UK BUS SUMMIT

8TH FEBRUARY 2018

QEII CENTRE LONDON
BROAD SANCTUARY WESTMINSTER
LONDON SW1P 3EE

SPEAKERS


Professor David Begg (Chair)

Professor David Begg (Chair)
Chief Executive
Transport Times

Prof David Begg is Chief Executive of Portobello Partnership Ltd which specialises in strategic advice to clients in the transport sector; publishes Transport Times magazine; and runs a series of transport best practice awards in conjunction with the Department for Transport, Transport Scotland and Transport for London.

He is a non-executive board member of Heathrow Airport Holdings Ltd, a member of the Cubic Transportation Systems' Advisory Board and a non-executive chairman of EAMS Group.

From 1999 to 2005 he chaired the Government's Commission for Integrated Transport which was set up to advise the Government on transport policy and to monitor performance. He was a board member of Transport for London from 2000 to 2006 before joining Tube Lines as chairman (2006-2010). He was a non-executive director of the Strategic Rail Authority and before that British Rail. From 2005-2014 David was a Non-Executive Director of First Group Ltd.

Before moving to London he was Professor of Transport Policy at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. He is a visiting professor in Transport at Plymouth University. In the 1990s he was the political lead on transport on Lothian Region and then the City of Edinburgh councils.

Susan Aitken

Susan Aitken
Glasgow City Council Leader
Glasgow City Council

Susan Aitken became Leader of Glasgow City Council when the SNP became the largest party on the Council and formed a minority administration in May 2017. She was elected as a councillor for the Langside ward, where she lives, in 2012 and has been leader of the SNP group since 2014, having previously served as the group spokesperson on health and social care. She is the SNP's national Local Government Convener.

Before being elected, Susan worked in a variety of policy and research roles in the Scottish Parliament and the third sector, and as a freelance writer and editor specialising in health and social care policy. She grew up in Biggar in South Lanarkshire, moved to Glasgow aged 17 and is a graduate of both Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities.

David Brown

David Brown
Chief Executive
Go-Ahead Group Plc

David is Chief Executive of The Go-Ahead Group. Go-Ahead is one of the UK's leading providers of quality public transport employing over 23,500 people and carrying more than one billion passengers each year on its trains and buses. Go-Ahead has a 30% share of all rail passenger journeys made in the UK on its three train operating companies. It operates bus companies across the UK from as far afield as Newcastle to Plymouth and is the largest bus operator in London.

David has held a number of senior positions in the transport industry including MD of Berks Bucks Bus Co Ltd, Chief Executive of Go-Ahead's London Bus division and MD for Surface Transport at Transport for London. At TfL he had a diverse range of responsibilities including London Buses (one of the world's largest urban bus networks), managing London's Red Route road network, congestion charging, and he introduced the Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme.

Paul Buchanan

Paul Buchanan
Partner
Volterra

Volterra Partner, Paul Buchanan, is a transport economist with some 30 years experience in the planning, economic and financial appraisal of a wide range of public and private sector transport investments.

Paul has specific expertise in the development of the economic case for public transport projects; he has developed the approach to valuing Wider Economic Benefits (WEBs) for Crossrail (2001-2004), subsequently incorporated into UK appraisal guidance.

With extensive Australian experience having worked on HSR, Melbourne Metro, Adelaide LRT, Adelaide development forecasting and Cross River Rail in Brisbane, and most recently with TfNSW on Parramatta LRT and Burwood LRT.

Paul sits on the High Speed 2 Economic Advisory Panel (since 2012) and the Crossrail 2 Expert Panel (since 2014).

Paul has a broad background in transport policy advice and the application of pricing and legislative tools to achieve particular financial and policy objectives; he has solid understanding of the information requirements of investors and financial institutions with respect to investments in transport projects.

Robert Drewery

Robert Drewery
Commercial Director
Optare

Robert has over 15 years of national and international sales and marketing experience gained within the bus and commercial vehicle industries at a senior level.

Robert's career in the commercial vehicle and bus industry started with Leyland Daf where he gained extensive experience in both sales and aftersales, followed by the role of business development director of the truck maintenance company, Pullman Fleet Services.
More recently Robert led the Wrightbus sales team to win a number of major UK and international contracts supplying Wrightbus products. Robert also oversaw the introduction and support of the New Routemaster.

Over the last 18 months at Optare, Robert has been focused on engaging with operators across the UK to the deliver an extensive demonstration programme for the new double deck product and extended range electric buses. He has also used his international sales experience to help expand Optare's presence in overseas markets, in particular Australia and South East Asia.

Andy Eastlake

Andy Eastlake
Managing Director
LowCVP

Andy Eastlake was appointed as the LowCVP's Managing Director in April 2012, after serving both on the board and as chair of the members council for many years. Andy has a strong background in vehicle engineering, specialising in powertrain developments, fuel economy and emission. He was formerly Group Head of Commercial and Projects at Millbrook Proving Ground where he led the work on powertrain test and development programmes and alternative fuels for a variety of global OEM customers. As head of laboratories Andy was responsible for all technical aspects of the Millbrook business and for government and European legislative relations. He joined Millbrook after a year's training with Vauxhall Motors by whom he was sponsored to study for a degree in Mechanical Engineering at Southampton University. He is also a Board member of CENEX the Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon & Fuel Cell Technologies and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Giles Fearnley

Giles Fearnley
Managing Director – UK Bus
FirstGroup Plc

Giles Fearnley has been Managing Director of First Group's UK Bus Division since February 2011.

In 1991 he led a management buy-out of Blazefield Holdings which operated bus networks principally across Yorkshire and Lancashire. He remained as Chief Executive for two years following the group's sale to Transdev plc in 2006. In the mid 90's Giles took a "sabbatical" from the bus industry into rail and was one of the founders of Prism Rail plc, which operated four UK passenger rail franchises. He was appointed as Chief Executive and led the Group prior to the sale in 2000 to National Express. He then served as Chairman of Grand Central, the open access rail operator, prior to its sale to BB in 2011.

At various times, Giles has served as Chairman of the Association of Train Operating Companies and President and then Chairman until 2011, of the Confederation of Passenger Transport.

Claire Haigh

Claire Haigh
Chief Executive
Greener Journeys

Claire Haigh is Chief Executive of Greener Journeys, a coalition of the UK's major public transport groups and other supporters committed to encouraging people to make more sustainable travel choices. Her other current roles include: Director of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership, and Advisor on the Board of Transport for Greater Manchester. She is also a regular columnist for the monthly magazine Transport Times.

Claire was previously Project Director for Journey Solutions, where she was responsible for the creation and implementation of PLUSBUS – the national integrated bus/rail ticket. Other previous roles include Sales Director for the Chameleon Press printing company. She read History and German at Magdalen College Oxford, and began her career in advertising working as an Account Executive for DDB. Her interests include her work as an artist, for which she has had several solo exhibitions in central London. She also has links with a number of charitable organisations including CRISIS, for which she is a Community Ambassador.

She is Chartered Fellow (FCILT) of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and a Fellow of (FRSA) of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers & Commerce.

Lilli Matson

Lilli Matson
Director of Transport Strategy
Transport for London

As Transport for London's Director of Transport Strategy, I lead TfL's strategy and planning of surface transport priorities and projects – with a focus on managing freight and transport demand, planning for bus priority across London, promoting walking, cycling, accessible public transport and improving road safety. I have worked with TfL since 2006.

I was a member of the UK Government's Commission for Integrated Transport 1998-2004 and ran my own transport consultancy for five years, leading major projects for a range of clients including the Department for Transport, DCLG, Government agencies, local authorities and the voluntary sector.

Prior to working as a consultant, I led UK countryside group Campaign for the Protection of Rural England's transport work for seven years, influencing national transport policy during this time.

Kevin O'Connor

Kevin O'Connor
Managing Director
Arriva UK Bus

Arriva is proud to support the Transport Knowledge Hub, which will provide a useful toolbox for LEPs and other commissioners to make the transport investments required to drive local economic growth. We share with LEPs a mutual goal of boosting economies and strengthening communities, and public transport has an important role to play achieving these objectives.

Arriva works closely with employers, making adjustments to routes and timetables to fit their needs. Last year Arriva undertook a significant market research project with existing and non-users of bus services, which underlined the need to make bus travel more convenient. In response, Arriva is making journeys simpler, easier and orientated around what customers want. For example, we are piloting a new demand responsive service, ArrivaClick, in Kent where customers can book a journey using their phones and be picked up at the nearest corner – a "virtual bus stop".

Reducing journey times could significantly support local communities and tackle one of the biggest challenges facing the UK economy – the need to boost productivity. Bus is a cost-effective and flexible solution to address this challenge. With each double-decker potentially taking 75 cars off the road, buses can help to ease the pressure on the road network and alleviate congestion.

We need to work in partnership, making journeys even more convenient and supporting local economies. The Transport Knowledge Hub is a great platform and we hope these practical resources will play a useful role supporting collaboration and conversation, helping to achieve these important objectives.

Valerie Shawcross CBE

Valerie Shawcross CBE
Deputy Mayor of London for Transport

Valerie Shawcross became Deputy Mayor for Transport in May 2016. Prior to her appointment Valerie was London Assembly Member for Lambeth & Southwark a position she was first elected to in 2000. Valerie was Chair and Leader of the London and Emergency Planning Authority, which runs The London Fire Brigade between 200-2008. She chaired (and deputy chaired) The London Assembly Transport Committee from 2008 – 2016. Before being elected to the London Assembly Val was a councillor in the London Borough of Croydon, having been elected in 1994 and becoming Council Leader in 1997.

Prior to her involvement as an elected representative, Val has worked for, UK Council for Overseas Student Affairs, World University Service UK, The Labour Party, in further and higher education at ILEA, was a development project manager for the Commonwealth Secretariat and headed up the Public Affairs work at the National Federation of Women's Institutes. She was awarded a CBE for services to local government in 2002.

Anthony Smith (Chair)

Anthony Smith (Chair)
Chief Executive
Transport Focus

Anthony Smith is Chief Executive of Transport Focus, the independent consumer watchdog for Britain's passengers.

Having qualified as a solicitor, Anthony worked for five years as principal consumer lawyer for the Consumers' Association, publishers of Which? This was followed by a year as the legal consultant for Consumers International, a worldwide federation of consumer groups.


Prior to joining Transport Focus, Anthony was deputy and acting director of ICSTIS, the regulator of premium rate telephone services.

Humza Yousaf MSP

Humza Yousaf MSP
Minister for Transport and the Islands
Scottish Government

Humza Yousaf was born in Glasgow on April 7, 1985. He was educated at Hutchesons' Grammar School and the University of Glasgow, graduating with a degree in Politics. He is also an alumnus of the US State Department's prestigious International Visitor Learning Programme.

He went on to work in the Scottish Parliament as an aide to the late Bashir Ahmad MSP before he was elected as an MSP for the Glasgow Region in May 2011. He was a Parliamentary Liaison Officer to former First Minister Alex Salmond MSP and was appointed Minister for External Affairs and International Development in September 2012. He was appointed Minister for Transport and the Islands in May 2016.

SPEAKERS


  • SPEAKERS

  • Professor David Begg (Chair)

    Chief Executive
    Transport Times
  • Susan Aitken

    Glasgow City Council Leader
    Glasgow City Council
  • David Brown

    Chief Executive
    Go-Ahead Group Plc
  • Paul Buchanan

    Partner
    Volterra
  • Robert Drewery

    Commercial Director
    Optare
  • Andy Eastlake

    Managing Director
    LowCVP
  • Giles Fearnley

    Managing Director – UK Bus
    FirstGroup Plc
  • Claire Haigh

    Chief Executive
    Greener Journeys
  • Lilli Matson

    Director of Transport Strategy
    Transport for London
  • Kevin O'Connor

    Managing Director
    Arriva UK Bus
  • Valerie Shawcross CBE

    Deputy Mayor of London for Transport
  • Anthony Smith (Chair)

    Chief Executive
    Transport Focus
  • Humza Yousaf MSP

    Minister for Transport and the Islands
    Scottish Government
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