Who's Who

CIHT South West

Here you will find details of our committee.


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


Nik Bowyer, Chair, CIHT South West

Nik is a transport planner and modeller at AECOM with over 12 years’ experience.  He achieved Transport Planning Professional (TPP) accreditation in 2018.  Nik specialises in strategic transport planning, modelling and economics but additionally holds a keen interest in rail and aviation.  His clients include public and private sector across the UK.  At university he specialised in climate change, palaeoclimates and sustainability, all of which fostered his interest in the transportation sector. 

Nik graduated from the University of Exeter in 2006 with a BSc in Geography. During his studies, he specialised in climate change, palaeoclimates and sustainability – all of which fostered a keen interest in the role of the transportation sector.

Nik joined AECOM in 2006 and spent six and a half years developing his skills - primarily - as a transport modeller in the London region, specialising in strategic highways modelling. His work included clients such as Transport for London, Highways England and the Olympic Delivery Authority.

Nik relocated from St Albans to Bristol and the South West with AECOM at the beginning of 2013. Still specialising in strategic transport planning and modelling, Nik has worked on and managed a range of projects for public and private sector clients. His main interest is in the modelling, appraisal and delivery of major infrastructure schemes and working as part of large multidisciplinary teams. His clients include Highways England, Department for Transport, Transport for Wales and authorities throughout the UK.

Nik has been a full member of the CIHT since 2009, joining the CIHT South West Region committee in 2015. He was Honorary Secretary for two years (2016, 2017), subsequently serving as Vice Chair (2018) and now as Chair (2019). He achieved Transport Planning Professional (TPP) accreditation in 2018 and is a PRINCE2 accredited Project Manager.

Chris Shipway, Vice Chair, CIHT South West

Chris is a Senior Transport Planner specialising in traffic modelling and economic appraisal and has been working at Jacobs for over five years. In 2014, Chris graduated from the University of Exeter with his degree in Mathematics. Chris has previously been Chair of the CIHT South West Exeter Young Members Group, before having the role of Events and Communications Officer for the South West region. Chris was awarded the CIHT South West Emerging Professional of the Year Award in 2018.

Chris is a Senior Transport Planner who has been working at Jacobs for over five years. Chris works in the Transport Planning team in Exeter, leading on many traffic modelling projects and overseeing project teams. Primarily a traffic modeller with a wealth of experience using different modelling packages and techniques across a wide range of projects, Chris is heavily involved in SATURN modelling and Business Case development and has worked on several projects for Devon County Council, Torbay District Council, Bristol City Council, and Highways England. Chris also mentors graduates at Jacobs by helping them to develop their technical skills and supporting them through their internal Jacobs Graduate Development Programme.

Chris has been an active member of the CIHT since being a graduate himself, starting off as Chair of the CIHT South West Exeter Young Members Group. For the last two years Chris has been the Events and Communications Officer for the region, coordinating events across the South West, and has been heavily involved in organising the 2018 and 2019 South West Conference and Dinner. Chris won the CIHT South West Emerging Professional of the Year Award in 2018.

Chris is currently working towards completion of the Transport Planning Society’s Professional Development Scheme, with a view to achieve Chartered Transport Planning Professional status in the near future.

Steven Keen, Web/Comms Officer, CIHT South West

Steve is a Chartered Engineer with over 14 years' experience within the highway sector. Steve graduated from the University of Exeter in 2003 with a BEng (Hons) Engineering and Management and subsequently studied for an MSc in Transport Planning and Engineering from the University of Southampton. 

Steve has worked for Peter Brett Associates in their Taunton office for 14 years where he is currently an Associate Engineer. He has a wide range of highway engineering and transport planning experience working with public and private sector clients across the country.

His area of interest and expertise is in ITS, the future delivery of technology and the role it will play in how we all travel in the future. He achieved CEng status from the CIHT in June 2016. Steve has been involved in the CIHT South West committee since 2014.

Alex Dawn, Honorary Secretary, CIHT South West

Alex is a Transport Planner and Modeller with 5 years’ experience. Alex Graduated from the University of Bristol in 2014 with a MSci in Physics. At City Science, Alex has developed geospatial analytics and the award winning Cadence transport modelling software. Alex has recently developed a suite of automated analytics tools for evaluating cycling and walking infrastructure.

Alex has also worked across a range of transport planning projects, including Exeter Business Park and Exmouth Watersports Centre, linking analytical approaches into real-world interventions as well as the award winning Road for the Futures Project. Prior to City Science, Alex Dawn worked within the AECOM Transport Planning team, performing detailed work with industry modelling tools, GIS and spatial analysis tools to support major WebTAG stage 3 projects including the A14 and A55 Highway Improvement Schemes.

Alex was elected full member of the CIHT in 2017 and is currently serving the committee in the role of Honorary Secretary.

Emily Boazman, Chair, CIHT South West Young Professionals Committee

Emily chairs the Young Professionals Committee in Exeter and represents the Young Members on the South West committee. She has been an active member over the last year. Aimed at young members, the Young Professionals Committee aims to organise a mix of social, networking and professional development events that are accessible to all CIHT members. 

Emily graduated from the University of Northumbria in 2016 with a BSc Geography degree and joined Jacobs as a Graduate Transport Planner. She has worked on projects for Devon County Council and is developing her career. Emily is a leader at a local Brownie unit outside work.

James McKechnie, CIHT South West Committee Member

James McKechnie is Hydrock’s UK transportation director. He leads a national team that strategically advises developers, planning consultants, architects, authorities and end users on transport and highways issues to help them achieve planning consent for a wide variety of schemes and deliver growth across the UK.

Having held roles both within local authorities and private consultancies, James has significant experience on how to successfully engage and collaborate with the authorities and an extensive understanding of how public sector projects are procured and delivered. 

He regularly speaks alongside planning, property and legal consultancies about the future of transport and movement, its impact on placemaking and the accessibility of development sites. James also currently sits on the Highways England (HE) national liaison panel for the development industry and has played a key role in shaping HE’s new development control policy.

With a reputation for both innovation and meticulous research into the transport planning implications of new developments, James is regularly in demand for Expert Witness work at Inquiry and other forms of appeal on high-profile projects, for example the successful consent for the Route 39 Academy in Devon.

David Mosley ChPP RPP FAPM FCIHT, Committee Member, CIHT South West

David is a Director in WSP-UK with over 24 years industry experience in the Highways and Transport Sector. He specialises in Intelligent Transport leading on strategy and delivery and is a recognised influencer in the application of Project, Programme and Portfolio Leadership. His clients include those in both public and private with a recent focus on Highways England and their Programmes of Business Capability Change.

David has been in the Highways and Transport Sector for some 24 years and specifically the disciplines of Intelligent Transport (enabling technologies) for some 13 years. Time spent in this discipline has afforded him an insight through leadership and application, of how technology can support the achievement of desired operational outcomes.

Throughout his career David has majored in Projects, Programme and Portfolio Leadership as a way of delivering complementary competencies to that of technical leadership in the Highways and Transport Sector. Holding the firm belief that our profession does some amazing work adding real value to UK Plc, and that striving for excellence in delivery (where P3M supports) enables a solid platform for further growth.

David holds the designation Chartered Project Professional and Fellow for both the Association for Project Management and Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation.

Mike O’Dowd-Jones, Regional Representative on Council, CIHT South West.

Mike is the Commissioner for Highways and Transport Services for Somerset County Council ensuring some £27m of services and £93m capital projects are delivered effectively.  Mike represents the South West Region on CIHT Council ensuring that the work of the Institution reflects the issues of importance for the South West.  Mike has previously been vice-chair and chair of the South West Region Committee and is closely involved in regional major infrastructure funding processes.

Mike is a member of the South West Region Committee and the South West Representative on CIHT Council nationally. He joined Somerset County Council in 1991 and has been responsible for strategic transport planning services since 2006.

He has undertaken interim leadership roles managing passenger transport operations and as a director for physical regeneration, and is currently Strategic Commissioner for highways and transport services at Somerset; ensuring some £27m of services and £93m capital projects are delivered effectively.
Mike is a board member of the Peninsula Rail Task Force and the Peninsula Transport shadow sub-national body and has been closely involved in setting up governance arrangements to manage investment into major highways and transport programmes across the Peninsula.

Mike undertook a lead role on transport matters for Hinkley Point C nuclear power station applications on behalf of the local authorities. Mike has been instrumental in resurrecting proposals to improve the A303 as a second strategic route between London and the South West, helping secure £2.1bn investment from Government which has now generated a huge amount of activity for the transport profession as the schemes are taken forward. Mike also leads the highways and transport aspects of the Somerset levels and moors flood action plan following major flooding in Somerset in 2014.

Mike is a qualified coach and mentor. He is married with two teenage children and a Spaniel, and when not acting as a taxi service he enjoys attending live music events, and doesn’t spend enough time playing his guitar.

Alex Thomas, Young Professionals Chair, CIHT South West

Alex chairs the Young Professionals Committee in Exeter and represents the Young Members on the South West committee. He has been an active member for the past three years and has recently taken on the position as Chair. Aimed at young members, the Emerging Professionals Group aims to organise a mix of social, networking and professional development events that are accessible to all CIHT members.

Alex is a Transport Planning Officer at Devon County Council. Alex started his career in 2016 having graduated from the University of Southampton in Human Geography. Alex has gone onto complete a sponsored part time Msc in Transport Planning and Engineering from the University of Southampton. For his final research project, Alex investigated the lessons learnt from Exeter’s Co-bikes, the first city-wide electric bike share scheme.

Alex has experience working on a broad range of local authority projects, ranging from traffic modelling for major scheme business cases, to local transport policy and strategy development. Alex’s main area of focus is sustainable travel and how we as planners can help create better places.

In his spare time, Alex is a keen sportsman who enjoys staying active and making the most of living in the beautiful South West.

Johannes Noriega, Student Representative, CIHT South West

Johannes is a Civil Engineer who graduated in 2009, he has worked on a few projects as a resident engineer, involving concrete structures, slope stabilization, road construction and main services installation and for the last 3 years he has been working for M.J. Church.

In his current role as a Civil Engineer with M.J. Church, Johannes has been taking part in a variety of projects, mainly highways infrastructure schemes, earthworks and road infrastructure construction. He is looking to progress his career through the management structure.

He is currently enrolled in an MSc Transport Engineering and Planning program at The University of the West of England as part of his career development.  He is a member of the CIHT & ICE, looking forward to gaining his professional registration.

Johannes’ interests consist of spending time with his beautiful daughters and riding his motorbike.

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