Who's who

Chair

  • Richard Llewellyn

    Lecturer in Transportation Engineering, Edinburgh Napier University

    Richard is a Chartered Engineer with a wide range of experience in transport planning and engineering. He now works in higher education, lecturing in various modules at Edinburgh Napier University.

     Richard is a Chartered Engineer with a wide range of experience in transport planning and engineering.  His technical experience ranges from conceptual scheme design and public consultation to detailed design and civil engineering implementation. He has also written several technical standards and contributed to the development of transport policy.  He was elected to the branch committee in 2013 with the specific remit of meeting the training needs of members.
     
    He spent the first fifteen years of his career in consultancy, initially with Oscar Faber/FaberMaunsell (now AECOM) and latterly with Halcrow, where he led a team of over 25 Transport Planners across two offices.   Whilst in consultancy, he worked on a number of high profile projects including the Manchester M60 orbital motorway, Edinburgh and Nottingham Tram schemes, Edinburgh Congestion Charging and the Dubai Urban Traffic Control system.  He also managed a number of major framework contracts providing a wide range of transport planning and engineering support services to local authorities.  
     
    He now works in higher education, lecturing in various modules on the BEng/MEng Civil and Transportation Engineering and MSc Transport Planning and Engineering courses at Edinburgh Napier University.  He teaches both at Edinburgh Napier’s Merchiston Campus as well as the university’s partner institutions in Shanghai and Hong Kong.  He is an active researcher in transportation planning and engineering and his work is regularly published.
     
    In his free time, Richard enjoys the great Scottish outdoors and can usually be found skiing, walking, cycling or sailing whenever his family and work commitments allow.
     
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Vice Chair

  • Ross Speirs

    Ross Speirs

    Lead Professional – Harbours, Flood and Coast, Fife Council

    Ross is a Chartered Civil Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution and current Vice Chair for CIHT Scotland.

    Ross is a Chartered Civil Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution and current Vice Chair for CIHT Scotland. He is also a Committee member of the Municipal Group Scotland  Committee and currently holds the position of Vice Chair of the Society of Chief Officers in Transportation (SCOTS)  Flood Risk Management sub group. Ross also supports the Institution as a Reviewer for Eng Tech, IEng and CEng Professional Reviews.  He has over 29 years’ experience in the industry, the last 10 years water related working on the delivery of the Local Authority functions through the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009. He has worked both in Local Government and the private sector, and is currently the Lead Professional for Harbours, Flood and Coast Team within Fife Council. He has delivered many design and construction schemes, the most notably a £64million infrastructure works for the MOD in North Yorkshire and a Coastal Flood Study for Dundee City Council which has informed the detailed design of defences along Dundee’s Waterfront. He is a member of multi-agency partnerships; delivering the Surface Water Management Plan Guidance in February 2013, and delivering the Integrated Catchment Study (ICS) for Tayside as well as 2 ICS’s for Fife Council in partnership with Scottish Water; represents Fife Council on four Local Plan Districts, and is currently delivering 16 Flood Risk Management Studies, Harbour improvement works for Fife’s 11 harbours and coastal defence maintenance and repair schemes along the 178km Fife coastline.

    He has been invited to lecture in Traffic Management, Transportation, Pavement Design as well as Flooding, Flood Risk and Sustainable Drainage design and management to undergraduate and post graduate students at Universities in both Aberdeen and Dundee

     

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Honorary Secretary

  • Nicola Blaney

    Nicola Blaney

    Senior Traffic Engineer, CH2M Hill

    Nicola is a Chartered Engineer with CH2M Hill and Secretary of CIHT Scotland.

    NSenior Engineer, CH2M 

    Nicola is a Chartered Engineer with CH2M and Secretary of CIHT Scotland.

    Nicola is a Chartered Engineer practicing in highways. Since graduating in 2008, she has undertaken a number of secondments to other CH2M offices, Transport Scotland, Glasgow City Council and Glasgow 2014 Ltd.

    Nicola is enthusiastic with good communication skills and a positive attitude that inspires confidence in others. She has a broad range of experience, including multi – disciplinary projects and working with contractors. She believes her success in these projects is a result of her adaptability, appreciation for issues/ risks in the wider context and her determination to deliver optimum solutions. Furthermore, she has contributed to Transport Design Guidance, research projects and written strategy documents that aimed to allow clients to efficiently procure projects with a clear scope. She is logical and able to provide innovative solutions with feasibility at the forefront of her mind.

    Nicola was elected to the branch committee in 2014 and actively contributes to the training of our members. Nicola is also a leading member of CH2M Junior Mid-level Professional Network and sits on Strathclyde University’s Civil & Environmental Engineering Industry Advisory Board.

    In her spare time Nicola is a fitness instructor and loves cooking, eating out, driving and skiing.”

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Honorary Treasurer

  • Alan Crockett

    Alan Crockett

    Design Manager AMCO

    Alan is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution and Honorary Treasurer for CIHT Scotland Region. He also supports the Institution as a reviewer for both CEng and IEng professional reviews.

    Alan is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution and Honorary Treasurer for CIHT Scotland Region. He also supports the Institution as a reviewer for both CEng and IEng professional reviews. Alan is a member of the Industry Advisory Board for Glasgow Caledonian Universities BSc(Hons) Environmental Civil Engineering programme.

     

    Alan has a diverse range of industry experience both in consulting and contracting sectors. He is currently Design Manager for Amalgamated Construction (AMCO) in Scotland involved in the delivery of projects for a range of clients including transportation infrastructure client Network Rail, where he fulfils the roles of Contractors Engineering Manager (CEM) and Contractors Responsible Engineer (CRE). Prior to this Alan worked for Amey as a Senior Project Manager and Principal Engineer in the delivery of a wide range of projects and services for a range of clients including Transport Scotland, Highways England and local authorities throughout the UK.

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Communications & Web Officer

  • Kyle McKinnon

    Kyle McKinnon

    Consultant, AECOM

    Kyle is a senior consultant with 5 years experience in the AECOM Glasgow office, specialising in Development Planning.

    Kyle is a senior consultant with 5 years experience in the AECOM Glasgow office, specialising in Development Planning. Following graduating from the University of Strathclyde Kyle joined the Development Planning team in AECOM's Glasgow Office. Within this team Kyle has predominantly worked with private sector clients, providing support through the planning process. Kyle has also worked on a number of public sector projects at a local and regional level and recently completed a short secondment in the AECOM Abu Dhabi Office.
     

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Events Coordinator

  • Carolyn Rollo

    Carolyn Rollo

    Principal Transport Planner, AECOM

    Carolyn has 10 years’ transport planning experience managing and delivering projects throughout the UK, Ireland and Australia for the public and private sectors

    Carolyn has 10 years’ transport planning experience managing and delivering projects throughout the UK, Ireland and Australia for the public and private sectors.  Carolyn has been a member of the CIHT since 2007 and has a particular interest in renewable energy projects and development planning.

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Recruitment Officer

  • Russell Henderson

    Russell Henderson

    Associate Director, SYSTRA

    Russell is an Associate Director with SYSTRA in Edinburgh within the Development Planning team.

    Russell is an Associate Director with SYSTRA in Edinburgh within the Development Planning team.  

    Russell has worked both in the public and private sector for over 15 years, starting with a short spell at The City of Edinburgh Council and then moving on to work for Boreham Consulting Engineers in 2003, initially working in highway design before concentrating on transport & development planning.  Following Boreham Consulting Engineers’ takeover by Waterman Group, Russell continued at Waterman based in both the Edinburgh and Glasgow offices until joining AECOM in 2014.   Following a time leading the Scottish Development Planning team at AECOM, Russell moved to join SYSTRA in April 2017 to take up a role in their Edinburgh Office.

    Russell has a Degree in Civil Engineering from The University of Strathclyde, and a Masters Degree in Transport Planning & Engineering from Edinburgh Napier University.   He is also currently working towards Chartered Engineer status through the CIHT. 

    He was elected to the Central & Southern Scotland Branch committee in 2014 (now Scottish Region), and was the Scottish Regional Chair in 2016/17.  Russell currently sits on the Scottish committee as the Recruitment Officer

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Regional Rep to Council

  • Richard Perry

    Richard Perry

    Senior Engineer, Transport Scotland

    Richard graduated with a masters degree in Civil Engineering in 2008 and currently works within the Asset Management Team at Transport Scotland.

    Richard graduated with a masters degree in Civil Engineering in 2008 and currently works within the Asset Management Team at Transport Scotland. 
     
    Richard previously worked with Grontmij in the transportation and mobility section.  In this role he contributed to all aspects of highway design and transport planning on a variety of projects, mainly in Scotland. In addition, Richard assisted in managing the delivery of multi-disciplinary infrastructure projects. He was also involved with promoting graduate development within Grontmij’s Glasgow and Edinburgh offices.

    During his studies, Richard worked in local government and within a Transport Scotland Trunk Road maintenance contract. 
     
    Away from work, Richard attempts to play the fiddle.
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Young Professionals Officer

  • Kostas Vavatsoulas

    Transport Planner, CH2M

    Kostas is a transport planner with over six years of experience in a broad range of transport related projects within the UK and overseas.

    Kostas is a transport planner with over six years of experience in a broad range of transport related projects within the UK and overseas. He has developed particular skills in transport planning, active travel and traffic engineering while working with CH2M. Moreover, he has experience in highway design, road safety and site supervision gained as a graduate engineer. Before moving to Glasgow he worked in Greece as a surveying engineer, gaining knowledge in topographic and GIS applications.

    Kostas holds an MEng in Rural and Surveying Engineering, specialising in transportation, from Aristotle University of Thessalniki in Greece as well as an MSc in Transportation and Logistics from the Technical Univeristy of Denmark. He has been a member of CIHT since 2013 and an Affiliate Member of the Society of Road Safety Auditors since 2014. 

    Kostas was elected to the CIHT Regional Committee for Scotland in 2015 and sits as the 2016 Chair for the Young Professionals’ Sub-Committee. His main drive is to support Students, Graduates and Young Professionals, organising educational and networking events, sharing knowledge on business and liaising with universities. Kostas is actively pursuing professional accreditation as a Chartered Engineer with the Institution.

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Committee Member

  • Chris Bell

    Chris Bell

    Strategic Economic Development Director Northamptonshire Highways

    Chris is a Chartered Civil Engineer, Town Planner and Fellow of both the CIHT and ICE.

    Chris is a Chartered Civil Engineer, Town Planner and Fellow of both the CIHT and ICE took up a new post as Strategic Economic Development Director at Northampton County Council’s service delivery partner Northamptonshire Highways (Kier WSP Joint Venture) based in Northampton. Chris who has 28 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors has relocated from Scotland with his family where has was Development Director in WSP’s Edinburgh Office. Chris is also a Board Director at Scotland’s Towns Partnership which is Scotland’s largest towns’ collective; representing and promoting the diversity of our towns and places, and supporting those organisations and groups that have an interest in or ownership of them. He brings a wealth of experience and ideas for delivering social infrastructure from his varied background.

     

    Chris’s role as Strategic Economic Development Director is to support the Senior Management Team in the Place Directorate of Northamptonshire County Council to deliver the capital programme (£150million) for Northamptonshire including Highways, Environmental, Schools, Waste, Energy and Health & Social Care Projects. This involves working collaboratively with partners such as the Borough & District Councils, NHS, University of Northampton, Northampton General Hospital, Enterprise organisations, St Andrews Health Care and local developers to ensure that the Infrastructure is in place to support the growth and development agenda for Northamptonshire.

     

    Chris supports a holistic approach towards planning for growth bringing together various stakeholders to deliver social infrastructure projects in a coordinated way to benefit all partners. This approach helps create places which are attractive and interesting for communities to live work and socialise providing benefits for the health and wellbeing of everyone as well as seeking new ways of working to maximise funding opportunities.

     

    Chris is also a professional reviewer (CEng & IEng) for the Institution and joined the Scotland Branch Committee in 2016.

     

    In this spare time Chris is a keen golfer and hillwalker and participates in Triathlon and Cycling events in both Scotland and England.

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  • Douglas Gilmour

    Douglas Gilmour

    UK & Ireland Key Account Manager - TomTom Global B.V.

    Douglas is a Transport Economist and Chartered Transport Planning Professional. With TomTom, he delivers traffic data, mapping and location-based products and solutions to firms in the UK & Ireland.

    Douglas is a Transport Economist and Chartered Transport Planning Professional. He currently works for TomTom, assisting Government and commercial organisations across a range of sectors by developing and providing traffic data, mapping and location-based solutions.
     

    Douglas previously worked for SIAS Ltd on secondment to Transport Scotland in their Major Transport Infrastructure Projects (MTRIPS) Directorate. In this role, he provided technical advice relating to transport modelling (LATIS) and appraisal of projects and policies. Prior to joining SIAS, Douglas completed a Masters in Transport Economics at the University of Leeds Institute for Transport Studies and accompanied his wife to live and work in Chile for 3 years. Prior to that he worked with Halcrow Group in London, now CH2M Hill.

    Outside of work, Douglas is kept busy by his two young children and when time allows, he enjoys swimming, sailing and hiking.

     

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  • Graeme Smith

    Graeme Smith

    Technical Director, Fairhurst

    Graeme is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution and is Honorary Treasurer of CIHT Scotland. His work is predominantly in the fields of Health and Safety/CDM.

    Graeme is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution and Registered CDM Co-ordinator working on a wide variety of projects including major roads schemes.  Graeme serves on the Branch Committee in the role of Honorary Treasurer.  He is the Health and Safety/CDM Manager for Fairhurst and is based in the Dundee office.
     
    Working predominantly in the fields of health and safety and CDM, Graeme is involved with major roads and infrastructure projects such as the M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements, the A9 Dualling (Glen Garry to Dalraddy) and the Upgrade of the A82 Tarbet – Inverarnan.  Previous projects include the Anchorage Investigation for the Forth Road Bridge which was a unique investigation to determine the condition of the anchorage   - the first time such an investigation had been carried out on a structure of this scale.
     
    Graeme is also a former Branch, and then Region, Treasurer having held the post between 2002 and 2016.
     
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  • Karl Hering

    Karl Hering

    Karl is a third year civil engineering student at Edinburgh Napier University.

    His special interest lies in the field of transportation, and he has taken part on several European and international university exchanges. Through these overseas trips, he has gathered a valuable insight into the various applications and approaches that were used in different regions. These trips took him to explore and understand the gauge changing facilities in Burgos, Spain (2017) and the Maglev in Shanghai (2017). Karl was part of a volunteering group working on the Bo’ness and Kinneil railway line in 2015. He is enthusiastic about the CIHT and works towards strengthening the CIHT’s links with students. Karl is a member of the Edinburgh Napier Civil Engineering Society and is its current treasurer.

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  • Neil Johnstone

    Neil Johnstone

    Owner / Director Consult-NJ Ltd

    Neil Johnstone leads the Scottish Policy Forum within CIHT Scotland and has 40 years’ experience having worked in contracting, local government and consultancy.

    Neil has 40 years’ experience having worked in contracting, local government and consultancy; the major part being with Halcrow/CH2M and more recently, SYSTRA. In July 2017 he has launched his own venture (CONULT-NJ LTD) offering services in transporation and business change process and implementation.
    Neil specialised in transport planning, policy, strategy, traffic management and multi-disciplinary studies before taking on senior management roles in Scotland, Ireland, UK and Europe for Halcrow.  He has experience in feasibility studies and appraisal (including STAG) of all modes including rail, road, busways, harbours and ferries, and has often acted as expert witness in public inquiries for developers and authorities.  He was closely involved with seminal studies on rural roads in Scotland, (e.g. Fitting Roads).  He has also carried out traffic forecasts for ferries, rail services and stations as well new (private) roads and Skye Bridge.  Neil acted as expert witness for the Edinburgh Congestion Charging public inquiry.   At SYSTRA he was director for consultancy in Scotland, and led integrsation with engineering and implemented the new organisational structure incorporating JMP and SIAS acquisitions.  Neil  leads the Scottish Policy Forum within CIHT Scotland.

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  • Pamela Gidney

    Pamela Gidney

    Associate, SYSTRA

    Pamela has worked for over 13 years in consultancy and has a particular interest and experience in policy/strategy development, sustainable travel, feasibility studies and stakeholder consultation.

    Pamela has worked for over 13 years in consultancy and has a particular interest and experience in policy/strategy development, sustainable travel, feasibility studies and stakeholder consultation activities. Her project work spans local, regional and national commissions, including secondments to the Scottish Government and Transport Scotland.

     

    Project work has also taken Pamela overseas to the Middle East region where she spent a short period of time in Kuwait followed by a longer spell working in Qatar. On returning back to the UK, Pamela attained the Transport Planning Professional (TPP) qualification in 2014.

     

    Pamela has been an ordinary committee member of the CIHT Scotland Branch since 2015 and also contributes to the Scottish Policy Forum

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CIHT Scotland Local Network 

In addition to the Committee we have a committed local network of members that give up their valuable time to assist in organising events and other CIHT activities.  If you would like to assist in your local area please contact us at scotland@ciht.org.uk.