Presidential Team

CIHT’s Presidential Team consists of the President and Vice-Presidents. These are all members of the Board of Trustees, which also comprises the Immediate Past President, Honorary Treasurer and up to eight Council Members (usually including the Chairs of the Strategic Boards).

As Trustees, the Board must ensure that the affairs of the Institution are kept in good order and that legal and statutory obligations are fulfilled. They are responsible for controlling the management and administration of the Institution and, if negligent, are personally liable. Trustees are also responsible for ensuring that the Institution fulfils its legal obligations as a Charity, including carrying out its purposes for the public benefit and producing and submitting statutory documents and accounts to the required deadlines.
If you would like to contact any member of the Presidential Team, please contact CIHT’s Chief Executive’s office on:

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CIHT President 

Martin Tugwell has over 30 years of experience in strategic transport and infrastructure planning whilst operating at national, regional and local levels.  He is Director for England’s Economic Heartland – a Strategic Alliance of County and Unitary Councils and Local Enterprise Partnerships that stretches from Swindon and Oxfordshire through Milton Keynes across Cambridgeshire and from Northamptonshire across to Luton and Hertfordshire.

England’s Economic Heartland provides leadership on strategic infrastructure issues, in particular, those relating to transport, digital connectivity and utilities. Having helped establish the Strategic Transport Forum in February 2016, work is now focused on developing a detailed proposal to establish a Sub-national Transport Body for the Heartland.

Martin Tugwell

Martin’s leadership on strategic planning at the regional level created the first Regional Transport Strategy for the South East and contributed to the South East Plan, having previously worked in the Government Office for the South East. Whilst working for Oxfordshire County Council he helped lay the foundations for the ambitious plans set out in Oxfordshire’s Strategic Economic Plan, having previously helped establish the Local Enterprise Partnership.

Martin is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transport (CIHT) and a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He is President of the CIHT, having previously chaired the Institution’s Learned Society and Technical Board. He is a past Chairman of the Transport Planning Society and a Council member for the National Infrastructure Planning Association.

CIHT Senior Vice President

Chartered Engineer with over 25 years’ experience in Road Safety Engineering, Highway Design, Asset Management and Maintenance. Deborah is now a Senior Lecturer in the Civil Engineering Department of the University of Greenwich at Medway. Her teaching includes Project Management & Appraisal, Engineering Professional Skills, Construction Management & Technology, and Highway Engineering. She is also the Admissions Tutor, Placements Officer, and a member of the Department’s Industrial Advisory Board. 

Deborah Sims 

Deborah is a STEM Ambassador and recently chaired the Careers Guidance Steering Group for the CIHT, developing a pack of materials for use in schools to encourage young people to consider careers in the built environment. Deborah is a Professional Reviewer and has reviewed over 70 CEng or IEng candidates. She is a Trustee of Chatham Maritime Trust and of CIHT.

Deborah lives with her family in north Kent and enjoys walking with her boxer dog Harley.

CIHT Immediate Past President

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 Lugg

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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