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The judging panel for the 2019 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.

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.

Katharina Winbeck

Katharina Winbeck
Head of Transport, Environment and Infrastructure.
London Councils

Katharina is the Head of Transport, Environment and Infrastructure at London Councils. 

Richard Dilks

Richard Dilks
Programme Director
London First

Richard is our transport director, working on all aspects of the movement of people and goods around Greater London and its surrounding areas. He shapes our transport policy, manages the relationship with 30 or so of our transport-focused members and devises our transport and infrastructure events programme.

Before joining London First, Richard was at Which?, working in transport policy and before that in consumer journalism including transport. Richard's early career was in the film and TV sector, working on set as a script supervisor. Richard is a Board Member of London TravelWatch, the statutory watchdog for passengers across London and the South East.


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Colin Matthews

Chairman, Highways England