South Branch and South East Region AGM followed by 'Question time - Roads', Portsmouth

8 October, 2015 | 17:30 - 20:00

Ask your questions about the local and national road network to find out what can and is being done.
Ask your questions about the local and national road network to find out what can and is being done.

About this event

In 2013/14 £4.2billion was spent on maintaining the English road network whilst over 300 billion vehicle miles were travelled across Great Britain. Given the differing pressures faced by our local and national road networks we are presenting an evening of two halves; starting with a short statement by each participant for their opinion on 'local' roads issues. The floor will then be opened to questions from the audience.

A second statement will follow from the panel about their opinion on 'national' roads issues with the floor opened again for more questions from the audience.

There will be a panel comprising:-

  • Nicola Debnam – Director of Highways and Transport, West Sussex County Council
    Nicola is currently the Director of Highways and Transport at West Sussex County Council with overall responsibility for the safe and smooth operation of the County's highway and transport network.
  • Mo Perkins FCIHT, FCMI – Technical Services Director, Infrastructure Services, Skanska
    Mo is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Highways & Transportation, a Chartered Manager and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.
  • Mike Batheram - Local Government Service Director WSP|PB
    Mike is the WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Local Government Services Director. Across the UK WSP | PB is a market leader in Highways, Transport and Environmental related consultancy services to local authorities.
  • Elio Rapa – Project Director, Mott MacDonald
    Elio has in-depth project and financial management and team leadership experience related to major highways infrastructure projects.

The principal participants will be invited to make a short statement giving their opinion on 'local' issues (lack of funds, political will, safety etc). This will then be followed by questions from the audience.

Each participant will then make a second statement about 'national' issues (managing large contracts, value for money, resources, technological developments etc). This will again be followed by questions from the audience.

Although questions from the floor on the evening will be very welcome, we would also appreciate questions beforehand to be able to concentrate on themes that are important to the audience. (These questions will not be revealed to the participants before the event, but they will be informed of any themes that emerge)

Submit a question

If you would like to submit a question beforehand please send it by email to Nick Gallin at: nick.gallin@opusinternational.co.uk.

Please note that the Debate will follow the South Branch and South East England Region AGMs which take place at 17.00.

You are very welcome to attend these although you will only be entitled to vote if you are appropriately qualified.

South Branch and South East Region AGMS

Please note that the Debate will follow the South Branch and South East England Region AGMs which take place at 17.00. You are very welcome to attend these although you will only be entitled to vote if you are appropriately qualified.

Event materials

The following materials are available for download:

Nicola Debnam – Director of Highways and Transport, West Sussex County Council

Nicola began her career on a training programme with Strathclyde Regional Council, studying for a HNC in Civil Engineering. She held technician roles with Strathclyde, Argyll & Bute and Stirling Councils before moving into the private sector with Balfour Beatty Construction.

In 2007 Nicola completed an MSc in Transport Planning & Engineering and has been involved in a wide variety of roles covering transport policy, strategic transport projects and regeneration programmes.

Nicola took up her role as Head of Local Infrastructure and Street Management at Cambridgeshire County Council in 2012 where she was responsible for the operational aspect of Cambridgeshire's highway service delivering routine and planned maintenance and £25m of highway improvement projects. The role was also responsible for highway development management, road safety and traffic.

Nicola is currently the Director of Highways and Transport at West Sussex County Council with overall responsibility for the safe and smooth operation of the County’s highway and transport network.

Mo Perkins FCIHT, FCMI – Technical Services Director, Infrastructure Services, Skanska

Mo Perkins has worked in Highways & Public Transportation in a career spanning over 40 years, having served six years in the Royal Navy. Mo has delivered operations and maintenance services in many demanding business environments during times of great change across the industry. He is a business leader who has operated at a senior level in a variety of roles, including Operations Director and Project Director, and has served as a Company Director. He is strong in stakeholder management and an active advocate of collaborative working. Mo is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Highways & Transportation, a Chartered Manager and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

Mike Batheram, Local Government Services Director, WSP | PB

Mike is the WSP | Parsons Brinkerhoff Local Government Services Director. Across the UK WSP | PB are a market leader in Highways, Transport and Environmental related consultancy services to local authorities. Within the public sector WSP | PB provide both freestanding professional services, and working with contractors, integrated services and design and build. This includes providing services to County Council’s such as West Sussex, Northamptonshire, Somerset and Surrey; unitary authorities including Wokingham, Southampton, Cornwall, Coventry, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire , Torfaen; and Metropolitan authorities including Westminster, Birmingham and Solihull; as well as combined authorities/integrated transport authorities in West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and the West Midlands. Mike is responsible for strategy development, leading partnerships with local authorities, securing high quality service delivery, directing major projects and frameworks. Prior to joining WSP | PB Mike held senior posts in local government, the last as Head of Strategic Transportation at Warrington Borough Council. Mike has presented at a number of regional and national conferences on subjects related to delivering high quality value for money highways and transport services, funding, finance and participation strategies.

Elio Rapa – Project Director, Mott MacDonald

Elio has been involved with delivering a wide range of professional and technical services predominantly to the UK Transportation Sector, for the past 33 years since graduating in 1982. In that time Elio has worked within the public and private sectors from both a client and supplier perspective. Currently, he is a Project Director working for Mott MacDonald overseeing the delivery of several major projects for Highways England including the delivery of the Agency’s Smart Motorway Programme (SMP). Elio is experienced in the development of schemes from feasibility through to construction including stakeholder management, public consultation and all elements of highway and traffic related design. He has delivered schemes to tight programmes and fully understand the collaborative approach implementing the Collaborative Planning System to achieve benefits of reduced timescales and costs. Elio has in-depth project and financial management and team leadership experience related to major highways infrastructure projects. He is a member of ICE.

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