Connected Roads: Implementation & Commissioning Discipline Lead
My ITS career began in 2006 when I joined the National Highways National Roads Telecommunications Service (NRTS) project. From there I moved to PeekMouchel where I worked on the East Midlands Technology Maintenance Area Contract (TechMAC). I moved to 4way in 2014 and am currently the Discipline Lead for our Implementation and Commissioning teams.
Over the past 17 years I have been lucky enough to be involved in a wide range of technically challenging projects. Looking back, the 4 years I spent working alongside the Asset Support Contractor in National Highways Area 4 stands out as being particularly enjoyable. I was part of a highly professional team who were all focussed on the delivery of high quality maintenance services for National Highways. We delivered some great projects and made lasting friendships along the way.
I dedicate as much of my non-work time as possible to activities with my family. I’m the Chairman of a UK registered humanitarian charity and for a bit of exercise, I try to get out on my bike at least once a week.
A selection of projects that Anis has been involved in:
Smart Cities: Urban ITS Discipline Lead
My career started in 2002 as a trainee technician for a local authority. Alongside the day job I studied Civil Engineering and achieved my BSc (Hons) in 2008. Since then I’ve continued to work on traffic signals design and maintenance projects, transferring from Mouchel to Atkins in 2012 before joining 4way in 2019.
I enjoy the technical aspects of traffic signal design projects where I can look to provide solutions using new products or existing technology and infrastructure in an innovative way.
I have been involved in the delivery of a variety of traffic signal design and maintenance projects alongside colleagues who have been enthusiastic about sharing knowledge. I feel this is vitally important for the future of the industry and am passionate about upskilling the next generation of Engineers.
I live in Wiltshire with my husband and two daughters. Outside of work I love to spend my time running, if I’m not ankle deep in mud on the trails looking for an adventure, then you’ll find me beekeeping with my family.
A selection of projects that Rebecca has been involved in:
Jon BruntBEng (Hons) MIET
Connected Roads: Design and Consultancy Discipline Lead
Having completed a degree in automotive engineering, I started my professional career as a graduate at Atkins cutting my teeth on various motorway communications schemes. Since returning from a travelling sabbatical in 2013, I have been mainly site-based working on highways major projects either in a technology implementation or value engineering-based role. I have been with 4way since 2018.
I enjoy the cut-and-thrust of working on site-based projects, which present different engineering challenges from day-day that require a timely resolution. No two days are ever the same and such environments provide a good opportunity to work as a team and get to know the wider community of stakeholders. Through these experiences I have learnt a great deal and am now better placed to apply some of these practical lessons to future schemes early in the design phase.
Most of my spare time is spent with my young family; however, I’m a keen motorsport enthusiast and enjoy running and swimming in an attempt to stave off the middle-age spread.
A selection of projects that Jon has been involved in:
Technical Director for Design
Following a couple of years working as an Apprentice with Salford City Council I joined Atkins Odlin Consulting Engineers, initially working on site before moving into the design team. Through acquisition I joined Mouchel where I worked as a Regional Manager before joining 4way in 2013.
I’ve been fortunate enough to work on highways technology projects of varying complexity and scale both in the UK and internationally. I really enjoy the technical focus of my job, particularly the opportunity to investigate complex problems and solve them collaboratively with colleagues and clients. I’m also responsible for the Health and Safety aspects of the 4way business and therefore hold a keen interest not only in scheme design but implementation, operation and maintainability too.
I am the number one fan, supporter and general taxi driver for my kids sporting activities and events. Whether it be football, basketball, netball or swimming – I’m there cheering them on (and giving them a lift).
A selection of projects that Craig has been involved in:
Shane CollinsBA (Hons) CEng FIHE FCIHT
Smart Cities Sector Lead
I began my engineering career in 2007 within the Transport Planning team at Morgan Tucker. I found I had a particular interest for the more ‘hands-on’ aspects of the role and soon afterwards joined their traffic signals team. After a couple of years with WSP (where I was seconded into the Northamptonshire ITS team) I joined 4way in 2012.
I have a passion for researching emerging technologies and integrating them within innovative design solutions. This helps me to lead and develop teams of engineers at various stages of their careers and I see knowledge sharing and the encouragement of professional development as a hugely rewarding element of my role. The engineer in me still really enjoys the technical challenges on site though and I find great satisfaction in watching queue lengths reduce as a result of the positive interventions we deliver.
I enjoy exploring new places and different cultures. When I am not on my travels I do like to keep myself in shape at the gym and if I’m not there I’m probably supporting the mighty reds.
A selection of projects that Shane has been involved in:
Technical Director for Implementation
My career in motorway communications began in the mid 90’s, working for the West Midlands Regional Maintenance Contractor. In 2006 I joined Mouchel as the Lead Commissioning Engineer for Active Traffic Management and then Managed Motorways. I joined 4way in 2011 and have led the implementation and handover of connected roads schemes ever since.
I spend much of my time working with control room operators, witnessing first-hand the pressure they work under on a daily basis. As demand on those services continues to grow, I understand the impact that underperforming technology assets and systems can place on already stretched resources and I’m committed to finding the solutions. “Right first time” is only one part of the 4way team’s ethos in this regard. We’re driven to find ways of maintaining high standards of system performance well into the future. Robust processes at the point of handover and effective optimisation that supports operations rather than hinders it; that’s what I come to work for.
I work on projects all over the country so finding opportunities for quality time at home with my family is something I prioritise. I also enjoy staying active at the gym and following a reasonably successful playing career, am now focussed on the coaching of my local under 16’s football team.
A selection of projects that Hardip has been involved in:
Technical Director for Consultancy
My career began in Telecommunications in the late 90’s, working on design and construction projects for Cable and Wireless. Having completed an MSc in Project Management at the University of Salford, I made the leap to the Mouchel Telematics team in 2002, before joining 4way in 2012.
My first (and probably still favourite) ITS project was the design, build and operational delivery of the (then) Highways Agency’s first purpose built Regional Control Centre at Godstone in Surrey. Since then I have remained passionate about the delivery of technology solutions which make a genuine difference for network operators and I’ve been lucky enough to work on projects that do this with industry leading clients including National Highways, Dubai Roads and Transport Authority and Hertfordshire County Council.
I try to fill my spare time on adventures with my young family. When they get sick of me, you’ll find me at the match, in a pool or out on my bike.
A selection of projects that Chris has been involved in:
Ross GillIEng MIET
Smart Cities: Road Lighting Discipline Lead
I started my career in the in the mid’ 2000s, initially within the TV and postproduction industry. In 2007 I made the jump to Mouchel to pursue a career as an engineer in the highways industry. I joined 4way Consulting in 2011, initially working on ITS comms design and later specialising in exterior lighting design.
Having led lighting design inputs to several successful BIM level 2 accredited projects for both strategic and local road network operators, the ongoing development of 3D engineering practice is of great interest to me. I don’t believe that the full benefits of this approach have yet been realised and can see much greater opportunity for asset integration which will reduce street clutter and construction costs in the future. Road lighting infrastructure and electric vehicle charging solutions are an obvious example but I’m always searching for more.
When I’m not working you can find me in the great outdoors riding or racing bikes of all shapes and sizes.
A selection of projects that Ross has been involved in:
My whole working life has been within the Intelligent Transport Systems sector. Post University I joined Atkins Odlin, based in Coventry, who were then acquired by Mouchel Parkman. Then in early 2010 I left Mouchel and along with three long term colleagues formed 4way Consulting, to which I now have the honour of being Managing Director.
Within my career I have had the opportunity to work throughout the project lifecycle from development of standards through to scheme delivery. I have been actively involved in the evolution of Smart Motorways from early Controlled Motorway schemes, through to the deployment of Active Traffic Management on the M42 and more latterly the introduction of Smart Motorways. Irrespective of whether my involvement is in design or delivery I take personal satisfaction from being involved in large scale infrastructure projects, seeing the benefits that they realise and often the lasting friendships that are formed whilst delivering.
When I am not working (some may say that I am always working – and there is an element of truth in that ) then you will find me either on the Peloton or walking the dog. I also love pretty much every sport, especially if it can be enjoyed with the family.
A selection of projects that Jonathan has been involved in:
Jason LoaderPhD, AMCMI
Future Mobility Discipline Lead
After completing my PhD in Chemistry in 2013, I trained as a teacher and finished my PGCE in 2015. However, this was not the career I had envisaged. I was looking to do something new, that utilised the soft skills and data science interests from my studies, when I interviewed with 4way.
The road transport industry is rapidly transitioning to a more data driven future, with greater reliance on digital services and cloud operations. At the same time, there’s a significant drive towards decarbonisation, multi-modal and active travel, connected vehicles, naked roads, and many others! All these strands feed into Future Mobility and as the 4way Discipline Lead, my role involves researching new developments across the board and to consider how they can be applied to support our clients’ project requirements.
I’ll have a go at most things, which means I’m not an expert in any! But I’ll usually be one of the last ones standing on a night out…