on a regular basis in all regions including conferences, seminars and web-based training, on all topics relating to the diverse disciplines of the engineering profession from HS2 debates to conferences on flooding; from technical seminars to talks about major projects like the London Olympics.

About you

Role at the ICE

Steve Feeley, is the ICE West Midlands Regional Director and Head of English Regions, whose remit is to coordinate and deliver ICE activity across all English regions, including membership development; knowledge transfer, and influencing.

Career history

He is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Graduate of Coventry University, with a background in tunnelling consulting. Prior to his role at ICE he worked predominantly in the rail and water sectors on major projects such as the Dublin Port tunnel and large flood alleviation schemes across the UK.

Market predictions over next 12 months

Skills shortages

With the current levels of rail infrastructure spending and increased highway expenditure, together with what we hope will be increased flood defence spending, optimism is high in the sector and recruitment is gaining pace. Those engineers who’ve improved their capabilities through difficult times are best placed to take advantage of these new opportunities.

There has been significant expansion in the need for professional qualifications and an increase the registration of apprentices and technicians. This has been helped by improved prospects for this sector and a clear structured career progression in addition to that already in place for graduates. ICE sees the vital importance of encouraging technicians and apprentices in to the industry to meet future demand for these roles.

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