David Nethercot was the Head of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Imperial College in 2002 when the first Constructionarium was organised by that Department; he has been hugely influential ever since, joining the Board as a Director in 2017.
David has been an academic for some 50 years. Before joining Imperial, he was on the staff at Cardiff, Sheffield and Nottingham Universities, with 5 years as Head of Department at Nottingham.
The author of some four hundred technical papers, he has supervised more than forty externally funded research projects – several of them on an international basis – and has spoken – often as a keynote presenter – in more than fifty countries worldwide. He was for more than 10 years chairman of the BSI Committee responsible for BS5950 and for UK input into EC3, is a past chairman of IABSE’s technical committee responsible for oversight of all the Association’s technical activities and a past Deputy Chairman of the Council of the Steel Construction Institute.
Twelve of his papers have won Institution prize. He was awarded a DSc degree in 1993 and elected to the Royal Academy of Engineering in that same year. He is Past President of both the IStructE and IABSE and a former Council Member of the Royal Academy of Engineering. In 2006 he was awarded an OBE for services to Structural Engineering, was the 2008 recipient of the Charles Massonnet prize from the European Convention for Structural Steelwork and received a Gold Medal from the Institution of Structural Engineers in 2009. He is a foreign member of the National Academies of Engineering of both Australia and the USA.
David has chaired the JBM, the body responsible for accrediting UK Civil Engineering courses on behalf of the Profession, and has been a member of the equivalent Board in Hong Kong. He has chaired numerous reviews of overseas university civil engineering departments, has been the external examiner for several UK and overseas universities and an invited visiting professor in Hong Kong, Canada, USA, China and Singapore.
Professionally, he has provided specialist advice to consultants, contractors and government agencies, with his expert witness work including Wembley Stadium roof, Gerrards Cross tunnel collapse and the Queensferry Crossing bridge. For the past 3 years he has been an Assessor to the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry.
Professor D A Nethercot OBE, FREng, FTSE, NAE
Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering
Imperial College London, UK.