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


Nicola Blaney



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

Vice-Chair / Honorary Secretary


A transport planner with over 13 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.

Alongside her technical role Carolyn manages AECOM’s Development Planning team 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

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.

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, having recently achieved her MSc in Transport Planning and Engineering in 2020.

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 Scottish Young Professionals Network in 2018. In 2020 Nicky also became Vice Chair of the National Young Professionals Network.

Nicky is keen to grow the Young Professionals Network, both in Scotland as well as nationally, and help ensure that students, graduates and young professionals are provided with all the support and knowledge that they require to develop their careers.


Kelvin Clarke

Immediate Past Chair

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 is a Chartered Engineer and Member of both the CIHT and ICE 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

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 8 years’ experience working predominantly in the Development Planning sector for a range of private and public sector clients. Kyle graduated form 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 Membership 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.

Ross Speirs

Past Chair

Ross is a Chartered Civil Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution and Past Chair for CIHT Scotland. Ross is also a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Ross supports the CIHT as a Reviewer for all levels at Professional Review as well as CPD, is a mentor for the CIHT and a member of the Membership Application Panel.  He has over 30 years’ experience in the industry in both public and private sectors.

He is the Service Manager for Structural Services within Fife Council with responsibility for all Bridges, Structures, all the Councils duties under the FRM Act, Flood Prevention and Protection Schemes, as well as management and maintenance of the 178km Fife Coastline and 11 Harbours and Piers.

Richard Llewellyn

Past Chair

Richard is a Chartered Civil Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution and a Past Chair for CIHT Scotland.  He is also a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  Richard is a reviewer for the CIHT Individual Route Assessment Panel for candidates following the Individual Route to the CEng/IEng/EngTech qualification. 

He is currently the Graduate Development Manager for Transport Scotland, responsible for operation and continual improvement of the organisation’s graduate training scheme.  He also serves as a non-Councillor Board Member for the South East Scotland Regional Transport Partnership (SEStran).

Prior to his current position, Richard 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

Neil Johnstone

Committee Member

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.

Martin Gallagher

Committee Member

Martin began his career in transport with Stagecoach in 2008 and has over 12 years’ experience in strategic and operational public transport planning. In 2020, Martin moved into transport planning consultancy and is currently employed by WSP in their Scottish Transport Planning Business. Martin’s area of work is focused on public transport integration, policy and strategy. 

Martin has been an active member of CIHT since 2016 and joined the committee in May 2020, supporting the Events programme and development of the committee’s online presence.

Sophie Mackenzie

Committee Member

In 2019, following a completion of a MSc in Urban Transport from the University of Glasgow, Sophie started her professional career as a graduate transport planner at Transport Scotland. Currently she is undertaking a position in the Low Carbon Economy directorate.

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.

Kostas Vavatsoulas

Committee Member

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.

Stephen Cragg

Committee Member

Malcolm Matheson

Committee Member

Richard Perry

Committee Member

Keri Stewart

Committee Member

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