West Midlands

CIHT Council Election – success for the WM Region

Following the recent election for CIHT Council, Nick Hopcraft was successful and will join for a 3 year period. The online voting system used for the first time was a success with twice as many people voting as previously. Nick would like to thank all those in the WM region for voting – and vows to represent and promote the region in this role alongside the other WM representatives. 
Steve Rowsell has been confirmed as Senior Vice President ( President elect ). Thanks go to John Sunderland who is standing down from his term on Council.

June 2015 Professional Reviews to be held in Birmingham

The CIHT has received a record number of applications for Professional Review. As a result of the geographical spread of applicants reviews are to be held regionally as well as from the CIHT office at Britannia Walk. The reviews are to be held during the week commencing 1st June. Birmingham City Council will host nine reviews, the City Centre office location is easily accessible by road and rail. Subject to the number of applicants, the West Midlands Region will seek to host reviews in the Autumn and 2016. 
Full details of Professional Qualifications can be found on the Professional Development page, our Vice Chair Peter Parker is a reviewer at all levels and can be contacted at peter.parker@birmingham.gov.uk for an informal chat.

Colas Presentation Award competition

CIHT West Midlands is inviting members of the Institution to enter the Colas Presentation Award competition
The CIHT Colas Presentation Awards is a competition designed to recognise young professionals of CIHT and to encourage them to develop their communication and presentation skills.  The ability to make an effective presentation and field questions from industry professionals is recognised as a key skill for those working in highways and transportation.
The local competition will be held on the 10th September 2015, giving entrants the summer months to prepare their presentation.  Entrants must be under 35 and be of a paying grade of membership with CIHT.  
Entrants are invited to prepare a 10 minute presentation on any subject relevant to the profession. Entrants may talk about a project they have worked on, an interesting aspect of their job, a technical innovation, a research project, or some more general issue such as how to attract people to the profession.
If you are interested in participating please send an abstract outlining your proposed topic along with your contact details to rachel.telfer@walsall.gov.uk by 13 August 2015.  The entries will be reviewed and shortlisted by 21st August 2015, to select those who will be invited to present on the 10th September 2015.
For further details including the rules and prizes on offer please see the event flyer:   Colas Award Poster  
Are you interested in joining our committee? We are seeking to fill a few vacant committee posts.
If you are interested in joining us we would be delighted to hear from you. 
For more information please contact David Smith

CIHT Facebook CIHT West Midlands now has a Facebook page!

Please like our new facebook page to keep up-to-date with all of the CIHT upcoming events in the West Midlands, how to get involved in the committee, what's going on in the Transport and Highways space and much more.


Applying for a professional qualification with CIHT?
CIHT West Midlands now has a list of volunteers to mentor you through your application.  If you need help contact Tony Jones who will put you in touch with a suitable Mentor to suit the qualification, your discipline and your location.

Young Professionals Group

The Region has an active Young Professionals Group that organises a couple of events each year including a social get together and the very successful Meet the President event at Birmingham University.
If you would like to get involved in organising an event or would like to join the committee please contact Ian Coleman.

Contact us

If you require further information please contact one of the Regional Officers below:
Paul Unwin, Chair
Dave Smith, Secretary
Mark Gilbert, Web Officer