KEYNOTE SPEAKER


Michael Matheson MSP

Michael Matheson MSP
Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity
Scottish Government

Michael Matheson was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity in June 2018.

He was born in Glasgow in 1970 and educated at St John Bosco Secondary School. He went on to study at Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh, where he obtained a BSc in Occupational Therapy. He also holds a BA and a Diploma in Applied Social Sciences from the Open University.

Prior to becoming an MSP, Mr Matheson practised as a Community Occupational Therapist with Stirling Council, Central Regional Council, and Highland Regional Council.

He was elected as the MSP for Falkirk West following the May 2007 elections. Previous to that he was a Regional MSP for Central Scotland from 1999 to 2007. Before being appointed Minister for Public Health and Sport, Mr Matheson was Vice Convenor of the European and External Relations Committee. He also sat on the Scottish Parliament's Health and Sport Committee, and previously served on the Justice and Enterprise and Culture Committees. Michael Matheson was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Justice in November 2014 and reappointed in May 2016.

He was re-elected in May 2011 and thereafter appointed as Minister for Public Health.

SPEAKERS


Prof. Jillian Anable

Prof. Jillian Anable
Chair
Research and Evidence Group - Scottish National Transport Strategy Review

Jillian Anable is Professor of Transport and Energy at the Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds. Her research addresses the potential for demand-side solutions to reduce carbon and energy from transport. Broadly, her current research direction investigates 'the future of the car' – bringing together socio-technical developments including electrification, new mobility services and the psychology of car owning and driving to explore the concept of 'car usership'. She currently leads the Transport and Mobility Theme in the UKRI's Centre for Research on Energy Demand Solutions as well as the Energy for Mobility Theme of the UK Energy Research Centre. She has sat on a number of advisory boards and strategy panels for UK Government Departments, the Climate Change Committee, US Dept. of Energy, HoL Science and Tech Committee, RCUK and NGOs, most recently acting as Chair to the Research and Evidence Group for the Scottish National Transport Strategy Review and Steering Group member of the UK Government's Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce.

Keith Anderson

Keith Anderson
Chief Executive
ScottishPower

Keith is Chief Executive Officer for ScottishPower and he also sits on the ScottishPower Board, where he was appointed in February 2012.

Keith has full responsibility for the Company's activities in the UK including the £5.3bn investment plan to 2022 designed to strengthen the position of the Company as the Utility of the Future.

Prior to joining ScottishPower, Keith had worked with some major financial institutions including The Royal Bank of Scotland and Standard Life, as well as working as a management consultant with Ernst & Young.

Prof. David Begg

Prof. David Begg
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 blog; 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, a member of the Cubic Transportation Systems' Advisory Board and until September 2019 was a non-executive chairman of 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.

Roy Brannen

Roy Brannen
CEO
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.

Prof. Iain Docherty

Prof. Iain Docherty
Dean for the Institute for Advanced Studies
University of Stirling

Professor Iain Docherty is Dean for the Institute for Advanced Studies. He joined the University of Stirling in April 2019. Prior to this, he was Professor of Public Policy and Governance and Director of External Engagement at the University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School.

Iain completed his BSc in Geography and PhD in Geography and Economic & Social History at the University of Glasgow.

His research interests focus on the interconnecting issues of public policy, institutional change and city and regional competitiveness, especially the role of transport in promoting economic development and environmental sustainability.

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, The Netherlands and Sweden, and the OECD.

In 2015 he was appointed by the ESRC and Innovate UK as one of five Thought Leaders working to integrate scientific innovation and social science research across the UK, and he is currently one of the Co-Investigators managing the £1.2m ESRC Productivity Insights Network, which aims to bring together leading social science academics to help address the UK economy's resilient productivity gap.

His other current appointments include international expert advisor to the Swedish National Transport Laboratory for its work on connected and autonomous vehicles, Commissioner on the National Infrastructure Commission for Scotland, and member of the Scottish Ministers' Governance Board overseeing the revised National Transport Strategy.

Claire Haigh

Claire Haigh
Chief Executive
Greener Journeys

Claire Haigh is Chief Executive of Greener Journeys, a campaign dedicated to encouraging more sustainable travel and Executive Director of the Transport Knowledge Hub. She also chairs the Delivery & Impacts Independent Review Panel for the Government's Joint Air Quality Unit (DfT/Defra); is a Director and Vice Chair of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership; is a Judge for the National Transport Awards; and has been a Board Member of Transport for Greater Manchester. Previously she was Project Director for Journey Solutions, where she was responsible for the creation and implementation PLUSBUS the first national multi-operator bus-rail ticket. She is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport, and a Fellow of the RSA Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce. She writes a monthly column for Passenger Transport and writes regularly Transport Times.

Catherine Hall

Catherine Hall
Head of Strategy
Network Rail Scotland

Catherine has been Head of Strategic Planning for Scotland's Railway since 2018 and has worked for Network Rail for the past 16 years within Maintenance, Track Renewals (both in Scotland and London North West) and Strategic Planning. She led Network Rail's "Scotland Route Study", published in July 2016, which provided a long-term vision for the railway in Scotland with investment choices for funders. Originally a Mechanical Engineer, she worked for Wood Group in the Oil & Gas Industry in Aberdeen before moving to the rail industry.

Alex Hynes

Alex Hynes
Managing Director
Scotland's Railway

Alex Hynes was appointed Managing Director of the ScotRail Alliance on 1 June 2017.

Before joining the ScotRail Alliance, Alex was Managing Director of the Northern franchise for three and a half years where he successfully delivered their best ever customer satisfaction scores as well as record levels of employee engagement.
An experienced transport professional, Alex has almost 20 years of industry experience and a proven track record delivering rail improvement and investment programmes.

Having spent his early career as a consultant for Halcrow Fox, Alex worked with the Office of Rail Regulation before joining the Go-ahead Group in 2005 as Strategic Planning Manager and, in 2007, as Commercial Director at London Midland, and finally, as Managing Director – Rail Development.

Originally from Manchester, Alex serves on the board of The Institution of Railway Operators and North of England Excellence.

Alison Irvine

Alison Irvine
Director of Transport Strategy and Analysis
Transport Scotland

Alison has worked in Transport Scotland for ten years after spending eighteen years working in the consultancy sector as a transport planner. She is a graduate from the University of Strathclyde and a Chartered Civil Engineer.

As Director of Transport Strategy and Analysis she is responsible for the development of the new National Transport Strategy and setting the investment priorities for transport across Scotland through the second Strategic Transport Projects Review. She is responsible for providing strategic transport planning advice to Scottish Ministers and assisting Local Authorities plan for the future through the development plan process and policy development and engagement around city and regional growth deals.

Andrew Jarvis

Andrew Jarvis
Managing Director
First Bus in Scotland

From cleaner and driver positions prior and during university via a Graduate Training position with Go-Ahead Group plc to roles in junior and then senior management levels, Andrew has had roles in public transport for 30 years. Andrew has led multi-site operations for the last 21 years and has been a Director for 14 years, initially with Stagecoach plc and latterly with First Group plc. Andrew has been a Managing Director of bus and coach business' across Scotland for the last decade and is currently Managing Director, Scotland for First leading a team of around 3200 people using over 1200 vehicles to deliver over 130 million passenger journeys a year.

Linda McCord

Linda McCord
Senior Stakeholder Manager
Transport Focus

Linda McCord is a Senior Stakeholder Manager at Transport Focus. She works with rail and bus companies across the UK campaigning on issues affecting passengers using research in particular, the National Rail and Bus Passenger Surveys to target poor performance.

She chairs the West Midlands Bus Alliance ensuring that passengers are at the heart of the Alliance's key objectives and that their voice is being heard.

Suzanne Moir

Suzanne Moir
Infrastructure, Projects and Energy Partner
Addleshaw Goddard

Suzanne is a Partner in Addleshaw Goddard's Infrastructure, Projects and Energy team based in Edinburgh. During her career she has been involved in delivering major transport projects across Scotland and the UK , including major DBFO road schemes, free flow tolling schemes, bridges, light rail, rail franchising and lifeline ferry services. Most recently Suzanne has been involved in Addleshaw Goddard's Countdown to Carbon Zero campaign which considered how the transport sector will support the UK and Scottish Government's net zero carbon targets.

Laura Murdoch

Laura Murdoch
Director of Bus, Accessibility and Active Travel
Transport Scotland

I joined Transport Scotland as Director of Bus, Accessibility and Active Travel (a newly created role) in September 2018. Before joining I had been working for many years in various roles at the Department for Education, most recently on delivering the free schools programme. As well as central UK and Scottish government, I have also worked for the Director of Children's Services at Tower Hamlets local authority in London on service review and improvement.

As Director of Bus, Accessibility and Active Travel I oversee the delivery of an ambitious policy agenda working with delivery partners and operators to improve sustainable, accessible transport options and get the travelling public back on the buses, walking, cycling and wheeling. We also operate the concessionary travel scheme for disabled and older people and are working with operators to ensure all journeys on Scotland's bus, rail, ferry, subway and tram networks can be accessed using some form of smart ticketing or payment.

Bill Reeve

Bill Reeve
Director of Rail
Transport Scotland

Bill Reeve joined Transport Scotland to establish its new rail team, following the devolution of rail powers to the Scottish Parliament in 2005. Bill has worked in a number of roles in Transport Scotland, and am now Director of Rail. Bill also leads their work introducing integrated smart ticketing across all public transport modes in Scotland.

Bill has more than thirty years of experience of the passenger and freight transport industry, working in British Rail, the privatised rail industry, and as Director of Project Sponsorship at the Strategic Rail Authority prior to joining Transport Scotland.

Bill's career has included front line production management; rail freight business development; policy and strategy development; management of franchise contracts; and major rail project sponsorship including new railways, rolling stock and service developments.

Bill is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and recently served as Chairman of its Railway Division.

Paul White

Paul White
Director
CPT Scotland

Paul White is the Director of CPT Scotland, the trade association for the bus and coach industries.

Paul is a long-standing advocate for public transport, representing bus and coach interests across the UK and to the European institutions.

Paul is a non-Councillor Board member of SEStrans and a past Chair of the Scottish Transport Studies Group.

SPEAKERS


  • KEYNOTE SPEAKER

  • Michael Matheson MSP

    Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity
    Scottish Government

  • SPEAKERS

  • Prof. Jillian Anable

    Chair
    Research and Evidence Group - Scottish National Transport Strategy Review
  • Keith Anderson

    Chief Executive
    ScottishPower
  • Prof. David Begg

    Chief Executive
    Transport Times
  • Roy Brannen

    CEO
    Transport Scotland
  • Prof. Iain Docherty

    Dean for the Institute for Advanced Studies
    University of Stirling
  • Claire Haigh

    Chief Executive
    Greener Journeys
  • Catherine Hall

    Head of Strategy
    Network Rail Scotland
  • Alex Hynes

    Managing Director
    Scotland's Railway
  • Alison Irvine

    Director of Transport Strategy and Analysis
    Transport Scotland
  • Andrew Jarvis

    Managing Director
    First Bus in Scotland
  • Linda McCord

    Senior Stakeholder Manager
    Transport Focus
  • Suzanne Moir

    Infrastructure, Projects and Energy Partner
    Addleshaw Goddard
  • Laura Murdoch

    Director of Bus, Accessibility and Active Travel
    Transport Scotland
  • Bill Reeve

    Director of Rail
    Transport Scotland
  • Paul White

    Director
    CPT Scotland
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