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Friday, 18th July 2014 - 13:00

ITS United Kingdom makes Awards for excellence in ITS


ITS (UK), the Intelligent Transport Society for the United Kingdom, has made two Awards for excellence in ITS:

The Rees Hills annual award for personal contribution has been given to Keith Keen.  Keith was nominated by all seven holders of the Rees Hills award:  Richard Harris, Prof. Eric Sampson, Dr John Miles, Prof. Mike McDonald, Ian Catling, Prof. Phil Blythe and Dr Alan Stevens.

The Young Professional of the Year award went to Tom Grahamslaw of Mouchel.

The awards are open to any organisation or individual with a UK business office.

The nominations were judged by an eminent panel of ITS professionals chaired by ITS (UK) President and former Transport Minister, Steven Norris.  The Panel Members were:-

Janet Cooke, London TravelWatch,; Graeme Scott, IBI Group;  Neal Skelton, ITS United Kingdom;  Kevin Borras, H3B Media;  Andy Wren, Hampshire County Council;  Sharon Kindleysides, Kapsch TraficCom.

The Awards were presented by Steven Norris at the ITS United Kingdom President’s Dinner in the City of London on 16 July 2014.


Photo shows (left to right) Keith Keen, Steven Norris, and Tom Grahamslaw.  Photo by Marcus van Lyden.

More details about the award winners:

1.  Young ITS Professional of the Year

Tom Grahamslaw, Mouchel

For his continued personal development and contribution to the smart motorways programme.

Tom is highly capable, motivated and ambitious developing his knowledge, skills and competencies whilst undertaking the role of workstream leader (safety) on M1 smart motorways schemes.

He has continually developed his technical skills providing him with the opportunity to undertake a lead author role on the high profile update of the safety documentation associated with Interim Advice Note 161 and lead on discrete tasks within the managed roads operational development (MROD) contract.

Tom has developed advanced management consultancy skills as demonstrated through his presentations to senior managers in the HA. He has further development his writing, presenting and facilitation skills; specifically supporting his MROD role, as well associated key meetings.

He quickly and accurately identifies who within his network of contacts can assist in any given situations allowing him to collate accurate information to solve problems or assist others in finding an expert to help with a challenge. Tom has a good understanding of relationship building techniques with clients, partners and colleagues, which he develops further into collaborations, especially under tasks on the MROD contract. Tom is confident in adapting his behaviours and communication style to suit situations.  He demonstrates a professional and formal manner at client meetings whilst maintaining a more informal, yet structured approach to undertaking a role as mentor.

Tom has gained the respect of senior members of the HA, Delivery Partners and other consultancy organisations through his professionalism, his integrity and capabilities which exceed that expected by someone of his age.

2.  Neville Rees and Peter Hills Award for outstanding personal contribution

Keith Keen

Keith is widely recognised for his work over 17 years at the European Commission managing ITS research and development programmes that have paved the way for ITS deployments. Keith played a key role in the DRIVE programme, the subsequent research framework programmes and the later deployment programmes on transport telematics and ITS.

Keith’s career started at the GLC (urban motorway construction; demand management controls and traffic analysis), before his 17 years in consultancy, with Atkins (highway planning studies, prediction models, M11 extension) and WoottonJeffreys (traffic control implementation, the first UK Motorway ramp control project, motorway traffic management studies including ITS).

In 1990 Keith joined the EC and helped shape the future of transport in Europe and beyond. Keith was the project officer for many significant EC projects in ITS. He worked closely with the road authorities in the UK and Ireland in the ITS deployment project STREETWISE and was very influential in establishing the subsequent EasyWay programme.

For many Keith was the “voice of reason” on ITS within the EC. His integrity, knowledge, insight, understanding and approachability resulted in, freely given, sound impartial advice on project proposals, policy directions and implementation aspects. Many around Europe benefitted from his advice, which is still much in demand, but especially those involved in European research from the UK.

He is a founder member, supporter and past Chairman of IBEC; helped develop the University of Kingston MSc course on ITS; contributed to the ITS(UK) Practitioner’s Guide to Europe; leads our new Vision for ITS(UK) Task Force; and is Assistant Editor for the PIARC Road Network Operations and ITS Handbook.

His contribution to ITS and the reputation of the UK is immense.




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, over 160 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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