Act Travelwise Annual Conference

Act TravelWise Annual Conference & AGM - 31 January 2019

Act TravelWise Annual Conference & AGM - Thursday 31 January 2019, Birmingham

'Innovation and Change in Mobility Management: What's New and What's Next?' - 31 Jan 2019

Headline sponsor:
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The field of mobility management is undergoing rapid change with new technologies and experimental shared transport ventures. How will these external changes affect the sector, in terms of new policies, practices and opportunities, as well as new skills and roles required? How will we develop the policies and legal frameworks to best manage these disruptive technologies? At the same time, how can we best access the innovation developed internally within the sustainable transport sector?

This year's Annual Conference will address these questions and more, as it seeks to equip transport practitioners with the tools needed to adapt to innovation and change. Through a series of six sessions, we will share our knowledge and experience, working hands-on with leading practitioners and strategists in the field - and gaining inspiration and guidance to take back home.

We will focus on the innovation that affects our work to improve our communities and the environment through reduced congestion and energy use, better air quality and a healthier, more active population.

Please direct any conference-related questions to Randall Ghent on 07960 180851 / [email protected] 


Registration is now open via Eventbrite, with free places available for presenters and Act TravelWise members sending one delegate. Feel free to contact Randall Ghent (contact info above) if you require an invoice for your conference booking.


Nearby hotels offer better deals than the hotel venue itself. Nearby budget options include the Comfort Inn, easyHotel and Ibis. Regardless of where you choose, you will get 10% off if you use our referral link. (If you already have a account, you'll need to use a different email address when booking to get the discount.) Search for Birmingham City Centre and use the map view to find options near New Street station and the venue (Macdonald Burlington Hotel).


The conference venue is located just next to Birmingham New Street rail station, which is the city's main station. Just walk across the tram line on Stephenson Street and enter the Burlington Arcade. The stairs are in front of you and the lifts are on the left just inside the arcade. The conference is held in the Horton Suite, one level above the Macdonald Burlington hotel reception.

For those such as exhibitors who will be driving to the conference, there's a loading/unloading bay at the bottom of Burlington Arcade on Stephenson Street, where the tram line runs, accessed from Navigation Street. This is just across from New Street Station. Parking is at NCP Birmingham New Street. It's normally £30 but it will only cost £9.50 for 24 hours if you have your ticket stamped by hotel reception. However, the discount does not work if you pre-book the parking.

 Pub Socials:

Those staying in Birmingham the night before will be meeting up for a pub social at Purecraft Bar & Kitchen (30 Waterloo Street, B2 5TJ) from 7:00 pm onwards. If you have a large group coming along for a meal, please book a table via the pub's website. For just drinks, it's probably not necessary.

The following evening, just after the conference, you can join us at the Bacchus Bar, just downstairs from the venue. Tables can also be booked via the pub's website.


08:45: Registration table opens; tea/coffee; exhibitors

09:15: Welcome and Opening Presentations (Room 1) - Chair: Alison Pickett, SYSTRA

  • Welcome from Sean Ford, Board Director, Act TravelWise
  • Introduction by Alison Pickett, Associate Director, SYSTRA
  • Darren Shirley, CEO, Campaign for Better Transport
  • "Realising the Benefits of Active Travel: The Role of Infrastructure" (Dr Rachel Aldred, Reader, University of Westminster)
  • "Getting Ready for EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK/TravelWise Week 2019: All You Need to Prepare Your Local Campaign" (Juan Caballero, EMW Project Coordinator at EUROCITIES and Don Kent, EMW UK National Coordinator)

10:40: Refreshment break

11:00: Two options:

Room 1: Innovation in Workplace Travel Management - Chair: Andy Winmill, WSP

  • "Electric Bike Trial in West London: Exploring Healthier Journeys" (Emily Shovlar, Senior Coordinator, WestTrans)
  • "Planes, Trains and Electric Automobiles: Best Practice in Low Carbon Access to Airports and the Lessons for Other Visitor Destinations and Workplaces" (John Geelan, Principal Consultant, Steer)
  • "Lunchtime Streets: Building Partnerships with City Employers" (Rory McMullan, Road Danger Reduction and Behaviour Change Manager, City of London Corporation)
  • "Who Needs to Park?: Parking Prioritisation in the Workplace" (group activity led by Ian Bewick, Principal Consultant, Steer)

Room 2: Disruptive Technologies - Chair: Sean Ford, Act TravelWise/WSP

  • "Disruptive Technologies and Making Sense of the New Mobility" (Toby Thornton, Associate Director, WSP)
  • "New Technology That's Transforming Parking Management" (Kelvin Reynolds, Director of Corporate & Public Affairs, British Parking Association)
  • "Co-Creation through Consultation: Technology that Transforms Citizens’ Behaviour" (Steve Rowe, Associate Director, Commonplace)
  • "Scoping Smart Mobility: How ICT Innovation at Liftshare Has Transformed Travel Behaviour at a Large Employment Site" (Nathan Wride, Senior Business Development Manager, Liftshare)

12:30: Buffet lunch

1:00: Act TravelWise AGM (for members; longer lunch break for others)

1:30: Two options:

Room 1: Innovation in Active Travel - Chair: Alison Pickett, SYSTRA

  • "Bella Mossa: An App-Based Incentive Scheme to Encourage Walking, Cycling and Public Transport Use in Bologna, Italy" (Chris Bristow, Chief Operating Officer, BetterPoints Ltd)
  • “Choosing the Safest Path for Urban Cycling: Key Issues in Route Selection" (Anna Watt, Senior Transport Planner, Mott MacDonald and Alison Kennedy, Principal Transport Policy Officer, Birmingham City Council)
  • "Cycling Guidance for Local Authorities: Bringing Together the Best Practice in One Place" (Dr Ian Skinner, Director, Transport and Environmental Policy Research)
  • "Brompton: Innovating the Keystone of Public Transport" (Julian Scriven, Managing Director, Brompton Bike Hire)

Room 2: Latest Trends in Public Transport and Shared Transport - Chair: Sian Fox, SYSTRA

  • "Mobility Hubs: Innovative Integration of Shared and Public Transport on City Streets" (Antonia Roberts, Interim Executive Director, CoMoUK)
  • "Re-thinking the Station Travel Plan Concept: How Railway Stations Can Deliver More Commercial and Community Value" (Ian Bruce, Principal Consultant, SYSTRA and Mark Rose, Stations Commercial Lead, HS2 Ltd)
  • "Improving Accessibility to Bike Share" (Krysia Solheim, Managing Director, nextbike UK Limited)
  • "Bus Ticketing: The Quiet Revolution" (Martin Hancock, Development Director, National Express West Midlands)

3:00: Refreshment break

3:20: Two options:

Room 1: Mobility Management in the UK and Europe - Chair: Randall Ghent, Act TravelWise

  • "The State of Play of Mobility Management in Europe" (Fiona Twisse, Senior Technical Consultant – Sustainable Transport, ELTIS / Ricardo Energy & Environment)
  • "The Birmingham Connected SUMP: Applying European Policy and Practice at the Regional Level" (Joe Clarbour, Birmingham City Council)
  • "DfT Perspectives on Active Travel: A Review of the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy Implementation and What Comes Next" (Guy Boulby, Head of Cycling & Walking, Department for Transport)

Room 2: Air Quality and Health - Chair: Jill Tinsley, Pindar Creative

  • "Clean Air: Our Right, But Whose Responsibility?" (Andrea Lee, Senior Campaigner, ClientEarth)
  • “Brum Breathes: A Clean Air Zone and Clean Air Strategy for Birmingham​” (Joe Green, Transportation Behaviour Change Manager, Birmingham City Council)
  • "Improving Air Quality for London’s Primary and Nursery Schools" (Matt Croucher, Associate Director, Sustainable Transport, WSP)

4:20: Conclusions and Closing Words (Room 1) - Chair: Sian Fox, SYSTRA

4:30: Pub social (Bacchus Bar, downstairs at basement level)


Headline sponsor:
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Other sponsors, exhibitors and partners:

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