Young Professionals Committee

CIHT London has set up a Young Professionals Committee (YPC), with the primary aim of representing the interests of younger members of the Institution.

The YPC has the following aims:

  • To promote the Institution as a professional body;
  • To assist transport planners and engineers in the early stages of their career, through their professional development, in order to achieve qualified status;
  • To encourage new members into the institution by promoting the benefits of joining CIHT and providing opportunities for young members to network with fellow young professionals.

As well as contributing to the Institution’s objective of being a learned multi-modal transport institution, the YPC would like to hear Young Members views and opinions concerning key transport issues and on how the CIHT can better cater for their needs. 

We hold a number of informal get-togethers on a regular basis to provide the opportunity for younger members to meet, both for general networking and to exchange views and ideas, possibly (probably) over a beer or two. We are also looking to organise a series of events regarding routes to Professional Qualifications (C.Eng, I.Eng, TPP) and mentoring.

The YPC is not just aimed at Graduates and includes Planners/Engineers in their first ten years of work. Our aim is to capture the views and opinions of all Transport Professionals up to the age of 35 (although there is no strict cut-off for “Young”...!), so please get in touch! 


If you have any comments or suggestions for future events/ activities or would like to join the Young Professionals Committee, please contact

Meet the YPC:


Young Professionals Committee Member

  • Christina Spiliopoulou

    Christina Spiliopoulou

    Transport Planner, Arup

    I am a Transport Planner currently working at the Transport Consulting Team of Arup. I have eight years of experience in the U.K. and overseas. My background is on Survey Engineering and GIS. I am excited by the human side of planning for transport and I believe that it is an imperative to look at the bigger picture of what we are doing in our day-to-day work.  I therefore have developed a breadth of skills on transport planning including collecting, analysing and interpreting traffic data, representing traffic networks, micro simulation traffic modelling, preparation of transport assessments, preparing maps and visualisations. I am specialised in micro-simulation modelling and have a developing interest in new technologies and the integration of autonomous vehicles in the current transport system.

    I joined the CIHT committee in 2015 as a member of the Young Professionals Committee and I now also have responsibilities on liaising with the other transport societies. I hope to help organise events that will help all members of the CIHT grow professional as well as promote the growth of our profession.

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  • Daniel Tarry

    Daniel Tarry

    Assistant Engineer, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff

    Since September 2014 Daniel has working in the Development Planning (Transport) Team at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff. Daniel has predominantly been working in the field of Transport Modelling as a SATURN Modeller working on a number of schemes of national significance (A1 Newcastle and Ipswich Wet Dock Crossing) to support Outline Business Cases. Daniel takes a key interest in transport developments, particularly relating to cycling and sustainable travel choices.

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  • Gemma Bouchereau

    Gemma Bouchereau

    Works Coordination and Permitting Officer, TfL

    Gemma Bouchereau is a Works Coordinator at Transport for London. This involves assessing permit applications for street works in South West London, as well as assessing traffic management plans for utility works and attending regular stakeholder and Highway Authority meetings to facilitate the permitting process. Her specialisms include permit related legislation and network impact management, and she is planning to gain some more qualifications this year to further develop her industry knowledge.

    Gemma joined the CIHT London committee in August 2016 as a regional member, and the first event she arranged was related to the field of cycling.

    She obtained a degree in Translation and Interpreting and in 2013 finished her MA in Translation. In her spare time she enjoys baking, arts and crafts and running challenges, and is hoping to do her first half marathon by the end of 2017. 

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Melissa Vento 

Melissa is the GL Committee Recruitment Officer see Who's Who