Mark Hansford is Editor of New Civil Engineer (NCE). NCE is a global brand that delivers award winning content online, in app, in print and through live events including awards, conferences, round tables and webinars. As editor Mark is responsible for driving content across all NCE’s activities and the development of new digital and event products. NCE’s remit is simple: to help professional engineers become better engineers by providing thought-provoking and inspiring content around future technologies and technical excellence. Mark is expertly placed to lead that agenda, with 20 years’ civil engineering industry experience, first as practicing, qualified engineer and then as award winning journalist with NCE. Mark has a First Class MEng in Civil Engineering from the University of Birmingham and spent three years as a practicing engineer with leading consultant Atkins before joining NCE in 2000. As a practicing civil engineer Mark has carried out water supply and distribution analysis in the UK and overseas including conducting a fixed asset condition and revaluation study for the 100 largest urban water schemes in Ghana. He has also carried out structural assessments for both highways and rail bridges. Since joining NCE Mark has epitomised the NCE spirit, reporting from the scene of a host of international engineering disasters including a bridge collapse in northern Portugal, a tunnel fire in Baltimore and tsunami-struck Sri Lanka. In 2003 he was the first construction reporter into Iraq following the second Gulf War. Reports such as that have earned him various awards including IBP National News Reporter of the Year 2003 and IBP Construction and Infrastructure Writer of the Year 2013. Recently Mark has been championing cause of gender equality in the industry and is a proud supporter of engineering disaster relief charity RedR, of which NCE is a patron. Mark is a keen supporter of advancing industry best practice and is a founder member of the Infras
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