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Kelvin Clarke, Chair, CIHT Scotland
Kelvin is a Chartered Engineer and Member of both the CIHT and ICE and is the Chair of CIHT Scotland. He has 35 years' experience in traffic and transportation, 30 years of which have been with SYSTRA (formerly JMP Consultants).
Kelvin provides support to the development industry across Scotland, Northern Ireland, Republic of 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 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.
His current role as Business Director Scotland involves directing a transport consultancy business with some 90 staff delivering across a wide portfolio of public and private sector clients and opportunities.
Nicola Blaney, Vice Chair, CIHT Scotland
Nicola is a Chartered Engineer. Since graduating in 2008, Nicola has undertaken a number of secondments to other Jacobs offices, Transport Scotland, Glasgow City Council and Glasgow 2014 Ltd. Nicola is enthusiastic with good communication skills and a positive attitude that inspires confidence in others.
She has a broad range of experience, including multi – disciplinary projects and working with contractors.
She believes her success in these projects is a result of her adaptability, appreciation for issues/ risks in the wider context and her determination to deliver optimum solutions.
Nicola has contributed to Transport Design Guidance, research projects and written strategy documents aimed at allowing clients to efficiently procure projects with a clear scope. She is logical and able to provide innovative solutions with feasibility at the forefront of her mind. Nicola was elected to the branch committee in 2014 and actively contributes to the training of our members. Nicola sits on Strathclyde University’s Civil & Environmental Engineering Industry Advisory Board.
Kostas is an engineer with over seven years' experience in a broad range of transport related projects within the UK and overseas. He has particularly developed skills in transport planning, active travel, traffic engineering and project management while working with JACOBS.
Moreover, he has experience in highway design, road safety and site supervision gained during his junior years as a graduate.
Before moving to Glasgow, he worked in Greece as a surveying engineer, gaining knowledge in topographic and GIS applications.
He holds a Dipl.-Ing. in Rural and Surveying Engineering (MEng level), specialising in transportation, from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece as well as an MSc in Transportation and Logistics from the Technical University of Denmark. He has been a member of CIHT since 2013 and an Affiliate Member of the Society of Road Safety Auditors since 2014.
Kostas was elected to the CIHT Scotland Committee in 2015 and currently sits as Honorary Secretary, after his succession to the Young Professionals Chair for Scotland. His main drive is to support the function of the CIHT Committee to thrive within Scotland and the CIHT NYPN organising educational and networking events, sharing knowledge on business and liaising with universities. Kostas is actively pursuing professional accreditation as a Chartered Engineer with the Institution.
Pamela is a Chartered Transport Planning Professional (CTPP) with over fifteen years experience working in consultancy and currently employed by WSP in their Scottish Transport Planning Business. Pamela’s areas of work interest lie in scheme assessment/feasibility studies and sustainable transport.
While having worked in consultancy, project work has also taken Pamela on secondment to national and local Government as well as overseas where a one month trip turned into a nearly two year internal secondment to CH2M’s (now Jacobs) Middle East business working in the Transport Team on the 2022 FIFA World Cup programme.
A CIHT Scotland Ordinary Committee member since 2015, Pamela has taken on the Events programme co-ordinator for 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.
Nicky Laird, Chair, CIHT Scotland Young Professionals Committee
Since 2015 Nicky has worked in the transport industry starting as an assistant in the Public Transport Unit of Aberdeen City Council, before joining Nestrans in October 2016 as a Transport Officer.
Nestrans is a small regional transport partnership and Nicky is involved in a number of projects, specialising in strategy relating to bus, rail, freight, active travel and accessibility.
As of 2018, she has also taken on the position of RTP Secretariat, which focuses on organising the collaborative working between all regional transport partnerships in Scotland.
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 is enthusiastic and is keen to progress in her career. She is currently studying towards her MSc in Transport Planning and Engineering and is due to graduate in 2019.
A member of CIHT since 2017, Nicky was quickly invited to the Regional Committee for Scotland and became involved in the Young Professionals Network. Her quick progression and interest in supporting those new to the industry led to Nicky being elected as Chair of the new Scottish Young Professionals Network in 2018.
Following this, Nicky is keen to grow the Young Professionals Network in Scotland and help ensure that students, graduates and young professionals are provided with all the support and knowledge that they require to develop their careers.
Ross Speirs, Immediate Past Chair, CIHT Scotland
Ross is a Chartered Civil Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution and Immediate Past Chair for CIHT Scotland. Ross is a Chartered Civil Engineer, and a Fellow of both the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Institution of Civil Engineers.
He is a Committee member of the Municipal Group Scotland and currently holds the position of Vice Chair of the Society of Chief Officers in Transportation (SCOTS) Flood Risk Management sub group.
Ross also supports the CIHT as a Reviewer for Eng Tech, IEng and CEng Professional Reviews as well as CPD. He has 30 years’ experience in the industry in both public and private sectors.
He is currently the Lead for the Flooding, Shoreline and Harbours Team within Fife Council, which manages 11 harbours and piers, 178km of coastline and all Fife Councils Flood Risk Management responsibilities. He has worked on and led many prestigious projects including the original museum for the Mary Rose, £64million infrastructure works for the MOD and the Coastal Flood Study for Dundee City Council; as well as infrastructure and drainage works for sections of the Dundee Waterfront Development. He is a member of multi-agency partnerships; delivering the Surface Water Management Plan Guidance in February 2013, and delivering the Integrated Catchment Study (ICS) for Dundee as well as two ICS’s for Fife Council in partnership with Scottish Water.
He has lectured in various elements of Traffic Management, Transportation, and Pavement Design as well as Flooding, Flood Risk and Sustainable Drainage design to undergraduate and post graduate students at Universities in both Aberdeen and Dundee.
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.