• EuroRAP looks to the future with new boss


    Road safety body the European Road Assessment Programme (EuroRAP) has appointed Lina Konstantinopoulou as its secretary general in Brussels.

    EuroRAP is an international not for profit association registered in Belgium that aims to save lives through safer roads. Its iRAP methodology, which assesses the inherent safety of roads, is the basis for the UK Government’s Safer Roads Fund, which is providing £100m to improve 48 high-risk local authority roads.


    Ms Konstantinopoulou previously worked for more than 10 years in senior management positions at the European Association of Automotive Suppliers and ERTICO – ITS Europe.

    She has been involved in the management of various multi-stakeholder platforms, innovation and policy activities as well as a wide range of European transport and ICT research projects.

    She said: ‘I look forward to joining the EuroRAP team and working with them. EuroRAP aims to reduce death and serious injury through a programme of systematic assessment of risk, identifying the major shortcomings that can be addressed by practical road improvement measures.

    ‘Through its partnerships with those responsible for a safe road system – civil society, motoring organisations, vehicle manufacturers and road authorities – we are actively promoting a Europe Free of High Risk Roads.’

    EuroRAP chair Ferry Smith said: ‘The Board recognises Lina’s excellent track record of leadership, expertise and experience in this sector. We believe she will make a major contribution over the years ahead in road safety assessment in Europe and at the same time strengthen design and operation of “roads that cars can read” towards the vision of co-operative, connected, automated and autonomous mobility.’

    Mrs Konstantinopoulou holds a certificate on Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous driving by MIT Sloan School of Management and the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) with accompanied Bachelor Studies in European Economics and Masters in International Trade.


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  • Evans gets the key to AECOM's rail team


    Global infrastructure services firm AECOM has appointed Susan Evans as its new head of rail for UK and Ireland.

    Ms Evans will focus on growing AECOM’s rail business in the region and will lead its multidisciplinary rail, bridges and structures teams.

    She joins AECOM from Alstom, where she was managing director (urban and services).


    She will replace John Longthorne, who has led the Rail, Bridges and Structures team for the past two years. He will now take on the role as major projects director and will focus on ‘positioning, bidding and delivery across the UK and Ireland market,’ AECOM said.

    Mark Southwell, managing director for civil infrastructure, UK and Ireland at AECOM, said: ‘Civil Infrastructure in the UK is constantly developing and currently going through significant changes.

    ‘Susan’s broad rail expertise across the UK and Ireland will no doubt unlock a number of opportunities for AECOM. I look forward to seeing the positive impact she makes with her extensive knowledge of both rail and infrastructure.’

    Ms Evans: ‘AECOM is constantly pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. This is an exciting time for the industry and I look forward to working with AECOM’s fantastic team of experts to drive business growth across the UK and Ireland.’

    With over 30 years’ experience, Ms Evans has been responsible for the delivery of several major projects and held a number of positions across technology research, business development and engineering.

    At Alstom, she led the delivery of an extension to the Nottingham tram network. She was responsible for Alstom’s contracts managing the Northern Line fleet maintenance, the Dublin tram vehicle and infrastructure maintenance and Nottingham tram maintenance.

    Ms Evans is also chair of the Board of Trustees for the Community Transport Association and a Railway Industry Association Board member.


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  • SWECO modelling hires take to the runway


    Design and engineering consultancy Sweco UK has bolstered its transport planning offering with the appointment of two new directors to its transport modelling and appraisal team.

    Wei Wang

    Wei Wang has joined from Atkins as a technical director, bringing more than 25 years of sector experience working in the UK and abroad, while Ben Nicholass has joined from Jacobs as technical director.

    Claire Carr, director, transport planning at Sweco, said: ‘Transport modelling has a central role to play in informing the design of effective, efficient transport solutions.

    ‘Wei and Ben bring with them a wealth of skills and experience that will enhance the range of transport services we offer our clients, and further our project delivery capabilities as we continue to plan and design the cities and communities of the future.’

    At Atkins, Mr Wang contributed to projects including the development of the Department for Transport’s National Transport Model, Highways England’s South East Regional Traffic Model and the delivery of the Oxfordshire Multi-Modal Strategic Model for Oxfordshire County Council.

    He specialises in highway and public transport model development, demand model application and statistic data analytics and visualisation. He also holds expertise in emerging technologies, and has developed prototypes in the transport planning sector by applying the latest deep learning algorithms.

    Sweco said he is working collaboratively with experts across its offices in the UK and Europe to grow the business in digitisation, intelligent mobility, big data and AI technology.

    Ben Nicholass

    Mr Nicholass has 15 years’ experience in transport planning. This includes leading the development and implementation of the transport modelling for each phase of HS2, which supported the project’s business case submissions to the Department for Transport.

    He has also previously acted as a transport modeller for Transport for London (TfL) and as a highway modelling manager for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

    At Sweco, Mr Nicholass will hold a business development and project delivery role, with a focus on major public sector initiatives.

    Both men will be based in Sweco’s London office in its transport modelling and appraisal team, led by technical director Karl Jarvis.

    Over the last three years, the team, which is based across Sweco’s offices in Solihull and London, has grown from two people to more than 20. It is currently involved in a number of major projects across the UK, including the North Staffordshire Clean Air Zone, and updates to TfL’s Highways Assignment Model.

    Sweco said the new hires follow a number of key contract wins in its transport division, including its appointment to Transport for West Midlands’ new three-year Strategic and Tactical Transport Modelling Services Framework.


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    keywords: Transport Planning

  • Mott MacDonald bosses take a step up


    Mott MacDonald has made a series of new appointments in a chain promotion for top positions of the multi-billion infrastructure consultancy.

    Mike Haigh has become group chairman of the $2bn business and James Harris will take over from him as managing director this month.


    In turn, Cathy Travers (right) succeeds Mr Harris as managing director of its UK and Europe regional business - responsible for over 7,500 staff and revenue in excess of £824m.

    Mike Haigh succeeded Keith Howells, who has retired after 45 years with the global engineering, management and development consultancy, spending the last eight as chairman.

    'Keith has been an inspirational leader and not only for our 16,000 colleagues.

    'Over the years he’s championed and helped drive better practices across the engineering profession, especially in safety, ethics and equality.

    'We all wish Keith the very best for the future, and while we know he is retiring, we’re delighted that he is going to continue to be actively involved in the industry,' Mr Haigh said.

    Digital transformation continues to be a major focus for the business, 'creating innovative new services for clients and integrating technology into all facets of new and existing infrastructure'.

    Meet the bosses

    Mr Haigh joined Mott MacDonald after graduating from the University of Leeds in 1981. Since 2017, he has been the consultancy’s Group managing director responsible for the day-to-day management and operational performance of the global business. Prior to this, he served as regional managing director of company’s Europe and Africa (EUNA) business, and its Middle East and South Asia business.

    Earlier in his career he was director of Mott MacDonald’s water and environment business. In 2013 he became a Group board director. Mr Haigh was chairman of the Association for Consultancy and Engineering in 2017.


    Mr Harris joined Mott MacDonald as a graduate after studying civil and structural engineering at University College Cardiff in 1990, then later moved overseas to work on some of the company’s major civil engineering projects in Hong Kong.

    He returned to the UK in 2002 and held a number of senior roles before becoming managing director of Mott MacDonald’s water business and its Mott MacDonald Bentley joint venture. Mr Harris was appointed to the executive board in 2017, when he became managing director for its UK and Europe region.

    Ms Travers began her career after graduating from the University of Sheffield in 1988 with a masters in civil and structural engineering. She then joined Mott MacDonald in 1990 after the acquisition of Husband and Company and has held a range of operational and business development roles, including development director for Mott MacDonald’s UK and Europe regional business.

    She was managing director of the consultancy’s buildings and infrastructure business in the UK and Europe and was responsible for the control, direction and leadership of over 30 offices and 1,800 staff. Prior to this, she was development director Mott MacDonald’s UK and Europe region, and was responsible for the overall strategic and business development of the business.


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    keywords: Business

  • CIHT names Tugwell new president


    The Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) has named Martin Tugwell as its new elected President for 2019/20.

    Mr Tugwell is director of the sub-national transport body, England’s Economic Heartland and is a well-known and popular figure in the transport sector.

    He was once described by Transport Network as the person at conferences most likely to ask a question about the future, and the theme of his presidency - Shaping Tomorrow Today - did not disapoint.

    Martin Tugwell

    He was welcomed into the year-long presidential role this month at an inauguration event attended by industry leaders at CIHT’s Britannia Walk offices in London last week.

    'It is an honour to become President of the Institution and I am looking forward to advocating the work of CIHT. Our work as a sector in designing and delivering transport infrastructure and services allows us to resolve problems and provide capacity for growth,' he said.

    'By improving connectivity, through investing in the ability to travel and communicate we can create opportunities for all. Through this we work at the very heart of society and help to shape people’s futures.

    'Our key priorities over the next year include ensuring that CIHT are at the forefront of the debate about the future of our transport systems.

    'There are 3 key issues that we plan on exploring:

    • Making the case for investment in infrastructure and services
    • Championing the need for a more diverse and inclusive profession
    • Harnessing the power of vision-led scenario planning to accelerate infrastructure delivery.'

    He is also committed to making the sector appealing to younger people and retaining talent throughout the career journey.

    Mr Tugwell is a Chartered Engineer and has been involved in CIHT for 30 years, having served as CIHT Vice President, a Trustee, a past chair the Institution’s Learned Society and Technical Board and as a member of CIHT’s Council. He a Fellow of CIHT and a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.


    Channel: Transportation


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