Jennie Martin awarded MBE

The retiring Secretary General of ITS (UK) has been awarded an MBE in the King’s New Year’s honours list.

Jennie Martin is recognised for services to transport technology.

She is stepping down from the Intelligent Transport Systems industry association after nearly 25 years. She joined in 1998, before taking over as Secretary General in 2004.

“I am deeply honoured to receive this award,” said Jennie Martin MBE. “I have been very fortunate to work in the ITS sector during the last quarter century of exciting and rapid development. It has been deeply satisfying to see how transport technology has improved the journeys of people and goods over that time. I have been privileged to work with so many dedicated and talented ITS experts, true pioneers in their field, and this award is just as much for them.”

“On behalf of everyone at ITS (UK) warm congratulations to Jennie on her award of an MBE in the New Years Honours,” commented the Society’s President Steve Norris. “Richly deserved for her tireless efforts on behalf of all our members.”

New CEO Max Sugarman added, “During her time as Secretary-General, Jennie has been a leading advocate for the intelligent transport sector and the many benefits that transport technology can provide. She has supported the industry to grow and flourish in the UK and has been instrumental in the creation of an international ITS community too, building up a global network of organisations focused on better transport through technology. She leaves a fantastic legacy, with ITS (UK) continuing to go from strength to strength.

“I’m sure all ITS UK members will join me in saying a big thank you to Jennie for all her support over the years and wish her congratulations on her well-deserved MBE”

“For more than two decades Jennie has served as Secretary General to ITS (UK), and throughout this period, she has provided unswerving leadership and support to improving our transport system through the application of technology,” commented Chair Ryan Hood of Arup. “She has been a passionate promoter of the UK and facilitator of international trade, and acted as a fulcrum between Industry, Academia and Government to unlock synergies across these organisations that have benefited our society and the economy. I’m so pleased that Jennie’s achievements have been recognised at a national level. On behalf of all of our members, I would like to congratulate her on becoming Jennie Martin MBE. Richly deserved.”

Outgoing Vice-Chair Karla Jakeman from TRL said, “This award reflects the decades of dedication and tireless campaigning for better transport through technology driven by Jennie. She has been determined and made such positive change. We are all so proud of her.”

Her contribution was recognised at a party in London before Christmas.

(Picture – ITS (UK))

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