NORTH OF ENGLAND TRANSPORT SUMMIT

30TH NOVEMBER 2017

Royal Armouries, Leeds
Armouries Dr, Leeds LS10 1LT

SPEAKERS


Lord Adonis

Lord Adonis
Chair
National Infrastructure Commission

Lord Andrew Adonis was appointed as chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission on 5 October 2015. He was a member of the independent Armitt Commission, which recommended an independent National Infrastructure Commission in 2013.

Andrew Adonis was formerly the Transport Secretary from 2009 to 2010, Minister of State for Transport from 2008 to 2009 and Minister for Schools from 2005 to 2008. He was Head of the No10 Policy Unit from 2001 to 2005.

Councillor Judith Blake

Councillor Judith Blake
Leader
Leeds City Council

Cllr Judith Blake was elected as the first ever female Leader of Leeds City Council in May 2015. She is also the Council's Executive Board Member for Economy and Culture and is playing a key role in attracting major national and international inward investment in to Leeds.

She previously served as Deputy Leader for 5 years. During that time, as the Executive Member for Children's and Families, Cllr Blake helped Children's Services in Leeds move from an Ofsted rating of 'inadequate' to 'good overall', with a rating of 'outstanding' for Leadership and Management. Only 4 other authorities in the country at the time had an 'outstanding' rating within their report.

Cllr Blake has been an elected member since 1996. Her time as a Councillor has seen her have responsibility for a wide range of portfolios including Planning, Education and Leisure. Cllr Blake currently chairs the Council's Executive Board and has also served as a board member for NHS Leeds and the West Yorkshire Police Authority.

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.

Steve Rotheram

Steve Rotheram
Mayor of Liverpool City Region

Steve Rotheram was born in Knowsley in 1961 and was one of eight children.

Steve served as a Liverpool City Councillor in 2002 to represent the Fazakerley ward and as Lord Mayor of Liverpool during the city's European Capital of Culture year of 2008-2009.In 2010, Steve was elected as the Member of Parliament for the Liverpool Walton constituency.

A bricklayer by trade, he'd set up his own company by the age of 22 and later went on to work in various capacities in the construction industry. Having pursued qualifications through FE College, he studied full-time at Liverpool John Moores University and started a Master's Degree in Contemporary Urban Renaissance at Hope University. During this time he was employed as a Business Manager by the Learning and Skills Council.

In May 2017 Steve was elected to become the first ever Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region – securing 59% of the vote – on a manifesto that is ambitious, fair, green, connected and that works together.

Mark Thurston

Mark Thurston
Chief Executive
High Speed 2

Mark joined HS2 as Chief Executive Officer in March 2017.

Previously, Mark was Managing Director for Europe at CH2M and was with the company from June 2008. Mark had P&L responsibility for a business with some 3500 employees that spanned the UK and continental Europe, operating in the Transportation, Water, Environment and Nuclear and Industrial Technologies sectors. With more than 25 years' experience in project and programme management, Mark has worked in both the public and private sectors on some of the UK's largest infrastructure projects.

During his time at CH2M Mark spent a significant amount of time in leadership roles on major programs, including three years as Strategic Projects Director on Crossrail, leading the Programme Partner joint venture Transcend.

Prior to this Mark was Programme Delivery Manager on the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games, where he led the Power Lines Under Grounding project and the £500m Structures, Bridges and Highways programme on behalf of the CLM delivery partner consortium.

Mark started his career as a technician apprentice on the London Underground and trained as an electrical/electronics engineer. He has a Master's Degree in Engineering Project Management from Loughborough University.

Mark is a Visiting Professor at the Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management at University College London and is an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Association for Project Management.

Graham Botham

Graham Botham
Strategy & Planning Director
Network Rail

As Network Rail's Strategy & Planning Director (North) Graham leads Network Rail's long term planning of the national network in the north of England in partnership with Transport for the North. Passionate about how transport and rail, in particular, can facilitate economic growth Graham led the development of and secured the funding for the Northern Hub package of rail improvements across the north of England. Graham joined the rail industry in 1987 undertaking a range of roles delivering passenger services on a daily basis for over 20 years and developing enhancements to support and improve the Strategic Freight Network.
Passionate about how transport and rail in particular can facilitate economic growth Graham led the development of and secured the funding for the Northern Hub package of rail improvements across the north of England.
Graham joined the rail industry in 1987 undertaking a range of roles delivering passenger services on a daily basis for over 20 years and developing enhancements to support and improve the Strategic Freight Network.

SPEAKERS


  • SPEAKERS

  • Lord Adonis

    Chair
    National Infrastructure Commission
  • Councillor Judith Blake

    Leader
    Leeds City Council
  • Robert Drewery

    Commercial Director
    Optare
  • Steve Rotheram

    Mayor of Liverpool City Region
  • Mark Thurston

    Chief Executive
    High Speed 2
  • Graham Botham

    Strategy & Planning Director
    Network Rail
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