East Midlands Who's Who

Here you will find details of our committee.


Get in touch with the local committee e: eastmidlands@ciht.org.uk

Dr Sally Barnett, Chair, CIHT East Midlands

Lucy Nightingale, Vice Chair, CIHT East Midlands

I joined the East Midlands Committee in 2017 and was elected as Honorary Secretary in 2018 before being elected as Vice Chair in 2021.  I am passionate about the highways and transportation industry and revel in being involved with the CIHT.  I want to share my love for the industry by ensuring that our region has some excellent events and supports its members with their professional development and progression.

My background is a mixture of private sector consulting and Local Authority Highways in highway maintenance and improvements.  I feel strongly about sustainable transport and have developed my career over the last few years to focus on this important topic.  I was involved with the development and planning of major cycle and walking schemes in Wolverhampton via the Black Country LEP fund ‘Managing Short Trips’, and the delivery of the Nottingham City Ring Road Shared Cycle Route and Eco Expressway.  I moved to Kier in 2016 specialising in sustainable transport, safety and improvements on the Strategic Road Network.

Dr. Jwan Kamla, 

Secretary, CIHT East Midlands

Dr Jwan Kamla is a Senior Safety Risk and Operations Consultant with 17 years of experience in Civil, Transportation and Road Safety Engineering in the UK and overseas. Jwan currently is a Technical Specialist Lead in the area of “Data, Modelling and Collision Analysis” and a Road Safety Audit Team Member.

She is a Chartered member of the CIHT and joined the CIHT East Midlands committee in 2018.

Jwan’s main focus is to make the world better for everyone through involvement in tasks which aim to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on roads and she is passionately working hard towards achieving that. Jwan is also passionate to provide mentoring and support to the CIHT members.

Dr. Federico Perrotta, Young Professionals Chair, CIHT East Midlands

Dr Federico Perrotta is a Consultant in Civil Engineering with experience in the areas of Transportation, Pavement Design, Asset Management and Road Safety.
Passionate about his job, Federico makes use of his background in Research, Computer Programming and Big Data Analytics to model complex physical problems, automate processes and reduce inefficiencies through innovation.

Member of CIHT from 2019, Federico was elected as Young Professionals (YP) Chair of the CIHT East Midlands Committee in 2020.

James Goodwin, Honorary Treasurer, CIHT East Midlands

James Goodwin is an experienced highways contract manager working for a large UK based road surface treatments organisation UK wide and resides in the East Midlands. He is an incorporated engineer and member of the East Midlands CIHT committee. He is a vocal advocate of the CIHT in the East Midlands and had been a member since 2016. 

James has over 10 years' experience in the highways sector from conventional asphalt pavements, road markings, drainage, section 278 works and other alternative surface treatments.

Dr. Bachar Hakim, Committee Member, CIHT East Midlands

Dr. Bachar Hakim is a Chartered Engineer with 30 years’ experience in highway, airfield and port infrastructure design and asset management. He is the Head of Pavement Design and Asset Management at AECOM, responsible for the management and technical development of the team. 

He leads a team of 40 technical specialists and provides advice on innovative and practical research, design, materials specification, performance evaluation, maintenance management, strategic asset management, whole life cost, carbon modelling and sustainability.

Andy Warrington, CIHT East Midlands Committee Member & Regional Rep to Council

Andy is a Regional Director for Highways and Senior Technical Director at Arcadis. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 25 years’ experience in the Highways and Transportation sector.

Andy is currently a technical advisor for Highways England and for infrastructure PPP/PFI/DBFO projects in UK and Europe. He has also delivered asset management led service reviews with local highway authorities and developed the Code of Practice “Well Managed Highway Infrastructure”.

Previously Andy spent 20 years leading local highway departments including Director Highways at Nottinghamshire County Council, delivering transformation, procurement and delivering customer focussed local highway service.

Andy is a member of ADEPT, Council Member of CIHT, Chair ICE East Midlands in 2019/20 and in 2014/2015, ICE Transport Expert Panel, CIHT Asset Management and Procurement panels, and Chair CIHT Midlands 2013/2015.

Naomi Cook, CIHT East Midlands Committee Member & Events Sub-Committee

Naomi is a Project Manager and previously, Road Safety specialist, with over 15 years’ experience, predominantly in the private sector. Based in the East Midlands and currently working in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, Naomi has an MSc in Transport Planning and Management, graduating from Sheffield Hallam University.

Her passion is major and complex capital projects and is keen on encouraging the next generation into such a broad and interesting profession.
Naomi’s background is transport planning, feasibility and preliminary design with a strong focus and passion for Road Safety. 

Naomi has worked predominantly in the private sector with the main part of her career working in MAC and ASC contracts in Area 7 (East Midlands region) and Area 12 (Yorkshire and Humber). Naomi is a successful bid writer and in recent years was part of the successful bid teams at A-one+ winning Area 4 and Area 12.

More recently Naomi moved into an exciting role taking responsibility for delivery of the portfolio of both small-scale highway improvement schemes, and the portfolio of major capital projects in Nottinghamshire, working for Via East Midland Ltd. On behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council, some key projects Naomi’s team are delivering include the design and delivery of new zebra crossings, traffic signing or changes to speed limits as well as projects including the £28m A614/A6097 Major Road Network project (a package of six junction improvement schemes) and Tranche 2 of the £8m Transforming Cities Fund (a package of work to improve connectivity and encourage increased us of sustainable transport, specifically cycling and bus-based passenger transport).

Naomi is actively involved with CIHT East Midlands Events sub-committee, enjoying the benefits of continued professional development and networking with fellow professionals across the field of civil engineering.

Nick Thom, Committee Member, CIHT East Midlands

Nick Thom started his career with Scott Wilson in 1978, spending 3 years in the design office, 3 years on a highway construction site, 3 years at the University of Nottingham on PhD research and 4 years with Scott Wilson Pavement Engineering. Since 1991 he has been a member of staff at the University of Nottingham. He specialises in the analysis and design of pavement and rail track and teaches highway, airfield and railway engineering. 

His role includes research, current projects being on road surface damage, concrete pavement deterioration, use of recycled aggregate, asphalt fatigue and rail track drainage.

Andrew Horan, 

Committee Member, CIHT East Midlands

Andrew is a Past Chairman of the Branch, Past Member of Council, a current member of the CIHT Asset Management Panel and a Fellow of the Institution.

On graduation he worked for a Road Construction Unit, a water authority, then various local authorities on roads, streetlighting, structures, sewerage schemes, environmental improvements, land drainage, cleansing, refuse collection, housing maintenance, etc.
He has been a Chartered Civil Engineer for over forty years.

He maintains a keen interest in management and educational matters having also been a full time Senior Lecturer in Operations and Supervisory Management , holding both an MBA and PGCE.

Until retirement he worked for over twenty years for the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) in many roles both within the UK and overseas providing property management and technical subject matter input. His specific interests relate to pavement engineering with a focus on the development of airfield standards e.g. material specifications for concrete, asphalt and recycling.

He has been a member of CIHT since 1982 and in retirement his other interests are also of a sporting and recreational nature.