About the TRANStech judging process...

The TRANStech awards are judged by an expert panel of judges selected from across the various sectors represented by the awards categories. We have endeavoured to make the judging panel as diverse and as representative as possible. Read below for bios for all our judges.

Every entry received at the TRANStech Awards are reviewed by our expert judging panel and feedback will be supplied to the person who made the entry after the shortlist has been finalised and again after the ceremony for the finalists.


Meet the TRANStech Awards Judges...

Giles Bailey Karla Jakeman Antonia Roberts

Giles Bailey

CEO, Travelspirit

Giles Bailey is an insightful thinker about business and societal challenges and the resulting need for organisational change. This is particularly in the mobility sector as well as the wider public sector. The basis for this experience is his 25 year career at Transport for London and in consulting in North America and Europe. He now applies this knowledge, via being a Director at Stratageeb Ltd, in areas such as strategic and innovation advice to businesses including digital start-ups, multi-nationals, local authorities, other public sector organisations and governments. He also university lectures, speaks at conferences and writes for the UK and international transport press. Giles Bailey is also CEO and Director of International Relations at the TravelSpirit Foundation.



Karla Jakeman

Innovation Lead – Connected Transport, Manufacturing, Materials & Mobility, Innovate UK

Karla is the Innovation Lead for Connected Transport, part of the Land Transport Team in the Manufacturing, Materials and Mobility Sector at Innovate UK. She is seeking solutions which use innovative technologies to leverage a smarter, greener and more sustainable future mobility systems for the efficient movement of people and goods around the world. Karla focusses on working with Local Authorities, Customer Experience and Mobility as a Service amongst many other areas. Prior to this she worked for 15 years for a large automotive company as a Design Quality Engineer.

Antonia Roberts

Executive Director, CoMoUK

Antonia was part of the team which set up CoMoUK  (as Carplus) in 1999 and spent 10 years helping to nurture the newly emerging car club industry, developing the information programme and accreditation scheme amongst other projects. Antonia re-joined the organisation in 2015 to set up the sister arm Bikeplus to support the development of bike share. For intervening 5 years Antonia managed an Active Travel Project in Leeds for Sustrans. Antonia has 20 years’ experience working in the field of sustainable transport and previously worked in marketing for Oxfam.


Laura Peacock Nic Cary

Laura Peacock

Innovation Hub Manager, Oxfordshire County Council

Coming from a background in Communications in charities, Strategic Planning, Policy development, and leading major Transport Innovation Projects and Bids, Laura has a depth of experience which has enabled her to implement Smart City principles in Oxfordshire. Working in the Smart City field for the past 6 years has enabled Oxfordshire to lead the worldwide disruption of how cities live and breathe. She is the Service Manager for the Innovation Hub at Oxfordshire County Council who are committed to develop and deploy innovative R&D and projects to address the challenges that Cities face. She plays an important role in enabling intelligent infrastructure and mobility systems, as well as implementing projects to improve the local economy, environment health and care and overall quality of life of Oxfordshire’s citizens. Being instrumental in developing links to business and academia, as well as securing external funding for many exciting leading-edge projects Laura works with industry partners who are driving disruptive technologies, she continues to challenge status quo and drive new solutions for Oxfordshire and implementation beyond. Her ambition is to create a resilient and sustainable future for Oxfordshire through delivery of transformative operating models, partnerships and applied innovation.

Sir Nic Cary Bt FCIHT FRSA

Founder & Director, WAYSPHERE

Sir Nic Cary is the founding director of Waysphere, which helps transport organisations to discover and extract greater value from their data. Data provides the core virtual infrastructure that an efficient transport network depends upon. For an individual organisation, knowing where its data is and how to share it and prioritise its use leads to efficiency gains and service improvements. For the transport sector, improved data sharing leads to optimised journey times, congestion reduction, better use of transport capacity, air quality improvements, emission reductions and widespread economic and social benefits. Before launching Waysphere, Sir Nic was Head of Digital Transformation and Transport Data at the UK’s Department for Transport. Here he led a programme to exploit the value of local transport data and improve data sharing. A frequent public speaker on the role of digital technology and data in future transport. Prior to Transport,  he undertook a series of strategic programme management roles for the Cabinet Office. Sir Nic founded my own internet consultancy in 1995 and then gained experience in a wide variety of technology roles. Before that he had a successful career in marketing communications. 

Orsola De Marco

Head of Startup Programmes, Open Data Institute

Orsola is the Head of Startup and Innovation Programmes at the Open Data Institute, where she leads all domestic and international startup and innovation programmes.

Additionally, she is a mentor in several startup accelerators and incubators where she helps early-stage startups on value proposition, product development, business models and pitching.

Orsola is a regular speaker at external events about data-driven accelerators, product management, open innovation, empowering women in tech, as well as being part of judging panels.

Prior to her role at the Open Data Institute, she spent a number of years in the innovation sector, won a social enterprise award from UnLtd and co-founded a crowdsourcing and co-design platform that promotes civic engagement and collaborative urbanism.

In her spare time, she is part of several women-led networks for growing women’s leadership in tech and beyond. She believes in using data and building great products to help solve real challenges.

She holds a BS in Economics and Management and an MA in Design Studies from Central Saint Martins - University of the Arts London.

Professor Greg Marsden PhD. Meng, FCIHT, FHEA

Professor of Transport Governance, 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 15 years covering a range of issues. Current work examines how the smart mobility transition will change how we think about what, how and who governs the mobility system. He is an expert in climate and energy policy in the transport sector and is currently chair of the Commission on Travel Demand, looking at how to deal with alternative demand futures. 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.​

Curtis Hutchinson

Owner,  Curtis Hutchinson Communications

Curtis Hutchinson has been a B2B automotive journalist for over 25 years.

He edited Company Car from 1993-2001 becoming one of the country’s best known fleet journalists.

From 2001 to 2017 he edited Motor Trader, the longest established publication for the car retailing sector. Under his editorship Motor Trader became the undisputed voice of the industry, winning three Headline Auto and Newspress Best Trade Publication of the Year awards.

In 2016 he played a pivotal role in helping relaunch the London Motor Show as the capital’s premier annual consumer mobility event. In 2018 he set up his own business – Curtis Hutchinson Communications – providing consultancy, copywriting and PR services to the automotive sector.

Curtis writes about mobility solutions for Fleet World, International Fleet World, The Car Expert, The Van Expert and Chartered Accountant Magazine. He is also the co-host of the weekly Motor Trade Radio podcast and was a judge on Auto Trader’s inaugural Retailer Awards.

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.

Annie Reddaway

Research Analyst, PTOLEMUS Consulting Group 

Annie has 5 years of experience in the connected vehicle and mobility market. She currently is a research analyst at PTOLEMUS Consulting Group managing the mobility portfolio.

Before PTOLEMUS, she worked as a senior research and conference director at TU-Automotive, where she led research, marketing and production for various high profile events including TU-Automotive Detroit - the world's largest B2B event for connected and autonomous vehicles. She founded and grew the business' mobility and automotive cybersecurity portfolios, contributed to TU-Automotive's articles and reports as well as hosting and appearing on industry webinars. 

Annie has worked directly with companies including GM, Ford, Volvo, car2go, Aptiv, BMW, Octo, WirelessCar and the City of Detroit, and has a strong network in and knowledge of the mobility industry.

In 2018, Annie was awarded "Best Connected Car/New Mobility Leader, Analyst or Spokesperson" in the Tech Cars Awards from Auto Connected Car News.

Having lived in France, Spain, Ecuador, and Quebec, Annie is used to working in an international environment. She speaks French and Spanish proficiently.

Dr Alastair McInroy

Senior Programme Manager, Technology Scotland 

Ally is the Senior Programme Manager at Technology Scotland, the industry association for Scotland’s Enabling Technologies sector. Within this role Ally has led the MaaS Scotland network since its creation in early 2017. This network, the largest of its kind in Europe, represents nearly 80 private and public sector organisations operating across the Mobility as a Service supply chain in Scotland.

Ally has a PhD in Chemistry and, prior to joining Technology Scotland, held numerous technical and commercial roles within the UK’s Science and Technology sectors, from chemicals and infectious disease diagnostics to photonics and future mobility.

Ally is also a member of the Board of Trustees at CoMoUK.


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.

Teresa Jolley

Creative Director, DEFT153 Ltd

Teresa Jolley, BSc, MSc, MA, MCIHT, is a leading expert in local transport data sharing and co-founder and Creative Director of DEFT153 Ltd (Delivering Efficiency for the 153 Local Authorities in England). She was shortlisted for the InnovateUK Women in Innovation Awards 2018, with the launch of the DEFT153 West Midlands Data Discovery Centre in January 2019. Teresa and the team 
provide an agile delivery-led model of expert teams to solve the complex challenges associated with data sharing to improve local transport.

Alongside this delivery work, the Data Discovery Centre is pioneering a new brand and style of storytelling, digital communication and journalism that connects transport experts at a human level with the audiences they serve.  

Teresa works with the leading industry conference and event organisers Landor LINKS (Digital Transport Exchange/TransTech), Hemming Group (Traffex Event Series) and Essential Infrastructure Events (HighwaysUK) to integrate data sharing expertise and collaborative methods of participation into their events.

Teresa was a member of the project review board for the DfT Local Transport Data Discovery project in 2018, and is part of the policy group for the Transport Data Initiative (TDI). She is a member of the CIHT Technology and Innovation Panel, and is on the Council of the Local Government Technical Advisers Group (LGTAG). In the West Midlands, Teresa is transport lead for the ODI Birmingham Node and West Midlands Open Data Forum, as well as a member of the Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands.

With her 13+ years experience in a large engineering consultancy in a mix of technical, business and CDM Co-ordinator roles, two years as chair of the National Highways Maintenance Benchmarking 
Club, an MA in Online Journalism from Birmingham City University and an ODI Registered Trainer, Teresa spans many sectors and brings together diverse groups of people to collectively achieve common goals. She is active on Twitter @teresacjolley.

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