Jenna Graham, who works for A-one+ Integrated Highways Services, has been appointed to the position, having previously been the G&S committee secretary.
Jenna, from Chester-le-Street, became involved with ICE in 2012, after she was awarded a QUEST Technician Scholarship, which provides financial assistance for those studying towards an engineering technician qualification.
The 26-year-old, who has recently been promoted to the post of assistant engineer with the Darlington firm, which works on highway maintenance contracts, is unusual in her G&S post, having no university background.
She was awarded an HNC, HND and National Certificate in Civil Engineering during her time studying on day release at New College Durham.
Jenna said: “I became involved with ICE and the Graduates and Students Committee after receiving the scholarship in 2012, something which really helped me in achieving my qualifications.
“Having been secretary of the G&S, I am very happy to have taken the next step and been appointed chair of the committee. The role of ICE is to promote the opportunities available to people in civil engineering and to support members to develop their careers. I have been lucky enough to have benefited from these objectives and I want to use this new post to help pass that on to other young people in the industry.”
Penny Marshall, director of ICE North East, added: “Since first engaging with ICE in 2012, Jenna has thrown herself into her work as a volunteer with the G&S committee with great enthusiasm. She fully deserves the post of G&S chair and I’m sure the young membership will have a very good year under her leadership. I hope she will be the first of many technicians coming through into prominent roles in ICE in the NE.”
The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is one of the pre-eminent engineering institutions in the world. Established as a learned society in 1818, it has 80,000 members and provides a voice for civil engineering, continuing professional development and promoting best practice throughout the industry.