The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has recognised the achievement of five North East civil engineers with its elite chartered status, four of whom are women.

The five engineers have been awarded the protected title of Chartered Engineer and membership of the ICE. This allows them to add the letters CEng and MICE after their names. Lynsey Gray and Bex Gill, work for civil engineering firm Arup in Newcastle whilst Ben Adcock works for John Sisk & Son Ltd also based in Newcastle. Laura Brown works for Bowmer and Kirkland Ltd in Sunderland and Srimali Dixon works at AECOM in Stockton.

ICE membership can be awarded to a wide range of engineers practising in the broad area of civil engineering in recognition for their work in the field, and after passing a professional review. The organisation has 90,000 members worldwide, including more than 2,000 in the North East.

The ICE’s professionally qualified grades of membership are internationally recognised, and are viewed in the engineering sectors as a significant achievement and a benchmark of an engineer’s competence and professional standing.

ICE Regional Director for the North East, Penny Marshall said: “Civil engineering sits right at the heart of society. It is all about shaping, improving and protecting the infrastructure that we all depend on in our day-to-day lives, from bridges, roads and railways right through to energy networks and water and waste infrastructure. The Tyne Tunnels and The Tees Transporter Bridge are examples of the work of our civil engineers.

Achieving Chartered Civil engineer status is a significant personal and career achievement and we welcome Lynsey, Bex, Ben, Laura and Srimali into the ICE.”

Lynsey Gray said: “I’m immensely proud to be a chartered civil engineer. Civil engineering can sometimes be a challenging job, working towards deadlines and budgets, but it can also be very rewarding to see something you have worked on be built and put into use.”

Bex Gill said: “To gain recognition for dedication and commitment to the profession makes me feel incredibly proud. Being chartered, immediately demonstrates a level of professionalism when working with new teams and clients.”

Ben Adcock said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be able to see my name on the Engineering Council Register and ICE register of chartered engineers and to be able to put the qualification after my name.”

Laura Brown said: “Membership of the ICE and becoming a chartered engineer has been a long term goal for me since I decided to become a civil engineer, passing the review is a major milestone for both my career and me personally.”

Srimali Dixon said: “Becoming a member of the ICE and a chartered engineer is the highlight of my career so far. The opportunities which come with being a chartered engineer are endless. It is satisfying to see that these opportunities are also available to women with families. I’m looking forward to my future within engineering. ”