Sharing Best Practice – Wednesday 14th October 2020

Due to the on-going COVID-19 situation Sharing Best Practice event will be held on line using virtual conferencing software. Spaces are limited, so we recommend confirming your interest at the earliest opportunity by emailing

Sharing Best Practice is a free, annual event hosted by the AIA, aimed at local authority highway engineers. The day’s agenda includes speakers covering a range of pertinent topics highlighting sector innovation, local authority case studies and updates on materials development. There is also the opportunity for Q&A, debate and networking.

For information on last year’s Sharing Best Practice, including the speakers’ downloadable presentation, please see below.

Sharing Best Practice – Wednesday 2nd October 2019

Over 75 delegates attended this year’s event held at the National Motorcycle Museum near Birmingham.

The theme of the day was ‘The route to the roads of the future’ and local authority and industry attendees heard from nine speakers covering a wide range of topics from Life Cycle Inventories, to adapting highway practices in light of the declaration of a climate change emergency.

Reaction to the day was extremely positive with 100% of delegates who provided feedback saying they would recommend attending a future Sharing Best Practice event to colleagues.

We are grateful to our speakers’ input into a thought-provoking day. Their presentations are available to download below:

Climate change – Impact on highways and transport service delivery
Alyn Jones, Operations Director, Somerset County Council

Improving customer satisfaction through local devolution and volunteering
Paul Fermer, Assistant Director (Highways & Transport Operations), Oxfordshire County Council*

Sustainability assessment within the asphalt industry
Mike Southern, Senior Technical Advisor, Eurobitume

Update from Highways England’s PEG
Ramesh Sinhal, Pavement Principal Advisor and Team Leader, Highways England

Moving to Warm Mix
Brian Kent, Chairman, Mineral Products Association’s Asphalt Committee

Wiltshire and Warm Mix
Diane Ware, Principal Technical Officer (Highways), Wiltshire Council

Plastic in roads – a journey
Peter Clay, Highways Strategic Asset Management Lead, Cumbria County Council*

Birmingham Highways – Moving Forward
Kevin Hicks, Assistant Director – Highways and Infrastructure, Birmingham City Council

Louise Clayton, Transport Operations and Connectivity Manager, Staffordshire County Council (NB: Louise was unable to deliver her presentation on the day due to illness)

Delivering Better Street Works
Clive Bairsto, CEO and Chairman, Street Works UK

*We are currently awaiting clearances to post this presentation and hope to be able to upload it soon.