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Professor Chris Whitty
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Chris Whitty

Professor Chris Whitty is Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for England, the UK government’s Chief Medical Adviser and head of the public health profession.

Chris was the Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) from January 2016 to August 2021, with overall responsibility for the department’s research and development, including being head of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the government’s major funder of clinical, public health, social care and translational research.

Scarlett McNally
Professor Scarlett McNally

Professor Scarlett McNally is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in East Sussex, Honorary Clinical Professor at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, President of the Medical Women’s Federation and Deputy Director of the Centre for Perioperative Care, www.cpoc.org.uk improving preparation and pathways around surgery. BMJ columnist - all articles FREE: https://www.bmj.com/search/advanced/mcnally.

Lead author of Exercise the miracle cure, showing 150 minutes per week of exercise reduces the risk of dementia, bowel cancer, diabetes and depression by 30%. Exercise reduces complications after surgery and the need for social care. Active travel, especially electric-cycling, improves health and reduces pollution. www.scarlettmcnally.co.uk and @scarlettmcnally.

Rupert Furness
Rupert Furness

Rupert Furness is the head of the Local Highways and Active Travel Division in the Roads Transport Group of the UK Department for Transport.

His teams are responsible for:

  • allocating £1 billion a year or so of highway maintenance funding to local highway authorities across England;

  • advising Ministers on policies to promote walking and cycling;

  • the statutory Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy; and

  • sponsoring the Department’s executive agency Active Travel England.

 

Previous posts in the Department for Transport have included heading the London Transport team; heading the Environment Strategy team; and managing the implementation of the UK’s Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation.  

Dan Pearman
Daniel Pearman

Dan has spent ten years working in local authority transport, with experience ranging from scheme design and engagement through to policy and strategy development. Having worked for a shire county authority prior to becoming the City Transport Director for Leicester City Council he’s familiar with transport across various environments, from dense urban conurbations through to scattered rural communities.

Sally Slade
Sally Slade

Sally has worked for Leicester City Council since 1993, working under one of the first Cycling Officers.

 

She is now the Team Leader of the Council's Active Travel Neighbourhoods Team.   Her team includes: delivering programmes in schools to encourage walking and cycling including Bikeability and programmes delivered by partners Sustrans and Living Streets; running the Active Travel Business Engagement Programme in Leicester working with the big employers and business advocates to promote active travel and; the management of the Walk Leicester Programme including the Walk Leicester Festival.

Andrew Smith
Andrew Smith

Andrew is Director of Planning, Development and Transportation at Leicester City Council and has over 30 years’ experience in placemaking. He has led on the preparation of Local Plans, Local Transport Plans and regeneration and design strategies as well as the implementation of transformational regeneration programmes including Leicester Waterside and Space City. The Connecting Leicester programme has put the city on the map of leaders delivering a step change in public transport and active travel.

Grant Butterworth
Grant Butterworth

Grant Butterworth has 37 years of local government experience in urban planning.

 

He currently leads the planning service at Leicester City Council as Head of Planning, having previously been Divisional Planning Manager at Liverpool and Head of Planning, Transport and Intelligence Strategy at Nottingham City councils.

 

As well as substantial experience across a wide range of planning policy, development management, placemaking and design work in all 3 cities, in transport terms he has played a key role in developing innovative and award winning transport plans projects and programmes.

Janet Hudson
Janet Hudson

Janet is a Behaviour Change Project Manager at Leicester City Council (LCC).

She has 15 years’ experience of delivering active travel projects, including in her previous role as British Cycling’s Relationship Manager. 

Her work focuses on developing and delivering behaviour change programmes, ranging from mass participation cycling events, to targeted intervention projects.

Strongly believing that women are potential game changers, she has established numerous grass roots, community-based programmes for women to help drive transformational change.

Tom Holcroft
Tom Holcroft

Tom Holcroft is a Senior Inspector at Active Travel England, with and over ten years’ experience in active travel design. Within ATE’s inspectorate team, Tom led in the development and publication of the Inspectorate’s Route Check and other tools, released earlier this year.

 

Tom is now part of a team helping Combined Authorities and their partner organisations to improve their active travel capabilities through the provision of training on ATE’s tools and support in the establishment of design review panels.

Jo Bacon
Jo Bacon

Jo is Technical Director for Social and Behavioural Science at AtkinsRéalis, where she leads the Social and Behavioural Science discipline across Transportation.  She has over 20 years’ experience of applying social research and behavioural science approaches to ensure that transport policy and delivery takes account of the people that it affects.  Jo was formerly Head of Behavioural Science and Head of Social and Behavioural Research at the UK Department for Transport, where she pioneered the use of social research and behavioural science to support government policy and strategy, investment decisions, operational delivery, national guidance and communications, helping to put people at the centre of transport decision-making and delivery. 

John-Paul Doherty
John-Paul Doherty  

John-Paul (JP) is the AtkinsRéalis UK Technical Authority for Operational Safety of Highways and chair of the internal technical group of approx. 50 staff. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Operational Safety Specialist in Highways. He has over 21 years of experience across a number of high-profile projects in highway operations, road safety, safety risk management design standards research and development. JP has been the operational safety lead on a number of major highway projects and was the technical lead for the current UK Road Safety Audit standard GG119. He is also a UK representative on the PIARC (World Road Association) Road Safety Technical Committee.

Amber Kenyon
Amber Kenyon

Amber Kenyon is the Principal Transport Planner for AtkinsRéalis, the headline sponsor of Active City 2024,

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Sarah Horrocks
Sarah Horrocks

Sarah has leads the air quality practice at engineering consultancy AtkinsRéalis.  She works on projects in the transport, water and land development sectors and is specialised in health risk assessment.  Most recently, Sarah has managed monitoring surveys to inform mitigation strategies for contentious brownfield sites.  She is passionate about a systems approach to achieving fair and just solutions to address impacts at both the local and global level.  Sarah chairs the Environmental Industries Commission’s air quality taskforce. 

Kelly Cary
Kelly Cary

Kelly Cary is an Associate Director at AtkinsRéalis. Her experience in Transport has focussed on people – ensuring schemes are fit for purpose and ensure customers and communities are at the heart of their design. With a focus on social and equality impacts, inclusive design, and research, more recently she was the co-author of the ‘Getting Home Safely’ thought piece, which acted as a call to action for designers and planners to consider the safety of women and girls in the design and operation of public spaces and transport schemes, as well as the follow on place making audit tool and research. Her work in this space identified her as one of the Top 50 Women in Engineering in 2023.

Mike Batheram
Mike Batheram

Mike is the Market Director for Local Transport. He has over 30 years of experience working in a consultancy environment and for local authorities, developing a deep understanding of client challenges and market opportunities within the UK.

 

Mike has extensive external relationships across many public sector organisations, including Local Authorities, Sub-national Transport Bodies, the Department for Transport, and the wider supply chain, including subcontractors and partners across the transportation sector.

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Andrew Hewitson

Andrew Hewitson is the technical coordination and engagement lead for Lancashire County Council's Levelling Up Fund Award. A key part of his role is to lead on, and work in close collaboration with framework consultants on the Safer, Greener and Healthier Streets workstream of Lancashire's Levelling Up Fund award. Previous to this role he held positions in transport policy and public health and holds a PhD in human geography.

Carlton Reid
Carlton Reid

Carlton Reid is a journalist. He writes on tech for Wired.com, on travel for The Guardian and the Daily Mail, and is senior sustainability contributor for Forbes.com. He is also an historian. His recent books include Bike Boom and Roads Were Not Built for Cars. He will arrive at ActiveCity Leicester while on a 4,500-mile bike ride around Britain’s best bits for a new travel book, bestbritishbikerides.com 

Emily Cherry
Emily Cherry

Emily is the Chief Executive of the Bikeability Trust and has spent over 25 years in the children’s sector, largely at the NSPCC, but also at the Children’s Society and Barnardo’s. She has experience of running safeguarding services, policy, comms and is a well-known media voice on children, especially in the field of online safety. Emily has worked in practice in Young Offenders Institute, New Traveller sites and with children in care. She is also strategic advisor to the United Nations Peace One Day campaign, Trustee of My Black Dog (peer–to–peer mental health charity) and Chair of the Breck Foundation (online safety education). Emily lives in Cambridge with her primary teacher husband and two children.

Katie Ball
Kate Ball

Kate is the Campaigns and Policy Officer for Wheels for Wellbeing.

 

With a background in teaching, volunteering and campaigning, and with lived experience as a Disabled cyclist, parent and carer, Kate is passionate about achieving public realm accessibility for every potential user.

Wheels for Wellbeing are a Disabled People’s Organisation dedicated to improving the accessibility of walking/wheeling and cycling. Our pan-impairment approach and lived experience as Disabled people inform our work as thought leaders and as consultants on schemes.

Kelly Leat
Kelly Leat

As an Active Travel Officer for Transport for Greater Manchester, I deliver the Youth Travel Ambassador Programme in secondary schools across the city-region, as well as behaviour change programmes for recent infrastructure schemes. Growing up right next to the Bristol-Bath cycle path has instilled a love for cycling in me as my favourite way to get around. I love walking too!

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Dame Stella Manzie DBE

Dame Stella Manzie DBE

Dame Stella Manzie DBE is a former senior civil servant and local authority chief executive. She was Chief Executive of Coventry City Council 2001-2008 and was also West Midlands Chief Executive
co- lead for transport. From 2019 - 2023 she was Chair of University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire taking a lead on staff health and well-being. She was made a Dame for her work supporting Rotherham and Birmingham Councils. Stella is a Leicester resident . 

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Kristen Layne

Kristen is an experienced transport project manager specialising in active travel. Her work in transport research, design and evaluation builds on her academic foundation of qualitative and quantitative research in pro-environmental behaviour change. She began her career at Sustrans Scotland, where she developed and piloted the Scottish Greenways Programme on the National Cycle Network. Now at WSP, her transport industry experience focuses on research, monitoring and evaluation, and route and network planning across the UK.

 

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Richard Pearce, COO, See.Sense
Richard Pearce

Richard Pearce is the Chief Operating Officer at See.Sense, a technology company that gathers valuable insights from cyclists to improve urban infrastructure and create safer, smarter cities. He manages multiple new client relationships, from pilots to business as usual, steering digital transformation projects.  A keen cyclist, he is passionate about helping cities transform for more cycling.

 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/richard-pearce-74358911/

Emily Sykes
Emily Sykes

Emily works for Modeshift, a non-profit membership organisation that exists to increase sustainable journeys in the UK. Since June 2022, Emily has managed the national Active Travel Ambassador (ATA) Programme that empowers secondary school pupils to initiate their own peer led sustainable travel campaigns. She manages a team of passionate ATA Regional Coordinators that educate and inspire the younger generation to travel sustainably and help schools develop their Travel Plan using the Modeshift STARS system. Emily and her team are committed to ensuring the voices of young people are heard by local transport decision makers. 

Pete Dyson
Pete Dyson

Pete Dyson is a local transport researcher at University of Bath, author of the book ‘Transport For Humans’, and is also the Bicycle Mayor for Bath.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/pete-dyson-9ba5301b/

Dan Morris
Daniel Morris

Dan is a Principal Transport Planner working for Warwickshire County Council, with a specific focus on the design and implementation of walking, wheeling and cycling infrastructure. Dan has over a decade of experience working on active travel schemes as well as previously managing travel behaviour change projects at Sustrans and BikeRight! before moving into a local authority setting.

Lisa Dodd - Mayne
Lisa Dodd - Mayne

Lisa is currently Executive Director, Place at Sport England where she heads up the Place directorate pivotal to supporting the delivery of Sport England’s strategy “Uniting the Movement”.  This includes the capital and planning teams, managing the National Sports Centres, the place based investment through place partners and the Collaboration and Learning function.  Ensuring our environments are active is something that Lisa advocates and is close to her heart.  How do we make it easy for people to be active?  How are these spaces designed and created to do that?

She is also a Director on the Manchester Active Board representing Sport England.

Oliver Davey
Oliver Davey

Oli Davey is a street design engineer and co-founder at Urban Movement, helping to address some of societies biggest challenges through the design and planning of award-winning streets and public spaces. He works closely with local authority Officers and elected Members, who are often struggling to turn ambitious policy into tangible projects. This is achieved through the development of evidence-led, compelling narratives and designs that the whole Council can get behind, reassuring nervous councillors, unconvinced colleagues and sceptical stakeholders, such that they have the confidence to champion change.

Natasha Hartke
Natasha Hartke

Tash works for Lambeth Council, leading on the delivery of their award-winning Kerbside Strategy. Tash is passionate about public health, accessibility and climate change, and how we can best shape our built environment to positively affect each of these areas. Tash has worked on Healthy Streets projects across multiple London Boroughs as well as active travel behaviour change initiatives.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/natasha-hartke-936448115/

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Alison Holland

Alison is the founder of Brightwayz.

Alison’s day-to-day role is managing Projects and Partnerships. She is passionate about making our places safer, greener and cleaner and seeing more people walking, scooting and cycling. Alison firmly believes that cycling and walking are not just for leisure or sport but need to be embedded in everyday journeys to help create better places and better lifestyles for all.

Derek Latham
Derek Lathan

Derek Latham is the chair of the Derwent Valley Trust and has undertaken projects throughout the UK with a contextual and conservation bias, including the restoration of the landscape at the Heights of Abraham, provision of visitor facilities and installation of the cable car.

Derek lives in his eco-house in Little Eaton, overlooking the valley, with his wife Pauline Latham OBE MP. Over the years he has ridden, cycled, kayaked and trekked long distances in Derbyshire and abroad, and is passionate about creating sustainable leisure access to the Derwent Valley in all modes.

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Katie Lamb
Katie Lamb

Katie has 7 years’ experience in transport planning and has worked in both the public and private sectors in the UK and US. She is currently the Lead Transport Planner at Transport for the South East sub-national transport body focusing on active travel and future mobility. Katie is a member of the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation, Women in Transport, and Transport Planning Society.

https:/www.linkedin.com/in/krlamb/

John Fahey
John Fahey

John Fahey has been employed by Ireland’s largest University, University College Dublin since 2006 in a variety of operational management roles.

 

In 2018 John took up the role of Commuting Manager for the University's community of over 30,000 students and staff, with the responsibility for implementing and delivering the targets of UCDs Travel Plan, which places strong emphasis on reducing dependency on car travel through demand management and capital development measures and providing for and encouraging active & sustainable travel to, from and within the UCD campus.

Grace Solsby
Grace Solsby

Grace is an Associate Director in Transport at City Science and works across transport planning, transport modelling, and net zero strategy. Grace is passionate about ensuring her public sector clients have the tools and evidence they need to deliver decarbonisation in their areas. Grace has a Masters in Transport Engineering & Planning from the University of the West of England.

https:/www.linkedin.com/in/grace-solsby/

Jenny Box
Jenny Box

Jenny is deputy director at Cycling UK with responsibility for funded programmes including Making cycling e-asier, funded by local authorities, and the Inclusive Cycling Experience funded by the Motability Foundation. Jenny is currently leading Cycling UK’s programme and business development work with a focus on new initiatives to support the successful delivery of the recently launched five year strategy, to create happier, healthier and greener lives through cycling.

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Daniel Hills

Daniel Hills is an experienced data scientist at Spotify, having previously worked at the Ministry of Justice and BBC. Alongside this he volunteers with the London Cycling Campaign, applying data processing, modeling and visualisation techniques to extract insights on junction safety for pedestrians and cyclists in London.

https://danielhills.github.io/

Roger Geffen
Roger Geffen

Roger initially volunteered with various transport and environmental groups, including the anti-road campaigns of the mid-1990s.

After completing a transport masters degree, he worked in the public and private sectors on local transport and active travel, before spending 21 years at Cycling UK in senior campaigns and policy roles. He joined Transport Action Network in 2022 to set up the Low Traffic Future alliance.

He was awarded an MBE for services to cycling in 2015.

Paul Osbourne
Paul Osbourne

Paul Osborne has 25 years’ experience of sustainable transport delivery, ranging from transport policy and travel behaviour change projects to technical design of walking and cycling infrastructure. He has managed delivery of active travel strategies, cycling and walking network studies, comms and engagement projects and feasibility studies for active travel routes within the HS2 corridor. Before joining SYSTRA, Paul was regional director for Sustrans in Yorkshire and the Humber and led their work with schools and young people. 

Sarah Hughes
Sarah Hughes

Sarah is Cambridgeshire Sustainable Travel Alliance’s Campaign Officer. She is passionate about pressing for changes that will make walking, wheeling, cycling and public transport easy and affordable for everyone. Cambridgeshire Sustainable Travel Alliance’s mission is to unite and inspire people working for a local transport network that protects our future and offers us genuine choice over how we travel. Together we encourage local decision makers to take action for better sustainable journeys.

Louise Hughes
Louise Hughes

Louise Hughes, an avid cyclist and dedicated coach, brings a wealth of experience. With a background in sports coaching and managerial roles, she blends her passion for cycling with her professional expertise. Louise fosters a vibrant cycling culture in Leicester, engaging with stakeholders and working collaboratively across the community, enabling inclusive access to the joy of cycling for all. Her dynamic approach and enthusiasm make her a standout figure in the cycling community and beyond.

Charlotte Drewett
Charlotte Drewett

Charlotte Drewett is a Partnership Development Manager at British Cycling who has a focus on fostering inclusivity and empowerment within cycling. With a background in engaging and empowering young people from underserved communities, Charlotte is dedicated to creating opportunities for all to engage with cycling and effecting positive behaviour change. Their years of experience makes them a respected voice, blending expertise with a passion for equal access to opportunities for all within sport.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlotte-drewett-54543596/

H Fisher
Harriet Fisher

Harriet is a chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and has over two decades of experience working in local, regional and national government. Harriet has worked on regional strategies, local plans, developer contributions policy, and leasehold housing legislation.

 

Harriet joined Public Practice in Spring 2023 as the Learning and Development Manager. Public Practice is a not-for-profit social enterprise working to build placemaking capacity and capability in the public sector. Harriet leads the design and delivery of the Public Practice Associate Programme, helping built environment professionals to transition to new public sector roles.

James Mulholland
James Mulholland

James delivers an active travel behaviour change programme called Cycle & Stride For Active Lives. I help people overcome the barriers to cycling, walking and wheeling across Greater Manchester, providing resources, training and support to community groups. This improves health & wellbeing and also encourages participants to travel actively between places, rather than using a car.

James is the Active Travel Officer for Transport for Greater Manchester.

Anthony Lau Founder and Design Director, Cyclehoop
Anthony Lau

Founder and Design Director, Cyclehoop

Inspired by the theft of his bike, architect Anthony Lau designed the Cyclehoop in 2006, winning the 'Reinventing the Bike Shed' design competition. Since then, he has been at the forefront of designing and implementing cycle parking solutions with the company’s products now found on streets around the world. 

Clare Maltb
Clare Maltby

Clare has 25 years’ experience working on sustainable transport and climate change, across the public sector and third sector. Clare is the England Director for the Midlands & East at Sustrans. She is accountable for the strategic direction and the impact of a team of 60 brilliant colleagues. Before joining Sustrans, Clare was a Senior Strategy Advisor in Whitehall, working on climate change & energy strategy. Prior to that, she was the Transport Specialist to the House of Commons Transport Select Committee.

Mariam Draaijer
Mariam Draaijer

Mariam is the CEO of JoyRiders Britain a social enterprise and bikeability provider. Mariam who is Dutch born moved to England in 2008 and ever since made it her mission to get more women and families to take up cycling. 

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Anna Williams

Anna has worked for Cambridgeshire’s cycle advocacy charity since 2018, developing many of its agenda-setting campaigns including Spaces To Breathe, Safe Junctions and Zero Carbon Streets.

She has a background in communications and works to increase community involvement in shaping sustainable transport solutions. She is passionate about the role cycling can play in addressing issues including climate change, health and inequality, and aims to amplify less-heard voices, including those of children and young people.

 

LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anna-williams-a27a25bb

Alice Pleasant
Alice Pleasant

Alice is Lime’s public affairs manager for the UK and Ireland. In her role, she works with national and local policy makers to help design and deliver shared e-bike and e-scooter services that provide sustainability and connectivity benefits for towns and cities. Before joining Lime, Alice was a political consultant for consultancy Lansons, focusing on a range of policy areas including transport and infrastructure.

Efrosyni Theocharous
Efrosyni Theocharous

Efrosyni is a Consultant in SYSTRA’s dedicated Social & Market Research team, with key skills in both qualitative and quantitative research that aims to understand travel behaviours and attitudes towards all transport modes. Efrosyni has conducted quantitative and qualitative data analysis and reporting for research and consultations supporting the development of local bus networks, local cycling and walking infrastructure plans, concessionary travel schemes, local transport strategies and scheme evaluation.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/efrosyni-theocharous-8b450b1b3/ 

Toby Cotton
Toby Cotton

Toby is a market and social researcher of 18 years’ experience. Initially working at several large research agencies, Toby joined Transport Focus in August 2016. At Transport Focus Toby manages ad-hoc research projects across all modes of transport and manages Transport Focus’s ‘Transport User Panel’. Toby has managed projects exploring the experiences of those making riding, walking, and wheeling journeys which interact with the strategic road network since 2018.

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Emma Salter

Emma is a Principal Researcher in SYSTRA’s dedicated Social & Market Research team, specialising in both qualitative and quantitative research techniques.  Emma has managed research and consultation supporting the development of clean air plans, low traffic neighborhoods, infrastructure schemes, transport plans, demand management strategies and scheme appraisal and evaluation.  Emma’s research has a focus on understanding net zero and sustainable behaviours and attitudes across all transport modes. 

 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/emma-salter-she-her-418088109/

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Tom Silk

Director, Micromobility Partners (MMP)

Tom is a lead consultant for Santander Cycles and has led on the development and launch of multiple schemes over the last seven years. He is an Innovation, Public / Private partner and Behavioural Change specialist and brings non traditional thinking to the challenges surrounding Active Travel and shared micromobility. 

David Clasby
David Clasby

David Clasby is Sustrans’ Partnerships Manager for The East Midlands. David’s background is education and 20 years ago was one of Sustrans original Bike It schools’ officers working in Leicester and Derby. As Partnership Manager he has worked with the incoming East Midlands Combined County Authority mayor and delivered a commitment to an active travel ambassador. David sees effective planning as critical to delivering positive change.

Zuhura Plummer
Zuhura Plummer 

Zuhura is Campaign Director of Oxfordshire Liveable Streets and is currently supporting Oxfordshire County Council's introduction of the UK's first traffic filters to Oxford. She is a campaigner who has worked in international development, she lived in Ulaanbaatar and Mumbai, took a decade long detour into live illustration, and then became involved in Oxford's active travel scene. Two years on and she is deep in the world of transport policy, net zero pushback, community engagement and positive campaigning. 

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Becca Massey - Chase

Becca Massey-Chase is a principal research fellow and co-head of participative research at IPPR. Based in the environment and economy team, Becca’s work currently focuses on transport decarbonisation, nature and planning policy. She also has a cross-institute focus on participatory research methods and deliberative democracy. She joined IPPR in 2020 as co-deputy head of the Environmental Justice Commission, coming from Sustrans where she was Head of Strategy and Governance. 

Bruce McVean
Bruce McVean

Bruce leads the team that develops and delivers transport and public realm policy and projects in the City of London, helping to ensure the Square Mile remains a great place to live, work and visit. He is a member of the NLA’s Expert Panel on transport and infrastructure and the Ebbsfleet Design Forum. Previous roles include Principal Strategy Planner at Transport for London, Senior Policy Advisor at the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) and Trustee of Living Streets.

Hamish Belding
Hamish Belding

Hamish has over 10 years’ experience delivering Sustrans behaviour change, engagement and community street design projects in South Wales. 

He helped launch Wales’s first Bike Bus and development of Sustrans’ FRideDays Bike Bus Toolkit – a step-by-step guide to starting a Bike Bus. As Project Coordinator for FRideDays Bike Bus project he supports a growing number of FRideDays Bike Buses across the UK.       

The FRideDays Bike Bus project is an initiative funded by Schwalbe Tyres UK delivered in partnership with Sustrans. 

For further information about FRideDays Bike Bus project and the FRideDays Bike Bus Toolkit: www.sustrans.org.uk/fridedays

Miles Price
Miles Price

Miles has 30 years’ experience leading some of the largest development projects across the UK.  He’s sat on Design Review Panels for Highways England and Network Rail; The Mayor of London’s ‘Roads Task Force’; the Sustrans ‘London Advisory Panel’; Department for Transport Policy Panels and instigated the Highways Agency ‘Major Developers Group’ – drafting their nationally adopted ‘Developer’ and ‘S106/S278 Protocols.  He also works with Active Travel England.

 

He sits on the RTPI Education Committee and has lectured in Planning and Transport at UCL and Sheffield Hallam.  In 2003, he was voted ‘Transport Planner of the Year’ for his pioneering work in Travel Planning.

Lucy Hawes
Lucy Hawes

I work for North Northamptonshire Council, developing our Greenway which is a network of off road, safer routes for walking, wheeling, cycling and where feasible equestrians too.

It is an ambitious network of up to 300kilometres connecting places of leisure, employment, recreation, tourism and education. A rural LCWIP, it has some huge challenges to overcome and within my Rushden to Wellingborough presentation, I will be talking about how a 5 kilometres stretch involves pretty much every stakeholder you can imagine from Natural England to Historic England to National Highways and Private Landowners!

Having been brought up and lived within this area for most of my 50 years, I absolutely love my role and although I believe this could potentially be one of the most complex Greenway projects in the East Midlands, if not Great Britain, I understand how important it is to develop these routes and create a unique offering within our beautiful countryside.

Zsolt Schuller
Zsolt Schuller

Zsolt is the Cyclists Welcome Project Manager for the National Trust, tasked with enabling and encouraging more people to cycle to places in the Trust’s care.

Zsolt has spent 20+ years working on active and sustainable transport projects in both the public and private sector across infrastructure, behaviour change and major events.

www.linkedin.com/in/zsolt-schuller-5278a017

Joe Seymour
Joe Seymour

Joe Seymour in a Chartered Civil Engineer and is Currently the Head of Active Travel Investment within the NTA.  Joe has over 30 years experience in designing and delivering complex sustainable transport projects on urban streets, in Ireland, UK, Middle East and Africa. He lead the development of the recently introduced Cycle Design Manual.

​Naseem Akhtar BEM
Naseem Akhtar BEM

Naseem has been, tackling inequalities and creating opportunities in physical activity and sport for many of Birmingham’s ethnically diverse communities. Focusing on female empowerment and engagement,

Naseem pioneered the first Asian girls club offering rock climbing, canoeing, skiing to cycling. In 2006

opened Saheli Adventure Hub – A women only facility training local women to become sports leaders and

coaches reflecting the community they serve. Saheli Cycling Club has taught 3,000 women to ride a bike.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/naseem-akhtar-287801b/

Adam Scammell
Adam Scammell

Adam Scammell is the Sustainability lead & Customer Success Manager at SkedGo. He is responsible for developing SkedGo’s sustainability strategy and ensuring clients are receiving the market leading multi-mobility solution that fits their needs. With an academic background in Sustainable Resource Management and being a keen cyclist he has an interest in improving the sustainability and connectedness of urban and rural mobility.

Tara Nursalim-Paul
Tara Nursalim-Paul

Tara Nursalim-Paul is a licentiate member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), a seasoned urban designer and an active travel consultant with over six years of experience in community projects, charitable organisations and education. Her work focuses on collaborative design and behaviour change among young people and vulnerable groups.

 

She has delivered and embedded masterplans, urban-rural active travel networks and public realm infrastructure in the UK, Australia and Indonesia. As a specialist in placemaking and public
realm design, Tara has significantly contributed to school streets, town regeneration and low-traffic neighborhoods, promoting inclusive and active outdoor environments for youth. Tara's holistic approach strengthens community engagement and strategic partnerships in all her projects.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/taranursalimpaul/

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Alper Muduroglu

Alper Muduroglu is the CEO and Founder of the social enterprise, Peddle My Wheels.

 

Founded in 2014, Peddle My Wheels operates a number of cycling initiatives in London in partnership with 28 London councils. This includes second-hand bike markets,  Active Travel Influencer programme, OurBike, the app based community cargo share and Try Before You Bike, a bike subscription model with the option to purchase the bike. The latter has helped thousands of Londoners start cycling since its launch in 2017

Jane Thompson
Jane Thompson

Jane is a joint lead in Transport and Sustainability with Colchester City Council.

Her main focus is liaising with stakeholder to try and encourage more investment in Colchester schemes. This also includes working with planning colleagues to help ensure new developments are sustainable, and to gain funding for schemes to better link the developments to their local network. She also leads on designing and delivering infrastructure projects which encourage active travel. For over 30 years Jane has worked in the planning, engineering and sustainability environment and has lived through the shift in road and space user hierarchy towards sustainability becoming more accepted policy.

Emily Harrup
Emily Harrup

Emily is a Transport and Sustainability Joint Lead at Colchester City Council focusing on travel behaviour change projects.

Her work on sustainable travel started in 2004 with a focus on supporting businesses to develop and implement work place travel plans. For the past 6 years she has been delivering wider sustainable travel projects to meet Colchester’s strategic, air quality and climate change objectives. Working closely with the community she has set up a number of eCargo Bike schemes, car club and initiatives such as the CAReless Pollution Campaign.  

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Tom Cohen

A transport researcher and teacher with a background in industry. Recent work centres on transport policy and governance, with an emphasis on futures and emerging technology.


Also familiar with transport decision making including stakeholder participation, transport behaviour change, active and low-carbon transport.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/tom-cohen-784a0120/

Mark Ames
Mark Ames

Mark Ames offers strategic communications and engagement advice for organisations delivering contentious urban change. He believes understanding engagement is the responsibility of everyone building cities today.

As a writer and campaigner in London, Mark worked with activists, planners and politicians to help deliver the Mayor’s one-billion-pound Cycle Vision for London, 20mph speed limits in the Square Mile, and the construction of London’s first separated cycle superhighways.

Eve Holt
Eve Holt

Eve is a Strategic Director for GM Moving, leading, supporting and connecting people and partners as a movement for movement, to enable active lives for all in Greater Manchester.  

 

Eve's experience spans Public Law,  the social enterprise and charity sector, and politics.  She lives in Manchester, where she loves to walk, run and cycle and  has helped establish lots of local initiatives including the BikeHiveMcr, Our Streets Chorlton, Chorlton Bike Deliveries, #RightToOurStreets partnership, the Manchester to Chorlton cycleway and various play / school streets and walking and cycling events.

 

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Iona Chandler
Iona Chandler

Iona is passionate about the UrbanTide mission of creating a sustainable world with AI. With a focus on integration, open data and optimising active travel, she empowers organisations to create sustainable communities. In her presentation, Iona will shed light on the importance of integrated and actionable data insights and will unveil cutting-edge data solutions that are shaping the future of active travel. Don't miss her introduction to the groundbreaking uMove data insights platform, designed to harness real-time and historical travel data to benchmark activity, predict travel patterns and enhance planning and decision making.

Dr. Vivian Robert
Dr. Vivian Robert

Dr. Vivian Robert specialises in road transportation strategy, policy and management and has 25 years of experience in the public and private sectors of working collaboratively with stakeholders to ensure objectives are achieved through strong systems-focussed governance.

 

Vivian currently heads the Active Travel and Road Safety Discipline at Arcadis in the UK. Vivian’s extensive experience includes technical and strategic leadership, mentoring, team development, and programme management. Vivian has led multi-disciplinary teams globally including the UK, Qatar, UAE and India with contributions to projects in many more countries.

 

Vivian has a proven record in road safety, active travel and urban design projects directing, managing, and contributing to a variety of projects specialising in transport policy, vision, strategy and scheme development. Vivian has authored a number of strategies, standards and guidance documents globally. He has served as a trusted advisor for local and regional authorities in the UK, and continues to do so.

Josh Grantham
Josh Grantham

Josh Grantham is the infrastructure campaigner for Camcycle with a diverse background encompassing civil engineering, sustainability, urban design, and transport planning. His work at Camcycle is hugely varied, from supporting members and community groups to help envisage and work for change in their streets through to advocacy work across local government. Josh also works at KMC Transport Planning, helping to ensure active travel in embedded within new developments. 

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Ian Tierney
Ian Tierney

Ian has worked in the private and third sectors over the last 30 years creating innovative and sustainable approaches to cycling for people of all abilities. A keen cyclist and from a family enriched in a cycling culture.

Ian has worked with a variety of organisations, from transport , public health and social care giving insight and guidance into inclusive cycling good practice. Wheels for All has supported the creations of inclusive cycling hubs from all regions of the country bringing together local authorities, public health specialists and disability support services to create a hub of cycling activities shaped on the needs and choices of people living with disabilities. The team at Wheels for All continues to develop new cycling engagement programmes across the country, supporting inactive people and focussing on weaving cycling into lifestyle wherever possible

Julia Crear
Julia Crear

Head of Projects and Technical Services

Julia provides a breadth of technical experience including the original development of Living Streets community and school engagement methodology.

Since 2005 Julia has held numerous roles within the charity to support and promote our charitable aims. She and her team work in England, Scotland and Wales engaging with local government, private, sector, communities, schools and workplaces on their priorities for walking and improving the built environment.

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Mike Hakata

Mike is the Deputy Leader for the London Borough of Haringey & Cabinet Member for Climate Action, Environment, and Transport.

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Julian Sanchez​

​Julian has worked in Transport for 20 years and has had roles at Transport for London and Essex County Council as well as stints working in East London for a regeneration partnership of boroughs through the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation. As well as projects for Camden Council and Transport for West Midlands. Working on Travel Demand Management, Behaviour Change, Strategic Transport Planning, Regeneration projects, Walking & Cycling strategies, projects and planning including LCWIPs and Liveable Neighbourhoods.

 Julian is keen to work with the best evidence and has worked on a collaborative project (EU PASTA project) with Imperial College where he developed a research interest in the relationship between health and transport through Active Travel. Julian currently has a dual role between The Active Wellbeing Society and Essex County Council, which involves taking the learning and experience of Big Birmingham Bikes and Essex Pedal Power to develop a national network of free bikes projects.

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David Lucas

David is a street designer that spends most of his time exploring ways to rebalance streets to better serve the people and communities who use them. David specialises in walking and cycling infrastructure design at various scales and is equally happy discussing technical issues with experts as he is talking to local users. He is particularly interested in ways to better bridge the gap between design and user experience.     

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Somayya Yaqub

Member, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health

Somayya Yaqub is an Environmental Health Practitioner who has worked in different local government roles that focus on environmental health, such as air quality, pollution and nuisance. She has extensive experience of big regeneration projects and design risk prevention. She has provided evidence at planning inquiries and court cases.

She is also co-author of the Professional Planning Guidance document to supplement the National Planning Policy framework, a member of the Institute of Acoustics Environmental Noise Committee and a Member of the CIEH Environmental Protection panel.

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Cllr Ros Wyke

Following a career in International Operations Management she turned to supporting her Somerset community, including Hospital Trust Chairmen to doing something about local transport. 8 years as a District Councillor & Leader and now a cabinet member for the new unitary Somerset Council. Facing opposition/ghosting of the rural transport needs she has worked with volunteers and John Grimshaw/Greenways to develop a community led approach to deliver rural multi-user paths in a cost effective, less bureaucratic way.

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Leigh Stolworthy

Leigh is a director in our transport planning team and is based in our Birmingham office. He’s involved in multiple land development projects delivering houses, jobs, social and community facilities.

With over 23 years of experience, Leigh’s background includes working with both the local government/transport authority and consulting engineering environments. He’s driven by a passion for finding new ways to positively contribute to building an innovative and human oriented transport future. In his previous roles, Leigh has served as the integrated transport planning manager for the City of Cape Town and the innovation, research and development manager at the Cape Town Transport & Urban Development Authority.

When not dealing with technical transport issues, Leigh likes to exercise other parts of his brain. Like attempting much-needed improvements to his guitar playing abilities.

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Active City Leicester

Active City Leicester  16-17 July 2024

De Montfort University, Leicester

Creating vibrant and healthy places

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