Kate Cairns  BEng (Hons) MSc DIC CEnv CEng FICE

The Telegraph/ WES ‘Top 50 Women Engineer 2018’

Award-winning advocate, advisor, speaker, professor and politician, Kate has been a freelance consultant since 2012 on leaving her role as Environmental Advisor on the £4.2b Heathrow Terminal 5 project to move to her native northeast of England.

Passionate about preserving the planet, fulfilling potential and seeking synergies, Kate followed a career in civil engineering and sustainable development. Always vigilant of future trends & forthcoming challenges back in the year 2000, Kate authored the briefing sheet for ICE members on climate change and the Kyoto Protocol. Two decades later this is now an issue of national emergency.

Kate continues to be a thought leader with numerous papers and articles published, interviews on podcasts, TV, radio and trade press, and regularly speaking at industry events, forums and conferences. She has instigated and developed not one, but two international ‘world first’ industry standards in sustainability (CEEQUAL) and safety (CLOCS – construction logistics and community safety)

Kate is a Chartered Civil Engineer, Chartered Environmentalist, and Fellow of the ICE. She is an Associate Member of the Professional Speaking Association, Chair of the ICE Fairness Inclusion and Respect Expert Panel, and a thought leader on sustainability, safety and inclusivity.

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Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers – Civil Engineering, Volume 169 Issue 4, November 2016, pp. 149-149 ‘Civil engineers urged to facilitate active travel for all’.

ISSN 0965-089X | E-ISSN 1751-7672, Published Online: October 24, 2016

Civil engineers should do more to facilitate walking and cycling in all infrastructure schemes, says sustainability adviser Kate Cairns. The sustainability and social benefits of ‘active travel’ are highlighted in two recent Institution of Civil Engineers journal issues.

Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers – Engineering Sustainability, Volume 169 Issue 3, June 2016, pp. 85-86, ‘Themed issue on facilitating active travel – part II’

ISSN 1478-4629 | E-ISSN 1751-7680, Published Online: May 11, 2016

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