Southend-on-Sea Borough Council: LCRIG
Southend-on-Sea Council joined LCRIG after adopting the same methods that helped Blackpool Council achieve additional investment in its highway network through Project 30.
Neil finds the benchmarking club to be a very useful forum for discussion amongst different highway authorities and for recognising that his team is not alone in dealing with a variety of highway issues. For example, a recent LCRIG meeting focused on flooding and resilience; hearing the experiences of Cumbria County Council during and after the major floods of 2015 assists Neil with his strategic resilience planning, particularly for bridges that could isolate whole communities if failure occurred.
LCRIG champions new ways of achieving efficient and accurate highway asset management. On behalf of the group, Neil is researching whether anything exists in one comprehensive lifecycle model that is genuinely relevant for all the different types of highway structures. Neil has been working with a private sector partner to develop a bespoke structures model (based on CIPFA’s toolkit) which will enable councils to prioritise management of these assets based on the relevant issues for each type. Southend, for example, has 170 highway structures, a mix of culverts and bridges, which require accurate assessment and modelling in order to make best use of limited funding for maintenance and repair.
Strategic Manager: Major Projects and Transport Policy, Highways, Southend-on Sea Borough Council
Neil is a Chartered Civil Engineer and is the Group Manager responsible for Major Projects and Strategic Transport Policy with Southend on Sea Borough Council. Within his group is the responsibility for ensuring the asset management of the borough’s transport network, the overall management of the highway contractors, coastal defence and flood risk and the delivery of the Council’s capital schemes. In addition is the delivery of the behavioural change campaign, ideas in motion.
His previous roles include, the Programme Manager for the LSTF & Cycle Southend projects responsible for a multi-disciplinary team delivering £6.4m of infrastructure and marketing and promotional events. Neil was also responsible for delivering the Technical Approval process for the London 2012 Olympic Park and the production of the design guide for the Olympic Park Transformation Phase.