21 JUN 2016

BakerHicks civil and structural engineering director gives ICE Talks to inspire next generation

Andrew Gotts, director for civil and structural engineering, features in a series of talks with the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) as part of its Quest campaign to inspire the next generation of engineers.

The initiative was launched to provoke further discussion and offer members a platform to advance the diversity debate, and to provide an opportunity for increased visibility within the engineering community.

“There is a real misconception within engineering that it is only a career for men and of a certain age,” said Andrew. 
“These talks are designed to challenge and change this perception and to encourage everyone who has an interest in engineering to get involved in some way. It is a pleasure to be a part of it and I hope it inspires the next generation of future engineers.”

Recorded in a studio in Glasgow on 14th December, Andrew was asked to give his views on either diversity, industry transformation or urbanisation – or a combination of all three. He chose diversity and the first of the five videos was broadcast to tie in with National Women in Engineering Day (NWED).

ICE Talks are being used as a vehicle for further debate, filling some of the knowledge gaps for the ICE Academy and supporting the Institute’s thought leadership programme.

As part of the Quest campaign eight scholars have been working at BakerHicks’ Stratford-upon-Avon, London and Manchester offices, two of which will shortly be joining the company in a permanent role.