Act Travelwise Annual Conference

Act TravelWise Annual Conference & AGM - 25 January 2018

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‘Forward Thinking, Future Planning’
Thursday 25 January 2018 - Macdonald Burlington Hotel, Birmingham

The UK and much of the world are experiencing profound social, economic and technological changes - addressed at last year's Annual Conference on 'Sustainable Travel in a Changing World'.

On 25 January 2018, with the theme of 'Forward Thinking, Future Planning', we will take this to the next level, exploring the long-term planning that is required in response to these changes. Adopting a 'forwarding thinking, future planning' approach means being prepared by having the best possible strategic plans in place - and being able to deliver those plans.

This conference will help you get the ball rolling - not only by hearing from leading practitioners, but also through a series of mini-trainings and opportunities to discuss your challenges with peers in a small group setting. You will learn how to adopt innovative forward-thinking transport/travel plans, whether your work is at the local authority, city region or workplace level.

A future focus need not be 'futuristic' in the science fiction sense; it can equally be about developing positive community-led visions to help shape the future or 'building in' resilience to change. Voices from Central Government, Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and other key influencers will serve to ground the theme within the current planning context.

Call for Sponsors and Exhibitors:

We are seeking sponors and exhibitors and have options available to suit all budgets. The headline options are as follows:

Gold Sponsor - £5,000

  • prominent logo and recognition in all conference announcements/materials
  • 3 x conference adverts in Local Transport Today with sponsor logo (large)
  • logo and detailed profile in conference programme booklet
  • 1 x exhibition stand
  • 5 x delegate places
  • option to chair key sessions
  • logo on conference bags and lanyards
  • 2 x insert in conference bags

Silver Sponsor - £2,500

  • logo and recognition in all conference announcements/materials
  • 3 x conference adverts in Local Transport Today with sponsor logo (small)
  • 3 x delegate places
  • option to chair one session
  • logo and profile in conference programme booklet
  • 1 x insert in conference bags

Exhibition Stand - £475/£975 (member/non-member)

  • 1 x exhibition stand (2.5x2.5m approx)
  • stand location in main circulation/catering area (download the floor plan)
  • logo and profile in conference programme booklet
  • 3 x delegate places
  • 1 x insert in conference bags

We welcome enquiries regarding the above, which can be directed to Randall Ghent, 0208 1447366,


Registration is now open via Eventbrite, with free places available for presenters and Act TravelWise members sending one delegate.

Draft Programme:

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

09:30: Welcome and Intro

09:45: Keynote Presentations on 'Forward Thinking, Future Planning'

  • Deborah Cadman, Chief Executive, West Midlands Combined Authority or Andy Street CBE, West Midlands Mayor (invited)
  • Robert Llewellyn - actor and electric vehicle proponent (invited)

10:30: Refreshment break

11:00: Two options:

Room 1: Visions of Future Sustainable Transport

  • 'Visions of the Role of Walking and Cycling in 2030' (academic project), Miles Tight, Univ of Birmingham
  • Group visioning exercise in small groups with role play; taster training in community visioning processes

Room 2: Innovative Forward-Thinking Plans at Local Authority Level

  • Daniel Clarke, Smart Cambridge Programme Manager, Cambridgeshire County Council (invited)
  • Laura Peacock and/or James Golding-Graham, Oxfordshire County Council (invited)
  • Group exercise on how to develop innovative transport/travel plans to address local issues

12:30: Buffet lunch

1:30: Two options:

Room 1: How to Use Emerging Technologies to Improve the Transport System

  • Mark Westwood, Chief Technology Officer, Transport Systems Catapult
  • Dr Joanna White, Head, Intelligent Transport Systems Group, Highways England (invited)
  • Giles Perkins, Technical Director, WSP
  • Open discussion

Room 2: Ambitious Future Planning by Combined Authorities
chair: Jonathan Bray, Urban Transport Group (invited)

  • Julia Goldsworthy, Director of Strategy, West Midlands Combined Authority (invited)
  • Simon Warburton, Transport Strategy Director, Transport for Greater Manchester (invited)
  • Lilli Matson, Director of Transport Strategy, Transport for London (invited)
  • Panel discussion

3:00: Refreshment break

3:20: Two options:

Room 1: Presentations from the Act TravelWise Business Forum

  • Presentations from leading companies with forward-thinking workplace travel plans
    a. Sarah McAlinden, Travel2Next Team Leader, NEXT
    b. Representative from Milton Park Business Park, Oxfordshire (invited)
    c. Overview of further best practice examples from throughout the UK
  • Break (10 min)
  • Work in small groups regarding application of best practice to one's own workplace
  • Next steps for the Business Forum

Room 2: Central Government Plans and Opportunities

  • Helen Ramsden, Department for Transport (invited)
  • Ross Jones, Infrastructure Team, OLEV (invited)
  • Local authority feedback/issues in facilitated open 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 07960 180851 / 0208 144 7366 or