ITS (UK) appoints TRL’s Ryan Hood as Chairman

The UK Intelligent Transport Society, ITS (UK), has appointed Ryan Hood as its new Chairman.

Mr Hood, who is TRL’s Strategic Account Manager, will replace Ian Patey who held his position for an unprecedented three years.

Speaking at the recent ITS (UK) Council meeting, held by a teleconference, Mr Hood said: “These are interesting times to take over. I am really looking forward to launching the ITS (UK) Manifesto which we have been working on in the Strategy Committee and to lead the team to continue the great work Ian has done in increasing the relevance and influence of the Society during his time as Chair. Over the next 12 months, we will work during these very difficult times to support all members.”

Ian Patey said: “I wish Ryan all the best as Chair. We have worked very closely together during my time in the role and he has been a very good right-hand man. Being Chair was a career highlight and ITS (UK) has a special place in my heart, so I promise to support him as he takes ITS (UK) forward.”

The Council also ratified the following key roles on the Council: Graeme Scott, IBI is Membership Director, Andrew Pearce, Jacobs is Finance Director, Niosha Kayhani, Cubic is International Director, Abigail Oakley, PA Consulting is Young Professionals Director, Fraser Sommerville, Atkins is Technical Director, Krishna Desai, Cubic is Communications Director and Prof, Eric Sampson is the Society’s Ambassador. The role of Vice Chair will be filled in due course.

“I’d first of all like to put on record my thanks for the huge amount of work Ian has done as Chair,” said Jennie Martin, ITS (UK) Secretary General. “He has gone above and beyond what we could have expected of him to deliver ideas, support and guidance to the Secretariat and the Council. I am excited to be working with Ryan who has also proved himself to be extremely hands-on in his work for ITS (UK) and I know that the organisation’s leadership is safe in his hands for at least another year. We have the challenge of assisting our members through the current Coronavirus crisis and also working hard to help the UK win and deliver the ITS World Congress in 2024. There’s lots to do but we have the team to do it.”

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