13 June 2019

Radisson Hotel, Glasgow

STA: Scottish Transport Awards

16 June

Radisson Blu Hotel: Argyle St, Glasgow G2 8DL


The judging panel for the 2019 Scottish Transport Awards

 Professor David Begg

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.

Roy Brannen

Roy Brannen
Chief Executive
Transport Scotland

Roy took over the role as Chief Executive in Transport Scotland on 5 November 2015. Prior to that he was the Director of Trunk Road and Bus Operations where he had responsibility for the management and operation of the Scottish trunk road network, some 3,500km in total for which his direct responsibilities include trunk road safety, delivering the annual maintenance programme effectively, the implementation and development of Intelligent Transport Systems, the maintenance of the trunk road bridges stock and commenting on proposals for development which might impact on the Trunk Road Network.

Roy's responsibilities also included the operation of Scotland's National Concessionary Travel Schemes, the Bus Service Operator's Grant and the development of a national Smart and Integrated Ticketing strategy.

Roy is a Chartered Civil Engineer and a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers with over 25 years experience in the field of highway engineering.

Professor Iain Docherty

Professor Iain Docherty
Professor of Public Policy and Governance and Head of Management
University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School

Iain’s research and teaching addresses the interconnecting issues of public administration, institutional change and city and regional competitiveness, with particular emphasis on the structures and processes of local and regional governance, policies for delivering improved economic performance and environmental sustainability, and the development and implementation of strategic planning and transport policies.

His total research and consultancy awards in the last six years exceed £2 million, and he is currently Co-Director of the Scottish Cities Knowledge Centre and Co-Investigator on two major Research Council projects on sustainable transport and low carbon transitions.

Iain has worked with and advised a range of private sector, governmental and other organisations including governments and public agencies in the UK, US, Australia, Canada and Sweden, and the OECD. He served as Non-Executive director of Transport Scotland, the national transport agency for Scotland, from 2006 – 2010. Iain was appointed as one of the inaugural members of the Royal Society of Edinburgh's Young Academy of Scotland in 2011, and to the Expert Panel advising the North East Independent Economic Review in 2012.

Professor George Hazel OBE

Professor George Hazel OBE
MRC McLean Hazel

Dr Hazel is a Director of the George Hazel Consultancy, an Adjunct Professor at Queensland University of Technology and Chair of the Advisory Panel for the Transport Research Institute, Edinburgh Napier University.

He was a member of the UK Secretary of State for Transport’s Steering Group for National Road User Charging, chair of the World Roads Congress C10 Committee, researching urban areas and transport, chair of the Scottish Public Policy Unit’s Transport Commission and Chair of Transport 2000’s Forum on Revitalising Communities on Main Roads. In January 2005 he was awarded the OBE for services to transport. He is an expert on towns and city regions and has written a book on Making Cities Work, published by Wiley.

Previously he was Professor of Transport Policy at the Centre for Transport Policy where he looked after the consultancy business. From 1996 to 1999 he was Director of City Development for the City of Edinburgh Council responsible for planning, economic development, transportation and property.

Joan Aitken

Joan Aitken
Traffic Commissioner for Scotland

Joan Aitken has been Traffic Commissioner for Scotland since 2003. She is a solicitor by profession and activist by instinct. She is passionate about road safety and public transport. In 2017 she became an Ambassador for Transaid, having completed its Cycling Challenge in South Africa and is in training for Zambia.

Michelle Rennie

Michelle Rennie
Director of Major Transport Infrastructure Projects
Transport Scotland

As Director of Major Transport Infrastructure Projects, Michelle is responsible for the design, development, promotion, procurement and construction of the motorway and trunk road programme and the Queensferry Crossing project.

She has a wide range of experience on infrastructure projects, most recently including the M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements and the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route/Balmedie to Tipperty NPD projects.

A civil engineer by profession, Michelle is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a graduate of Queens University, Belfast.


Transport Times is well known for providing unrivalled insight into the transport industry from thought leaders in the sector. The awards and events that the Transport Team produce have similar status as the best in the industry, and that's why we've been proud of First Group's involvement over the years in sponsoring numerous awards and why we will continue to support these events in the future

Tim O'Toole CBE

Former CEO, FirstGroup