South West Who's Who

CIHT South West

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Chris Shipway


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. 

He has been an active member of the committee previously holding roles of Vice Chair, Communications Officer, Events Officer and Chair of the South West Exeter Young Members Group. 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 two years Chris was the Events and Communications Officer for the region, coordinating events across the South West. As Vice Chair in 2019 Chris was responsible for organising the successful South West Conference and Dinner.

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.

Mike O’Dowd-Jones

Vice Chair & Regional Representative on Council

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 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.

Holly Moon

Honorary Secretary

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.

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.

Alex Thomas

Exeter Emerging Professionals Chair

Alex is the chair for the Exeter Emerging Professionals Group in Exeter and represents the young members on the South West Committee. Alex has been an active member of the CIHT for the past 4 years and is currently in his second year as acting chair.

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.

Kate Lodge

Bristol Emerging Professionals Chair

Kate has been the chair of the Bristol Emerging Professionals Committee in Bristol, and represents the Young Members on the South West committee. The Young Professionals Committee organises a mix of social, networking and professional development events.

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.

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

Nik Bowyer

Events Officer 

Nik is the immediate 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 for the region’s members over the next year. 

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 over 13 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. 

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, 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 is the immediate past Chair (2019) of the region.  Since standing down as the region’s Chair in May 2020, Nik has taken on the Officer role of Events Coordinator.  He achieved the Chartered Transport Planning Professional (CTPP) accreditation in 2018 and is a PRINCE2 accredited Project Manager.

David Watkins

Communications & Webinar Officer

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.


Sam Wright 

Recruitment Officer 

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.

Luke Tizzard

Student Representative

Alex Dawn 

Committee Member 

Hannah Clark 

Committee Member

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.

Jon Tricker 

Committee Member

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.

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.

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