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Our vision is to be the Institute of Choice for Highway Engineers. Our mission is to provide professional development opportunities, support and leadership for individuals to achieve and maintain professional recognition.

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  • We’ve been registering engineers and technicians with the Engineering Council since 1972 and accrediting academic courses since 1989. We’re proud of our long history and provide our members with 50 plus years of highways experience.

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Senior Officer Team

The Senior Officer Team consists of the President, Vice Presidents and immediate Past President of the Institute currently serving a term of office. 

Katharine Kelly
CEng FIHE

President

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Katharine Kelly, CEng FIHE is an Infrastructure Development Manager for Arcadis, based in their Glasgow office. She works as part of Triskelion, on the Scape Scotland Infrastructure Consultancy Framework, where she collaborates with public sector clients and organisations on projects aiming to make a difference to communities.

She began her career in the bridges department of JMP Consultants before moving to the Highways team of Halcrow Group Ltd in 2005. She spent 18 months in the UAE with Halcrow, where she lived in Abu Dhabi and worked on the infrastructure design of Yas Island, the purpose-built island created to host a new Formula 1 racing circuit and other major developments. Back home in Glasgow, she was lead Highways Designer for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, with her team being responsible for getting the Games’ athletes and officials around Glasgow with minimum disruption to the public. In 2013 Katharine established an apprenticeship scheme within her office, subsequently recruiting over twenty apprentices into the business.

In 2020, after 16 years in design consultancy, Katharine moved to Transport Scotland to spend some time in a client role. She worked as part of the Major Projects team, dealing with the procurement of advisory services for the A9 project, as well as managing the training and development of all Civil and Transport Planning graduates within Transport Scotland. She returned to the private sector in July 2022, joining Arcadis.

Born and raised in Durham, Katharine headed to The University of Edinburgh where she completed a BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering with Construction Management in 2003. After her degree she took a year out, which she spent working in Sri Lanka, teaching English and Music at a school in Mount Lavinia.

Darren Capes
FIET FIHE

Senior Vice President

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Darren Capes FIET FIHE is Intelligent Transport Systems Policy Lead at the Department for Transport and focuses on the adoption of emerging vehicle, infrastructure and data technologies by the UK’s highway authorities.

Darren has over 30 years’ experience working in Local and Central Government. A qualified civil engineer, Darren’s career has encompassed most areas of municipal engineering with particular emphasis on design, construction and evaluation; transport planning, and technology development and implementation. In his previous role as Transport Systems Manager for City of York Council he led the operation and development of the City’s intelligent transport systems and the delivery of numerous research and innovation projects. His current role, leading ITS policy at the Department for Transport focusses on supporting local authorities in engaging with the Future of Transport agenda and ensuring the UK’s road authorities are prepared for the challenges to come. Darren has a particular interest in emerging transport technologies and the readiness of local highway authorities. He is a Fellow of both the IHE and IET, is currently managing the UK’s Transport Technology Forum on behalf of the DfT and is heavily involved in groups including ITS(UK) and LCRIG. He speaks regularly in the UK and internationally on subjects around transport and highways and is passionate about the opportunities new technology will bring.

Rebecca Bollen
IEng FIHE

Junior Vice President

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Rebecca works for 4way Consulting as the Urban ITS Discipline Lead and a Senior Traffic Signal Engineer within the Smart Cities sector. Her expertise spans from feasibility studies to detailed design, site testing, and validation for a variety of Local Authority and private sector clients.

Beginning her career as a trainee technician in 2002, Rebecca accumulated experience while pursuing a BSc (Hons) in Civil Engineering at the University West of England, graduating in 2008. Post-graduation, she continued to gain experience in the traffic signal field, delivering a range of successful projects. Before joining 4way Consulting in 2019 Rebecca held positions at Mouchel and Atkins.

In 2021, she achieved Incorporated Engineer status with the Institute of Highway Engineers, earning the 'Best IEng Submission of the Year' award post her professional review. In addition to her professional roles, Rebecca currently holds the position of Joint Vice Chair for the Women in ITS Forum of ITS UK.

Beyond her professional commitments, Rebecca enjoys spending time with her family, running to explore the local trails and beekeeping.

Martin Polland
CEng FIHE

Immediate Past President

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IHE President, Martin Polland CEng FIHE, works for Transport Scotland as the Network Manager North. He is responsible for managing the day to day delivery of Transport Scotland’s network maintenance programmes in the North area and also manages the Street Works functions of the Operating Companies and DBFOs.

Martin started his career in the Utility business and worked for 10 years with various contractors delivering gas, water and cable television projects throughout the UK.

Since then his career has progressed within local government. He has worked for Lothian Regional Council, West Lothian Council, South Lanarkshire Council and now Transport Scotland in a range of roles. In November 2020 Martin became Network Manager North with Transport Scotland and continues today with this role. He is a past co-chair of Roads and Utilities Committee Scotland (Raucs) and currently sits on the policy development group in Scotland looking at developing road works policy.

He joined the IHE in 1998 and was chair of the IHE Scotland branch for some 8 years. He gained his IEng qualification in 2009 and also achieved Chartered status in December 2015. He has served on IHE Council since 2016 and regularly undertakes reviews for the Institute.

Martin is a keen walker, hill walker and also referees youth football in his spare time.​

 

IHE Executive Board

Executive Board consists of the Senior Officer Team, the Portfolio Chairs of Recruitment & Marketing (R&M) and Professional Development (PD), two scrutineers elected by Council, the Chief Executive and Deputy Chief Executive of the Institute. 

Rebecca Bollen
IEng FIHE

4way Consulting

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Rebecca works for 4way Consulting as the Urban ITS Discipline Lead and a Senior Traffic Signal Engineer within the Smart Cities sector. Her expertise spans from feasibility studies to detailed design, site testing, and validation for a variety of Local Authority and private sector clients.

Beginning her career as a trainee technician in 2002, Rebecca accumulated experience while pursuing a BSc (Hons) in Civil Engineering at the University West of England, graduating in 2008. Post-graduation, she continued to gain experience in the traffic signal field, delivering a range of successful projects. Before joining 4way Consulting in 2019 Rebecca held positions at Mouchel and Atkins.

In 2021, she achieved Incorporated Engineer status with the Institute of Highway Engineers, earning the 'Best IEng Submission of the Year' award post her professional review. In addition to her professional roles, Rebecca currently holds the position of Joint Vice Chair for the Women in ITS Forum of ITS UK.

Beyond her professional commitments, Rebecca enjoys spending time with her family, running to explore the local trails and beekeeping.

Andy Brown
IEng FIHE

BCP
R&M Chair

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Andrew is an Incorporated Engineer and a Fellow of the IHE having been a member since the mid 1990’s. He is passionate about the IHE driving the industry forward and helping the technicians and engineers of the future. He was recently South Western Branch Chairman from June 2020 to June 2022, and took the branch through the turbulent covid years. Andrew was elected on to the National Council in June 2022.

In his day job Andrew is Traffic Team Leader at Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council (BCP) having previously been at Dorset Council for a number of years in various highways and traffic roles.

Darren Capes
FIET FIHE

Department for Transport

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Darren Capes FIET FIHE is Intelligent Transport Systems Policy Lead at the Department for Transport and focuses on the adoption of emerging vehicle, infrastructure and data technologies by the UK’s highway authorities.

Darren has over 30 years’ experience working in Local and Central Government. A qualified civil engineer, Darren’s career has encompassed most areas of municipal engineering with particular emphasis on design, construction and evaluation; transport planning, and technology development and implementation. In his previous role as Transport Systems Manager for City of York Council he led the operation and development of the City’s intelligent transport systems and the delivery of numerous research and innovation projects. His current role, leading ITS policy at the Department for Transport focusses on supporting local authorities in engaging with the Future of Transport agenda and ensuring the UK’s road authorities are prepared for the challenges to come. Darren has a particular interest in emerging transport technologies and the readiness of local highway authorities. He is a Fellow of both the IHE and IET, is currently managing the UK’s Transport Technology Forum on behalf of the DfT and is heavily involved in groups including ITS(UK) and LCRIG. He speaks regularly in the UK and internationally on subjects around transport and highways and is passionate about the opportunities new technology will bring.

Chris Dobson
Institute of Highway Engineers (Deputy CEO)

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Chris was appointed IHE Qualifications & Membership Manager in March 2016, before becoming Deputy CEO in July 2019 as part of a restructure of the IHE Management Team.

Chris has previously worked as a Bus Contracts Manager for Transport for London, and as a Public Transport Officer for Bath & North East Somerset Council.

Alistair Gollop
FIHE MIET

ITS Now
PD Chair

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Alistair is the founder of the ITSNow.org website and the associated YouTube.com/@ITSNow channel, which exists to promote best practice and professional development within the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) sector. ITS Now originates resources ranging from videos, reference books and guidance documents through to informative references and educational content.

As a recognised Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) industry figure with over 30 years in-depth experience, resulting in an extensive specialist knowledge of traffic systems, which is used to devise and deliver practical and economic solutions with innovative designs to improve capability, safety and efficiency. In addition, as a technology specialist, he has particular experience in preliminary equipment assessments, due diligence reports, field trials and integration into traffic systems. With a detailed knowledge of specialist technologies and equipment, standards and statutory requirements, along with ancillary issues, such as passive safety and the implications these pose on the design and management of traffic system installations. He has extensive experience of managing traffic systems infrastructure; with a great deal of expertise of liaison with a diverse range of clients, stakeholders and suppliers; working within collaborative project delivery teams which are typically both geographically and organisationally spread; along with oversight and engagement with installation/maintenance contractors; and direct management of staff.

Alistair first joined the Institute of Highway Engineers in 2005 and was elected as a Fellow in 2008. Over the years, he has been involved with both the IHE Traffic Signals and ITS courses, presenting on a number of occasions to these valuable training opportunities.

As well as the UK, Alistair has worked in diverse locations across Europe, South America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Australasia.

He is the author of the well-respected books “Traffic Control: A traffic systems companion to the DfT Traffic Sign Manual - Chapter 6”, “Traffic Signals: An introduction to signalised junctions and crossing facilities in the UK” and the “IHE Passive Safety Electrical Guide”. He has also produced numerous articles both for publications and as papers written/presented at conferences.

Katharine Kelly
CEng FIHE

Arcadis

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Katharine Kelly, CEng FIHE is an Infrastructure Development Manager for Arcadis, based in their Glasgow office. She works as part of Triskelion, on the Scape Scotland Infrastructure Consultancy Framework, where she collaborates with public sector clients and organisations on projects aiming to make a difference to communities.

She began her career in the bridges department of JMP Consultants before moving to the Highways team of Halcrow Group Ltd in 2005. She spent 18 months in the UAE with Halcrow, where she lived in Abu Dhabi and worked on the infrastructure design of Yas Island, the purpose-built island created to host a new Formula 1 racing circuit and other major developments. Back home in Glasgow, she was lead Highways Designer for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, with her team being responsible for getting the Games’ athletes and officials around Glasgow with minimum disruption to the public. In 2013 Katharine established an apprenticeship scheme within her office, subsequently recruiting over twenty apprentices into the business.

In 2020, after 16 years in design consultancy, Katharine moved to Transport Scotland to spend some time in a client role. She worked as part of the Major Projects team, dealing with the procurement of advisory services for the A9 project, as well as managing the training and development of all Civil and Transport Planning graduates within Transport Scotland. She returned to the private sector in July 2022, joining Arcadis.

Born and raised in Durham, Katharine headed to The University of Edinburgh where she completed a BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering with Construction Management in 2003. After her degree she took a year out, which she spent working in Sri Lanka, teaching English and Music at a school in Mount Lavinia.

Martin Polland
CEng FIHE

Transport Scotland

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IHE President, Martin Polland CEng FIHE, works for Transport Scotland as the Network Manager North. He is responsible for managing the day to day delivery of Transport Scotland’s network maintenance programmes in the North area and also manages the Street Works functions of the Operating Companies and DBFOs.

Martin started his career in the Utility business and worked for 10 years with various contractors delivering gas, water and cable television projects throughout the UK.

Since then his career has progressed within local government. He has worked for Lothian Regional Council, West Lothian Council, South Lanarkshire Council and now Transport Scotland in a range of roles. In November 2020 Martin became Network Manager North with Transport Scotland and continues today with this role. He is a past co-chair of Roads and Utilities Committee Scotland (Raucs) and currently sits on the policy development group in Scotland looking at developing road works policy.

He joined the IHE in 1998 and was chair of the IHE Scotland branch for some 8 years. He gained his IEng qualification in 2009 and also achieved Chartered status in December 2015. He has served on IHE Council since 2016 and regularly undertakes reviews for the Institute.

Martin is a keen walker, hill walker and also referees youth football in his spare time.​

Steve Spender
CEng HonFIHE

Institute of Highway Engineers (CEO)

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Steve Spender is a Chartered Engineer who worked in Local Government for nearly 30 years, predominantly in highway maintenance, winter maintenance, scheme design, project management, contract management and tender preparation and procurement. In his last role at Hampshire County Council as Head of Highways (Contract Preparation & Retender) he was responsible for leading on the development and procurement of the County Council’s new highways term maintenance contract that commenced on 1st August 2017.

During his employment with Hampshire County Council, he served on several National bodies, including the UK Roads Board (UKRB), contributing to a number of national initiatives and documents.

After leaving HCC in July 2017 he set up an independent management consultancy service working with organisations to provide management support and advice.

Steve is a Past President of the ‘Institute of Highway Engineers’ serving as President between 2010-2012 and was made an Honorary Fellow of the Institute in 2015.

Steve took up the role of Chief Executive of the IHE in February 2020.

 

IHE Ordinary Members

An Ordinary Member of Council is a corporate member of the Institute elected to Council through a poll of members or filling of an uncontested vacancy.

Andy Brown
IEng FIHE

BCP Council

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Andrew is an Incorporated Engineer and a Fellow of the IHE having been a member since the mid 1990’s. He is passionate about the IHE driving the industry forward and helping the technicians and engineers of the future. He was recently South Western Branch Chairman from June 2020 to June 2022, and took the branch through the turbulent covid years. Andrew was elected on to the National Council in June 2022.

In his day job Andrew is Traffic Team Leader at Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council (BCP) having previously been at Dorset Council for a number of years in various highways and traffic roles.

Andy Cole
IEng FIHE

Devon County Council

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Andy is an Incorporated Engineer and Fellow of the IHE. Having worked for Devon County Council for over 20 years starting in Public Transport then moving into Highway Engineering. Andy is currently the Network Operations Control Centre Manager of one the largest highway networks in the Country, a Winter Service lead officer and Winter Service decision maker. Having worked within Asset Management and policy development, Andy has been able to help and develop others both in his teams and across his service.

A keen Mentor and Reviewer Andy has supported others in achieving their ambitions and continues to promote routes to registration within both his own organisation and the Institute.

Andy has been represented the IHE at several events including Traffex and AIA Conferences on matters relating to Highway Inspections, Winter Service and the Risk Based Approach.

Andy is also past Chair and a current branch committee member for the South Western Branch whilst also chairing the IHE Highway Inspectors Board.

Gafoor Din
IEng FIHE

Warwickshire County Council

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Gafoor Din IEng FIHE is an Incorporated Engineer and a Fellow member of the IHE since 1996 and he has over 20 years’ experience working at a senior level in traffic control, Intelligent Transport Systems, delivering highways improvement schemes, promoting active travel, project management, procurement, traffic management and transport planning. He is currently working toward gaining Chartered Engineering status with IHE.

Gafoor is currently employed as the Service Manager for Traffic Control & Information Systems by Warwickshire County Council, where he leads the Traffic Control and Information Systems team within Engineering Design Services, which is a business unit.

As the Service Manager he has to ensure that the key activities within the Service Plan are delivered safely, effectively and within the allocated budget; therefore his role fulfils a managerial role and an overseeing engineer’s role.

At the regional level, he chairs the Midland Highways Alliance Plus Traffic Signals Task Group; the Group comprises of 35 authorities and the aim of the group is to deliver best value through the sharing of best practice and benchmarking information.

At a national level, he is a Committee member of Traffic Signal Group; this is a sub-group of Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning & Transport (ADEPT), the 14 members of this group consist of 8 local authorities, Department for Transport and National Highways. The aim of the group is to provide improve standards and guidance for highway authorities. He is also member of the national UK Lighting and Technology Board; this is a sub-group of the UK Roads Liaison Group (UKRLG); this group has 14 members and as the above this group provides guidance to highway authorities within this specialist area.

Kat Draper
CEng FIHE

Mott MacDonald

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Kat Draper CEng FIHE is a Principal Civil Engineer at Mott MacDonald. She has been working in the construction industry for more than 15 years after completing a Masters degree (MEng) in Civil Engineering at the University of Southampton.

Kat first became Incorporated (IEng) before later becoming Chartered (CEng) in 2019. Her latest roles focus on management and co-ordination of design teams; including Team Leader, Project Manager and Design Manager.

Kat has a wide range of experience with projects ranging from Local Authority environments, network maintenance and also new infrastructure schemes, with major project experience both in the UK and UAE. She has worked on all stages of project delivery, from feasibility studies, preliminary design and detailed design, with extensive experience of collaboration with Contractors, Clients and various third parties and Stakeholders.

In 2023 she travelled to Rwanda, as part of a team working with a charity, to construct a 77m trail bridge to provide year-round connectivity.

Kat is keen to encourage others into the construction and highway industry and is passionate about creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive industry. She promotes engineering to others through mentoring, by being a STEM Ambassador and facilitating student work placements and attending career events.

Pryce Evans
FIHE

Jacobs

Alistair Gollop
FIHE MIET

ITS Now

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Alistair is the founder of the ITSNow.org website and the associated YouTube.com/@ITSNow channel, which exists to promote best practice and professional development within the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) sector. ITS Now originates resources ranging from videos, reference books and guidance documents through to informative references and educational content.

As a recognised Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) industry figure with over 30 years in-depth experience, resulting in an extensive specialist knowledge of traffic systems, which is used to devise and deliver practical and economic solutions with innovative designs to improve capability, safety and efficiency. In addition, as a technology specialist, he has particular experience in preliminary equipment assessments, due diligence reports, field trials and integration into traffic systems. With a detailed knowledge of specialist technologies and equipment, standards and statutory requirements, along with ancillary issues, such as passive safety and the implications these pose on the design and management of traffic system installations. He has extensive experience of managing traffic systems infrastructure; with a great deal of expertise of liaison with a diverse range of clients, stakeholders and suppliers; working within collaborative project delivery teams which are typically both geographically and organisationally spread; along with oversight and engagement with installation/maintenance contractors; and direct management of staff.

Alistair first joined the Institute of Highway Engineers in 2005 and was elected as a Fellow in 2008. Over the years, he has been involved with both the IHE Traffic Signals and ITS courses, presenting on a number of occasions to these valuable training opportunities.

As well as the UK, Alistair has worked in diverse locations across Europe, South America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Australasia.

He is the author of the well-respected books “Traffic Control: A traffic systems companion to the DfT Traffic Sign Manual - Chapter 6”, “Traffic Signals: An introduction to signalised junctions and crossing facilities in the UK” and the “IHE Passive Safety Electrical Guide”. He has also produced numerous articles both for publications and as papers written/presented at conferences.

James Hornsby
EngTech MIHE RegTSE(IHE)

Atkins Ltd

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James is a Traffic Signal Engineer with over nine years’ experience and currently works for Atkins based in the Epsom office. He started his career through a Level 3 BTEC apprenticeship while moving on to complete a HNC and graduated from a Degree apprenticeship in Civil Engineering in 2020. His responsibilities have included traffic signal design, site reviews, validation and CAD/BIM management. He has also had a secondment into Slough Borough Council where he has been able to work within the local authority to assist with the day to day running of their traffic signals. This has included traffic signal design, maintenance, construction support and working with their UTC system.

He has been a member of the IHE since 2017 after achieving EngTech registration alongside the Professional Certificate in Traffic Signal Control. James wants to contribute to the development of the Institute as well as to encourage more people to choose a career within the highways industry by helping with the opportunities for those who are both wanting a change in career or are leaving education and just starting.

Gary Mallin
IEng FIHE

Ringway Jacobs

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Gary is currently employed by Ringway Jacobs as Contract Manager at Cheshire East Highways which is an integrated services provided by Ringway Jacobs. Gary’s areas of responsibility are varied but include; Asset Management, Highway Capital Improvement, Network Management, Risk Management and Business Quality and Improvement.

Gary has developed his career across both public and private sector organisations with 30 years of experience in highway maintenance and asset management services, design, planning, project and contract management. Gary has a strong commercial awareness providing him with a keen eye to delivering services cost effectively while maintaining standards.

His most recent career highlights include the creation of Cheshire East’s and Ringway Jacobs Asset Management Policies and Strategies and the conception and delivery of the authority’s Highway Asset recovery plan which resulted in the authority investing £45 million in the network. He is the company’s lead on cross contract development of Asset Management and led the successful achievement of BSI ISO 55001 certification enabling Ringway Jacobs to become the first highways integrated service provider in the country to achieve the standard.

Gary Neill
IEng FIHE

Stirling Council

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Gary Neill IEng FIHE is an Incorporated Engineer and Manager with significant experience in the civil engineering arena with a specialism in Road Maintenance including but not limited to Winter Maintenance, Road Asset Management and Street Works.

He is experienced in project management, leading change, and transformation. He has a particular interest in using data to drive performance including the use of digital means to improve effectiveness and efficiency.

Gary's current role is Road Services Manager at Stirling Council.
In this role he manages all Road Maintenance, Structures, Flood Prevention, Road Asset Management and NRSWA functions for the network.
He has a first class honours BSc in Environmental Civil Engineering, Incorporated Engineer status and is a Fellow of the Institute of Highway Engineers.

He has a first class honours degree in Business Management, a Chartered Manager, and MCMI.

Gary is also an IHE Council Member, Chair of the Society of Chief Officers of Transportation in Scotland (SCOTS) Roads Group .

Sean Rooney
FIHE

Oxfordshire County Council

 

IHE Nominated Members

A Nominated Member is a corporate member of the Institute who is nominated to Council by existing Council members or the Senior Officer Team.

Andrew Brown
IEng FIHE

BCP Council

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Andrew is an Incorporated Engineer and a Fellow of the IHE having been a member since the mid 1990’s. He is passionate about the IHE driving the industry forward and helping the technicians and engineers of the future. He was recently South Western Branch Chairman from June 2020 to June 2022, and took the branch through the turbulent covid years. Andrew was elected on to the National Council in June 2022.

In his day job Andrew is Traffic Team Leader at Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council (BCP) having previously been at Dorset Council for a number of years in various highways and traffic roles.

Paula Claytonsmith
MIHE

LCRIG

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Paula Claytonsmith, MIHE, MCIHT is the CEO of LCRIG (Local Council Roads Innovation Group) a community interest company originally set up by councils. LCRIG is one of the most influential Highways sector organisations providing collaboration and innovation opportunities, and policy advice to the Department for Transport for Highways Maintenance, and The Transport Technology Forum. LCRIG has over 320 members split between councils, supply chain companies, academia and national public sector organisations.

Paula began her career in frontline council services within District Councils, and then London Borough Councils. She trained originally as a Landscape Architect beginning first in grounds maintenance, contract management, technical services, and environmental services before moving into national policy roles, management consultancy at one of the big 4, Charities and, in the last ten years the Highways sector.

Paula is a member of the UKRLG Asset Management Board, sits on the National Highways Research Advisory Board, the PAS 2161 (Road Condition) Steering Committee, and NIC (National Infrastructure Commission) CAM study advisory panel. Paula was an expert witness at the Parliamentary Select Committee “Local Roads and Funding” and was part of the technical committee for PIARC “Accessibility and Mobility in Rural Areas”. She is a regular on various media platforms including Radio 4 programmes around innovation, quoted in The Sunday Times, written articles for IHE, LCRIG, and guest writer for various industry associations including IAT, AIA, and RSMA. Paula also releases a popular weekly Vlog on her LinkedIn channel covering LCRIG’s work, her passions, and nature!

Paula can be found outside of work at home with her horses, enjoying the rural benefits of living near the Yorkshire Dales, and is an avid amateur weather and nature watcher.

Peter Dipper
IEng HonFIHE

Cinclus Training and Engineering

Olly Samways
MIHE

Westcotec

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Olly is currently the Sales Director at Westcotec Ltd, a leading Made In Britain accredited manufacturer of traffic safety and smart city solutions.

Finishing his A-Levels in 2010, Olly joined Westcotec Ltd in early 2011 as an apprentice Highway Electrical Engineer, with a 3-year work placed apprenticeship following.

Spending time in production, installation, design, technical and sales departments after 3 years, Olly went travelling while continuing to work for Westcotec by completing Market Research trips in Commonwealth countries.

On his return, Olly was asked by the founder of the company to be a full-time member of the sales team.

In his early 20’s, Olly found challenges because of his age when speaking to engineers at local authorities on road safety measures and infrastructure changes, which led to him joining the IHE as Associate Member. Joining the IHE showed others in the industry that he had the ability to speak on these matters and advise on best practices that had been learnt over the previous 5 years.

In late 2018, Westcotec Ltd became an employee-owned company, with Olly becoming Director in 2021.

In his spare time, Olly races cars nationwide including some international events, through his Racing 4 Road Safety campaign. In 2023, Olly became the Mighty Mini Championship winner.

Lyn Turner
FIHE RegRSA(IHE)

Costain

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Lyn has accomplished over 34 years’ experience in a varied civil engineering background ranging from Highway Maintenance to Highway Development Control and over 24 years’ experience in Road Safety Engineering on all roads, including Motorways (including Smart Motorways), All Purpose Trunk Roads and the local road network (including section 278 schemes).

In her role as a Principal Road Safety Engineer, she has undertaken over 1000 Road Safety Audits for National Highways, Transport for London, Municipality of Abu Dhabi City, and other external clients. Lyn has also been involved with various collision investigation and prevention studies and WCHR Assessments.

Having joined the IHE in 1995, becoming a Fellow in 2015 and registered on the IHE list of Registered Road Safety Auditors, Lyn is looking forward to working with the IHE to bring a wealth of knowledge to all members, allowing colleagues to expand their understanding of the profession more widely than just their ‘day-job’ allows.

Lyn is also a Chartered Member of the Institute of Logistics and Transport, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Highways & Transportation, and a Fellow of the Society of Road Safety Auditors.

 

IHE Regional Members

A Regional Member is a corporate member of the Institute representing a geographical region or regions as identified by Council. 

Chris Bowley
IEng FIHE

cb+ Associates

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Experienced Local Government Engineer who specialised in highway engineering covering all categories of highway and where I gained my IEng in 1983.

In 1997 when I was then the Operations Manager for the Surrey CC Motorway and Trunk Roads Group, I was transferred under TUPE into the private sector to become Network Manager for Routine Maintenance in Area 3 working for Mott MacDonald.

Having gained experience in NEC contracts and managing the Surrey section of M25, I transferred to Carillion Highways in 2000 to head up their quality bid for the first holistic TMC which became Area 5. This was awarded to Carillion where I remained as Network Manager till 2004.

In 2004 till 2005 I joined InterRoute in Area 4 to gain MAC Contract experience.

In January 2006 and with my NEC Contract experience, I set up my own company as a Freelance Consultant to advise Clients, Contractors and Consultants in the use of this type of contract and at the same time I trained in the role of Contract Auditor. Additionally with my tunnel management experience I was employed to undertake roles such as the Tunnel Safety Engineer to the Dartford Tunnels and the accreditation of the A3 Hindhead Tunnel before its opening in 2011.

I have previously served several terms on IHE Central Council and have also been a long standing Mentor and Professional Reviewer. I am also a member of the Academic Standards Panel.

I am a Member of the Southern Branch Committee and have previously served two terms as Chair. I am a strong CPD promoter and assist with the branch activities in providing regular training sessions including the highly regarded Annual Seminar in which I have participated in all 30 presentations to date!

I am a member of ICE and currently a Liaison Officer for the Engineering Council UK where I supply support to the Institute of Lighting Professionals.

Jobert Fermilan
CMgr MCMI IEng FIHE

Morgan Consult & Advisory Ltd

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Jobert Fermilan CMgr MCMI IEng FIHE, works for Mace Group as Associate Director for Project & Programme Management in the Transportation team. He is responsible for developing the Northern business for Mace whilst currently supporting Manchester City Council Major Projects division delivering programme of works for Walking & Cycling schemes (active travel) in the City.

Jobert has gained experience by working in various roles such as operations, commercial, technical and delivery project management within the Construction and the Built Environment including the Nuclear Sector. He has worked for a Design Consultancy, main Contractors and a Government funded client ensuring the successes in project execution such as safety, environment, time and cost by creating a mindset to devise an outside the box solution.

Jobert is a member of the Executive Board and chairs the R&M Portfolio Group reporting to the Presidential Team & Council. He is the chair for North Western Branch at a regional capacity and leads the Carbon working group for the Institute.

He successfully gained his EngTech in 2016, IEng in 2018 and is working towards Chartered Engineer status.

Shervin Motamedi
CEng FIHE

Coventry University

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Shervin is a Chartered Engineer with industry and academic experience in transport and geotechnics. During his time in the industry, he specialised in construction on soft soil grounds. He led civil engineering design and delivery projects related to ground improvement, earth-fill dams and nature-based solutions for restoring and rehabilitating degraded environments using eco-technologies.

In his time in academia, he researched the application of the Stakeholders' theory for a better understanding of the latent demand for active travel. He led academic teams in the UK and internationally to deliver undergraduate and postgraduate civil engineering academic courses. Shervin takes pride in being a teacher and has promoted the highway and transportation profession by broadening the learning opportunities for the inquisitive minds of future engineers. He has mentored and inspired the next generation of engineers to pursue their careers in highways and transportation.

 

IHE Casual Member

A Casual Member is a corporate member of the Institute who is nominated to Council by existing Council members or the Senior Officer Team for a fixed period of time to cover an existing vacancy.

There are currently no Casual Members.

 

IHE Student Member

A Student member is a Student member of the Institute elected to Council through a poll of student members or filling an uncontested student vacancy.  

Jeevan Birdi
Coventry University

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My name is Jeevan Birdi, and I am studying towards a master’s degree in civil engineering at Coventry University. I am currently completing an industrial placement with Bachy Soletanche for HS2, where I am working within the design and temporary works teams on the piling, diaphragm walls and barrette elements of the foundations.

I have experience in previous ambassador roles, and I have really enjoyed the designing aspect of highways in my first two years of studying civil engineering which provides me with a drive to promote highways and the IHE to my peers and the next generation of civil engineers.

I have a passion for highways, which developed on from an interest in roads since my childhood and I like to meet new people while sharing my ideas to create a positive impact on the institute.

Rhys Griffiths
Swansea University

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My name is Rhys Griffiths, and I am studying towards a master’s degree in civil engineering at Swansea University. Currently, I am completing a summer placement with the bridges team at WSP where I am excited to start building my experience in the industry.
In my past three years of study at Swansea University I have enjoyed designing highways having been taught by amazing lecturers. This drives me to continue to grow and learn and to promote highway engineering to my fellow students. I am the president of my University's Civil Engineering Society and I enjoy being able to interact with my peers in so many different ways.
I am a passionate engineer who grew their love for construction while building sandcastles on the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast where I live. Here I'm an avid kayaker and love taking my kayak out to explore the stunning coast and inland waterways.

 

IHE Engineering Council Representatives

Simon Bennett
IEng FIHE

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Simon's employment involved structural design and drawing works followed by service in Local Government including structural design, major drainage and highway works, highway maintenance and development management roles.

He is involved in IHE at Branch and National level sitting on IHE Council and a member of the Membership and Qualifications Portfolio Group. Simon is a reviewer, mentor and Yorkshire Branch Treasurer.

He represents the IHE on the JBM Further Learning Group and previously on the JBM Audit Panel.

Simon has represented the Institute on the Engineering Council, the Group B and C Professional Institutions meetings and is a Volunteer and Liaison Officer with Engineering Council.

He is a Parish Councillor with responsibilities for Highway matters and the Parish Centre. Other involvements include an Academy Governor, setting up a Community Library Group in the village of which he is Vice Chair and Treasurer and Chair and Treasurer of the Crofton Village Association, which offers sporting facilities in the village.

Peter Dipper
IEng HonFIHE

Cinclus Training and Engineering

 

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