Scotland Who's Who

CIHT Scotland

Here you will find details of our committee.

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Nicola Blaney

Chair

 

Nicola is a Chartered Engineer, with over 15 years’ experience in asset management, highway design, transport planning and major events planning and operations. In 2019, she transitioned from private consultancy to public sector and proudly holds the position of Head of Events Resilience for Transport Scotland. 

Nicola is an advocate of Active Travel, a keen STEM Ambassador and very passionate about Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I). As the Institution’s Young Professional of the Year (2018), Nicola has been a member of National Council and a Board of Trustee. Nicola has been a volunteer on committee since 2014 (on the previous Central and Southern Scotland Branch).” 

Carolyn Rollo

Vice-Chair / Honorary Secretary

 

A transport planner with over 15 years’ of experience, Carolyn’s focus of work has always been in the development planning space, ranging from the development of new: roads, railway stations, towns and renewable energy solutions. 

Carolyn provides support and guidance to everyone ranging from individual land owners, investment firms and developers through to local authorities and regional transport partnerships throughout the development process including for due diligence, business case appraisal, masterplanning, stakeholder / public engagement to planning application submission and consent negotiations.

Carolyn directs Meinhardt’s business in Scotland.

Carolyn is Honorable Secretary and Vice Chair for CIHT Scotland, prior to this role she led the CIHT Scotland Events Programme. Carolyn is enthusiastic and excited about the challenges and opportunities facing the transport industry in Scotland and is keen to ensure that CIHT Scotland members are supported by the institution throughout their career.

Nicky Laird

Honorary Secretary

Nicky is the Chair of the Young Professionals Network in the UK and a Senior Project Officer working for Aberdeen City Council. With an interest in public transport, freight, active travel and emerging technologies, Nicky currently monitors and reports on the programme of transport work across the Council. This includes managing the expenditure of multiple transport funds including the Bus Partnership Fund, Spaces for People and Nestrans funding.

 

Nicky has not taken the traditional route into transport planning as she originally graduated in 2011 with an MA in English Language, before starting training as a primary teacher. Several false starts led Nicky to consider other options and the opportunity to work in transport opened up her career upon moving to Aberdeen in 2015. Despite being relatively new to the industry, Nicky has progressed quickly within the sector and is proud to have recently achieved her MSc in Transport Planning and Engineering in 2020.

 

Kelvin Clarke

Immediate Past Chair

Kelvin is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the CIHT and is the immediate Past-Chair of CIHT Scotland. He has 37 years' experience in traffic and transportation.  Kelvin started his own business in 2020, Kelvin Clarke Transportation Limited following Regional Director roles with Mott MacDonald and SYSTRA (formerly JMP Consultants), where he spent more than 30 years of his career.

 

Kelvin provides support to the development industry across Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man and has also been involved in projects in the Middle East.

He has broad experience in transport appraisal, transport studies, masterplanning, traffic modelling and traffic management. Kelvin also provides expert witness services at Planning Inquiries and Appeals.

Kelvin has had the opportunity to be involved in a significant number of development projects from small to large include a number of Scotland’s major development sites. These include Edinburgh Airport, Buchanan Galleries, Glasgow (Scotland’s largest city centre shopping mall), Royal Ordnance Site, Bishopton (largest brown field regeneration site in Scotland), Eurocentral (largest speculative build development in the UK), Queen Elizabeth Hospital Glasgow (largest acute medical facility in Scotland) and Clyde Gateway (largest Urban Regeneration Company in Scotland).

He also has experience working on some of the most significant development sites in Northern Ireland (MoD sites in Omagh, Ballymena and Londonderry) and the transport masterplan to support the Bahrain National Planning and Development Strategy for the Bahraini Government. These are all examples as to why Kelvin has had an enjoyable and fulfilling career to date. Best of all was an eight month secondment to the Isle of Man to prepare the Transport Plan for Douglas, leaving Kelvin with a life-long love for the Island which he manages to satisfy through regular work related visits.

Alan Crockett

Honorary Treasurer

Alan fulfils the role of Honorary Treasurer for CIHT Scotland. In addition to this he is the Chair of the CIHTs Engineering Professional Standards Panel and Ex Officio member of the Membership and Skills Strategy Board. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Highways and Transportation, The Institution of Civil Engineers and The Institute of Highway Engineers. 

Alan also supports the Institution as a reviewer for CEng, IEng and EngTech professional reviews and CPD and is a member of the Industry Advisory Board for Glasgow Caledonian Universities BSc(Hons) Environmental Civil Engineering Programme.

Alan has a diverse range of experience both in consulting and contracting environments. He is currently Engineering Manager for AmcoGiffen in Scotland who deliver multi-disciplinary engineering, construction and maintenance services for assets and infrastructure in the energy, environmental and transport sectors including rail and highways. Prior to this, Alan worked for Amey as a Senior Project Manager and Principal Engineer in the delivery of a wide range of projects and services for a diverse portfolio of clients including Transport Scotland, Highways Agency/England, Local Authorities, Network Rail, Airport Operators and Landfill Contractors throughout the UK

Pamela Gidney

Events Coordinator

Pamela is a Chartered Transport Planning Professional (CTPP) with over fifteen years’ experience working in consultancy and works for WSP in their Scottish Transport Planning team. Pamela’s areas of work interest lie in scheme assessment/feasibility studies and sustainable transport.

While having worked in consultancy, project work has taken Pamela on secondment within the UK as well as overseas to the Middle East. Since April 2019 Pamela has been seconded full-time to the Strategic Transport Planning team where she has been working on a number of projects.

A CIHT Scotland Ordinary Committee member since 2015, Pamela became the Events Programme Co-ordinator in 2019/20 and continues in this role during the current committee year. When time allows, Pamela has also contributed to the Scottish Policy Forum in recent years. Outside of work, Pamela enjoys the outdoors and is often planning her best transport route to the Scottish hills.

Duncan Morrison

Web / Communications Officer

Duncan is a roads design engineer currently employed by Sweco in their Transportation team.

Following completion of a MEng in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Aberdeen, Duncan started his career at Mouchel in 2015. 

In 2016 he moved to Sweco where he has continued his development.

He is currently an Assistant Engineer working on the A96 Dualling Project, specifically a new 46km section between Hardmuir and the east of Fochabers. Duncan has been responsible for various roads design aspects of the job as it has developed through DMRB Stages 2 and 3. During his time with Mouchel he also worked on the A9 Dualling Tomatin to Moy. He has gained good experience in many aspects of road alignment design through his career to date.

Duncan has been an active STEM Ambassador since 2016. He is also actively working towards professional accreditation as a Chartered Engineer with the Institution.

Kyle McKinnon

Recruitment Officer

Kyle is a Transport Planner with 9 years’ experience working predominantly in the Development Planning sector for a range of private and public sector clients. Kyle graduated from the University of Strathclyde with a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering and joined AECOM’s Transportation team in Glasgow as a graduate in 2012.

Since then Kyle has worked on a variety of traffic and transport projects throughout Scotland and Northern Ireland. Kyle has also worked on multiple projects throughout the Middle East, culminating in a short-term secondment to AECOM’s Abu Dhabi Office. During his time at AECOM, Kyle also worked on secondment at Transport Scotland for a two year period where his key role involved liaising with counterparts in each of Scotland’s Local Authorities responsible for Development Planning and providing the Scottish Government with advise on various City and Regional Growth Deals.

Kyle joined the CIHT Scotland Committee in 2015 and served as Web and Communications Officer for 4 years. During this time Kyle started the @CIHT _Scotland Twitter page and supported numerous events, held in person and online. Kyle has now taken on the Recruitment Officer Role and is keen to grow the overall number of CIHT members in Scotland with a key focus on diversity and the inclusion of young professionals and students.

Keri Stewart

Scottish Policy Forum Officer

Keri has over 25 years’ experience of working in the transport industry having worked for BAA, Westrans and SPT before moving into consultancy 12 years ago.  She currently works for Arcadis in Glasgow where her focus is on business development, active travel, travel behaviour change, stakeholder & business engagement and public consultation.

Keri is the Lead for the Scottish Policy Forum, coordinating responses to relevant consultations on behalf of members.

Richard Llewellyn

Past Chair

Richard is a Chartered Civil Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution and a Past Chair for CIHT Scotland. He sits on the CIHT Board of Trustees and is a Council member. Richard is also Chair of the Education and Professional Development Strategic Board and a reviewer for the CIHT Individual Route Assessment Panel.

He is currently taking a career break to complete a PhD thesis in Road Safety at Edinburgh Napier University. He also serves as a non-Councillor Board Member for the South East Scotland Regional Transport Partnership (SEStran).

Richard was most recently Graduate Development Manager at Transport Scotland. Prior to this was a Lecturer in Transportation Engineering at Edinburgh Napier University, teaching on the undergraduate Civil Engineering and MSc Transport Planning and Engineering Programmes. In this position, Richard taught transport engineering students in Edinburgh and overseas in Shanghai, China and Yangon, Myanmar. He presented at conferences and his research has been published in several academic journals.

Richard’s earlier career was in consultancy where he worked for 15 years. He started his career with Oscar Faber (now AECOM) where he specialised in traffic engineering and development planning. Latterly he moved to Halcrow Group (subsequently CH2M and Jacobs), where he worked on several high-profile commissions and major framework contracts. During his final four years in consultancy he was Regional Director for Transport Planning in Scotland and Ireland, looking after a team of over 25 staff.

Russell Henderson

Regional Representative to Council

Russell is a Fellow of the CIHT and currently serves as the Scottish Regional Representative to CIHT Council.  He has held various roles on the CIHT Scotland committee since becoming a member in 2014, including Regional Chair in 2016.  

Russell is a Transport Planner and Highway Design Engineer with over 20 years’ experience across the public and private sector, currently serving as an Associate Director based in RPS Group’s Edinburgh office working on strategic development projects across the UK.

Neil Johnstone

Committee Member / CIHT Senior Vice President

Neil has over 40 years’ experience having worked in contracting, local government and consultancy. Following early steps with Balfour Beatty and Lothian Regional Council, the major part of his career has been with Halcrow/CH2M and more recently, SYSTRA. In July 2017 he has launched his own venture (CONSULT-NJ LTD) offering services in transportation and business change process and implementation.

Neil was Chair of the Central and Scotland Branch in 1998-99 and served the local committee primarily through leadership of the Scottish Policy Forum. He became a trustee of CIHT in 2018 and chaired the Board of Appian. In June of this year he became a Vice-President of the Institution.

Neil specialised in transport planning, policy, strategy, traffic management and multi-disciplinary studies before taking on senior management roles in Scotland, Ireland, UK and Europe for Halcrow. He has experience in feasibility studies and appraisal of all modes including rail, road, busways, harbours and ferries. Also, he has often acted as expert witness in public inquiries for developers and authorities, including the Edinburgh Congestion Charging inquiry.

He was closely involved with seminal studies on rural roads in Scotland, such as Fitting Roads and Rural Road Hierarchy. He has also carried out traffic forecasts for ferries, rail services and stations as well new (private) roads including the Skye Bridge. At SYSTRA he was director for consultancy in Scotland and led the integration of the acquisitions of JMP and SIAS. He has represented CIHT on the National Transport Strategy (NTS2) Partnership Review Group and has co-chaired the Thematic Working Group on Safety and Resilience. In his consultancy role he is seconded to Transport Scotland where he has led the procurement of the Strategic Transport Project Review (STPR2).

Tony Kivistik

Committee Member

In 2003, following completion of a BSc in Civil Engineering from Abertay University Dundee, Tony started professional working life as a career grade Transportation Engineer/Planner at Fife Council. He moved to consultancy in 2005 and is currently employed by Mott MacDonald as a traffic & pedestrian microsimulation modelling specialist. 

Tony studied (distance learning) for an MSc in Transport Planning & Engineering at Napier University – graduating in 2008. He has been a professionally qualified Chartered Engineer through CIHT since 2016.

Tony is an active STEM Ambassador, CIHT Champion and Professional Qualifications Mentor.
Outside of work, Tony spends his time with family and playing/watching various sports including golf, motor racing, boxing and football.

Ravi Grandhi

Committee Member

Ravi is a Chartered Engineer with over 19 years of experience in transport appraisal and modelling, contract documentation related to traffic management and post evaluation of major transport projects.

Ravi has specialist experience in the development of micro simulation models and developed a large number models. Whilst having worked in consultancy, project work has taken Ravi on secondment to Saudi Arabia and India, where he was involved in developing and growing transport modelling capabilities.

In 2019, he transitioned from private consultancy to public sector to work within the Transport Scotland’s Transport Strategy and Analysis team. During that time he was a core team member on the Second Strategic Transport Project Review (STPR2), Project Manager for Glasgow Managed Motorways and Fort William Transport Appraisal study. Recently he has taken the role of Sustainable and Active Travel Programme Manager in the Bus, Accessibility and Active Travel (BAAT) team, and responsible for setting up the governance and programme management for over £100 million budget and associated partner programmes.

Kathryn MacKay

Committee Member

Kathryn has 11 years’ experience working in the transport industry; she has worked in Road Safety and Active Travel roles within both the public and private sectors, fostering an interest in both these areas.  

Kathryn joined AECOM in 2020 as Senior Consultant in the Transportation team. She has worked primarily in Stakeholder Engagement roles on several different projects including the Strategic Transport Projects Review 2 (STPR2) which acts as one of the delivery mechanisms for the National Transport Strategy (NTS) and will ultimately contain a series of recommended transport interventions for the next 20+ year period.

Kathryn joined the CIHT Scotland Committee in 2021 and has a role assisting the Scottish Policy Forum group.

Conor McCarthy

Committee Member

Conor is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered Project Professional and a Fellow of the Institution. He is currently employed by WSP in their Scotland and Ireland Highways Business.

Conor has over 15 years’ experience in the delivery of Infrastructure and Highways projects across the public and private sectors within Ireland, the UK and Australia. He is also a Member of Engineers Ireland, Member of the Association for Project Management (MAPM) and an accredited NEC3/NEC4 ECC Project Manager.

He has considerable experience in the project management, assessment and delivery of highways and civil engineering projects. He also has extensive experience in stakeholder engagement, interfacing with statutory bodies, landowners and utility companies. He has developed specific expertise regarding the preparation of contract documentation and the management and administration of projects under the NEC suite of contracts, in addition to design, management, and administration of highways and infrastructure development projects.

Conor has been an Ordinary Member of the CIHT Scotland Committee since 2018 and currently on the events sub-committee in addition to supporting CIHT as a Reviewer on Professional Reviews.

Andy Keba

Committee Member

Andy is a transport planner specialising in the design and development of active and sustainable transport, with a focus on decarbonising transport and creating healthier environments. 

Following degrees in Ecology (BSc) and Water Management (MSc) he worked as an environmental consultant in Scotland and in Canada before joining Sustrans Scotland in 2013, initially managing grant funding and eventually becoming Head of Strategic Partnerships in 2017. Following completion of his MSc in Transport Planning and Engineering at Edinburgh Napier University, Andy joined AECOM in early 2021 as Principal Transport Planner.

Scott Grant

Committee Member

Scott is a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 18 years experience covering all stages of infrastructure projects from feasibility to construction and maintenance. He has extensive international experience and, having returned to Scotland in 2018, is currently employed by WSP.

Graduating from Strathclyde University, Scott worked for Halcrow Group in Glasgow, London and in Nassau (Bahamas) on major road schemes, public transport infrastructure and airport air/landside improvements. Seeking further international experience, he moved to Qatar to manage packages on the Local Roads and Drainage programme, which at the time, was the biggest infrastructure project in the world. He then relocated to Dubai where he managed a number of developer led schemes including a new resort and multi-purpose Arena in Abu Dhabi and a new 180,000 population city in Sharjah, as well as numerous multi-use developments in Dubai.

On returning to Scotland, he was initially seconded to Scotland TranServ, who held the contract for maintaining the Trunk Roads on behalf of Transport Scotland in the South West. He is currently delivering the Highway design for the A5 in Northern Ireland as well as leading on a number of strategic proposals.

Andrew Diansangu

Committee Member

Andrew has 10 years’ experience working in the transport industry; over six years in local authority and four years in private consultancy.  In local authority Andrew’s early role was in Road Safety and Traffic Management before moving in to Transport Strategy with a focus on sustainable transport.

 

Andrew’s current role as Senior Consultant in AECOM’s Transportation team has seen him involved in a variety of predominantly appraisal-based studies in Scotland and England.  This has included the Strategic Transport Projects Review 2 (STPR2) which acts as one of the delivery mechanisms for the National Transport Strategy (NTS) and will ultimately contain a series of recommended transport interventions for the next 20+ year period

Malcolm Matheson

Chair of the Young Professionals' Group

Malcolm is a Senior Transport Planner working for Mott MacDonald and has previously worked for Atkins. He has over eight years’ experience in Transport Planning, working on a wide range of projects from small scale Transport Assessments to STAG based appraisals for clients including Network Rail, Transport Scotland, CalMac and Heathrow Ltd.

Malcolm also has experience in the public sector, having been seconded into the Roads department of East Renfrewshire Council.

Malcolm studied Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Edinburgh then completed a MSc in Transport Planning & Engineering at Edinburgh Napier University.

Malcolm has been an Ordinary member of the CIHT Scotland Committee since 2019 and has been involved in organising and running a number of events. He was appointed Chair of the Young Professionals Group in May 2021.

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