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 Behzad Rahimzadeh, Chair, CIHT East Midlands

Dr Behzad Rahimzadeh has over 25 years' experience in pavement engineering. This includes the design of new pavements, inspection and life assessment of existing pavements and design of remedial measures using pavement design procedures such as DMRB, TRL, AASHTO, BAA and PSA, for highways, airport and port projects in the UK and overseas.

In addition to this, Behzad has vast experience in project management and procurement for both private clients and government departments. He has contributed to several published articles and has presented at a range of professional conferences.

Lucy Nightingale, Honorary Secretary, CIHT East Midlands

I joined the East Midlands Committee in 2017 and was elected as Honorary Secretary in 2018.  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. Federico Perotta, 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.