Act Travelwise Annual Conference

Act TravelWise Annual Conference & AGM - 17 January 2017

'Sustainable Travel in a Changing World'

Register now via Eventbrite.

Sponsored by SYSTRA (formerly JMP)
Systra Logo

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.

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)
  • 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

  • Dr David Pencheon (Director, NHS Sustainable Development Unit) - Health and Active Travel
  • Prof Jillian Anable (Professor of Transport and Energy, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds) - Sorting the Travel Revolutions from the Hype

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)
  • What is the Electric Vehicle Revolution, and What is Your Role in It? (Natalia Silverstone, POD Point Ltd)

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, Transport Planner, WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff and Peter Stubbs, Transport Policy and Strategy Manager, Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council)
  • 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)
  • Influencing LEP Funding Priorities in Cheshire & Warrington and the Liverpool City Region (Emma Young, Principal Transport Planner, Mott MacDonald)

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)
  • Should We ‘Step Away from the Sad Step’ in 2017? Is the Use of Modal Split Targets Counter Productive? (John Hacker, Director, TPS Consultants)
  • Best Practice in the Business Sector: Birmingham and Beyond (Julia Crear, Regional Director South, Living Streets)

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

  • Independence Through Austerity: Travel Training for Those Most in Need (Sian Fox, Principal Transport Planner, SYSTRA and Orlagh Stoner, Thinktravel Programme Manager, Gloucestershire County Council)
  • Engaging Migrant 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: Launch Event for the Act TravelWise NHS Travel & Transport Managers' Forum

  • Introduction to NHS Travel & Transport Managers' Forum (Jon Foley, Act TravelWise and Jonathan Burns, NHS)
  • Guidance Document on NHS Car Parking and Sustainable Travel (Adam Bunce, Director, 2020 Consultancy)
  • Case Study: One NHS Trust's Experiences and Approach to Travel Behaviour Change (Rui Marcelino, University Hospital Southampton)
  • Discussion: Managing Travel for NHS Sites
  • Next Steps for the Forum

Room 2: Workshop on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs)

  • Introduction to SUMPs and Social Sustainability Frameworks (Sarah Fish, Managing Consultant, Atkins)
  • Wrexham: Integrating Station Travel Plans into SUMPs (Chris Wilkinson, Project Officer, Harris Ethical)
  • A Local Transport and Mobility Plan for Sandnes, Norway (Graham Fairhurst, Strategic Planning Advisor, Sandnes Kommune)
  • Review: Street Reclaiming Design Exercise (Randall Ghent, Act TravelWise)

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 [email protected]