EAP’s Board of Trustees strives to ensure that it comprises the skills, knowledge and experience necessary to ensure that the charity is well governed. Individual trustees are appointed in the first instance on the basis of how their individual attributes and competencies add value to the Board. The Board also recognises the importance of diversity and is committed to recruit and retain trustees who reflect and have knowledge of the communities and areas in which the charity operates. The board currently comprises seven members and meets 3 to 4 times a year.
Paul Jowitt CBE, BSc (Eng), PhD, ACGI, DIC, CEng, FICE, FRSA, FRSE
Current EAP Chairman, trustee since April 2005 and Past President of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
Paul is Professor of Civil Engineering Systems and Executive Director of the Scottish Institute of Sustainable Technology at Heriot Watt University. He is also a Board Member of Scottish Water. He graduated from Imperial College, and was a Lecturer there from 1974 until he moved to Heriot Watt in 1987, becoming Head of Civil Engineering from 1989 to 1999. In 1997 he was an Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, where he still has strong connections with the engineering community. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2005.Paul’s major interests are sustainable development and systems-level solutions in engineering and the environment, particularly in water resources, asset management and water distribution systems. Paul was Chair of the ICE Presidential Commission – “Engineering without Frontiers” – that examined the engineer’s contribution to meeting the UN Millennium Development Goals.
Paul also has a strong interest in the educational and professional formation of the civil engineer, chairing an ICE/JBM Task Group to embed sustainable development into engineering curricula and professional development. He is currently a Vice President of the Institution of Civil Engineers and serves on its Environment and Sustainability Board.He is Editor of "Civil Engineering and Environmental Systems", a former Editor of the ICE’s Water, Maritime and Energy Journal and currently a member of the Editorial Panel of the ICE Journal “Engineering Sustainability”. Paul is a trustee of the Forth Bridges Visitor Centre. He is a member of "The Edge" – an ICE/RIBA/CIBSE Ginger Group created to increase public and political awareness of the role of engineers and architects. In 1996 his lecture on water resources - “From the Metamorphosis of Ajax to the Sweet Water of Leith” – featured in the Edinburgh International Science Festival.In his private life he enjoys old cars and old houses, being the co-owner of one of Edinburgh’s last surviving mews stables properties in the Dean Village.
Since 1966 he has been the owner, driver and restorer of a 1937 Morgan Motor Tricycle (a Matchless MX4 990cc V-Twin powered Barrel Back Super Sports). He also enjoys painting and sculpture.
Trustee since July 2008. Partner at Lovells LLP.
Tony Marshall has wide-ranging contentious and non-contentious construction contract experience, gained on projects in England and Africa and latterly in Hong Kong, where he was based from 1987, heading the firm's regional practice in this field from 1994 to 2002.
Tony was responsible for drafting contract conditions for use in substantial parts of Hong Kong's new airport project (which involved major reclamation in order to construct most of the airport in the sea, as well as the creation of an entirely new road and rail infrastructure linking the airport with the Central business district on Hong Kong Island). These conditions were tailored to the needs of a massive project which required to be built within budget and to the strictest timescale. He has also worked on the forms of contract for use in projects around the Asian region, and latterly in the UK, involving a range of types of development. These have included: airports, residential and office buildings, hotels, power plants, process plants, railways and light rail systems, reclamation schemes, water treatment plants and waste-to-energy plants.
Tony has also advised on issues arising between the parties in the course of many of these projects, and handled the resolution of disputes where necessary. This has included extensive experience of major arbitration and court proceedings, as well as mediation, adjudication, dispute review boards and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
Ron Watermeyer BScEng, DEng, PrEng, CEng, PrCM, PrPCM, FSAICE, FIStructE, FICE
Trustee since 2005.
Ron Watermeyer is a director of Soderlund and Schutte, consulting engineers, Johannesburg.
Ron has been a director of Soderlund and Schutte since 1990. He has been at the forefront of many development initiatives in South Africa since the early 1990s including the reinterpretation of building regulations, the classification of sites in terms of geotechnical characteristics and building practice, changing construction methods, technologies and practices to facilitate socio-economic development imperatives and the conceptualisation and implementation of a construction procurement system to reflect societal expectations. He served as a vice president of IStructE in 2001/02 and SAICE’s 101st President in 2004. He has developed many South African National Standards and project led the development of the series of international standards for construction procurement (ISO 10845). In 2009 he was awarded a Doctor of Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand and in 2010 the ICE International Medal for contributions over time to the delivery of infrastructure
Nelson Ogunshakin OBE, BSc (Hons), MSc (Hons), MBA, MCIM, MCIArb, CCMI, FRSA, FICE
Trustee since March 2011.
Nelson Ogunshakin is the Chief Executive of the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) and over the past five years has been responsible for the repositioning and strategic turnaround of ACE.
Nelson has extensive UK and international experience including Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe and North America within the construction and infrastructure development sectors where he has been involved in project development, procurement (EPC / D&B / BOOT / DBFO/ PFI /PPP) delivery, financial management, technical and financial advisory, corporate restructuring, investment planning and corporate development. Nelson is also a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers UK, a non- Executive Board Director of Thomas Telford Ltd, Engineering UK, a council member of Institution of Civil Engineers and Chairman of AEO Group, UK. He is also a visiting professor at Imperial Business School (Imperial College, London, UK) and a steering group member of Reading University research council.
Jo Downham ACMA
Trustee and Treasurer since July 2011
Jo is the Institution of Chemical Engineers’ (IChemE ) Finance and Business Director and in 2008 she also took on the role of HR and Facilities management. She is also Secretary of the Chemical Engineers Benevolent Fund and the IChemE staff Pension Scheme. She graduated in European Finance and Accounting from Leeds Metropolitan University in 1995, which included a year at the Hochschule Bremen in Germany. She joined the IChemE as a Trainee Management Accountant in 1998 following her previous role as Customer Service Assistant at the Halifax Building Society. On joining IChemE, Jo started studying for the CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) qualification, which she completed and qualified in 2005. She is now studying for the ICSA (Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators) qualification.
Elisabeth Culbard, BSc (Combined Honours), PhD, DIC
Trustee since July 2013
Lis Culbard is head of sustainability for Bechtel’s Global Infrastructure Business.
Lis is also a technical expert in the field of sustainability, environmental and social impact assessment and mitigation management in developed and developing countries. With over 30 years of professional experience in the delivery of infrastructure megaprojects worldwide, Lis is currently responsible for creating sustainability solutions to customer requirements across a multi-billion dollar portfolio - new industrial and economic cities in Saudi Arabia, ports in Abu Dhabi, airports in Qatar, UK and US, rail infrastructure in the UK. US and KSA, as well as infrastructure development projects in Gabon, West Africa. Lis has also supported Bechtel’s strategic response to sustainability and climate change helping to mainstream these issues within the global business. In her recent work with Bechtel, she has introduced the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community into a project to build a new sustainable quarter for the capital city of Libreville. She has also brought a range of NGO’s to support the development of community investment programmes on financial literacy and business entrepreneurship to a number of Bechtel’s projects.
Lis holds a Ph.D in Environmental Engineering from Imperial College, Royal School of Mines, where she was one of the youngest lecturers to be appointed to manage the Pollution Option for the M.Sc Course in Environmental Technology. Prior to joining Bechtel in 2002, she worked for the World Bank Group in Washington, DC, where she was responsible for the environmental and social appraisal of the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) global portfolio of infrastructure projects. Whilst at the IFC, she together with colleagues, was awarded the World Bank President’s Award for Excellence for Railway projects in Brazil, Cameroon and Estonia. In 2007, Lis was a member of an Expert Panel for EAP during the development of guidance on “How to Promote Social Development in International Procurement”; in 2003-4, she was also a member of a CIRIA (Construction Industry Research Association, UK) and Forum for the Future Steering Group looking at “How to Deliver Socially Responsible Construction Projects. She was also a Trustee of the One World Trust from 2009 to 2011.
Lis resides in London, UK.
Will Serle, BA, MSc, FCIPD
Trustee since March 2014
Will is the Group Human Resources Director of AMEC plc and is also responsible for sustainability at AMEC. He joined AMEC in 2000 as Human Resources Director for the Oil and Gas business, moving to the Natural Resources role in 2006. In 2009, he assumed the role of Human Resources Director for Natural Resources and Power & Process; in 2010, after all three divisions merged, he became Human Resources Operations Director.
Prior to joining AMEC, Will held Human Resource Management positions with two US-owned offshore drilling companies, where he was also Chairman of the International Association of Drilling Contractors Human Resources group and Founder Chairman of the UK Drilling Contractors Association.
Will is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and holds a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management.
Will is based in the UK where he lives with his wife and three young children.