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Lawrie Quinn, project director, Transportation at Atkins, is to serve as the new regional chair of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in London for a two-year term.

This appointment will see Lawrie leading the work of ICE London, representing more than 9,000 civil engineers by focusing on sharing knowledge and actively promoting civil engineering across all sectors by working with industry, schools, universities, local government and the media.

Lawrie said: "It is an exciting time to be an engineer as the industry seeks to harness digital engineering and smart technology to drive efficiencies in transport, infrastructure and utilities.

"These developments provide a clear roadmap for how we can enhance people's experiences of city living while creating a sustainable future and more cohesive communities.

"In the case of London, high levels of investment and a willingness to do things differently are central to maintaining its status as a thriving world city.

"I look forward to helping ICE to achieve these important goals and being at the heart of the planning of the 200th anniversary celebrations of its founding in London in 1818."

For his first engagement, Lawrie spoke at the RCEA and ICE 2016 Parliamentary Reception: Celebrating London's Railways Past, Present and Future.

Lawrie will bring over 35 years of experience of railway and civil engineering to this role. In a professional career spanning the transportation sector, he has worked on a number of high-profile programmes including High Speed 1, the West Coast Mainline, the Piccadilly Line extension to Heathrow Terminal 5, Wembley Park Station and Crossrail.

Since joining Atkins in March 2016, Lawrie has had responsibility as programme director for the Network Rail Anglia Framework and as project director for the West Anglia Main Line upgrade, working alongside VolkerFitzpatrick in North East London.

Suzanne Moroney, ICE London director said: "I am delighted that Lawrie will lead the region's activities over his coming term. He has been a keen advocate of civil engineering, highlighting to the media and the public the importance of infrastructure. I look forward to working with him in his new role as chair."

This year has also seen the appointment of Richard East, chief engineer, Transportation at Atkins, to the role of chairman of the Railway division of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). Richard gave his inaugural chairman's address at the IMechE's headquarters in London in September, illustrating how engineers can contribute to a successful railway industry of the future.

He brings a wealth of experience, joining the railway in 1977 and working on flagship schemes such as ERTMS in Denmark and the InterCity Express Programme (IEP) in the UK. He has previously worked with Lawrie Quinn at the Railway Engineers Forum promoting the professional institutions in the rail industry.

Atkins is committed to working collaboratively across the engineering community to shape the future of transportation, maximising opportunities for growth and the benefit of society.


For more information:

Francesca Buckley
External Communications Manager, Transportation                       
+44 7799 090226

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