Who's who

Chair

  • Victoria Hutchins

    Victoria Hutchins

    Watchman-in-Chief, Highways, Amey

    Victoria is a Chartered Engineer. She has been worked in the highways sector since 2008 when she joined Amey.

    Victoria is a Chartered Civil/Structural Engineer who graduated with both a BEng(Hons) and MEng in Civil and Structural Engineering.  She has worked in many different sectors throughout her varied career but has been involved in highways since 2008.  She gained the ILM Level 5 Leadership and Management qualification in 2016.

     

    Victoria’s career within highways began as a structural Engineer with her then moving into Senior Management.  This was a client-focused role where her skill in building and leading integrated teams and her ability to liaise effectively with clients and stakeholders combined to ensure successful project delivery.  Victoria then took on a national role looking at the use of asphalt within her employing organisation focusing on both high and low volume modelling.  More recently she has moved back into a project management environment.

     

    Victoria has been an active member of the South West Region’s committee since 2012.

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Vice Chair

  • Steven Keen

    Principal Engineer, Peter Brett Associates.

    Steve is a Chartered Engineer with over 13 years of experience within the highway sector. He achieved CEng status from the CIHT in June 2016.

    Steve is a Chartered Engineer with over 13 years of experience within the highway sector. Steve graduated from the University of Exeter in 2003 with BEng (Hons) Engineering and Management and subsequently studies for an MSc in Transport Planning and Engineering from the University of Southampton.
     
    Steve has worked for Peter Brett Associates in their Taunton office for 13years where he is currently a Principal Engineer. He has a wide range of highway engineering and transport planning experience for both public and private sector clients from across the country. His area of interest and expertise is in ITS, the future delivery of technology and the role it will play in how we all travel in the future.
     
    He achieved CEng status from the CIHT in June 2016. Steve has been involved in the CIHT South West committee since 2014.
     
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Outgoing Chair

  • Mike O'Dowd Jones

    Strategic Commissioner for Highways and Transport at Somerset County Council

    Mike has managed Somerset’s transport policy service since 2000; and wider strategic planning services since 2006 including overseeing sub-regional planning and local regeneration activity.

    Mike has managed Somerset’s transport policy service since 2000; and wider strategic planning services since 2006 including overseeing sub-regional planning and local regeneration activity. He has undertaken a number of leadership roles within Somerset in recent years, undertaking interim roles managing passenger transport operations and as a director for physical regeneration and is now responsible for commissioning all highways and transport related activity for the Council.

    Mike represents Somerset on the Heart of the South West Local Transport Board and Peninsula Rail Task Force, and undertook a lead role on transport matters for Hinkley Point C nuclear power station applications on behalf of the local authorities.  Mike has been instrumental in resurrecting proposals to improve the A303 as a second strategic route between London and the South West and leads the highways and transport aspects of the Somerset levels and moors flood action plan following major flooding in Somerset in 2014.

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Secretary

  • Nik Bowyer

    Principal Consultant, AECOM

    Nik is a strategic transport modelling specialist based in Bristol. Nik joined the SW region committee in 2015...

    Nik graduated from the University of Exeter in 2006 with a BSc in Physical Geography.  His interest in transport was fostered through his studies in sustainability and climate change as part of his degree and through a general interest in the transport sector: in particular rail and aviation.  Nik joined AECOM in 2006 and spent six and a half years developing his skills - primarily - as a transport modeller in the London region, specialising in strategic highways modelling.  

    Nik relocated from St Albans to Bristol and the South West with AECOM at the beginning of 2013. Still specialising in strategic transport modelling, Nik has worked on and managed a range of projects for public and private sector clients.  His main interest is in the modelling, appraisal and delivery of major infrastructure schemes; working as part of a large multi-disciplinary team.

    Nik has been a full member of the CIHT since 2009, joining the South West region committee in 2015.  In 2016 he was elected as Honorary Secretary and was subsequently re-elected to this role in 2017.   

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Honorary Treasurer

  • Emma Hext

    Technical Director - Jacobs

    Emma is a Technical Director at Jacobs, based in the Exeter office. Emma leads the Transport Planning team at Jacobs and works closely with Local Authority clients

    Emma is a Technical Director at Jacobs, based in the Exeter office. Emma leads the Transport Planning team and works closely with Local Authority clients including Devon County Council and Torbay Council.

    Emma joined Jacobs in 2005, originally based in the Reading office working on a variety of transport projects for both developers and local authorities. In 2010, Emma relocated to Devon to support on the Devon and Torbay frameworks. Emma has experience in a wide variety of traffic and transport projects with a particular specialism in development management and sustainable travel.

    Emma joined the South West Region’s committee in 2013 and has previously held the role of Communications and Events Officer, before taking on the current role of Treasurer.

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Events Coordinator

  • Chris Shipway

    Transport Planner, Jacobs

    Chris is the Events and Communications Coordinator for the South West Region and is also on the Young Members Group Committee .

    Chris is the Events and Communications Coordinator for the South West Region and has been an active committee member since 2014. Previously, Chris has been the chairperson of the South West Young Members Group in Exeter. 

    In 2014, Chris graduated from the University of Exeter with an MMath degree and joined Jacobs in Exeter as a transport modeller. Chris has worked on projects for clients including Devon County Council and Highways England. With over two years of experience, Chris is continuing to develop and progress his career.

    Outside of work Chris is a salsa dancer and has been dancing for over six years.

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Recruitment Officer

  • Jamie Hulland

    Transportation Manager with Devon County Council

    Jamie is a Transportation Manager in the Planning, Transportation and Environment team at Devon County Council.

    Since 2014 Jamie has been Devon County Council’s Transportation Planning & Road Safety Manager, having spent his early career initially with the County and subsequently as a Senior and Principal consultant role with Faber Maunsell (now AECOM). He has responsibility for developing transport strategies linked to Local Plan growth across Devon and is supported by a team of transport planners with economic appraisal skills who prepare business cases for strategic transport infrastructure projects.

    His team has enjoyed success over the past 4 years, securing over £40m of external grant funding to help deliver over £80m of cycle, rail and highway infrastructure improvements across the county (excluding the £110m South Devon Highway).

    Jamie is on the ADEPT Transportation Board, is a chartered town planner and was CIHT South West Region Chair in 2015/16. 

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Committee Member

  • Alex Dawn

  • David Mitchell

  • David Watkins

  • Declan Moss

  • Hannah Shrimpton

    Associate Director at Phil Jones Associates

    Hannah graduated in 2000 in Geography from London School of Economics. She began her career working in the Research & Intelligence Unit at Worcestershire County Council

    Hannah graduated in 2000 in Geography from London School of Economics.  She began her career working in the Research & Intelligence Unit at Worcestershire County Council, focusing on GIS.  She subsequently completed an MSc in Geographic Information Science in 2004.  In 2003, she returned to London working initially for Transport for London followed by eight years at Steer Davies Gleave primarily working on GIS projects (including the London 2012 Olympic Bid) and large Development Planning projects for clients such as Land Securities, Canary Wharf and TfL.

    In 2012, Hannah relocated to the Southwest with her family, initially working for Torbay Council, followed by Team Leader for the Transport Planning team at Parsons Brinckerhoff working on a range of projects for both public and private sector clients. Hannah now works at Phil Jones Associates.

    Hannah has been a member of the CIHT since 2012 and an active committee member since 2013, fulfilling the Secretary role since then.

    Hannah is married with a five year old daughter and enjoys getting out and making the most of the fabulous south west landscape as often as possible. 

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  • James McKechnie

  • John Dymott

  • Jon Tricker

  • Jonathan Curtis

  • Mark Clements

  • Mark Rowe

  • Mike Yeo

    Technical Director at WSP

    Mike has been a Member of the CIHT since 1992 and has been involved with the South West Committee for many years. From 2011 to 2017 Mike was a Member of the CIHT Council as the Regional Rep

    Mike graduated from Imperial College, London in 1974 and commenced work as an engineer within the water industry before becoming a Chartered Engineer in 1978.  Shortly after gaining his CEng Mike joined Devon County Council where he spent the next nineteen years working in a range of roles ranging from bridge design and construction to highway maintenance and contract management.  In 1998 Mike joined Torbay Council becoming Director of Environmenl Services before leaving that post in 2008 to take up his current position with WSP.
     
    Mike has been a Member of the CIHT since 1992 and has been involved with the South West Committee for many years.  From 2011 to 2017 Mike was a Member of the CIHT Council as the Regional Representative for the South West and was also a Member of the Audit Committee for that same period.
     
    Mike has remained as a Member of ADEPT since leaving public sector employment as his current work involves providing engineering consultancy support and advice to a number of local authorities.
     
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  • Nick Woollett

  • Parvis Khansari

    Parvis is a Service Director at Wiltshire Council, and is responsible for Highways and Passenger Transport. He has been involved in design and construction of roads and bridges, traffic and network management, highways asset management and contracts, as well as building coastal and harbour facilities. He has managed a £500m property portfolio, as well as delivering numerous building projects. He is a Fellow of the institution and a member of ADEPT’s Engineering Committee.
     
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  • Paul Garrod

  • Richard Sweet

  • Stephen Hathaway

  • Stephen Webb (IHE representative)

  • Stuart Ashford

Chair of the CIHT Young Professionals Committee

  • Emily Boazman

    Graduate Transport Planner Jacobs

    Emily chairs the Young Members Group in Exeter and represents the Young Members on the Southwest committee. The Young Members Group aims to organise a mix of social, networking and professional development events, which although aimed at Young Members, are accessible to all CIHT members.
     
    Emily graduated from the University of Northumbria in 2016 with a BSc Geography degree and joined Jacobs in January as a Graduate Transport Planner. She has worked on projects for Devon County Council and is developing her career.
     
    Emily is settling into Exeter after moving down from the Wirral, looking for her next challenge after climbing Kilimanjaro whilst at university.
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