The fifth CIHT Annual Conference took place in London on Thursday, 8th March. To watch speaker videos from the conference please click here. 

The day-long conference was designed around knowledge sharing interactive sessions, industry leading speakers, leading exhibitors and opportunities for professional networking. It  addressed how innovation is changing the highways sector & how the sector will develop in the future. As part of the focus, CIHT welcomed government recognition of the importance of the highway network with new structures for delivery and changes to funding for strategic roads now in place.

The conference contributed towards CPD,

Delegates attended representing a cross section of the Highways sector, public and private and across the supply chain. 

Annual Conference 2018 Programme

CIHT Annual Conference industry leading speakers and panel members included:

•    Elliot Shaw, Executive director, strategy and planning Highways England explains their approach to the next investment period on the strategic road network
•    Dave Wright, Kier executive director for highways shares his experience from their perspective as a leading Gold Corporate Partner
•    Dana Skelley OBE, Director of Strategy and Operational Excellence Skanska Civil Engineering draws on her experience looking at future challenges for the industry
•    Gergely Raccuja, Strategic Consultant at Amey, winner of the 2017 Wolfson Economics Prize for this entry  ‘Paying for road use could be Miles Better’ addresses future funding, new services and legal issues

The four interactive knowledge sharing breakout sessions were:

•    Collaboration across public and private sector partners across the industry - this session showed how collaboration is bringing real results and value.
•    Developing new skills and talent across the industry -  we  heard from some of the best young people in our sector about how their work is making a difference across a range of different areas.
•    Changes to the network:  Transport for the North outlined their strategy for investment and the session discussed the development of the Major road network and what the implications for the Local Road network might be.
•    Innovation - at a local delivery level this session  explored how innovation can change the way services are delivered using technology to drive change. Dorset County Council and Yotta shared their experiences.

Support Sponsors:

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Amey Consulting, specialise in intelligent infrastructure interventions rooted in practical thinking.

Our team of 3000 consultants, engineers and designers create end-to-end solutions with day-to-day impacts, transforming how our transport, utilities, property and public assets perform, day in, day out.
Amey. Practical Consulting.



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Workshop Sponsors:

Innovation - changing the way we work - sponsored by:

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Yotta is a connected asset management software and services provider. We empower organisations to make better, more intelligent decisions by ensuring our Customers systems, assets and people are connected, and the data they produce is structured and captured to provide operational insight.
Whether it’s improving data quality by exploring new sensors, developing compelling user interfaces or helping with investment planning to deliver services at the best possible value for money - we work with our customers to overcome any operational challenges and utilise our software capacity to deliver a holistic, multi-asset modelling approach. 

Changes to our Networks - sponsored by:


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WSP is one of the world's leading engineering professional services consulting firms. We are technical experts and strategic advisors including engineers, technicians, scientists, architects, planners, surveyors and environmental specialists, also other design, program and construction management professionals. We design future ready solutions in Property & Buildings, Transportation & Infrastructure, Environment, Industry, Resources and Power & Energy sectors.


Bringing in new skills and talent - sponsored by:


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Colas is an award-winning business, delivering sustainable solutions for the UK’s transport infrastructure. We invest, design, construct, maintain and operate a wide variety of projects for the public and private sector clients.
We’re part of the International Colas Group, whose world-class Research and Development facilities give clients access to innovative new products, processes and ideas.

Collaboration -  sponsored by:

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Employing over 20,000 people, Kier Group is one of the leading providers of highways management and maintenance services for both strategic and local authority networks, extending over 50,000km across the UK. Our end to end capability in consulting, construction, maintenance and management enables us to design, build, maintain and operate highways assets. Our breadth of experience across a variety of delivery models is gained and shared through our highly collaborative approach, enabling us to benchmark performance, optimise best practice and share knowledge, assets and skills across typical geographical and supply chain boundaries. This investment in continual improvement is reflected in our leading supplier rating with key client Highways England, being the first to attain BS11000, eliminating 3m carriageway crossings and achieving over six million hours without RIDDOR, the regulations covering the reporting of work-related deaths and injuries.


Shared Learning Partner:

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We offer Arcdeso (anti-reflective cracking design software) and an accredited installation service utilising purpose built applicators and a fleet of bond coat tankers.


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WJ Group is the UK’s leading specialist road marking business dedicated to permanent and temporary road markings, road studs, high friction and safety surfacing, asphalt repair, Hydroblast line removal and surface retexturing.
Delivering to high standards on a national basis whilst ensuring unrivalled local service from strategically located UK depots.


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Causeway Technologies

Our software is at the heart of activities in the construction and maintenance of major infrastructure projects. Causeway’s software electronically links contracts and their clients, efficiently combining asset, cost and performance data. Our software adds value to our customers’ businesses; helping them to drive efficiencies, reduce costs and minimise risk.

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Stabilised Pavements specialises in the recycling of failed roads. The process is fast, half the cost of traditional reconstruction, sustainable and generates little waste.
With a 20 years design life and a lower CO2 road recycling is the preferred solution for tar contaminated roads and for engineers with tight budgets. 


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The Hemming Group is the highways and transport sector's leading multi-platform media company. With publications such as Highways, Smart Highways and Transport Network, Hemming's portfolio of events also includes: Traffex, Traffex Seeing is Believing and Traffex Road Expo Scotland as well as a number of market-leading conferences, seminars and round tables. 



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A-one+ is a key provider of integrated highways services carrying out routine, planned and reactive maintenance, highways incident response and a range of projects to maintain and improve the strategic road network on behalf of Highways England. 
Our capabilities include: asset management, design and construction, severe weather management, network operations, incident response and environmental sustainability.
A-one+ is an un-incorporated joint venture between CH2M, Colas and Costain driving safety solutions that deliver customer focused highways services.




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CIHT can only make available speaker presentations where we have received permission so a few more may be added at a later date. 

  1. A lifetime in highways - Dave Wright, Executive Director, Kier
  2. An investigation into TEMPro Growth Factors - Hannah Clark, Senior Transport Planner Officer, Devon County Council
  3. Bringing in new skills & talent workshop - Thomas Coleman, Roads Asset Manager, A-one
  4. Challenges to the legal landscape - Will Buckby, Partner, Beale & Company
  5. Changes to our networks- a Midlands perspective - Paul Byron, Technical Director, WSP
  6. Highways England - From RIS1 to RIS2 - Elliot Shaw, Executive Director, Highways England
  7. Miles Better - Gergely Raccuja, Strategic Consultant, Amey Consulting
  8. Strategic Transport Plan and the Major Road Network - Peter Molyneux, Major Roads Director, Transport for the North
  9. Support for Collaboration in the Highways Sector - Paul Greenwood, Associate Director, Institute for Collaborative Working
  10. The Future of Highways - Mobility as a Service - Lizi Stewart, Managing Director, Highways and Aviation, Arcadis
  11. The key issues around collaboration - Frank Lee, Technical & Operational Delivery Director, BSI
  12. Tools for developing and analysing collaboration - Mark Stevens, Assistant Director Operational Highways, Suffolk Highways


Andreas Markides BSc (Hons) MSc CEng AoU FCIHT FICE,
Managing Director, Markides Associates Ltd

Andreas Markides photo small Andreas Markides is the current President of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation.

Andreas has  35 years’ experience in the industry, having worked on the planning, design and management of major development projects, urban extensions and town centre regeneration schemes as well as the design and supervision of infrastructure works for private and public sector clients in the UK and overseas. In the UK he has worked as expert witness at public inquiries for many different private and public sector clients.

Andreas was on the Board of Colin Buchanan for twelve years and Chairman for the period 2009-2011.  He was a partner at Odyssey Markides for three years, before establishing Markides Associates in October 2016, specialising in transport planning work. The company is based at Waterloo, London and it employs 20 transport planners and highway engineers.

He is on the Transport Panel of the Institution of Civil Engineers and is also a founding member of the Academy of Urbanism.  In 2013-14 he served as Planning Commissioner for the Island of Cyprus.

Andrew Hugill, Director of Policy & Technical Affairs, CIHT

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Andrew is the Director of Policy and Technical Affairs for The Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, which represents over 14,000 members from the highways and transportation sector in over 85 countries worldwide. Members come from a range of professional backgrounds relating to the building, maintenance, operation, design and planning of transportation networks.

Throughout his career Andrew has been focussed on the development of improved highway services in the UK. He is experienced in operating at a strategic, tactical and operational level across a wide range of authorities and organisations and has over 25 years’ experience of developing partnership approaches to service delivery. Before joining CIHT Andrew was Director of Central and Local Government services at Atkins where he provided advice to a range of clients in the sector.

Andrew joined Atkins in January 2006 from 4ps where he was a senior executive advising local authorities on the best way to develop, procure and deliver PFI and PPP schemes .He has a deep knowledge and wide range of experience of developing successful partnerships across the UK highways sector, using a range of contractual models. His understanding of the structure, funding, service development, procurement and delivery in the sector lead to a secondment to UKTI in 2010 to produce a report on the capability of the UK Highways sector.

Andrew is recognised at a senior level professionally, being a Trustee of CIHT for 6 years and has chaired both its Procurement and Education boards. He is a former chair of the Yorkshire and Humberside branch of CIHT.

Hugh Gillies, Director for Trunk Roads & Bus Operations, Transport Scotland 


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Hugh has over 25 years vocational experience in roads and transportation, the last 14 of which have been with Transport Scotland (TS). 
Prior joining TS he has had a diverse career which his taken him north and south of the border while working in both the private and public sectors. Past employers have been Fairhurst, Nottinghamshire County Council, MVA, Renfrewshire and Glasgow City Councils. A graduate of Edinburgh Napier University he is a Chartered Civil Engineer, a Transport Planning Professional and a member of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation.


Elliot Shaw, Executive Director, Highways England

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Elliot Shaw is the Executive Director of Strategy and Planning at Highways England. Within Highways England, he has responsibility for the development of the strategy for the Strategic Road Network, the company’s organisational transformation agenda, it’s analytical and economist functions and the relationships with key statutory and regulatory bodies, including the Office for Rail and Road and Transport Focus. 
Before joining Highways England, Elliot was a civil servant at the Ministry of Justice and Department for Transport. Prior to this, Elliot was a management consultant, working in Accenture’s UK and US strategy practices. He holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, has been a Public Policy Fellow at Cambridge University and completed the Major Projects Leadership Academy at Oxford Said Business School.


Jeff Paniati, Executive Director and CEO, Institute of Transport Engineers – America

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In October 2015, Mr. Paniati became the Executive Director and CEO of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). Founded in 1930, ITE is a community of transportation professionals including, transportation engineers, transportation planners, consultants, educators, technologists, and researchers comprised of more than 15,000 members working in more than 90 countries.
Prior to joining ITE, Mr. Paniati had a 32-year career with the Federal Highway Administration, including serving as Executive Director from 2008–2015. As Executive Director he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the agency, overseeing 2,900 transportation professionals and a $400 million operating budget. He assisted the FHWA Administrator on establishing programs, policies, and priorities for the $40 billion annual federal-aid highway program. Under Mr. Paniati’s leadership, FHWA was recognized as a Best Place to Work by the Partnership for Public Service.
Previously, Mr. Paniati held senior leadership positions with FHWA in the areas of system management and operations, intelligent transportation systems, and highway safety.
Mr. Paniati has received numerous honor awards, including the prestigious Presidential Rank Award of Distinguished Executive. He has been inducted into the University of Connecticut Academy of Distinguished Engineers and the ITS America Hall of Fame.
Mr. Paniati has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Connecticut and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Maryland. He is a Fellow of ITE and a registered professional engineer.


Sue Percy, Chief Executive, Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation

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Sue Percy is Chief Executive of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation. Sue is a member of the Highways Efficiency Maintenance Programme Strategic Steering Group; sits on Highways England’s Supplier Diversity Forum Steering Group and is a member of London South Bank University Court. 

Sue is chair of the University College London’s Transport Institute and holds a number of voluntary and non-executive Director roles. Sue has worked in the built environment sector for over 25 years in allied professions, Higher Education and in local government

Matthew Lugg, OBE, C Eng, B Eng, MICE, FCIHT, DMS
Director of Public Services for WSP
HMEP Advocate

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Matthew is Senior Vice President of the Chartered Institute of Highways & Transportation, a past President of ADEPT, former chair of the UK Roads Board and the Midland Highway Alliance Board.
He has worked for the Department for Transport, Local Transport Division on HMEP and other related initiatives.
He has considerable experience in the public sector working for a number of county councils.
He has played a major role in the development of Highway Asset Management and collaborative procurement in the UK by leading projects to produce national guidance.
He has also presented a number of papers internationally on highways maintenance and transport topics.
Matthew has won numerous awards for his personal contribution most notably the ICE Municipal Engineer of the year, the UK National Transport Award for his outstanding contribution to local transport, an ICE Award for outstanding contribution to Civil Engineering in the East Midlands and the OBE for services to local government.  

Dana Skelley OBE, Director of Strategy and Operational Excellence, Skanska UK

Dana Skelley photo smallDana’s broad experience as a transport Client, included a seventeen year spell at Transport for London where she inspired unprecedented collaboration across multiple clients and highways services contractors with a focus on efficiency and customer experience. As TfL’s Director of Asset Management she was a leader of National technical Boards and advisory groups ranging from bridges to apprentices. Dana has a passion for people, helping them realise their potential and creating a diverse and inclusive construction industry. A Chartered civil engineer with an MBA specialising in Organisational Culture, Dana joined Skanksa in 2017 where she is leading technical, quality, business improvement, technology, risk, and customer strategy teams.
Dana Skelley shares a personal reflection of her career in the highways sector and dips a toe in the water of what the future might hold for customers, service providers and clients.

Dave Wright, Executive Director, Kier Highways

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Dave Wright is Executive Director for Kier Highways and has over 35 years’ experience within the highways sector, initially starting out as a quantity surveyor.
He was a founding member of EnterpriseMouchel in 2005 and prior to the company’s acquisition by Kier in 2015, he led it through many transitions to become one of the leading highways management and maintenance providers for Highways England, Transport for London and several London boroughs.
Dave is an advocate for collaborative working and ISO 44001; and in creating joint client, provider and supply chain partner teams to improve safety, efficiency and customer experience.
Presentation Synopsis:
'I have seen 6 different Prime Ministers come and go during my time in highways. When Margaret Thatcher was in power local authorities primarily self delivered the highways function but this has steadily been outsourced to the private sector since that time. Budgets have fluctuated (up and down) but never has there been such a shortfall in revenue funding that is as great as it is today, and this is set to get worse. Throughout this time greater capacity has been added to the strategic road network by building new links and junctions but more recently we have seen technology play a much more significant role in delivering much needed capacity through SMP. The level of investment being made over the next 6 years by Highways England is significant and this is encouraging providers to innovate in delivering customer focused solutions which are safe to construct, operate and maintain'.

Steve Gooding, Director, RAC Foundation

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Steve is Director of the RAC Foundation, an independent think-tank that commissions and disseminates research relating to motoring and roads issues. Steve took over the helm at the Foundation in May 2015 after a civil service career encompassing many transport-related roles, latterly as Director General for Roads, Traffic & Local at the Department for Transport, where his responsibilities included developing the first Roads Investment Strategy, the Transport Strategy for the North, administering funding for local government, policy on road safety, and the running of the motoring services agencies. After graduating from Durham University Steve joined the civil service in 1983, moving to the Department of Transport in 1987 where, amongst other roles, he was private secretary to transport ministers Peter Bottomley, Michael Portillo and Roger Freeman. Steve is a fellow of the CIHT, vice-president of the CILT and a trustee of the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund.

Martin Duffy, Collaboration and Improvement Director, Kier

Martin has over 35 years’ experience in highways having started his highways career with local government in the early 80’s. He subsequently moved to Buro Happold in 1998 and became a Partner of the firm to manage a consultancy team on UK and international projects. In 2012 he established the small consultancy ToweyDuffy & Co and enjoyed working for a whole range of clients in the public and private sector.  He joined Kier Highways as their Collaboration and Improvement Director in 2017 in order to forge even closer relationships with clients and supply chain partners in order to meet the growing demand facing the highways sector.

Frank Lee, Global Technical and Operational Delivery Manager, BSI

Frank began his career in pharmaceutical research and development before joining BSI in 1990.  He is an ISO 9001, ISO 14001 BS 18001(ISO45001) and BS 11000 Lead assessor. He conducted the very first PAS 11000 and BS11000 assessments and was the scheme manager responsible for the development of the first collaborative business relationship certification scheme. As a member of the BS 11000 and the ISO 44001 standard committees, he is deeply involved in the development of the standard and in ensuring it remains a credible certifiable standard. Frank jointly developed the Alliance Model that enabled smaller organisations to become independently certified to the collaborative standard. 


Mark Stevens, Assistant Director Operational Highways, Suffolk County Council

His 37-year local government career spans both highways and transportation services, securing funding for and overseeing a wide range of highway, civil and municipal engineering schemes, as well as a focus on regeneration and economic growth.
Mark was instrumental in creating and developing the Midlands Highways Alliance, a multi-award winning, ground-breaking collaboration between 20 local authorities. He is the Deputy-Chair and Secretary to the ADEPT Engineering Board, ADEPT’s representative on the World Roads Association UK Committee, a co-opted member of the Highway Term Maintenance Association’s ‘Service Delivery Group’ and a member of CIHT’s Eastern Region Committee.  In November 2107, the unique alliance between the Council and Kier, a fully integrated partnership, received ISO44001 Collaborative Business Relationship Management accreditation.

Paul Greenwood, Managing Director, Greenwood Consultants Ltd and Associate Director at Institute of Collaborative Working

A change agent, management consultant and ingenieur, with over twenty years’ experience of the catalysis, leadership and management of business and project improvement initiatives in the construction, housing and service sectors, in the UK and internationally, as a director, manager and consultant.

Thomas Coleman, Roads Asset Manager, A-one+

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Tom has worked for A-one+ since 2009, who currently run the Highways England Area 12 Asset Support Contract, which includes day to day management of 500km of the regions motorway and trunk road network. He is in the Asset Development team whose primary function is the identification and justification of schemes at the feasibility stage.  Tom developed an interest in advancing technology, utilising ESRI and Autodesk software within the highways and transportation industry, primarily for asset data management. He intend sto pursue an MSc in Geographic Information Systems once I he has  completed his current civil engineering studies.

Presentation Synopsis

A-one+’ new, online GIS system, is the perfect platform to provide a visualisation of our road network and front door access to the network data repository for Area 12. A wide variety of information/data can be stored in a single, visual, user friendly format, which can be analysed to identify network needs, justification of schemes, improve quality performance, keep our road users safe and provide LEAN benefits by minimising waste in the form of time, effort and cost. The new GIS offers an asset management system, that links all of A-one+’ and Highways England’ different data sources / databases, into one user friendly system, providing massive benefits to our programming and integrated area plan.

Georgia Woloszczak, Apprentice Transport Planner, WSP


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Georgia Woloszczak  is a Transport Planning Apprentice for Engineering Consultancy WSP; based in their Leeds Office.  Georgia is  currently studying the Transport Planning Technician Level 3 Trailblazer at Leeds College of Building – the first of its kind. In September 2017, she won the CIHT Apprentice of the Year for the Yorkshire and the Humber and has recently been nominated for the Generation 4 Change and BTEC Apprentice of the Year awards. 

Georgia will be presenting on her experiences and what she has achieved in her career to date. 


Joel Shevlin, Apprentice Transport Planning Technician, Atkins

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Joel Shevlin is a Transport Planning apprentice working for Atkins. He is based in the Strategy and Business Case team in Manchester. Joel is currently studying Transport Planning at Leeds College of Building, the first transport planning apprenticeship in the country. Joel has finished runner-up in the ITS UK essay submission, addressing opportunities for technologies and transportation relationships. 
He is the Atkins Transportation Apprentice Representative for the north of England. He is also an active member in the Industry Apprentice Council, helping to drive positive change across apprenticeships within the sector. 

Presentation Synopsis

Experiences so far, importance of young people in the sector, soft skills developed and significance of these, challenges in my career so far. 


Hannah Clark, Senior Transport Planner Officer, Devon County Council

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Hannah Clark is a Senior Transport Planning Officer at Devon County Council. Hannah started her career in 2013 having graduated from Exeter University in Mathematics, and has since completed an MSc in Transport Planning and Engineering from Southampton University. 
As part of the MSc, Hannah developed a dissertation focused on TEMPro growth factors. This research complemented Hannah’s mathematical background and shaped a wider interest in the uncertainty surrounding future travel trends and how current Transport Planning practices could be improved. Her presentation on this subject won the national 2017 CIHT Colas Presentation Award.
Hannah has gained a wide range of public sector transport planning experience, with a predominant focus on traffic modelling for various Devon based major highway schemes.
Hannah is an active member of the CIHT South West Young Member Group and in February 2017 won the Peter Swain Emerging Professional Award at the CIHT South West Awards. 

Presentation Synopsis
An Investigation into TEMPro Growth Factors
The way we travel is changing, and the future of traffic growth and patterns are uncertain. TEMPro growth factors are a best-guess estimate of future year travel demand used across the UK’s transport planning industry. These growth factors can influence the expected operation of highway networks, subsequently informing infrastructure funding decisions. This presentation attempts to critique the reliability of TEMPro growth factors to date with an investigation into their performance through a Devon based case study. 
TEMPro growth factors appear to predict continuous growth, despite relatively flat observed trends. TEMPro’s overforecasting was such that hypothesis testing indicated the observed growth was significantly less. Following the analysis of TEMPro’s historical performance, an attempt to construct a predictive model generating more realistic growth factors was undertaken, producing different models and growth factors. These growth factors are broadly in line with the observed growth from 2010-2014, and demonstrate a flatter profile than TEMPro growth factors. Long range forecasts up to 2030 extend the flat profiles previously generated. Should the recent trend of traffic growth continue, it could be considered that these predictions are more reliable than TEMPro.
Consistent overforecasting and constant growth assumptions hinder TEMPro growth factors. Evidence exists which suggests this is not the recent observed trend. Alternative models should be investigated to promote confidence in the growth factor users. Although this project is Devon focused, further studies could be conducted to understand the extent that TEMPro growth factors are overforecasting on a national scale. 

Donna Hitchcock, Executive Director, Colas


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Donna is a Chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), who first started her career with Bombardier, later moving to an international FMCG group for a further four years. This was then followed by a move to the support and care industry where Donna stayed for 11 years, delivering a number of people-related change initiatives and development interventions. During this time Donna was instrumental in the successful placement within the Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies to work for, a significant achievement for her employer at the time.
Joining Colas in 2014, Donna has been responsible for shaping Colas’ people policy of which an integral component has been to focus on the challenges faced within the industry.  Donna was appointed to the Colas Board from January 2018 as its first female member and is now also responsible for Marketing & Communications and Business Improvement.
Donna is a keen driver of the industry’s skills shortage agenda and is keen to address some of the key issues around attracting, delivering and retaining the people needed to manage and deliver the UK’s Transport Network.


Peter Molyneux, Major Roads Director, Transport for the North (TfN)

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Peter has over 35 years of experience working in Local Government, mainly in highways and transport. 
Peter joined Transport for the North (TfN) in July 2016, and has responsibility for the strategic development of TfN’s roads programme. This includes completion of the three northern Strategic Road Studies and future delivery phases of the schemes; delivery of a wider area transport connectivity study for the Trans-Pennine Tunnel; working closely with Highways England in the development RIS2 programme; and the integration of highway schemes identified by TfN’s Freight and Logistics; and International Connectivity programmes. 
He is also working with colleagues to deliver TfN’s 2050 Strategic Transport Plan (STP), which will define a Major Road Network for the North, and a portfolio of options to help deliver economic growth as identified in the Northern Powerhouse Independent Economic Review. The STP will underpin TfN becoming the first Sub-national Transport Body in April 2018.
Presentation Synopsis

"Hear how Transport for the North’s 30 year Strategic Transport Plan will transform the economy of the North, and how the Major Road Network will play an important role in improving connectivity by providing a reliable and resilient network that will give road users an improved experience and greater choice”


Paul Byron, Technical Director, WSP

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Paul Byron is a Transport Planner with almost 30 years’ experience in consultancy on UK and international highways and multimodal projects.  He has worked with national agencies, local authorities, developers and financial institutions on problem evaluation, forecasting, option and strategy formulation.
Prior to joining WSP as a Technical Director in Birmingham, Paul previously worked for Jacobs where he was engaged as the modelling and appraisal lead for the West to East Midlands Multimodal Study and on a range of regional transport studies in Central and Southern Europe.  Currently he is the WSP Project Manager for the Midlands Connect Major Road Network Study providing, in collaboration with highway authorities, a Midlands perspective on the network, defining its scale, role, performance and priorities.

Presentation Synopsis
Paul's  presentation will be based on his experience to date of developing a regional view of the Major Road Network (MRN).  It will illustrate his work on defining its scale and role as a key contributor to the implementation of the Midlands Connect transport strategy to provide the transport infrastructure needed “to improve the connectivity of the region’s key locations and so drive economic growth and power the Midlands Engine”.


James Elliott,  CIHT Asset Management Panel

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James is a strategic and operationally focussed business and technical specialist and a Director and Principal Consultant with Elliott Asset Management Ltd. He has over 30 years’ experience in infrastructure strategy, design, construction, operations and maintenance. His specialist asset management expertise comes from collaborative working with public and private sector clients, engineering consultancies and contractors and integrated service providers. He is a Chartered Civil Engineering Fellow and Endorsed Assessor with the Institute of Asset Management. 
James is a member of the CIHT Asset Management Panel, chairs the HTMA’s Asset Management group, and has lectured in Asset Risk Management at Surrey University.

Gary Raccuja, Strategic Consultant, Amey Consulting

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Gergely Raccuja was born in Budapest, Hungary. He read Political Philosophy, Urban Planning and Italian at UCL, graduating in 2015 with First Class Honours. In January 2016, he started as a Graduate Transport Planner at Amey Consulting in Birmingham. His proposal, entitled Miles Better won the 2017 Wolfson Prize in Economics. He has joined Amey’s Strategic Consulting team in October 2017 to learn and practice the principles of asset management for the improvement of the UK’s highway system.


Lizi Stewart, Managing Director Highways & Aviation at Arcadis

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Lizi is a Partner and Managing Director of Highways & Aviation at Arcadis, leading a team of almost 800 consultants and engineers.  The team are delivering some of the UK’s largest infrastructure schemes, such as the Manchester Airport Transformation and Lower Thames Crossing.  She is a Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.  Lizi sits on the Finance Committee of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.  
Lizi has a Law degree from Bristol University and a Masters in Construction Project Management. Her Masters dissertation topic was 'The Business Case for Gender Diversity in the UK Construction Industry.'  Through this research and her passion for the topic, she led the creation and execution of Arcadis’ inclusion and diversity strategy.  In 2016 Lizi was appointed as the Chair of the Highways England Supplier Diversity Forum.

Will Buckby, Partner, Beale & Company


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Will is a Projects and Contracts advisory lawyer who specialises in advising clients in the construction industry across the UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa. 
He has particular expertise in the rail and highways sectors, amongst others, and is highly experienced at advising on: standard forms of contract including NEC, JCT, ICE, GC/Works, ACE, FIDIC, and EDF, MAC and ASC; and bespoke agreements in relation to development agreements, construction contracts, professional appointments, collateral warranties, parent guarantees, alliance agreements, joint venture agreements and other associated documentation, and various forms of PPP, PFI and LIFT projects.
His experience includes advising in relation to: the Wessex Alliance railing improvement scheme; Network Rail’s first alliance agreement in respect of a major improvement programme in the North of England; and advising the prime contractor in connection with the M25 DBFO PFI, the second largest PFI procured in the UK.
Will has a monthly section in Lexis Nexis’ Construction law, which examines the latest court rulings relating to construction and engineering. He is also a regular contributor to CIHT’s Transportation Professional Magazine. 
Will is ranked as a leading construction lawyer in Chambers UK and in the Legal 500 who state: “He wins plaudits for 'great technical knowledge and thorough commercial awareness'.” Chambers UK 2017


Sue Sharland, Past President, CIHT

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Sue Sharland is a former President of the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation.
Sue has been a Fellow of CIHT since 2001, joined Council in 2007 and was a trustee from 2008 until 2017.  She initially served on the Transport Policy Board and she was appointed Chair in 2008. She then chaired the Membership and Skills Strategy Board from 2010 to 2014.
Sue’s theme for the year was Intelligent Transport in a Connected World. This looked at the opportunity to improve transport and mobility with technology and innovation. It spanned transport infrastructure, planning, vehicles and, importantly, society’s changing requirements and expectations, driven by access to smart technology and new business models.
Sue is currently a Non-Executive Director/ Trustee for a number of organisations, including the Transport Systems Catapult, the Vehicle Certification Agency of the Department for Transport and the Road Safety Foundation. She is the former Chief Executive of both TRL Limited and the Transport Research Foundation, positions she held from 2001 - 2013.
Sue started her career as a mathematical modeller, working in a number of fields including waste management and corrosion of metals.


Company Company
ACO Institute of Transport Engineers – America
ADEPT Jacobs
AECOM JB Road Safety Consultancy Ltd
Amey  Kier   
Amey Consulting Kier Highways 
Amey Highways  LG TAG
A-one+ London Borough of Croydon
Arcadis London Borough of Enfield
Arcian Consulting London Borough of Newham
ASI Solutions Ltd Matchtech
Asphalt Reinforcement Services Ltd Morgan Sindall
Atkins New Civil Engineer
Balfour Beatty Norman Rourke Pryme
BASF OCL Regeneration Limited
Beale & Company Opus International Consultants Ltd
Birmingham County Council Opus/WSP
blu-3 Pell Frischmann
BSI Plowman Craven
Cambridgeshire County Council Project Centre
Campbell Reith Hill LLP RAC Foundation
Causeway Technologies Ridge and Partners LLP
Central Bedfordshire County Council Ringway 
Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation Ringway Jacobs 
CIHT Asset Management Panel Road Safety Foundation
CIHT Past President SJLee Consulting Ltd
City Science Skanska
Clearview Intelligence Ltd Skanska Civil Engineering
Colas Limited Slough Borough Council
Costain Southwark Council
Danny Sullivan Group Stabilised Pavements
Defence Infrastucture Stuart Michael Associates Ltd
Derbyshire County Council Suffolk County Council
Devon County Council Suffolk Highways
DfT Surrey County Council
DIO Sustrans
Dorset County Council Tarmac Contracting
Elliott Asset Management Technical Advisers Group
England's Economic Heartland Strategic Alliance TfL
Essex County Council Tony Gee and Partners LLP
Eurovia UK  Total Telecom
Flowline Traffex Events
FM Conway Ltd Transport for London 
Fosroc Limited Transport for the North
Greenwood Consultants Ltd  Transport Scotland
Hampshire County Council Transportation Professional
Hemming VolkerHighways
Hertfordshire County Council Wiltshire Council
Highway Surveyors Ltd WJ North Ltd
Highways England WJ South Ltd
Highways UK WJ South West Ltd
HTMA World Road Association
Hydrock WSP
Hyperion Infrastructure Consultancy Ltd Yotta
IBI Group  


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Upcoming Events

CIHT Awards 2018

CIHT Awards 2018

14 June 2018

The CIHT Awards Dinner & Ceremony will take place at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in London on Thursday, 14th June 2018. The awards are a celebration of the highways and transportatio...

East of England - AGM

9 May 2018

  Date: Please not change of date. AGM will now be held on 9th May 2018 Time: 1800hrs (refreshments) AGM at 18.30 followed by a tecnical presentation. Venue: Cambridge Go...

Collaborative Delivery of the A14 Improvement Scheme

9 May 2018

  Date: 9th May 2018 Time: 1900hrs following EoE AGM Venue: Cambridge Golf and Conference Centre, Hemmingford Abbots, PE28 9HQ Cost: ‘free to attend’ for members an...

UK Summer Professional Review Submission Deadline 2018

20 April 2018

Date: Applications to be received by 20 April 2018 Location: Applications to be sent to: Education, 119 Britannia Walk, London. N1 7JE Email:   ...

UK Autumn Professional Review Submission Deadline 2018

17 August 2018

Date: Applications to be received by 17 August 2018 Location: Applications to be sent to: Education, 119 Britannia Walk, London. N1 7JE Email:   ...