President’s Blog

TonyKirbyThe IHE President blogs monthly to share his views on industry developments and to keep members updated on what’s happening at the IHE.

Tony is Director of Local Transport Projects Ltd, a traffic engineering / transport planning practice based in Beverley, East Yorkshire. He has served on Council since June 2008 and has held the Portfolio Holder for Recruitment and Member Services since 2011. Tony gained an MSc in European Traffic & Transportation in 2004.  All views are his own.

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    Happy New Year to IHE Members and Highway Professionals

    January 24, 2017

    Dear IHE Members & Highway Professionals,

    The Christmas break is very special to all of us and a chance to recharge batteries and spend valuable time with our loved ones. I hope that you all had a great Christmas and New Year period!

    Can I also spare a thought for all of those who worked during the Christmas period to protect and improve our network, providing the essential public services that are all too often taken for granted.

    On a personal note it was nice for a little time to take stock of the successes of 2016 and the challenges for 2017, both from an IHE perspective and also at Local Transport Projects Ltd where I am a Director.

    These are interesting times for the IHE and the highways sector as a whole. Perhaps the greatest ongoing challenge facing us continues to be the skills and resources gap across the sector. The IHE is responding to the skills issue with a number of planned initiatives and we intend to work more closely in 2017 with our partners to make further progress.

    Allied to this is the uncertainty and opportunities created by Brexit. We have a timeline for the imposition of Article 50 although the complexity of the negotiations will mean that it will likely be some time before the industry has the clarity it needs to take the investment decisions necessary to take full advantage of the opportunities that will arise.

    With membership continuing to grow, the IHE is seeing record numbers of professionally qualified Engineers and Technicians, and our recent experiential route to Chartered Engineer status has proved to be a great success.

    The IHE also continues to develop and promote our range of Professional Certificates to those working within the highways sector. They are increasingly popular and represent a mark of competence within a range of highways disciplines, with many already becoming the industry standard within that field. Look out for a new Highway Design PC which will be available this year!

    We are also working very hard to improve the Members’ experience and you’ll shortly receive further details regarding some excellent work in this area currently under development.

    Very best wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2017 to all members!

    And if haven’t yet joined us please sign up to see how the IHE can help you achieve your career aspirations. 

    Tony Kirby
    IHE President

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