At a celebration dinner this week, VGC Chairman Sean Fitzpatrick and MD Laurence Mckidd acknowledged Bob Webb’s numerous achievements.
Bob was recently awarded Fellowship status by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the highest grade of membership. It recognises his substantial contribution to the engineering profession.
Bob’s career in civil engineering started in London, and he worked on various successful projects across the world. After joining Balfour Beatty he was project director on the west coast mainline Euston remodelling project and later led the upgrade of the railway between Sidney and Brisbane in Australia. He had considered retiring from his senior position at Balfour Beatty when he met Laurence and Sean ‘for a quick drink’ in 2011. They were delighted when he accepted the role of non-executive director of the VGC Group.
VGC has benefited from Bob’s input over the past four years in a number of areas. He has worked on marketing, strategic planning, and developed the VGC civil engineering graduate programme, which this year received formal approval from ICE. He is an asset to the business in other ways, too: Laurence described a meeting with a Network Rail director, who said “any company that is good enough for Bob is good enough for me”. He continued: “Bob is enthusiastic about the profession, about VGC, and about helping anyone who asks, and we are tremendously grateful for his contribution.”
Laurence also thanked Anna, Bob’s wife, for her support of Bob and of VGC.
The Institution of Civil Engineers is one of the world’s most respected professional engineering associations. It was formed in 1818 and Thomas Telford was its first president. ICE now has over 80,000 members around the world, playing a hugely important part in shaping the world and saving millions of lives. As a Fellow, Bob is now entitled to use the designation FICE (Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers).