Speaker Biographies

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Peter Stonham

Chairman, Landor LINKS

Peter studied transport to degree level and after working in research in the industry became a specialist writer on the subject. He edited Jane’s Urban Transport Systems and formed a publishing company which launched magazines including Bus Business, Local Transport Today and Parking Review. He has led the development of Landor LINKS publishing and events activities with Rod Fletcher and has spoken at numerous specialist conferences and contributed to various policy research projects.

Andrew Forster

Editor, Local Transport Today

Andrew has been Editor of Local Transport Today since 2001. He studied transport at Leeds University and completed a PhD on local transport policy. He spent a period as transport policy officer at City of Edinburgh Council working with David Begg, who was its transport convener.

Keelan Fadden-Hopper

Senior Future Mobility Developer, Transport for West Midlands

Keelan is a Senior Future Mobility Developer at Transport for West Midlands. Working on the Transport Innovation team, he manages the £22m Future Mobility Zone programme, incorporating initiatives across ticketing, data, and new mobility services. Since joining TfWM in 2018, he has worked on the Midlands Future Mobility and Horizon 2020 SUITS projects.

Anthony Smith

Chief Executive, Transport Focus

Chief Executive of Transport Focus the independent statutory consumer watchdog for Britain’s rail passengers, users of the Strategic Road Network and bus, coach and tram passengers outside London.

Transport Focus uses its substantial evidence base to drive change for all transport users. Anthony qualified as a solicitor then 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 Transport Focus, Anthony was deputy and acting director of ICSTIS, the then regulator of premium rate telephone services.

Andy Poole

Network Management Lead, WSP

Andy Poole is Network Management Lead at WSP, specialist in Traffic Signals and Modelling. Twenty years consultancy experience span whole project life cycles and diverse transport schemes, enabling quality strategic advice. Detailed engineering understanding underpins his solution focussed team, collaborating creatively to deliver excellence in practical schemes achieving client objectives. 

Professor Greg Marsden 

Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds

Greg is Professor of Transport Governance at the Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Leeds. He has researched issues surrounding the design and implementation of new policies for over 20 years covering a range of issues. He is an expert in climate and energy policy in the transport sector and is the Transport Decarbonisation Champion for EPSRC. He is the Principal Investigator on the DecarboN8 network where he is responsible for integrating a new place based approach to decarbonising transport. Greg co-chairs the Commission on Travel Demand which has published influential studies on travel demand and shared mobility. He is the Secretary General of the World Conference on Transport Research Society and the Chair of the Special Interest Group on Governance. He has served as an advisor to the House of Commons Transport Select Committee and regularly advises local, national and international governments.

Simon Pope

Technical Director, WSP

Simon is a Technical Director at WSP in the UK based in Leeds. Simon has 12 years’ experience working on a wide range of transformational schemes with a particular focus on bus infrastructure.

Paul O'Neill

Director, Intelligent Data

Paul is the founder and Managing Director of Intelligent Data Collection. He has over 21 years experience in transport planning, modelling and data collection in the Uk and internationally. Paul is actively involved in the data collection sub-sector and can provide detailed insights into the historic and possible future trends in the industry and is at the forefront of real time data collection and applications, data fusion with third party data sets and the use and application of big data.

Gary Bartlett

Chief Officer for Highways & Transportation, Leeds City Council 


Gary joined Leeds City Council in November 2007 from Buckinghamshire County Council, having worked previously for Oxfordshire and Surrey County Councils. He is responsible for Highways and Transportation Services in Leeds which comprises a wide range of services including Transport Policy, Civil Engineering and Highways Infrastructure.

He is leading on the £174m Leeds Public Transport Investment Programme and also works closely with colleagues from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and the other West Yorkshire Authorities and York City Council on the £1bn West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund, which will see a step change in transport provision across Leeds, West Yorkshire and York. He also oversaw the City Council’s implementation of the innovative phase one £50m River Aire Flood Alleviation scheme which opened in October 2017. The development of phase two is underway, which will see flood protection provided to the west of the City.

Major Projects recently delivered by the Service, in conjunction with partners, include Park and Ride schemes at Temple Green and Elland Road, infrastructure at Kirkstall Forge Railway Station, the 23km long City Connect Cycle Superhighway from East Leeds to Bradford, East Leeds Link Road, Inner Ring Road Stage 7, A65 Quality Bus Scheme and the Street Lighting PFI project. The Service has also facilitated the Tour de France Grand Depart and the Tour de Yorkshire through Leeds in recent years as well as the World Series Triathlon events.

Barry White

Chief Executive Officer, Transport for the North

Barry White has a wealth of experience in delivering major investment programmes. Prior to his appointment at Transport for the North, he served in the Army, led major projects for construction companies and latterly was Chief Executive at Scottish Futures Trust where he led the organisation in improving the planning and delivery of a series of multi-billion-pound infrastructure investment programmes.

In his current role, he is responsible for transforming pan-Northern connectivity in order to improve productivity and drive economic growth. He is leading Transport for the North as England’s first Sub-national Transport Body, giving the North a strong, unified and determined voice on transport investment to benefit the region.

Alan Reiss

Director of Policy, Strategy and Communications, West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Alan has been Director of Policy, Strategy and Communications at the West Yorkshire Combined Authority since October 2018. He is married and kept busy by two young children, and his hobbies include hiking, cooking, and theatre.

James Gleave

Founder & Director,  Mobility Lab UK

Do you want an innovative or user-centred transport policy? Based on a deep understanding of the needs of your users? Then James your man to help you co-create it.

Through his company Mobility Lab, James works with your team and stakeholders to apply user-centred design, and new data analytics techniques to collaboratively explore the future, creating robust and innovative strategies. He has worked with policymakers and startups to create and adopt new public and business strategies. This is based on 16 years working in transport policy, technology foresight, and scenario planning.

James' specialisms include strategy, foresight, scenario planning, transport planning, economics, and sustainability and he has project expertise with clients in the UK and Europe.

James is also a Board Member of the Transport Planning Society.

Professor Jillian Anable

Professor of Transport and Energy, University of Leeds, Institute for Transport Studies

Jillian Anable is Professor of Transport and Energy at the Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds. Her research addresses the potential for demand-side solutions to reduce carbon and energy from transport. Broadly, her current research direction investigates ‘the future of the car’ – bringing together socio-technical developments including electrification, new mobility services and the psychology of car owning and driving to explore the concept of ‘car usership’ to assess the potential impact of these on the energy system.

She has led large interdisciplinary research teams and projects mainly funded by UK Research Councils (RCUK), the Energy Technologies Institute, the UK Department for Transport, Scottish Government and the European Union. She has sat on a number of advisory boards and strategy panels for UK Government Departments, the Climate Change Committee, US Dept. of Energy, HoL Science and Tech Committee, RCUK and NGOs, including currently acting as Chair to the Research and Evidence Group for the Scottish National Transport Strategy Review.


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28-29 November - The Mercure Bradford Bankfield Hotel

The 4th annual

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The Local Transport Summit is the only opportunity for the movers and shakers in local transport to meet, network and map the future of transport planning and policy. The team behind Local Transport Today, gather the most influential thinkers to join the most important discussion in a generation.  

Anyone who is effected by transport planning and policy should attend The Local Transport Summit and add their voice to the discussion.  

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28-29 November
Mercure, Bradford