North East & Cumbria

Welcome to CIHT North East & Cumbria

CIHT North East & Cumbria was formed in 2015, with the merging of the North Eastern and Northern Branches. The Region covers the following local authority and metropolitan areas: Northumberland; Tyne & Wear; County Durham; Darlington; Hartlepool; Middlesbrough; Stockton-On-Tees; Redcar & Cleveland; Carlisle; Allerdale; Copeland; South Lakeland and Barrow-in-Furness. We are committed to helping shape the direction of the North East & Cumbria Region through our collaborative partnerships and actively engaged members.

Notice of CIHT North East & Cumbria Annual General Meeting 2021

We are giving notice that the CIHT North East & Cumbria Annual General Meeting will be held on 13th May 2021, at 5:30pm.

The AGM offers us an opportunity to reflect on the past year and look forward to the next. The AGM will be held virtually and details of how to book your place will be announced soon via the North East & Cumbria events webpage HERE.

All CIHT members are welcome to join the AGM.

Your Region needs you!

Ahead of the upcoming AGM, we are always keen to welcome new members, who want to get involved and join us in promoting the excellence that exists in highways and transportation.

There are lots of benefits of getting involved; CIHT’s regions and nations play a critical role for the Institution, acting as a focal point for members to meet and share their experiences locally. The regions and nations organise an annual programme of activities, which include CPD opportunities, seminars, site visits and social events.

If you would like to learn more, please contact us at:

We would love to hear from you.


North East & Cumbria Virtual Awards 2020

Thanks to all who attended our Virtual Awards event on 4th February 2021. Despite the current situation with the pandemic, we had a healthy number of entries in our three categories, with our winners announced by CIHT President Martin Tugwell during the event. Our confirmed nominees and winners were:

Young Professional Award
Reece Fowkes, Waterman Asperman
James Macpherson, Mott MacDonald
Karl Gibson, Capita – WINNER

Apprentice Award
Joe Blacklock, Sunderland City Council
Aaron Frater, Mott MacDonald – WINNER

Project of the Year 2020
A19 Testos Junction Improvement – Costain, Jacobs, South Tyneside Council, Highways England
A66 and Cargo Fleet Lane Improvement, Middlesbrough – Lynas Engineers, Middlesbrough Council
Sunderland Strategic Transport Corridor Phase 3 – Esh Construction, Capita, Sunderland City Council – WINNER

Congratulations to all our nominees and winners. A recording of the event, including an introduction to the North East Strategic Transport Plan from our guest speakers at Transport North East, is available in the members area of the CIHT website here.

Events in the Region

The CIHT North East & Cumbria Annual Awards & Dinner are held in October to celebrate the very best that the region can offer across four key areas of highways and transportation. The awards recognise the outstanding contribution the CIHT Region makes to all our lives and are open to members and non-members; small and large companies; the public and private sectors. Further details, entry forms and guidelines can be found on our events pages.

Working in association with the Transport Planning Society (TPS) , CIHT North East & Cumbria launched 'An Introduction to...'  in 2017 as a series of bite size technical seminars. They are aimed at members who are progressing a professional accredited qualification,  on a structured training programme, or who simply want to refresh their knowledge in a specific area. Held throughout the year, the programme follows the core technical competencies associated with CEng, IEng, EngTech, TPP and the TPS Professional Development Scheme (PDS). Please see our events page for details of the latest seminars in the series. This is updated frequently with upcoming events promoted through our regular mailshots. 

Social Activities 

CIHT North East & Cumbria organise a 5 a side football tournament with games on a weekly basis. Organisations currently participating include:

  • Balfour Beatty
  • Capita Design and Capita Construction
  • Fairhurst
  • Highways England
  • Jacobs
  • JBA Consulting
  • Newcastle City Council
  • Stantec
  • South Tyneside Council
  • Waterman Aspen

The tournament is open to all abilities and if you would like to know more, please contact CIHT committee member Paul McKenna on - Keep an eye on our Linked In page for score updates!

Getting Involved

Would you like to help shape the direction of the North East & Cumbria Region? We're looking for enthusiastic people brimming with fresh ideas to join our Committee to build our programme of events and activities. It's a great opportunity to meet people outside your organisation and to volunteer your skills to the wider profession. You could even get involved with national CIHT initiatives. A great benefit is that your time volunteering counts towards your continuing professional development (CPD). Please contact us on e: if you would like to know more.

More details on all activities including news, events and who's who can be found on these pages.


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