South West Graduate to become ICE President's Apprentice

24th August, 2010
Chris Lloyd, a graduate member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) South West is celebrating his success at having been selected as one of this year’s (2010/11) ICE President’s Apprentices. Chris was chosen as one of three finalists for the Institution of Civil Engineers Graduate of the Year Award.

Chris is a graduate civil engineer with Halcrow Group at their head office in Swindon. He said: “I am really looking forward to the opportunity to be mentored by the President, Peter Hansford and being able to draw on his wealth of experience in major projects and their delivery.  I believe the Institution has a crucial role to play in improving graduate recruitment and promoting civil engineering, as well as our professional development, so I want to be proactive in addressing those issues.”

Chris gained his Masters with distinction at the University of Cambridge in 2008. He is currently responsible for delivering bridge maintenance and refurbishment schemes for Swindon Borough Council, and works in the Bridges Skill Group for Halcrow.

ICE President elect Peter Hansford said the apprentice scheme would be an important feature of his presidential year: “Engaging our young engineers is vital to the profession and I am keen to provide encouragement by working closely with the six successful apprentices.  These are all upcoming engineers with a lot of energy and ideas and it will be great to have their input on the many challenges facing the industry.”  Peter added that it had been very difficult to select from a field of such strong candidates.  He was sorry to have disappointed those on the shortlist who didn’t make it through to the selected group of apprentices.

Chris will be taking on the title of President’s Apprentice from November 2010 for a full year. He will continue to work at Halcrow, as well as working with Peter for the term of his apprenticeship.