ITS (UK) Awards

ITSReviewAnnual2015

excellence Best practice in intelligent transport systems was recognised at the ITS (UK) President’s Dinner last year, where society President and former Transport Minister Steven Norris presented two awards. The Rees Hills annual award for outstanding personal contribution was given to Keith Keen, who is best known for his work at the European Commission. Meanwhile the Young Professional of the Year award went to Tom Grahamslaw of Mouchel. The President’s dinner took place in London in July. Nominations for the awards – open to any organisation or individual with a UK business office – were judged by an eminent panel of ITS professionals chaired by Mr Norris. Panel members were Janet Cooke of London TravelWatch, Graeme Scott of IBI Group, Neal Skelton of ITS (UK), Kevin Borras of H3B Media, Andy Wren of Hampshire County Council and Sharon Kindleysides of Kapsch TrafficCom. Mr Keen – winner of the award for outstanding personal contribution – worked for over 17 years at the European Commission (EC) managing ITS research and development programmes that have paved the way for ITS deployments. He joined the EC in 1990 and played a key role in the DRIVE programme, subsequent research framework programmes and the later deployment programmes on transport telematics and ITS. He worked closely with the road 20 ITS REVIEW Annual Review 2015 authorities in the UK and Ireland in the ITS deployment project STREETWISE and was very influential in establishing the subsequent EasyWay programme. The judges noted that, for many Mr Keen has been the “voice of reason” on ITS within the EC. They also described his contribution to ITS and the reputation of the UK as immense. Mr Keen’s career started at the Greater London Council before he entered into consultancy with Atkins and WoottonJeffreys. He is a founder member, supporter and past Chairman of IBEC, helped develop the University of Kingston MSc course on ITS, contributed to the ITS (UK) Practitioner’s Guide to Europe, leads the Vision for ITS (UK) Task Force; and is Assistant Editor for the PIARC Road Network Operations and ITS Handbook. Mr Grahamslaw was presented with the Young ITS Professional of the Year award for his continued personal development and contribution to the Highways Agency’s Smart Motorway programme. Judges described Tom as highly capable, motivated and ambitious in developing his knowledge and skills while undertaking the role of workstream leader (safety) on M1 smart motorway schemes. This has provided him with the opportunity to take a lead author role on the high profile update of the safety documentation associated with Interim Advice Note 161, and to lead on discrete tasks within the managed roads operational development (MROD) contract. Tom has a good understanding of relationship building techniques with clients, partners and colleagues, which he develops further into collaborations, especially under tasks on the MROD contract. Judges said Mr Grahamslaw has gained the respect of senior members of the HA, Delivery Partners and other consultancy organisations through his professionalism, integrity and capabilities which exceed that expected by someone of his age. ITS (UK) rewards in intelligent transport systems  L-R: Keith Keen, Steven Norris, and Tom Grahamslaw


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