Conference programme

Friday 13 April 2018


Queen Elizabeth Leisure Centre (DMU Gym)

Running Tour of Castle, Cultural Quarter and Campuses

Start the day with a 4 mile (6.6km) route in a choice of three different pace groups (8.30 / 9.30 / 10.30), taking about 35 to 45 minutes, to look at infrastructure changes which encourage walking and cycling in the city and the De Montfort University campus.

The route includes some of the city’s parks and quiet areas, and shows how easy it is to get around using green and blue traffic-free routes. Starts outside the front of the Queen Elizabeth Leisure Centre (DMU Gym)

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Registration opens: Tea & Coffee served in the exhibition area


Hall 1

Welcome from Leicester City Council

Sir Peter Soulsby, City Mayor, Leicester City Council


Morning plenary: From one-off projects to systemic change 

Chair: Xavier Brice, CEO, Sustrans

Transforming Leicester: reconnecting a great city
Sir Peter Soulsby, Mayor of Leicester

Reconnecting Leicester to its waterfront
Shaun Fielding, Regional Managing Director, Keepmoat Homes, East Midlands

What cities need to do now to stay viable
Polly Billington, Director, UK 100

A international take on civilised cities – and how to achieve them
Jon Orcutt, Director of Communications & Advocacy, Transit Centre, New York City


Tea & Coffee served in the exhibition area


Hall 1

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Conference Room 2

Making the case: activity and connectivity

Chair: Jason Torrance, Clean Air Cities Director, UK100

4 x 15 minute talks, followed by Q&A session

Making the business case for active travel
Tim Burns, Senior Policy & Partnerships Adviser, Sustrans

Data analysis for developing LCWIPs
Amber Kenyon and Adrian Lord, Phil Jones Associates

'Show me the money': funding cycle infrastructure
Neil Taylor, Director, ITP 

Why 'connection' is more important than 'transformation'
Jonathan Naughton, Partner, Trustee and Director, Urban Futures, Cycling UK and Conservative Co-Operative Movement

Town & Gown partnerships

Chair: Peter Stonham, Chairman, Landor LINKS

The ambitious university
Bernie Foulkes, Board Director, LDA Design

Transforming Mill Lane Campus
Umesh Desai, Director of Estates and Commercial Services, De Montfort University

Enabling more walking, cycling and business at the University of Manchester
Phil Havenhand, Growth Deal Programme Manager, Transport for Greater Manchester

Universities leading the way on city walking and wellbeing
Hana Sutch, CEO at Go Jauntly & Co-Owner at Furthermore


Using city data to develop evidence-based decision-making: workshop

  • Use data analytics to really understand how people use cities - and how centres can be classified by their activity patterns

  • Get vital insights into interventions that are congruent with activity, and likely to improve vitality and viability

  • See how data can be shared and decision-making improved

Facilitator: Professor Cathy Parker, Chair, Institute of Place Management, Manchester Metropolitan University

Diane Wehrle, Marketing and Insights Director, Springboard

Ojay MacDonald, Executive Director, Association of Town Centre Management









Lunch served in the exhibition area


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Conference Room 2

Showcasing the city: civilised streets and welcoming public spaces

Chair: Jon Orcutt, Director of Communications & Advocacy, Transit Centre, New York City

4 x 15 minute talks, followed by Q&A session

Towards a new Leicester streetscape
Brian Deegan, Design Engineer, Urban Movement

Reclaiming city centres from motor traffic
Steve Melia, Senior Lecturer in Transport and Planning, Centre for Transport and Society, UWE

FitzPark's parklet: understanding and communicating the benefits of urban greening
Romy Rawlings, UK Business Development Manager, Vestre

Pedestrian priority street design
David McKenna, Studio Director, IBI Group

From vision to vitality: successful approaches

Chair: Andy Salkeld, Cycling lead, Planning, Development & Transportation, Leicester City Council

4 x 15 minute talks, followed by Q&A session

The Mobility Menu: changing demands in a changing environment
Lennart Nout, Urban Mobility Specialist, Mobycon

The revitalisation of Roeselare
Kim Cassidy, Professor of Services Marketing, Edge Hill University 

Making the most of the collaborative economy
Ali Clabburn, Founder and CEO, Liftshare

Using publicly-owned land and buildings better
Michael O’Doherty, Regional Programme Manager, One Public Estate, Local Government Association

Workshop: what should cities be doing to embrace the digital agenda?

What practical steps should cities be taking to ensure that digital infrastructure adds to city liveability and helps to attract future investment?

Facilitated by Tim Strong, Transport Innovation Director, Arcadis, with:

Tracy Harwood, Reader in Digital Marketing and Consumer Culture, De Montfort University

Oxfordshire County Council: Oxford’s digital journey to improved liveability

Digital Greenwich: Vision to reality roadmap



Afternoon Tea & Coffee served in the exhibition area


Hall 1

Afternoon plenary: The City Changers debate

The future of cities: space, development, people & policy

Facilitator: Kelvin Campbell, Chair, Smart Urbanism

Allison Dutoit, Urban Space Expert, Gehl

Rebecca McDonald, Analyst, Centre for Cities

Councillor Matthew Brown, Cabinet member for social justice, inclusion and community engagement, Preston City Council 

Xavier Brice, CEO, Sustrans

Louise Seymour, Head of Development Projects, Leicester City Council



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