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Annual Conference programme shapes up

Future thinkers are set to gather at CIHT’s Annual Conference on 8 March to explore how the highways sector is changing, the impact of innovation and what opportunities there are for the years ahead.

The programme of speakers is shaping up nicely for the event in London which will kick off with a ‘breakfast briefing’ session from Highways England’s executive director Elliot Shaw.

Another key session is set to be a morning plenary panel bringing together the views of senior CIHT figures Matthew Lugg of WSP, Skanska’s Dana Skelley and Kier’s Dave Wright on the current state of the highways sector.

A similar panel in the afternoon – featuring among others Wolfson Prize winner Gary Raccuja of Amey Consulting – will discuss ideas for how the sector may change and develop in the future.

The conference will also hear a view from overseas in the shape of the Institute of Transportation Engineers’ chief executive Jeff Paniati from America, who takes part in an interview with CIHT chief executive Sue Percy.

Attendees to the event will also be given the opportunity to have their say on the conference theme ‘Highways: Change, Innovation and the Future’ across four available breakout sessions.

These will focus on the topics of ‘collaboration’ (sponsored by Kier); ‘bringing in new skills and talent’ (sponsored by Colas); ‘changes to our networks’ featuring Transport for the North’s major roads director Peter Molyneux (sponsored by WSP); and ‘innovation – changing the way we work’ (sponsored by Yotta).

CIHT’s director of policy and technical affairs Andrew Hugill commented that the highways sector is currently facing a lot of positive change, from increased certainty of funding to new technological innovations.

This presents significant new opportunities for the industry which will be explored at the conference. “This is a sector that is going places; let’s come together and be part of it,” he said.

The CIHT Annual Conference takes place at London’s Park Plaza Victoria venue. Support sponsors for the event are Amey Consulting and Beale & Company, while ACO is a shared learning partner. For more information or to book a place click here.

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