Neil JohnstonePresident, CIHT
Neil Johnstone has over 40 years of experience having worked in contracting, local government and consultancy. For 25 years Neil worked throughout UK for Halcrow/CH2M, becoming managing director of its activities in continental Europe where he oversaw work in a range of sectors including transport, energy and water.
Neil is a Fellow of CIHT, chartered engineer, member of ICE, as well as the Institute of Directors. He chaired the Central and Scotland Branch in 1998-99 and has served the local committee since, primarily through leadership of the Scottish Policy Forum. He became a trustee of CIHT in 2018 and chaired the Appian Board and Learned Society & Technical Strategy Board in 2021. Neil also served on National Council (2000 – 2003) and was Vice-chair of the Procurement and Network Management Boards.
Neil has represented CIHT on Scotland’s National Transport Strategy (NTS2) Partnership Review Group and has co-chaired the Thematic Working Group on Safety and Resilience. In his consultancy role he is currently seconded to Transport Scotland where he has led the procurement of commissions such as the Strategic Transport Project Review (STPR2) and the national modelling and appraisal framework (LATIS).
His career has embraced various dimensions of transportation from design work on the Edinburgh City Bypass, road maintenance, traffic management and planning, to expert witness at the Edinburgh Congestion Charge Inquiry. He was closely involved with seminal studies on rural roads in Scotland such as Fitting Roads, and prepared traffic forecasts for Skye Bridge.