UK BUS SUMMIT

9TH FEBRUARY 2017

QEII CENTRE LONDON
BROAD SANCTUARY
LONDON SW1P 3EE

KEYNOTE SPEAKER


Andrew Jones MP

Andrew Jones MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport

Andrew Jones was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at Department for Transport in May 2015. He was elected the Conservative MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough in May 2010.

From May 2003 to May 2011 Andrew was a local councillor on Harrogate Borough Council, representing the High Harrogate ward. He was also Cabinet Member for Resources from May 2003 to May 2010.

Since being elected in 2010, Andrew has been a Parliamentary Private Secretary on the health, business and transport teams. He has also chaired the Northern Electrification Taskforce which provided the Secretary of State for Transport with advice on the next steps for electrification of railways in the North of England.

SPEAKERS


Professor David Begg

Professor David Begg
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.

Neill Birch

Neill Birch
Projects Director
Systra

Neill Birch is SYSTRA's Projects Director. After 17 years with two of the UK's largest public transport groups (Arriva and Go Ahead), Neill has led transport planning and network optimization projects all across the world since joining SYSTRA in 2005. His hands-on experience spans not only the UK but also Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal where he was part of Arriva's early expansion into Europe. For his clients, he has led comprehensive strategic reviews of all public transport in the Republic Ireland, contributed to network reviews in Sheffield, Bristol and Dublin, and managed a strategic review of all road-based subsidised transport in Northern Ireland. In recent years he has also delivered bus network planning projects in India, Abu Dhabi and most recently Kazakhstan. His clients are drawn from both the public and private sectors.

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.

Leon Daniels

Leon Daniels
Managing Director, Surface Transport
Transport for London

Leon joined Transport for London in April 2011 from FirstGroup, where he had been a director of the UK Bus Board since 2000.

For several years Leon owned and ran his own bus company, which grew to be the largest private sector bus company in London prior to the privatisation of London Buses. He sold the company to FirstGroup in 1998.

He oversees TfL's responsibilities for the safe and efficient running of London's buses, taxis, river services, the road network, congestion charging and the Barclays Cycle Hire scheme.

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
Low CVP

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.

Martin Griffiths

Martin Griffiths
Chief Executive
Stagecoach Group

Martin Griffiths is Chief Executive of Stagecoach Group, the leading international public transport group, with extensive operations in the UK, United States and Canada. The Group employs around 35,000 people, and operates bus, coach, train, and tram services.

He is responsible for all aspects of the management of the Group's operations, new business development and implementation of the Group's growth strategy going forward. A Chartered Accountant, Martin Griffiths joined Stagecoach Group in 1998 as Business Development Director and was appointed Finance Director in 2000. Martin Griffiths is co-Chairman of Virgin Rail Group and a non-executive Director of AG Barr plc. He is also a Director of the cross-industry Rail Delivery Group and Chairman of its Commercial Working Group. A member and former Chairman of the Group of Scottish Finance Directors, he was named Scottish Young Finance Director of the Year in 2004.

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.

John Henkel

John Henkel
Executive Sponsor, Smart North Programme
Transport for the North

John Henkel has worked at West Yorkshire Combined Authority (Metro) since 1995 and became Director of Passenger Services in June 2001.

As Director of Passenger Services he was responsible for Metro's wide range of customer services as well as its role in local bus services, including concessionary travel arrangements.

John has been a Director of ITSO and ITSO Services Limited and has represented the six English PTEs on the Traveline Advisory Group.

John has acted as Senior Responsible Officer for a number of programmes including WYCA's Smart Card and Information Programme. He took on the role of Executive Sponsor for Transport for the North's Smart North programme in April 2015 and was seconded to TfN from July 2016.

Dr Manfred Rudhart

Dr Manfred Rudhart
CEO
Arriva

Manfred studied electrical engineering at the Technical University of Karlsruhe before gaining a PhD in the same field at the Franco-Allemand Institute in Saint-Louis, France in 1995. In the same year, he started his professional career in research and development for laser applications before joining management consultancy Booz Allen Hamilton in 1996, where he became a member of the firm's management board in 2003.

In 2008 Manfred joined Deutsche Bahn AG and held a variety of senior management and financial roles within the Group, including CFO for DB Regio AG – the DB company which operates short distance train services, metros and buses in Germany. In May 2013 he was appointed CEO of DB Regio.

Manfred joined Arriva as CEO in January 2016.

Philp Shadbolt OBE

Philp Shadbolt OBE
Chairman
Zeta Automotive

Phil Shadbolt, founder of Zeta, has managed the company since its inception in January 1989. Phil is a highly competent entrepreneur and innovator with the ability to identify customer requirements and match this to a commercially viable solution.

Phil has grown the team to enable Zeta's planned growth and is determined to drive the business to meet the highly innovative aspirations. Phil is committed to pushing the boundaries of R&D by continually developing new innovative solutions within automotive sector. He is part of several local enterprises including Bicester Vision and the Oxfordshire LEP, he is also a Governor at Oxford Brookes University.

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

Laura Shoaf

Laura Shoaf
Managing Director
Transport for West Midlands

Laura Shoaf is Managing Director of Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) – part of the West Midlands Combined Authority. She has more than 20 years international experience in delivering integrated economic and spatial regeneration.

In her native USA, Laura held positions in the New York City Department of City Planning and the Institute of Public Administration, before overseeing several high-level projects both in the UK and America in her role as Principal Consultant for GVA Grimley.

As Head of Strategic Planning and Implementation at the Black Country Consortium, Laura led on transportation and strategic planning, playing a key role in the creation of the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). Becoming Black Country Director of Transport in 2013, Laura championed and provided leadership for the area's transport agenda, integrating transport priorities with the Economic Strategy and providing transport policy and strategy advice directly to Chief Executives, Leaders and the LEP.

In 2015, Laura became Strategic Director for Transport for the West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority and then in June 2016 was appointed Managing Director of TfWM. She is responsible for key initiatives across the metropolitan area such as Midlands Connect, the HS2 Connectivity Package and the region's Strategic Transport Plan. She is also responsible for delivering a £4billion transport package over the next 10 years underpinning economic regeneration in the West Midlands. She liaises closely at senior level with Government departments including the DfT and Treasury and also brokers partnerships with agencies such as Highways England and Network Rail, influencing the national agenda for the benefit of the West Midlands.

Anthony Smith

Anthony Smith
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.

SPEAKERS


  • KEYNOTE SPEAKER

  • Andrew Jones MP

    Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport

  • SPEAKERS

  • Professor David Begg

    Chief Executive
    Transport Times
  • Neill Birch

    Projects Director
    Systra
  • David Brown

    Chief Executive
    Go-Ahead Group Plc
  • Leon Daniels

    Managing Director, Surface Transport
    Transport for London
  • Robert Drewery

    Commercial Director
    Optare
  • Andy Eastlake

    Managing Director
    Low CVP
  • Giles Fearnley

    Managing Director – UK Bus
    FirstGroup Plc
  • Martin Griffiths

    Chief Executive
    Stagecoach Group
  • Claire Haigh

    Chief Executive
    Greener Journeys
  • John Henkel

    Executive Sponsor, Smart North Programme
    Transport for the North
  • Dr Manfred Rudhart

    CEO
    Arriva
  • Philp Shadbolt OBE

    Chairman
    Zeta Automotive
  • Valerie Shawcross CBE

    Deputy Mayor of London for Transport
  • Laura Shoaf

    Managing Director
    Transport for West Midlands
  • Anthony Smith

    Chief Executive
    Transport Focus
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