Highways Magazine is fortunate to have assembled a group of highly experienced experts from different sectors of the industry to make up its editorial advisory board.
Members will offer insight about marketplace happenings; give thoughts and opinions on topical issues, provide ideas for features and news contributions and help to steer the editorial direction of the magazine.
Editorial board members have been considering issues and working in fields related to highways for many years. We are pleased to share with readers their background and experience.
Housing and Transport Programme Policy Manager
Haydn has broad experience of highways and transportation in the public and private sectors. He started in local government with a county before moving to a London borough. He went to the private sector in the 1980s and enjoyed a successful and varied career to director level; working in the UK and abroad. He returned from a spell in the Middle East to join the civil service as the transport lead for the government office for the east of England. In 2011 he moved to the Department for Transport (DfT).
He led for transport on the government’s policies for localism and decentralisation, advising particularly on the Localism Bill. With the Bill an Act he took over as programme manager for the DfT sponsored Highways Maintenance Efficiency Programme (HMEP) in autumn 2011. He is also the DfT’s champion on rural transport policy. Haydn is a member of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT). He holds a Masters Degree in transportation and is a Prince2 practitioner
Chief executive of the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) and highways consultant
Richard is a freelance consultant practising in highway and asset management. He is also a trainer in these subjects. He was previously the western area manager for Northumberland County Council and was responsible for an area of 2,468 square kilometres based around the town of Hexham. He was also responsible for the county’s construction division which delivers capital works on highways structure and street lighting. He has been with the county council since 2003 and before moving to Northumberland, he worked for Stockton on Tees Borough Council for 25 years in highways maintenance.
Richard joined the Institute Council in 2004, initially as one of the first graduate and student representatives, before being elected a full member in 2007. He is now chief executive of the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) and represents the Institute on several external bodies. Richard also contributes to its work on highway and winter maintenance training and competency assessment.
Mark Stevens is Assistant Director Operational Highways at Suffolk County Council and the chair of he Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport (ADEPT) Engineering Board.
He also represents ADEPT at national level including with the UK Roads Liaison Group, the Department for Transport and the Highways Term Maintenance Association.
He has worked in local government highways and transportation services for over 35 years, where he has worked for a number of local authorities including Leicestershire, Peterborough and Luton.
His wide-ranging experience includes setting up and providing strategic direction to the Midlands Highways Alliance and involvement in the Highway Maintenance Efficiency programme.
Head of asset management and procurement for Transport Scotland
Donald is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. After graduating from Strathclyde University in 1987 Donald worked in highway design and contract management with Babtie Group before joining the Scottish Executive in 1999. He has worked in various roles including Area Manager and Network Manager before the creation of Transport Scotland as an executive agency of the Scottish Government in 2006.
Donald is currently responsible for the Asset Management, Procurement and Engineering Services functions which support the management and maintenance of Scotland’s 3,500 kilometre trunk road network. This includes the contract development, procurement and commercial aspects of Transport Scotland’s Trunk Road Operating Company Contracts and responsibility for the Performance Audit Group commission.
Donald leads the asset management strategy, policy and plans for the trunk road network including the budget management of the £250 million annual maintenance spend. In addition he also has responsibility for Technical Standards, Road Policy, Management Information Systems and Research.
Former Chief scientist of TRL's (Transport Research Laboratory) infrastructure division
An experienced scientist and manager, Dr Helen Viner joined TRL in 1997 as a researcher after two years of post-doctoral academic research. In January 2013, she was appointed as chief scientist for the infrastructure division, a role that includes developing collaborative research partnerships, preparing proposals for research funding, oversight of technical quality, and communicating TRL’s activities internally and externally.
>She is the UK research coordinator within FEHRL (the Federation of European Highway Research Laboratories) and the research area leader for energy, environment and resources.
In her own specialism, Viner has worked extensively on the surface characteristics of road pavements, being responsible for innovative research and developing associated advice and standards. Her experience includes tyre-road interaction (friction, splash/spray, rolling resistance and noise), accident trends, performance monitoring and, latterly, the adhesion properties of railways.
Chief Executive at HTMA (Highways Term Maintenance Association)
George is a member of the Institute of Directors (IoD), the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) and the Association of Industrial Road Safety Officers (AIRSO); he has a BA in Public Policy and has a Post Graduate Diploma in management.
George has led the RSMA since 1997, growing it into the largest specialist trade association in the UK highways sector and developing the wide range of support services that it offers to its members today. He has been responsible for the development of the association’s business support services and training portfolio which includes outsourced professional services and a broad range of NVQ qualifications, specialist apprenticeships and bespoke industry focused training.
George initiated the development and management of the association’s National Highways Academy (NHA) brand, which has recently been expanded to cover NHA Training, NHA Events and NHA Accreditation Services.
n his career prior to RSMA, Lee worked for a major political party in campaign organisation and management in addition to two years as head of policy and research for a group of Chambers of Commerce.
As the “eyes, ears and voice” of the RSMA, representing, lobbying and liaising with local, national and international organisations, he frequently presents on road marking and safety issues on behalf of the RSMA and the European Union Road Federation (ERF) at international conferences whilst also being a member of national and European standardisation committees as an industry and sector expert.
Chief executive officer of the Road Safety Markings Association (RSMA)
Chief executive officer of the Road Safety Markings Association (RSMA)
In March 2018, Stu took over the help of the RSMA. Prior to entering the highways sector, he led a varied career and. From 2009 he led the Bookmakers’ Committee, a statutory body parented by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and the National Pawnbrokers Association. He represented both organisations at the highest level in commercial, political and public sector environments across a wide variety of government departments, agencies and industry.
Prior to this he was a senior officer in the Royal Air Force, where he worked in programme management, strategic policy, regulation/governance and leading-edge technology. p>