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Why attend?

Why attend?

The Future Transport Forum 2025 will showcase the solutions that are being piloted and refined on the ground in the UK's Future Transport Zones – and beyond.

The way we travel is changing. Technology and innovation are blurring the distinctions between different types of vehicles and services, and increasing automation is providing new opportunities and challenges.

 

Some of these changes, such as apps to help plan journeys, electric vehicles, drones and technology to assist drivers are already here. In the next ten years we are likely to see more and greater change.

Conference delegates

The Future Transport Forum 2025 will showcase the technologies and solutions that are being piloted and refined on the ground in the UK's Future Transport Zones and beyond. It will:

  • Show how £90 million is supporting the trials of new transport innovation in four Future Transport Zones including Solent, TfWM, WECA and Derby / Notts

  • Highlight the benefits of real-world testing of new technologies and approaches

  • Show how innovative places are making smarter and wider use of new technologies

  • Demonstrate innovative new ways to transport people and goods around urban and rural areas

  • Bring together stakeholders including councils, hospitals, transport operators, communities, airports and universities

Future Transport Zones are underpinned by agreed principles:

  • New modes of transport and new mobility services must be safe and secure by design;

  • The benefits of innovation in mobility must be available to all parts of the UK and all segments of society;

  • Walking, cycling and active travel must remain the best options for short urban journeys;

  • Mass transit must remain fundamental to an efficient transport system;

  • New mobility services must lead the transition to zero emissions; 

  • Mobility innovation must help to reduce congestion through more efficient use of limited road space, for example through sharing rides, increasing occupancy or consolidating freight; 

  • The marketplace for mobility must be open to stimulate innovation and give the best deal to consumers; 

  • New mobility services must be designed to operate as part of an integrated transport system combining public, private and multiple modes for transport users;

  • Data from new mobility services must be shared where appropriate to improve choice and the operation of the transport system.

agreed principles
Who you will meet
Delegates ask questions

Who you will meet

  • Transport technologists;

  • New mobility pioneers;

  • Transport and urban planners;

  •  Public transport professionals;

  • Highways and transport engineers;

  • Active travel professionals;

  • Data and modelling experts;

  • Marketing and behaviour change professionals;

  • Directors of strategy and services;

  • Academics and researchers;

  • Community groups.

The programme

Conference programme

Please note, that following postponement of the conference from June 2024 to January 2025, the programme will be updated to reflect any changes in Government policy, strategy or funding plans for future transport innovation. 

Comprising a series of expert-led panels / workshops discussing key themes, plus a choice of workshops and a city centre Scavenger Hunt using the Breeze app

09:00

Exhibition Area

Registration: Tea & Coffee served in the exhibition area

11:00

Exhibition Area

Morning Break: Tea & Coffee served in the exhibition area

09:30

Main Theatre

Session 1: Back to the future!​

What does the future hold for FTZs?

 

Welcome from the Solent
Cllr Phil Jordan, acting chair, Solent Transport Joint Committee

 

Introduction from Event Chair: Phillip Darnton OBE, Executive Chairman, Bicycle Association of Great Britain and Solent Future Transport Zone board member

 

Overview from Solent Transport

Conrad Haigh, Solent Transport Manager · Solent Transport

Future transport

Anthony Ferguson, Head of Traffic & Technology, Department for Transport

 

Future Transport Zones - updates and what does the future hold?

  • Oliver Coltman, Programme Manager – Future Transport Zone, West of England Combined Authority

  • Rasita Chudasama, Innovative Transport Manager, Nottingham City Council

  • Tim Forrester, Future Transport Zone Programme Manager (Solent Region)

  • James Bullen, Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) Project Lead, Transport for West Midlands

Panel discussion and Q and A

How much can MaaS achieve in the absence of a coordinated Transport Strategy and policy at National and Local level?

11:30

Main Theatre

Session 2: What is the next stop for Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) 

 

Session Chair: Tim Forrester, Future Transport Zone Programme Manager, Solent Transport 

 

Breeze Into the Future: launching a minimum viable product – the journey through real world testing & feature development

Steve Longman, Mobility-as-a-Service Programme Lead, Solent Transport

Driving forward: Insights from Trafi’s Journey

Damian Bown, CEO, Trafi

 

My way or the MaaS way? Delivering MaaS: different approaches from the UK’s Future Transport Zones

  • James Bullen, Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) Project Lead, Transport for West Midlands

  • Oliver Coltman, Programme Manager – Future Transport Zone, West of England Combined Authority

  • Jorgen Pedersen, Principal Transport Planner, Nottingham City Council

 

Can MaaS wash its face? How can MaaS impact budgets more broadly and fulfil its objectives?

Ben Foulser, Future Mobility Lead, KPMG 

MaaSterminds: Panel discussion and Q and A, chaired by Rasita Chudasama, Innovative Transport Manager, Nottingham City Council

Where is MaaS going and what are the next steps? Consideration of the challenges and lessons learnt

12:45

Exhibition Area

Networking Break: Lunch served in the exhibition area.

13:45

Workshop 1

Workshop 1:
We Can Vouch For It!

Crafting our future: Shape our next Voucher initiative
A collaborative workshop aimed at crafting and developing a voucher initiative

Facilitated by:

Lauren Ward,  Mobility as a Service - Project Officer, Solent Transport (Lead)

Participants:

  • Linda Spanner, Future Transport Zone Project Manager, Solent Transport
     

  • Luke Redfern, Project Manager, Mobility Credits, Solent Transport

Workshop 2

Workshop 2:
Making MaaS a Breeze: University-led research

Experiencing the MaaS research – driving behaviour change and human factors. A smartphone will be needed in order to take part in this workshop

 

Facilitated by:

Marcus Merry, MaaS Commercial Project Manager, Solent Transport (Lead)

Participants:

  • John Preston, Professor of Rail Transport, University of Southampton​
     

  • Djamila Ouelhadj, Professor of Operational Research and Intelligent Computation, Intelligent Transport Research Cluster, University of Portsmouth
     

  • Andrew Bullock , Reseracher, University of Portsmouth
     

Workshop 3

Workshop 3: Collaboration is key

Principles of collaboration between capital funded projects – how FTZ is enhancing other local authority activity

Chair:  Amanda Edmondson, Mobility Hubs Project Manager, Future Transport Zone, West of England Combined Authority

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Brock Rogers, Project Manager (Micromobility), Solent Transport Future Transport Zone (Lead)

Carolyn Ireland, TCF Project Lead,  Southampton City Council

Workshop 4

Workshop 4:
Women in Future Transport – opportunities and challenges

This session will be a ‘fireside’ discussion around a number of key topics 
 

Facilitated by:

  • Giulia Scarani, Head
    of Future Transport Zones, Department
    for Transport

Participants:

  • Marina Garyfalou, Zero-Emission Bus Development Manager, Transport
    for London

  • Rasita Chudasama,  Innovative Transport Manager, Nottingham City Council

Workshop 5

Workshop 5:
You wouldn’t start from here – future ticketing initiatives

Facilitated by:

  • Richard Adams, 
    Principal Transport Planner,  Solent  Transport and Alastair Sexton-Jones, MaaS App Project Manager, Solent  Transport

Participants:

  • Richard Soper,
    South Hampshire Bus Operators Association (SHBOA)
     

  • Richard Tyldsley, General Manager,
    Go South Coast
     

  • Peter Shelley, Transport Development Manager,
    Portsmouth City Council

Exhibition Meeting point

Breeze Scavenger Hunt

15:15

Exhibition Area

Tea & Coffee served in the exhibition area

15:30

Main Theatre

Session 3: Unlocking MaaS: insights from Mobility Credits trials and beyond

 

It’s much more than Voucher, or even a Wowcher!

 

Session Chair: Chris Gregory, Future Transport Zone Personal Mobility Programme Manager,

Solent Transport

Giving can be good - Solent FTZ: Mobility Credits scheme implementation and results: This presentation explores the implementation, key findings, insights and future plans of the current Solent FTZ scheme

Luke Redfern, Project Manager (Mobility Credits), Solent Transport

 

Speculate to accumulate - Mobility Credits: wider transport policy and strategic objectives: Mobility Credits and their place in future transport strategy and schemes

Wade Holmes, Service Manager Integrated Transport, Southampton City Council

 

Trade up and trade in - revolutionising mobility: Scrappage scheme Integration with Mobility Credits. Insights from the Mobility Credits trial where participants scrapped their personal car in exchange for £3,000 to spend on sustainable travel over two years

Prabs Johal, Future Transport Behaviour Change Lead, TfWM

 

Panel discussion and Q and A

16:30

Main Theatre

Session 4: Marketing and user engagement

From a Breeze to a Gale: The MaaS marketing growth strategy

Charlie Nichols, Marketing Communications Manager, Solent Transport 

 

Getting businesses on board – taking the business community on the Breeze journey

Linda Spanner, Future Transport Zone Project Manager, Solent Transport

 

Followed by panel Q and A

17:00

Exhibition Area

Tea & Coffee served in the exhibition area

17:15

Main Theatre

Session 5: It’s more than academic...

Research and findings round-up


Session chair: Helen McCarthy, Research Director, National Centre for Social Research (NatCen)

Setting the standard: NatCen and the National Framework 

Helen McCarthy, Research Director, National Centre for Social Research (NatCen)

No road map, no baseline, no travel: how do you evaluate an innovation project? Challenges and successes

  • Annabel Knightley, Principal Behavioural Researcher, TRL

  • Tim Forrester, Future Transport Zone Programme Manager, Solent Transport 

Followed by panel Q and A, with speakers and:

  • John Preston, Professor of Rail Transport, University of Southampton​

  • Djamila Ouelhadj, Professor of Operational Research and Intelligent Computation, Intelligent Transport Research Cluster, University of Portsmouth

18.10

Main Theatre

The final word: summary of the day

Phillip Darnton OBE, Executive Chairman, Bicycle Association of Great Britain and Solent Future Transport Zone board member

 

18:20

Exhibition area

Networking reception

Welcome from Councillor Eamonn Keogh, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, Southampton City Council

Networking

19:30

Event close

6 June

Comprising a series of expert-led panels / workshops discussing key themes, plus a choice of workshops and a city centre Scavenger Hunt using the Breeze app

09:00

Exhibition Area

Registration: Tea & Coffee served in the exhibition area

09:30

Main Theatre

Session 1: Dynamic Demand Responsive Transport (DDRT​) – transforming Community Transport

 

Welcome and introduction from Event Chair

Phillip Darnton OBE, Executive Chairman, Bicycle Association of Great Britain and Solent Future Transport Zone board member

DDRT – The long and winding road - the journey so far

  • Indira Joseph, Project Manager (DDRT), Solent Future Transport Zone 

  • Lisa Cook, Public Transport Manager, Hampshire County Council

Padam - we can DDRT it!

  • James West, UK Business Development, Padam Mobility

West Midlands DRT

  • Kieron Bridges, Ring and Ride and DRT Service Lead, TfWM

 

Followed by panel discussion and Q and A, with speakers joined by Jamie Mardle, DRT Manager, Hampshire County Council

10:30

Main Theatre

Session 2: Micromobility – small is beautiful

Bikes, e-scooters and e-bikes

 

Chair: Matthew Clark, Associate Director, Steer

Parking at the end of the journey

  • Chris Gregory, Programme Manager (Personal Mobility), Solent Future Transport Zone

  • Brock Rogers, Project Manager (Micromobility), Solent Transport Future Transport Zone

Does size matter? WECA's micromobility scheme

George Lunt, E-scooter trial project manager, WECA

One operator – future plans for Solent
The newly appointed Solent micromobility operator will share plans for its new scheme across Southampton, Portsmouth, the Isle of Wight and Hampshire, due to launch in July 2024

Speakers to be announced

 

Followed by panel discussion and Q and A

Session sponsored by:

Steer

11:30

Exhibition Area

Networking break: Tea & Coffee served in the exhibition area

12:00

Workshop 1

Workshop 1:
We Can Vouch For It!

Crafting our future: Shape our next Voucher initiative

A collaborative workshop aimed at crafting and developing a voucher initiative

Facilitated by:

  • Lauren Ward,  Mobility as a Service - Project Officer, Solent Transport (Lead)

 

Participants:

Workshop 2

Workshop 2:
Making MaaS a Breeze: University-led research

Experiencing the MaaS research driving behaviour change and human factors. A smartphone will be needed in order to take part in this workshop

Facilitated by:

Marcus Merry, MaaS Commercial Project Manager, Solent Transport (Lead)

Participants:

  • John Preston, Professor of Rail Transport, University of Southampton​

  • Djamila Ouelhadj, Professor of Operational Research and Intelligent Computation, Intelligent Transport Research Cluster, University of Portsmouth

  • Andrew Bullock , Reseacher, University of Portsmouth

Workshop 3

Workshop 3: Collaboration is Key

Principles of collaboration between capital funded projects – how FTZ is enhancing other local authority activity

Chair:  Amanda Edmondson, Mobility Hubs Project Manager, Future Transport Zone, West of England Combined Authority

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  • Brock Rogers, Project Manager (Micromobility), Solent Transport Future Transport Zone (Lead)

  • Carolyn Ireland, project manager,  Southampton City Council

Workshop 4

Workshop 4:
Women in Future Transport – Opportunities and challenges

This session will be a ‘fireside’ discussion around a number of key topics 
 

Chair: Caroline Hildreth,  Principal, Netcompany

 

Participants:

  • Annabel Knightly, Principal Behavioural Researcher, TRL

  • Martina Olley, Transforming Cities Fund manager, Southampton City Council

Workshop 5

Workshop 5:
You wouldn’t start from here – future ticketing initiatives

 

Facilitated by:

  • Richard Adams, 
    Principal Transport Planner,  Solent  Transport and Alastair Sexton-Jones, MaaS App Project Manager, Solent  Transport

Participants:

  • Richard Soper,
    South Hampshire Bus Operators Association (SHBOA)
     

  • Richard Tyldsley, General Manager,
    Go South Coast
     

  • Peter Shelley, Transport Development Manager,
    Portsmouth City Council

Exhibition Meeting Point

Breeze Scavenger Hunt

13:30

Exhibition Area

Networking break: Lunch served in the exhibition area

14:30

Main Theatre

Session 3: Packaging up the environment

Can logistics be sustainable?
 

Chair:  Rob Gloyns, Sustainable Logistics Theme Lead, Solent Transport FTZ

Micro-consolidation selection: how data and criteria scoring can inform which locations are most suitable for a micro consolidation hub

  • Djamila Ouelhadj, Professor of Operational Research and Intelligent Computation, Intelligent Transport Research Cluster, University of Portsmouth & Andy Bullock, Future Transport Zone Project Manager, University of Portsmouth

Exploring the challenges and opportunities for freight from a local authority viewpoint 

  • Fiona Jenkins, Associate, Steer

Decarbonising logistics: the sky is the limit

  • Paul McCormack, Chief Executive Officer, Decarbon Logistics Solutions

Learning from a local authority partnership delivering micro consolidation hubs in London

  • Fiona Coull, Senior Programme Manager, Cross River Partnership
     

Followed by panel discussion and Q and A. Speakers will be joined by Barry Ward, Project Manager, Sustainable Urban Logistics, Solent Transport

15:30

Exhibition Area

Networking break: Tea & Coffee served in the exhibition area

15:45

Main Theatre

Session 4: Seeing the 'Big Picture' – aligning FTZs with local transport authority activity

 

Chair: Pete Boustred, Head of Transport & Planning, Southampton City Council

 

Making buses part of Future Transport

  • Peter Shelley, Transport Development Manager, Portsmouth City Council

How Future Transport Zones and TCF programmes have integrated

  • Stewart Chandler, Transport Strategy Manager, Isle of Wight Council

 

Followed by panel discussion and Q and A

16.45 -17.00

Summary and closing remarks from Event Chair

Please note that the programme is under development and subject to change. 

Speakers

Speaker biographies

Please note that the agenda is currently being programmed. Updates to follow.

Philip Darnton

Phillip Darnton OBE

Phillip is the chairman of the Bicycle Association, the trade body which represents the U.K. Cycle Industry. He also chairs the Cycle Rail Working Group for the Department for Transport.

 

As well as serving as chair of the stakeholders of Solent Future Transport Zone, Phillip sits on the DfT’s Stakeholder Advisory Group.

He is the non-executive chair of Brompton Solutions, and is the Patron of the Bikeability Trust.

 

Phillip was awarded an OBE in 2011 for services to cycling

Rob Gloyns

Rob Gloyns

Rob Gloyns is the FTZ Theme Lead for Sustainable Logistics at Solent Transport, working on projects to improve how goods move around the Solent. He is leading the introduction of micro consolidation hubs in Winchester and Portsmouth to trial sustainable last mile deliveries using cargo bikes and help understand how this can benefit overall delivery cost, speed, and ease.

Rob also leads the FTZ’s Drones for Medical Logistics Project, investigating how drones could facilitate medical logistics in the Solent area for the NHS.

His background is in local government project management, transport, and air quality management.

Charles Nichols

Charles Nichols

Charles is the Marketing Communications Manager for Solent Transport and the Solent Future Transport Zone. He leads the Solent FTZ’s strategic approach to marketing, communications and behaviour change. With a particular interest in applying the principles of behavioural economics to deliver growth in awareness and engagement with mobility innovation projects, Charles champions an approach that keeps the customer’s objectives and user experience at the centre of developing projects.

  

Charles has provided advice and guidance to numerous organisations trialling MaaS in the UK, including: Kent County Council, HITRANS and the three other Future Transport Zones in the West Midlands, East Midlands and South West of England.

Steve Longman

Steve Longman

Steve Longman is leading the development of the Breeze platform for Solent Transport, which has pioneered the UK’s first multi-city MaaS application. He is a chartered transport planner and qualified project manager focussing on future mobility and sustainable transport, having worked on projects across UK, Europe and the MENA region.  

Ben Foulser

Ben Foulser

Ben is a Partner in KPMG’s Transport Practice and leads KPMG’s Future Mobility team, advising clients on environment, sustainability, intelligent mobility, and innovation. He supports clients across the business model life-cycle, from market analysis and development of strategy and operating models through to policy and regulatory model definition, change portfolio & delivery roadmap development, Business Case development, funding and financing, and procurement of complex digital and zero emissions capital programmes.

Ben advises public and private sector clients spanning transport authorities and operators, supply chain partners, and funders & financiers.

 

He has significant experience working with central and devolved government on future mobility policy and zero emissions pathways, and with operators and major metropolitan transportation authorities around the globe on asset commercialisation, partnerships, and new business models.

Annabel Knightley

Annabel Knightley

Annabel is a Principal Behavioural Researcher at TRL,  currently leading projects relating to transport, mobility and sustainability. I explore people's attitudes and behaviour, advise on behavioural strategies, and evaluate the impact of schemes - with the aim of making schemes or products more accessible and effective.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew Bullock

Andrew Bullock

Andy is part of University of Portsmouth's contribution to the Solent Future Transport Zone, helping manage research on freight micro and macro consolidation projects, MaaS and Drones. His 16 years in the transport industry has taken him through start up, medium size and global consultancies in the UK and the Middle East and most recently as an officer with Portsmouth City Council working on Air Quality behaviour change and active travel infrastructure in the city.

Phil Jordan

Phil Jordan

Cllr Phil Jordan is Cabinet Member for Transport and Infrastructure on the Isle of Wight, a role he has held for much of the past ten years.  In addition to this role, he is also the Leader of the Isle of Wight Council and interim Chair of the Solent Transport Board.

He is very much involved in the strategic management of the Islands Highway PFI contract and a Member of the Island Transport Infrastructure Board.

Helen May

Helen McCarthy

Helen is an experienced mixed-methods social researcher and a Research Director at the National Centre for Social Research, the UK’s largest independent and not-for-profit social research organisation. Helen is currently leading the National Evaluation of the Future Transport Zones which aims to synthesise findings and generate cross-cutting learning from across the four Future Transports Zones. Helen is particularly interested in understanding the long-term shifts in travel behaviours generated by the Covid-19 pandemic, the changes brought about by new technology and how positive shifts can be encouraged and sustained.

 

She also has a particular interest in the accessibility and inclusivity of transport, having worked on the Inclusive Transport Strategy evaluation and a project on the accessibility of bus and coach travel for the Department for Transport. Helen is the author of a number of research reports, book chapters, and peer-reviewed publications.

James West

James West

James leads Padam's UK development, working with clients to support their needs in both DRT and the Digitalisation of Supported Transport services such as DAR, SEND and Home-to-School. James has 8 years' experience in DRT. He began his DRT career as Operations Manager for Slide Bristol. He then mobilised and managed further deployments for RATP including Slide Ealing as part of the TfL DDRT trial. 

 

Since joining Padam, James oversees the commercial aspects of the Solent Transport DRT services, working with the wider team and their operators to ensure the services maximise accessibility. He also helps many other councils across the UK deliver their DRT services, bringing together his operational and technical knowledge to deliver the right product for their users.

Stewart Chandler

Stewart Chandler

Stewart is the Transport Strategy Manager for the Isle of Wighr Council. With over 20 years of experience working in local government and in particular the area of Transport. I love living, working, and raising a family on the Island.

My roles of over the years have covered many aspects Transport, including public transport, home to school transport, transport policy/strategy, community transport, active travel, the Cowes Floating Bridge (local chain ferry service), fleet management, traffic regulation orders, in-house bus operations, highways improvements and road safety.

I have been involved in some exciting projects working with colleagues on the Island and in neighbouring authorities, as well as with key stakeholders. In recent years these have included the Transforming Cities Project for the Portsmouth City Region (SEHRT) and Solent Transport's Future Transport Zone.

Having taken on the new role within the Isle of Wight Council last year, my remit has widened to include Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure and Active Travel. This leads directly into successful bids for the Island including the Green Link Project (LUF round 3), LEVI Fund and the ZEBRA Fund.

K Bridges

Kieron Bridges

Kieron is a Ring and Ride and DRT Service Specialist for Transport for West Midlands. With a background in Bus Operations and Management, Kieron has been involved in West Midlands on Demand since the inception of the service in Coventry, and has overseen the merging of demand responsive transport with a previously members only ring and ride network in Coventry, using spare capacity to create a service with a higher utilisation rate.

When not working, Kieron is normally travelling across the continent and beyond ticking off a wide list of sports stadia, and of course learning from best practice globally in transport and access

Ben Foulser

Ben Foulser

Ben is a Partner in KPMG’s Transport Practice and leads KPMG’s Future Mobility team, advising clients on environment, sustainability, intelligent mobility, and innovation. He supports clients across the business model life-cycle, from market analysis and development of strategy and operating models through to policy and regulatory model definition, change portfolio & delivery roadmap development, Business Case development, funding and financing, and procurement of complex digital and zero emissions capital programmes.”

Conrad Haigh

Conrad Haigh

Solent Transport is a partnership between Southampton, Portsmouth, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, focusing on strategic transport issues and partnership working. Solent Transport is the recipient of a Department for Transport Future Transport Zone grant which looks at developing innovative transport solutions and bringing them to fruition.

Conrad as more than 30 years experience in transport ranging from campaigning, commercial experience, and experience at every level of government. He as significant experience in sustainable transport and behavioural change. His past employers include Transport for London, the Rail delivery Group and the Department for Transport.

Linda Spanner

Linda Spanner

Linda Spanner is a project manager working on a variety of behaviour change and stakeholder engagement projects within the Solent Transport FTZ Programme, which is trialling innovative transport solutions.

Linda is also a qualified solicitor and leads on data, governance and finance across the Programme.   Her legal experience has proved invaluable in supporting the programme as a whole as well as individual projects. Linda and the FTZ team are working to drive sustainable mobility solutions forward.

Anthony Ferguson

Anthony Ferguson

Anthony is a Deputy Director in the Department for Transport in charge of Traffic & Technology. This role encompasses traditional traffic management policy such as traffic signs, street design, streetworks and the Blue Badge scheme. His role also involves exploring the potential for data and emerging technology to improve the safety, efficiency and environmental performance of our road networks.  Anthony’s team runs the Street Manager digital service and work on digitalisation of traffic orders and the National Parking Platform. Anthony is also responsible for developing policy on micromobility, managing national trials of e-scooters, and of course the four Future Transport Zones.

Tim Forrester

Tim Forrester

Tim has over 20 years of professional transport programme and project management experience. Having worked in the public sector for a large part of his career his background covers sustainable transport, behavioural change and transport infrastructure delivery programmes; together with a strength for effective stakeholder engagement.

Lisa Cook

Lisa Cook

Lisa Cook is Public Transport Manager at Hampshire County Council and responsible for the operational passenger transport services in Hampshire. With over 20 years’ experience in local government, Lisa has a wealth of knowledge in all things Passenger Transport. She was instrumental in delivering DRT in Hampshire in the early 2000’s and has had a keen interest in DRT development since.

Djamila Ouelhadj

Djamila Ouelhadj

Djamila Ouelhadj is a Professor of Operational Research and Intelligent Computation at the University of Portsmouth. She is the Director of the Intelligent Transport Research Cluster and Chair of the Logistics, Operational Research and Analytics Research Group. She has carried out successful research in transport, operational research, intelligent computation and  analytics for 35 years. She has over 300 publications in international distinguished journals and refereed conference proceedings, and she has led nearly 60 R&D and EU grants with world-leading organisations. She is the Chair of the Southern Operational Research Society and a member of the Advisory Board of the Transport for the South East to represent 12 regional universities. She is the Principal Lead at the University of Portsmouth of the Solent Future Transport Zone for Theme 1 (MaaS) and Theme 2 (Freight Logistics).

Matthew Clark

Matthew Clark

Matthew is an Associate Director and leads Steer’s global new mobility team, with almost 20 years specialising in understanding the potential for new mobility services to maximising the benefits to users and society.  His work for the public sector helps to assess the potential for using new transport technology to achieve policy objectives.  His work for the private sector helps to analyse the market for new services and help to deliver new services that provide a wider range of transport options for users. Matthew’s work includes a focus on shared mobility projects including car clubs, bike share and shared e-scooter schemes in the UK, Ireland, Europe and North America.

Rasita Chudasama, Innovative Transport Manager, Nottingham City Council

Rasita Chudasama

Rasita is the Innovative Transport Manager at Nottingham City Council. Her role encompasses the delivery of future transport and electric vehicle related schemes. Rasita is currently Programme Manager for the £16.7m Derby-Nottingham Future Transport Zone. This spans e-scooter rental trials, roll out of publically accessible electric vehicle charging infrastructure, delivery of a series of electric mobility hubs across the area and Mobility as a Service applications.

 

Rasita has significant experience in developing local sustainable transport policies, bidding for funding, leading complex procurement of services and project and programme management. Over the past 15 years, she has played a key role in helping to secure investment into the area to help improve the local transport proposition making the city more accessible and clean.

Damian Bown

Damian Bown

Damian Bown is CEO at Trafi. He draws on his experience of innovation (working with some of the most successful transport apps) and operation (he launched and ran a bus company) to assist cities as they procure and implement MaaS schemes.


Before joining Trafi, Damian was Business Development Director at Citymapper, a popular city navigation app. Prior to that, he was UK Sales Director at Trapeze, a leading supplier of scheduling and tracking software for large transport operators and cities.


In 2000, Damian was a founder of Kizoom, which went on to build the world's first transport journey planner on a phone. He sold Kizoom to Trapeze in 2010. Damian has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from City University in London, and an MBA from Insead, France.

 

Wade Holmes

Wade Holmes

Wade Holmes is the Manager of Integrated Transport for Southampton City Council, with over twenty years of experience in the field. He ensures that transport solutions effectively address residents' issues such as the cost of transport, rising obesity rates, rebalancing deprivation rates in the city, the impact of climate change, and the infrastructure needs to accommodate an increase of 30,000 new residents. Wade is committed to creating sustainable and efficient transport systems that improve the quality of life for the community.

Indira Joseph

Indira Joseph

Indira started her career in 2008  as a geographic information system specialist in electric utility industry in South Africa. This period of self- discovery inspired  her to find  interest in project management which she has pursued since 2013. Since then she has been a project manager for several utility asset management projects  ranging from technical engineering to research projects. 2022 marked her journey into dynamic world of transport. Since then , she has been navigating the complexities of the Solent DDRT project, one that is both challenging and rewarding . She has earned her Masters degree in GIS from ITC , Netherlands and her Diploma in Business Administration from University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Indira is currently the  Project Manager (DDRT) for the Solent Future Transport Zone.​

Chris Gregory

Chris Gregory

Chris Gregory leads the Personal Mobility Theme of the Solent FTZ. This part of the programme is focused on delivering projects that will improve the way individuals travel around the Solent region. This includes; rental e-scooters, bike and e-bike share schemes, a Dynamic Demand Responsive Transport system and trialling the effectiveness of providing mobility credits. Chris has over 20 years experience in the sustainable transport, tourism and recreation sectors, working across the public and private sector.

Future Transport Forum 2025

Novotel Southampton
1 W Quay Road, SO15 1RA

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Hosted by:

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Future Transport Zones in England are funded by the Department for Transport

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