Dame Jane Roberts – Chair of Living Streets
Dame Jane Roberts is Research Fellow in Public Leadership at The Open University Business School and currently Chair-Elect of Living Streets and a member of the Remuneration Board of the Welsh Assembly.
A councillor for 16 years at the London Borough of Camden, she was Leader of the Council from 2000 to 2005. Jane has served in a range of non-executive roles including as Chair of the Councillors Commission for the Department of Communities and Local Government and Chair of New Local Government Network.
Professionally, she is a medical doctor and is an Honorary Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with experience of senior healthcare management in the NHS.
Jane has published a number of academic articles in paediatrics, psychiatry and politics. She co-edited the book 'The Politics of Attachment' (1996) with Sebastian Kraemer and is the author of 'Losing Political Office’ (2017).
Terence Bendixson - President of Living Streets
President since 1992, Terence has been involved with Living Streets and the Pedestrians' Association for almost half a century.
A journalist, international civil servant and Senior Visiting Research Fellow at Southampton University, Terence has always been concerned with cities and walking.
He became active in Living Streets in its earlier guise as the Pedestrians Association in 1970, when he was also a Homes Before Roads candidate.
Tom Foley, co-founder of the Association, invited Terence to join after seeing a piece he wrote in The Guardian, arguing that walking was the most important form of city travel.
In 1974 he wrote the book Instead of Cars and argued that the future of Europe’s cities depended, not on motorways, but on giving priority to walking, cycling and public transport.
In the 1990s he became Secretary of the thinktank the Independent Transport Commission and worked with Ben Plowden on turning the Pedestrians Association Living Streets.
Terence has long been convinced that walking is an all-important means of travelling in towns and cities; privately he believes it to be the most important and that walkers need to be given streets free from barriers, pollution and danger.
Ken Chapman - Vice President of Living Streets
Ken is a former commercial banker with 37 years’ experience with Barclays Bank, both in the UK and Overseas. At the time of his retirement he was a member of the Group Internal Audit Executive Team.
He is currently the Vice President of Living Streets and between 2004 and 2012 was a Trustee and Hon. Treasurer of the charity.
Between 2004 and 2006 he was Credit Policy Director at the Futurebuilders England Fund an organisation making loans and grants to the third sector. He was responsible for the overall credit policy and applications for loans and grants.
From 2010 to 2013 he was a member of the Audit Committee of UK Anti-Doping, the national body responsible for the implementation and management of the UK’s anti-doping policy in sport
He is a Trustee and Treasurer of Hitchin Forum, a discussion forum for local residents considering the quality of new planning proposals and a Trustee of Letchworth Settlement, an independent adult education centre.
He has also been an operational and financial risk advisor to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and Oxford House in Bethnal Green.
Mollie Bickerstaff, Treasurer
Mollie’s career includes financial and IT auditing in the private and public sectors, software development, scrutiny, best value inspection in local government, and consulting. A former partner in Coopers & Lybrand and in KPMG, Mollie has experience in providing both internal and external audit, has worked as a director for the London Assembly and the Audit Commission, as a management consultant for the Fire Service and as Head of IT compliance for Cadbury Schweppes.
Nowadays, she works part time as a director with Hinton & Co., a business consultancy specialising in helping clients develop better leadership skills, and as a volunteer with the Friends of the City Gardens, where biodiversity and air quality are important in making London’s City gardens and churchyards more pleasant places for everyone. An ex-jogger and ex-cyclist, Mollie now claims to go mostly everywhere on foot with her dog.
Mohammed Mohsan Ali
Mohammed has been a campaigner since 2009 and is visually impaired. He is also a trustee of Transport for All and Alliance For Inclusive Education.
Over the years Mohammed has engaged successfully with different local authorities and government departments in order to improve the local pedestrian environment in local communities. This has also included challenging decision-makers on policies around transport services and benefit cuts.
More recently, in late 2014, he was successful in ensuring that British Transport Police got their ID badges to include braille in order to make disabled people feel more secure when travelling around the UK.
As a campaigner, he has built relationships and networked with key members of communities and policy makers throughout London. This enables him to provide support to individual members to become more confident in speaking to their local councillors and decision makers and allows him to have experience in campaign strategies, which are successful on both, local and national level.
He has also previously represented blind and partially-sighted people at local and national ministerial meetings.
A transport planner and anthropologist who has worked for Arup for more than 25 years, Susan has a particular interest in how urban mobility creates more liveable communities and the many benefits that arise from making cities more walkable.
Susan’s career has focused on public sector clients, including her former employers at the Department for Transport, as well as the Office for Low Emission Vehicles, the Welsh Government and various local authorities. Susan was awarded the title of Transport Planner of the year in 2019 by the Transport Planning Society. Susan describes herself as a passionate pedestrian.
Jo Field is the award-winning Founder & Managing Director of JFG Communications, a boutique consultancy specialising in stakeholder engagement, public affairs and gender diversity for the transport and infrastructure sectors.
Jo is an expert in creating innovative ways to connect people and policymakers. She has a 16-year track record of success in helping companies engage their stakeholders, build advocacy about what they do, and inform and influence public policy.
Before founding her own agency, Jo was Head of Campaigns, Communications and Stakeholder Engagement at Transport for London (TfL), where she built and led the company’s award-winning stakeholder engagement team over a period of 9 years.
As well as being a Trustee of Living Streets, Jo is a Board Member of Women in Transport and is passionate about addressing women’s under-representation in the transport workforce.
Jo is a keen walker and is especially enthusiastic about getting more children walking to school.
Christopher is a fully qualified Urban Designer and Planner, with over 12 years’ experience designing and leading complex urban projects, focussing on public realm, streets and transport.
He truly believes cities are central to our successful future, and we need them to evolve sustainably and function efficiently, so that all citizens and governments can reap the many benefits they provide. This is why he focuses his expertise on delivering streets, public realm, and transport as catalysts for social inclusion and connectedness, environmental sustainability, enjoyment, and city life.
He consistently adds value through his ability to convincingly communicate the benefits of people-focused design to a wide range of audiences, from key decision-makers to the general public. He brings his considerable breadth and depth of experience in the design of complex urban streets, public realm, and transport to projects, and ensures the seamless integration of urban and landscape design with engineering through being able to rigorously analyse, question and use a full variety of technical data. This enables him to challenge convention and drive design quality forward to develop innovative solutions for complex environmental, physical, economic, and social problems.
In addition to project work, he is a member of the ‘Urban Design Group’ Executive Committee and Editorial Board, and has been a guest-lecturer and tutor at The Bartlett School of Planning and Architecture for a number of years.
Jonathan joined Living Streets as a Director in 2019. He is the CEO of Trueform Group, an international manufacturing & applied technologies organisation and leaders in the provision of intelligent transport, low, ultra-low and zero carbon infrastructure that facilitates and promotes active travel, healthy streets, clean air and carbon free personal mobility.
Jonathan has worked with many cities, including London, Manchester, New York and Toronto, to develop and deploy iconic public transportation and pedestrian wayfinding signage systems, creating accessible, healthy, walkable cities that encourage walking as the primary choice of mobility.
His mission is to help accelerate and equip the world towards sustainable mobility by connecting public transport & commuters, residents and neighbourhoods, cities and citizens, the digital and physical worlds, people & information.
Averil is Corporate Director – Community & Customer Services with Wealden District Council in East Sussex. Her local government career started in 1991 and she has significant senior leadership experience having worked at Director-level for the last seventeen years at three local authorities.
A Non-Executive Director of Solace (the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers) for nearly 10 years, Averil now regularly contributes to leadership and learning events and discussions for Solace. She holds the Institute of Directors’ Diploma in Company Direction qualification and is Owner/Director of Avie Consultancy Ltd., a company providing management consultancy and executive coaching.
Averil has a strong interest in the health benefits of walking and encouraging communities and local authorities to work together to create neighbourhoods that are designed around people, making them attractive, enjoyable and safe places to walk.
Chris is a commercially-focused strategic business development and marketing professional with over 16 years of income generating experience in the voluntary sector.
His career has been focused on building beneficial partnerships, he has an eye for identifying and developing new commercial opportunities and experience of taking products and services to market and developing sustainable business lines.
He is an experienced relationship manager helping connect people and businesses, and helps organisations build engagement through both digital, and traditional channels.
Chris is passionate about active travel and is a keen cyclist who enjoys a challenge, having completed the London Marathon and various long distance cycling challenges.
Will is a civil servant with the Scottish Government. Most recently, he led the Scottish Government’s Commonwealth Games Legacy Team. Overseeing the delivery of a ten-year legacy plan, Will worked with a variety of national and local partners to put in place more than 50 national legacy programmes.
Prior to joining the Scottish Government, Will held a variety of posts at Transport Scotland, helping to take forward various projects and policy to improve Scotland’s transport network. Will is passionate about sustainable travel, and is a keen walker and cyclist.
Alex currently works in the transport sector as Head of Multimodal Policy at the Freight Transport Association. Previously he led political and policy engagement for the Rail Delivery Group, and was Head of Sustainability at the UIC, the worldwide association for the rail industry, based in Paris.
In his spare time Alex is closely involved in sustainable transport issues, and is currently the Chair of Act TravelWise, the national association for sustainable transport professionals, and Chair of IEMA Rail Forum, which brings together environmental professionals working in the rail sector.
Previously Alex managed integrated transport projects for ATOC (Association of Train Companies), launching the ground breaking Station Travel Plan project and Bike N Ride schemes to improve sustainable travel to and from train stations. Earlier in his career Alex worked as an environmental campaigner in the US and the UK, and as a strategy manager at the Energy Saving Trust.
With two decades’ experience in local government within Leicester and Leicestershire, Fiona has worked in community and economic development, sustainable travel, environmental partnerships, and communications.
With a particular interest in innovative ways to deliver information to encourage active travel, Fiona walks, runs or cycles all local journeys. Having given up car ownership nearly a decade ago, she loves the changes this has made to her life, and is always keen to encourage others to get out on foot.
Fiona is the trustee champion for Safeguarding and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.
Barbara is a corporate lawyer with a particular focus on the transport, energy and infrastructure sectors. She currently works as legal counsel for bio-bean Limited, the world’s largest recycler of coffee grounds, and previously worked as a lawyer at Linklaters LLP and Ashurst LLP. During her career she has advised private sector companies, banks and public sector entities on major UK infrastructure projects including the M25 road widening project and the Thames Tideway Tunnel. The financing and sustainability of infrastructure are of particular interest to Barbara.
In her free time, Barbara enjoys walking, hiking, cycling and running and she has completed the Three Peaks Challenge, a 6-day ultramarathon, and several duathlons and triathlons over the past ten years