30 November 2017

Royal Armouries, Leeds


The Judging Panel

David Brown

David Brown
Chair of the Judging Panel and Chief Executive, Transport for the North

David started in this key appointment in November 2015 and comes as Transport for the North (TfN) works towards the publication in March 2016 of its updated strategy for transforming the Northern economy through significantly enhanced connectivity between the city regions.

Previously, David Brown was Chief Executive and Director General of Merseytravel, Merseyside Passenger Transport Executive for two and a half years and in April 2014 the newly formed Liverpool City Region Combined Authority appointed David as Head of Paid Service where he led the transport elements of the Devolution Deal.

Whilst at Merseytravel David led the devolution of rail franchising into the next Northern and TPE franchises through Rail North; a body representing the Local Transport Authorities in the North of England. He has further developed the Merseyrail concession through infrastructure, services and commenced the procurement of the new Rolling Stock Fleet. Merseytravel has also developed "My Ticket", the best ticketing offer for under 18 year olds outside of London, in addition to the Walrus Card, the largest Smart Ticketing system outside of London.

Prior to Merseytravel, David held the position of Director General at South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE), since April 2008, and previously held a number of commercial, operational roles on the railway.

David Chaired pteg (Passenger Transport Executive Group), for two years until January 2015, and he led on all provisions relating to the delivery of bus services in Integrated Transport Authority areas and has developed pteg bus policy.

Louise Ellman MP

Louise Ellman MP
Chair of the House of Commons Transport Select Committee and Labour MP for Liverpool Riverside

Louise Ellman was born in Manchester and has a BA Hons from Hull University and an MPhil from York University.

She worked in further education and at the Open University before her full-time political involvement. She was the leader of Lancashire Council from 1981 to 1997 and has been the Labour and Co-Operative MP for Liverpool Riverside since 1997.

Ms Ellman has been Chair of the House of Commons Transport Select Committee since 2008. The committee has investigated a wide variety of transport issues including motor insurance, High Speed Rail, dealing with bad weather, the coastguard service and buses.

Her political interests include transport, local Government, the Middle East and human trafficking.

Richard Threlfall

Richard Threlfall
Partner & UK Head of Infrastructure, Building and Construction

Richard is UK Head of Infrastructure, Building and Construction at KPMG. He has over 20 years' experience in the financing and structuring of infrastructure projects. His particular focus is advising on transactions for public and private clients in the transport and utility sectors.

Before joining KPMG, Richard was at Citigroup, and before that was employed as a civil servant at the UK Department for Transport where he held positions in the road, rail and aviation directorates. Between 1996 and 1998 he was Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Transport and the Deputy Prime Minister.

Richard's contacts are across the UK infrastructure, construction and transport markets and his clients include Network Rail, High Speed 2 and Highways England. He has advised on some of the UK's most complex projects including HS1, Thames Tideway and the Mersey Gateway Bridge.

Richard is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He also chairs the Advisory Council of The Infrastructure Forum, which is an independent think-tank which brings together organisations with involvement in UK infrastructure from public, private and regulatory perspectives.

David Sidebottom

David Sidebottom
Passenger Director
Transport Focus

David has been with Transport Focus since January 2006 and previously spent over 11 years representing the needs and interests of energy consumers in the north west of England where he was Regional Director of energywatch, the gas and electricity consumer council.


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