TRANSPORT AFTER THE GENERAL ELECTION

23RD MAY 2024

KPMG
15 CANADA SQUARE
LONDON E14 5GL

SPEAKERS


Anne Shaw OBE

Anne Shaw OBE
Executive Director
Transport for West Midlands

Anne Shaw OBE has worked in local government since the early 90's pursuing a career in public services where she has been able to make a difference to communities and the places where they live and work.

In July 2021, Anne was appointed Interim Managing Director of TfWM, and subsequently became the permanent Executive Director in early 2022. Here she is responsible for providing strategic and operational leadership to support the delivery of TfWM's priorities as well as leading the WMCA's response to strategic transport planning, driving economic growth and championing transport innovation and development. Anne leads a team of experienced directors who plan the region's future development alongside delivering a £5.2bn investment programme and maintaining our operational assets.

She is part of an executive team at the West Midlands Combined Authority which leads on delivering better outcomes for people through an integrated investment programme for housing, skills, net zero and economic performance and improved connectivity with Transport investment.

Anne is currently the Deputy Chair of Urban Transport Group and a Department for Transport Champion on tackling Violence and aggression against Women and Girls across the public transport sector.

Anne was recognised by Every Women in Transport in 2020 for her leadership in the Customer and Passenger award, and more recently in 2023 Anne was awarded an OBE in the Kings Birthday Honours list for her contribution in leading the transport programme for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. In addition to this, in 2023 she was also awarded the institute award from the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportations of which she is a fellow in recognition of her leadership in the transport sector over her career.

Vernon Everitt

Vernon Everitt
Transport Commissioner
Greater Manchester

With over 40 years' experience across the finance, transport and technology sectors, Vernon is the Transport Commissioner for Greater Manchester. He advises Mayor Andy Burnham on the development of the Bee Network, a fully-integrated, London-style transport system for this growing 3 million strong city-region.

From 2007 to January 2022 he was Managing Director for Customers, Communication and Technology at Transport for London and held a number of other senior jobs there. Vernon's primary focus was on putting customers at the heart of transport strategy and operations, including how integration of services, city planning, technology and data can deliver better journeys. He led the successful pan-Government and transport industry marketing and communications strategy for the London 2012 Olympic Games, the largest ever integrated campaign of its kind.

Vernon has worked at senior level at the Financial Services Authority and the Bank of England over the previous 18 years in a variety of banking, regulatory, corporate and communications roles.

Vernon is a non-executive director of Transport for Wales, is senior advisor to the consultancy Teneo and chairs the National Grid ESO Technology Advisory Council as the generation and distribution of energy across the country is transformed.

Andy Bagnall

Andy Bagnall
Chief Executive Officer
Rail Partners

Andy has over twenty years of experience within government, across the private sector and most recently as the Director General at the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), where he coordinated policy and advocacy activities.

Andy has held a number of policy and communications jobs, initially joining Rail Delivery Group as the Director of Strategy and Communications and then becoming Chief Strategy Officer. Prior to this Andy was KPMG's Director of External Affairs, and spent five years at the CBI as Director of Campaigns. He was previously a special adviser to the UK government, serving two cabinet ministers in three departments over four years.

Lee Waters MS

Lee Waters MS
Deputy Minister for Climate Change
Welsh Government

Lee Waters is the Member of the Senedd for the Llanelli constituency. He was born and raised in Carmarthenshire. He was educated in Brynamman and Ammanford and gained a Degree in Politics from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

His policy interests are wide-ranging, including the economy, climate change, provision for looked after children, digital policy and the media.

Before being elected in May 2016, Lee was Director of Wales's leading independent think-tank, the Institute of Welsh Affairs. He previously ran the sustainable transport charity Sustrans Cymru where he led the campaign for the Active Travel Act. He is a former Chief Political Correspondent of ITV Wales and BBC Wales producer.

On 13 December 2018 he was appointed Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport. Lee was appointed Deputy Minister for Climate Change on 13 May 2021.

Graham Vidler

Graham Vidler
Chief Executive
CPT

Graham has been Chief Executive of CPT since May 2019. Prior to joining the bus and coach industry he had worked in a variety of roles in the financial services industry, including directing external relations for the workplace pensions trade body, the PLSA, and as communications director for the market-leading pension scheme, NEST. Earlier in his career, Graham had also been Head of Policy at Which? and a researcher for numerous MPs while working in the House of Commons research service.

Cllr Carla Denyer

Cllr Carla Denyer
Deputy Leader
Green Party

Carla is co-leader of the Green Party of England and Wales, elected along with Adrian Ramsay in October 2021.

She has been a Bristol City Councillor since 2015, forming a critical part of the largest Green councillor group in the UK which saw unprecedented success at the May local elections in 2021.

In 2018 Carla proposed the first Climate Emergency declaration in Europe, committing Bristol to go carbon neutral by 2030 and starting a wave of similar declarations from councils and other organisations across the UK.

Carla is the Green Party's candidate for Bristol Central in the next General Election.

Carla is an engineer, previously working in the renewable energy industry with a specialism in
offshore and onshore wind energy.

Simon Warburton

Simon Warburton
Executive Director for Transport
West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Simon joined the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) in June to become the new Executive Director for Transport, having been involved in the Greater Manchester transport policy system since 1999.

Through the early 2000s, his work focussed on the investment case for Metrolink expansion and wider investment in contemporary public transport facilities, culminating in the 2009 deal with Government, which created the Greater Manchester Transport Fund. During the 2010s, this ground-breaking funding mechanism supported around £2 billion investment, trebling the size of the Metrolink system as part of a multi-modal programme. In more recent years, he oversaw the case for bus franchising and the development of the further £1.5 billion investment programme now in delivery, which will form the basis for the Greater Manchester Bee Network.

Simon is now leading the development of a transformational programme of transport delivery and development in West Yorkshire, building on the ambitious vision for integrated transport that the Mayor and Combined Authority have set out.

In recent years, West Yorkshire has established itself as a major urban transport force and as an exemplar city region for multi-modal transport delivery. In the coming year, in particular, WYCA will prepare its final Bus Reform Assessment for consultation and Mayoral consideration; bring forward its proposals for the first mass transit lines for consultation; continue to deliver its current £1 billion-plus multi-modal investment programme; progress the case for HS2 and Northern Powerhouse connectivity; and, most importantly, continue to support the travel needs of our 2.3 million residents on a daily basis.

Baroness Randerson

Baroness Randerson
Transport Spokesperson
Liberal Democrats

Jenny Randerson is a Liberal Democrat Peer and since 2016 she has been Spokesperson on Transport.

From 2012 – 2015 she was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Wales and Minister with responsibility for Northern Ireland in the Lords.

She is a member of the Lords' Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee, and has in the past been a member of the Common Frameworks Committee and the EU Sub Committee on the Single Market.

Since 2019 she has been Chancellor of Cardiff University, having previously been Pro Chancellor there and also a Governor at Cardiff Metropolitan University

Jenny was appointed to the House of Lords in January 2011, following 12 years as a Member of the Welsh Assembly (now Senedd), representing Cardiff Central constituency. From 2000 – 2003 she was Minister for Culture, Sport and the Welsh Language. From 2001-2002 she was Acting Deputy First Minister. She has also been a shadow minister in Wales for other portfolios including Economic Development, Transport and Health. From 2003-2007 she was Chair of the Assembly's Business Committee.

Jenny was a Cardiff City Councillor from 1983 to 2000 and from 1995-1999 she was Leader of the Opposition on the Council. By profession she worked in further education, lecturing on Economics and European Business.

Her political interests also include health and she has campaigned for better treatment for Hepatitis C patients and on organ donation rates. She is involved in several charities, including those working on behalf of those with hearing loss.

Rufus Boyd

Rufus Boyd
Lead Director
Great British Railways

Rufus Boyd is the Lead Director (interim) at Great British Railways Transition Team (GBRTT), bringing over 35 years of railway experience to the development of the reform programme. He has a strong passion for Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion as part of a broader desire to diversify who chooses to make a career in the rail industry.

In his broad ranging railway career Rufus started in British Rail as a Supervisor at Euston Station followed up by stints as Derby's Station Manager, and in the HQ public affairs team. Then moving on to Railtrack as Account Executive in the Southern Zone, and then to several owning groups, bidding for contracts UK and overseas. He later worked as a consultant, spending two years in Australia where he developed the concept of operations for Sydney Metro.

Claire Haigh

Claire Haigh
Executive Director
Zemo Partnership

Claire Haigh was appointed as Executive Director of Zemo Partnership in January 2024. Claire comes to Zemo from Greener Vision where she was the Founder & CEO. Greener Vision is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to encouraging the switch to a greener future

She also chairs the Delivery & Impacts Independent Review Panel for the Government's Joint Air Quality Unit (DfT/Defra) and is Executive Director of the Transport Knowledge Hub. She was formerly the Chief Executive of the sustainable transport group Greener Journeys, and of the not-for-profit organisation Greener Transport Solutions. She has been a Board Member of Transport for Greater Manchester and was Vice-Chair of Zemo Partnership.

Claire is also an artist motivated by a desire for positive change. "If we want to change behaviours, we need to change the premises which led to them". Her work The Tabula Project aims to provide a new perspective on the mind.

Anthony Smith

Anthony Smith

Anthony is currently chair of Independent Rail Retailers and the Heathrow Area Transport Forum. He is also a member of the Affinity Water Independent Consumer Challenge Group and Chair's the National Transport Awards judging panel.

Formerly Anthony was chief executive of Transport Focus and its predecessor bodies. He also worked at Consumers' Association and Consumers International. Having studied law, Anthony is also a qualified solicitor.

Edward Thomas

Edward Thomas
Partner, UK Head of Transport & Global Chair, Public Transport
KPMG LLP

Ed is KPMG's Head of Transport in the UK – he also chairs KPMG's Global Public Transport network. Throughout his career, Ed has specialised in the rail sector leading major mandates for both public and private sector clients. In the public sector, Ed has headed up KPMG's work on Rail Reform including supporting GBRTT on the design of the Operating Model for Great British Railways and advising DfT on the commercial structure of the Passenger Services Contracts that it were proposed to replace rail franchises. Other major engagements included advising on the strategic case for HS2, supporting the Shaw Review which examined the long term structure of Network Rail and advising clients in the US and Singapore on contracting models. For the private sector, Ed helped build KPMG's business supporting private sector operators bidding for major rail, light rail and bus contracts. He has advised most of the leading industry players on successful bids including Firstgroup, Stagecoach, Virgin, Abellio (now Transport UK) and Keolis.

Jason Prince

Jason Prince
Director
Urban Transport Group

Prior to joining UTG in July 2023, Jason was Head of Public Affairs for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority for over three years and he also worked for Transport for Greater Manchester for four years. During both roles, Jason was actively involved in working with partners on buses, specifically the Bus Services Act (2017) and its impact on the future of transport in Greater Manchester, supporting the early development of Greater Manchester's Bee Network and rail projects including HS2, and on innovation and devolution.

Before joining TfGM in 2016, Jason worked for a Member of Parliament, supporting on key policy areas of transport and energy.

Prior to working in politics, Jason held a variety of positions in the private and third sector. He was a business development manager in the field of welfare to work for nearly five years. He was also an operations manager for a third sector organisation across the North of England.

SPEAKERS


  • SPEAKERS

  • Anne Shaw OBE

    Executive Director
    Transport for West Midlands
  • Vernon Everitt

    Transport Commissioner
    Greater Manchester
  • Andy Bagnall

    Chief Executive Officer
    Rail Partners
  • Lee Waters MS

    Deputy Minister for Climate Change
    Welsh Government
  • Graham Vidler

    Chief Executive
    CPT
  • Cllr Carla Denyer

    Deputy Leader
    Green Party
  • Simon Warburton

    Executive Director for Transport
    West Yorkshire Combined Authority
  • Baroness Randerson

    Transport Spokesperson
    Liberal Democrats
  • Rufus Boyd

    Lead Director
    Great British Railways
  • Claire Haigh

    Executive Director
    Zemo Partnership
  • Anthony Smith


  • Edward Thomas

    Partner, UK Head of Transport & Global Chair, Public Transport
    KPMG LLP
  • Jason Prince

    Director
    Urban Transport Group
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