Speakers at the International Healthy Streets Summit

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Councillor Anna Richardson

City Convener for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction, Glasgow City Council

Anna graduated with an MA (Hons) in Geography in 2001 from the University of Glasgow and an MSc in Human Resource Management in 2005 from the University of Strathclyde. 

She worked in various public sector administrative roles before spending 9 years at home raising her three children.  During that time she gained an HND in Antenatal Education and worked part time for the national parenting charity NCT. 

Anna was elected as Councillor for Langside ward in Glasgow in 2015, and again in 2017. She is currently Convener for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction, with a particular interest in transport, equalities and the mainstreaming of sustainability across all Council functions.

Pola Berent

Transport Consultant, Urban Flow

Pola Berent is a transport consultant at Urban Flow (https://www.urban-flow.co.uk/), where she works on a variety of placemaking and development planning projects. Pola has qualifications in urban planning and design, urban regeneration and transport engineering. She recently completed a doctorate at UCL and developed an assessment tool for unsegregated shared-use paths.

In 2017 Pola was awarded a JSPS academic fellowship and spent three months at Osaka City University researching cycling and walking in Japan. She worked with Osaka City Council on a road space re-allocation project in Namba and explored cycling and pedestrian infrastructure (in Kyoto, Nara, Kobe, Matsuyama, Tokyo, Sapporo, Tokushima, Hiroshima).  Afterwards, she continued working with Japanese researchers and was commissioned by International Association of Traffic and Safety Sciences to investigate the delivery of inclusive cycling training in the UK. In 2018 she organised The International Workshop on Delivering Cycling Training and Activity Sessions for Disabled People with attendees from Japan, Netherlands and UK.

Alison King

Principal Landscape Architect, LUC

Alison is a chartered landscape architect with 8 years’ experience. She is passionate about health and wellbeing for all, and sees landscape and public realm design as playing a pivotal role in addressing the UK’s health inequality crisis. Alison has designed accessible schemes to increase activity in a range of sites, including historic London parks, sensitive woodlands, urban public realm and schools. Alison understands the importance of the landscape itself in activating places and routes (landscape as catalyst), and is an experienced planting designer with a keen grasp of the multiple benefits green infrastructure can deliver. She has a background in social anthropology, developmental psychology and documentary film-making, all of which feed her insistence on the importance of buy-in, collaboration and co-design with stakeholders to deliver successfully activated healthy places. 

Habib Khan

Director & Founding Partner, Meristem Design

Habib has spent the last 15 years in sustainable transport. He started with the UK’s first bike share scheme in 2005, going onto to manage all the UK offices of City Car Club before rolling out street cycle parking called Bike Hangars. 

Habib is now a Director & Founding Partner at Meristem Design, the award winning urban greening / design company.He set up Meristem Design just over two years ago, with 40 living walls and 12 on-street parklets already completed.

Rebecca Fuller

Assistant Director, Urban Transport Group

Rebecca is Assistant Director at Urban Transport Group where she works to make the case for the right policies in urban transport and related areas to support inclusive and sustainable growth. Rebecca is policy lead on a number of areas, including on the connections between transport, health and wellbeing. She is currently leading the delivery of ‘Healthy Streets for All’ – a year-long programme of activity to raise awareness and support UK cities in shaping urban environments around people and their health.

Ben Plowden

Director of Strategy and Network Development for Surface Transport,  Transport for London

Ben has been at Transport for London since 2002, in which time he has held a number of senior roles including Managing Director of Communications and Director of the Smarter Travel programme.   Ben’s current role includes accountability for planning and delivery of London’s highways capital programme, delivery of the Mayor’s Ultra Low Emission Zone and wider business strategy.   Prior to working at TfL, Ben spend ten years in the non-profit sector, including being the founder CEO of the walking advocacy group Living Streets.  

Clare Linton

Researcher (Policy), Urban Transport Group

Clare Linton joined the Urban Transport Group in May 2016, to conduct research across a range of policy areas including transport and housing, public health, social inclusion, freight, people and skills, sustainability and smart transport futures.

Clare is the lead author on a number of UTG reports including 'Taxi! Issues and options for city region taxi and private hire vehicle policy' and 'The place to be: How transit oriented development can support good growth in the city regions'.

Clare completed a PhD in Low Carbon Technologies at the University of Leeds in 2016. Her PhD research explored the potential to reduce emissions from urban transport through more effective use of capacity. Clare has also worked at the Institute for Public Policy Research, working on delivering effective public transport solutions. Clare holds a BA in Geography and an MSc in Climate Change and Policy, both from the University of Sussex.

Christopher Martin

Co-Founder & Director, Urban Strategy, Urban Movement

Christopher Martin is an influential urban designer and planner working all over the globe to help communities improve their public spaces, as well as supporting Governments to develop strategy, change policies, and make great places possible.

He is Co-Founder and Director of Urban Strategy at Urban Movement, and a fully qualified Urban Designer and Planner, with over 14 years’ experience leading complex urban projects; focusing on public realm, streets and transport. He consistently adds value through ensuring the seamless integration of urban and landscape design with engineering and transport.


Brian Deegan

Principal Design Engineer, Urban Movement

Brian is one of the UK’s leading street design engineers and was co-author of the London Cycling Design Standards. With a background in engineering, he has also led high-profile policy and planning projects. He helped develop Transport for London’s Healthy Street Check, a key tool in designing for ‘Healthy Streets’, and helped ensure the design quality of all projects associated with the London Mayor’s £1billion Cycling and Healthy Streets programme. As a design engineer for Camden Council, Brian introduced the UK to ‘light segregation’ for cycling, and subsequently assisted TfL in the testing of innovative approaches to cycling-friendly signalised junction design, such as ‘hold the left’, two-stage right turns and early release.

Mike Saunders

Co-Founder, Commonplace

Mike has been a digital pioneer and entrepreneur for over 20 years, developing innovative digital businesses across media, public and commercial sectors. After graduating in Physics with Philosophy, he trained as a software engineer at JPMorgan and studied an MA in Interactive Design. He then founded Forma Communications, which became the preferred digital agency for Sony Playstation. After negotiating the sale of Forma, Mike went on to lead digital projects and teams at Channel 4 and DCMS, where he was responsible for commissioning digital education projects in the arts.

In 2007, Mike was appointed Director of Digital at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew – the leading plant science institute in the world. He helped transform Kew into a digital organisation at the forefront of digital research and public engagement tools.

Whilst at Kew, he because fascinated with the potential of digital tools in the built environment – and in particular how technology can make citizens more effective partners in the design and development of cities. He presented this idea at TEDx Parliament, setting out this vision for smart citizens.

In 2013 Mike co-founded Commonplace to realise this vision. Commonplace has since grown rapidly, being used by some of the largest customers in the built environment in the UK, as well as in the US and Germany. It has won awards from the Nominet Trust, Big Venture Challenge and the national award for Best Stakeholder Engagement tool.

Mike is a Non-Executive Director and member of Council for Trinity College London and has served in other non-executive roles as a member of the Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Public Engagement at Parliament, and a member of the Digital Advisory Board for ActionAid.

John Dales

Director, Urban Movement

John is a traffic engineer, transport planner and urban designer with over 30 years’ professional experience spanning strategic transport planning to concept design. Well known as a champion of better town and city streets, he was Director at Urban Initiatives before founding Urban Movement in 2011. John is an urban realm design advisor to several UK local authorities, a new member of the Cambridgeshire Quality Panel, and one of the London Mayor’s Design Advocates. He is the immediate past Chair of the Transport Planning Society, a former Trustee of Living Streets, and was a contributor to Manual for Streets 2. He’s an experienced trainer of other transport practitioners, a regular conference speaker and chair, and has been author of the monthly ‘Street Talk’ article in Local Transport Today since 2005.

​John’s reputation is based on his project work, which encompasses the conception, design, execution and management of a wide range of transport, traffic and street improvement projects in towns and cities all over the UK. He has considerable experience of working closely with local authority and other stakeholders, using tools such as enquiry-by-design and intensive design charettes to establish clear visions and programmes of action for change. As Project Director, John’s recent experience covers projects as diverse as: the concept design of complex streets and spaces (Glasgow City Centre, various London centres, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, central Newcastle); the concept design of the urban realm at busy stations (Abbey Wood, Brighton, Southampton); urban realm strategies (Romford, St Albans, Ealing); cycling design and research for walking and cycling (TfL, Camden, Bristol, Cycling Scotland); and specialist transport planning advice in a range of UK towns and cities.

Robert Nicholas

Senior Traffic Engineer, London Borough of Hackney 

Robert has worked within the Traffic and Transportation sector in London for over 12 years. His experience ranges across the public and private sector, working with organisations such as Steer Davis Gleeve, Transport for London (TfL) and several London Local authorities on projects from concept, detail design and consultation through to construction. Robert is currently working for the London Borough of Hackney as a Senior Traffic Engineer, and is the Lead Designer and Project Manager for the engineering aspect of Hackney's £10.5 million Liveable Neighbourhood Scheme. He is also the Lead Designer for School Streets as well as the upgrading of Cycle Superhighway 1 (CS1) in Hackney.  


Lynn Scott

Head of Project Delivery, Behaviour Change, Sustrans Scotland

Lynn Stocks has over ten years’ experience of working within active travel promotion having designed, delivered and led on multiple community-based projects influencing travel behaviour change. 


Nafsika Michail

Researcher, Active & Healthy Cities

Nafsika Michail is an Architect Engineer (National Technical University of Athens) and Landscape Architect (University of Sheffield), with a particular interest in Active and Healthy cities. Her interests focus on the crossroads between Urban Planning, Public Health and Health Behaviour; and particularly on the health benefits of Active Travel, towards healthier and sustainable communities. She is passionate about the responsibility of the designers on providing motivations for Active Living, through understanding the role of the built environment on shaping values, habits and behaviours.

Nafsika is a PhD candidate at Northumbria University, exploring the indicators of Active Streetscapes for children and how children’s experiences could inform a better planning and design, contributing to more child-friendly cities and inclusive streets. She is also a Project Officer for Sustrans North, a Board Trustee for A Place in Childhood, and she is co-operating with Ryder Architecture on writing a series of articles on placemaking and walkability.


Dr. Sukanya Krishnamurthy

Chancellor's Fellow/ Senior Lecturer, The University of Edinburgh

Sukanya Krishnamurthy is a Chancellors Fellow/ Senior Lecturer at the School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh.

Her focus lies at the interface between urban and social geography, where her scholarship analyses how cities can use their resources and values for better sustainable development. Key interests include, place-making and participatory approaches, urban cultures and representation, society and smart urbanism.

Over the last years she has bought these interests together within child friendly planning, participatory processes within Living Labs, urban development and management of informal areas, and enabling agendas of context driven planning. She has been a PI and team member on research projects (EU, NWO, third sector funding) in the Netherlands, Germany, Canada, Israel, UK, Turkey and India.



Helen Forman

Urban Design Manager, West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Helen is an architect and housing professional with a career spanning the public, private and third sectors.She worked in architectural practice for 10 years, leading housing, industrial, leisure, retail and office projects, followed by a strategic role at the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency promoting best practice and monitoring performance in housing design, innovation and sustainability. At Leeds City Council she focussed on the link between design and health, including driving the cross-directorate Planning and Design for Health and Wellbeing group to improve the impacts of housing development on health and physical activity, particularly in children and older people.

Helen researched the impact of residential street layout on children’s independent play and mobility to produce a literature review, 'Residential Street Design and Play', for the organisation Playing Out. Now at West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Helen's role is to support local authorities in the Leeds City Region to improve the quality of urban design, and as a 'critical friend' to the Combined Authority's Healthy Streets programme across the five West Yorkshire authorities.

Matthanee Nilavongse

Board Member, Incredible Edible Todmorten

Originally from Thailand, now a British citizen living the dream in Todmorden.

 I am a board member of Incredible Edible Todmorden, We are a community benefit society. We aim to create a kinder more connected world using food and growing as our lever.

I am an artist and pub landlady, the pub I manage is an old coaching inn ranked best music venue outside of London.

Working in the pub I see a huge variety of people, which keeps me in touch with the needs of our community.

My work with IET focuses on the celebrations and creative aspects of the company; I believe that citizens have a right and responsibility to shape the landscape of their towns.

We have been active in providing benches, signage, sculpture and planting around our town.

 I believe in the saying “Be the change you want to see.”

Lucy Saunders 

Healthy Streets Limited 

Lucy Saunders is a unique combination of public health specialist, urbanist and transport planner. She created the Healthy Streets Approach, an evidence based-framework for decision making at every level to embed public health in city transport, public realm and planning. Building on her success in London she now shares her expertise with cities and regions globally as Director of Healthy Streets Ltd.

Her highly influential work put health at the heart of city policy in London. Healthy Streets is the framework of the Mayor’s 25 year Transport Strategy, a pillar of the London Plan (spatial plan) and part of all the Mayor’s statutory strategies.

She developed bespoke Healthy Streets tools to enable practitioners to apply the Healthy Streets Approach in horizon scanning, case making, design, implementation and evaluation. She has trained over 500 practitioners in the UK and overseas.

She advises the World Health Organisation, UK government Departments for Transport and Health, Faculty of Public Health and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. She has worked across a wide range of organisations from local to international level including NHS, government, academic, private and voluntary sector.

She gained Fellowship of the UK Faculty of Public Health in 2012 on completion of the UK specialist medical training programme in Public Health. She has masters degrees in geography and public health.

David Ellis

Senior Transport Planner, WSP

David is a Senior Transport Planner at WSP in Leeds, specialising in transport policy, street design and future mobility. WSP is the Development Partner for the Leeds Public Transport Investment Programme (LPTIP). Since 2017, David has worked as the Development Partner’s project manager for the City Centre Gateways component of LPTIP, which will transform key streets in Leeds city centre and improve the infrastructure for walking, cycling and public transport. In this role, he has steered the development of the Headrow Gateway and Corn Exchange Gateway schemes from pre-feasibility stage to preliminary design stage. The construction of the Headrow Gateway commenced in August 2019. David has also worked with Calderdale Council to develop the Calderdale Transport Strategy and the Halifax Parking Strategy. Prior to entering the transport sector, David was trained as a political and urban historian. In 2016, he was awarded a PhD from the University of York.

Gwyn Owen

Project Manager, Leeds City Council

Gwyn Owen has steered the Local Transport Plan programme, and developed the Sustainable Transport offer as Project Manager in Transport Policy at Leeds City Council. He managed the successful Cycle City Ambition Grant(CCAG) bid and National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) bid, for cycling. More recently he has become fully immersed in the City Centre Gateways – Leeds Public Transport Investment Package, and the opportunities it provides for the wider city centre.

Gwyn developed staunch views on Transport Planning and Urban Design working in the Express Parcel Industry in London many years ago. He began working in the London Borough of Wandsworth, primarily on Green Travel Plans, and moved to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, developing the Interim Local Implementation plan, and the accompanying Borough Spending Plans in the early days of TfL.

Sam Monck

Head of Network Sponsorship, Transport for London

Sam Monck, is currently job share Head of Network Sponsorship at TFL working with all London’s boroughs to take forward the Mayor’s Transport Strategy. He has been at TfL for three years, with one year seconded  to run the joint TfL/Westminster team to develop the proposed pedestrianisation of Oxford Street (Westminster subsequently developed their own alternative proposals)..   Before TfL he worked at the London Borough of Camden for 25 years running a range of strategic and operational services including Transport Strategy, Engineering, Parking, Environment Services and Sustainability. While at Camden Sam oversaw the development of the West End Project (changing the Tottenham Court Rd area), and both major and minor area projects, leading the borough to four “Transport Borough of the Year” awards. At TfL he has worked with boroughs delivering a range of area and town centre improvements, Mini Hollands, the Liveable Neighbourhoods programme, borough cycling programmes and a range of other projects.

Stephen O’Malley 

Founding Director, Civic Engineers

Stephen is a Founding Director of civil and structural engineering practice, Civic Engineers. He is passionate about urban infrastructure and delivering healthier cities. He sets about his work aiming to engineer less; this means transporting less, consuming less and regulating less.

The skills Stephen has developed to engineer healthy, active and attractive urban neighbourhoods are broad – civil, transport, highways, flood risk, drainage, utilities, structures, ground remediation engineering – to name some. His fusion and practice of these engineering skills enables the creation of inspirational public spaces that have a positive impact on the environment and enable people to lead healthier and happier lives. This broader, more creative and collaborative approach sets Civic Engineers apart and has seen Stephen recognised as an industry expert in his field. Stephen is currently leading the multi-disciplinary design team for Block ‘A’ of the transformative Glasgow Avenues project and he also co-authored the award winning, Transport for London, SuDS Guidance.

Paul Morris 

Director,  Civic Engineers

Paul Morris is a Director of civil and structural engineering practice, Civic Engineers. Paul joined the practice in 2003 as a Graduate Engineer and became a Director in 2016. Based out of the Manchester Studio, Paul has designed and delivered varied, high profile, exemplar urban infrastructure projects covering earthworks, remediation, drainage, SuDS, public realm and highways schemes. He believes that solutions must be highly sensitive to their setting and landscape and contribute positively to the place they are supporting, in terms of society, economy and the environment. Schemes he has worked on include; Citu’s pioneering Climate Innovation District in Leeds, Beeston Park in Norwich, the regeneration of the public realm in Altrincham, the town which won Great British High Street of the year and University of Central Lancashire in Preston. His work in Altrincham was recognised when it was awarded the New Civil Engineer, Excellence in Urban Living Award. He has also worked with Places Matter! to deliver workshops on the implementation of Manual for Streets and he has presented to, and on behalf of, local authorities on the value of good design in creating places.

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