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ACE News

10 DEC 2018


Georgia Hughes of Arcadis appointed chair as network continues to grow

ACE is pleased to announce new board appointments for the Progress Network, the group formed to help the emerging generation of consultants and engineers working in the natural and built environments.

Georgia Hughes of Arcadis has been appointed as chair and Katherine Theobald of Ramboll, UK as first vice chair. Other appointments will be made to fill the remaining Progress Network board positions in the coming months.

They replace former chair Athena Livesey of WSP and vice-chair Rebecca Wooding of DFID, who have reached the end of their two-year tenure.

The chair of the Progress Network also sits on the ACE board.

Georgia Hughes said: “I’m delighted to be taking up the reins at Progress Network. I want to build on the strong foundations laid by Athena, Rebecca and the rest of the Progress Network over the next two years and reach even more emerging consultants and engineers. We’ll be actively engaging with ACE’s Future of Consultancy campaign, specifically leading on the Future of the Workplace stream, as well as working on issues such as sustainability, and professional capability development. It’s an ambitious remit, but I’m looking forward to tackling some big issues with the Network during my tenure.”

Welcoming the new members, Anil Iyer, ACE chief operating officer with responsibility for the Progress Network said: “I’d like to thank Athena and her team for their commendable work in the last two years. The Network has seen incredible growth over that period, increasing the membership base by over 30% to more than 1,000 people across the country. I'm looking forward to working with the new team to build its presence across the UK, notably in Scotland, and the Northern, Eastern and South West regions of England.”

In 2018, the Progress Network held 23 events for its members, led a reverse mentoring pilot and published a number of articles and comment pieces on our website.

Keep up to date with Progress Network and its regional events on our website and receive updates in your inbox via newsletters.

ACE's Progress Network is now known as ACE Emerging Professionals. The group is sponsored by Mott MacDonald.