Jonathan Bray
Urban Transport Group

Jonathan joined Urban Transport Group (then pteg) in 2003 as Assistant Director, and then was appointed Director in 2008.

Before that Jonathan’s background was a mix of transport policy and transport campaigning.

As a consultant his clients included local transport authorities, the BBC and the Strategic Rail Authority.

He was also one of the founders and co-ordinators of the campaign against the national road programme in the early nineties and later led the Save our Railways campaign against rail privatisation. He has also worked for the Campaign for Better Transport on a range of sustainable transport issues.

Overall the hallmark of Jonathan’s career has been a steadfast commitment to sustainable and equitable transport policies. This includes playing a major role in some of the biggest battles for progressive change to public policy on transport.

Sylvia Broadley
Green Fleet Change Manager, Growth & Transportation
Birmingham City Council

Key roles include Clean Air Zone implementation within Birmingham and lead for green fleet transition in Birmingham and development of low/zero carbon re-fueling infrastructure.

Sylvia has worked in the public sector for 20 years and has a Masters in Public Sector Business Management, BA(Hons) in Communications and more than 15 years of significant experience as a project manager in EU projects including FP 6, FP7,HS2020, Marie Curie, European Social and Development funding, strategy & policy development & implementation, capital development and ICT innovation projects.

Sam Clarke
Gnewt Cargo

Sam is co-director of Gnewt Cargo; a last-mile logistics provider that utilises a fully electric fleet of over 100 vehicles. Gnewt Cargo began – with Clarke’s business partner Matthew Linnecar - as an angel investor-backed start-up in 2009, and in November 2014 DX Group acquired a 49.8% stake in the business. In that time the business has grown from five people to over 100 employees. Last year it delivered over three million parcels throughout central London, and is looking to expand nationally in the coming years.

Laetitia Dablanc
Director of Research
French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development and Networks (IFSTTAR, University of Paris-Est)

Laetitia Dablanc is a Director of Research at the French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development and Networks (IFSTTAR, University of Paris-Est), and a member of MetroFreight, a VREF Center of excellence in urban freight research. She is a part-time visiting professor at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden (2016-2019).

Her areas of research are freight transportation, freight and the environment, urban freight and logistics, rail freight, freight transport policies, logistics sprawl. She received a PhD in transportation planning from Ecole des Ponts-ParisTech, and a Master’s degree in city and regional planning from Cornell University. She was initially trained in policy analysis and economics at Science Po Paris. 

Scott Dargan
Managing Director Northern Europe & Service EMEAR Carrier
Transicold, United Kingdom

Scott Dargan currently leads the sales and distribution activities for Carrier Transicold in Northern Europe and the service activities throughout EMEAR. He joined Carrier Transicold as Operations Director for the UK, moving to Service Director for EMEAR prior to his current assignment which he undertook in March 2015. He joined Carrier Transicold from BNP Paribas Lease Group in 2006 where he was Head of UK Operations. 

Philippa Edmunds
Freight on Rail, Campaign for Better Transport

Philippa worked in the computer industry in management, consultancy and PR roles for twenty years. She then moved to Campaign for Better Transport as a campaigner working on transport, freight, road safety and land use planning policies.

She manages the Freight on Rail campaign, a partnership between the rail freight industry, the transport trade unions and Campaign for Better Transport, working to promote the socio-economic benefits of rail freight to national, devolved and local Government as well as European institutions.

She has been a board member of Transport and Environment, a leading Brussels based NGO for the past five years and has been its Vice President for the past three years.  

Rob Flello
Labour MP for Stoke on Trent South
Chair of APPG for freight transport, Member of Transport Committee

Rob was elected to the House of Commons at the 2005 General Election for Stoke-on-Trent South following the retirement of George Stevenson. Rob held the seat with a majority of 8,681. He retained the seat at the 2010 and 2015 General Elections.

In Parliament Rob is a member of the House of Commons Transport Committee and is Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Freight Transport. In addition, he has a keen interest in animal welfare, trade union rights at home and abroad, and religious issues.

Previously he was a member of the Science and Technology Select Committee and was the Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Lord Chancellor before becoming PPS to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Hazel Blears. In 2009 he became PPS to the Secretary of State for Defence, Bob Ainsworth, and he served as a shadow minister for Justice from 2010 until 2013.

Steve Gooding
RAC Foundation

Steve Gooding became Director of the RAC Foundation in May 2015 after a civil service career encompassing many transport-related roles.  

After graduating from Durham University Steve joined the civil service in 1983, moving to the Department of Transport in 1987 where, amongst other roles, he was private secretary to transport ministers Peter Bottomley, Michael Portillo and Roger Freeman.

Steve’s civil service career culminated in six years as a Director General on the Department for Transport’s main board from 2009 to 2015, latterly running the Roads, Traffic & Local Group, where his responsibilities included: developing the Roads Investment Strategy and the Transport Strategy for the North; administering funding for local government; evolving policy on road safety; and running the motoring services agencies. 

Steve is a Vice President of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation, and a trustee of the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund. 

Peter Harris
Director of Sustainability for Europe

Peter has worked for UPS for 27 years. This includes 6 years as UK Automotive Director and 2 years as UK Industrial Engineering Director. He also spent 5 years on assignment to Corporate Compliance developing and implementing a system to manage regulatory compliance outside the U.S. For the last 7 seven years Peter has held his current role as Sustainability Director for Europe. He also is a non-executive director for Coperforma, a small company providing non-emergency passenger transport services to the UK’s public health service.

Peter will share his experience on the work UPS has been undertaking across Europe to reduce emissions and alleviate congestion for last-mile package deliveries into cities. 

Kevin Huskie
Sales Director

Kevin Huskie first entered the distribution and logistics industry some 15 years ago on leaving Edinburgh University in 2001, during which time he has built up a wealth of knowledge of the marketplace. 

He has an inherent understanding of the needs of the market and his customer centric approach has seen him quickly rise through the ranks. 

His career with Geodis began in 2010 as Business Development Manager and since then Kevin has held various roles before being appointed to his current position of Sales Director in July 2016. 

Throughout his career Kevin has demonstrated a keen ability to identify and cultivate new markets, introduce systems and process to ensure service levels are maintained as well as develop innovative solutions to meet customer requirements.

Rob King
Managing Director
Outspoken Delivery

Rob is the co-founder and MD of Outspoken Delivery, an urban logistics operator specialising in last mile deliveries using a fleet of electric cargo bikes and vans and working in three UK cities. 

Rob is responsible for finance and strategy and working with his team to build the network of hubs and developing relationships with their partners. 

Rob is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Logistics and Transport and Founding member of the European Cyclelogistics Federation.

Frank van Os
Smart Mile Solutions

Frank van Os is co-founder of Smart Mile Solutions, a Netherlands based venture providing a shared and sustainable online delivery platform to cities in Europe and beyond.

Frank is a passionate business developer with a 25+ years track record in International business development, eCommerce and Logistics. He held senior management roles within PostNL/TNT and built various companies in eCommerce, logistics and retail.  

Frank holds a MSc in Engineering & Business from the Technical University in Delft (NL).

Laura Shoaf
Managing Director
Transport for West Midlands

Laura Shoaf is Managing Director of Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) – part of the West Midlands Combined Authority. She has more than 20 years international experience in delivering integrated economic and spatial regeneration.

After leaving her native USA, Laura became Head of Strategic Planning and Implementation at the Black Country Consortium and was instrumental in the creation of the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). As Black Country Director of Transport, Laura championed and led the area’s transport agenda, directly advising Chief Executives, Leaders and the LEP.

In 2015, Laura became Strategic Director for Transport at the West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority and then in June 2016 took up her current position where she is responsible for key initiatives across the metropolitan area such as Midlands Connect, the HS2 Connectivity Package and the region’s Strategic Transport Plan, liaising with Government departments and regional agencies for the benefit of the West Midlands. She is also responsible for delivering a £4billion transport package over the next 10 years underpinning economic regeneration in the region.

Laura is lead Urban Transport Group Board member for freight.

Dr Martin Reeves
Chief Executive,
Coventry City Council and West Midlands Combined Auhority

Martin has been Chief Executive of Coventry City Council since April 2009.  He has also been the Chief Executive and the Head of Paid Service of the West Midlands Combined Authority since March 2016.  He had previously been with Bedfordshire County Council for three and a half years as Assistant Chief Executive and Chief Executive.  

Martin was previously Head of Performance Improvement at Westminster City Council in the heart of London. He was also Programme Director for WorkSmart the City Council’s flagship transformation programme. 

Martin spent much of his early career as a lecturer and researcher, and has a PhD in applied economics.

He is a Governor on the Board at Coventry University and is the first Honorary President of LARIA (Local Authorities Research and Intelligence Association). 

He was the President of SOLACE (Society of Local Authority Chief Executives) in 2013.

He is also the Local Government Association (LGA) National Procurement Champion.

In 2015, Martin was invited onto the independent taskforce, which produced the new 5 year national cancer strategy.  

He co-chairs the national systems leadership board and chairs the national cross system board for sustainable health & social care (taking over from Jonathan Porritt). 

He is also a member of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Advisory Board.

In 2017 Martin was once again included in the top 50 of the Local Government Chronicle’s list of most influential people in local government.

Helen Smith
Head of Logistics, Environment & Active Travel
Transport for Greater Manchester

Helen has been Head of Logistics, Environment and Active Travel for Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) since 2014. She has more than 15 years experience working for or with the public sector as well as five years experience in the private sector facilities and logistics environment.

As a new area of responsibility for TfGM, Helen was brought in especially to coordinate the low carbon, air quality and freight/logistics agenda for the whole of Greater Manchester, including safety around goods and construction vehicles.  Her remit is to establish the strategies and delivery plans for these key areas. She is also the Greater Manchester lead on the development of the Freight Strategy for the North of England.

Dr Andrew Traill
Principal Technologist
Transport Systems Catapult

Andrew has over 25 years’ experience in the freight transport, logistics and international trade policy arena. Andrew gained his doctorate at the University of London researching the economics and business case for the development of European inland and coastal shipping. Since then, Andrew has worked in the ports and cargo handling sectors before moving to the UK Freight Transport Association, representing the interests of British shippers (manufacturers, retailers and wholesalers), across all modes of transport and trade compliance.  Andrew joined the European Shippers Council in 2006 as Policy Director, promoting policies and best practices that were in the interests of European shippers. In parallel he established The Shippers’ Voice, a web portal raising awareness of issues and practices impacting shippers globally. 

Andrew also helped establish and launch the industry-led emissions reduction programme, Green Freight Europe, developed an on-line course explaining how to calculate a carbon footprint of road freight transport operations, and worked on various projects in the freight, logistics and compliance world.

In April 2015, Andrew joined the Transport Systems Catapult, as a Principal Technologist - freight and logistics. Andrew’s responsibility is to build a portfolio of CR&D and commercial projects to advance the development and implementation of intelligent mobility to the benefit of the freight customers and the wider freight and freight transport industry. 

Alex Veitch
Head of Global Policy
Freight Transport Association

Alex has over 15 years’ experience in the environmental, rail and automotive sectors, both in the UK and overseas, and joined FTA.

Alex leads FTA activities on air and water freight; the British Shippers’ Council, and is also Head of Policy for the Global Shippers’ Forum.

Alex is a Trustee of the charity Living Streets.

Tim Ward
Freight and Fleet Engagement Manager

Tim joined TfL’s Freight and Fleet team in October 2013 and leads on Engagement and Communications with all those involved in servicing and delivery in London. 

A stakeholder engagement specialist, he has worked for TfL since 2002, holding a series of roles across the organisation, covering both political and business engagement. He has also worked on special events such as the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the visit of the Tour de France.

Gary Whittle
Commercial Director
Meachers Global Logistics

Gary has worked in the Logistics industry for over 30 years and has extensive knowledge in both transportation and general warehousing and logistics. In his current role as Commercial Director of Meachers Global Logistics, he is responsible for the warehousing and transport divisions as well as Company Compliance, Health & Safety and the Sales and Marketing departments. Gary has been heavily involved in the initial Southampton Consolidation Centre draft and pilot scheme and has subsequently ended up running the operation and has done now for nearly two years.

Steve Young

Steve is the owner manager of Birmingham-based Cycle4U bicycle couriers, an independent distribution service being a founding member of the European Cycle Logistics Federation.

Having proved the concept for small deliveries by bicycle in the inner city, he is now focusing on the last-mile potential within Birmingham using cargobikes.

With 12 years’ experience of fleet operations from both desktop and field, Steve also develops cloud software geared towards process management of the independent cycle courier trade.

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