Act Travelwise Annual Conference

Act TravelWise Annual Conference & AGM - 17 January 2017

'Sustainable Travel in a Changing World'

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Now more than ever, individuals' travel behaviour is shifting and adapting in response to changes in their own circumstances, their communities, the economy and technology.

Practitioners in the travel and transport sector have the opportunity to help shape these changes in order to best address people's needs whilst favouring sustainable modes.

The Act TravelWise Annual Conference will address a range of questions such as:

  • What is the future role of the car in the smart city?
  • How can workplaces, hospitals and universities best adapt to future travel needs and encourage a step-change in travel behaviour?
  • How can we best work with LEPs and use capital funding to encourage walking and cycling?
  • How can we bring the benefits of the 'new sharing economy' to smaller towns and rural areas?
  • What is the future role of 'leaner' local authorities in behaviour change?
  • How can local authorities and transport operators work together to improve air quality and minimise the negative impacts of HGV freight movements?
  • What are the expected impacts, both positive and negative, of new transport technologies?
  • How can we improve quality of life by discouraging excessive travel?
  • How should policy makers support social, economic and environmental sustainability when responding to changes in technology and lifestyles?

Date and Location:

Act TravelWise will hold its next Annual Conference & AGM on Tuesday 17 January 2017 as a full-day event at the Macdonald Burlington Hotel opposite New Street rail station in central Birmingham - revisiting the venue of our December 2014 conference. The AGM will take place at the end of the day whilst the conference continues in the adjacent meeting room.


Book your place today. Registration is now open via Eventbrite.

Call for papers:

We issued a call for papers with a deadline of Wednesday 31 August. Abstracts were requested in the form of an MS Word or RTF file containing: (a) a presentation title, (b) a 250-word description, (c) a 40-word speaker biography and (d) speaker contact details. There is still some space available in the programme as of late September. Please contact Randall Ghent at ASAP if you didn't yet have a chance to prepare an abstract.

Sponsors and exhibitors:

We welcome enquiries. The following rates apply:

  • Event Sponsor £2,750 (includes 3 x conference adverts in Local Transport Today with sponsor logo, plus exposure in all conference announcements/materials)
  • Exhibition Stand £475 / £975 (member / non-member)
  • Drinks Reception Sponsor £750
  • Programme Advert £175 / £350 (half page / full page)
  • Delegate Bags £475

Download the Exhibitors Floor Plan.


09:00: Registration table opens; tea/coffee; exhibitors

09:30: Welcome and Intro

09:45: Keynote Presentations (2 of the 4 below)

  • George Monbiot (columnist, The Guardian, invited)
  • Robert Llewellyn (actor and EV proponent, invited)
  • Val Shawcross (Deputy Mayor of London for Transport, invited)
  • David Pencheon (Director, NHS Sustainable Development Unit, invited)

10:30: Refreshment break

11:00: Two options:

Room 1: Technological and Social Change - Mobility as a Service

  • If the 21st Century's Transport Revolution is about Connectedness, What Might Future Sustainable Connected Lifestyles Look Like? (Alistair Kirkbride, Executive Director, Carplus Bikeplus)
  • What We Know About the Impacts of Placing Pedal and E-bikes in Shared Contexts (Antonia Roberts, Director, Bikeplus)
  • Shared Transport Solutions: The Financial Savings (Pierre Fox, Director, Co-Wheels Car Club)
  • Reading’s EasyGo: Incentivising Door to Door Sustainable Journeys (Marian Marsh, Transport Planner, Reading Borough Council)
  • The Rise of Autonomous Cars and On-Demand Taxis (James Long and Robert Murray, Steer Davies Gleave)

Room 2: New Approaches for Local Authorities

  • Total Transport: A Coordinated and Integrated Approach to Transport Services for Leaner Local Authorities (Dr John McCarthy, Technical Director, Atkins)
  • How to Secure Buy-In for Fresh Thinking on Sustainable Transport: The Case of the Calderdale Transport Strategy (David Ellis, Graduate Transport Planner, WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff)
  • The Smarter Travel for Slough Programme (Chris Harte, Managing Consultant, Atkins)
  • Save Money and Cut Carbon: How Public Sector Organisations Can Better Manage their Business Travel (Martin Higgitt, Associate Director, SYSTRA JMP Consultants)

12:30: Buffet lunch

1:30: Two options:

Room 1: Best Practice in the Business Sector

  • TVP Travel: Sustaining a Successful Business Travel Network (Andy Winmill, Associate Director, WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff and Laura Jacklin, Sustainable Travel Coordinator, Thames Valley Park)
  • Using Social Marketing to Support Travel to Work (Geoff Gardner, Head of Mobility, AstraZeneca)
  • 1-2 further presentations

Room 2: Segmenting the Transport Market: Tailoring Solutions to Specific Groups

  • Independence Through Austerity: Travel Training for Those Most in Need (Rhian Lewis, Associate, SYSTRA JMP Consultants and Sian Fox, Senior Transport Planner, SYSTRA JMP Consultants)
  • Engaging Growing Migrant and Refugee Populations in Sustainable Travel Lifestyles (Sarah Levantis, Associate, SYSTRA JMP Consultants)
  • 1 further presentation plus discussion

3:00: Refreshment break

3:20: Two options:

Room 1: Workshop on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs)

  • Thinking of Planning for the Future?: Try Social Sustainability! (Sarah Fish, Managing Consultant, Atkins)
  • Wrexham: Integrating Station Travel Plans into SUMPs (Jon Harris, Director, Harris Ethical)
  • further presentations and activities to be announced

Room 2: Launch Event for the Act TravelWise NHS Travel & Transport Managers' Forum

  • details to be announced

5:00: Conclusions and closing words

5:15: Two options:

Room 1: Act TravelWise Annual General Meeting (all members welcome)

Bacchus Bar: Pub Social (downstairs, AGM participants to join 6 pm)

6:00: AGM Finishes


For any questions regarding the conference, please contact Randall Ghent on 0208 144 7366 or

Reading’s EasyGo: Incentivising door to door sustainable journeys