CICES is pleased to announce that Ann Allen MBE FRICS is to become its new Chief Executive Officer. Ann Allen has over 35 years’ working in the built environment. She joins CICES from the University of Glasgow where she has worked for eight years as Executive Director of Estates and Commercial Services. Having graduated with a degree in land management, Ann Allen has worked in various development roles within both public and private sector organisations, including Head of Estates and Facilities for HBOS, and Head of Asset Management for John Lewis.

Ann Allen holds a number of non-executive roles, including chair of Architecture Design Scotland, chair of the Scottish board of Women in Property, and board member of Construction Scotland and the National Museum of Scotland. She received an MBE in 2019 for services to higher education.
CICES President Chris Preston commented: “I am delighted we have secured someone of Ann’s calibre as our new CEO. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience in strong governance, communications, and engagement with communities, stakeholders and government. Ann will be developing our strategy, particularly with regards to membership services, digital transformation and external presence to further establish the institution as the natural home for those working in civil engineering surveying. CICES is a highly regarded institution and Ann will continue our work promoting the profession, engaging across sectors and demonstrating the value our members contribute to society.”

Ann Allen commented: “I am delighted and proud to be appointed as CEO of CICES. Supporting the organisation to develop the long term strategy is exciting, however I also want to ensure that we continue the great work of the outgoing CEO Bill Pryke and ensure that we continue to reflect the needs of our members and support them through this challenging time for our industry.”

Ann Allen will join CICES on 1 August 2020, at which time she will also become managing director of the institution’s wholly-owned commercial publishing and training arm, SURCO Ltd. She takes over from Bill Pryke, who is retiring after over 11 years of leading the institution.

Coronavirus updates

CICES is keen to protect the health and safety of its staff and members. Whilst we remain fully operational, we will cease holding face-to-face meetings and events until further notice. Some staff will be adjusting to home working and this may affect mailings and other forms of communication from the institution.

Wherever possible we will try to make facilities available for meetings by telephone conference. However, logistically, this will not be possible in all instances.

Where a deposit has been paid to attend a CICES organised event that has now been cancelled, CICES will refund this.

CICES will continue to keep up-to-date on the situation and will be guided by government, Public Health England and Construction Industry Council advice.

If you have any concerns please speak with me or another senior member of staff privately.

Further guidance on the coronavirus:


Until we can continue with our face-to-face events, we are planning a series of webinars for all members, with a variety of topics.  Please check the regional pages for details.

Powers and Tiltman Limited – this is a re-approval of their scheme for land surveyors. The business provides, topographical surveys, measured building surveys, scanned point cloud surveys, underground utilities setting out site engineering and as-built surveys.

Colas Rail – Scheme reapproval using competencies in land Surveying, Engineering Surveying and Utilities and Subsurface Mapping. Colas Rail supplies railway infrastructure services, constructing and renewing all forms of railways across Europe and the UK.

PBH Surveys Limited employs a dedicated specialist survey team operating throughout the UK. Their team of professional staff provides a full spectrum of survey support services including but not limited to 3D topographical surveys, 3D high definition point cloud scanning, UAV surveys, gauging surveys, overhead line equipment surveys, drainage surveys, onsite technical support and building information modelling. This is a new AD scheme using Geospatial competencies.

Launch of new associate member (apprenticeship) grade

Following a review of the membership grades and the introduction of new apprenticeships relevant to the profession, ICES has launched the new associate member grade for those gaining apprenticeships. The associate member (apprenticeship) grade will be available for apprentices achieving a relevant level 3 or 4 apprenticeship. For this grade, CICES recognises several new trailblazer apprenticeships as being the closest match to the competencies, these being Geospatial Survey Technician – level 3; Construction Surveying Technician – level 4 (under development) and Surveying Technician – level 3. Contact the membership team at membership@cices.orgfor further information. The quick guide to associate member (apprentice route) is at

CICES supports Get Kids into Survey

The institution has become an official distributor partner for Get Kids into Survey. The initiative, from Elaine Ball Technical Marketing, is aimed at schoolchildren and portrays surveyors and geospatial professionals in cartoon form. Get Kids into Survey has so far released four A1 posters covering civil engineering, forestry, mining and smart cities. Further posters are due to be released this year along with a comic book. The posters are free to purchase from