Association for Consultancy and Engineering
|Not for profit Company Limited by Guarantee|
|Headquarters||Alliance House, 12 Caxton Street,|
|Paul Reilly (chairman) |
(chief executive officer)
Number of employees
ACE represents around 430 member companies, large and small, that provide professional engineering expertise in delivering, maintaining and upgrading economic and social infrastructure across the UK.
It was established in 1913 as the Association of Consulting Engineers, and was renamed in 2004.
Members are typically businesses providing consultancy and other professional services in the field of engineering. Their areas of expertise include buildings, transport, utilities, environment and construction and are located throughout the United Kingdom, but many operate worldwide.
The Board is responsible for the key strategic direction and corporate development of the organisation. It is made up of representatives from member companies.
The Advisory Group provides ACE with political and industry connections. The group consists of highly positioned individuals from a wide range of backgrounds representing politics, government, academia, legal and financial institutions, as well as professional and industrial bodies.
ACE represents its members and promotes their interests to government and other stakeholders. It also provides a number of opportunities for members to share knowledge and best-practice with each other.
ACE creates and sells standard contracts for their use in construction and engineering projects. In addition to ACE agreements, it also sells FIDIC agreements, Infrastructure Conditions of Contracts (ICC) and IET contracts.
In addition, it organises a number of events and conferences, including their annual European CEO conference. ACE campaigns on industry issues on behalf of its members - including the Future of Consultancy and Net Zero.
ACE’s groups across the United Kingdom provide members with an opportunity to engage on a local level. Established groups cover the devolved nations Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, there are also further regional groups for London and the South East, the Midlands, the North West and the North.
Groups establish ACE opinion and policy on various issues including property, roads, rail, sustainability and water. “Specialist” groups provide operational advice on HR, finance, membership and legal matters, or represent members based on their size.
Previously known as the Progress Network, the Emerging Professionals group is for future industry leaders in the first 15 years of their careers. It organises career development opportunities across the UK. It is currently sponsored by ACE member, Mott MacDonald.
Technical Apprenticeship Consortium (TAC)
ACE provides the secretariat for the Technical Apprenticeship Consortium (TAC) which brings together consultancy and engineering firms to encourage the recruitment and training of technician and degree apprentices.
The consortium has enabled more than 1,500 placements since its formation in 2010 and now offers six qualifications across rail design, civil engineering, building services engineering and transport design.
Environmental Industries Commission (EIC)
ACE produces the magazine Infrastructure Intelligence which publishes six print editions a year and produces twice-weekly e-updates. It covers news in the UK's infrastructure sector, as well as providing a platform for expert analysis.
Its website has 26,500 unique visitors a month.
ACE produces research-based reports, mainly to support its ongoing lobbying, public affairs, stakeholder engagement activity and campaigns.
- Measures for Successful Outcomes explores the five capitals approach to procurement and how it can provide a framework for Government decision-making.
- Scrapping the Levy argues for reform of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and was written based on Freedom of Information requests to local councils.
- Unlocking Housing argues that only an approach which marries placemaking, meaningful engagement and more power for local councils will solve the housing crisis.
- Piloting Reverse Mentoring shares the results of a nine-month ACE-led cross-industry pilot into reverse mentoring, which is where junior members of staff mentor more experienced decision-makers within a company.
- Funding Roads for the Future argues that the government should change its approach to vehicle excise duty and replace it with a "dynamic road-user charging" system. ACE argues that this system should reflect the social and economic circumstances of road users, as well as the environmental impact of their journey.
The following individuals have chaired the ACE.
- G Midgley Taylor (1913–16)
- H J Rofe (1916–17)
- Frank Gill (1917–19)
- H J Rofe (1919–20)
- Ernest L Mansergh (1920–21)
- W Vaux Graham (1921–22)
- A M Sillar (1922–23)
- J Mitchell Moncrieff (1923–24)
- Sidney R Lowcock (1924–25)
- Edward W Monkhouse (1925–26)
- W J E Binnie (1926–27)
- S B Donkin (1927–28)
- H Howard Humphreys (1928–29)
- Nicolas G Gedeye (1929–30)
- Alfred H Dykes (1930–31)
- S C Lewis (1931–32)
- J S Afford (1932–33)
- A M Sillar (1933–34)
- J D Watson (1934–35)
- Sir Cyril Kirkpatrick (1935–36)
- Sir William Halcrow (1936–37)
- H P Hill (1937–38)
- Sir Alexander Gibb (1938–39)
- C G DuCane (1939–40)
- E J Buckton (1940–41)
- G M C Taylor (1941–42)
- H J F Gourley (1942–43)
- S B Donkin (1943–44)
- David M Watson (1944–45)
- James R Beard (1945–46)
- G Howard Humphreys (1946–47)
- J F Crowley (1947–48)
- G Kenyon Bell (1948–49)
- T A L Paton (1949–50)
- R W Mountain (1950–51)
- J Duvivier (1951–52)
- Sir Bruce White (1952–53)
- J S Tritton (1955–54)
- T G N Haldane (1954–55)
- J S Tritton (1955–56)
- V A M Robertson (1956–57)
- Bryan Donkin (1957–58)
- J T Calvert (1958–59)
- J M L Bogle (1959–60)
- C L Blackburn (1960–61)
- R L Fitt (1961–62)
- R W Hawkey (1962–63)
- J S Balfour (1963–64)
- Sir Henry Clay (1964–65)
- J Kennard (1965–66)
- J F St G Shaw (1966–67)
- Dr H C Husband (1967–68)
- M E Gibb (1968–69)
- R T Gerrard (1969–70)
- G A Rooley (1970–71)
- D C Coode (1971–72)
- Geoffrey Kennedy (1972–72)
- J R Harrison (1973–74)
- G F B Scruby (1974–75)
- Sir Ralph Freeman (1975–76)
- K F Scott (1976–77)
- Chris Mitchell (1977–78)
- J G Eldridge (1978–79)
- D J Coats (1979–80)
- J W Baxter (1980–81)
- John Haseldine (1981–82)
- W K E Jones (1982–83)
- Paul Martin (1983–84)
- F A Sharman (1984–85)
- Ken Whimster (1985–86)
- G M J Williams (1986–87)
- Keith Best (1987–88)
- Geoffrey Coates (1988–89)
- Tom Smith (1989–90)
- Tom Douglas (1990–91)
- Peter Campbell (1991–92)
- Povl Ahm (1992–93)
- Michael Clark (1993–94)
- Ken Innes (1994–95)
- John Bowcock (1995–96)
- Robbie Reith (1996–97)
- Raymond Cousins (1997–98)
- Tim Foley (1998–99)
- Jim Dawson (1999–2000)
- Brian Clancy (2000–01)
- Tim Simpson (2001–02)
- Rod Macdonald (2002–03)
- David Upton (2004)
- Desmond Scott (2005)
- Martin Nielsen (2006)
- Michael Whitwell (2007)
- Neil Sandberg (2008)
- Geoff French (2009)
- Michelle McDowell (2010)
- Graham Nicholson (2011)
- Paul Hamer (2012)
- Keith Howells (2013)
- Chris Cole (2014) 
- Gavin English (2016) 
- Mike Haigh (2017) 
- Mathew Riley (2018-19) 
- Paul Riley (2020) 
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- "Meet the team". ACE. Retrieved 2018-06-09.[permanent dead link]
- Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE), Association for Consultancy and Engineering. Retrieved on 28 June 2020.
- Jess Clark "ICE boss leaves to head up ACE", New Civil Engineer, London, 22 June 2018. Retrieved on 6 July 2018.
- Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE), ACE Board of Directors[permanent dead link]. Retrieved on 10 June 2018.
- Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE), ACE Advisory Board[permanent dead link]. Retrieved on 10 June 2018.
- Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE), ACE groups. Retrieved on 10 June 2018.
- Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE), ACE Progress Network Archived 2018-06-12 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 10 June 2018.
- Technician Apprenticeship Consortium , TAC.Retrieved on 10 June 2018.
- EIC, "Why EIC". Retrieved on 10 June 2018.
- Infrastructure Intelligence, "About infrastructure Intelligence". Retrieved on 10 June 2018.
- Infrastructure Intelligence, "Media Opportunities". Retrieved on 10 June 2018.
- Association for Consultancy and Engineering, Measures for Successful Outcomes. 27 May 2020. Retrieved 28 June 2020.
- Association for Consultancy and Engineering, Scrapping the Levy: An analysis of council infrastructure spending. 24 October 2018. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
- Association for Consultancy and Engineering, Unlocking Housing: Invigorating local communities through placemaking. 18 June 2018. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
- Association for Consultancy and Engineering, Transforming the workplace. Piloting Reverse Mentoring. 6 June 2018. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
- Association for Consultancy and Engineering, Funding Roads for the Future. 24 January 2018. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
- "Road use charges should be tailored to drivers, says report", BBC News, London, 24 January 2018. Retrieved on 10 June 2018.
- Association for Consultancy and Engineering (2013). Celebrating 100 Years at ACE, p. 60. ACE, London. ISBN 1907660682.
- WSP, "Chris Cole elected as UK Chairman of ACE". Retrieved on 6 July 2018.
- Infrastructure Intelligence, "New chair and board members for ACE". Retrieved on 6 July 2018.
- Mott MacDonald, "Mike Haigh appointed chair of the Association for Consultancy and Engineering". Retrieved on 6 July 2018.
- Infrastructure Intelligence, "Ramboll managing director Mathew Riley takes chair at ACE". Retrieved on 6 July 2018.
- The Construction Index, "Stantec's Reilly takes ACE chair". Retrieved on 28 June 2020.