NORTH OF ENGLAND TRANSPORT SUMMIT

26TH NOVEMBER 2019

KEYNOTE SPEAKER


Barry White

Barry White
Chief Executive
Transport for the North

Barry leads the development and delivery of Transport for the North's Strategic Transport Plan and provides strategic leadership to deliver the organisation's vision of a thriving North of England where modern transport connections drive economic growth and support an excellent quality of life.

He is accountable for the overall performance of the organisation, its integrity and activities.

SPEAKERS


Prof. David Begg - Session Chair

Prof. David Begg - Session Chair
Chief Executive
Transport Times

Prof David Begg is Chief Executive of Portobello Partnership Ltd which specialises in strategic advice to clients in the transport sector; publishes Transport Times online blogs and runs a series of transport best practice awards in conjunction with the Department for Transport, Transport Scotland, Transport for London and Transport for the North.

He is a non-executive board member of Heathrow Airport Holdings Ltd, is a member of the Cubic Transportation Systems' Advisory Board and chairs EAMS Group.

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.

David Sidebottom - Session Chair

David Sidebottom - Session Chair
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.

Cllr Judith Blake

Cllr 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 represents Middleton & Belle Isle in Leeds. 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.

In July 2016 Cllr Blake was announced as Chair of the Core Cities Group. The Group represents the Councils of England's eight largest city economies outside London, along with Glasgow and Cardiff. She is also Vice Chair of the LGA's Environment, Economy, Housing & Transport Board.

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.

In her role as Executive Member for Children's and Families' Cllr Blake helped Children's Services achieve an Ofsted rating of 'good overall' with a rating of 'outstanding' for Leadership and Management, only 4 other authorities have an 'outstanding' rating within their report.

Neil Connor

Neil Connor
Client Executive Transport Operators
Fujitsu UK

Neil currently heads up Fujitsu's Transport Operator business across the UK. Within this role Neil brings his depth and breadth of expertise working across both private sector customers in Rail and Bus alongside his work with the public sector and his relationship with the Department for Transport and other key stakeholder groups such as the Rail Delivery Group. A working technical and commercial knowledge of digitising transport infrastructure and operations as providers pursue more passenger-centric solutions.

Prior to joining Fujitsu, Neil was seconded to the Department of Transport in their procurement team to design a group procurement operating model, ultimately gaining executive endorsement. Previously to this Neil gained experience from management roles leading a range of innovative partnerships and business development activities within BT Global Services, Syntegra and Digital Equipment Company.

Arianna Giovannini

Arianna Giovannini
Interim Director
IPPR North

Arianna leads IPPR North, IPPR's dedicated think-tank for the North of England. 

She is an expert in devolution, regional and local economic development, local government and politics, multi-level governance, and the politics of territorial identity.

Before joining IPPR North in July 2019 as Interim Director, Arianna was Deputy Director of the Local Governance Research Centre (LGRC) and a Senior Lecturer in Local Politics at the Department of Politics, People and Place – De Montfort University, Leicester. In her role at the LGRC, Arianna led a wide range of research and consultancy projects on devolution deals, the Northern Powerhouse, the changing landscape of local government, the New Municipalism, central-local relations, austerity and Brexit. Prior to that, she held research positions at the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI, University of Sheffield), and at the University of Leeds (POLIS) working on the White Rose Consortium for the North of England project.

Arianna holds a PhD in Political Sociology from Leeds Metropolitan University (now Leeds Beckett), where she critically analysed the case of England's exclusion from the process of devolution initiated in 1997, using the failed attempt to set up directly elected regional assemblies in the North East, North West and Yorkshire & Humber in 2004 as a lens through which to read the so-called 'English Question'. Her latest book Developing England's North: the Political Economy of the Northern Powerhouse (with Craig Berry, MMU) was published in 2018 by Palgrave, and provides a critical assessment of the Coalition and Conservative government Northern Powerhouse and devolution strategy across the North, whilst also offering an alternative policy agenda to drive the North's potential.

Understanding and promoting the politics, governance and political economy of the North has been the driver of Arianna's research activity throughout her career. Arianna believes passionately in the importance of shifting the current approach to devolution and the Northern Powerhouse, turning these into inclusive agendas that benefit all people and places in the North.

 

Lilian Greenwood MP

Lilian Greenwood MP
Chair
Transport Select Committee

Lilian Greenwood was elected as MP for Nottingham South in 2010, and was appointed to the Transport Select Committee in the same year. In 2011 Lilian became Shadow Local Transport Minister, before moving on to the role of Shadow Rail Minister in January 2013.

Lilian was promoted to the Shadow Cabinet in September 2015, becoming Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, and retained the Transport brief until her resignation in June 2016. During this time Lilian campaigned successfully for the widening of the A453 and extensions to Nottingham's tram network, and has been a strong advocate for electrification of the Midland Main Line.

Since July 2017 Lilian has been Chair of the Transport Select Committee where she remains committed to ensuring that the needs of all transport users are addressed, particularly those whose voices are least heard by decision-makers.

Claire Haigh

Claire Haigh
Chief Executive, Greener Journeys
Executive Director, Transport Knowledge Hub

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. She is the Executive Director of the Transport Knowledge Hub; and a Director of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership. She also chairs the Delivery & Impacts Independent Review Panel for the Government's Joint Air Quality Unit (DfT/Defra); and, has been an Advisor and Board Member of Transport for Greater Manchester.

Previously she was Project Director for Journey Solutions, where she was responsible for PLUSBUS. Other previous roles include Sales Director for Chameleon Press; and, Account Executive for DDB advertising agency. She read History and German at Magdalen College Oxford. She is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce.

Frazer Henderson

Frazer Henderson
Head of High Speed and Cross-Border Rail Policy
Transport Scotland

Frazer Henderson is currently Head of High Speed and Cross Border Rail Policy at Transport Scotland. Since joining the Scottish Administration in 2004 he has been responsible for policy, promotion and production of the Transport (Scotland) Act 2005 (which created regional transport partnerships and established the Scottish Road Works Commissioner), the Transport and Works (Scotland) Act 2007, the Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Act 2008, the Forth Crossing Act 2011 (enabling the construction of the Queensferry Crossing) and latterly Head of Rail Policy where he lead the specification for the successful letting of the ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper franchises.

His interest in transport is long-standing; he vividly recalls his first job, in the 1980s, which involved test-driving the then revolutionary Sinclair C5!

David Hoggarth

David Hoggarth
Rail North Ltd Director

David is Strategic Rail Director at Transport for the North (TfN), England's first Sub-national Transport Body. David oversees TfN's strategic rail programme as well as local input to the management of the Northern and TransPennine franchises. David has worked on the development and implementation of rail devolution in the North of England, including the progression of a Long Term Rail Strategy for the North of England which forms a major part of Transport for the North's Strategic Transport Plan - demonstrating how investment in transport infrastructure can drive economic growth, improve people's lives, and provide greater opportunities for people across the North.

David was previously the Director of Rail North, which was merged with Transport for the North when TfN became a statutory body in 2018. Prior to this David was Director for Development at West Yorkshire Combined Authority and West Yorkshire's lead on rail strategy, services and projects. David has an M.Sc in Transport Planning from the University of Newcastle and worked for JMP Consultants and the City of York Council prior to the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

Henri Murison

Henri Murison
Director
Northern Powerhouse Partnership

Henri Murison, Director, Northern Powerhouse Partnership
As its first permanent Director, he has established the Northern Powerhouse Partnership as the business led organisation which convenes the North together. From securing further investment to guarantee HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail would work together as an integrated high speed network, to challenging for a better deal for the most disadvantaged from the education system, his team are focused on how government, business and partners can drive the North's ambitions. Before joining the Partnership, he worked in senior research and public affairs roles for the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner and Yorkshire Building Society, as well as previously serving as Cabinet Member for Quality of Life at Newcastle City Council.

Cllr Liam Robinson

Cllr Liam Robinson
Chair
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Cllr Liam Robinson is a Liverpool City Councillor, who has represented the Kensington and Fairfield Ward since 2008. He was elected Chair of Merseytravel in June 2012. Merseytravel is the Executive body that provides professional, strategic and operational transport advice to the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority to enable it to make informed decisions. It is also the delivery arm, making transport happen.

Cllr Robinson has key roles in strategic transport groups, ensuring the Liverpool City Region is at the 'top table' when it comes to influencing and decision making on a regional and national basis. He is city region representative on the Transport for the North board and currently Chairs the Rail North Limited Board.

Making public transport more affordable, particularly for young people, is a key focus for Cllr Robinson. He has championed the introduction of reduced price bus fares for all young people up to their 19th Birthday. The development of a bus strategy, believed to be the first of its kind, has been introduced under Cllr Robinson's chairmanship with the aim of focused collaboration between Merseytravel and the operators, with the joint objective of sustainable patronage growth.

Cllr Robinson grew up in Cheshire and studied politics at Manchester University. He has held a number of management positions in the Bus, Coach and Rail sectors including managing three of Britain's largest railway stations: Liverpool Lime Street, London Liverpool Street and Sheffield.

Tim Shoveller

Tim Shoveller
Regional MD North West +Central
Network Rail

Tim Shoveller is Managing Director of Network Rail's North West and Central Region. He started this role in June 2019 after moving from Stagecoach, where he was MD of the rail division.

Previously, as MD of South West Trains, Tim led the development of the Alliance working with Network Rail. Earlier in his career, Tim was MD at East Midlands Trains from the start of the franchise in 2007.

He joined Stagecoach from Virgin Trains where, as Business Development Director and previously Operations Director, he played a key role in the success of Virgin West Coast. Earlier career highlights included roles as Operations Director at Midland Mainline, Wessex Trains and senior positions at Eurostar.

Tim has 25 years' experience in the rail industry, initially joining British Rail as a Guard at Guildford.

He is also a Fellow and Board member of the Institution of Railway Operators and is passionate about developing people and skills within the industry. He is Chairman of the Railway Benefit Fund charity, which supports current and former employees and their families.

Mark Thurston

Mark Thurston
CEO
HS2

As the CEO of High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd, Mark has the privilege and ultimate responsibility for leading the company that has been charged with delivering a new high speed railway that will connect the major cities of the UK. The vision is for HS2 to be a catalyst for growth across Britain and become the backbone of Britain's rail network. It will better connect the country's major cities and economic hubs and help deliver a stronger, more balanced economy, better able to compete on the global stage. It will open up local and regional markets and will attract investment and improve job opportunities for hundreds of thousands of people across the whole country. HS2 Ltd began operations in January 2009. The company currently employs around 1,600 people, with the majority of staff working at its headquarters in Birmingham.

Mark joined HS2 Ltd in March 2017; he has some 30 years' experience including leadership roles in engineering, project and programme management and business operations. Having worked for client, consulting and delivery organisations, Mark has a successful track record across a mix of major organisations and investment programmes, and worked on both the London 2012 Olympics and Crossrail. He was previously the European MD of engineering and projects company CH2M.

Mark started his career as a technician apprentice on the London Underground. He is a Visiting Professor at the Bartlett school of Construction and Project Management at UCL and an honorary fellow of both the Association for Project Management and the Institution of Civil Engineers.

SPEAKERS


  • KEYNOTE SPEAKER

  • Barry White

    Chief Executive
    Transport for the North

  • SPEAKERS

  • Prof. David Begg - Session Chair

    Chief Executive
    Transport Times
  • David Sidebottom - Session Chair

    Director
    Transport Focus
  • Cllr Judith Blake

    Leader
    Leeds City Council
  • Neil Connor

    Client Executive Transport Operators
    Fujitsu UK
  • Arianna Giovannini

    Interim Director
    IPPR North
  • Lilian Greenwood MP

    Chair
    Transport Select Committee
  • Claire Haigh

    Chief Executive, Greener Journeys
    Executive Director, Transport Knowledge Hub
  • Frazer Henderson

    Head of High Speed and Cross-Border Rail Policy
    Transport Scotland
  • David Hoggarth

    Rail North Ltd Director
  • Henri Murison

    Director
    Northern Powerhouse Partnership
  • Cllr Liam Robinson

    Chair
    Liverpool City Region Combined Authority
  • Tim Shoveller

    Regional MD North West +Central
    Network Rail
  • Mark Thurston

    CEO
    HS2
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