3 March 2016

Lancaster London Hotel, W2 2TY


The judging panel for the 2016 London Transport Awards

Professor David Begg

Professor David Begg
Chair of the Judging Panel and Chief Executive of Transport Times
Transport Times

Professor 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 and is a member of the Cubic Transportation Systems’ Advisory Board. 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.

Valerie Shawcross CBE

Valerie Shawcross CBE
Chair, Transport Committee

Valerie has a BA in Politics and an MA in Education. She has worked for the Inner London Education Authority, the Commonwealth Secretariat and as Head of Public Affairs for the National Federation of Women's Institutes. She is a former Labour Party National Women's Officer. She was a Croydon councillor between 1994 and 2000, serving as Leader (1997-2000). Valerie was awarded a CBE in 2002.

She was elected to the Assembly in 2000 and between 2000-2008 she chaired the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (which runs London Fire Brigade). Since 2008 She has alternated being Chair and Deputy Chair of the Assembly Transport Committee annually.

Valerie is Patron of the Brixton based charity Ebony Horse Club, which provides riding lessons and training in animal care to local young people.

Nick Lester-Davis

Nick Lester-Davis
Corporate Director of Services
London Councils

Nick Lester-Davis is London Councils’ Corporate Director of Services, responsible for the provision of all those services carried out collectively on behalf of all the London boroughs. These range from parking and traffic enforcement to Freedom Pass and door to door transport.

He was previously London Councils’ Director of Transport, Environment and Planning and, as London Parking Director, was responsible for introducing civil parking enforcement into the UK in 1993

Janet Cooke

Janet Cooke
Chief Executive
London TravelWatch

Janet Cooke is chief executive of London TravelWatch, the multi-modal body representing transport users in and around London.

The watchdog uses its extensive evidence base drawn from feedback it gets from consumers and its own research to influence transport operators and key decision-makers to improve the journey experience for everyone travelling in London.


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