Act Travelwise Annual Conference

Act TravelWise Annual Conference & AGM - 17 January 2017

'Sustainable Travel in a Changing World'

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Sponsored by SYSTRA (formerly JMP)
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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.


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Sponsors and exhibitors:

We welcome enquiries. The following rates apply:

  • Event Sponsor £2,000 (taken - sponsored by SYSTRA, one co-sponsorship available)
  • Exhibition Stand £475 / £975 (member / non-member)
  • Drinks Reception Sponsor £750
  • Programme Advert £175 / £350 (half page / full page)
  • Delegate Bags £475 (taken - sponsored by WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff)
  • Lanyards £250 (taken - sponsored by Motion)
  • Insert in Delegate Bags £100

Download the Exhibitors Floor Plan.


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

09:30: Welcome and Intro

09:45: Keynote Presentations (3 of the 4 below)

  • Dr David Pencheon (Director, NHS Sustainable Development Unit)
  • George Monbiot (columnist, The Guardian, invited)
  • Robert Llewellyn (actor and EV proponent, invited)
  • Prof Jillian Anable (Professor of Transport and Energy, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds)

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)
  • Reading’s EasyGo: Incentivising Door to Door Sustainable Journeys (Marian Marsh, Transport Planner, Reading Borough Council)
  • Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: Utopia or Dystopia? (James Long, Principal Consultant, Steer Davies Gleave and Matt Clark, Urban Mobility Specialist, Steer Davies Gleave)
  • [Presentation Title TBA] (TESLA representative)

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)
  • Shared Transport Solutions for Local Authorities: Reducing Carbon Footprint and Costs (Pierre Fox, E-Car Club)

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)
  • Using Smart Data to Support Traffic Management at Sports Venues (Trevor Brennan, Strategy & Programme Manager, Hertfordshire County Council)
  • [Presentation Title TBA] (Natalia Silverstone, POD Point Ltd)
  • [Presentation Title TBA] (John Hacker, TPS Consultants)

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 and Sian Fox, Senior Transport Planner, SYSTRA)
  • Engaging Growing Migrant and Refugee Populations in Sustainable Travel Lifestyles (Sarah Levantis, Associate, SYSTRA)
  • Overcoming Transport Barriers for Unemployed People (Jobeda Shahed, Employment Outreach Manager, Transport for West Midlands and Rachel Evans, YEI Travel Support Project Manager, Transport for West Midlands)
  • Boosting Cycling Among Under-Represented Groups (Ian Richardson, Director of Cycling, Cycling UK)
  • Enabling Bike Ownership and Increasing cycling: Bostin Bikes and Bostin Commuter Pilots (Mitchell Robinson, Active Travel Officer, Transport for West Midlands)

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

  • Introduction to Forum (Jon Foley and Jonathan Burns)
  • NHS Sustainable Development Unit on NHS Travel Policy, or NHS speaker on HTM 07/03 (car parking and sustainable travel)
  • Behaviour Change: Case Study, an NHS Trust speaking about their experiences and approach to behaviour change. Potential joint presentation with Sustrans providing general information on behaviour change and reflecting on their experiences of working with staff at Heathrow (Rui Marcelino and Sustrans Rep)
  • General discussion (on issues of concern to the NHS and the Healthcare Sector)
  • Next steps for the Forum

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