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Jacobs’ Transportation Professionals Honoured in the CIHT Awards for Third Consecutive Year


Ed Downer, one our transport planners, has been named the 2016 recipient of The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation's (CIHT) Young Professional of the Year. Held in London, U.K., the 11th annual CIHT Awards recognised the outstanding achievements and best practice of those working in the sector.

Ed Downer was nominated by CIHT North West in recognition of his contributions to CIHT across the North of England. Ed has been an active member of CIHT since his early career, initially joining the Institution’s North Eastern branch in 2007, before moving to the North Western region in 2013. He has represented younger members of the industry at branch committee level and established the first Young Professionals Group in the region. Joining Jacobs in 2007, Ed has developed his role as a graduate mentor, training co-ordinator and technical lead in areas like traffic modelling and GIS (Geographic Information Systems) packages.

Jacobs Senior Vice President Buildings and Infrastructure Bob Duff stated, “This is the third consecutive year that one of our transport planners has earned ‘CIHT Young Professional of the Year’ – I’m delighted with the exceptional achievements of our people. Ed is making a fantastic contribution to promoting the industry and encouraging young professionals to use the support network available to grow their knowledge and competencies.”

Sue Percy, CIHT Chief Executive, said, “We are delighted that Ed Downer is the worthy winner of the CIHT Young Professional Award 2016. Ed is a valuable member of CIHT and has made important contributions in both the North East and North West. This award recognises Ed’s dedication to furthering and promoting the industry across the North of England, providing a high-quality roadmap to success for young professionals wishing to pursue a career in the industry.

“Ed is the third Transport Planner from Jacobs to win this Award in recent years (2014 winner - Emily White, CIHT South East and 2015 winner - Peter Hibbert, CIHT Yorkshire and the Humber). CIHT would like to recognise and celebrate the role that Jacobs has played in supporting their employees to develop professionally whilst also allowing them time to be involved in the work of CIHT. The Institution has an important role to play in promoting and supporting the profession and those working within it but this would not be possible without the work of dedicated volunteers, like Ed, who give up their time to support CIHT.”