(biography to follow)
After completing his Civil Engineering degree at the University of Strathclyde in 1999, Jonny joined Glasgow City Council, gaining Chartered Engineer status in 2005. In 2006, Jonny joined Transport Scotland, the national transport agency. Since then he has undertaken various roles across a range of topics, including the development and roll out of the motorway Trunk Road Incident Support Service and managing the agency’s Landslide Strategy, including overseeing the response to numerous events across the network. Following six years as the Operating Company Manager (responsible for all trunk road term maintenance contracts), in 2021 Jonny took up the role of Head of Operations, responsible for Road Safety (policy and delivery), ITS and Development Management/planning applications.
With over 30 years’ experience in highways and transportation, Kevin is Divisional Roads Manager in the Department for Infrastructure, Northern Ireland. Based in Eastern Division, he is responsible for roads and transportation infrastructure in the most heavily populated and trafficked region of Northern Ireland, including the cities of Belfast and Lisburn. He leads Client operations in the development and maintenance of the transportation network, working closely with the Permanent Secretary of the Department for Infrastructure and local Councils, to deliver a wide programme of major improvement and transportation schemes. He is responsible for delivery of the planned £150M York Street Interchange and the recently completed £90M Belfast Rapid Transit project. His areas of expertise include the delivery of strategic highway improvements, traffic control and management, rapid transit, highways maintenance, winter service operations and development control.
Kevin has an honours degree in Civil Engineering and an MBA from the Ulster University. He is also a Chartered Civil Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation.
Nicola began her career on a training programme with Strathclyde Regional Council, studying for a HNC in Civil Engineering. In 2007, Nicola completed an MSc in Transport Planning & Engineering and has been involved in a wide variety of roles since then, including Head of Local Infrastructure and Street Management at Cambridgeshire County Council, Director of Highways and Transport at West Sussex and Asset Management Director at Highways England. Nicola’s current role at Highways England is Regional Operations Director for the South East of England.
With over 30 years experience in highways and transport, Richard started his career on Hampshire County Council’s graduate development programme. Increasingly senior roles in the highway departments of Gwent, Mid Glamorgan, Caerphilly and Bath and North East Somerset Councils followed until 1997 when he joined the Welsh Office as bridge engineer for South Wales. Richard is currently the Welsh Government’s Head of Planning, Asset Management and Standards for the £17bn Strategic Road Network in Wales, responsible for: the planning of forward programmes of improvement and maintenance; asset management strategies and systems; standards and technical approval and environmental advice and governance.
Richard has a first degree in Civil Engineering from King’s College, University of London, a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) and in 2013 was awarded a doctorate for research into the most effective form of leadership in cross sector partnerships. He is also a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
Initially starting a career in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering and Fabrication, Laurence joined Consultants employed in the expansion and development of the new towns such as Telford, Milton Keynes and Tamworth.
In 1982 joining a local authority undertaking various roles such as Client Design Engineer, Planning and Development Control Officer and later Maintenance and Emergencies Engineer that included Coastal Erosion and Adverse Weather.
The opportunity arose in 1991 to join the Welsh Office as Major Projects Engineer developing and constructing the A55 dual carriageway, Conwy and Pen-y-clip tunnels and later becoming an Area and Emergencies Engineer for the North Wales Regions.
Transferring to South Wales in 1996 to take the position of Welsh Office Motorway Engineer, Maintenance Depots Manager and Winter Service Manager.
Subsequently undertaking the roles of Area Manager for the four Regions, whilst continuing to manage fourteen Depots together with Strategic Adverse Weather Guidance and liaison with Unitary Authorities and other Government Departments.
With over forty years of municipal and civil engineering experience including adverse weather, his experience is presently utilised in Managing Strategic Highway Resilience and Contingency Planning, adverse weather and abnormal loads associated with major developments throughout Wales.
Richard works for Hertfordshire County Council and has been in the Highways Sector since the early 1990’s. He has had various roles within the industry including traffic signal design, general highways, ITS and parking. He has been a Winter Duty Officer since 2010 and the Winter Services Manager since 2016.
Richard is Chair of the Findlay Irvine Steering Group for the development and improvement of their Bureau Service. Earlier this year he became the Chair of the NWSRG having been a member for a number of years.
His other duties and responsibilities include Client Managing the Permanent Traffic Regulation Order team, Management of the District/Borough Parking Agency Agreements, Strategic Lead for Signs and Lines and the Highways Representative on the Better Business for All Forum, which is an initiative to help businesses work across various Council departments.
Richard says he is very proud to be able to judge entries in this important area and looks forward to seeing the various submissions.
Carol Valentine is the Highways Project Manager at Kent County Council and the deputy chair of the esteemed National Winter Service Research Group.
Project managing an exciting innovation project in partnership with Amey plc. Kent County Council in collaboration with Amey have been successful in being awarded £1.95m by the Department for Transport and ADEPT to run a Live Lab for a two-year period. The Live Labs will embed SMART infrastructure in everyday highway service delivery in a meaningful way that communities can engage with and understand.
This intelligence-led approach to asset management could lead to significant benefits to the service in terms of efficiencies, network resilience and customer experience.