UK BUS SUMMIT

6TH FEBRUARY 2020

QEII CENTRE LONDON
BROAD SANCTUARY WESTMINSTER
LONDON SW1P 3EE

SPEAKERS


David Brown

David Brown
Chief Executive
Go-Ahead

David Brown is Group Chief Executive of The Go-Ahead Group, one of the UK's leading public transport providers. The Group, which was established over 30 years ago now employs over 28,000 people and carries more than one billion passengers each year on its trains and buses. Go-Ahead's rail operations, GTR and Southeastern, are responsible for around 30% of all UK train passenger journeys and its bus services run from Plymouth to Newcastle, as well as operating a quarter of all London's buses. Go-Ahead has an expanding international footprint operating buses in Singapore and Ireland, and rail contracts in Germany and Norway from November 2019.

David was previously Chief Executive of Go-Ahead's London Bus division and MD for Surface Transport at Transport for London. At TfL his responsibilities included London Buses and the Red Route road network, congestion charging, and the introduction of the capital's cycle hire scheme. He has 35 years experience working across both the public and private sectors delivering transport solutions. David is a Board member of the Rail Delivery Group and Non-Executive Director of Renew Holdings plc.

Andy Eastlake - Session Chair

Andy Eastlake - Session Chair
Managing Director
LowCVP

Andy Eastlake was appointed as the LowCVP's Managing Director in April 2012, after serving both on the board and as chair of the members council for many years. Andy has a strong background in vehicle engineering, specialising in powertrain developments, fuel economy and emission. He was formerly Group Head of Commercial and Projects at Millbrook Proving Ground where he led the work on powertrain test and development programmes and alternative fuels for a variety of global OEM customers. As head of laboratories Andy was responsible for all technical aspects of the Millbrook business and for government and European legislative relations. He joined Millbrook after a year's training with Vauxhall Motors by whom he was sponsored to study for a degree in Mechanical Engineering at Southampton University. He is a Fellow of the Institution of the Mechanical Engineers and was formerly a Board member of CENEX the Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon & Fuel Cell Technologies.

Stephen Fidler - Session Chair

Stephen Fidler - Session Chair
Director of Local Transport
DfT

Stephen is Director for Local Transport at the Department for Transport. His directorate is responsible for the Major Road Network, local roads, buses and taxis, inclusive transport, cycling and walking and local authority transport infrastructure projects. It also includes two analytical teams who work closely with their policy counterparts and produce influential statistics, evidence and analysis including the world-leading National Travel Survey.

Stephen has worked on transport issues across central government for over 20 years, including in the then Department for the Environment and the No 10 Policy Unit. Before starting his current role in June 2019, Stephen headed the department's client team for Highways England – leading on the £15bn Road Investment Strategy and major projects including the A14 Cambridge-Huntingdon and A303(Stonehenge) schemes.

Stephen received an OBE for services to transport in the 2019 New Year Honours List and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation.

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.

Gareth Powell

Gareth Powell
Managing Director – Surface Transport
TfL

Gareth Powell has been Managing Director, Surface Transport at Transport for London since 2017. He has overall responsibility for the safe day-to-day operation and improvement of London's bus network, roads, the Overground rail network, trams, the Docklands Light Railway, cycle hire, and for congestion and emissions charging. Since joining TfL from consultancy firm Atkins in 2003, Gareth has delivered significant change, innovation and service improvement in a range of senior roles, including Director of Business Planning & Performance, Director of Strategy & Service Development at London Underground, and Director of Public Transport & TfL Strategy.

Cllr Liam Robinson

Cllr Liam Robinson
Transport Portfolio Holder
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Cllr Liam Robinson is a Liverpool City Labour Councillor, who has represented the Kensington and Fairfield Ward since 2008. He was elected Chair of Merseytravel in June 2012 and has subsequently been appointed Portfolio Holder for Transport for the Liverpool City Region by Mayor Steve Rotheram and the Combined Authority. Merseytravel is the delivery arm for transport of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

Cllr Robinson has key roles in strategic transport groups, including having been a founder Board Member of Transport for the North, Rail North and having chaired the City Regions Transport Special Interest Group.

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 young people up to their 19th birthday, which has led to a 168% growth in Young Persons Journeys. He has also lead the procurement of a brand new fleet of publicly owned trains for the Merseyrail network including pioneering disability access features.

Cllr Robinson has spent all his career working in public transport having held management positions in the Rail, Bus and Coach Industries including having managed 3 of Britain's largest railway stations: Liverpool Lime Street, London Liverpool Street and Sheffield.

Anthony Smith - Session Chair

Anthony Smith - Session Chair
Chief Executive
Transport Focus

Anthony Smith is the Chief Executive of Passenger Focus. Having qualified as a solicitor, Anthony worked for five years as principal consumer lawyer for the Consumers' Association, publishers of Which? This was followed by a year as the legal consultant for Consumers International, a worldwide federation of consumer groups. Prior to joining Passenger Focus, Anthony was deputy and acting director of ICSTIS, the regulator of premium rate telephone services.

Mark Threapleton

Mark Threapleton
Chief Operations Officer
Stagecoach

Mark has worked in the transport industry all his working life, starting in 1976 with South Yorkshire PTE.

He joined Stagecoach in 1996 as Operations Director in Manchester before becoming Operations Director for the UK Bus Division in 2000.

Mark then became Managing Director Manchester from 2002 – 2010 before moving to London to become Managing Director.

Mark became Stagecoach UK Bus Managing Director – England & Wales in April 2017, which led to his current role of Chief Operating Officer as of 2019.

Graham Vidler

Graham Vidler
Chief Executive
CPT

Prior to joining CPT Graham worked in a wide variety of roles in financial services, most recently as Director of External Affairs for the workplace pensions trade body, the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association. He has also worked as a researcher in both the House of Commons and the Scottish Parliament, led the policy team at Which? and, as Director of Communications, was a member of the start-up team which created the UK's largest pension scheme, NEST.

Gerard Whelan

Gerard Whelan
Director, Corporate Finance, Government and Infrastructure
KPMG

TBC

SPEAKERS


  • SPEAKERS

  • David Brown

    Chief Executive
    Go-Ahead
  • Andy Eastlake - Session Chair

    Managing Director
    LowCVP
  • Stephen Fidler - Session Chair

    Director of Local Transport
    DfT
  • Claire Haigh

    Chief Executive
    Greener Journeys
  • Gareth Powell

    Managing Director – Surface Transport
    TfL
  • Cllr Liam Robinson

    Transport Portfolio Holder
    Liverpool City Region Combined Authority
  • Anthony Smith - Session Chair

    Chief Executive
    Transport Focus
  • Mark Threapleton

    Chief Operations Officer
    Stagecoach
  • Graham Vidler

    Chief Executive
    CPT
  • Gerard Whelan

    Director, Corporate Finance, Government and Infrastructure
    KPMG
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