King of the road

CIVIL engineer Elspeth King will become Scotland’s roads watchdog in January.
She has been appointed as the second Scottish Road Works Commissioner following the retirement of John Gooday. The appointment is for five years.
The post was established to improve planning, co-ordination and quality of road works and King will monitor performance and promote good practice among utility companies and roads authorities. The commissioner has the power to apply penalties where legislative duties are not carried out.
A civil engineering graduate of the University of Edinburgh, King is a chartered civil engineer with 30 years’ experience in the design, operation, management and maintenance of road networks. She has been employed in both public and private sectors and has eight years’ experience at a senior level of the independent auditing of contract compliance in the road and rail industries.