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Academic Qualifications

PhD, Privately-Financed Infrastructure, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds, 2008.
Post-Graduate Diploma, Traffic Engineering, Middlesex University, London, 1994.
MSc, Business and Economic Forecasting, Kingston University, London, 1992.
MSc, Transport Planning & Management, University of Westminster, London, 1989.

Professional Qualifications

Chartered Civil Engineer

Current Appointments

Visiting Research Fellow, University of Leeds (School of Civil Engineering)
Technical Committee Member, FODEIM 1 (Latin American infrastructure fund)


2007 to date: Managing Director, RBconsult Ltd

Independent consultant providing technical and credit-related advice on transportation projects and PPPs to the financial services sector, regulators and government agencies.

Long-term engagements have included on-going work for Standard & Poor's (and the rating agency's consulting division Risk Solutions) and a two-year framework contract with the EIB (in Luxembourg). Other repeat-business clients include the EBRD, the European Parliament, Canadian pension funds, US equity funds and insurance companies, state and federal agencies in the US and Australia, and global law firms (as expert witness).

Recent assignments have involved reviewing demand and revenue forecasts, credit risk modelling and credit risk training (mainly for banks).

2002-2007: Director, Standard & Poor’s

Director and transportation sector co-ordinator in the agency’s European Infrastructure Finance Ratings practice. Responsible for credit analysis, ratings and surveillance in the road, rail, airport, bus and PPP sectors – covering corporate and structured finance (mainly project finance transactions and securitisations).  Primary analytical responsibilities for $4.5bn of issued debt.

Additional responsibility for transport and construction-related credit risk research, and credit risk training (internal and external courses – focused primarily on project finance risk analysis and transaction structuring).

1988-2001: Associate Director, Steer Davies Gleave

Traffic and transportation consultant with international experience from Europe, Latin America and Asia. Specialised in transportation demand modelling (particularly traffic and revenue studies for investor-financed toll roads) using SATURN and EMME/2.

Office manager of the company’s full-service Caribbean office in Puerto Rico for six years (1995-2001).

Professional Memberships

Fellow, Institution of Civil Engineers
Fellow, Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation
Fellow, Institute of Credit Management
Member, Expert Witness Institute

Lecturing & Training

Guest lecturer at over 10 universities in the UK & USA (North Eastern University, Boston and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge). Transportation economics course supervisor/lecturer (UK & Egypt). Transport investment appraisal course supervisor/lecturer (Bulgaria).

Professional development and institutional capacity-building courses and workshops (on traffic risk, credit risk, project finance and PPPs) delivered in the UK, South Africa and Malaysia.


PhD Research

Doctoral thesis examined the structuring and use of private finance for infrastructure (mainly highway) projects.

On-Going Research Interests

- Transport demand modelling
- Predictive capability and forecasting accuracy
- Credit risk modelling



Author of over 50 papers published in peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings and transportation / finance magazines. Topics have included traffic risk, the predictive accuracy of traffic and transit demand forecasting models, credit ratings, lessons from public-private partnerships and numerous credit-related articles on transportation issues (see articles & papers for more detail).


Author of two recently published books: "Toll Road Traffic & Revenue Forecasts - An Interpreter's Guide" (ISBN 978-0-9561527-1-8) and "Privately-Financed Roads in Britain: A Policy Assessment" (ISBN 978-0-9561527-0-1). The Traffic & Revenue Forecasting book is available in Spanish and Chinese – see books for more detail.

Peer Reviews

Peer reviewer for a number of internationally-recognised academic journals. Recent examples include:

-  Transportation
-  Transportation Research Part A: Policy & Practice
-  Transport Policy
-  Transport Reviews
-  The European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research
-  Journal of the American Planning Association
-  Journal of Transportation and Statistics
-  Neural Computing & Applications

Insurance (global cover)

Professional Indemnity (EWI): HU PI6 1427234


Professional, academic & personal references - and training testimonials - available upon request.

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