You will hear from leading transport operators about how they are future proofing the nation’s vital networks to support the productivity of the country. You will also have the chance to hear about work undertaken in New Zealand and explore the potential lessons for the UK, as well as hearing from Scotland and Transport for the North on their strategies for the immediate future.

As the devolution agenda moves transport services in England forward, keeping up-to-date with this is important for the profession. This event will give you the latest on the skills and capabilities you will need to be prepared for the future and counts to your professional development.


CIHT Conference Programme

08:30 - 09:30

Conference Registration, Supporters Exhibition and Refreshments


09:30 - 09:40

Welcome by Conference facilitator - Matthew Lugg OBE, President, CIHT


09:40 - 10:10

Briefing and Q&A - Mel Clarke, Director of Customer Service, Highways England

Hear from Mel Clarke, Director of Customer Service from Highways England. In this session you will hear how Highways England are helping their customers to be productive.  Delegates involved with working with or on the Strategic Network will gain a clear understanding of what Highways England are seeking to achieve. This session will also show the progress that Highways England have made in the last two years. At the end of this session, you will understand what a key organisation in the sector is seeking to deliver.


Hear Mel Clarke at a previous CIHT Conference


10:10 - 10:55

Conference Interview: Future mobility, Ginny Clarke CBE, Chair, CIHT Learned Society Board interviewing Jesse Norman, Minister of State for Transport

Minister for State, Jesse Norman will share his views on how transport is crucial for the productivity of the country. Gain an insight into the Industrial Strategy and Future Mobility Strategy and how government is expecting the transport sector to deliver. This session will cover all aspects of transport. This is a vital session for all working within the sector.  


10:55 - 11:25

Networking & Refreshments


11:25 - 12:35

Technology: Automation, Innovation & Disruption:
Procuring and delivering services innovatively

The panel session will focus on the changing shape of the industry focusing on technology, automation, innovation and disruption, and how that leads to improved productivity. Speakers will explore new developments including off-site manufacturing, lessons from improving the productivity of transport networks and future mobility.

Dr Sue Sharland, past President of CIHT, former Chief Executive of TRL and non-Executive Director on the Transport Systems Catapult will lead a session where we will hear from industry leaders who are changing the way the transport sector operates. The session involves:

  • Mark Borland, Highways England is leading a new way of procuring partners to help Highways England deliver its services innovatively. This session is a must for anybody seeking to work with Highways England and for others to understand how the key client in the sector is changing how they work.

  • Fred Jones, Director for Uber UK to discuss Uber’s new mobility team will provide an understanding of their future plans. If you are involved in planning transport networks this session is vital for you.

  • Alexandra Knight, a Technical Director with Amey Strategic Consulting working with the Amey Forth Road Bridge team to integrate an innovative asset monitoring and analytics solution with FRB, turning it into a Smart Bridge. If you’re interested in how major infrastructure is capitalising on the developments in IIOT then this session is for you.


12:35 - 13:05

Innovation showcase

This session will seek to drive and enable products, processes and best practice that will:

  • Boost productivity and efficiency
  • Enable smart infrastructure
  • Improve whole life costs
  • Drive better procurement
  • Improve our ability to deliver
  • Measure, monitors and improve performance
  • Be more sustainable and innovative

Cadence: Bringing software engineering best practice to transport modelling:

Laurence Oakes-Ash – CEO, City Science Corporation

FORS – raising fleet standards and improving performance in your supply chain:

Paul Wilkes, FORS Business Services Manager / AECOM Associate Director, AECOM

Productivity gains through digitisation:

James Atkinson, EVP Contract Solutions, Causeway Technologies Limited


13:05 - 14:00

Networking & Lunch 


14:00 - 14:40

CIHT Briefing Sessions on Influencing the Future of the Sector

These are two briefing sessions on how CIHT is seeking to influence the sector’s approach to improving productivity.  

Delegates can choose on the day which session to attend.

CIHT Better Planning, Better Transport, Better Places 

Led by Jon Parker, Managing Director of ITP who sits on the Steering Group for the work.  Developed with a range of stakeholders this advice seeks to ensure that development is considered with sustainable transport links.  This comes at an important time given the demand for housing and will be a key help to everybody in planning better transport and better places. This session is aimed at those involved in transport planning and for those involved in the creation of new developments.

CIHT Improving Local Highways

CIHT President, Matthew Lugg will provide the first outputs from CIHT’s review of local highway funding, governance & operation. The review has been carried out with consultation across the sector and will consider how the local highways sector should be organised to provide the most productive way of delivering services for people. There is a great deal of interest in this review, including from the Department for Transport. This will be valuable for anyone working in the local highways sector.


14:40 - 14:45

Welcome back, Matthew Lugg OBE, CIHT President 


14:45 - 15:55

International, National and Regional responses to productivity

This session will look at international, national and regional responses to improving productivity. Facilitated by Martin Tugwell, Programme Director for England’s Economic Heartland.

Samantha Gain is the President of IPWEA in New Zealand and will demonstrate how New Zealand is using transport to improve productivity and given the experience of the earthquake how to learn lessons and make transport system’s more resilient.

Scotland has different policies for transport that means there are lessons to be learnt by the rest of the UK. Fiona Brown from Transport Scotland will show how a Nation is developing its transport strategy in a multi-modal system to ensure that transport meets the needs of a nation.

As devolution of transport continues to shape transport in England you will be interested to hear from Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN) Strategic Roads Director on TfN recently published Transport Strategy. If you are interested in getting involved in supporting the future pipeline of work in one of Transport’s major Sub National Transport Bodies, this session is vital for you.


15:55 - 16:30

People and Productivity Showcase

This session will highlight the role of people in improving productivity through examples that demonstrate how we can:

  • Reskill and upskill our workforce
  • Value, develop and retain our workforce
  • Improve health and wellbeing of workforce

Engaging people to deliver productive places: Adrian Hames – Director, WSP

Evolving our workforce: Sarah Robertson - HR Business Partner - Talent and Organisational Development, Amey and Tom Venn, HR Business Partner, Amey

With advances in technology changing the way we deliver our services, it’s important we take the steps now to enrich and enhance our teams to be ready for the future. Through strategic workforce planning and data driven reporting we’re driving efficiencies, skills development and talent management programmes to future proof our business and help us achieve our end goal of Vision 2030.

Bringing your whole self to work - Vicki Glover, Head of HR, Kier Highways


16:30 - 16:50

Close - Matthew Lugg OBE, President, CIHT 


16:50 - 17:30

Networking, Drinks & Exhibition