Lizz Robinson has been dedicated to driving change in highways for 2 decades having joined initially as assistant project manager and developing her career to Highways Operations Director in Mace.
She is a self-confessed highways geek that always looks for opportunity to push traditional mindsets to not only support teams in being more efficient, but to encourage and welcome diversity into the industry.
As the Safer Highways lead for the “Emerging Talent” workstream, she was thrilled to be asked to be a judge for the new for 2021 Highways Heroes awards.
James Haluch is the Managing Director of the Breedon Group contracting division. James has been a passionate advocate of road worker health, safety and wellbeing that stretches back to when we first started managing the trunk road networks in the 1990’s.
Preventing vehicle incursions, through elimination and engineering controls, is a particular focus for James as a result of having to deal with the tragic consequences of such incidents on his colleagues and their families.
James was previously the Managing Director of the Amey Highways and Waste Collections business unit. Previously he was the EM Highways (Kier) Service Director for their strategic roads contracts. James is a chartered civil engineer and represents the sector on various industry groups including the Highways Sector Council. James chairs the Highways England IPV/ Incursions working group and was previously the chair of the Highways England Supply Chain Safety Leadership Group.
Joe is a passionate HSEQ professional with nearly 25 years’ experience of health, safety, environmental and quality leadership across a range of operational areas and disciplines within the private and public sector. He is HSEQ Director with Amey Transport Infrastructure which operates in the Highways, Waste Collections, Power Major Projects and Rail Sectors across the UK and Ireland. Having been one of its founder members, he has recently become the Vice Chair of Safer Highways and is looking to further support the growth and development of several important programmes, such as the on-going industry-led Stamp It Out campaign-set up to eradicate abuse of road workers. Being immensely proud of the work of everyone across the Highways Sector during the last 18 months, in keeping the network safe around the clock and in all weathers, he was delighted to have been invited to join the judging panel for the Highways Heroes Awards.
Too many years of experience in the Highways and Transportation sector. The lions share of my career has been with Highways England latterly in senior position within Operations Directorate in the South East. I had the privilege of being the Matrix Lead for Health safety and Wellbeing within Operations Directorate initiating lots of the changes that have resulted in Highways England’s step change in HS&W Leadership. Following 5 years in the consulting arena, I am now group Manager for Infrastructure and Major Projects for Surrey County Council; where I have built a Major Projects Delivery Team and PMO charged with delivering a portfolio of £1.5bn capital works. Passionate about wellbeing I both a wellbeing champion within Surrey and a Mental Health First Aider.
Construction Manager, Interserve Construction Ltd
Paula Parsons is Interserve’s Highways North Operations Manager. She has worked in both engineering and commercial management roles in the highways sector for over 12 years, on schemes ranging from design and build major projects to smaller scale asset repair and refurbishments.
She is a strong believer in the effectiveness of collaboration. Paula is the Senior Executive Responsible for Interserve’s Highways Sector ISO44001 accreditation and also undertakes the role of Collaboration Lead for Highways England’s Asset Delivery Community. She is working hard to improve the way we share knowledge and best practice across our industry, driving improvements in safety and the customer experience.
Paula is passionate about diversity and supporting women in construction. As a Go Construct Ambassador, she regularly visit schools and colleges to highlight career opportunities and inspire interest in careers in the highways sector.
Martin joined Morgan Sindall Infrastructure in 2007, becoming safety, health, environment and quality director in 2019. He began his 29-year career in the mining sector, before training as an environmental engineer and leading safety teams on major infrastructure projects both in the UK and overseas. Martin plays an active role in forums to drive improvements and create standards that are used to guide safety best practice across our industry. He has chaired the Safer Highways board since 2018, and has been instrumental in guiding the development and growth of the organisation. He is an enthusiastic supporter of learning and development schemes, he relishes helping people cultivate their skills and achieve their professional ambitions. Martin is a family man who, in addition to being a keen mountain trekker, also enjoys painting and reading.
Managing Director – Hire Division
SRL Traffic Systems Ltd
With a strong and seasoned background in traffic management Malcolm joined SRL in 2010 to build a nationwide hire division of traffic management products to support the industry. Malcom is commercially astute, tenacious, and ambitious about growth and development of others. He is practical and passionate that workforces are fully supported and kept safe at all times. He is constantly looking for opportunities to develop and collaborate across the industry as a whole.
Steve Crofts is HSES Director at Balfour Beatty, responsible for health, safety, environmental and sustainability support for the Major Projects, Highways and Investments businesses. He started his career in the Oil and Gas industry, moving into the Railway sector, then Construction, Utilities and now Highways and has over 20 years of experience in health and safety. He has been with Balfour Beatty for just over a year, prior to this he was with Kier’s Highways business. Steve has also worked for both contractors and Clients on some of the UKs biggest Infrastructure schemes, including Crossrail and Tideway. Steve is delighted to be judging this years Highways Heroes Awards and is looking forwards to hearing the incredible stories of the nominees.
Helen has over 25 years’ experience in the highways sector both in marketing and sales roles and has held senior in-house positions including Group Head of Marketing & PR. She has been self-employed for over five years working with companies across the highways and transport sector. Some of her clients were known to her prior to going freelance, however others have come via referrals within the industry and through direct business development and networking. As such, Helen has been successfully engaged working with multiple clients from highway technology to civil engineering since the launch of her first marketing business – H2H Marketing Services, and is now co-owner of Boundary Marketing & PR with Adrian Tatum – a company dedicated to helping the highways and transport industry to engage and communicate more effectively.
Business Transformation & Performance Director, Highways England
“Rich started with Highways England in 2005 (then Highways Agency) as a control room supervisor. Working predominantly in the Yorkshire & North-East region, Rich managed the frontline operational teams dealing with customers and incidents on the Strategic Road Network. In 2012, Rich helped to establish the Transport Coordination Centre, where 23 organisations came together to coordinate transport arrangements and planning for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
More recently, Rich was the Regional Director for the Yorkshire & North-East region, overseeing the transformation of the region from a team of 80 in one office in Leeds, to a full asset delivery region with a team of over 425 across multiple offices, depots and outstations. His latest role is a national one, leading the change programme in operations.
As an aside from roads, one of Rich’s teams looks after the Historical Railways Estate, some 3,200 disused railways assets in England, Scotland and Wales which were passed to Highways England in 2013 when British Rail Board (Residuary) was abolished. As part of this role, Rich sits as a Trustee on the Board of Railway Paths Limited.
Rich and his wife Nicky have 5 boys – 4 of their own and one through their role as short-break foster carers for additional needs children. A keen sportsman, Rich even manages to squeeze in the occasional game of cricket!”
Head of HS&W – Port of London Authority
Stu Pollard is the Head of Health, Safety and Wellbeing at the Port of London Authority, he is also the chair of the Mental Health group for Maritime UK. He is a Chartered Health and Safety Professional with over 20 years industry experience, focusing on the delivery of major projects, including Director of Health, Safety and Wellbeing at Tideway and Head of Health, Safety and Wellbeing at Lower Thames Crossing.
Stu is responsible for developing and implementing the HS&W strategy at the Port of London Authority, the strategy puts people at the heart and makes it personal to everyone whilst considering risk and behaviours in all activities on land and on the river.
After completing his Civil Engineering degree at the University of Strathclyde in 1999, Jonny joined Glasgow City Council, gaining Chartered Engineer status in 2005. In 2006, Jonny joined Transport Scotland, the national transport agency. Since then he has undertaken various roles across a range of topics, including the development and roll out of the motorway Trunk Road Incident Support Service and managing the agency’s Landslide Strategy, including overseeing the response to numerous events across the network. Following six years as the Operating Company Manager (responsible for all trunk road term maintenance contracts), in 2021 Jonny took up the role of Head of Operations, responsible for Road Safety (policy and delivery), ITS and Development Management/planning applications.
Adam Green is CEO of FM Conway.
He joined the business in 2019 after working closely with Michael Conway for many years and was drawn to the business’ family ethos and the value it places on its people, as well as its unique self-delivery capability.
Adam is a chartered engineer with over 30 years of experience in the global construction and infrastructure sectors.
To date, Adam has led multi-billion pound construction businesses and has been responsible for delivering a wide ranging number of prestigious projects both her in the UK and overseas.
Adam is passionate about infratech with a particular focus on eliminating the greatest safety risks in our industry through new technologies.