We'd like to express our gratitude to all our judges who have agreed to judge the entries for the 2019 Highways Awards.
Jonathan Pearson is the current President of the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) and he works for Ringway Jacobs, the integrated highway services provider as their Head of Programme Management, based in Essex.
Jonathan has been a Fellow of the Institute since 2005 and has served on the IHE Council since June 2010. He started his highways career in 1993 as a Bridges Technician on the West London Motorway and Trunk Road Maintenance Contract. Jonathan has since worked for local highway authorities and also the private sector - predominantly in his home county of Norfolk as well as in Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire. He was worked within various roles, specialising in highway maintenance, asset and programme management. Jonathan gained an MSc in in Civil Engineering in 2008 and is a Chartered Engineer. Jonathan attends All Party Parliamentary Group for Highways meetings and supports the IHE as a Professional Reviewer. Jonathan was instrumental in the establishment of the IHE’s experiential route to Chartered Engineers which was launched in 2014 and is committed to raising the profile of the Institute and improving collaboration across PEI’s for the mutual benefits of their membership and the wider industry.
Graham is a Chartered Civil Engineer and a graduate of Heriot Watt University. Graduating in 1986 he joined Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick and Partners as a Graduate Engineer. Moving to the Scottish Office in 1993 Graham worked in a number of positions including an Area Manager in various roles around Scotland and the project manager for the planning stages of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route and procurement of the M74 Completion scheme in Glasgow. Returning to maintenance in 2008 as Head of Network Maintenance, Graham was responsible for the day to day maintenance of the 3,500 km of trunk roads in Scotland including managing the trunk road operating companies and DBFO companies. Moving to Transport Scotland’s Major Projects in 2015 Graham acted as Head of Construction for responsible for the programme of the construction new trunk road projects in Scotland. This includes the Aberdeen Western Peripheral/Balmedie-Tipperty project, the M8 M73 and M74 project, the A96 Inveramsay Bridge improvement and the A9 Kincraig to Dalraddy improvement as part of the A9 dualling programme. As a short period managing Transport Scotland’s Smarter Workplace programme, Graham currently leads the team responsible for climate change adaptation and sustainable and environment engineering including flooding and noise.
Graham is an active participants in a number of research projects including the European wide CLIMSAVE and Impressions Projects and is also responsible for the adaptation of the trunk road network to cope with the effects of climate change and has steered a sustainability review for Transport Scotland including the development of a carbon management system.
Graham has been on the judging panel for a number of annual awards including the Ground Engineering Magazine Annual Awards and VIBES Scottish Environment Business Awards. Graham regularly presents to local and national conferences and is currently the Junior Vice Chairman of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Scotland.
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 and Director of Highways and Transport at West Sussex. Nicola’s current role is Asset Development Director at Highways England responsible for all aspects of asset management, technical advice and approval.