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Spreading the word

Names & Faces - Simon Price is banging the sustainability drum for Gifford after joining from the Highways Agency.

The Highways Agency's former head of environment policy Simon Price has joined consultant Gifford, determined to build on the firm's strong reputation and promote sustainability across a wide range of projects.

Interest in all things linked to roads and sustainability is leading Simon Price far and wide in his quest to spread the word.

In September this year he heads for the World Road Association's four year congress in Paris as the body's sustainable development committee secretary and - following his move from the Highways Agency - as a director of Gifford.

'I have moved over to the private sector because I want to be closer to the challenge of delivering projects which would meet sustainable development policy objectives.' Price recently gave a keynote address on sustainability at the China Roads Sustainable Development Congress in Shangahi.

'As a civil engineer with the Highways Agency I often acted as a witness at public inquiries.

'Increasingly I found that most of the evidence I gave related to environmental impact, so when the opportunity came in 1993 to write the guidance document on environmental impact assessment (Volume 11 of the Design Manual for Roads & Bridges), it was a natural step.' His last task at the Agency was to produce the first Corporate Social Responsibility Report lauded as 'outstanding' by the judges of the PriceWaterhouseCoopers public reporting awards.

Since arriving from the Agency in October last year he has been meeting Gifford's various business: buildings, civil engineering and environment development planning to help them exploit his knowledge.

'At Gifford, we are working to improve integration so we can address the sustainability agenda, build on the company's strengths and give clients a full response in terms of sustainability, ' he adds.

Further details of Price's presentation in Paris can be found at www. piarc. co. uk

Q&A - Simon Price

Career highlight: Seeing the Highways Agency publish a CSR report

Career lowlight: First day as chief witness at the 1989 Airedale Bingley Bypass inquiry. Best described as a learning experience!

New Year's resolution: As always, to try to get fit - seems to get harder every year

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