CIHT National Inclusion Week Webinar – are we doing enough on equality, diversity and inclusion in the public space as we are in the workplace?

28th Sept 2023

This pre-recorded webinar includes a set of presentations from three experts within the industry who will present on the topic of equality, diversity and inclusion during National Inclusion Week. Please submit any questions that you would like to ask speakers after watching the recording, via email to: by no later than Friday 13th October. Responses to questions will be shared accordingly. This webinar is free for all CIHT Members, CIHT Partner Employees and non-members.

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About the Webinar

National Inclusion Week is led by Inclusive Employers and this year’s theme is ‘Take Action Make Impact’ – a call to action for all highways and transportation professionals, from leaders, to teams and individuals across roles and areas of professional expertise.

CIHT are bringing together industry experts to discuss whether we as a sector are doing enough on equality, diversity and inclusion in the public space as we are in the workplace. As we work to shift the dial on ED&I, we discuss taking meaningful action beyond diverse representation in the workplace and focussing also on professional practice, from affordable, accessible and safe transport, to how a diverse workforce transforms culture and the spaces and services we provide for the diverse communities we serve.

Key themes

During the webinar some key themes, challenges and perspectives were identified, including:

Transport related social exclusion in the North

“the great risk is those most vulnerable to being excluded by transport are at greater risk of being left even further behind”

“we need to rediscover our focus, about people, places in which those people live, work and play”

“we need to get a diverse profession, but absolutely, every single one of us has an obligation as a professional to use the information available to us, to use the data and to understand dynamics and diversity of our communities”

“we often go out with a solution. How often do we go out and actually engage a community in saying, what’s your thinking about your future for your place?”

Every journey matters

“the infrastructure that we design…the temporary environment is the hardest to change the culture…to promote every journey matters”

“we need to consider the most vulnerable that might be impacted by what we do, who can often be invisible”

“It’s about bringing equity to the table, about how we design”

“all-inclusive planning – it looks good on paper. Being more interactive and not relying on technology…it’s going out before starting works and meeting that community

Applying workplace EDI to professional practice

“Fairness, Inclusion and Respect (ED&I) is part of our job and we weave it into everything we do, rather than it being a bolt-on”

“it’s not just about the metrics on paper, it’s about how people feel”

“it’s not good enough to say that the designers do that for us, and we can’t influence that”

“cost shouldn’t be a barrier to SMEs and often they can be more agile, they’re actually doing a lot more than they realise…there are a lot of resources and free tools out there”

Why watch?

  • Professional Development – this webinar offers an opportunity for you to stay at the forefront of your field by engaging with the latest developments and approaches within the sector with regards to equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace and public space.
  • Practical Application to Projects – gain insights and knowledge that can be directly applied to your ongoing and upcoming projects.
  • Exclusive Insights from Industry Experts – submit your questions after watching the session to put your questions to industry experts in equality, diversity and inclusion.

Who is this Webinar for?

This webinar is open to both CIHT Members, CIHT Partner Employees and non-members. It will be of particular interest to those wanting to learn about how to progress with equity, equality, diversity and inclusion within professional practice.


Host — Sue Percy, Chief Executive, CIHT 

Sue Percy is the Chief Executive Officer of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation. CIHT is a charity, learned society and membership body whose members are mainly engineers and transport planners, operating in the UK and internationally.

Sue has a deep interest in changing the image of the transport infrastructure industry and making it a more diverse and inclusive career for all.

Sue was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s birthday honours in June 2019 for services to transport.

Martin Tugwell, Chief Executive, Transport for the North

Martin Tugwell is responsible for transforming pan-Northern connectivity in order to improve productivity and drive economic growth.

He leads Transport for the North as England’s first Sub-national Transport Body, giving the North a strong, unified and determined voice on transport investment to benefit the region.

Martin is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow and past President of the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT) and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). He is a Trustee of the CIHT and past Chairman of the Transport Planning Society.

Michael Barratt, Construction, Advisory & Innovations Manager, Transport for London

Michael is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the CIHT. 

Michael has over 30 years’ experience within the construction, haulage and security industries and currently leads a team that helps constructors implement safe, accessible and efficient logistical interventions.

Michael was awarded an MBE in 2017 for services to transport.

Hollie Cregan, Head of Equality, Diversity & FIR, GRAHAM

Hollie began her career in the rail industry in 2004 and progressed into a commercial role as a Quantity Surveyor before moving into a project management role delivering rail signalling projects. 

Hollie’s curiosity led her to ask why she was the only female PM, only female in meetings, no female engineers, etc., and then to offer to help, her then employer VolkerWessels UK, to accelerate their ED-FIR journey. IN 2016 Hollie was voted one of the 20 most inspirational women in rail by Women In Rail. Hollie went on to lead the business to achieve its first external accreditation “Investors in Diversity” (IID) within 18 months, and indeed retained their certification winning “Engineering Company of the Year” two years in a row and moving from 74th to 8th position in the 100 most inclusive organisations.

Hollie has been recognised as an impressive influencer championing the company to achieve several Diversity Awards. Hollie has led the successful achievement of the Investors in Diversity Award; the appointment of over 100 FIR Ambassadors across the GRAHAM Group, and GRAHAM was judged as a Top 50 company in the Most Inclusive Workplaces 2022.


This recording is FREE of charge, and we encourage you to share widely across your professional networks.

To find out more about the work that we do to shift the dial on ED&I, visit: 

To learn more about how you can sign up to our updated ED&I Charter, visit: 

To complete ED&I related CIHT Learn modules, visit: 

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