The judging panel for the 2018 National Transport Awards
Professor David Begg
Chair of the Judging Panel and Chief Executive of 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.
Louise Ellman MP
Labour MP for Liverpool Riverside
Louise Ellman was born in Manchester and has a BA Hons from Hull University and an MPhil from York University.
She worked in further education and at the Open University before her full-time political involvement. She was the leader of Lancashire Council from 1981 to 1997 and has been the Labour and Co-Operative MP for Liverpool Riverside since 1997.
Ms Ellman was the Chair of the House of Commons Transport Select Committee from 2008-2017. The committee has investigated a wide variety of transport issues including motor insurance, High Speed Rail, dealing with bad weather, the coastguard service and buses.
Her political interests include transport, local Government, the Middle East and human trafficking.
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.
Stephen Joseph OBE
Executive Director Campaign for Better Transport
Stephen Joseph has led Campaign for Better Transport for more than 25 years. His wide-ranging expertise has been instrumental in numerous high profile campaigns and has made the organisation the country’s leading transport charity.
A champion for better, more sustainable transport policy, he has frequently been called on to advise national government and is a regular in the national media.
He was awarded the OBE in 1996 for services to transport and the environment, and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Hertfordshire in November 2010.
Director of Local Transport Policy Department for Transport
Graham currently leads the Local Transport Directorate at the Department for Transport. The Directorate is a major contributor to the Government’s economic growth and localism agendas and is accountable for £2.8bnn annually of public expenditure. Mr Pendlebury is also the senior Whitehall sponsor for South East England Local Enterprise Partnership and had a leadership role in the DfT’s contribution to the London Paralympic Games 2012.
Previously he was Director of Greener Transport & International for six years, responsible for environmental strategy and performance, vehicle standards and DfT’s international relations. He was Director of Road and Vehicle Safety & Standards from 2004 to 2007.
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 Passenger Focus, Anthony was deputy and acting director of ICSTIS, the regulator of premium rate telephone services.
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