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Tuesday, 13th October 2015 - 13:50

Diversity Award made at 2015 ITS World Congress


The ITS World Congress in Bordeaux 5-9 October 2015 saw the first annual Award made for the best action taken to promote the creation of an ITS workforce which reflects the clients and users of the ITS being supplied and managed.  Depending on the location and the organisation, this of course involves addressing a range of issues, often interlinked.   The Award was open to any organisation or individual anywhere in the world. 

The Award is the latest contribution by an international team which has worked to use the ITS World Congresses to promote a more inclusive and diverse ITS workforce since the Stockholm Congress of 2009.

The submissions were judged by an eminent panel of ITS professionals representing the three regions of the ITS world:

  • Americas – Jane Lappin, US and Susan Spencer, Canada
  • Asia Pacific – Susan Harris, Australia and Grace Ong, Singapore
  • Europe & Africa – Evelinde Grassenegger, Austria and Suku Phull, UK

The winning entry was Mouchel Ltd’s support for the ITS (UK) Women in ITS group, particularly for the encouragement given to female staff to participate.

Accepting the Award from ERTICO – ITS Europe’s Chairman Cees de Wijs, Ian Patey, Head of Profession at Mouchel said:  “I am delighted that Mouchel’s achievements and efforts in promoting diversity in our ITS business has been recognised within the international ITS community.  This is a prestigious award and one that we are proud to receive.  ITS is an exciting industry that makes a difference to the daily lives of millions of people across the world and it is really important that we provide opportunities for people from all the communities that we serve.  There has never been a better time to make a career in ITS.”

The Award will be made again in 2016 in connection with the ITS World Congress in Melbourne.

Photo shows Ian Patey (left) with Cees de Wijs





For further information, please contact:


Jennie Martin



+44(0)20 7709 3003

Notes to editors:

ITS UNITED KINGDOM, the UK association for the promotion of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), is a not-for-profit public/private sector association financed by members' subscriptions, and provides a forum for all organisations concerned with ITS. We work to bring the benefits that ITS can offer in terms of economic efficiency, transport safety, and environmental benefits to the United Kingdom - and at the same time expand the ITS market.

The membership, around 150 UK organisations, comprises Government Departments, Local Authorities, Police Forces, consultants, manufacturing and service companies, and academic and research institutions.

Members benefit from ITS United Kingdom activities including seminars, workshops and regular news dissemination. ITS United Kingdom encourages discussion on issues such as public/private co-operation, standards, legislation, information provision and new technology.

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