Policy Group

The Greener Journeys advisory group comprises leading professionals from the bus, wider transport and academic sectors who provide senior strategic advice and guidance. The group is chaired by Professor David Begg.

Professor David Begg: Chair of Greener Journeys advisory group

Prof. David Begg is a non-executive board member of Heathrow Airport Holdings Ltd, a member of the Cubic Transportation Systems' Advisory Board, a non-executive chairman of EAMS Group, and a visiting professor in sustainable transport at Plymouth University. He also chairs the Glasgow Connectivity Commission. Previously David has been an adviser at TfGM, chairman of Tubes Lines and a non-executive director of First Group Ltdoup.

David Brown: Group Chief Executive of Go-Ahead Group

David Brown started his 28-year transport career with London Transport. He was appointed to the Go-Ahead board as group Chief Executive in July 2011 and was previously Managing Director of Surface Transport at Transport for London. Before joining TfL, David worked at Go-Ahead and led its London bus business between 2003 and 2006. David is also currently a Non-Executive Director of the Association of Train Operating Companies Limited (Chairman of the remuneration committee) and a Director of Rail Delivery Group Limited.

Hilary Chipping: Chief Executive of South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP)

Hilary is Chief Executive at the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP). She was previously a civil servant, having joined as an economist with an MA from the University of Manchester. As Director of Network Strategy at the Highways Agency from 2001 to 2007 she developed the investment strategy for the motorway and trunk road network. She is passionate about sustainable transport and always travels around her area using public transport.

Ben Colson: Trustee of West Norfolk Community Transport

Ben has worked for over forty five years in the bus industry, culminating in him establishing Norfolk Green, a rural bus network in Norfolk and extending into Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire, which went on to be judged UK Bus Operator of the Year in 2010. Three years later he sold the company to Stagecoach and has since fulfilled a number of roles within and outside the transport industry. He is currently a Trustee of West Norfolk Community Transport and the Chairman of ALBUM, the municipal and independent bus operator managers association.

Gareth Powell: Managing Director of Surface Transport at Transport for London

Gareth joined Surface Transport in 2003 after working in several roles for Thames Water and the infrastructure consultancy WS Atkins, both in the UK and abroad. Prior to his appointment as Managing Director, he was Director of Public Transport & TfL Strategy. While at TfL, Gareth held various roles in Group Business Planning and Performance before moving to co-lead a major reorganisation project and then joining London Underground as Director of Strategy and Service Development.

Giles Fearnley: Managing Director of First UK Bus

Giles has a strong track record in both bus and rail. In 1991 he led the management buy-out of Blazefield Holdings, which operated buses across Yorkshire and Lancashire. He has chaired Journey Solutions, the bus and rail industry initiative to promote integration since 2001 and has led FirstGroup’s UK bus division since January 2011.

Professor Stephen Glaister CBE

Stephen Glaister CBE PhD FICE FTRF FCGI is Emeritus Professor of Transport and Infrastructure at Imperial College London. He is a non-executive director of the Office of Rail and Road and Chair of the highways sub-committee and is now Chair of the Office of Road and Rail. Between 2008 and 2015 he was Director of the RAC Foundation. He has been a member of the analytical challenge panel at HS2 Ltd and was Partnership Director at Tube Lines. For eight years prior to this he sat on the board of Transport for London.

Stephen Joseph OBE: Transport Policy Consultant

Stephen Joseph is a transport policy consultant, specialising in urban and local issues and in smart transport. He was Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport (formerly Transport 2000) from 1988 to 2018. He was a member of the Commission for Integrated Transport from 1999-2005, having been one of the panel of external advisers on the Transport White Paper 1997-8, and was a member of the Standing Advisory Committee on Trunk Road Assessment (SACTRA) during its inquiry on transport and the economy.

Kamal Panchal: Senior Adviser, Local Government Association

Backed by over 20 years of local government policy experience Kamal currently leads on transport and local growth policy advice for the Local Government Association, which he joined in 2011. Current areas of interest include buses policy, funding of roads and local transport, working with Highways England and tackling air pollution.

Anthony Smith: Chief Executive of Transport Focus

Anthony Smith is the Chief Executive of Transport Focus. Having qualified as a solicitor, Anthony worked for five years as principal consumer lawyer for the Consumers’ Association, publishers of Which? This was followed by a year as the legal consultant for Consumers International, a worldwide federation of consumer groups. Prior to joining Transport Focus, Anthony was deputy and acting director of ICSTIS, the regulator of premium rate telephone services.

Steve Gooding: Director of RAC Foundation

Steve became Director of the RAC Foundation in May 2015 after a civil service career encompassing many transport-related roles, most recently as Director General for Roads, Traffic & Local at the Department for Transport. His responsibilities included developing the Roads Investment Strategy, the Transport Strategy for the North, administering funding for local government, policy on road safety, and the running of the motoring services agencies.

Darren Shirley: Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport

Darren Shirley is Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, which is a leading charity aiming to bring sustainable transport to all. Its vision is a country where communities have access to sustainable transport that improves quality of life and protects the environment. The charity focuses on delivering solutions and outcomes across its four main areas of work: air pollution, climate change, communities cut off from transport networks, and the adverse effects of noise from transport. Working in partnership with business, NGOs, local and national governments, Campaign for Better Transport aims to provide an evidence base that accelerates the roll out of sustainable solutions to tackle the transport problems which are detrimental to people’s quality of life and the natural environment.

Graham Vidler: Chief Executive of CPT

Prior to joining CPT Graham worked in a wide variety of roles in financial services, most recently as Director of External Affairs for the workplace pensions trade body, the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association. He has also worked as a researcher in both the House of Commons and the Scottish Parliament, led the policy team at Which? and, as Director of Communications, was a member of the start-up team which created the UK's largest pension scheme, NEST.

Dr Jillian Anable - Professor of Transport and Energy at University of Leeds

Jillian Anable is Professor of Transport and Energy at the Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds. Her research addresses the potential for demand-side solutions to reduce carbon and energy from transport. Broadly, her current research direction investigates 'the future of the car' – bringing together socio-technical developments including electrification and new mobility services to explore the concept of 'car usership' and assessing the potential impact of these disruptions on the energy system. She has led large interdisciplinary research teams and projects mainly funded by UK Research Councils (RCUK), the Energy Technologies Institute, the UK Department for Transport, Scottish Government and the European Union.