Who's who

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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Vice Chair

  • Nik Bowyer

    Principal Consultant, AECOM

    Nik is a transport planner and modeller with over 11 years’ of experience.

    Nik is a transport planner and modeller with over 11 years’ of experience. 

    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 large multi-disciplinary teams.

    Nik has been a full member of the CIHT since 2009, joining the South West region committee in 2015.  He was Honorary Secretary for two years (2016 and 2017) and is currently serving the committee in the role of Vice Chair.

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Honorary Secretary

  • Alex Dawn

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 has over four years experience as a traffic modeller, working for Jacobs in Exeter. Chris is the Events and Communications Coordinator for the South West Region.

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

    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 four years of experience, Chris is continuing to progress his career in transport planning. Chris si curently working towards the Transport Planning Society's Professional Development Scheme (TPS PDS).  Chris is the South West lead for BeyondZero, Jacobs' culture of caring. In February 2018 Chris received CIHT South West's Peter Swain Emerging Professional Award.

    Outside of work, Chris has been dancing salsa for over 8 years.

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Membership Secretary

  • Richard Sweet

Recruitment Officer

  • David Watkins

    David has over 15 years’ experience in the transport planning sector and leads Arup’s Bristol transport planning team

    David has over 15 years’ experience in the transport planning sector and leads Arup’s Bristol transport planning team. Over the course of his 13 years with Arup he was worked on projects across the UK and Middle East including a two-year secondment in the Arup Qatar office and short terms assignments to Dubai.

    David has worked on a broad range of projects including major residential and employment developments, parking strategies and design, travel plans and business/economic appraisal. Most recently David has led multi-disciplinary teams examining site release for the public sector and he is currently managing the delivery of a privately financed new station.

    David took an indirect route into transport planning, studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bath, during which time he worked on a range of transport and sustainability projects including his final year project examining failure and causality factors in major transport accidents. David obtained Chartered Engineer status in 2011 and has been involved with the SW committee since 2016.

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Regional Rep to Council

  • 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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Student Rep

  • Johannes Noriega

Committee Member

  • Daisy Atkin

  • 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

  • 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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  • John Dymott

  • John Spruce

  • Jon Tricker

  • Mark Rowe

  • 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

  • Rebecca Kent

  • Stephen Hathaway

Young Professional Chair

  • Emily Boazman

    Graduate Transport Planner Jacobs

    Emily chairs the Young Members Group in Exeter and represents the Young Members on the South West committee. She has been an active member over the last year. 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 as a Graduate Transport Planner. She has worked on projects for Devon County Council and is developing her career. Emily is a leader at a local Brownie unit outside work.

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