Who's Who

CIHT Scotland

Here you will find details of our committee.


Get in touch with the local committee e: scotland@ciht.org.uk


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, with over 12 years’ experience in highway design, transport planning, major events planning and asset management. In 2019, she transitioned from private consultancy to public sector and currently holds a position within Transport Scotland’s Roads Directorate. 

Nicola was elected to the Scottish Southern and Central branch committee in 2014 and initially assisted with the development of the events programme. After the consolidation of the Institution’s UK branches to regions, in May 2015, Nicola took up the position of Honorary Secretary for the Scotland Region. In 2018, Nicola was awarded with the Institution’s Young Professional of the Year title and as a result was nominated to CIHT Council, with a two-year tenure. She is also a Trustee of the CIHT Board. Nicola was elected Vice Chair of the Scotland Region in 2019 and is responsible for its strategic direction (in line with the Corporate Plan), goal setting and event delivery in order to support the needs of the Scottish membership. 

Carolyn Rollo, Honorary Secretary, CIHT Scotland

Alan Crockett, Honorary Treasurer, CIHT Scotland

Kostas Vavatsoulas, Regional Recruitment Officer, CIHT Scotland 

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.

Kyle McKinnon, Web/ Communications Officer, CIHT Scotland

Pamela Gidney, Events Coordinator, CIHT Scotland

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.

Richard Llewellyn, Past Chair, CIHT Scotland

Russell Henderson, Regional Representative to Council, CIHT Scotland

Tony Kivistik, Committee Member, CIHT Scotland

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.

Chris Bell, Committee Member, CIHT Scotland

Keri Stewart, Committee Member, CIHT Scotland

Conor McCarthy, Committee Member, CIHT Scotland

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.

Richard Perry, Committee Member, CIHT Scotland

Neil Johnstone, Committee Member, CIHT Scotland

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).

Stephen Cragg, Committee Member, CIHT Scotland

Andrew Blanch, Committee Member, CIHT Scotland

Andrew is a Chartered Engineer with over twenty years’ experience in the civils & highways sector. Andrew is currently a Technical Director within the Scotland & Ireland highways discipline for WSP.

Andrew studied his Honours Degree at Edinburgh Napier University. Since graduation Andrew has had a wide and varied level of experience within the civil & highways industry which has seen him work for an engineering consultancy, local authority and national roads authority.

Andrew gained his Chartership through the CIHT in 2007 and since then has maintained close links to the Institution. Andrew joined the CIHT Scotland Committee in 2019.

Outside of work, Andrew enjoys spending time with his family and friends as well as playing golf and football.

Malcolm Matheson, Committee Member, CIHT Scotland

Karl Hering, Committee Member, CIHT Scotland

Duncan Morrison, Committee Member, CIHT Scotland

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.

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