The Young Professional Network

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.

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Showcase your work and stand out from the crowd

Young Professional Award

Enter the CIHT Young Professional of the Year award and have the chance to be recognised as a leader and rising star in highways and transportation.

Apprentice Award

CIHT's Apprentice of the Year Award celebrates the achievements of apprentices who work in the highways and transportation sector, and the organisations that put them at the heart of their business



CIHT Young Professionals Podcast - Let's Talk Transport 

Let’s Talk Transport is a new podcast series led by our CIHT Young Professionals. The series will cover several different topics across the year including sustainability, road safety and electric vehicles. The podcast is led by Annika Davies (Young Professional Chair for CIHT London) and Rahul Modhvadia (Young Professional Chair for CIHT Cymru Wales).


Stand out of the Crowd with CIHT

See the finalists of the North East & Cumbria's Young Professionals Papers Competition.

All presenters are in the early stages of their career in highways and transportation. Each presenter was judged against certain criteria, with a cash prize for the eventual winner. The presentations on the evening will be judged on content (30%), presentation (40%), responding to questions (20%) and overall quality of the presentation (10%).



Alistair Baldwin, Newcastle City Council - 'Does climate change have professional ethics implications for transport planners?'

Summary: While professional bodies in transport have established codes of ethics, this research challenges whether these codes of ethics remain appropriate in a climate emergency, how often they're actually used in practice and how they could be adapted to enable our professions to respond more robustly to climate change.


Emma Scott, Jacobs - 'Autonomous Vehicles – Impact on Marginalised Groups, particularly Young People'

Summary: With the advent of autonomous vehicles, it is often said that we are on the verge of a transport revolution. What potential impact will these new technologies have on young persons' mobility and how do young people view the concept of fully autonomous vehicles?


Fynn Wang, Newcastle University - 'Barriers to Electric Vehicle Uptake'

Summary: The main aim of this project is to investigate the barriers for electric vehicle (EV) uptake with specific attention to the South Tyneside district in Northeast England while revealing new possible solutions to barriers.



Kalina Petrova, WSP - 'The DfT Active Modes Appraisal Tool - Developing User Guidance'

Summary: In May 2018, the Department for Transport released the first issue of the Active Modes Appraisal Toolkit (AMAT) which allows scheme promoters to carry out an appraisal of cycling and walking schemes. In January 2020, WSP were commissioned to develop the user guidance; this presentation will provide an introduction to the functionality of the AMAT and explain the process behind the development and adoption of the user guidance.


Weijia Chen, AECOM - 'Traffic Modelling and Appraisal of the North East Clean Air Zone'

Summary: Newcastle, Gateshead and North Tyneside have been identified as having highway locations which exceed NO2 limits. Eight initial transport measures were proposed to improve the air quality in these locations; this presentation will look at how transport modelling has been used to appraise the different measures under consideration.


What have we achieved so far?

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On the 15th of November 2018, we held our first ever Young professionals Conference, The Future of Transport in Leeds. 

The conference was a huge success, welcoming 200 Young Professionals from all over the sector through the doors for a day packed full of inspiring and innovative talks from high profile influencers within the industry. 


What should I expect from joining The Young Professional Network?

The Young Professional Network provides a platform for the next generation of influential leaders and decision makers to come together under one umbrella, to share new and exciting ideas, learn from one another, develop professionalism and make new friends!

Opportunities to participate will take place thorughout the year either through your specific region or at a national event. 

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