Wright recognised for inspirational leadership as Kier triumphs at CIHT awards

Chris Ames

Dave Wright, executive director at Kier Highways, won the Inspirational Leadership Award at the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation’s (CIHT) Awards on Thursday night.

The company was shortlisted for seven awards at the ceremony, which took place at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in London, and won in five categories.

Mr Wright told Highways: 'What a fantastic night last night at the CIHT awards. Kier managed to win five awards, plus a number of commendations. Of course I was immensely proud of that achievement in recognition of the commitment and endeavour of everyone in Kier Highways. I must go even further than that by acknowledging the role of our supply chain partners and was so pleased to see our joint win with Carnell for the CIHT award for the overall winner.

'Finally, I was humbled and totally surprised to receive the CIHT award for Inspirational Leader of the Year - something for me to live up to.'


Kier will be a major exhibitor at Traffex Seeing is Believing later this month and Highways interviewed Mr Wright for the show preview in the June issue of the magazine.

He told Highways that his proudest moments at the head of Kier Highways came from the many things the business had achieved in the past few years, particularly the Collaborative Learning Circle, which engages clients and supply chain partners to help transform the industry’s approach to improving safety, customer service and delivery through innovation and collaboration.

Kier also won the CIHT Health & Safety at Work Award with Carnell Support Services for their project SAFETYcam: Mobile Road Worker Protection System. The scheme also won the CIHT Overall Award.

In addition Kier and Surrey County Council won the CIHT/Cola Skills Award with 'S-Skills for Highways', as well as the CIHT/ Ringway Innovation Award for its Smart Taper digital service.

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