CIHT welcomes Matthew Lugg as new President for 2018/2019

June 21 2018  

CIHT welcomes Matthew Lugg as new President for 2018/2019

The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT) is pleased to announce the inauguration of Matthew Lugg, OBE as the Institution’s new elected President for 2018/19. Matthew Lugg has enjoyed an illustrious career over 35 years within the highways and transportation industry in leading public and latterly private sector roles. He is currently Director of Public Services at WSP in the UK. Matthew has been involved in CIHT for over 30 years and has served as CIHT Vice President, a Trustee and as a member of CIHT’s Council and is FCIHT.

Matthew was welcomed into the year-long Presidential role starting this month at an inauguration event attended by industry leaders and other key stakeholders held at CIHT’s Britannia Walk offices in London on Wednesday 20 June 2018.

The overarching theme for Mathew’s Presidential year is ‘Delivering Better Services for People’. This reflects CIHT’s vision of: ‘World-class transportation infrastructure and services’ and supports the Institution’s mission: ‘To demonstrate transport infrastructure’s contribution to a prosperous economy and a healthy and inclusive society’. It reinforces the Institution’s objective to engage all professionals to deliver: ‘Door-to-door journeys, smooth interchanges and reliable, safe and efficient systems for all of society’.  

He will focus on supporting the CIHT strategic objective to broaden membership to embrace all aspects of transport infrastructure while continuing to value the Institution’s roots in highway engineering. Matthew is committed to making the sector appealing to younger people and retaining talent through flexible working.

Matthew Lugg, OBE said:

“It is an honour to become CIHT President and I want to make the most of this opportunity. My Presidential theme aims to ensure that transport infrastructure and services are driven by the needs of users. We all have to ask what people actually want from transport and to engage and communicate with them to get the best outcomes, otherwise we risk designing infrastructure not fit for purpose.”

“As we move towards a brave new world of autonomous vehicles we have to think about the people they will serve. It is difficult to predict the pace of change, but CIHT is keen to engage more with younger and a wider range of professionals to get their views around the sorts of environment we should be designing for the future.”

“My key priorities over the next year include expanding CIHT’s membership, growing our international presence and developing a new range of relationships with academia, the private and public sector. I will also champion career development, continue to push forward with CIHT’s Diversity & Inclusion agenda.”


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Matthew Lugg, OBE, CIHT President 2018/2019

Matthew Lugg OBE is Director of Public Services at WSP in the UK, which is part of the 2,000-strong transport and infrastructure business. He is a former local authority surveyor, Head of Service and Director with over 30 years’ experience working in county councils including: Leicestershire County Council; Cambridgeshire County Council; Lincolnshire County Council, Nottinghamshire County Council and North Yorkshire County Council. He is the architect of several regional initiatives. Matthew was recognised for his outstanding contribution to local transport at the National Transport Awards in 2009. In 2011 he was seconded to the Department for Transport to help lead the Highways Maintenance Efficiency Programme on behalf of the Department for Transport. He received an OBE for services to local government in 2013.
Matthew has led numerous national associations and highway programmes including:  HMEP Advocate Department for Transport; Director of Environment and Transport, Leicestershire County Council; Chairman, National Improvement and Efficiency Partnership for Highways; Chairman, Midland Highway Alliance; President,  ADEPT; Chair, UK Roads Board. Matthew is probably best known for his work encouraging highway authorities to embrace asset management and make winter service more resilient.

Matthew became Director of Public Services, Mouchel Limited in 2013 leading business development and providing advice to local authorities going through change. WSP acquired Mouchel in 2016.

Matthew graduated from Cardiff University with a BEng in Civil Engineering. In the early years of his career he worked as a trainee engineer with the Department for Transport’s Midland Road Construction Unit in Matlock. He worked with the South East RCU in Guildford, Surrey. He won a position as a Graduate Trainee Engineer at Lincolnshire County Council where he stayed for five years before joining North Yorkshire County Council as an Assistant Divisional Surveyor. In 1987 he joined Nottinghamshire County Council as an Assistant Area Surveyor. Promoted to Senior Engineer, he oversaw six highway district agency agreements and was transferred to Trent Bridge House in Nottingham.

Prior to leaving Nottinghamshire County Council he enrolled on a part-time Diploma in Management Studies at Nottingham Trent University. He returned to Lincolnshire as the County Roads Maintenance Manager continuing his diploma. He became involved in two new fields: asset management and proactive maintenance. He established a road safety partnership between Lincolnshire’s highway authority, police and ambulance services. Matthew was presented with an IHT Award at the CIHT1990 annual luncheon in recognition of his achievements. He became Head of Service for Lincolnshire County Council in 1991.
In 2001 Matthew moved to Cambridgeshire County Council as Assistant Director of Highways. Over four year he received accolades and was named the Institution of Civil Engineers’ Municipal Engineer of the Year. In 2005 he joined Leicestershire County Council as Director of Environment and Transport. Over eight years he helped set up the ‘Three Counties Partnership’ (3CAP) which later became known as the Midland Highway Alliance.

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