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Young Professional Network

Young Professionals Network


Did you know that Young Professionals make up 23% of the wider 14,000 CIHT membership?
The Young Professionals Network (YPN) is the collective voice of CIHT’s young professionals, made up of representatives from all of our Regions and Nations.
The network is developing a vibrant and diverse community of learning, which reflects the talent and skills of transportation professionals who are shaping and influencing the future of the sector.

Chair: Ed Downer (CIHT Yorkshire and the Humber)

Vice-Chair: Anna Craciun (CIHT North West)


What do we do?

  • Offer a range of CPD webinars
  • Organise social and technical events for YPs
  • Give young professionals a voice at CIHT panels and boards
  • Offer advice on routes to professional qualification


What next?

Young professionals will be leading the inaugural CIHT YPN conference, The ‘Future of Transport’, in Leeds City Centre on 15th November.
This event is all about engaging, enabling and empowering young professionals, as well as providing a platform for stakeholder organisations to showcase their innovative solutions and next generation leaders.

What should I expect from the YPN Conference?

A range of influential speakers who will focus on the projects, people and products that will define the future of the industry. Young professionals will have a role to play in every session; this is your time to have your say.

Opportunities will also be on offer for you to discuss your own professional development journey with a member of expert team.

Register your interest on the event page or email regions@ciht.org.uk for more info.

What other opportunities are on offer?

  • Attend a local event and introduce yourself to the committee
  • Contact your local Young Professional Group Chair
  • Become a STEM ambassador
  • Put yourself forward as a CIHT champion
  • Tell us how you would like to contribute to the future of highways and transportation


Young Professional Chair

  • Anna Craciun

    Graduate Transport Planner, Atkins

    Anna is currently the YPC Chair.

  • Christine Urry

    Head of Highways Development Management, Buckinghamshire County Council

  • Daniel McCool

    Daniel McCool

    Transport Planner - Arup

    Daniel is a Transport Planner at Arup’s Cardiff Office, and has around 4 years public and private sector experience.

    Daniel has experience in both writing and reviewing Transport Assessments, Transport Statements and Travel Plans associated with a range of land-use types, and has a good understanding of the transport related requirements of successful planning applications.

    Having previously worked within local government in Wales, Daniel was responsible for identifying and managing the delivery of sustainable travel projects, monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of travel plans and providing advice on sustainable transport.

    Daniel is Chair of the growing Cymru Wales Region’s Young Professionals Committee, which aims to represent the views of young and emerging professional members within the Institution.

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  • 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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  • Kaine Lynch

    Kaine Lynch

    Kaine is a Chartered Civil Engineer with experience in the entire lifecycle of highway infrastructure projects from scheme development through to procurement, construction supervision...

    Kaine is a Chartered Civil Engineer with experience in the entire lifecycle of highway infrastructure projects from scheme development through to procurement, construction supervision and asset management.

    He graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 2011 with a first class Masters Degree in Civil Engineering. Since then he has held various positions within TransportNI, including Construction Procurement Category Manager and Assistant Supervisor on the £130m A8 Belfast to Larne dualling project. He is currently the Assistant Strategic Road Improvement Programme Manager responsible for the day-to-day management and delivery of a major programme of improvements to Northern Ireland’s Strategic Road Network.

    Kaine is also completing doctoral (PhD) research on a part-time basis at Queen’s University Belfast.  His research aims to assess the influence of climate on the hydrology and stability of infrastructure slopes through an extensive laboratory and field investigation. He has also contributed to the development of geotechnical asset management and remediation strategies for some of Northern Ireland’s higher risk geotechnical assets. This research is supervised by Dr. David Hughes and funded by TransportNI.

    Since joining the committee in 2013, Kaine has been extremely active in promoting the role of the Institution to younger members through his involvement in the Young Professionals’ Group. He assumed the role of Recruitment Officer in 2016.


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  • Maamle Okutu

    Maamle Okutu

    How becoming Chartered led to a promotion.

    My interest in engineering began at a rather tender age growing up in Ghana with an engineer father and having had the opportunity to visit the projects he worked on.

    I started paying attention to engineering in the broad sense and this informed my decision to study a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. Whilst studying, I got involved in working on a number of different projects ranging from road infrastructure schemes to port expansion projects. What really drew me to Highway Engineering was a socio-economic survey I assisted with in some rural communities in Ghana. This made me realise how important basic access roads were to people in poverty stricken areas and the positive influence I could have on the lives on these people by helping to provide them with good roads.
    After completing my degree, I worked with the Department of Feeder Roads in Ghana where I was involved in the construction and maintenance of local road networks. In order to broaden my experience internationally, I left Ghana for England where I worked with Mouchel Group on a number of major maintenance and Local Authority schemes.

    I then joined AECOM (at the time Scott Wilson which later became URS) and that is when I began to realise the importance of a professional qualification. The support I got from AECOM in order to achieve this was immense. I enrolled on a part-time master’s programme at Newcastle University whilst still working full time in order to meet the educational benchmark required for gaining CEng accreditation. Working in highway and road safety engineering also enabled me to gain membership of the Society of Road Safety Auditors.

    I gained my CEng accreditation with the CIHT in 2014 which resulted in my promotion at work.

    The qualifications I have gained are recognised in industry and most clients I work for demand the professional qualification because it gives them the confidence that the people who provide services to them are competent. Having recognised the benefit of becoming chartered, I have started mentoring colleagues to also gain their professional qualification. I have applied to the CIHT to become a reviewer for the Engineering Council and have undertaken the training required.
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  • Matthew Stevens

    Matthew Stevens

    Matthew is the current Chair for the West Midlands CIHT Young Professionals committee. He currently works as a Transport Planner for WSP at their Birmingham office

    Matthew is the current Chair for the West Midlands CIHT Young Professionals committee. He currently works as a Transport Planner for WSP at their Birmingham office

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  • Vincent Muller

    Vincent Muller

    Transport Planner, Jacobs

    Vincent is a Transport Planner at Jacobs, Newcastle.

    Vincent is a Transport Planner at Jacobs, Newcastle, with an MSc in Transport Planning and Business Management, from Newcastle University, achieved in 2014. His main areas of interest are travel planning, multi-modal modelling and public transport studies, which he has put to good use on major transport schemes in the north east and south of England since starting his career.
    Before moving to the UK, Vincent completed an undergraduate degree in Aviation Management from the University of Bad Honnef-Bonn, where his interest in working in public and sustainable transport quickly developed. He currently serves on the CIHT North East & Cumbria Region Committee as Recruitment Officer.
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