THE MIDLANDS TRANSPORT SUMMIT

4TH JULY 2019

One Snowhill, Birmingham, B4 6GH

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS


Maria Machancoses

Maria Machancoses
Director
Midlands Engine

Maria has been instrumental in the success and development of Midlands Connect since helping to set up the partnership in 2014. Maria has also worked as Director of the Midlands Engine and managed the West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority's input into the HS2 Hybrid Bill. Originally from Valencia in Spain, Maria has worked in the UK for more than 20 years.

Laura Shoaf

Laura Shoaf
Managing Director
Transport for West Midlands

Laura Shoaf is Managing Director of Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) – part of the West Midlands Combined Authority. She has more than 20 years international experience in delivering integrated economic and spatial regeneration.

In her native USA, Laura held positions in the New York City Department of City Planning and the Institute of Public Administration, before overseeing several high-level projects both in the UK and America in her role as Principal Consultant for GVA Grimley.

As Head of Strategic Planning and Implementation at the Black Country Consortium, Laura led on transportation and strategic planning, playing a key role in the creation of the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). Becoming Black Country Director of Transport in 2013, Laura championed and provided leadership for the area's transport agenda, integrating transport priorities with the Economic Strategy and providing transport policy and strategy advice directly to Chief Executives, Leaders and the LEP.


In 2015, Laura became Strategic Director for Transport for the West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority and then in June 2016 was appointed Managing Director of TfWM. She is responsible for key initiatives across the metropolitan area such as Midlands Connect, the HS2 Connectivity Package and the region's Strategic Transport Plan. She is also responsible for delivering a £4billion transport package over the next 10 years underpinning economic regeneration in the West Midlands. She liaises closely at senior level with Government departments including the DfT and Treasury and also brokers partnerships with agencies such as Highways England and Network Rail, influencing the national agenda for the benefit of the West Midlands.

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.

Ed Thomas (Session Chair)

Ed Thomas (Session Chair)
Partner, UK Head of Transport
KPMG

Ed leads the transport team within KPMG's Corporate Finance Infrastructure practice – a role he has held since 2010. Ed specializes in rail and has worked with all of the major private sector players in the UK market - primarily on bids for franchise contracts. He has also advised public sector clients in the UK and overseas on franchising transactions and issues of contract design. Beyond franchising Ed has led a number of high profile mandates in relation to HS2. These include updating the Strategic Case for the scheme and establishing the financial impact of HS2 on the level of ongoing support to the UK rail industry required from central Government. Ed has recently advised TfGM on stations devolution and Transport for London on the Strategic Case for Crossrail 2. Ed also supported Sir John Armitt CBE, Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority, on a review of long term infrastructure planning in the UK which led to the establishment of the National Infrastructure Commission

Sarah Owen-Vandersluis (Session Chair)

Sarah Owen-Vandersluis (Session Chair)
Strategy Lead, Infrastructure and Mobility
KPMG

Linda McCord

Linda McCord
Chair
West Midlands Bus Alliance

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.

David Bradford

David Bradford
Managing Director - Bus
National Express

David was appointed managing director of National Express bus division in 2018, after serving as commercial director since 2011. Prior to working at National Express, he was with First in the rail and North American divisions.

Claire Haigh

Claire Haigh
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. 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.

Councillor Waseem Zaffar

Councillor Waseem Zaffar
Cabinet, Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment
Birmingham City Council

Born and brought up in the Lozells neighbourhood in Birmingham, the area he represents, Councillor Waseem Zaffar was for many years a local magistrate, as well as the CEO of a local not-for-profit organisation and has had his community work recognised by a number of awards including an MBE for services to the voluntary sector.

In May 2018, Councillor Zaffar was appointed Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment at Birmingham City Council. This brings together the responsibilities for: sustainable transport policy and strategy to improve connectivity and safety across all modes of travel; while working with partners to develop liveability and environmental improvement for Birmingham.

He is also a Non-Executive Director at the Sandwell & West Birmingham NHS Trust which includes City Hospital where he was born. At the Trust, he chairs the Charity Funds Committee.

Always a proud Brummie, Waseem developed the successful Birmingham Heritage Week which has just completed its third year. The projects promotes the Birmingham Story over many years and the learning, achievements and contributions of the communities that have come, gone and stayed in diverse Birmingham.

Chris Lane

Chris Lane
Head of Transport Innovation
Transport for West Midlands

Chris Lane is Head of Transport Innovation at Transport for West Midlands. In this role he delivers change through people, processes and technology across a portfolio of programmes, including a commercial Mobility as a Service and a Connected and Autonomous Vehicle testbed in the West Midlands. Working in transport for most of his life, he has had the opportunity to deliver significant changes to public transport. His background encompasses delivering significant Business Transformation programmes, implementing innovative ITS and ICT systems and playing a major role in the successful delivery of TfWM's Smartcard and Passenger Information schemes.

Jim Steer

Jim Steer
Director
Greengauge21

Jim is one of the country's leading authorities on transport. He is a founder of Steer Davies Gleave and was Managing Director until March 2002, when he took a three-year secondment to the Strategic Rail Authority as a member of its Executive with responsibilities for all of its strategic planning activities. In 2005 he re-joined Steer Davies Gleave's Board. He is the Director of Greengauge 21, which has provided ten years of research and evidence on the case for high-speed rail in Britain, and a Director of HSR Industry Leaders. He is also a contributor for the Transport Times blog.

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.

SPEAKERS


  • KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

  • Maria Machancoses

    Director
    Midlands Engine
  • Laura Shoaf

    Managing Director
    Transport for West Midlands

  • SPEAKERS

  • Prof. David Begg (Session Chair)

    Chief Executive
    Transport Times
  • Ed Thomas (Session Chair)

    Partner, UK Head of Transport
    KPMG
  • Sarah Owen-Vandersluis (Session Chair)

    Strategy Lead, Infrastructure and Mobility
    KPMG
  • Linda McCord

    Chair
    West Midlands Bus Alliance
  • David Bradford

    Managing Director - Bus
    National Express
  • Claire Haigh

    Chief Executive
    Greener Journeys
  • Councillor Waseem Zaffar

    Cabinet, Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment
    Birmingham City Council
  • Chris Lane

    Head of Transport Innovation
    Transport for West Midlands
  • Jim Steer

    Director
    Greengauge21
  • Lilian Greenwood MP

    Chair
    Transport Select Committee
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