Judges are selected from major clients and industry figures and contribute valuable time and effort to work through hundreds of entries, reviewing against strict criteria and attributing scores aimed at rewarding and recognising the very best in geotechnical engineering.

Meet the judging panel for 2022 below:

director and owner, geofirma
Geofirma Consultants

Ebenezer has nearly 30 years’ experience in managing the geotechnical design process of complex and demanding schemes in both the UK and abroad. An experienced chartered geotechnical engineer and registered ground engineering (RoGEP) adviser, Ebenezer has a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a master’s degree in Soil Mechanics and Environmental Geotechnics; both from Imperial College, London. During his career, he has been fortunate to have been involved in a few of the UKs most prestigious schemes including: Channel Tunnel Rail Link C230 at Stratford, Brighton and Hove Peacehaven WTW (the largest WTW in Europe) and the iconic Battersea Power Station Development (Phase 3) in London.

In 2014, Ebenezer set up Geofirma Ltd to deliver a wide range of geotechnical consultancy and design services to the construction industry. Ebenezer is also an established geotechnical tutor who has been delivering training on behalf of the ICE since 2008. Although experienced in many areas of geotechnical design, Ebenezer’s key interests lie in the delivery of practical and economical designs of piled foundations for high rise structures, the design of retaining walls for basement structures and the planning and implementation of cost effective methods of Ground Investigation.

Ebenezer is very passionate about diversity and inclusion, particularly within the geotechnical industry, and the education of the new generation of ground engineering practitioners.  For this reason he was one of the founding members of the innovative Ground Forum mentoring scheme. He is also a Ground Forum committee member, a RoGEP panel committee member,  an AFBE mentor and a STEM ambassador.

Gavin and Doherty Geosolutions

A Geotechnics, deep foundation and basement construction specialist with extensive experience and an eye for detail. During her career she was involved in a great variety of projects and positions. Her career has switched numerous times between consulting and contracting. She was heavily involved in concept, tender and detailed designs, as well as the estimating and construction of projects. Her particular strength is to solve technical challenges and develop effective and practical solutions, focusing on Client’s needs, programme, price and buildability.

technical director
COWI London

Cedric is a Chartered Engineer and RoGEP Adviser with over 20 years’ experience of geotechnical design and ground risk management, gained by working for consultants and contractors in a wide range of sectors, primarily infrastructure-related, including roads/highways, water and wastewater, airports, rail, flood defences. Cedric has experience of managing geotechnical and non-geotechnical activities on large multi-disciplinary construction projects.

Cedric is a Technical Director with COWI UK and the Ground Engineering Lead on the Lower Thames Crossing project. Up until the end of 2020, Cedric led a large group of ground engineering professionals focussed on ground investigation scoping, execution and interpretation; highways and tunnels geotechnical design development; hydrogeological and geoenvironmental modelling and assessments; ground risk management, visualisation and communication.

technical manager

Zoe has over fifteen years’ experience working in the specialist foundations sector. She is a chartered civil engineer, chartered geologist and a registered ground engineering professional. Zoe has considerable experience of working on a wide range of foundation projects throughout the UK and has worked on a number of projects where sophisticated instrumentation has been used to validate pile performance. Notable projects that Zoe has worked on include Bloomberg Square, Battersea Power Station, and 21 Moorfields.

associate director

Chris leads multiple geotechnical engineering teams delivering geotechnical designs through the design and construction phases of nationally and internationally important major projects. These include road and rail infrastructure, ports, tall buildings and deep basements for commercial, residential and industrial projects both in the public and private sector. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and provides technical infrastructure advice to governments and stakeholders. He has wide-ranging experience in the identification and management of site-specific ground risk through the entire project cycle under a variety of project procurement routes. Chris is actively involved in the technical development of the geotechnical industry to advance innovation and improve the understanding of engineering. He has also published and presented internationally on engineering design, research and construction.

senior technical & sales manager

David Baxter is Senior Technical Manager of ArcelorMittal Sheet Piling, the world’s leading steel company and the largest manufacturer of hot rolled steel sheet piles. A Chartered Civil Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, he recently held the position of Chair of the Steel Piling Group and is a BSI committee member, acting as expert to geotechnical and structural standards committees.

David has over 20 years’ experience in geotechnics and ground engineering, encompassing site and project management, design of foundations and retaining structures as well as spending time on applied research.


Alice is an Associate and team leader in Arup’s London geotechnical group. She has experience in geotechnical design and checking for maritime and rail infrastructure, urban commercial and domestic basements and near shore structures. She has worked on projects encompassing a range of ground conditions in London, Hong Kong, Bangkok, the UAE, The Philippines and Indonesia. Her technical skills include foundation re-use, design of retaining walls, rafts and piles, desk studies, site investigation, data interpretation, building damage assessment, geotechnical monitoring and site supervision. Alice is passionate about the practical implementation of sustainability, climate change mitigation and resilience on projects. Alongside her geotechnical design work, Alice leads the carbon management team for HS2 Euston station, managing carbon through multidisciplinary design, in accordance with PAS 2080. She is becoming increasingly interested in carbon sequestration through land use.


Devji graduated from Kingston University in 2004 with a first-class Honours Degree in Civil Engineering. Since graduating he has developed his experience and technical expertise in specialist contracting. He started his career in the UK as a Contracts Engineer at Concrete Repairs Ltd before moving to Abbey Pynford. At Abbey Pynford he was responsible for the design of new piled raft foundations and ground improvement projects. Upon moving to GSS in 2012, he developed as a specialist in securing restricted access piling projects, pile design and the design of temporary works for multi-level basements. After completing his MSc in structural engineering at Surrey University, Devji graduated to become a Chartered Civil Engineer in 2015 and is an active member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He is a STEM ambassador and a mentor with Ground Forum and ICE.

principal geo-environmental engineer

Roseanna is a Principal Geoenvironmental Engineer at RSK with ten years’ industry experience. She has particular knowledge of designing and managing intrusive site investigations, contaminated land risk assessments, earthworks and development of preliminary shallow and deep foundation recommendations. In 2018, Roseanna won the Best Young Brownfield Professional title at the Brownfield Briefing Awards, as well as being named Best Woman Consultant at the European Women in Construction & Engineering Awards in 2017.

Roseanna is currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa, and is responsible for day-to-day management of the team, providing training, technical support and managing clients for RSK’s South African business. She is also lead of the Safety Working Group within the Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists (AGS).

University of Hertfordshire

Kirstie is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Registered Ground Engineering Professional with over 10 years’ experience. Having started her career in specialist geotechnical contracting, where she delivered a range of projects and co-wrote a paper on base grouted piles for the Farringdon Crossrail western ticket hall. Kirstie moved into main contracting, leading the successful tender for the S2 Contract of the HS2 Main Civils Works with the SCS joint venture, followed by leading two enabling works packages. Kirstie moved from industry into academia, to pass on her passion and enthusiasm for Geotechnics and civil engineering. She is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire, specialising in soil mechanics and geotechnical design as well as construction management. Kirstie is also an ICE mentor and a registered reviewer for candidates sitting the chartered professional review.

network rail southern region, route asset manager (geotechnics, drainage and off track)
Network Rail

Derek Butcher is currently a Route Asset Manager (Geotech) and works for Network Rail Southern Region based in London.

Previously Derek has worked for consultants Atkins, Babtie (now Jacobs) and Knight Piesold (now Scott Wilson) and also for Kent County Council. He has 31 years experience in Geotechnical Engineering.

Derek has an Honours Batchelor of Engineering Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Greenwich and is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). He has been Chairman of the Kent and East Sussex Branch of the ICE, Chairman of the South East Region of the ICE and Chairman of the Geotechnical Asset Owners Forum.

senior design/estimating engineer
Roger Bullivant

Nicola Carr has been working in the Piling and Ground Improvement industry for 15 years. Nicola is currently working for Roger Bullivant Limited (RBL) as a Senior Design & Estimating Engineer based in RBL’s Midlands region, predominantly dealing with bored, displacement and driven piling techniques.

Nicola commenced her career as an Earth Sciences university graduate in 2006 and, during her initial employment, developed a keen interest in Geotechnical Engineering. To expand her knowledge Nicola completed a part-time MSc in Geotechnical Engineering and Management, whilst working full time for RBL, and gained the award for best overall performance on the MSc course for her final academic year from the Midland Geotechnical Society. It has been possible for Nicola to gain experience in the majority of ground conditions and types of projects across the UK by being based in several different regions over her career to date, which has been invaluable.

In addition to day-to-day projects, Nicola is involved in the Research and Development of Piling Techniques within the business, promoting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion is a member of The Green Task Group within the business.

technical expert
Vinci Construction UK

I am a technical expert working for Vinci Construction UK. I am involved in  a wide variety of work ranging from civil engineering projects such as London Underground station upgrades to large-scale building projects including multi-level basements. I was involved in the concept design of many of the Crossrail stations at the western end of the tunnelled section, notably working on the work sequence for constructing the Paddington box to allow traffic to be re-instated in a timely manner. I was also involved in the concept design to avoid the basements of the grade 1 listed Macmillan House at Paddington. I have subsequently worked on the retention works to allow demolition of masonry arch bridges at Whitechapel using a form of reticulated piling using inclined micro-pile so that the Crossrail Station concourse could be located. One of the strangest and surprisingly most challenging projects I have worked is constructing a length of tunnel from precast segments above ground. It was far more difficult than it sounds. I certainly learnt a lot about how tunnel segments are made and put together, but it’s not something you do very often.


Stuart is a Chartered Engineer with over 20 years’ experience as a project and contracts manager in the field of geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering associated with contaminated land investigation/remediation and geohazard assessmment/stabilisation design, gained working in numerous locations around mainland UK and in southeast Asia.

principal geotechnical advisor
Highways England

James is currently a Principal Geotechnical Advisor and team leader in Highways England’s Safety, Engineering & Standards directorate. He is responsible for the geotechnical innovation, research and development programme and provides technical oversight to geotechnical asset and risk management activities within the company’s Operations and Major Projects directorates. James represents the organisation on several technical committees and steering groups including the British Standards Institution committee for Ground Investigation & Testing and CIRIA’s Geotechnical Asset Owners Forum.

principal engineering geologist

Vicky is a Principal Engineering Geologist and Chartered Geologist specialising in ground characterisation in the offshore, coastal and onshore environments. She is an expert in digital ground engineering and geotechnical data management, co-managing Atkins’ global database for geotechnical data. She has experience of offshore projects from working on a range of current and proposed installations including windfarms and oil platforms. Onshore, she has had a senior role within ground engineering teams working on major road and rail projects. She has recently been assisting an expert witness in a multi-million-dollar international arbitration project. Vicky is a member of four of Ground Engineering’s Technical Working Groups which promote technical excellence across the practice: Landslides and Coastal Engineering; Dispute Resolution & Due Diligence; Digital Ground Engineering; and, Geotechnical Data Management.

director - ground, energy, solutions

Patrick is a director at AECOM with 30 years’ experience working as consultant, contractor and client in the UK and abroad. Through his career to date, he has led the geotechnical aspects of high profile multi-disciplinary land and marine projects from feasibility to construction and operation, including tasks with particular complexity arising from the ground conditions and project requirements. His main areas of work are related to strategic approaches to tackling ground conditions and environmental matters on major projects, conceptualising and implementing solutions as hybrid consultant/specialist contractor to both manage risk and leverage opportunity. A particular area of focus is in advocating discussion and capture of the exceptional value the ground engineering profession yields to our clients. He is chair of the global Ground Engineering Technical Practice Group at AECOM bringing leadership on technical excellence alongside imperatives including sustainable engineering.


Mark has over 35 years' experience in the industry specialising in building and civil engineering. Mark has worked for a diverse range of consultants and contractors, both in the UK and overseas, and has been exposed to a broad range of projects and sectors. Prior to joining CGL as Director for the London Office, Mark was Head of Engineering at Galliford Try where he developed expertise in deep basements and asset protection, coupling innovative construction techniques and pragmatic cost-effective temporary works solutions. These skills have been further developed since joining CGL in 2015, where he is responsible for providing specialist advice on temporary works and excavation strategies for a variety of clients. Mark is a leader in his field and has been invited on several occasions, to be a guest speaker at the Ground Engineering Basements and Underground Structures conferences. Additionally, Mark regularly judges the Ground Engineering Awards.

Jooce Marketing

My career in marketing and business development started in 1999, after graduating from Sheffield Hallam University with a degree in Business & Finance.  I joined the German-owned global foundations giant, The BAUER Group in 2001, after gaining experience in marketing, as a marketing assistant for two years prior.  

In 2007, after five years holding senior marketing and business development roles within a cross-section of sectors, including construction, I set up Jooce Marketing & PR Ltd, fulfilling a life-long dream to own and manage a business.

Jooce Marketing & PR provides marketing and business development support to construction companies and boasts a strong portfolio of client’s operating predominantly in the geotechnical sector, including two industry leading geotechnical membership organisations – The Federation of Piling Specialists (FPS) and the British Drilling Association (BDA). I pride myself on helping her clients win work and raising their profile.  I am passionate about ECDI, and in particular promoting women and encouraging women to join the construction sector.  I am an Associate Member of the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) and sit on the Ground Engineering magazine Editorial Board.  I’m an avid networker and enjoy connecting people and businesses together.

Outside of work, I am a volunteer for Warrington Foodbank and Manchester and Cheshire Dogs’ Home and in my spare time I practice yoga and spend time with my fur babies.

principal engineer
Mott Macdonald

Dimitri is a civil engineer with more than 17 years of experience in the design and management of the geotechnical aspects of a wide range of projects. He is a Chartered Engineer in the UK as a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and a member of the UK Register of Geotechnical Engineering Professionals. Dimitri gained his experience working in his home country of Greece and in the United Kingdom, with projects located in Europe, Africa and Asia, including high-profile projects such as Egnatia Motorway (Greece), Lyme Regis Environmental Improvements Phase IV (UK), Hinkley Point C (UK), Ethiopia Landslide Study, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (Netherlands) and Colombo North Port (Sri Lanka). Dimitri’s areas of specialism include retaining wall design, deep excavations, soil-structure interaction, landslide remediation and earthworks design (unreinforced and reinforced).

head of geotechnics
Sir Robert McAlpine

As Head of Ground Engineering Alastair is responsible for the quality of ground engineering activities undertaken by Sir Robert McAlpine. This involves training site staff, scrutiny of design and construction activities as well as the provision of technical support during construction for a wide variety of temporary and permanent works activities.

chief civil engineer

Yuli is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) with 25+ years’ experience in a variety of geotechnical and civil engineering projects. She obtained her first degree in Civil Engineer in Greece and came to the UK to attend a Master of Science Degree (MSc) in Rock Mechanics and Foundation Engineering in the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Following the successful completion of her MSc in 1994, she worked for the Jubilee Line Extension project in London as a graduate tunnelling engineer for Amec/Balfour Beatty JV. She later moved to Hong Kong where she worked for Mouchel Asia Limited as a Geotechnical Engineer, from 1996 to 2005, when she returned back to the UK.

She joined Tensar (the inventor of polymeric geogrid and pioneer solution provider to stabilise pavements/rail track/working platforms and reinforce retaining soil structures) in April 2006 as a Senior Civil Engineer. In April 2009 she was promoted to the position of Chief Civil Engineer, a position she still holds to date.  Yuli is based in Tensar’s UK HQ and holds the overall responsibility of the Tensar Global Design Team with offices in Germany, Holland, France, Russia, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, India, Malaysia, Indonesia and China and representatives in Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Yuli is a past Chair of the UK Committee of the International Geosynthetics Society and she is an active member of many other technical committees both here in the UK as well as international ones.

Yuli is a judge for the ICE NW Engineering Project Awards. She is a strong supporter of STEM and empowering young females and males into Engineering. Yuli is the first female Engineer in the North West of the UK to obtain Fellowship of the Institution of Civil Engineers (FICE) in September 2011. She is a Liveryman and a Court Assistant for the Worshipful Company of Engineers. Yuli is also the first civilian Civil Engineer to become a Fellow of the Institution of Royal Engineers (FInstRE) in May 2018.

director/senior engineering geologist, mt geoservices
MT Geoservices

Michael is an engineering geologist with over 15 years’ experience in the site investigation and geotechnical engineering.

His career has taken him to Australia, Africa, Middle East and all over the UK, most notably as Lead Geologist on several offshore windfarm projects for GTec (SA) Belgium in the North Sea, English Channel and Bay of Biscay.

He was the Assistant Engineer’s representative and later the Engineer’s Representative on the Thames Tideways Tunnel project. He also worked on several HS2 packages and London Bridge Station Redevelopment project.

He currently runs his own drilling contracting firm providing rotary drilling, dynamic sampling as well as acting as consultant to many engineering firms.

senior geotechnical engineer
Transport Infrastructure Ireland

Miles has over 30 years’ experience in the geotechnical field working on major infrastructure projects on the contracting, designer and client sides. He has been in Ireland for 19 years and is now the Senior Geotechnical Engineer for Transport Infrastructure Ireland – a government agency responsible maintaining existing, and procuring new infrastructure for the National Road and Light Rail network.

As such Miles’s remit is extensive, ranging from the management of geotechnical assets, the instigation of mandatory geotechnical standards for roads, procuring geotechnical research and giving geotechnical advice to the Dublin Metrolink project team.

chief executive

Terry is Chief Executive of CIWEM responsible for the delivery of the institution’s strategic aims and its services to members and the public interest.

He has nearly 30 years’ experience as a River and Coastal flood risk manager having delivered major projects in some of the world’s most beautiful and challenging locations. Previously, Terry managed the rivers and coastal business for Jacobs Engineering and worked in their global business development group.

Terry is a member of CIWEM and has served the institution on the committee of CIWEM's Rivers and Coastal Group between 2004 and 2011 and was chair during its 60th anniversary year in 2009. He has also served as a Board Trustee.

Terry has always been active in helping to influence policy and research in flood risk management, exemplified through representing CIWEM and the Institution of Civil Engineers at a number of conferences including an international conference on adaptation to climate change, held in China and a joint conference with The American Society for Civil Engineers held in Canada.

Terry firmly believes that water should be managed by considering the entire water cycle and all of the demands placed on water.

non-executive director / advisor

Jonathan Gammon was Technical Director for Tunnelling and Geotechnics at CH2M (now Jacobs) at the time of his retirement from full-time work in August 2017. He is now Non-Executive Director and Advisor at Instrumentation and Monitoring (I&M) specialists Geotechnical Observations Limited.

A Chartered Civil Engineer, Chartered Geologist, and European Registered Engineer, he has forty-five years of international construction experience working for consultants and contractors.  His design office and site supervision experience encompass a broad range of projects on land, nearshore, and offshore at locations ranging from the UK to New Zealand. He has lived and worked in the UK, Switzerland, Hong Kong, and New Zealand.            

Jonathan was Design Manager and Resident Engineer for tunnel and underground station works for West Rail in Hong Kong and was Sub-Surface Design Manager for the Reference Design of Dublin Metro North (renamed Metrolink) in Ireland; his was responsible for the main, system-wide, ground investigations for both projects.  His experience in London includes Crossrail, Thameslink (Blackfriars Station Redevelopment), Tideway Tunnels, and the Northern Line Extension (for which he was the Expert Witness, Engineering at the Public Inquiry).  He was Design Project Manager for the Bond Street Station Upgrade in Central London.

Jonathan spent more than two years working on High Speed Two (HS2) as Head of Ground Investigations.  The scope of that work included tunnels and related works and cuttings and embankments of varying configurations and lengths in widely differing ground conditions over the 230km length of Phase One of HS2 between London and Birmingham. His last major project while at CH2M was the River Humber Pipeline Replacement Tunnel and related works.  

He is a member of the British Geotechnical Association, the British Tunnelling Society, and the Railway Civil Engineers Association.  He continues to be a member of the UK Chapter of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers and the UK Branch of Engineering New Zealand, of which he is a Fellow. In 2020, he introduced and now leads an Instrumentation & Monitoring Working Group at the Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists (AGS), of which he is a Past-Chairman.

senior partner

Apollonia (Liana) Gasparre is a Senior Partner of the Geotechnical Consulting Group (GCG) and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. She joined GCG in January 2006 after completing an experimental PhD and a post-doctoral experience at Imperial College London. She has an expertise on soil characterisation and laboratory testing and vast experience on redevelopments in urbanised areas including deep basements, tunnelling and the re-use of existing foundations. She has worked on award winning projects in London and in Italy, involving constructions near infrastructures and deep basements. She has been retained as an expert witness in construction litigations related to ground characterisation, basement constructions, working platforms and slope stability. She acts as reviewer of technical papers for international journals and is a member of the ISSMGE Technical Committee 101, and the Steering Group for CIRIA Piling Guide. She has also served on the Geotechnical Engineering Advisory Panel and is a chartered member of the Italian Institution of Civil Engineers. She was awarded the Institution of Civil Engineers Geotechnical Research Medal 2007 and the British Geotechnical Association Medal 2014.


Dr David Giles is CGL’s Digital Imagery Consultant with over 35 years’ of experience in academia and the Engineering Geology and Geotechnics industry. His experience includes 28 years lecturing and researching in Engineering Geology in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Portsmouth. Dr Giles is an active member of the Engineering Group of the Geological Society of London, a past Chair and an active member of Geological Society Working Parties including UK Geological Hazards, which he chairs and the Engineering Geology and Geomorphology of Glaciated and Periglaciated Terrains.

associate head of school of engineering & the environment
Kingston Univerisity

Richard Goodey - Associate Head of School of Engineering and the Environment, Kingston University London.

On completion of his PhD at Brunel University, Richard moved to City, University of London to work on an EPSRC funded project investigating the control of movements arising from deep basement construction.  Following this he spent time working for a specialist geotechnical consultancy before returning to City, University of London as a lecturer in 2007.  His main area of research is in urban construction processes particularly in the assessment and mitigation of ground movements generated by activities such as tunnelling, shaft sinking and deep foundation construction.  He is particularly focussed on the impact these activities have on existing infrastructure.  He moved to Kingston University at the end of 2020 as Associate Professor and Associate Head of School.

principal engineer

Patricia is a native of Colombia, where she began her career in Geotechnics, Soil mechanics and Geosynthetics over 20 years ago. As well as Colombia, Patricia worked as a civil engineer in France and Central America before coming to the UK in 2010. She is currently the principal engineer and manager of the engineering department of Geosynthetics Ltd. She is also the current Chair of the UK Chapter of the International Geosynthetic Society (IGS) and a member of the technical committee on reinforced fill structures for the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE).

managing director
Central Piling

FPS Chair & Managing Director at Central Piling Steve started his career in ground engineering in 1999 and spent time in a variety of roles before taking on the position of Technical Manager. After becoming a Chartered Engineer, Steve acquired Central Piling and has been Managing Director of the company since 2006. He is a passionate advocate for wellbeing, equality and environmental sustainability, and has prioritised the development of knowledge in these areas during his tenure as FPS Chair.

technical leader for geotechnics
Laing O'Rourke

Stuart is Technical Leader for Geotechnics for Laing O’Rourke based in their Dartford office. After completing an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering and a PhD in geotechnical engineering at Imperial College, Stuart has worked on a number of challenging basement and foundation projects located mainly in the Middle East and London for Mott Macdonald and Arup. These have included the new Wembley Stadium, the Exhibition Road Building for the Victoria and Albert Museum and the redevelopment of the Shell Centre building in Waterloo. Stuart is UK representative on the EC7 evolution group for the design of embedded retaining walls and since joining Laing O’Rourke has technical responsibility for all aspects of geotechnical work of the group

Robert Bird Group

Tim has more than 20 year’s industry experience and has a detailed knowledge of most areas of geotechnical design and specialises in providing engineering solutions for complex urban projects within the vicinity of sensitive buildings or infrastructure. He Joined Robert Bird Group in 2015 to start up their geotechnical team which has since grown significantly and has projects such as Battersea Power Station, Olympia and 21 Moorfields within their portfolio. He currently leads RBG’s Specialist Division in the UK which includes the Geotechnical, Civil, Advanced Technical Services and Civil Structures Teams.

He has considerable experience of using numerical analysis to solve complex ground engineering challenges and providing an interface between clients and the representatives of adjacent infrastructure operators or statutory authorities. Tim’s experience in this area has developed such that he is able to provide a service, not only associated with geotechnical issues, but can also represent clients on third party interfaces relating to the superstructure and long-term maintenance issues that encompass an entire project.

technical director

Andrew is a highly motivated Civil Engineer with over twenty years of geotechnical design experience and a proven track record in delivering Ground Engineering solutions. He has broad ranging design and industry experience with a number of the UK’s largest Contractors and Specialist Ground Engineering firms. A specialist in geotechnical design with extensive knowledge of design and execution across a range of techniques from ground improvement to deep excavation support. Andrew’s experience enables him to apply an innovative design approach with an emphasis on the most cost effective and practical value engineering solution. He has been an active member of the FPS Technical Committee for over 10years.

head of business improvement
Roger Bullivant

Dr Chris Hibbert has 35 years’ experience in engineering, working as a mechanical engineer initially in the rail industry, designing locomotives for Brush Traction, but for much of his career he has designed Piling and Foundation equipment of all shapes and sizes. These include Driven, Vibratory, Rotary, Dynamic Compaction, and Restricted Access rigs. He has worked for Roger Bullivant Limited for 27 years in roles including Plant Design Manager, Research & Development Manager and currently holds the role of Head of Business Improvement. This role provides the opportunity to challenge the status quo and to encourage and empower all staff to do the same and thereby create an innovation culture within the business.

Along with his mechanical engineering background, Chris also has a Geoscience Degree and a PhD in Environmental Geochemistry, all attained whilst working full time for Roger Bullivant Limited. Chris is also a Chartered Manager with many years of management experience. All these factors make Chris an ideal person for the multifaceted role he currently holds within the business.

geotechnical engineer
Roger Bullivant

Julia is a Geotechnical Engineer with 7 years’ experience working within the Piling Industry, specialising in piled techniques and embedded retaining walls, with particular interest in analysing the correlation of static and dynamic testing for driven piles. Her drive and enthusiasm has seen her progress rapidly through the ranks at Roger Bullivant having joined straight from University. With her reputation and growing influence now firmly established, Julia is an active member in several Bullivant committee focus groups, in areas as diverse as Data Exploitation, Research & Development, and Safety, Cultural and Behavioural initiatives. Julia graduated with a MSc in Geotechnical Engineering and a MESci in Geology and is the current Chair of the Federation of Piling Specialists’ Early Careers Group. Among her many passions is a want to increase awareness of opportunity in the construction industry at all educational levels.

regional director

Sally has 30 years’ experience in the ground engineering industry and has responsibility for design delivery and management of geotechnical risk on a wide range of projects. She has worked in the site investigation field for specialist contractors and in geotechnical design for several consultancies, joining Coffey in 2007. Sally has experience on many major transport and energy infrastructure schemes, in earthworks design and asset management. Sally has more recently concentrated on business development and technical management of geotechnical operations within Coffey. Sally was appointed Chair of the AGS in 2021, working with the trade association to promote the profile and quality of geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering in the UK.

human resource manager

Amrit is a HR practitioner with over 20 years’ experience in HR, of which 11 years have been at Senior Management level at Keller. Amrit is a member of the Senior Leadership Team and Safety Leadership Team at Keller which involves working closely with the UK Managing Director, Divisional Directors and functional leaders/directors to ensure effective delivery of HR strategy across the organisation. Amrit is passionate about translating organisational vision into HR initiatives that improve performance, growth and employee engagement. Prior to joining Keller, Amrit worked for a multi-national automotive organisation for many years. Amrit also led the HR team in a not-for-profit organisation helping people in the community to overcome drug and alcohol issues.

director of ground engineering

A geotechnical engineer with more than 40 years’ experience, Christina is part of the Tunnel and Ground Engineering (TGE) Leadership team in Jacobs. Based in Birmingham, Christina is responsible as TGE Advisor for a wide range of transport and flood defense infrastructure projects in the UK and for the Learning and Development strategy for the TGE group in the UK. Christina is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a UK Registered Ground Engineering Adviser and Visiting Professor of Asset Management at the University of Birmingham. She contributes to various geotechnical research programmes at the University of Birmingham and is on the Impact Advisory Group of the ACHILLES research programme on the resilience of infrastructure earthworks. Christina was elected chair of the Midlands Geotechnical Society 2003/4, then chair of ICE WM in 2004/5 and received the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award at the European Women in Construction and Engineering Awards 2015.

chief engineer geotechnical, reservoirs and e&s
United Utilities
  • Chief Engineer Geotechnical, Reservoirs and Environment & Sustainability
  • Responsibility for ground engineering including Geotechnical, Geoenvironmental and Reservoir Engineering along with Environment and Sustainability.
  • Former Chairman of the ICE Geotechnical Engineering Advisory Panel and Honorary Editor of the ICE Geotechnical Proceedings. 
  • Panel Member of the UK Register of Ground Engineering Professionals (RoGEP)
  • Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Fellow of the Geological Society and member of the IMMM
  • UK Registered Ground Engineering Adviser 

About 35 years working with Geotechnical Contractors, a global Construction Company and Client Organisations on many interesting and challenging Ground and Civil Engineering projects internationally and in the UK. In addition to Water these include Petrochemical, Tunnelling, Mining and Metals, Highways, Power and Rail multi billion pound projects. David’s input centres on provision of cost effective ground engineering outcomes, problem resolution and understanding, articulating and managing significant ground risk.

HSEQ Manager (UK)

Simon Jones is the HSEQ manager for Keller UK, he joined the business in 2017 and leads a team of HSEQ professionals supporting that business. As an IOSH Chartered HSQE professional Simon has supported businesses including RES (part of the SRM family) and GallifordTry in the UK, wider European markets and further afield in South Africa and Australia. He is an advocate of behavioural safety and cultural change and has facilitated to the introduction of the Keller Step Forward for Safety Programme, a mobile version of award-winning Tideway EPIC and EKFB Elite programmes. Simon is the current Chair of the Federation of Piling Specialists (FPS) Safety, Plant and Operations Group. He represents the FPS at the European Federation of Foundation Contractors (EFFC) Safety Group. And is actively involved in the leadership of both IOSH and CQI Branches. Having initially trained as a Civil Engineer Simon brings both a practical and pragmatic approach to construction site safety.

discipline lead at ekfb jv - hs2 main works c23

Georgios is a Lead Design Manager at Ferrovial Construction and responsible for leading the Eiffage Kier Ferrovial BAM (EKFB) Ground Engineering Discipline. He manages a large number of teams involved in the design and construction phase of the 5 projects of the HS2 Main Works Civils Contract C23 across an 80km section with a scope including 15 viaducts, 5km of green tunnels, 22km of road diversions, 67 overbridges and 30 million cubic metres of excavation, valued in over £2.5 billion.

Georgios is an ICE Chartered Civil Engineer (CEng MICE), an Executive Committee member of the British Geotechnical Association (BGA) and the Chair of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) ERTC10 on Evaluation of Eurocode 7 leading a team of European experts, industry leaders and academics on reviewing the next generation of the civil engineering standards.

senior geotechnical engineer

Joseph Kennedy is a Senior Geotechnical Engineer in Transport for London’s (TfL) Earth Structures and Geotechnical Team.  He works on geotechnical projects across all TfL transport modes, with a predominant focus on ground investigation and earth structure asset management.  He has recently been involved in early stage strategy and planning for ground investigations on Crossrail 2, along with major station capacity upgrades at Camden and Holborn Stations.  He is also involved in geotechnical feasibility reviews and design projects for a range of small to medium sized projects.      He joined London Underground in 2011 as a Geotechnical Engineer, having previously worked for a UK based Ground Investigation Contractor for over three years.      He became a Chartered Geologist is 2015 and is a Fellow of the Geological Society and a UK Registered Ground Engineering Professional.


Lenia is a chartered civil engineer and a registered ground engineering professional. She holds an MSc from Imperial College London in Soil Mechanics and Engineering Seismology (2014). She is currently an Associate at AKT II, London, working on a number of high-profile projects in the UK and overseas. Lenia has experience in a range of ground engineering problems including soil mechanics, rock mechanics, earthquake engineering and numerical modelling. This experience ranges from large-scale infrastructure projects to major urban regeneration projects worldwide. The last few years she has mainly focused on leading the geotechnical design for major developments within dense urban environments. This would typically include deep basements, advanced soil-structure interaction analyses, complex foundation schemes and challenging interfaces with sensitive infrastructure assets.

engineering technical manager
Geotechnical Engineering

Emma joined Geotechnical Engineering Limited in January 2013 following seven years’ experience in the industry, both in the laboratory before gaining her degree and subsequent site and office experience. Her current role as Engineering Technical Manager is to support and mentor Engineers and Senior Engineers in the technical delivery of ground investigation projects to Company and recognised standards and within the contractual timeframe. Emma takes an active role in the quality of data that Geotechnical Engineering Limited produces for their Clients.

construction manager
BAM Ritchies

Angus MacGregor is a Chartered Engineer, and business manager with 28 years of amassed expertise in construction phase delivery of infrastructure maintenance and renewal projects. Generally in difficult and challenging environments covering the sectors of transportation, extractive industries and energy principally in the scope of ground engineering. Angus’ present role is focused on business pipeline development across all BAM Ritchies service areas; in particular in underground construction projects. BAM Ritchies is the geotechnical division of BAM Nuttall Ltd.

Angus joined Edmund Nuttall in 1998 after graduating from the University of Glasgow with an MEng(Hons) in Civil Engineering with Geology (Angus also completed civil engineering graduate study at Memorial University Newfoundland during his final year). Entering Nuttall’s graduate engineer programme Angus progressed from assistant site engineer to geotechnical engineer on both ground investigation delivery and ground engineering projects. Early career projects involved mainly contaminated land, mine remediation and slope stabilisation. Later career advancement involved delivering many different site based projects deploying industrial rope access; as Project Engineer, then Operations Manager, and then Operations Director. In 2012 returning to BAM Ritchies Angus refocussed on ground engineering as senior geotechnical engineer, site agent and then project manager on slope stabilisation and tunnel remedial schemes followed by a period in Shetland managing a project delivering a high capacity oil rig decommissioning facility comprising large diameter bored piles and high capacity ground anchors. From 2016 to 2020 Angus was departmental manager for ground investigation covering Scotland, then Scotland and the North of England.

Angus is a BAM Mental Health and Well Being Champion, a STEM, ICE and BAM Ambassador, and volunteers for the Scout Association as a youth leader in Scouting.

geotechnical market and delivery director

Karen MacPherson gained experience with several other consultancies before joining WSP in 2018 as a Technical Director.   She is currently Deputy Head of WSP UK and Ireland Geotechnics and Tunnelling business  and sits on the Transportation and Infrastructure Design and Build Leadership Group.

Karen is a Chartered Civil Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (FICE) and a UK Registered Ground Engineering Adviser. She has 30 years’ experience of geotechnical design and ground risk management gained on a wide portfolio of engineering projects carried out under an extensive range of procurement options. This includes several strategic UK projects such as the ICE 2019 Infrastructure Award Winning £745 million Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route/Balmedie to Tipperty Scheme (AWPR/B‐T) DBFO.  

Karen says at this stage in my career it’s important to reflect and pay back so I welcome this opportunity to celebrate achievements of projects, people and businesses within our industry

geotechnical engineer
Mott MacDonald

Stephanie is a senior geotechnical engineer, UK Registered Ground Engineering Professional, and member of the British Geotechnical Association executive committee working for Mott MacDonald in their Metros and Civils Division. She has worked on a variety of both local and global infrastructure projects as well as assisting on a couple of expert witness cases. Stephanie has experience in the interpretation of ground investigations, earthworks, retaining wall and foundation design as well as numerical modelling. For the last couple of years, she has been working on HS2 Phase 1 N1 N2 both coordinating the geotechnical design of the 5km stretch leading into the new Birmingham Curzon Street Station and specifying and interpreting a series of pile load tests in Mercia Mudstone.

associate director, ground engineering

Alastair is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Geotechnical Specialist with thirty-five years’ experience in civil and geotechnical engineering investigation, design and construction with Consultants, Local Authorities and Civil Engineering Contractors. Experience includes geotechnics applied to highways, airports, railways, earth embankment dams, bridges, retaining walls, slopes, onshore and offshore foundations and pavement engineering. He has published papers on site investigation techniques, piled foundations and retaining walls and held lecturing posts both in the UK and overseas. He represents ADEPT on British Standards Committees B526 (Geotechnics) and 526/3 (Ground Investigation and Testing) and is Convenor for ISO/CEN working groups for the development of International Standards EN ISO 17892 for soil testing and BSI for revision of BS1377.

principal geotechnical engineer
Welsh Government

Iain McKenzie is the Principal Geotechnical Engineer in the Transportation Department of the Welsh Government. A Chartered Geologist and Chartered Engineer, he has over 18 years’ experience working on civil engineering projects throughout the UK and Ireland. In this time he has worked for ground investigation contractors, geophysical surveying companies and consultant engineers, principally in the transportation and energy sectors.  Now working for an overseeing organisations, he is responsible for the geotechnical assets associated with the trunk road and motorway network in Wales and has spent the last seven years specialising in asset management.

chief technical engineer
Atkins Global

Dr. Vincent Nyambayo is a Principal Geotechnical Engineer at Atkins and has more than 25 years international design and site supervision experience in civil and geotechnical engineering works. Notable recent projects that he has worked on include Crossrail and West Anglia Mainline Upgrade. He holds a PhD in Soil Mechanics from Imperial College London. His doctoral thesis involved development of a novel methodology for simulating pore pressures induced by vegetation and progressive failure of slopes, using numerical modelling. Vincent is a member of ISSMGE’s technical committee TC302 (Forensic Geotechnics), BGA’s Executive Committee and the Editorial Board of Ground Engineering magazine.

geotechnical manager
BAM Ritchies
strategic development director
OTB Engineering
Geotechnical Engineering

 Neil is a Director at Geotechnical Engineering Limited, Chair of Ground Forum and past Chair of the Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists (AGS). 

He is a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 30 years of experience, mainly as a geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineer working for both consultants and contractors in the UK and overseas.  He is a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and registered Specialist in Land Condition (SiLC).

He has worked on the civil, structural and geotechnical aspects of many engineering projects. His particular expertise is in ground investigation and assessment of contaminated land, contract preparation and laboratory testing.  He was formerly leader of the AGS Contaminated Land Working Group.

Team Patch

John is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and is degree-qualified with 50 years’ experience in the construction industry, predominantly in Contracting.

He is the founding Director of Construction and Estate Management Consultancy, Teampatch Ltd. 

His experience is in Ground Engineering and Main Contracting with companies such as Roger Bullivant, Abbey Pynford and Kier. 

Specialties include subsidence repairs; underpinning design and construction, piling and new-build package foundations.

He has created, and regularly delivers, training courses on Foundations, Piling and Underpinning to LABC (Local AuthorityBuilding Control staff and their customers.

John is a past Chairman of the FPS Federation of Piling Specialists) and of ASUC (Association of Specialist Underpinning Contractors) and is past Vice Chair of DFI – Europe (Deep Foundations Institute). John is an Honorary Member and is currently Technical Consultant for ASUC. He is also Chair of the ASUC Contractor Assessment Scheme Sub-committee.

John has been involved with numerous construction-related committees and helped develop National Vocational Qualifications for Underpinning and Mini-piling.

He has also been involved with the development of publications such as the Institution of Structural Engineers book entitled “Subsidence of Low-rise buildings”, the National House-building Council’s publication “Efficient design of piled foundations for low-rise housing” and the Reading Construction Forum book “Bonds, Warranties and Retentions – a guide”. 

He gained his BSc degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Aston in Birmingham.

practice manager, infrastructure uk & europe
Atkins Global

Tracey Radford is a Chartered Geologist and Practice Manager for Atkins leading ground engineering teams in the UK, covering our offices in Epsom, Croydon, London and Cambridge. She has over 17 years’ experience working for an engineering consultancy and her technical specialism is in engineering geology and the conceptualisation and characterisation of the ground for preliminary and detailed design which has included projects across the UK and Europe in the highways, rail, water, defence and energy sectors. Tracey is the vice chair of the Engineering Group of the Geological Society, having previously held the position of secretary from 2005-08.

lead engineer, underground structures

Colin is currently working as Lead Engineer for Underground Structures within the High Speed Two (HS2) Project. He has been there over the last 9 years. He is seconded from Jacobs. He is a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and .the British Tunnelling Society. Colin has over 47 years’ experience in geotechnical engineering and tunnelling working in the UK and overseas. He started his career in geotechnical engineering (working for contractors, consulting engineers and government departments) and then moved to Norway where he worked at the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute on research projects and the foundation design of gravity base and jacket structures offshore Norway. In Norway he was introduced to rock tunnelling and on return to the UK worked on soft ground tunnelling. He was the main author for the CIRIA C514 Report – Grouting for Ground Engineering and a member of the steering groups/committees for the updates of BS8002 (Earth Retaining Structures), BS8004 (Foundations), BS8081 (Grouted Anchors), CIRIA C760 (Embedded Retaining Walls), BSPAS 8810 (Concrete Segmental Tunnel Linings), BSPAS8811 & 8812 (Temporary Works – Client Procedures & Application of European Standards) and is author/co-author of 40 articles/technical papers. Colin has worked on a number of tunnelling projects in the UK and overseas including: Highway, Rail, Water & Cable Tunnels and the NIREX Nuclear Waste Site in the United Kingdom; the first sub-sea tunnel in Iceland (Hvalfjordur Highway Tunnel); the Egnatia Motorway Tunnels, Greece, Immersed tube Tunnels in the USA & Canada; Highway & Rail Tunnels in Hong Kong & South Korea. Colin also supported the UK Health & Safety Executive during the investigation of the Heathrow Airport Tunnel collapse which occurred in October 1994.

geotechnical  consultant
Geotechnical Consulting

Peter has some 48 years of experience in the Geotechnical Industry predominantly within the Site Investigation sector. This experience is reinforced with academic qualifications and membership of geotechnical bodies. He is a Chartered Geologist and a Chartered Scientist and is a Registered Ground Engineering Adviser. He has held various positions from engineer to Director. This has given him a wealth of practical experience, being involved in numerous diverse engineering projects and providing design data both in the field and laboratory as well as designing foundations and ground engineering solutions across the UK. Peter was founding director of the Equipe Group. Since 2015 Peter has run his own consultancy PRGC Ltd providing geotechnical advice to various civil engineering companies and bodies.

More recently Peter has been actively involved in a number of industry initiatives aimed at improving knowledge and practice in the geotechnical industry; he is a co-opted member of the executive committee of the BGA. As an independent specialist, he is part of an AGS working party to report on the state of geotechnical engineering in the UK.

For some 10 years Peter has held a part time lecturer role at Brunel University lecturing to civil engineering students from undergraduate to post graduate level as well as acting as a tutor and adviser to PhD students.

Author of a number of technical papers Peter is currently writing a book on Site Investigation techniques.

principal geotechnical engineer
United Utilities

I am a Principal Geotechnical Engineer with United Utilities leading a team of geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineers managing the ground risk for UU. I have over 30 years’ experience working both within the UK and overseas on major infrastructure projects with a special interest in embankment dams and tunneling. Currently active as both a Fellow of the Institute of Civil Engineers and a Chartered geologist and Fellow of the Geological Society I enjoy mentoring up and coming professionals in the area of ground engineering and have previously experienced the high and lows of entering the Ground engineering awards so will offer empathy as well as tough questioning during the presentations.

engineering director
Roger Bullivant

Chris Robinson, Roger Bullivant’s Engineering Director, is a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 25 years’ experience in the design and construction of embedded retaining walls and piled foundation solutions, gained principally with specialist foundation sub-contractors. His experience covers a wide range of processes and projects allowing him to bring strong technical expertise and innovative solutions to many problems. Chris has a particular interest in developing sustainable foundations solutions, including low carbon cement precast foundation systems and innovative displacement piling solutions. Chris is a Fellow of The Institution of Civil Engineers, an ICE Professional Reviewer and a contributing author to ICE publications “Manual of Geotechnical Engineering” and “Temporary Works: Principles of design and construction”.

head of geotechnics
London Underground

Nader Saffari is a principal geotechnical engineer with Honours degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree and PhD from Imperial College and University of Surrey, respectively.  

He has over 33 years’ experience in civil and geotechnical engineering working on design and construction of a wide range of major projects both in the UK and overseas.

Over the last 18 years he has been working on the management of London Underground Earth Structures and he is currently accountable as the Profession Head for engineering standard and performance of earth structures on LU network as well as the Head of Geotechnical Engineering for TfL.

Nader is a chartered Civil Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. 

CEO and founder
Jomas Associates

Roni, is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered Geologist and SiLC (Specialist in Land Condition). A graduate of University of Portsmouth with a BEng(hons) in Engineering Geology and Geotechnics, she also holds a Masters’ (with distinction) in Environmental Management. She has worked on many major construction schemes, including the widening of the A406 and M25, as well as various buildings and structures across the UK. Roni is MD & Founder of Jomas Associates, an Engineering & Environmental Company serving the Construction industry since 2009. She is also Policy Chair for Construction for the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). She received the highly prestigious presidential invitation to Fellowship of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in 2019, and was made Honorary Fellow of RIBA in 2020. A dedicated mother to three boys, Roni is extremely passionate about gender diversity and social mobility, volunteering her time to mentor and coach others.

director of major projects
Hewson Consulting Engineers

Richard is Director of Major Projects at Hewson Consulting Engineers, where he has worked for the past nine years. He has designed civil structures for infrastructures around the world, particularly the UK, Middle East, and South East Asia, with particular experience supporting contractors on Design and Build projects. Under his supervision, Hewson recently completed the structural design of five kilometers of viaducts and two stations for the new Direct Air-Rail Transit (DART) system at Luton Airport, including the 200m long Central Terminal underground station.

contracts manager
BAM Ritchies
principal geotechnical advisor/head of geotechnics
Highways England

I am a Registered Ground Engineering Professional and with the Highways Agency, now Highways England for six and a half years.  My role as Principal Geotechnical Advisor includes that of the national team leader at the helm of a team of nine Geotechnical Advisors.

Prior to joining the Highways Agency I worked for a Ground Investigation Contractor/Consultant for thirty-one years, the last twenty five years as Technical Director of the Consultancy arm of the group responsible for the group technical output.

technical director
Remedy Geotechnics

Dan Simpson is a geotechnical engineer and Director of specialist geotechnical consulting company Remedy Geotechnics. Dan has over 22 years’ experience in the construction industry and has worked in both geotechnical contracting and consulting environments. Through his work with Remedy Geotechnics, Dan has delivered complex geotechnical designs for some flagship projects ranging from design of ground anchors as part of the refurbishment of the world’s oldest suspension bridge still carrying road traffic, to some of the largest reinforced soil walls constructed in the UK. In previous roles, Dan has been responsible for leading geotechnical design teams for the world’s largest geotechnical contractor, responsible for the winning and successful execution of numerous geotechnical projects. Dan has developed a depth knowledge of a very wide range of geotechnical processes. Dan is currently a committee member of CEN/TC250/SC7 Task Group D3, representing BSI, working on the development of the second generation Eurocodes and is working on the subgroups for both Reinforced Fill and Soil Nailing, both of which are new subjects being introduced into the second generation Eurocodes.

senior geologist, senior consultant

Dr Jackie Skipper is a Senior Consultant at the Geotechnical Consulting Group, London. Her PhD updated the stratigraphy of the Lambeth Group, and specialist areas include the wider geology of SE England, Quaternary features and desert sediments. She is interested in all types of complex ground types and their relationship to risk in tunnelling, foundations and land stability. Her work includes major inputs into many large tunnelling projects including the Dublin Port Tunnel, Crossrail, Thames Tideway project, London Underground upgrades, HS2, Qatar Al Sharq and the Lower Thames Crossing. She actively promotes geological training as an aid to improved communication in civil engineering projects. In 2010 she received the Geological Society Engineering Group Award and in 2017 the 18th Glossop Medal. In 2020 she was co-awarded the Geologists’ Association Richardson Award. Jackie has lectured in a number of countries around the world and has contributed to radio and television programmes as a geological authority.

technical director

Andrew Smith read engineering at Cambridge and then completed a PhD on reinforced soil walls with Peter Wroth. He has forty years’ experience in geotechnical engineering, and has worked on a wide range of projects, ranging from highway works through deep piled foundations for both offshore and onshore structures to deep excavations. He is particularly known for his ability to address problems that require strong analytical skills and a thorough understanding of theoretical soil mechanics. He is also well known as a lecturer: he gave the presentations that won the 2008 Fleming prize and 2009 Engineers Ireland Geotechnical Prize, and he also lectures to the City University’s MSc course on the design of temporary works.

programme manager
Network Rail

James works within Engineering & Asset Management for the geotechnics, drainage and off-track portfolio of assets for Network Rail’s Wales & Western Region. Responsible for the safety, operational capability, performance, and intervention prioritisation of all cuttings, embankments, legacy mining, drainage systems, vegetation and fencing you would see out the train window in Wales and the West of England. He is a Chartered Geologist with over 18 years of experience in Engineering Geology previously working for GI contractors, small and large engineering design consultancies and now the role of technical client in a large government funded body. He has worked in various areas including highways, rail, utilities and large-scale construction schemes.

Pell Frischmann

Kevin has 30+ years’ experience in a broad range of geotechnical and geo-environmental engineering problems including deep excavations and shafts, foundation engineering and design, advanced numerical analysis, soft rock engineering and soil-structure interaction. He is also an expert in geotechnical modelling and has a significant technical publications record covering a range of geotechnical and geo-environmental issues.

geotechnical director
Mott MacDonald

Dr Rob Talby a geotechnical director of Mott MacDonald in Croydon with over 25 years’ experience of geotechnical works from design through to construction on major building and infrastructure projects in the UK and North America. Lead geotechnical director on Thames Tideway East, nuclear related structures in the UK and Europe, CAT 3 check lead for HS2 Euston Station, Traffic Embankment Loading model research project for Network Rail and link to SAALG’s DAARWIN tool for the real time implementation of the observational method. Rob is also a UK representative on the EC7 working group D2 – Foundations, reviewing proposed Part 3 for design by prescriptive rules, testing and observational method.

principal geotechnical engineer

Henry is a Principal Engineer in the London geotechnics group at Ove Arup and Partners (Arup). After completing an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering at Oxford University, Henry has worked on a number of challenging basement and infrastructure projects located mainly in the Middle East and London. These have included the new Qatar National Museum, redevelopment of 1 Triton Square, Crossrail western tunnels/stations and London Luton Airport Direct Air to Rail Scheme. Henry has an interest in repurposing existing structures, infrastructure protection related to basement construction and rail overbuild. Henry is a chartered civil engineer, member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, British Geotechnical Association, Association of Project Management and a UK registered ground engineering professional.

senior design engineer
Bachy Soletanche

Mr. Richard Totty, MEng, GMICE, is a Senior Design Engineer working for specialist subcontractor Bachy Soletanche Ltd. in the United Kingdom.  With over 18 years of experience, Richard has sound knowledge and experience of design and quality control processes. During this period he has gained a wealth of technical knowledge and experience in the application and control of compensation grouting works. His most recent experience is as Technical Manager for compensation grouting works on Area South, contract S1 of HS2, Euston Tunnels and Approaches for Skanska Costain STRABAG JV. Richard also has experience of the design of piles, piled retaining walls and soil and rock grout injection works in the UK. He also has practical experience of deep foundation barrette construction in Vietnam and of rock grouting in the USA. Richard also adds value to the business, as a Fairness, Inclusion and Respect Ambassador for the Supply Chain Sustainability School; a STEM Ambassador; and as a mentor for the Ground Forum Undergraduate Mentoring Programme (GFUMP) in the United Kingdom.

technical director

Helen Townend, Technical Director at Amey, has over twenty five years experience in the field of geotechnical engineering working on projects in the UK, Europe, Asia and Australia. A Chartered Geologist since 1999, Helen has focused her career in the Mining and Transport Sectors with experience in a wide range of projects including unlined tunnel risk assessments, rock and soil earthworks remediation designs and pre-feasibility studies for proposed mining projects in Indonesia, Australia, Greece and Kazakhstan. Recently Helen has been championing Inclusion and Inclusive Design at Amey, within our service provision and our culture.

ground engineering, business director
Balfour Beatty

With over 30 Years experience in Construction, Jane has extensive practical exoerience in all aspects of project delivery and management, with particular focus on foundations and Ground Engineering works. Jane has expertise and experience delivering extensive Diaphragm wall and piling schemes across the UK. Jane now Manages the Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering business as a whole including HS2, Hinkley and Battersea, focusing on leading from the front promoting Safety, Lean delivery, Expert and sustainable solutions maintaining the trust of all stakeholders.

Socotec UK

Mark G E Toye read Geology at Durham and then completed an MSc in Engineering Geology before starting his career with Norwest Holst Soil Engineering Ltd on graduating. He is a Chartered Geologist and RoGEP certified and has twenty-five years’ experience in geotechnical engineering now specializing in large scale complex ground investigations. Since the end of 2015 he has been employed as SOCOTEC UK’s Estimating Director. He has been chair of the British Drilling Association (BDA) Technical and Standards committee since 2017, a member of the Federation of Piling Specialist (FPS) Technical committee since 2019 and a member of BSI’s B/526/03 Ground investigation and ground testing Committee since 2019.

managing director
Wentworth House

As a Graduate Engineer Stuart worked on the Jubilee Line Extension at London Bridge, constructing running tunnels, station tunnels, shafts and escalators using NATM, pre-cast concrete and SGI linings.  This was an amazing first experience of geotechnical engineering and the delivery of critical infrastructure.  After 15 years working  numerous projects, Stuart joined Wentworth House Partnership as a Director.  WHP has grown into a sizable and respected geotechnical engineering and temporary works consultancy delivering efficient solutions to clients.  Stuart has worked on many complex basements and below ground structures over the years including Thames Tideway East, 1 Bishopsgate Plaza, 22 Bishopsgate, The Shard and Crossrail basements at Farringdon and Paddington.

geotechnical subject matter expert

David is a Geotechnical Subject Matter Expert working for BP and has over 24 years’ experience working in the geotechnical industry. David graduated from Imperial College with a MSc in Engineering Geology in 1999 and subsequently moved to Hong Kong before returning to the UK in 2004. During this time David was involved in a wide variety of projects ranging from the Natural Terrain Hazard Assessments in Hong Kong, to Design Manager for London 2012 Olympic Park Geotechnical site investigations, to Project Manager and Technical Lead responsible for the review of landslide hazards along approximately 1076 km of pipeline in Turkey.

In 2012 David joined BPs geotechnical team, where he is currently involved in onshore energy projects, providing geotechnical and geohazard management and technical assurance. David is currently bps Lead Geotechnical Engineer for the Net Zero Teesside (NZT) project. The project comprises the development of a Combined Cycle Gas Turbine gas fired generating station and gas, electricity and cooling water connections, with post-combustion carbon capture and compression plant, together with a gathering station for carbon dioxide (CO2) from the generating station and other industrial sources, low-pressure CO2 pipeline connections to potential industrial sources, and a high pressure CO2 pipeline for the onward transport of CO2 to an offshore geological storage site in the North Sea.

geotechnical engineer
Canal River Trust

Matthew graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a first class degree in Engineering Geology and Geotechnics. Since then he has worked in both the private and public sector. Working primarily on major infrastructure schemes, he has worked in office based design and site based engineering roles. He currently works for a charity maintaining the nation’s waterways managing ground investigations and asset improvement.

land regeneration manager
National Grid

Hannah is a Land Regeneration Manager at National Grid Property and is responsible for bringing land back into beneficial use across over 100 former gasworks sites in the West Midlands, North England and Scotland.  Hannah has been working in the sector for over 17 years, previously working at both Atkins and URS (now Aecom).

Hannah has been involved in hundreds of inter-disciplinary land investigation, risk assessment and remediation projects.  She has written and contributed to a numerous technical guidance documents in relation to quantitative human health risk assessment of contaminated land and is an author of published technical papers. She is currently Chairperson of the C4SL Phase 2 Project Steering Group (on behalf of the Soil and Groundwater Technical Association (SAGTA)), delivering new assessment criteria for industry to use when assessing potential risk to humans from soil.

Hannah is a Chartered Scientist with the Geological Society and has also been a member of the Executive Committee of the Society of Brownfield Risk Assessment (SoBRA) for the past six years. During this time she has held roles of Treasurer, Vice Chair and was Chair from 2019-2020. Hannah has a key interest in promoting technical excellence, innovation, good practice and developing others and is a scrutineer for the SoBRA accreditation scheme.

principal engineering geologist
CC Ground Investigation

Liz is an Engineering Geologist with over 30 years’ experience in the Site Investigation industry. Her career started in the derelict mining land of the West Midlands and she has worked as a Main Contractor, Local Authority Officer, Consultant and Ground Investigation Contractor throughout the UK. She is passionate about mentoring the next generation of geologists to develop careers in the Ground Investigation industry. Liz is currently the Secretary of the Western Regional Group of the Geological Society, is a past Chair of the Midlands Geotechnical Society and is a member of the Safety Working Group of the AGS.

geotechnical engineer

Natalie Wride is a Geotechnical Engineer with over 8 years’ experience across academia and industry. Her PhD research has examined the effects of cyclic loading on soft soils, awarded the Best Academic Poster at the BGA Annual Conference 2019. During her time at Warwick University, she undertook higher education teaching, with a focus on inclusion and widening participation of learning within the engineering curriculum. Since returning to industry, she has pursued a career with a focus in geotechnical numerical analysis. Natalie is currently a Geotechnical Engineer at Rendel Ltd., where she is the Team Lead for the Earthworks and Green Tunnels Category 3 Checks for Contracts C2 and C3 of HS2, responsible for check fees exceeding £2million. At the 2021 Ground Engineering Awards, Natalie was ‘Highly Commended’ for the Rising Star Award.

technical director
Wentworth House

Yueyang is a Technical Director of Wentworth House Partnership responsible for its geotechnical team. He joined Wentworth House Partnership in 2013 and has lead WHP’s growth in geotechnical consulting. He has 17 years’ experience working as researcher, geotechnical and structural designer, project manager in the civil engineering industry in the UK. His typical projects comprised Stratford Athlete’s Village, London Bridge Place and St. Botolph’s House and Thames Tideway.

Yueyang worked on pushed-in piling (GIKEN-Cambridge Collaboration) and did his PhD works on centrifuge testing, advanced triaxial and numerical modelling of in situ soil testing for foundation performance prediction (Cementation Skanska – Cambridge Collaboration) at the Schofield Centrifuge Centre, Cambridge University.