South West Who's Who

CIHT South West

Here you will find details of our committee.

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David Watkins

Chair

David has prepared Transport Assessments for a wide range of developments providing advice on the design of accesses, car parking and servicing/delivery arrangements.

David has prepared Transport Assessments for a wide range of developments providing advice on the design of accesses, car parking and servicing/delivery arrangements.

David graduated from the University of Bath in 2002 and joined Arup in 2005 to work on the design and specification for the Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system at Heathrow Terminal 5. David has subsequently worked on several PRT and Automated People Mover (APM) feasibility and business case studies and has authored guidance for the industry body, ATRA.

From 2009-2011 David lived and worked in Qatar undertaking transport planning for Msheireb, a major urban regeneration project. He has subsequently spent significant periods in the Gulf supporting the delivery of projects, including major new stadia.

David currently leads Arup’s transport planning team in Bristol and is project manager for the Hendre Lakes development in Cardiff, which includes the design of a new privately promoted mainline station, Cardiff Parkway.

David is interested in encouraging sustainable transport by making it the mode of choice and he regularly works with clients and design teams to integrate sustainable transport into projects. To support this work David has undertaken pedestrian and bicycle route audits and developed new public transport services in conjunction with operators.

David joined the CIHT in 2005 and was awarded Chartered Engineer status in 2010. David joined the committee in 2014 and this is his second year as communications officer after two years as recruitment officer.

Away from work David is a passionate cook an and avid rugby and American football fan.

Kate Lodge

Vice-Chair

Kate is a Consultant at Arup with 4 years’ varied experience in the field of Transport Planning. Since completing her Maths degree at the University of Exeter, Kate’s experience has included working with and as part of both public and private sector organisation, both locally and nationally.

She is experienced in the fields of transport business case development, transport modelling and the subsequent assessment of economic and wider economic benefits, and of planning and undertaking monitoring and evaluation for transport schemes.

Kate is also active in the transport field outside of her role, with her team’s entry being selected as “Highly Commended” in the CIHT Technology and Innovation challenge. She also recently completed the Transport Planning Society Professional Development Scheme,  demonstrating that she has obtained the breadth and depth of competence in both the technical and generic skills expected of a true transport planning professional.

Kate was formally the chair of the Bristol Emerging Professionals Committee in Bristol, and represented the Young Members on the South West committee.

In her free time, Kate enjoys exercise and yoga, and is learning to paint!

Holly Moon

Honorary Secretary

Emma Hext 

Honorary Treasurer 

Emma is a Senior Associate Director at Jacobs, based in Exeter. Emma joined Jacobs in 2005, originally working in the Reading office before relocating to Exeter in 2010 to lead the transport planning team.

Emma’s technical background covers transport policy and strategy, development management and smarter choices, along with extensive experience in project and programme management. Over the last few years, Emma has been heavily involved in sustainable travel programmes, helping to secure funding for local authorities and then successfully delivering active travel initiatives and infrastructure.

Emma is a Fellow of the CIHT and a Chartered Transport Planner (CTPP). Emma is the Treasurer of the CIHT South West and has been an active member of the Committee since 2013, also holding roles previously as the Communications and Events Co-ordinator.

Hannah Clark 

Web/Communications Officer

Hannah is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Transport Planning Team Leader at Devon County Council, leading on multi-modal transport schemes across the south of the county. 

Hannah graduated in 2013 from Exeter University with a degree in Mathematics, before completing the MSc Transport Planning and Engineering at Southampton University. Originally specialising in transport modelling, Hannah now works on a range of transport schemes, from inception to implementation.

Hannah has been an active member of the CIHT over the past 5 years, previously sitting on the Exeter Young Members Group and awarded the CIHT South West Emerging Professional of the Year Award in 2017.

Outside of work, Hannah is a keen cricketer and loves exploring the great South West outdoors.

Nik Bowyer

Events Officer 

Nik is a past Chair of the CIHT South West region, a position that he held for the period 2019-2020.  He is now the Events Coordinator for the region, planning a series of events and webinars for the region’s members.

Nik is an Associate Director at AECOM.  Based in Bristol, he leads and delivers projects across the South West of England and South Wales, albeit his clients include the public and private sector throughout the UK.  He specialises in transport planning and traffic modelling, an area where he has 15 years’ experience.  His interests and specialisms are focused around strategic transport planning, modelling and economics, and the role and impact of the transportation sector in climate change.  He has a personal interest in active travel and the rail and aviation sectors.  He achieved the Transport Planning Professional (TPP) accreditation in 2018, through the CIHT, and has held the Chartered title (CTPP) since it was available.  He is also is a PRINCE2 accredited Project Manager.

 

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 interests include addressing the climate challenge and the modelling, appraisal and delivery of schemes as part of large, multidisciplinary teams. His clients include Highways England, the 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 Chair (2019) of the region.  Nik is now in his second year in the Officer role of Events Coordinator (2020, 2021).  Since 2020, Nik has also served as a Director of the Appian Trading Board. 

 

Cameron Smith

Emerging Professionals Chair - Bristol

Cameron is the Chair for the CIHT Emerging Professional's Group (CIHT EPG) in Bristol, where he leads a group of Transport Professionals in the first 10 years of there careers to put on Continued Professional Development (CPD) and Social Events for other transport professionals.

Cameron is a Highways Engineer at WSP and has been working in the Transport and Highways Industry for 6 years. He specialises in providing advise on cycling and walking infrastructure and highway design, mainly to public sector clients.

Joshua Manning

Exeter Emerging Professionals Chair, CIHT South West

Josh is the Chair for the Exeter Emerging Professionals Group and represents young and emerging members on the South West Committee. 

Josh has been an member of the CIHT for the past 3 years and has taken up the chair role for the first time this year. The Emerging Professionals Group aims to organise a mix of social, networking opportunities and continuing professional development events that are accessible to all CIHT members. 

Josh works at Devon County Council in the Transport Planning team, with a particular focus on the South Devon region. Josh entered the industry in 2017 after graduating from the University of Exeter in Mathematics and gaining a PGCE from the University of Oxford. Josh has also recently finished a part time MSc in Transport Engineering and Planning from the University of the West of England, pending final results. For his dissertation research project, Josh investigated the relationship between the reallocation of road space, efficiency and the need to tackle climate change. Josh has good experience in transport modelling, but also works to deliver a broad range on interventions and strategies in the local authority context, often centered around active travel. Outside of work, Josh is involved in his local parish church, spends time working on his fantasy football team and cycles around the South West.

Mike O’Dowd-Jones

Recruitment Officer

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 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 Dawn 

Committee Member 

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 Thomas

Committee Member

Alex has been an active member of the CIHT for the past 4 years and is a former Chair for the Emerging Professional Group in Exeter. 

Alex is a Transport Planning Officer at Devon County Council with experience in a broad range of local authority projects, ranging from traffic modelling for major scheme business cases, to local transport policy and strategy development. Alex has an academic background in Human Geography (BA) and Transport Planning & Engineering (MSc) and is passionate about how we as planners and engineers, integrate the needs of sustainable transport, health and environmental objectives to help create better places to live.

For the past year Alex has been seconded part time to work with Exeter City Futures, a Community Interest Company, who are trying to help co-ordinate the city’s aspirations to become carbon neutral by 2030. Alex is currently working on a range of carbon reduction measures for the council which include but are not limited to; the roll out of electric vehicle charging, the expansion of shared mobility solutions (e-bikes, e-cargo bikes and car club vehicles), the delivery of strategic cycle routes and traffic calming / place making schemes in Exeter.


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

Hannah Shrimpton

Committee Member

James McKechnie

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.

Steven Keen

Committee Member

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.

John Berry

Committee Member

Colin Botter

Committee Member

Jon Tricker

Committee Member, CIHT South West

Jonathan is a Director at PJA and is a flexible and innovative engineer with 25 years’ commercial experience in transport, engineering and placemaking, focusing on urban and development planning. 

He is a highly capable project director, and is used to leading, project managing and working with large inter-disciplinary teams. Jonathan’s core work involves project management, transport and engineering inputs to masterplans, development planning projects and street design.

Jonathan has a strong understanding of the critical relationships between urban design, transportation, spatial planning, and delivery. This has been developed because of his extensive and relevant work on a huge number of complex urban development projects across the UK and Ireland, mostly gained whilst working for London based Urban Initiatives and more recently at PJA.

Dustan Westbury

Committee Member, CIHT South West

Dunstan is a Chartered Transport Planning Professional based in Bristol, and leads Atkins’ transport planning practice for the South West & Wales region. 

Dunstan specialises in transport strategy, business case & appraisal, and economics.

Sam Wright 

Committee Member

Sam is a Senior Highway Engineer and Area Manager at Waterman Aspen and has over 7 years’ experience in Highways and Traffic design. Sam graduated in 2013 from Kingston University with a Bachelors of Engineering in Civil Engineering, and recently achieved a Master of Science in Transport Engineering and Planning from the University of West England.

Sam has been working with Waterman Aspen for nearly 5 years and has been seconded to several clients during this time. Being involved in all aspects of design from feasibility to detailed design. Sam’s key areas of experience are in highways and traffic elements such as traffic signs, pavements, alignments and safety. Sam also leads a team of engineers working for a number of clients across the region.

Sam is a long-term member of the CIHT in the South West, working towards Chartered Engineer status.

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