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Ian Patey appointed New Chairman for ITS (UK)

24 May - Ian Patey has been unanimously approved as the new chairman of ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) UK, replacing TRL’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Stevens who is stepping down after his two-year term.

 

Mr Patey (pictured, left) is Head of Profession, ITS at Mouchel – part of WSP. He’s been with the company since graduating from university in 1984 and has been actively involved in ITS (UK) since its formation 18 years ago. He has been Vice Chair for the last two years.

“It is an exciting time to be involved in ITS – with autonomous vehicles and smart motorways featuring on the “One Show” we have truly emerged from the shadows and into the spotlight,” he said.

“ITS(UK) has a key role to play in shaping our future and we have a great opportunity to show just what a difference we can make in our communities. With the UK leading the way in so many areas of transport technology, dealing with Brexit will bring some interesting challenges and opportunities. I feel privileged to be voted to Chair ITS(UK) and I would like to thank Alan Stevens for the great job he has done in that role over the last two years.”

Dr Stevens added, “It has been an honour to chair such an established, respected and well run organisation for the past two years. We’ve had a lot of political, organisational and technical developments in our external environment with ITS(UK) continuously adapting to it. I hand over to Ian confident that the organisation is in safe hands and will remain relevant in the years to come.”

ITS (UK) Secretary General Jennie Martin commented, “Alan's two years as Chairman of ITS (UK) coincided with the arrival of automated vehicles as a serious topic in our sector. His broad understanding of our sector ensured that we responded well to this new topic without losing sight of all the other important transport technologies we must promote. I look forward to working with Ian on whatever the next big thing will be in the ITS sector. We will also need to work as hard as we can to make our contribution to seeing the UK ITS sector through Brexit.”

The appointment was made during ITS (UK)’s Council ahead of its Annual General Meeting in

Attendees observed a minute’s silence for the victims of the atrocity at the nearby Manchester Arena before the meeting took place.

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Notes to editors:

ITS UNITED KINGDOM, the UK association for the promotion of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), is a not-for-profit public/private sector association financed by members' subscriptions, and provides a forum for all organisations concerned with ITS. We work to bring the benefits that ITS can offer in terms of economic efficiency, transport safety, and environmental benefits to the United Kingdom - and at the same time expand the ITS market.

The membership, around 150 UK organisations, comprises Government Departments, Local Authorities, consultants, contractors, manufacturing and service companies, and academic and research institutions.

Members benefit from ITS United Kingdom activities including seminars, workshops and regular news dissemination. ITS United Kingdom encourages discussion on issues such as public/private co-operation, standards, legislation, information provision and new technology.

For WSP/Mouchel media enquiries please contact Tom Hawkins on 020 7314 4585 / tom.hawkins@wsp.com

WSP is one of the world's leading engineering professional services consulting firms. We are dedicated to our local communities and propelled by international brainpower. We are technical experts and strategic advisors including engineers, technicians, scientists, architects, planners, surveyors and environmental specialists, as well as other design, program and construction management professionals. We design lasting solutions in the Property & Buildings, Transportation & Infrastructure, Environment, Industry, Resources (including Mining and Oil & Gas) and Power & Energy sectors as well as project delivery and strategic consulting services.

With 7,000 talented people in the UK (including Mouchel Consulting) and 36,000 globally, we engineer projects that will help societies grow for lifetimes to come. WSP has been involved in many high profile UK projects including the Shard, Crossrail, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Manchester Metrolink, M1 Smart Motorway, the re-development of London Bridge Station, and the London Olympic & Paralympic Route Network. www.wsp.com/uk