The UK’s Intelligent Transport Society, ITS (UK), has appointed Ryan Hood as its new chair.
Mr Hood, who is TRL’s strategic account manager, replaces WSP’s Ian Patey who is standing down after a record three years in the role.
Picture L-R - Ian Patey, Jennie Martin, Ryan Hood
'These are interesting times to take over,' Mr Hood told the ITS (UK) Council meeting, held via a teleconference.
'I’m really looking forward to launching the ITS (UK) Manifesto, which we have been working on in the Strategy Committee and to lead the team to continue the great work Ian has done in increasing the relevance and influence of the Society during his time as chair.
'Over the next 12 months, we will work during these very difficult times to support all members.'
Mr Patey said: 'I wish Ryan all the best as chair. We have worked very closely together during my time in the role and he has been a very good right-hand man. Being chair was a career highlight and ITS (UK) has a special place in my heart, so I promise to support him as he takes ITS (UK) forward.'
The other key roles on the council that have been ratified are:
- Graeme Scott, IBI – Membership Director
- Andrew Pearce, Jacobs – Finance Director
- Niosha Kayhani, Cubic – International Director
- Abigail Oakley, PA Consulting – Young Professionals Director
- Fraser Sommerville, Atkins – Technical Director
- Krishna Desai, Cubic – Communications Director
- Prof Eric Sampson – Ambassador
The role of vice chair will be filled in due course after an election.
Jennie Martin, ITS (UK) secretary general, paid tribute to Mr Patey, saying he had 'gone above and beyond what we could have expected of him to deliver ideas, support and guidance to the secretariat and the rest of council'.
She said that with Mr Hood 'the organisation’s leadership was in safe hands for at least another year'.
'We have the challenge of assisting our members through the current Coronavirus crisis and also working hard to help the UK win and then deliver the ITS World Congress in 2024. There’s lots to do but we have a great team to do it.'
The appointments are subject to ratification at next month’s AGM, which will take place as planned, but as a virtual meeting.