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.
Walking and cycling charity Sustrans has made a raft of senior appointments across the UK and Ireland, including its first ‘director of urbanism’.
Sustrans said the move reflects its ongoing commitment to people-centred places, as well as an expansion of operations in Scotland and Ireland.
John Lauder (pictured), who has been Sustrans Scotland’s director since 2005, will become Sustrans’ deputy chief executive, as well as national director, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland.
After a year acting as deputy director, Grace Martin (pictured, right) will move to a new role of director, Scotland.
Following a year’s secondment to City of Edinburgh Council leading the City Centre Transformation project, Daisy Narayanan (pictured, left) has been appointed as Sustrans’ first ever director of urbanism.
Sustrans said she will both support the delivery of high quality design through the charity’s funded programmes, and support development of its strategic priorities in 'defining what liveable towns and cities for everyone means'.
Ashley Hunter joins as director, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland.
Ms Martin, Mr Hunter and Ms Narayanan will report to John Lauder.
He said: ‘Grace Martin brings superb insight and experience to the role of director, Scotland. The appointment of Daisy as Sustrans’ first director of urbanism is hugely significant as she brings a wealth of experience from her secondment to City of Edinburgh Council, where she has helped lead the City Centre Transformation project. Daisy will do much to help Sustrans shape our priority to help make cities and towns right across the UK high quality, people-centred places.
‘In addition, the appointment of Ashley Hunter following the retirement of Gordon Clarke provides a new stimulus for our work throughout the island of Ireland.’
Ms Narayanan said: 'In the appointment of a director of Urbanism, Sustrans has made a bold statement of intent – with a clear commitment to people-centred place making at the heart of what we do. I’m delighted and honoured to take up this appointment and look forward to both learning, and contributing to the charity’s thinking.'
A series of free CPD accredited workshops supported by the Department for Transport's (DfT) start this week, bringing together the science and technology of data analysis and highways surface treatments with effective funding models to help councils get more life out of their roads.
Leading companies Gaist and ASI are holding the workshops to discuss how highways asset management has evolved over the last 10 years and how innovative road surface preservation techniques play an integral part in modern maintenance.
Key figures will be attending, including the DfT’s head of road maintenance, Steve Berry, and Howard Robinson, former head of the Road Surface Treatments Association, now managing director of ASI.
Seminars at the event will also discuss the current funding landscape with case studies on how councils have secured significant funding to help improve the whole-life costs of roads.
Smart technologies and data which can idenitify where new surface treatments can be used will also be discussed.
The events take place on Monday 3 June in Manchester, 20 June in Birmingham and 3 July London.
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Mace’s cost consultancy business has appointed two new senior directors.
The firm said the appointments come as it continues to develop and expand its service offering.
Darren Boyaram (pictured) joins Mace as a project director following a seven-year stint at real estate services company JLL. During a 15-year career in property and quantity surveying, he has worked across the entire development lifecycle, in both the public and private sector.
Mr Boyaram specialises in providing cost advice for education, commercial new build and commercial refurbishment projects. Mace said he will be helping its cost consultancy business grow these areas.
Stuart Mudd also joins from JLL as a project director, following a near 20-year career at firms including JLL, Gleeds and Franklin + Andrews.
He specialises in cost advice for mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) projects and, before joining Mace, was leading an MEP cost team across a number of heavy engineering and datacentre schemes. He has been tasked with developing Mace’s MEP cost consultancy offering.
Steven Mason, managing director of Mace Cost Consultancy, said:‘These appointments are fundamental to the growth of Mace Cost Consultancy. Not only do Darren and Stuart bring specialist insight, their 35 years of combined sector experience and knowledge adds to our unique, integrated cross-disciplinary service, and will be invaluable as the team continues to develop.
‘It’s exciting to have two people who have hit the ground running and are already making a difference to the business through their ideas and unlocking new opportunities.’