Highways Management conference features leading lights


Next week’s Highways Management 2016 – Smarter roads for the future conference will feature leading lights from the sector and an array of major companies, with a focus on modern procurement and funding issues.

Sponsored by Dynniq, Pitney-Bowes Software, Tarmac and the National Highways Academy from the Road Safety Markings Association, the conference will provide highways professionals with a wealth of insight into new products and the state of the market.


Alongside these names, the conference from Surveyor Events boasts major names such as JCB, Siemens and Total Bitumen.

And speakers will include the great and good from the sector, with Dana Skelley OBE, director of asset management, Transport for London (TfL), Peter Molyneux, strategic road network director, Transport for the North, and transport grandee David Quarmby all providing insight into the latest innovations, ideas, and developments in the sector.

Lee Rushbrooke, chief executive of Colas, Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation and Matthew Lugg OBE, Highways Maintenance Efficiency Programme advocate and director of public services for Mouchel will also be providing expert opinion.

Mr Lugg is one of several speakers that will give the conference its financial focus, with an analysis of highways procurement.

David Bullock, highway and transport asset manager, Oxfordshire County Council, said: 'I am looking forward to telling delegates about our journey from Band 2 to Band 3 in the self-assessment process.

'This will include examples of our overall actions plan including significant interventions such as the overhaul of our drainage asset management plan.'

And Barrie Mason, assistant director of highways and transportation at North Yorkshire Council, gives a detailed guide to successful bidding for maintenance money through the Local Growth Fund.

There will also be a local authority case study from Durham County Council’s head of technical services, John Reed, who will discuss what it took to achieve Band 3 in the self-assessment funding programme and how councils who have already achieved that level can stay there. 

• Matthew Lugg OBE is a Highways Maintenance Efficiency Programme (HEMP) advocate and director of public services at Mouchel Consulting, part of the Kier Group

To find out more about these issues and up-to-date information on the HMEP procurement products Matthew Lugg will be presenting at the Surveyor Highways Management conference at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on 20-21 September. HMEP’s Route to Procurement toolkit as shown on the organisation’s website

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