Who's Who

CIHT West Midlands

Here you will find details of our committee.


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


Jodie Rowbottom, Chair, CIHT West Midlands

Jodie is the Head of Development at Birmingham Airport and has a background in transport and infrastructure delivery project programmes and has also worked in operational delivery within a safety critical environment. Jodie has over 15 years' experience within the transport industry and gained her EngTech qualification in 2014 through the CIHT.

Jodie is a member of the Association for Project Management (APM) and CIHT.

Stephen Morgan, YP Vice Chair, CIHT West Midlands

Stephen works as a consultant for Yotta providing industry-leading infrastructure asset management consultancy services to private and public sectors. He has worked within the transportation sector since graduating from Bournemouth University and is actively engaged with the CIHT Young Professional Committee for the West Midlands.

Stephen has a desire to encourage and support all young professionals within the industry and actively promotes engagement to support platforms for young professionals. He is also involved with the Institute of Asset Management young professionals’ network and recently obtained Institute of Asset Management and PRINCE2 Certificates. 

Stephens responsibilities and areas of expertise includes asset management, data analysis, lifecycle planning and value management.

Chris Young, Recruitment Officer and Regional Council Rep, CIHT West Midlands

Chris is a Divisional Director at Waterman and has around 20 years experience across both private and public sectors, mainly working in the areas of Traffic Engineering and Road Safety Engineering. Chris is a Fellow of the CIHT and Member of SoRSA, a past Chair of the West Midlands, and also sits on the CIHT Urban Design Panel along with being a STEM Ambassador.

Laura Menendez Gonzalez, MCIHT, YP Chair ,Events Coordinator, CIHT West Midlands

Laura is a Senior Engineer working for WSP. She is a highways materials specialist, focusing on pavement material performance, maintenance and pavement design. Laura has been part of the Main Committee since August 2017, acting as the West Midlands Events Coordinator and organizing some events herself.

Laura also sits on the West Midlands Young Professional Committee as their Vice Chair. Laura’s background is in Civil Engineering and she has a Masters Degree (MEng) from Liverpool John Moores University. She is currently working towards obtaining CEng status.

Philip Santos, Vice Chair, CIHT West Midlands

Philip is a Project Manager working for WSP in Birmingham. Between 2004-2015 Philip worked for Atkins followed by Mouchel prior to their acquisition by WSP. He is currently managing the delivery of various highway schemes for a mixture of Local Authority clients and Highways England.

Philip is Framework Manager for the West Midlands Transportation Professional Services Framework and the West Midlands Highway Alliance. He is currently project managing a major junction improvement scheme for Highways England and a strategically important major project for North Yorkshire County Council. He has  previously been Chairman of the ICE Graduates & Students Committee and Chairman of the ICE’s National GSNet Committee.

Adrian Hull, Past Chair, CIHT West Midlands

Adrian has acted as a Project and Programme Manager within Highways England since January 2007. Spending his career within transportation, asset management, and business roles, work has included representing the organisation on television and radio, briefing ministers and presenting to the European Commission in Paris. 

He was previously Business Development Manager at Cranfield University. Adrian holds a degree in Information Systems from the University of Hertfordshire.

Farheen Ahmed MCIHT, CEng, Honorary Secretary, CIHT West Midlands

Farheen is a Highways Design Manager with Kier Design Services Birmingham. She has over sixteen years’ experience in highways sector designing and leading multi-disciplinary teams in delivery of major highway projects on the Highways England and local authority network. She is recognised in the sector for promoting and encouraging women in transportation and engineering. She is an active STEM ambassador and has been finalist on various awards such as Forward Ladies for STEM leader category, Midland Business Community and Charity Award for Role model of the year category, The European Women in Construction and Engineering Awards for Best Women in Highways category.

Farheen is a Member of the Chartered Institution Highways and Transportation (MCIHT), and has been recently appointed as Honorary Secretary for West Midlands CIHT Region (WM CIHT) 2019/20.

Farheen’s engineering work and contribution for the West Midlands region was on display in Think-tank museum from March 2018 till September 2018. Farheen encourages expanding STEM activities in school kids and volunteers as STEM ambassador with schools, colleges and universities. She is also a Parent Governor in her daughter’s school. In her role, she wears many different hats, from technical leader, manager, business strategy, training to junior staff and management of client relationships. It’s a job that she enjoys very much due to the variation of the role and the interesting projects we undertake. Training and mentoring junior staff is a real passion of her and it provides her with great satisfaction to see junior members of the team flourishing.

She is currently working as Highways Design Manager for Kier Design Services South team, providing highways and transport service to various contracts that Kier hold with clients such as Highways England, Local Authorities and Transport for London.

She has led and managed design and delivery of various Area 9 schemes from VM stage to construction delivery phase. She has carried out management of work activities and tasks with programming and regular progress meetings for schemes assisted in efficient delivery of many schemes on site. She has worked on many major schemes such as M5 Oldbury Waterproofing scheme J1-J2, A14 Ellington to Fen Ditton route design (from VM, option design to detailed design stage leading up to Public Consultation), carried out various junction improvements on Highways England network, designed and led Pinch Point Programme Flag ship schemes in Hereford and she has also worked on various maintenance, road renewal and road asset improvement schemes for local authorities and Highways England. She is skilled enough to understand the impact of major highway works on the network and as part of this I always aims to drive and develop solutions that have the positive impact on the communities and stake holders.

She has led and delivered major design work in consideration to mitigating health and safety risk. She has worked with construction team, contractors, public and other stakeholders to ensure the risk to operatives and the public is minimised through careful design, planning and specification of materials. She has completed NEBOSH certification for NGC1, NGC2 and NCC1 and is responsible for reviewing and approving of CDM documents, risk registers and other health and safety information and ensures all designers are trained on CDM and take a pro-active approach to risk identification and mitigation.

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