Matthew Lugg, Head of Profession

With 40 years’ experience, Matthew Lugg is certainly a force to behold in the highways and local authority sector. Having started his career as a trainee civil engineer to becoming the President of the CIHT, you could say that he’s seen it all. However, he’d be the first one to tell you that there’s always more to learn.

Matthew’s prevailing area of expertise is in asset management for roads and highway infrastructure; and was instrumental in writing the book on it in 2001 when he led the development of the UK’s first ever guidance document. Prior to this, local authorities did not have a systematic approach to properly understand and prioritise their asset operations, from road signage to drainage, whereas since then they have been able to efficiently predict the life and maintenance requirements that keeps roads operational.

Fast forward ten years and Matthew led the project to update the UK Highway Infrastructure AM Guidance during his four-year secondment to the DfT, reflecting the advances that data and digital technology have on the complex field of asset management. Leading the way in this project even earned him an OBE for Services to Local Government, an honour of which he is very proud.

When Prince Charles presented me with my OBE in 2012, I reassured him that we wouldn’t run out of salt that winter. Thankfully, I was able to keep my promise and our roads kept running!

Although Matthew’s role is led by technology, he is driven by the needs of people and providing them a safe, reliable and resilient road network; whether their journey is across town or across the country. In fact, during his tenure as CIHT President in 2018-19, Matthew’s guiding theme was “Delivery of Better Services for People” Ultimately, Matthew knows that a well-maintained road network has so many benefits; from keeping families connected, reducing carbon emissions and improving safety for all road users, now and in the future.

For more information on the work Matthew does for Local Authorities across the UK, visit the link below.
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