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CIHT Northern Ireland

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Dr. Kaine Lynch, Chair, CIHT Northern Ireland

Kaine is an infrastructure specialist having led the delivery of strategically important public infrastructure programmes and projects for over a decade. His experience spans the entire delivery cycle, from the development of strategic plans and businesses cases to procurement and contract management.

He is currently an Associate Director in KPMG’s infrastructure and government team. In this role he advises central and local governments across the island of Ireland on strategically important infrastructure issues.

Prior to joining KPMG, Kaine was a Deputy Director in the Department of Finance NI’s Construction and Procurement Delivery where he led a team of over 50 construction professionals in the end-to-end delivery of infrastructure programmes and projects.

Kaine has particular expertise in transport infrastructure having begun his career in Northern Ireland’s Roads Authority, the Department for Infrastructure (DfI). He has also spent time as both DfI’s Principal Geotechnical Advisor and Strategic Roads Improvement Programme Manager.

He is a Chartered Civil Engineer with a doctorate in Civil Engineering. His doctoral research investigated the impact of climate change on the long-term integrity of transport related geotechnical assets.

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) and a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. In his time as a CIHT Northern Ireland committee member, he has held roles including Young Professionals’ Group Chair, Recruitment Officer and Vice-Chair. He has also served at a national level as a Trustee and a Council Member.

Michael Bell, Vice Chair, CIHT Northern Ireland

Michael is a Chartered Transport Planning Professional and Chartered Manager, with over 20 years’ experience in a wide range of transport planning and traffic engineering. A graduate of Ulster University, Michael is currently a Principal Transport Planning Manager in Amey Consulting, responsible for the overall direction of Amey's transport planning business in the North region of the UK, including teams in offices in Belfast, Edinburgh and Sheffield. 

He is keen to promote transport planning within the industry, actively encouraging and supporting others in achieving professional qualification in the field.

Stephen Bradshaw, Honorary Treasurer, CIHT Northern Ireland

Stephen has over 25 years’ experience in the Highways Sector. A graduate of Ulster University, he is currently the Principal Engineer for DfI Roads and Rivers procurement.

Adam Heanen, Web/Comms Officer, CIHT Northern Ireland

Adam is a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 10 years’ experience within the Department for Infrastructure (DfI).  A graduate of Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Ulster, Adam is currently a Senior Engineer in DfI Roads Procurement Branch.

Karen McShane, Elected Committee Member, CIHT Northern Ireland

Karen is a past Chair of the Northern Ireland Region and has over 30 years experience in the Highways and Transportation Sector mainly as a Consultant. She has worked on many of Northern Ireland's major developments. Karen is a strong promoter of Diversity and Inclusion within the industry.

Robert Eadie, Elected Committee Member, CIHT Northern Ireland

Dr. Robert Eadie is Academic Lead for Civil Engineering at Ulster University and MSc Civil and Infrastructure Engineering Course director. His PhD was related to e-procurement in construction, and his research focuses on BIM, Procurement, Roads and pedagogy. He spent 20 years in industry in consultancy, on site and in the public sector before moving into academia.

A fellow of Engineers Ireland, he is currently Immediate Past Chair of Northern Region, a council member and represents them on the Professional College of CPCNI which lobbies government on Industry needs. He is a Chartered Committee Member of CIHT Northern Ireland. He is currently Treasurer for the Association of Civil Engineering Departments which is an umbrella group representing over fifty Universities who teach Civil engineering. He currently teaches Project Management and Traffic Engineering at Ulster University. He has over seventy-five peer-reviewed academic publications. 

Bert Bailie, Elected Committee Member, CIHT Northern Ireland

Bert Bailie is the NI Region Delegate to CIHT Council and also serves on the Institution’s Audit Committee, Learned Society and Transport Strategy Board and Sustainable Transport Panel.    Preciously he has served as a Trustee on the Executive Board and was Chair of the Transport Policy and Membership Boards.  

Bert is a Fellow of the Institution and has been a member since 1975. He was Chair of the Region in its Silver Jubilee Year (1989-90). He was awarded the Institution’s Certificate of Merit in 2004. Since graduating from Queen’s University Belfast in 1969, Bert spent much of his career in NI Roads Service with secondments to undertake research at Queen's University Belfast, graduating with an MSc in 1978, and to consultants working in Northern Ireland and in Cyprus. His experience encompasses road design, construction and testing, materials development and testing, environmental transportation reviews, parking enforcement, transportation policy and development of the Regional Transportation Strategy.  More recently as Independent Transport and Engineering Consultant he provides advice on transport planning and development control, traffic and road safety and acts as expert witness.

Bert has recently been appointed Chair of Imtac (Inclusive Mobility and Transport Advisory Committee) whose role is to advise Government and others in Northern Ireland on issues that affect the mobility of older people and disabled people. 

Paul Brogan, Past Chair, CIHT Northern Ireland

Paul is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor with some 30 years post qualification experience. He has worked exclusively in contracting within the civil engineering and highway maintenance sectors since qualification. Paul is Managing Director of McQuillan Companies, based in Lisburn, with whom he has worked for 25 years. 

He is the Vice Chair of the MPANI and member of the MPANI Executive Committee, sits on the Asphalt and Aggregates and Health and Safety Client Liaison sub-committee and is a past Chair of the MPANI asphalts and aggregates committee. Through the MPANI he is involved in liaison with Senior Management in DfI Roads & Rivers on a range of matters from specifications, commercial, contractual and budgetary matters, through to health and safety within roads maintenance.

Dr Andrew Murray

Committee Member

Andrew is a Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Department for Infrastructure (NI), a position he has held since 2012. His role includes being head of Northern Ireland’s sole highway authority, which maintains, develops and manages all parts of the province’s 26,000 km road network.


Andrew is a Chartered Civil Engineer with more than 35 years experience of highways. He has held a number of senior positions in Northern Ireland’s highway authority, including being Divisional Roads Manager in 2 of the 4 Divisions. He was also Head of Transportation for a period, before taking up a Director post in 2006.



Geoff Allister OBE, CIHT Past President, CIHT Northern Ireland

Geoff is a Past President of CIHT and currently Chair of the Audit Committee.
He is an Executive Advisor for Amey Consulting where he has a role as an external ambassador and works to improve relationships with senior clients and key external stakeholders.

Between 2012 and 2017 he was the Executive Director of the Highways Term Maintenance Association (HTMA), the trade organisation that represented the service providers who maintain around 80% of the UK roads network.  Prior to joining HTMA Geoff was Chief Executive of Northern Ireland’s Roads Service where he worked closely with local Ministers and the Northern Ireland Assembly, and was responsible for managing and developing the province’s 25,000 km public road network. 
Geoff was awarded an OBE in the New Year 2016 Honours List for services to Highway Engineering in Northern Ireland.

Dr. Myra Lydon, 

Academic Liaison Officer for QUB, CIHT Northern Ireland

Dr Myra Lydon was awarded her PhD in Civil Engineering in 2016 from Queens University Belfast whilst working on an £1.2M international research project with Centres of Excellence in the USA and Ireland. 

Her research led the development of the world’s first fibre optic bridge weigh in motion system, the sensor system is attached to the underside of a bridge and can provide accurate classification and weight information on the traffic as it passes over the bridge.

Her current research SMART Infrastructure aims to enhance the resilience of road networks through data analytics and greater interoperability across asset management systems, focusing specifically on the vulnerability of bridge structures within the network. She is funded by The Royal Academy of Engineering and currently working with the Northern Ireland Department for Infrastructure to develop a new data-based bridge management system.