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This is an event as part of ICE President Rachel Skinner’s virtual visit to North Wales. Join us in a roundtable discussion on transport in Wales (in line with the target of net zero carbon by 2050 and prioritising renewable energy by the Welsh Government).
John Mather will set the scene in Wales and give an overview of the current issues and priorities for transport in Wales. He will cover how it fits into current overall legislation e.g. the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act, Active Travel (Wales) Act and Climate Change legislation.
This will be followed by a presentation on decarbonisation of transport by Robin Beckmann, Head of Transport Environment and Climate Change, Welsh Government, on the issues, challenges around transport emissions and some solutions to reducing and decarbonising the sector.
A presentation from Ruth Wojtan, North Wales Metro Programme Manager will explain what Transport for Wales (TfW) are planning and implementing.
Image credit: TfW
12:45 Moderator’s comments by ICE Wales Cymru Director, Keith Jones.
12:47 Welcome by ICE Wales Cymru Chair North Wales Branch Chair, Kerry Evans.
12:50 Presentation by John Mather, North Wales Branch Hon Sec.
13:00 Presentation by Robin Beckmann, Air Pollution Team, Welsh Government.
13:10 Presentation by Ruth Wojtan, North Wales Metro Programme Manager, Transport for Wales (TfW).
14:00 Close by Kerry Evans
President, Institution of Civil Engineers 2020 – 2021, Executive Director, WSP Patron - Women in Transport
Rachel is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a chartered engineer and a chartered transport planner. Rachel chairs the Carbon stream of the Infrastructure Client Group (ICG) and was recently invited to join the external expert panel established to support the UK Department for Transport’s Acceleration Unit that is focused on a faster, better and greener recovery beyond COVID-19. She served two years as an Infrastructure Commissioner for Scotland from late 2018.
In 2016, Rachel was listed as one of The Telegraph’s inaugural UK Top 50 Influential Women in Engineering; in 2017 she was named the Most Distinguished Winner and Best Woman Civil Engineer at the Women in Civil Engineering Awards, and in 2019 she was confirmed by the Financial Times as one of the UK’s Top 100 Women in Engineering. Rachel has authored, scripted and hosted publications and films on topics including “Shaping Zero” about net zero carbon for infrastructure, “Making Better Places” on place-making and future mobility, and before that about digital technology and its potential for infrastructure, industry innovation and collaboration.
Rachel is regularly invited to give keynote conference presentations and to chair international and national industry events. Rachel is involved with strategic projects for clients across the public and private sectors, including leadership of a growing portfolio of future mobility projects in the UK and overseas.
Kerry is the ICE Wales Cymru North Wales Branch Chair (2021–2022), a Regional Council Member for the CIHT and a Trustee of the Menai Bridge Community Heritage Trust. She is the Principal Highways Lead at Eco-Scope Ltd and currently the Operations Manager for a 40km section of the A55 in North Wales including the iconic Menai Suspension Bridge.
Kerry began her career at Mouchel Parkman at the Impact Partnership in Rochdale and recently spent seven years at Mott MacDonald reaching Senior Engineer grade.
John has worked in the roads sector for many years and has an ongoing interest in transport policy. He has been a member of ICE for around 50 years and currently serves as the Honorary Secretary of our North Wales Branch. He has worked for central and local government in England and Wales as a Project Engineer, Project Manager and eventually as an Area Manager for the UK Highways Agency. Following his retirement from full time employment in 2004, John worked on a self-employed basis as an independent workshop facilitator (value and risk management).
John lives in Colwyn Bay on the North Wales coast and has for many years been a member of Cycling UK where he actively campaigns for more and better facilities for safe cycling. He recognises the challenges associated with climate change and the implications these have for transport.
Air Pollution Team, Welsh Government
Robin grew up in the Peak District of Derbyshire and gained a BA (Hons) in Silversmithing and Jewellery from Sheffield University and then had a variety of roles in the private sector in Wales and the south of England. Twenty years ago Robin moved back to Wales and became ELWA’s Regional Director for Mid Wales. ELWa eventually merged back into Welsh Government. Over this period Robin led many college mergers in North Wales and reorganisations of all age education in the Heads of the Valleys, including the creation of the Universities of the Heads of the Valleys Institute (UHOVI). Robin also led the Welsh Government Nuclear Programme.
After a short spell leading the reform of bus services in Wales, Robin moved to a new role and now leads the transport decarbonisation team, with responsibility for developing the Low Carbon Delivery Plan for transport and EV Charging Strategy and Plan and the delivery of these programmes. Robin is married with two children and lives in a lighthouse on the North Anglesey Coast which he has renovated and from which he runs a holiday letting business.
Transport for Wales (TfW)
Ruth is currently the Transport for Wales Strategic Development Programme Manager for the North Wales Metro having worked in policy, funding and programme management for over twenty years. She has experience in strategic policy development at european, local authority and regional levels having worked in the European Parliament, Cheshire West and Chester Local Authority and managing the Growth Track 360 North Wales and Mersey Dee regional rail campaign.
In Ruth’s previous role she headed the team delivering Chester Growth Partnership’s multimillion regeneration programme, delivering a wide range of linked projects from Chester Waterways Strategy, Chester City Gateway to Chester’s Cycle Demonstration Town, parks and heritage projects. Ruth is married with three children and enjoys travelling and walking in Wales.
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