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.

Note from the Chair 

As Chair of the North East & Cumbria region, I wanted to send a message to all local Highways & Transport professionals to encourage you to maintain and use your association with CIHT to help you through the difficult time that we are all experiencing at the moment.  Whether you are working from home or currently furloughed, it’s really important that you stay connected and keep up to speed with what’s going on in the sector and your local area so that you can carry on with your career development post-Covid 19. 

You may have noticed that CIHT is offering more CPD webinars which will keep you informed and support your professional development. We are also organising events for our local members including the upcoming virtual site visit to the Testo’s Junction Improvement Scheme and our AGM in May. We are providing regular updates on the state of the sector and up the minute news on our website which is transport specific.  

For those who have yet to re-new their membership this year, I understand that paying your membership subscription may not be a priority, or may be financially difficult right now, but CIHT is committed to supporting everyone in the sector through this time.  How? Firstly, by waiving the reinstatement fee and secondly by having conversations with members about payment options and taking advantage of the concessionary subscription rate. The membership team ( would be pleased to hear from you.

Remember, CIHT is your membership body and it is here to help you.

Nicola Hill, Chair of CIHT North East & Cumbria

North East & Cumbria Annual Dinner & Awards 2019

A huge thank you to all those who attended the North East & Cumbria Annual Dinner & Awards on the 17th October. It was tremendous to see the wealth of people who represent our industry in the North East & Cumbria, every day. We also raised a fantastic £1,050 on the evening, which will be shared equally across our three nominated charities for this year: Hearing Dogs for the Deaf, Lupus UK and the UK Sepsis Trust.

At the Dinner we announced the winners in our Annual Awards categories. A huge congratulations to each of our winners.

Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by Arup
Sophie Dowson, Waterman Aspen

Young Professional of the Year – sponsored by AECOM
Deji Olaoye, Amey Consulting

Innovation Project Award – sponsored by Tracsis
OverheadSafe, Carnell Group

Sustainability Project Award – sponsored by PWLC
Projects Broadway roundabout to Brunton Lane Cycle Scheme, Newcastle City Council

Project of the Year 2019 – sponsored by Mott Macdonald
A1(M) J59-60 Concrete Barrier & Drainage scheme, Carnell Group & Amey Consulting

Special Award for Outstanding Contribution to Highways and Transportation in the Region
A19-A1058 Coast Road Junction Improvement Scheme, John Sisk & Son Ltd.

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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