North East & Cumbria

Welcome to CIHT North East & Cumbria

CIHT North East & Cumbria was formed in 2015, with the merging of the North Eastern and Northern Branches. The Region covers the following local authority and metropolitan areas: Northumberland; Tyne & Wear; County Durham; Darlington; Hartlepool; Middlesbrough; Stockton-On-Tees; Redcar & Cleveland; Carlisle; Allerdale; Copeland; South Lakeland and Barrow-in-Furness. We are committed to helping shape the direction of the North East & Cumbria Region through our collaborative partnerships and actively engaged members.

Young Professionals Papers Competition – Your Chance to Shine

Our annual papers competition returns in March. If you’re in the early stages of your career (up to 10yrs experience) in highways and transportation and have a great topic you want to present, this is your chance to shine in a competitive, but friendly environment of colleagues and peers.

The format gives you 10 minutes to deliver a snappy, entertaining presentation – your topic could be a project worked on, a piece of research, or a general highways and transportation related topic you’re passionate about. Each presenter is judged against certain criteria, with cash prizes available for each entry, and the eventual winner.

Keen to enter? The first step is to submit a short synopsis (no more than 250 words) of your topic to by no later than Monday 17 February. If short-listed, you will then be invited to deliver your presentation at the competition on Thursday 26 March, at Northern Stage, Newcastle. Further details of entry and judging guidelines will be available on our website shortly.


North East & Cumbria Annual Dinner & Awards 2019

A huge thank you to all those who attended the North East & Cumbria Annual Dinner & Awards on the 17th October. It was tremendous to see the wealth of people who represent our industry in the North East & Cumbria, every day. We also raised a fantastic £1,050 on the evening, which will be shared equally across our three nominated charities for this year: Hearing Dogs for the Deaf, Lupus UK and the UK Sepsis Trust.

At the Dinner we announced the winners in our Annual Awards categories. A huge congratulations to each of our winners.

Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by Arup
Sophie Dowson, Waterman Aspen

Young Professional of the Year – sponsored by AECOM
Deji Olaoye, Amey Consulting

Innovation Project Award – sponsored by Tracsis
OverheadSafe, Carnell Group

Sustainability Project Award – sponsored by PWLC
Projects Broadway roundabout to Brunton Lane Cycle Scheme, Newcastle City Council

Project of the Year 2019 – sponsored by Mott Macdonald
A1(M) J59-60 Concrete Barrier & Drainage scheme, Carnell Group & Amey Consulting

Special Award for Outstanding Contribution to Highways and Transportation in the Region
A19-A1058 Coast Road Junction Improvement Scheme, John Sisk & Son Ltd.

Events in the Region

The CIHT North East & Cumbria Annual Awards & Dinner are held in October to celebrate the very best that the region can offer across four key areas of highways and transportation. The awards recognise the outstanding contribution the CIHT Region makes to all our lives and are open to members and non-members; small and large companies; the public and private sectors. Further details, entry forms and guidelines can be found on our events pages.

Working in association with the Transport Planning Society (TPS) , CIHT North East & Cumbria launched 'An Introduction to...'  in 2017 as a series of bite size technical seminars. They are aimed at members who are progressing a professional accredited qualification,  on a structured training programme, or who simply want to refresh their knowledge in a specific area. Held throughout the year, the programme follows the core technical competencies associated with CEng, IEng, EngTech, TPP and the TPS Professional Development Scheme (PDS). Please see our events page for details of the latest seminars in the series. This is updated frequently with upcoming events promoted through our regular mailshots. 

Social Activities 

CIHT North East & Cumbria organise a 5 a side football tournament with games on a weekly basis. Organisations currently participating include:

  • Balfour Beatty
  • Capita Design and Capita Construction
  • Fairhurst
  • Highways England
  • Jacobs
  • JBA Consulting
  • Newcastle City Council
  • Stantec
  • South Tyneside Council
  • Waterman Aspen

The tournament is open to all abilities and if you would like to know more, please contact CIHT committee member Paul McKenna on - Keep an eye on our Linked In page for score updates!

Getting Involved

Would you like to help shape the direction of the North East & Cumbria Region? We're looking for enthusiastic people brimming with fresh ideas to join our Committee to build our programme of events and activities. It's a great opportunity to meet people outside your organisation and to volunteer your skills to the wider profession. You could even get involved with national CIHT initiatives. A great benefit is that your time volunteering counts towards your continuing professional development (CPD). Please contact us on e: if you would like to know more.

More details on all activities including news, events and who's who can be found on these pages.


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