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The National TravelWise Conference 2006, Bristol November 2nd & 3rd South West TravelWise Group

Acknowledgements The South West TravelWise Group would like to thank all the speakers, workshop presenters, debaters and the chairs for agreeing to take part in the conference. We would like to also give special thanks to the Conference Organisers, especially the Borough of Poole, Devon County Council, Wiltshire County Council, Bristol City Council, and Rhian Davies – the Marketing Coordinator for the NTWA. Thanks also go to all the South West TravelWise Authorities who have provided the delegate packs, especially Torbay Borough Council for their assistance. Finally we would like to thank our main sponsor Liftshare, and other sponsor South West Regional Development Agency, and all of our other exhibitors.

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Richard Barnes, Bournemouth Borough Council – Debate 3 Richard has been a Public Transport Co-ordination Officer for BBC for 3 years, having previously worked as their Business Travel Plan Co-ordinatorl. He has also worked for 5 years for a Bournemouth coach company, a ferry operator and a municipal bus company in Maidstone. His interest in public transport developed at University in Birmingham, realising then that an effective public transport system was a benefit to the city and its citizens. Since then he ahs never felt the need to own a car, which causes considerable anxiety to some who wonder how any “”youngish”” male can ever exist without one! Richard.Barnes@Bournemouth.gov.uk Robyn Brown, The National Trust Robyn has worked for The National Trust since 1998, initially as seasonal Catering Manager graduating to Property Manager for Greenway, South Devon, in 2004. She took on responsibility for Compton Castle, Bradley Manor and this year Coleton Fishacre. The Property Manager is, essentially, a “jack-of– all” trades, majoring in people and business, and Robyn certainly has that …... Before this she had various jobs at Salisbury Playhouse including Assistant Stage Manager and then as a Director/ Robyn trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. After having worked in theatres all over the country, Robyn took a well earned sabbatical before returning to set up her own small business, offering a variety of services including catering and painting / decorating, whilst at the same time she also taught secondary school drama. robyn.brown@nationaltrust.org.uk Ali Clabburn, MEng, Liftshare.com – Debate 5 & Main Conference Sponsor Ali is the founder and Managing Director of liftshare.com ltd. Since its concept at University in 1996, he has worked to develop effective car share schemes and sustainable mobility solutions to „enable and encourage more efficient use of the car‟. Liftshare now has a team of 10 and a network of over 500 liftshare schemes with membership of over 130,000. Only this year European research identified liftshare as an excellent example of a sustainable mobility service, whilst their numerous awards include the 2005 BUPA Commitment to the Community Award, the 2004 Microsoft Innovation through Technology Award, the 2004 Business in the Community National Award for excellence, TfL‟s innovation award 2004, The EDP Environment Award 2003 and the UK eWell-Being Awards 2002. Ali Clabburn won the TPS Transport Planner of the Year Award 2006, the Daily Mail Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2005 and the Institute of Logistics and Transport Young Manager Award 2002. www.liftsharesolutions.com ali@liftshare.com

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Geoff Coleman, MILT MCMI SDS Torbay Council – Debate 6 Geoff is by training and has been for most of his career a logistician working in the private sector. He was a General Manager, Commercial Director and later Divisional Director for a number of international businesses including BRS/Exel Logistics, TNT and Mayne Nickless. He ran business units with a turnover of up to £35 million in the UK and £345 million internationally. He joined Torbay Council in 2002 running the Integrated Transport Unit responsible for public, social services and education transport. In 2004 Geoff moved to the Strategic Transport Team as the key public transport advisor and has already project managed several important schemes such as delivering a Kickstart project with local bus operators, updating the Bus & Information Strategy, and was part of the Team that wrote and is delivering Torbay‟s Second LTP. geoff.coleman@torbay.gov.uk Mitch Counsell, Walking for Health Initiative – Debate 2 Mitch‟s official job title is the National Step-O-Meter Programme (NSP) Manager for Natural England (formerly the Countryside Agency) where he has worked for the last 14 years. He became the „Walking the way to Health‟ Initiative National Project Officer in 1999 and introduced and developed pedometers as part of the project since 2001. This included a national awareness campaign and „Loan Pack‟ Trials. He is currently managing the development and implementation of the National Step-OMeter Programme (NSP) for the Department of Health. mitch.counsell@naturalengland.org.uk Alan Feist BA(Hons) DipTP MRTPI MCIT MILT, Wiltshire County Council – Debate 6 A planning graduate with wide ranging experience in both the public and private sector Alan‟s experience is predominantly in strategic transport and land-use planning. Trained as a transport modeller his career has included involvement in highway development control, major scheme development and appraisal, modelling, economics, and funding. Alan has recently been involved in private sector business development with Symonds and Parkman and he now manages Wiltshire County Council‟s Planning & Development Functions, which includes Highways DC, TravelWise & School Travel Plans in his role as Assistant Director of Environmental Services. Alan is a member of the County Surveyor‟s Society, where he sits on the Transport & Environment Committee, and he is actively involved with the Royal Town Planning Institute‟s transport activities. Alan is also regional Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport and he sits on the Institute‟s Full Council. alanfeist@wiltshire.gov.uk

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Chris Francombe MSc.CEng. MCILT, Borough of Poole – Debate 2 Chris‟ transport career started in 1969 with a temporary job for British Rail's Southern Region, (Remember them ?) Then he got involved with preparing the first variable road pricing scheme in the UK. Introduced in 1977, and still working, it's been forgotten by nearly everyone! With 35 years of local authority experience, he's quite old, but still opinionated (like his student days.) Now with Poole, he's pioneered ''Residential Travel Plans with Incentives'', and Car Parking Guidelines which worried Government Office. Has personally negotiated £30million of developer contributions for transport and currently working on the (almost) painless extraction scheme for a further £100million. Not a shrinking violet. c.francombe@poole.gov.uk Editor Note: Chris wrote this word for word! Geoff Gardner, North Yorkshire County Council – Debate 10 Geoff was formerly a Principal Scientist in the Overseas Unit of the Transport Research Laboratory studying Chinese traffic signals and Brazilian buses, and is now the Travel Awareness Officer in North Yorkshire. Geoff heads a team that includes six part-time teachers responsible for 300 completed school travel plans in England's largest County. The team has also run two personalised journey planning projects, supported three car clubs and one car share scheme, and created a full marketing strategy including the campaign "if you're not going far, forget the car". Originally an engineer in the public and private sector, Geoff has a Masters Degree in Transport Decision-Making and has studied marketing and psychology. Currently he is joint-supervisor for two Psychology PhD students. Geoff's travel awareness programme lobbies for improved mental and physical health through better urban design, targets decision makers, and aims for a thorough understanding of attitudes that might lead to a long-term change in behaviour. geoff.gardner@northyorks.gov.uk Peter Gimber, Devon County Council – Debate 2 Originally a secondary teacher, in 1978 Peter entered the world of road safety, by accident! He has now managed the Devon Road Safety team since the mid „80s, which also encompasses Travel Awareness, School Travel Plans, and Safety Cameras. In his career he visited Bulgaria to advise on road safety, and also spent 3 months as a road safety consultant in the Republic of Fiji. He is currently secretary to an ACPO committee on driving offenders, and is a road safety External Research Adviser to the Department for Transport. Peter is also a Parish Councillor, Parish Tree Warden and is currently training for voluntary work as a member of Youth Offender Panels. alanfeist@wiltshire.gov.uk

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Andrew Hemmings, The Welsh Assembly – Debate 4 Andrew Hemmings is Head of the Sustainable Travel Unit at the Welsh Assembly Government. Originally from Lancashire, Andrew has considerable experience of the public Employment Service, of personnel work and management training and development. His leisure interests include walking!, railways, classical and industrial archaeology and watching rugby at Newport Gwent Dragons. He is married with three grown up children. andrew.hemmings@wales.gsi.gov.uk Don Kent, Newcastle City Council – Debate 1 A Geordie born and bred, Don has been Involved in Travel Planning for 5 years but with a long career in the health service as a mental health nurse behind him. He has a strong interest in transport, health and society and the local strategic partnership. He developed the first on line travel plan builder website for Tyne and Wear. A follower of the Mighty Steelmen (Consett AFC) and slow marathon running, he is the Acting Chair of the National TravelWise Association. donald.kent@newcastle.gov.uk Pete Keyes, Cornwall County Council – Debate 10 Pete is Travel Plan and Travel Awareness Manager with over 10 years experience in Road Safety, Travel Awareness and Travel Planning. He came into local government through a somewhat circuitous route - physics graduate, development engineer and then training coordinator but says that he feels this varied 'real world' experience has served him well. He has developed Cornwall's own corporate and County Hall Travel Plans as well as working with large employers in Cornwall to assist in their TPs. Most notably, these include The Eden Project, Royal Cornwall Hospital, and the Combined University, Cornwall. This is an objective 1 supported project which aims to have 10,000 students on its Penryn site by 2010 with most of them travelling sustainably. Growing up predominantly in Newquay, he denies having built his whole career around having to be no more than 30 minutes from the nearest surf break but will admit that he is sometimes hard to locate on a Friday afternoon when there's a decent groundswell. pkeyes@cornwall.gov.uk James Noakes, Wigan Council – Debate 5 James is a Travel Plan Co-ordinator with responsibility for several sustainable transport projects and delivering the Smarter Choices element of the LTP including Travel Plans. Currently projects include new innovative on-street information for pedestrians, and partnership working with health colleagues to create a coherent message to the public. He has helped many organisations develop TPs including developers, business parks, retailers, the health and further education sectors, and recently helped rebrand the Greater Manchester region's car share website. James worked for South Yorkshire PTE including within the groundbreaking Travel Options Planning Service (TOPS) on personalised journey planning, as well as in transport

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consultancy developing TPs and accessibility at hospitals nationwide. James is a North West representative for TravelWise and is an affiliate member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Outside of work, James is involved in local politics in Liverpool and is a keen football fan. He is a failed rock star and a spectacularly failed stand-up comedian. j.noakes@wigan.gov.uk Lucy Renwick, Halton Borough Council – Debate 9 Following a year of disseminating and sharing best practice in her role as Beacon Cocoordinator for Halton Borough Council after their Beacon Status award in 2004/2005 for „Better Local Public Transport‟, Lucy manages Travel Plans as part of her new role as Team Leader for the Mobility Management team. The team‟s focus is on accessibility, sustainability, social inclusion and the marketing and promotion of transport throughout Halton. Originally from Hereford, Lucy has remained in the North West since graduating from Liverpool University in 1991. She became a professional fundraiser for the voluntary sector and within the NHS for several years before moving into marketing and public relations. Lucy enjoys the challenge of working for a local authority and is passionate about environmental issues. Lucy.renwick@halton.gov.uk Tony Russell – Debate 1 Tony works for CTC, the National Cyclists‟ Organisation, as a Project Manager. Amongst other consultancy work, he is currently team coordinator for the Cycling England local authority professional support service and a member of a team providing professional training on behalf of Cycling England. For the last five years he has managed the CTC Benchmarking Project, working in partnership with over 70 local authorities throughout the UK to identify and disseminate best practice in implementing cycling policy. Prior to this he worked with Sustrans as traffic engineer and technical advisor. He has more that 20 years experience as a professional traffic engineer and transport planner, and has worked in both the public and private sectors tony.russell@ctc.org.uk Andrew Seedhouse, Senior Transport Officer Department for Transport - Government Office South West – Debate 3 Andrew is the SW Lead Officer for Passenger Transport covering bus and rail and leads a team responsible for Local Authority transport funding, assessing Local Transport Plans, Transport Innovation Fund and EU State Aid applications and Kickstart bids. The team advise on concessionary fares policy, bus funding, and legislation implementation. Prior to this he worked for FirstGroup UK Bus Division in the Business Development Team where he advised on Traveline, Transport Direct, Smartcards, Real Time Information Systems, Information to Value, Local Government Issues and for FirstGroup UK Bus Companies, acted as the Business Development lead across the SW and Wales region on growth and Group initiatives. Between 1998 and 2002, Andrew was Divisional Manager of Passenger Transport at Plymouth City Council. andrew.seedhouse@gosw.gsi.gov.uk

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Gina Small, Devon County Council – Debate 8 Gina has been working in transport for three years after graduating with a Geography degree, including on sustainable transport issues in Cornwall, and now as Employer Travel Plan Officer for Devon. As well as promoting Travel Plans and encouraging employers to see the value of sustainable travel opportunities, her work includes securing TPs through the planning process, and special projects like piloting a leisure TP project as part of the Discover Devon Differently initiative. Gina is now developing sustainable transport strategies for two new communities being built in Devon as well as the Cycle Exeter Project, one of the Cycle Demonstration Towns. She has a personal interest in Sustainable Development and the impacts of human actions on the environment and is currently studying part-time at Exeter University for an MSC in Sustainable Development. gina.l.small@devon.gov.uk Emilie van de Graaff, Worcestershire County Council Emilie is Passenger Transport Development Manager responsible for policy, strategy and innovation in passenger transport, including the delivery of various projects such as bus priority, Park & Ride, education travel and smartcards. Recently her role has widened to take on the management of travel planning. Since April 2004 she has also been responsible for directing the sustainable travel town demonstration project for Worcester. Emilie sees her wider role as facilitating more sustainable behaviour change through a combination of service and infrastructure modernisation and marketing. Emilie joined the sustainable transport sector as Employer Travel Plans Coordinator and was also, until 2005, treasurer of the National TravelWise Association. Prior to this she spent 9 years in marketing communications for various employers including The Body Shop (Australaisa) and two consultancies. Her interest and experience is in setting up strategic communications programmes focusing on behaviour change, ranging from healthy eating to getting people out of cars and she would comment that both are equally challenging! evan-de-graaff@worcestershire.gov.uk Jacqui Wilkinson, Department for Transport – Debate 4 Jacqui joined the DfT in November 2003 as head of Sustainable Travel Initiatives. Current and recent projects for them include: • managing the final stages of the „Smarter Choices‟ research and publication; • working with the Department for Education and Skills in promoting school travel and overseeing the Sustainable Travel Towns initiative. Before joining DfT, she worked in the Highways Agency (HA) managing major innovation programmes. These included setting up the HA‟s „Influencing Travel Behaviour‟ programme to promote „soft‟ demand management measures on the strategic road network. Jacqui.wilkinson@dft.gsi.gov.uk

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Julie Williams, South West Public Transport Information – Debate 4 After starting out working for Plymouth City Council‟s public transport team and a career break to start a family, Julie joined the PTI2000 initiative in the South West in 2000 as Data Development Manager , coordinating the data build and maintenance of a new single regional dataset for use in the Traveline South West call centre. Now, as Project Development Manager, she is responsible for the overall delivery of the Traveline South West service, including management of the journey planner (internet and call centre), SMS service, and call centre delivery contracts respectively. Julie also sits on the National Traveline Board as Chair of the national Data Management Working Group. Julie has been involved in projects across her 32 partner organisations including real time projects and their integration with the Traveline SMS service, the use of Traveline data within existing ITS and GIS systems, and personalised journey planning applications. jwilliams.swpti@btconnect.com

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