Advisors

The current advisors of EWB-UK are listed below.

Professor Sir David King

Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment at the University of Oxford, Professor King was previously the UK Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor and Head of Government Office of Science Instrumental in creating the new £1bn Energy Technologies Institute.  He co-authored ‘The Hot Topic’ on Energy Technologies and climate change. Advised government on issues such as the foot-and-mouth epidemic, 9/11 risks to the UK, GM foods, energy provision and innovation and wealth creation. Heavily involved in establishing the government’s Science and Innovation Strategy 2004 – 2014. Brunner Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Liverpool (1974) 1920 Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Cambridge and then Master of Downing College (1995 – 2000) and then Head of the University Chemistry Department (1993 – 2000) Publish over 450 papers on his research in chemical physics, science and policy. Received numerous prizes. Fellowships and honorary degrees, Continues as Director of Research in the Department of chemistry at the University of Cambridge Currently President of the British Science Association.

Professor Robert Chambers

Undisciplined with background in biology, history and public administration. Current concerns and interests include professionalism, power, the personal dimension in development, participatory methodologies, teaching and learning with large numbers, agriculture and science, seasonality, and community-led sanitation. Selected Projects: Immersions for Aid Practitioners; The Development Impact of Child Sponsorship; Going to Scale? The Potential of Community-Led Total Sanitation. Thematic Expertise: Participation Methodologies. Books include: Rural Development - Putting the Last First (1983); challenging the Professions (1993); Whose Reality Counts? Putting the First Last(1997); Participatory Workshops (2002); Ideas for Development (2005).

Prof. Sally Heslop

Sally is a Senior Teaching Fellow in Civil Engineering at the University of Bristol, with more than 20 years experience of teaching water and environmental management to a very wide range of students. As the Graduate Education Director for the Faculty of Engineering she also leads the development of postgraduate education in Engineering. Sally has been influential in introducing sustainability into the curriculum at Bristol, and has worked with the Royal Academy of Engineering on their national programme of design for sustainability. She has worked with EWB-Bristol for around 5 years, mainly on strengthening the links between staff and students in order to provide long-term support for EWB but also supervising EWB-linked projects. Sally has been very impressed by EWB's capacity to capture and focus student interest and enthusiasm, and to ensure that students are placed into projects where they can both learn a lot and make a genuine difference to people's lives. She was pleased to be invited to join the Board of Trustees in 2009 and hence to contribute to the longer-term development and support of EWB-UK on a national level.

Tahani Youssef

Tahani Youssef is the Director General of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations. She manages this international federation of national engineering institutions (e.g.: the UK is represented by the Institution of Civil Engineers) Works closely with the elected Presidents. Based in Paris.

Edward Bickham

Edward Bickham joined Anglo American plc as Executive Vice President, External Affairs, in April 2000. At Anglo American he has responsibility for stakeholder relations, the social and ethical dimension of sustainable development, public policy issues and overall communications strategy. Prior to this he had been Deputy Chairman and Director of Strategy (Dec.1998-April 2000) Also he was Managing Director, Corporate and Public Affairs (1993-2000) at Hill and Knowlton. His major clients included major media companies, British Energy; the Paper Federation and a number of foreign governments. He served as Special Adviser to the Foreign Secretary (1990-93) during the Gulf War, the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Maastricht Treaty negotiations. From 1985 until 1988 he was Special Adviser to the Home Secretary and to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1983-85). He was Director of Corporate Communications for British Satellite Broadcasting from 1988 to 1990. He graduated in law from St John’s College, Oxford (1974-77).

Professor Paul Jowitt

Professor Paul Jowitt is the Director of the Scottish Institute of Sustainable Technology at Herriot- Watt University. He was President of the Institution of Civil Engineers for the year 2009-10 . He has become a very popular public face for Civil Engineering since his international Brunel Lecture tour, in which included ‘Engineers Without Borders UK’ as an example of what engineers can do. He chaired the ICE Presidential Commission ‘Engineering without Frontiers’ which investigated how the civil engineering profession could contribute to poverty reduction. This led to, amongst other activities, an international programme within the ICE itself. Paul has a background in the UK water industry and regularly speaks – and seeks to speak – to EWB branches. He is a close supporter of the branches in Edinburgh in particular. His fundraising potential is, however, limited to companies that EWB-UK already receives, or has already sought, funding from.

Professor Peter Guthrie

Peter Guthrie is Head of the Centre for Sustainable Development. He is the first Professor in Engineering for Sustainable Development in the UK having held this post since 2000. He is a Fellow of St Edmund's College. His research is focused on the assessment of large scale projects for sustainability and work has included consideration of mixed developments, mining projects, housing, and educational buildings. He also pursues research in the sustainable development of infrastructure in developing countries, including the challenging the appropriateness of technical standards, waste management, the potential for waste materials to be used as materials in construction, and the engineering of earth roads. A civil engineer with geotechnical specialisation by background, Peter has worked on roads in countries such as Nigeria, Lesotho, Sudan, Philippines Ethiopia, and Botswana, and on major infrastructure projects such as London 2012,Orange County Great Park (California), Channel Tunnel Rail Link, CrossRail, West Coast Mainline Route Modernisation and Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester Airports, and major building projects such as Eden Project Phase 4, and large scale schemes for the Prison Service and the Ministry of Defence. supervisor on PhD research on sustainable development in international development, looking at stakeholder engagement, assessment post hoc, and the role of international consultants. He was the Principal Investigator on the Land Securities plc funded programme of research into sustainability of the Ebbsfleet Valley scheme. He was involved in the founding of RedR, a charity that provides engineers and other personnel to relief agencies in disasters. In recognition of this initiative he was awarded the prestigious Beacon Prize for charitable giving in 2005. He was a Trustee/Director of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) He was awarded the OBE in 1994. He was Vice-President of the Institution of Civil Engineers in the late 1990s. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He is leading the Royal Academy of Engineering initiative on capacity building in Africa.