8 October 2021 | Our Work

View from the Top: Strictly Highways – a Huge Success

Well, its all Strictly Highways…

What a fantastic couple of days, I trust those who managed to sign on enjoyed the sessions they took part in.

Day 1 started with an opening from our President, Will, and a key note address from Baroness Vere, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport which really set the tone for the conference.

Day 2 had an equally good kick start with a key note speech from Steve Gooding Director at RAC Foundation who reminded the delegates about the importance of achieving net zero and methods/solutions we might need to adopt if we are to get there.

I would like to thank every speaker who helped this event to be the success that it was from the public sector, private sector, academia, institutions and associations who gave up their time to share knowledge and exchange ideas. I would also like to thank our judges, sponsors and exhibitors, who also made Strictly Highways a success.

You may have heard me talk about collaboration across the sector on multiple occasions and why I felt it was so important for LCRIG to pursue certification to ISO44001. I felt this would provide us with both structure and incentivisation to collaborate. What I mean by this is, the standard requires certain processes to be adopted that force an organisation to explore the benefits of collaboration and we are incentivised to maintain such collaborative approaches not just through the third party ongoing assessments but through the benefits we reap.

This conference has truly epitomised our collaborative approach as over the past two days we have listened to speakers not just from the public and private sector but also from ADEPT, CIHT, RSTA, DfT, HSC, LGTAG, CECA, AIA, NWSRG, TTF, Innovate UK, IHIE, ITS (UK) and my friend Dom at Highways Magazine – what a line up this was.

I won’t go into any of the detail as I’m sure Alec will cover this in his note but just want to encourage everyone to keep the communications open by engaging with LCRIG and sharing your ideas and innovations.