The World Road Association (PIARC) UK National Committee would like to invite you to listen to international leaders from the highways and transportation sector to share their knowledge and experience of how to support the creation of a diverse and inclusive organisation.
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The evening webinar will commence at 17:00 (GMT) - running till 18:30 - with an introduction from Patrick Mallejacq, Secretary General of PIARC.
Lila Tachtsi, the Chair of the UK National Committee of PIARC will then moderate the discussion involving a panel comprising senior level representation of:
The panel will share their knowledge, the successes, and the opportunities that they are seeking to realise within their organisations to create more diverse and inclusive workplaces. The conversation will explore what does diversity mean, what are the blockers, and how do we sustain the conversation in the longer term and not lose the focus on it.
We would be delighted to have your participation in this evening webinar.
As Secretary General of PIARC (World Road Association), Patrick Malléjacq’s mission is to provide support to road administrations and professionals across the globe. PIARC focuses on identifying and disseminating best practice between all PIARC members, addressing high-income as well as low- and middle-income countries, publishing the Routes/Roads quarterly magazine, implementing an ambitious knowledge-sharing programme on all road-related topics, with the publication of a report per month and the organisation of a seminar every six weeks on average.
After delivering the 26th World Road Congress (Abu Dhabi, October 2019), key projects now include kick-starting the 2020 - 2023 Strategic Plan with more than 20 PIARC Technical Committees and Task Forces, and preparing the 16th Word Winter Service and Road Resilience Congress, scheduled to take place in Calgary (Canada) in February 2022.
Patrick is a French civil servant (« ingenieur général des Ponts, des eaux et des forêts »). Before joining PIARC, he was instrumental in organising the Transport Research Arena conference in Paris in 2014 and in developing EU-sponsored research programmes and projects at IFSTTAR-France. He held positions at SETRA-France and at the French ministry of transport, mainly on road safety and ITS issues, and led « EasyWay » implementation projects. Patrick was posted at the French Embassy in Tokyo and started his career at IGN, the French national mapping institute.
Lila is the Asset Management Director for Highways England, responsible for developing and implementing the company's end to end asset management approach. Lila has more than 25 years of international experience in all aspects of road asset management, from developing and implementing national policy to developing skills and capability in organisations and addressing operational challenges.
Lila is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Chair of the PIARC UK National Committee. She has also been a Council member of the Institute of Asset Management, an honorary lecturer at the University of Birmingham and a member of a number of technical committees in the UK. She has written and published a number of papers in the technical and trade press and is a regular presenter in conferences.
Anna Wildt-Persson is a Chief Strategist and Deputy Executive Director at the Swedish Transport Administration, Department of Strategic Development.
She is working in areas such as long-term infrastructure planning, strategic management, urban and regional planning. She is also representing Sweden in PIARC Technical Committee 1.1 “Performance of Transport Administrations”.
She has served as Head of Unit for Investigation as well as Head of Department of Societal Needs in the Southern Region of the Swedish Transport Administration.
Before joining the multi-modal Administration, formed in 2010, she served as Head of Department of Planning in the South Region of the Swedish Road Administration. She holds a master of science with major in Economics from Lund University, Sweden.
Leslie J. Wright was appointed Director of the FHWA's Office of International Programs in 2017, bringing a wealth of technical and policy-related experience in both the domestic and international fronts. The Office of International Programs is responsible for developing, implementing, and managing the Agency's international program, and identifying new technology and innovations in partnership with international organizations.
In her role as Office Director, Leslie, implements priority policies and programs, and provides sound advice on international matters to senior FHWA leadership. She also supports the U.S. First Delegate and others in FHWA in various roles and capacities in support of U.S participation in the World Road Association, Bilateral Relations, Global Benchmarking Studies and many other cooperative international activities.
Ms. Wright’s international accomplishments include coalition building undertakings in several countries including Iraq, Afghanistan, seven African Countries, and more than twenty European Countries. She has extensive experience in developing and fostering multi-lateral relationships with international organizations such as the World Bank and the World Road Association.
Leslie is a graduate of the George Mason University with a Master's Degree, in International Public Policy and Governance. She also holds a Master's Degree in Transportation Planning from Morgan State University. Leslie also acquired additional training in a Master's level Development Summer Program from the University of Oxford, in Oxford England, United Kingdom. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from Morgan State University.
Hugh is a Senior Civil Servant with some 30 years of experience in roads and transportation, the last 16 of which have been with Transport Scotland (TS). Since March 2016 he has been part of TS's senior management team.
He has day to day responsibility for the safe operation and maintenance of Scotland’s trunk road network, resilience and major events. Current high profile work includes the response to Covid and chairing the Transport Steering Group for next year’s UN Climate Change Conference, COP 26, to be held in Glasgow.
Beyond this, Hugh's role is diverse, helping to deliver the Scottish Government's policies and strategic outcomes. He presently co-chairs Transport Scotland’s Equality and Diversity Group.
He has qualified both as a Chartered Civil Engineer and a Transport Planning Professional as well as being a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation