November 2017


Prof. David Begg

Prof. 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.

Ed Cox

Ed Cox
IPPR North

Before joining IPPR in 2009, Ed was policy adviser to the communities and local government secretary. He was previously the director of policy and public affairs at the Local Government Information Unit, and served as a commissioner on the Government's Commission on Integration and Cohesion.
Ed has led IPPR North, IPPR's dedicated thinktank for the north of England, since 2009.

Ed makes regular appearances in the media, recently appearing on BBC Breakfast, the Politics Show, BBC Radio 4's Today Programme and writing articles for the Guardian, Independent and local newspapers. He is also a regular keynote speaker and chair at national conferences.

He has written over 20 reports on topics covering Northern schools, skills, banking, Brexit, devolution and health innovation. His work on transport laid down a blueprint for what has become Transport for the North and he chairs the Northern Ports, Freight and Logistics Forum.

He is also a leading expert on devolution, having published the seminal report Decentralisation Decade and been a long-standing champion for metro mayors and other democratic reforms. He is a champion for a stronger Northern voice in national debates about economy and society.

David Sidebottom

David Sidebottom
Passenger Director
Transport Focus

David has been with Transport Focus since January 2006 and previously spent over 11 years representing the needs and interests of energy consumers in the north west of England where he was Regional Director of energywatch, the gas and electricity consumer council.

Richard Threlfall

Richard Threlfall
Partner & UK Head of Infrastructure, Building and Construction

Richard is UK Head of Infrastructure, Building and Construction at KPMG. He has over 20 years' experience in the financing and structuring of infrastructure projects. His particular focus is advising on transactions for public and private clients in the transport and utility sectors.

Before joining KPMG, Richard was at Citigroup, and before that was employed as a civil servant at the UK Department for Transport where he held positions in the road, rail and aviation directorates. Between 1996 and 1998 he was Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Transport and the Deputy Prime Minister.

Richard's contacts are across the UK infrastructure, construction and transport markets and his clients include Network Rail, High Speed 2 and Highways England. He has advised on some of the UK's most complex projects including HS1, Thames Tideway and the Mersey Gateway Bridge.

Richard is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He also chairs the Advisory Council of The Infrastructure Forum, which is an independent think-tank which brings together organisations with involvement in UK infrastructure from public, private and regulatory perspectives.

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Colin Matthews

Chairman, Highways England