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Why attend?

Why attend?

The Future Transport Forum is the new annual meeting place for anyone working in cutting edge future mobility projects in the UK and beyond. 


The event will focus on the rapidly developing Future Transport Zones (FTZ) areas, as well as related projects that are making journeys easier, smarter and greener with new technology. 


The event will bring together those working in national and local government, research institutes, charities and community groups and think-tanks, and connect them with the innovative private sector organisations who are shaping the future of transport in towns, cities and rural areas. 


The Future of Transport Forum 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

The background to Future Transport Zones: read more here

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. Since the Future of Transport Regulatory Review was launched, there have been increased impacts from these changes, and also significant shifts in how people travel.

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.

Try a drone Virtual-Reality experience – how will delivery drones look and sound? 

Using virtual reality headsets, see how delivery drones operating on virtual highways might look and sound like in the future. Drones will be used as part of the Solent Future Transport Zone plan to provide logistical support to the Isle of Wight NHS Trust.

How would you feel about drones carrying products, travelling along pre-agreed flight paths that might follow existing roads or travel close to houses and schools? What will these drones look and sound like from the ground, and what would they be able to see from the air?

Who you will meet
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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

14 September 2022

The first day will comprise a series of expert-led panels / workshops discussing key themes, plus a choice of site visits by e-scooter, bike and e-bike, hovercraft and a walking MaaS app demo


Exhibition Area

Registration: Tea & Coffee served in the exhibition area


Exhibition Area

Morning Break: Tea & Coffee served in the exhibition area


Main Theatre

Session 1: Future Transport Zones and their role in setting future strategy

Welcome and introduction from Chair

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

Solent’s future transport ambitions

Councillor Lynne Stagg, Cabinet Member for Traffic & Transportation, Portsmouth City Council, and Chair of the Solent Transport Joint Committee

Accelerating transport innovation

Anthony Ferguson, Deputy Director, Traffic and Technology, Department for Transport


Real-world testing in Solent - Future Transport Zone programme overview

Conrad Haigh, Solent Transport Manager, Solent Transport

Panel discussion and Q and A


Main Theatre

Session 2: Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS)

Facilitating a single and open market for MaaS services by engaging transport operators, service providers, public authorities and users chaired by:

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


The Solent approach – governance and operational challenges for the UK’s first multi-city MaaS platform

Tim Forrester, Solent FTZ Programme Manager, Solent Transport


Delivering MaaS - the technical approach

Steve Longman, Solent FTZ Project Manager (MaaS) & Lauren Ward, Breeze Projext Officer,  Solent Transport


Building connected mobility solutions

Damian Bown, Commercial Director, Trafi

Planning for the Nottingham - Derby MaaS scheme

David Alderson, Director, SYSTRA & Bradley Goodsell, Principal Research Consultant, SYSTRA

Creating the Solent MaaS delivery mechanism 

Tom Williams, Associate Director, Deal Advisory – Infrastructure, Real Estate & Transport, KPMG


Panel discussion and Q and A


Exhibition Area

Networking Break: Lunch served in the exhibition area.

Sponsored by:



Session 3: Choose outdoor tour...

Tours need to be confirmed at time of registration in order to complete booking. Places on each tour are limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis

E-scooter tour
(Driving licence required)


Shared bikes/e-bikes tour


Hovercraft tour


Walking tour / MaaS App live demo

...or workshop


Personal mobility for all: safety, accessibility and inclusion

Workshop led by Solent Transport

With panellists:

  • Professor Djamila Ouelhadj, Director of the Intelligent Transport Research Cluster, University of Portsmouth, UK

  • Philip Ellis, Co-Founder, CEO & COO, Beryl

  • Grace Packard, Senior Public Policy Manager, Voi

  • Flora McFarlane, Business Development Manager, Vivacity Labs and  ITS UK



Exhibition Area

Networking Break: Tea & Coffee served in the exhibition area


Main Theatre

Session 4: The challenge of marketing innovation

Chair: Jon Foley, Director, In the Round 


Marketing is a Breeze!

Charles Nichols, Marketing Communications Manager, Solent Transport 


Panel discussion

  • Peter Edwards, Associate, SYSTRA

  • Sarah Wills, Marketing Officer, Love to Ride

  • Toby Park, Solent Future Transport Zone / MaaS Behavioural Insights Team (BIT)

  • Sarah Fay, Senior Best Practice and Events Specialist, Modeshift 

  • Charles Nichols, Marketing Communications Manager, Solent Transport


Exhibition Area

Networking Break: Refreshments served in the exhibition area


Main Theatre

Session 5: ‘Future transport zones’ aim to trial new transport innovation: How is each of the 4 FTZs progressing?

Chair: Giulia Scarani, Head of E-scooter Trials and Future Transport Zones, DfT


Presentation on highlights of the FTZ progress across the UK

Giulia Scarani, Head of E-scooter Trials and Future Transport Zones, DfT


Panel debate and facilitated Q & A


  • Mark Collins, Integration Innovation Lead, Transport for West Midlands

  • Tom Arnold, Notts - Derby Future Transport Zone Doctoral Researcher, Loughborough University

  • Oliver Coltman, FTZ Programme Manager, West of England Combined Authority

  • Conrad Haigh, Solent Transport Manager, Solent Transport


HMS Warrior

Networking reception

Held aboard the HMS Warrior.


Sponsored by: 



Day 1 close

15 September 2022

The second day will comprise a series of expert-led panels / workshops discussing key themes, plus a choice of site visits by e-scooter, bike and e-bike and a walking MaaS app demo

15 September


Exhibition Area

Registration: Tea & Coffee served in the exhibition area


Main Theatre

Session 6: A vision for the future

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


Chair: Professor John Preston, University of Southampton, and academic lead, passenger mobility, Solent Future Transport Zone


Local Transport Plan 4: the city approach – links between Transforming Cities Fund and Solent Future Transport Zone

Felicity Tidbury, Acting Assistant Director, Portsmouth City Council


The long view: the future for Future Transport Zones

Neil Taylor, Managing Director, ITP

Insights from The Highlands and Islands Transport Partnership (HITRANS): shared and app-based travel across Scotland’s highlands and islands, part of the Smart Shared Green Mobility Hubs (Interreg NWE) project

Shirleen Ariwi, Public Transport Information, HITRANS & Ross Basnett, Strategic Account Director, FOD Mobility Group

Followed by panel discussion


Exhibition Area

Networking break: Tea & Coffee served in the exhibition area


Main Theatre

Session 7: Shared mobility: bikes, e-scooters and e-bikes

Chair’s overview: Lessons learned to date

Matthew Clark, Associate Director, Steer


Creating a safe, sustainable e-scooter service

Jim Hubbard, Senior Public Policy Manager, Voi Technology 

A perspective from a small island - can e-scooter and bike share work together

Stewart Chandler, Highways Client Manager, Isle of Wight Council

Combining active travel and public transport as an alternative to car use

Ben Lee, Partnerships and Campaigns Lead, Beryl 

You can’t park it there!!! Rationalising e-scooter parking

Thomas Fleming, Associate, ITP


Followed by panel discussion


Exhibition Area

Networking break: Lunch served in the exhibition area


Exhibition Area

Session 8: Speed learning

7 speakers present simultaneously in 15 min blocks, then a horn sounds and delegates move to the next table (allowing 5 mins change over each time). 

Digital Demand Responsive Transport (DDRT)

Solent FTZ Project Manager (DDRT), Solent Transport

Working with the Transforming Cities Fund 

Martina Olley, TCF Programme Manager, Southampton City Council

Bus priority

Graham Wright,  Hampshire County Council

Mobility credits

Gareth James,

Solent FTZ Project Manager,

Solent Transport


Alex Sbardella, Head of Product, Unicard

Mobility hubs

Emma Baker, Senior Transport Planner, Policy, Southampton City Council & Carolyn Ireland, TCF Project Lead , Southampton City Council

Active travel

Cheryl Ford, STARS Programme Manager, Modeshift and Sarah Fay – Senior Events and Best Practice Specialist, Modeshift


Main Theatre

Session 9: The future and next steps...

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


Exhibition Area

Tea & Coffee served in the exhibition area


Session 10: Choose an outdoor tour...

Tours need to be confirmed at time of registration in order to complete booking. Places on each tour are limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis


E-scooter tour
(Driving licence required)


Shared bikes/e-bikes tour


Walking tour / MaaS app live demo

...or the workshop


Future Transport innovation showcase

Presenters include:

Jorgen Pedersen, Sector Director, Transport Technologies, Systra

Dr Marwan Al-Azzawi, Sector Lead Director, Mobility & Strategic Planning, Royal HaskoningDHV

Fiona Jenkins, Associate, Steer

Habib Khan, Founder and Director, Meristem

Daniel Mould, CEO, WeDRT

Peter Davenport, Founder, Cycle-Works

James West, UK Business Development, Padam


Event close

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


Speaker biographies

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

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Phillip Darnton OBE

Executive Chairman, Bicycle Association of Great Britain & Solent Future Transport Zone board member 

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

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Anthony Ferguson

Deputy Director, Traffic and Technology, Department for Transport

Anthony is a Deputy Director in the Department for Transport in charge of Traffic & Technology. This role encompasses traditional traffic management policy, involving things like the way roadworks are planned and carried out, parking regulations and the rules for traffic signs, as well as exploring the potential for data and emerging technology to improve the safety, efficiency and environmental performance of our road networks.  Anthony’s team is also developing the UK’s policy position on micromobility through national trials of e-scooters and preparing for legislation.

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Felicity Tidbury

Acting Assistant Director, Portsmouth City Council

Felicity is the Acting Assistant Director for Transport at Portsmouth City Council. Leading six diverse areas of Traffic and Transportation for Portsmouth City Council that work collaboratively to transform travel for a cleaner, greener and better connected city. The teams delivery includes the Transport Strategy, Network Management, Parking and Enforcement, Air Quality Improvement, Safer Travel and National Bus Strategy.


With 17 years' experience in transport, Felicity has proudly played a pivotal role in securing over £110 million to support the transformation of travel in Portsmouth that is a city that is densely populated and heavily dependent on cars. The work she has been instrumental in has resulted in the rental e-scooter trial, the first residential EV charge points with dedicated bays being created in the UK, in Portsmouth and the start of more environmentally friendly bus travel with Portsmouth's first electric buses expected next year.

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Thomas Fleming

Associate, ITP

Biography to follow

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Tim Forrester

Solent FTZ Programme Manager,

Solent Transport

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

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.

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Damian Bown

Commercial Director, Trafi

Damian Bown is Commercial Director 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.

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Tom Williams

Associate Director, Deal Advisory - Infrastructure, Real Estate & Transport, KPMG

Biography to follow

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Jon Foley

Director, In the Round

Jon Foley is a highly experienced sustainable travel, behaviour changes and future mobility practitioner with over 30 years experience. Jon advises national, regional and local government as well as the private sector on planning and operational issues.


Most recently Jon has advised Solent Transport on their Future Transport Zone Behaviour Change Marketing Communications, E-scooter and Mobility as a Service projects and Surrey County Council on their future mobility aspirations. He is a strong advocate for the environmental, social and economic benefits of promoting the benefits of alternatives to single occupancy vehicle use.


He is co-founder and Director of In the Round Ltd a specialist behaviour change marketing communications and travel demand management agency, Associate Board Member of Modeshift and a member of the Transport Planning Society’s Policy Sub Group.

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Peter Edwards

Associate, SYSTRA

Peter Edwards is an Associate at SYSTRA with a background in behaviour change, travel planning and active travel.  Previous to joining SYSTRA in early 2022 he worked for Birmingham City Council and helped deliver their Clean Air Zone as well as managing their schools and workplace travel planning teams. 

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Toby Park

Solent FTZ / MaaS Behavioural Insights Team (BIT)

Toby leads the energy, transport and sustainability work at the Behavioural Insights Team, the world's first government institution dedicated to the application of behavioural science to improve lives, and now a global social purpose consultancy. He covers topics as diverse as energy, water, mobility, food systems, circular economy and wildlife conservation. His expertise lies in the psychology of pro-environmental action at the individual and societal level. He works with government departments, environmental NGOs and environmentally conscious businesses around the world to apply behavioural science to improve policy, service design and communications.  

Toby’s background is in psychology and engineering.

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Mark Collins

Integration Innovation Lead, Transport for West Midlands

Mark Collins is Innovation Integration Lead at Transport for West Midlands. He is leading the Future Transport Zone programme for the West Midlands, which includes elements such as Mobility Credits, Mobility Hubs, Mobility-as-a-Services, new modes including eScooters and WM On-demand. He is also involved in establishing the future mobility strategy within TfWM, deploying the learnings from these innovation programmes. Before joining TfWM he spent 11 years at Jaguar Land Rover in a series of engineering and management roles including vehicle prototyping, vehicle packaging, technology research and advanced engineering.  With a degree in Mechanical and Automotive Engineering he has extensive experience of delivering new technologies and mobility systems.  

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Oliver Coltman

FTZ Programme Manager, West of England Combined Authority

Biography to follow

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Neil Taylor

Managing Director,


Neil Taylor is ITP’s Managing Director.  He worked with Derby and Nottingham City Council to help formulate their successful Future Transport Zone programme funding bid, having previously undertaken research for the Connected Places (then Transport Systems) Catapult into the ongoing Transport Data Revolution, alongside a number of international open transport data sharing with World Bank and city Government Officers in the Philippines, Bangladesh and Mexico.  Neil’s interest lies in practically useful innovations and technologies that are accessible for all, and enhances everyday life by improving mobility choices.

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Ross Basnett

Strategic Account Director, FOD Mobility Group

Ross is Strategic Account Director for Mobilleo, a pioneering Mobility as a Service platform based in the UK with ambitions to become a global provider. 
With over 15 years’ experience in senior and consulting roles within the Fleet industry, Ross is passionate about driving behaviour change in travel through public / private sector collaboration. Through Mobilleo Ross’s ambition is to remove barriers to shared, public and active transport. Recently Mobilleo has engaged with HITRANS in Scotland to pilot MaaS in rural settings, as part of the Transport Scotland MaaS investment Fund initiative, and Ross is deeply involved in the implementation of this exciting project. 

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Jim Hubbard

Senior Public Policy Manager, Voi Technology

Jim Hubbard is Senior Public Policy Manager at Voi, the leading shared micromobility provider, operating in 100+ cities. He leads on city and stakeholder engagement ensuring Voi meets the needs of its city partners and society at large. This includes working closely with communities to advance sustainable forms of transport including e-bikes and e-scooters and serving as an Advisory Board member of Social Value UK. Having started his career in politics in the U.S., he moved to London to earn an MSc in Sustainable Urbanism from University College London. He’s now worked in UK public policy for 10+ years on topics ranging from city planning and regional investment where before joining Voi he led the Regional Policy team at the Confederation of British Industry. Outside of work he serves as a Governor at a local state primary school.

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Ben Lee

Partnerships and Campaigns Lead, Beryl 

Ben Lee is the Partnerships and Campaigns Lead at Beryl helping partners develop sustainable active travel practice with their fleet of bikes and scooters. Working with both commercial and public sector organisations, his role can help shape how people move around towns and cities.


Beryl is the UK's leading micromobility company, championing sustainable travel options to help reduce road congestion and improve air quality and public health.


A B-Corp certified operator, we deliver schemes in partnership with cities and communities, placing people, social responsibility and environmental sustainability at the same level as financial sustainability.

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Gareth James

Solent FTZ Project Manager,

Solent Transport

Biography to follow

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Martina Olley

Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) Programme Manager, Southampton City Council 

Martina is a transport planning specialist with over twenty five years’ experience in the public and private sector as a project and programme manager. She has wide ranging experience in managing multi-disciplinary teams and working on single and multi-modal projects. She has acted as an expert witness at public inquiries and transport specialist at Local Plan Examination. Her project experience covers all aspects from bidding, project inception and formulation, feasibility, option study, consultation and engagement, financial management and technical reporting.

She was appointed TCF Programme Manager in August 2020 to oversee the development and implementation of the Southampton TCF programme which includes a range of active travel and public transport schemes across Hampshire County Council and Southampton City Council. The programme aims to transform the City Centre and improve gateways to the City Centre, and provide sustainable and active travel connections between the City Centre and surrounding suburbs through improved cycle infrastructure and Rapid Bus Corridors, thereby delivering a step-change in transport sustainably connecting people, jobs and opportunities along four corridors into the City Centre.

She previously worked for Mott MacDonald where she led a large number of projects for public and private clients covering transport planning, traffic engineering, traffic modelling, masterplanning as well as noise and air quality. 

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Sarah Fay 

Senior Events and Best Practice Specialist, Modeshift

Biography to follow

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Phillip Ellis

Co-Founder, CEO & COO, Beryl

Philip has grown Beryl as Co-Founder, leading the company to be the UKs largest micromobility company.


Philip has built up a significant depth of industry knowledge, leading the development and delivery of technology and safety projects for the global bike sharing and micro-mobility industry since 2014, including the delivery of innovations to TfL, the Citibike system in New York, the Bixi Montreal system and now mobilising Greater Manchester cycle hire scheme

As CEO of Beryl, Philip is a recognised leader within the UK’s broader technology sector and has participated in UK Government tech programmes such as Upscale at Tech City UK and London Stock Exchange Elite Programme. Under Philip’s leadership, the Beryl Bike Share business launched with a commitment to delivering shared bike/e-bike and micro-mobility systems in partnership with local authorities, at a time when much of the industry was focused on rapid deployments and limited control.

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Peter Davensport


Cycle-Works Ltd

Peter has a background in promoting cycling and sustainable travel by providing innovative products that people like and want to use.  He is the founder and Director of cycle-parking company Cycle-Works, which introduced individual bike lockers and then 2-tier racking into the UK, then innovations including wheeling ramps, workstations, pumps, scooter parking, and EV charging points.

One of the missing links in the UK is the ability to carry bikes on public transport, especially buses. This can be overcome by the proven, legal, safe, quick and easy to use bus-rack, which has been shown to make areas far more cycle-friendly and accessible.  Peter set up a popular pilot project on 6 buses in Wellington, NZ, who then fitted the racks to all 300 buses in the city fleet.  He believes it is now time for similar pilot schemes in the UK.

The bus-racks obviously also create great marketing opportunities, influence behavioural change and demonstrate that an operator really is taking cycling seriously

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Councillor Lynne Stagg

Cabinet Member for Traffic & Transportation, Portsmouth City Council


Biography to follow

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Conrad Haigh

Solent Transport Manager, Solent Transport

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.

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Habib Khan

Founder and Director, 

Meristem Design

Habib is one of the founders of Meristem Design, an award-winning urban landscape design company with horticulture at its heart and on a mission to turn the urban grey, green.  After graduating as an RICS Surveyor he decided to switch career to only working with organisations with environmental aims of helping to combat climate change. 


In the past 20 years he has played an instrumental role in some of London’s landmark schemes such as City Car Club and launching the UK’s first Bike Sharing Scheme in 2005 and the on-street Bike Hanger concept.   


Habib helped to launch Meristem Design as he believes the success of our urban living lies in the benefits of green infrastructure, we need to be surrounded by plants, trees and we need to reconnect with nature at all levels.

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Grace Packard

Senior Public Policy Manager, Voi Technology

Grace Packard is a Senior Public Policy Manager at Voi Technology who specialises in the UK transport sector. With a background in transport planning, Grace works to ensure sustainable transport options are widely available to help improve the way we move around our cities, creating better cities to live in. Previously working as a transport consultant, Grace worked closely with micromobility operators to improve parking and deployment strategies. Since launching in Northampton in September 2020, Voi has gone on to become the UK’s largest micromobility operator, offering both e-scooters and e-bikes in 17 locations across the country.

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Steve Longman

Solent FTZ Project Manager (MaaS)

Solent Transport

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.  

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David Alderson

Associate Director, SYSTRA


Biography to follow

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Clare Linton

Policy and Research Advisor, Urban Transport Group

Clare Linton joined the Urban Transport Group in May 2016, to conduct research across a range of policy areas including transport and housing, public health, social inclusion, freight, people and skills, sustainability and smart transport futures.

Clare is the lead author on a number of UTG reports including 'Taxi! Issues and options for city region taxi and private hire vehicle policy' and 'The place to be: How transit oriented development can support good growth in the city regions'.

Clare completed a PhD in Low Carbon Technologies at the University of Leeds in 2016. Her PhD research explored the potential to reduce emissions from urban transport through more effective use of capacity. Clare has also worked in the Climate Change, Energy and Transport team at the Institute for Public Policy Research, working on delivering effective public transport solutions. Clare holds a BA in Geography and an MSc in Climate Change and Policy, both from the University of Sussex.

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Charles  Nichols

Marketing Communications Manager, Solent Transport

Charles is the Marketing Communications Manager for Solent Transport and the Solent Future Transport Zone. He loves developing messages and creative that make people sit up and pay attention.


At the Solent FTZ, Charles leads the creative development of the Breeze brand and associated marketing strategy; manages the implementation of the Behaviour Change Strategy across all FTZ projects; co-ordinates PR activity and ensures a collaborative approach to marketing communications with Solent Transport’s four partner local transport authorities and multiple transport service providers.


In the last few months Charles has provided marketing communications advice to Transport for West Midlands and the Transport for Greater Bristol Alliance.

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Sarah Wills

Marketing Officer,        Love to Ride

I am Love to Ride’s Marketing Officer, working to promote the incredible benefits of bike riding through our website, emails and social media. With a background in copywriting for children and other special-interest audiences, I aim to bring the fun to our marketing efforts and to speak to our audiences in the most effective way to enact meaningful behaviour change. Let’s get more people riding, protecting the planet, and supercharging their physical and mental health.

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Giulia Scarani

Head of E-scooter Trials and Future Transport Zones, DfT

Giulia is the Head of E-scooter trials and Future Transport Zones in the Department for Transport’s Traffic and Technology division. Giulia leads the team overseeing e-scooter trials in 30 areas around England and contributing to policy development to define the future of micromobility and e-scooters in the UK. Giulia also leads on policy and engagement for Future Transport Zones, a £92m investment into trials of new transport innovations in Solent Transport, Transport for West Midlands, Derby and Nottingham and West of England Combined Authority.


Prior to joining the DfT, Giulia worked in consultancy, supporting government bodies to shape and guide policy and strategy research in the fields of transport and infrastructure delivery.

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Tom Arnold

Notts - Derby Future Transport Zone Doctoral Researcher, Loughborough University

Tom Arnold is a PhD researcher at Loughborough University in the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering  working with Nottingham and Derby city councils as part of the Future Transport Zone project. The focus of Tom’s research covers the design, implementation, and evaluation of e-mobility hubs. Tom started his PhD  in 2020. 


In a previous career Tom worked for close to a decade in Finance and Cost Management in engine manufacturing specialising in reporting, analysis, and project management. Tom holds a BA in European Studies and an MA in International Relations and World Order from the University of Leicester.

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Professor John Preston

Transportation Group

University of Southampton

John Preston is a Professor in the Transportation Group at the University of Southampton, with almost 40 years of experience in transport research and education. He has held almost 160 research grants and contracts, published almost 400 articles, book chapters, conference and working papers and successfully supervised over 30 doctoral students. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and is currently leading the research at the University of Southampton for Theme 1 (Personal Mobility) of the Solent Future Transport Zone, including the programme level monitoring and evaluation.

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Shirleen Ariwi

Public Transport Information, HITRANS

HITRANS Project Officer- Public Transport Information and Go-HI

Graduate Engineer with a Masters in Transport and Intelligent Mobility and a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. Worked in the field of transportation modelling & planning, Road Safety and Crash Data Analysis before gaining further interest in the fields of Intelligent Mobility, Public transport and Mobility as a Service.

Currently coordinating and supporting the delivery of public transport information on behalf of the five local authorities within the HITRANS area and supporting MaaS Platform activity working with Project Partners in delivery of the GO-HI project.

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Matthew Clark

Associate Director, Steer

Matthew leads Steer’s work in New Mobility. His work focuses on analysis of the market for new and enhanced transport services both in the UK and worldwide including Zero Emission Vehicles, Shared Mobility and Emerging Services (including Mobility Hubs and MaaS).  Matthew works for both the public sector and private sector building an evidence base to maximise the positive impacts of new transport technologies in our cities and towns.  Based in London, Matthew draws on international experience for a range of projects planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating projects involving car sharing, bike sharing, escooters, on-demand taxis, on-demand minibuses, Mobility as a Service, Mobility Hubs and Autonomous Vehicles.  Matthew is also the chair of the UK body representing the shared mobility sector CoMoUK.

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Stewart Chandler

Highways Client Manager, Isle of Wight Council

Biography to follow

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Indira Joseph

Solent FTZ Project Manager (DDRT),

Solent Transport

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. She has earned her Masters degree in GIS from ITC , Netherlands and her Diploma in Business Administration from University of Pretoria, South Africa.

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Emma Baker

Senior Transport Planner, Policy, Southampton City Council

Emma is a Strategic Transport Planner at Southampton City Council with over 14 years experience in developing active and sustainable transport policies and strategies, delivering projects and monitoring and evaluation. 


She is works closely with a range of national, regional and local stakeholders to further develop and deliver the aspirations in the Connected Southampton Transport Strategy, including supporting the delivery of the Transforming Cities and Solent Future Transport Zone programmes. These programmes aim to transform the City Centre and regenerate district centres through the delivery of walking, cycling and bus improvements, including the creation of Active Travel Zones and Local Mobility Hubs and supporting behaviour change initiatives, including scooter and cycle hire, and enhancing the current Solent Go offer. 


She previously worked for Reading Borough Council where she held a similar role as a Senior Transport Planner. Highlights included developing the Local Transport Plan, leading on the active travel element of the Local Sustainable Transport Fund programme and working collaboratively with a range of stakeholders to develop Reading's Local Cycling and Infrastructure Plan and projects funded by Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership. 

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Cheryl Ford

STARS Programme Manager, Modeshift

Biography to follow

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Professor Djamila Ouelhadj

Director of the Intelligent Transport Research Cluster, University of Portsmouth, UK

Djamila Ouelhadj is a Professor of Operational Research and Analytics at the University of Portsmouth. She is the Director of the Intelligent Transport Cluster and Chair of the Logistics, Operational Research and Analytics Research Group. She has carried out successful research in transport, Operational Research 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 OR 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 (Personal Mobility) and Theme 2 (Freight Logistics).

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Carolyn Ireland

TCF Project Lead , Southampton City Council

Carolyn is a Project Lead at Southampton City Council with 5 years’ experience in sustainable transport project roles at the authority. She currently leads on the Active Travel Zone (ATZ) & Mobility Hub strand of the Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) programme - an investment of nearly £70m, with £57m funded by the DfT, which will make it easier to walk, cycle and travel by bus in and around the city.


Southampton’s first ATZ, co-designed with residents, has already dramatically reduced traffic levels on residential streets and led to an increase in walking and cycling in the neighbourhood. Mobility Hubs will enhance public spaces and provide access to a range of sustainable transport options such as shared bikes, cargo bikes and e-scooters.

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James West

UK Business Development,


James works on UK Business Development for Padam Mobility and has 7 years experience in DRT. He was previously the DRT lead globally for RATP Dev. Having started off his DRT career in Bristol as the Operations Manager for Slide Bristol, he then successfully led the team to further deployments including Slide Ealing, part of the TfL DRT trial where he oversaw the operation.

Future Transport Forum 2024

Novotel Southampton
1 W Quay Road, SO15 1RA

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