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Dr Ray Hickey, a principal engineer working within Atkins’ Transportation business in Birmingham, has won the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) West Midlands Branch Young Professional Award.   

The award, which is open to those under the age of 35 in the West Midlands, celebrates individual excellence within the highways and transportation field and recognises those who have made a significant contribution to the profession through the development or sharing of knowledge.

Speaking after collecting his award, Ray said: “If we want to retain more young people in the sector we need to make sure that career opportunities offer both professional and individual development. For me an important part of this is how Atkins has given me and other young people early in their careers the skills and knowledge needed for such development. I’m proud to have been given the opportunity to contribute to the industry and support the development of talented young engineers and am very honoured to have won the award.”

Philip Hoare, managing director for Atkins’ Transportation division, commented: “Our people care about the world and want to make a difference.  Ray brings this value to life and in doing so is helping to transform the potential of some great young graduates into reality. I believe that Ray’s commitment and innovation, coupled with his enthusiasm and drive to further learning within the industry, make him a worthy winner.”

As a chartered engineer and member of the CIHT, Ray provides structural asset management expertise to the business and wider Atkins Group. He actively contributes to the industry and is a member of the Highways Term Maintenance Association’s (HTMA) Network of Advocates. In addition, he is a member of the Sector Scheme 31 Steering Group, working with the scheme administrator LANTRA and representatives across the industry to implement the bridge inspector competency scheme.

Ray is also currently the delegated engineer assisting graduates aspiring towards chartered engineer status under a company training agreement with Atkins. Meeting regularly with his trainees, he guides inspires and assists the trainees through their initial professional development and assesses their current level of progress through the review of quarterly reports.

At the ceremony Ray was presented with his award by CIHT West Midlands Branch Chairman, Paul Unwin, and President David Gibby.


For more information:

Claire Grewer
External communications manager, Transportation
+44 (0) 203 214 8773

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Recent projects from across the Group:

Atkins is working across urban regeneration, master planning, national energy programmes, major transport schemes, water and environment projects - applying smart design solutions on projects including:

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  • Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) superfast broadband – providing technical, commercial and procurement support to help deliver superfast broadband to one of Europe’s most remote regions.
  • UAE’s peaceful nuclear new build programme – providing technical assurance to lenders backing the United Arab Emirates’ most ambitious energy infrastructure projects;
  • North Sea and Gulf of Mexico oil and gas platforms - extending the operational life of critical oil and gas platforms to allow cost-efficient and safe recovery of fuel sources from mature fields;
  • SSE offshore wind alliance - provision of expert engineering and design support for the UK’s biggest offshore wind alliance with Scottish and Southern Energy;
  • Etihad Railway - providing multidisciplinary design expertise on the 1,200 km Etihad Rail network which will revolutionise passenger and freight transport in the UAE;
  • Denmark ERTMS - providing multidisiplinary signalling expertise on the first countrywide installation of an ERTMS train control and management system in Denmark;
  • Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge - lead consultant on this integral part of the new Hong Kong link road scheme which will significantly boost land connectivity in the region;
  • Lowestoft Sixth Form College - design of the ultralow energy consumption Lowestoft College in the UK which aims to reduce operational energy use by more than 60% compared to previous designs;
  • US Environmental Protection Agency - providing technical assessment and analysis of national water-related resources and ecological systems in North America;
  • Doha Central Planning Office – helping to co-ordinate Qatar’s National 2030 Vision for world class transport infrastructure, which will bring major benefits to the economy;


Atkins' Dr Ray Hickey (second from right) with Paul Unwin, West Midlands Branch Chairman of the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation and David Gibby, President of the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation.
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