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President’s Visit to North Wales – Roundtable discussion on transport in Wales

Event organised by ICE

07 October 2021

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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.


12:45 - 12:47

Moderator’s comments by ICE Wales Cymru Director, Keith Jones.

12:47 - 12:50

Welcome by ICE Wales Cymru Chair North Wales Branch Chair, Kerry Evans.

12:50 - 13:00

Presentation by John Mather, North Wales Branch Hon Sec.

13:00 - 13:10

Presentation by Robin Beckmann, Air Pollution Team, Welsh Government.

13:10 - 13:20

Presentation by Ruth Wojtan, North Wales Metro Programme Manager, Transport for Wales (TfW).

13:20 - 14:00



Close by Kerry Evans


Rachel Skinner

Rachel Skinner

Infrastructure Client Group - Task Group


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Rachel Skinner

Rachel Skinner is an executive director at WSP, sitting on the UK Board to lead Corporate Responsibility (ESG) and Government Relations. Prior to her current role, she led WSP’s 600-strong UK transport planning and advisory team for several years. In 2020-21, Rachel served as the 156th President of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and she is a Patron of Women in Transport (a not-for-profit), having been one of its founding board members since 2005.

She is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a chartered engineer and a chartered transport planner. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Leeds for services to transport, engineering and industry diversity and is an honorary fellow of the Society for the Environment.

Rachel was awarded a CBE for services to infrastructure in the 2022 New Year Honours list.

At present, Rachel chairs the Infrastructure Carbon workstream of the Infrastructure Client Group (ICG), the ICE’s Decarbonisation Advisory Board and the UK Department for Transport Taskforce that is focused on employment and skills. She also 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 climate action 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. She is regularly invited to give keynote conference presentations and to chair international and national industry events.

Kerry Evans

Kerry Evans

Eco-Scope Ltd

principal highways lead

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Kerry Evans

Kerry is currently the operations manager for a 40km section of the A55 in North Wales including the iconic Menai Suspension Bridge. She is the Chair of the ICE Wales Cymru North Wales Branch and a Regional Council Member for the CIHT. She is also a tustee of the Menai Bridge Community Heritage Trust. Kerry began her career at Mouchel Parkman at the Impact Partnership in Rochdale and spent seven years at Mott MacDonald reaching senior engineer grade.

John Mather

John Mather

Cycling UK’s Cycle Advocacy Network


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John Mather

John has many years experience in civil engineering (roads sector) as a Project Engineer, Project Manager, Area Manager and, more recently, as an independent consultant.

He has familiarised himself with the Business Excellence Model and has facilitated several organisational self-assessments.

His specialisms are project-specific partnering, project/programme reviews, value & risk management, business process improvement, project reviews and lessons learned workshops.

He has been a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers for more than 50 years. He has worked for central and local government and is the Honorary Secretary of the ICE’s North Wales Branch.

John takes a keen interest in transport policy and is an enthusiastic cyclist. He is a Member of Cycling UK’s Cycle Advocacy Network where he campaigns for more and better facilities for active travel.

For more information please contact:

Anne Denning