Cymru Wales Who's Who

Here you will find details of our committee.

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Julie Hunt

Chair

 Julie is the current chair of CIHT Cymru Wales She is a chartered civil engineer and chartered environmentalist with 32 years’ experience in consulting, and works for Jacobs, based in Cardiff.  

A graduate of Swansea University, she began her career in building structures, land development and site supervision before moving into highways after becoming chartered.  She has worked on highway projects in the UK and Ireland, primarily in Wales.  Projects include the A487 New Dyfi Bridge, A465 Heads of the Valleys Section 2 Gilwern to Brynmawr, A487 Porthmadog Bypass, A470 Dolwyddelan to Pont-yr-Afanc and A55 Llandegai to Holyhead Design Build Finance Operate (DBFO).    

 

Julie has been a CIHT member since 2005, joined the Cymru Wales committee in 2015 and was recently elected onto CIHT’s Council as a Regional Member. She enjoys mentoring colleagues working towards professional qualifications and is also a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.  She is keen walker and cyclist and will commute using her new e-bike when she returns to working in the office.  

 

Gareth Smith

Vice Chair and Events Officer (North)

Gareth is the current vice chair  and Events Officer (North) of CIHT Cymru Wales. He as been a CIHT committee member since 2012. Gareth has 5 years’ experience working in consulting engineering. He currently works for Mott MacDonald.

In June 2019, Gareth successfully graduated with a first class BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering, that same year Gareth also won CIHT’s Emerging Professional Of The Year. In his spare time, in addition to volunteering with the CIHT, Gareth is also a STEM Ambassador and chairperson of his home town’s community club.

 

Claudia Currie

Honorary Treasurer

More than 30 years’ transport planning across a wide range of transportation projects within the field of civil engineering across Wales, the UK regions and overseas. Successfully delivering transport planning services to Welsh Government, Highways England, Local Authorities and private sector clients throughout the UK and overseas. 

Transport assessments for major public and private developments, major highway and improvement schemes, collision investigation and Road Safety Audit, sustainable travel initiatives including; safe routes, cycle feasibility assessments, traffic calming measures and parking strategies. Considerable experience in scheme appraisal from objective setting through to final environment and economic evaluation. Delivering schemes through Public Inquiry, Draft Consent Order Examinations, Oral Hearings and Appeals as the Transport Planning, Traffic and Economic Expert Witness and LDP advocate. Considerable experience as a project and bid manager with a proven ability of effectively managing projects and major tenders requiring multi-disciplinary team input.

• Chairman (2003/2004), Secretary (1998 to 2007), Treasurer (2008 to date) and Committee Member (1997 onwards) to the South Wales Branch of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and newly formed Cymru Wales Region.
• Member of Editorial Panel of ICE Member journal (2018 to date) 
• Elected as South Wales member of Council for the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (2004 to 2010) and elected by the membership as an Ordinary Member of Council in 2011-2014 and again in 2015-2020.
• Member of the Self-Assessment Panel for the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation(2018 to date) reviewing members academic and training records together with auditing Professional Reviews
• Member of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation Education Board (2005 to 2013 and 2015 to date).
• Chairman of the Working Party that developed the Transport Planning Professional qualification for Transport Planners. Founder Chairman and Member of the Professional Standards Committee for TPP and TPP Professional Reviewer for both Standard and Senior Routes (2008 to date)
• Panel member establishing a graduate training scheme for CIHT and employers for both Engineers and Transport Planners (2017 to 2019).
• Member of the Engineering Professional Standards Panel for the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (2010 to 2018), overseeing the routes to professional registration with the Engineering Council.
• Previous member of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation National Transport Planning and Policy Board (2001 to 2004).
• Previous member of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation National Network and Infrastructure Management Board (2004-2005)

 

Ian Morris

Committee Member 

Ian is a chartered quantity surveyor and a partner at ChandlerKBS. He has twenty-five years’ experience of providing cost management services and leading commercial teams on major transportation and infrastructure projects across the UK and Ireland.

In recent years Ian has provided commercial support to Transport for Wales and Welsh Government on projects including the Core Valley Lines Transformation / South Wales Metro, Wales and Borders Rail Service Procurement, and the delivery of rail, bus and active travel schemes under Metro Phase 1. He is currently leading the ChandlerKBS service delivery on the Network Rail Wales and Western Commercial Services Framework. Previous rail experience includes Coleraine to Londonderry Track Renewals for Translink.

Specific highway project experience includes A1N1 Newry to Dundalk Link Road, M8N8 Cullahill to Cashel Motorway / Dual Carriageway, A8 Belfast to Larne Dual Carriageway, A5 Western Transport Corridor, Church Village Bypass and Porth Relief Road.

Ian has been a CIHT Cymru Wales committee member since 2016.

Daniel McCool

Committee Member

Daniel is a transport planner specialising in public transport and shared mobility. He is passionate about improving integration between transport modes to improve user experience, reduce car reliance, create better places, and address the climate emergency. He is a Chartered Transport Planning Professional (CTPP) and has been part of the Cymru Wales committee since 2012, previously serving as Chair of the Young Professionals Committee. Daniel enjoys mentoring colleagues, promoting professional development and encouraging knowledge sharing through CPD and networking events.

Kerry Evans

Regional Representative to Council

Kerry is a Fellow of the CIHT and the Regional Representative to Council for the Cymru Wales region. Kerry was the last chair of the North Wales Branch of the CIHT (2014) and first Chair of the Cymru Wales Region (2015). In 2014 Kerry organised the first Awards event for the CIHT in Wales which continues to be a great success celebrating the achievements of transportation projects in the Cymru Wales region.

Kerry has over 15 years experience in the transportation industry as a consultant and is currently employed by Eco-Scope in the Conwy Valley. Her primary role is the Operations Manager of the A55 DBFO section in North Wales which extends west of Junction 11 of the A55 to Holyhead and includes the Menai Suspension Bridge.

Alongside her CIHT role, Kerry also volunteers for other institutions and is currently the Chair of the North Wales Branch of the ICE, a Fellow of the IHE, Chartered Member of the ILT and a Fellow of the Womens Engineering Society. In her spare time Kerry is a trustee of the Menai Bridge Community Heritage Trust.

Russell Bennett

Committee Member 

Russell is a Fellow of the CIHT, and past chair of the South Wales CIHT between 2014 and 2016 and Board of Trustee member 2015 to 2018 . He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (FICE) and a Member of the Chartered Management Institute (MCMI).

Roddy Beynon

Committee Member

Roddy is a former chair of CIHT Cymru Wales, he is a chartered engineer with 17 years’ consultancy experience for Arup, based in Cardiff.  Roddy studied at Cardiff University and his experience includes a diverse range of transport planning including masterplanning, feasibility studies, urban regeneration, major events, business case preparation, transport integration, rail/light rail planning and planning for walking and cycling. 

Roddy has had an enduring role and interest in the South Wales Metro spanning from working with Welsh Government in 2012 to identify the need for better public transport to co-ordinating the concept design of the Core Valley Lines for one of the bidders for the Wales and Borders Rail service in 2017. This interest has expanded his interest in public transport as a means to deliver transport, social, health and economic benefits for Wales and better opportunities for people. Roddy is also interested in working overseas and has contributed to projects in Europe, Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States including transport design of the Ashgabat Olympic Park in Turkmenistan which hosted the 2016 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games.

Roddy has been a member of the CIHT since 2003 and has held a number of roles in the region. He supports colleagues in achieving professional qualifications and engaging with the CIHT. In his spare time Roddy enjoys travel especially when the destination has good mountain biking, canoeing or hiking.

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