West Midlands

CIHT West Midlands

Here you will find details of our committee.


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

Philip Santos, Chair, CIHT West Midlands

Philip is an Associate|Highways Group Manager for WSP in Birmingham involved with the management and delivery of various highway schemes for a mixture of Local Authority clients and Highways England. He is also Framework Manager for several Local Authorities in the Midlands. Philip has previously worked for Atkins for 11 years and then joined Mouchel prior to their acquisition by WSP.

Stephen Morgan, YP 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, 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.

Matthew Moss, FCIHT, CEng, Recruitment Officer, CIHT West Midlands

Matt works as a Senior Traffic Engineer and Chartered Engineer for Kier Highways on the Highways England Area 9 framework. He is based in the West Midlands region, with 13 years of industrial experience in consultancy, specializing in the design of highway infrastructure and traffic flow modelling. He also has experience in other disciplines including transport planning and acoustic modelling. Matt is a Designated Mentor for prospective professional candidates. He is also a STEM Representative for Worcestershire. He assists with the hosting of school, sixth form and college events, he aims to promote the construction and civil engineering industry to encourage younger people to consider a career in the sector.

Jodie Rowbottom, Vice 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.

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

Farheen is an Associate Technical Director with Arcadis. 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 Associate Technical Director in Arcadis working on TA contract for Highways England and also on Birmingham PFI scheme.

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.

Richard Ward-Jones, Web & Comms Officer, CIHT West Midlands

Richard is a Market Director at Amey Consulting, responsible for the strategic growth and diversification of the business across highways, rail and aviation markets. With a background in highways Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and an interest in innovative and disruptive technologies, Richard collaborates across industry to drive innovation and support the sector respond dynamically to new challenges. Richard is also a Director of Appian Trading (a CIHT subsidiary).

Zoe Smith, Young Professionals Vice-Chair, CIHT West Midlands

Zoe is the Network Resilience Data Manager at Transport for West Midlands, the transport face of the West Midlands Combined Authority responsible for delivering improved transport across the region. Zoe has 10 years experience in both private and public sectors in the UK and Middle East covering asset management, GIS and highway network resilience. She is also a registered Engineering Technician and STEM Ambassador.