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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sue Percy, chief executive of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT), has been awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Sue Percy CBE
Ms Percy said: 'I am thrilled and honoured to have been recognised in this way. I passionately believe that highways and transportation play a central and vital role in supporting a prosperous, equitable and healthy society and I will continue to champion our sector and those who work in it.'
Last week it was announced that people working in highways or transport can now apply to become Chartered Transport Planning Professionals through the CIHT, which has been granted an amendment to its Royal Charter to award the title Chartered Transport Planning Professional.
Also made a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) was Simon Blanchflower, chief executive officer at the East West Railway Company, the arm’s length body set up by the Government to accelerate the new rail link between Cambridge and Oxford.
Mr Blanchflower worked at Network Rail until the end of last year, most recently as programme director for the £5bn Thameslink project.
Network Rail said he was recognised for his work on the Thameslink programme and his voluntary work in the wake of the Grenfell fire.
Caroline Low, a director at the Department for Transport (DfT) responsible for the expansion of Heathrow Airport, was also made a CBE for public service.
Officers of the Order of the British Empire
Also on an aviation theme, Sacha Hattea, deputy director, public and parliamentary delivery at the DfT has been made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to aviation.
Siwan Lloyd Hayward, director of compliance operations and policing services at Transport for London has been awarded an OBE for services to transport and policing.
Members of the Order of the British Empire
Among those made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) was Jacquelyn (Jackie) Rason for services to road safety. Ms Rason successfully campaigned for ‘Cassie’s Law’ around eye tests for drivers, in memory of her daughter.
Julie Carlton, seafarer safety and health manager at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, was recognised for services to maritime safety and Victoria Garcia, accessibility and communities manager at Brighton and Hove Buses became an MBE for services to disabled transport users.
Following last year’s Year of Engineering, Joanne Parry, head of Year of Engineering communications at the DfT, was awarded the MBE for services to engineering.
Sally Buttifant became an MBE for services to the railway and the community in Cheshire, while Ian Harris, incident officer at Network Rail received the same award for services to the railway in South Wales.
British Empire Medal
Siobhan Fennel, founder of Accessible Belper, was awared the British Empire Medal for services to transport accessibility, inclusion and disability awareness.
Transport planning has been recognised as a chartered profession after the Privy Council formally recognised it as equal to other chartered professional qualifications.
The move puts highways and transport practitioners on the same level as engineers.
Those working in highways or transport can now apply to become Chartered Transport Planning Professionals through the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT), which has been granted an amendment to its Royal Charter to award the title Chartered Transport Planning Professional (CTPP).
The move has limited initial practical impact but eventually the qualification could become the benchmark for those wishing to perform certain roles.
Applicants must successfully complete the Transport Planning Professional qualification.
CIHT President Matthew Lugg said: 'CIHT is delighted to have been granted the Chartered Transport Planning Professional title. We have many transport planners in our membership and the CTPP will give them the opportunity to achieve the level of professional recognition that they deserve for the important and highly skilled work that they do.
‘The benefits of becoming professionally qualified are well documented, and we are really pleased to be able to add the CTPP title to our range of qualifications. By becoming a Chartered Transport Planning Professional, highways and transportation professionals can demonstrate they have the necessary skills and expertise to continue to deliver initiatives in our sector.’
The Transport Planning Professional (TPP) qualification, awarded by CIHT and the Transport Planning Society (TPS), has been running for 10 years.
The qualification assesses a broad range of technical competencies as well as high level management skills. Entry to the qualification was previously restricted to members of CIHT and the TPS but this has now be extended to other recognised professional bodies whose areas of interest include transport planning and who meet the agreed criteria.
Stephen Bennett, chair of the Transport Planning Society, said: 'This is the culmination of a lot of hard work by CIHT and representatives from the TPS over the last four years and I would like to thank all those involved. We are convinced that the additional title will encourage all transport planning professionals to work towards TPP and CTPP and are completely committed to working together with CIHT and other institutions to promote them as widely as possible in the coming months.'
Current holders of the Transport Planning Professional qualification will be able to apply for the chartered title via a simple process on the CIHT website.
New applicants will also be guided on how to achieve this milestone. More information about becoming a Chartered Transport Planning Professional is available on the CIHT website.