Following an open selection process, Matthew Lugg OBE has agreed to take on the post of Chair of the PACTS Road Environment Working Party. Matthew is CIHT Past President and Head of Profession – Local Government at WSP.
He will be supported in post by vice-chairs Martin Wiltshire, Assistant Manager – Traffic & Safety at Hampshire County Council, and Kate Fuller, Acting CEO at Road Safety Foundation.
The unpaid appointment is initially for three years, renewable by mutual agreement. He succeeds Heather Ward who served for six years.
Matthew said, “I’m delighted to be taking on the chair of the PACTS Road Environment Working Party, an organisation that champions the need for a safer highway infrastructure to reduce road casualties.Having worked in all sides of the highways industry, I bring considerable experience, enthusiasm and energy to this role, having throughout my career had a passion to deliver improved outcomes for road users.”
PACTS Executive Director David Davies said, “We are delighted that someone of Matthew Lugg’s calibre applied and has agreed to take on this important post in PACTS. I am confident that he will help to shape the agenda and ensure PACTS is connected with the profession and other highways bodies.
He added, “There are many challenges to address regarding making the road infrastructure safe for all users, including smart motorways, 20mph limits and adapting for zero carbon, zero emissions and autonomous vehicles. The working party, with members drawn from many sections of the safety community, plays an important role in advising PACTS and shaping policy.”
Because of the covid-19 lockdown, the working party will meet via video conferencing until restrictions are eased.