Our Board of Trustees bring expertise and strategic direction. Meeting four times a year they oversee finances and compliance with charitable legislation and regulation.

In 2020, they were nominated for Trustee Board of the Year and the Charity Times Awards.

 

Board of Trustees

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 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). 

 

Jane

Lord Michael Bates, President

Susan Claris, Vice President

Since 2008 Michael has served as an appointed member of the House of Lords and has walked almost 10,000 miles through twenty-five countries. He is the author of two books on his walking experiences and is currently Walking Ambassador for the County of Northumberland.

Previously Michael served as an elected member of the House of Commons and has held several ministerial roles including at the Treasury, Cabinet Office, Home Office and most recently the Department for International Development. He is currently a Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords.

Michael is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Founder of the Walk for Peace Foundation, and a Member of the Olympic Truce Board of the International Olympic Committee.

Lord Michael Bates

Susan Claris is Living Streets’ appointed Vice President, a role which involves being an ambassador for the charity’s cause – everyday walking – and a key figurehead for Living Streets’ campaigns and networks. Her career in transport planning and recent award of Transport Planner of the Year, along with her genuine passion for walking, make her perfect for the ambassadorial role.

Associate Director at Arup, 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 is also a Living Streets trustee

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Terence Bendixson, President Emeritus of Living Streets

Terence BendixsonPresident 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.

Mollie Bickerstaff, Treasurer

Mollie BickerstaffMollie’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, Trustee

Mohammed Mohsan AliMohammed 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.

Jo Field, Trustee

Jo FieldJo 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.

Shruti Jain, Trustee

Shruti JainShruti is passionate about tackling inequalities and improving lives for health, well-being and the environment.   

She works in public health at Public Health Scotland (from 1st April 2020) leading and advising on the coordination and delivery of local, national and international place-based approaches and programmes for place and communities. She also leads the work of the Scottish Obesity Alliance advocating for better policy on obesity prevention. She has led a number of place-based and settings-based initiatives with several leading charities, including Living Streets. Before this she worked at a senior strategic level in the North East of England, and has a background in social policy and public participation.  

Shruti has been chair of Saheliya a specialist charity that supports the mental health and well-being of black, minority ethnic, asylum seeker, refugee and migrant women and girls across Scotland since 2018. In her spare time, she enjoys walking in the Pentland Hills, growing vegetables in her garden, and regularly attends Zumba and yoga classes.  

Stephen Jefford, Trustee

Stephen JeffordStephen was formerly the Group HRD of Phoenix Group Holdings plc, a FTSE 100 Life and Pensions provider.

Stephen has had an extensive career in Financial Services with over 20 years as an HRD where he has latterly enjoyed responsibility for Community Affairs and Social Responsibility.

Stephen had historically helped Phoenix partner some pioneering corporate initiatives with Living Streets. He continues to be a long standing supporter of a number of environmental charities and is a keen recreational walker in both an urban and rural context.

Stephen joined as a Non Executive Director of Living Streets Services in Q1 of 2020

Christopher Martin, Trustee

Christopher MartinChristopher 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. 

Christopher is a member of the ‘Urban Design Group’ Executive Committee and Editorial Board, and a guest-lecturer and tutor at The Bartlett School of Planning and Architecture.

Susan McFarlane, Trustee

Susan McFarlaneSusan joined Living Streets Services as a non executive Director in early 2020 and is a communications and business development professional with over twenty years' experience. An accomplished commercial manager and team leader, she has successfully marketed both products and services in the private and public sectors for the organisations she has worked for, and with others to achieve mutual gain.  She has worked both in the UK and internationally. 

She is currently Head of Marketing, Communications and Business Development for a group of businesses in the UK pensions industry.   She is currently based in Scotland. 

Susan has a keen interest in active travel.  She no longer owns a car, preferring to travel by bike and public transport.  This decision is driven by a belief in a cleaner, safer shared environment, and a hope not to contribute more than necessary to the global climate emergency. 

Jonathan Morley, Trustee

Jonathan MorleyJonathan 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 Price, Trustee

Averil PriceAveril 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.

Sarah Price, Trustee

Sarah PriceSarah works closely with  the  NHS organisations and councils in the Manchester  region, which forms the GMHSC Partnership that has taken charge of the £6bn health and social care budget, to develop a population health approach across Greater Manchester, providing effective primary and specialist care.   

Before this, Sarah was the Chief Officer at Haringey CCG where she championed the development of new models of care for people in Haringey. She was also Director of Public Health for the London Borough of Islington working across the NHS and Local Authority and for North Central London.  

Ros Richards, Trustee

Ros RichardsRos has enjoyed a successful career in higher education, during which she was awarded an OBE for services to international education.  She has contributed to developing and leading global engagement in institutional, national and international contexts and brings experience and skills in devising and implementing strategy, articulating and interpreting risk, and in financial and business planning.  She has worked effectively with a wide variety of public and private stakeholders, including government ministries, NGOs, educational trusts and educational institutions within the UK and from across the world.  She is also a trustee for Ridgeline Trust in Berkshire, which provides social and therapeutic horticulture to those who experience poor mental and physical health.  

Ros is a keen walker and always chooses the pedestrian mode whenever possible in urban settings.  She enjoys recreational walking in green spaces for her health and wellbeing, including Nordic Walking at pace in half-marathons or in social companionship along tranquil footpaths.  She strongly believes in the effective and sustainable contribution that walking can make to address many of our challenges in public health, social care and climate change. 

Will Tyler-Greig, Trustee

Will Tyler-GreigWill joined the civil service in 2007 and has held a variety of delivery roles, including as Commonwealth Games Legacy Team Leader and within the national transport agency, Transport Scotland. It was here he gained his appreciation for sustainable transport systems and the benefits they bring to local communities.

Will is currently leading the implementation of a new statutory scheme aimed at providing financial redress for survivors of historical child abuse in care. His most recent work was responding to the Covid-19 pandemic, leading on the ‘Wellbeing Fund’ with a wide range of third sector partners to distribute £50 million to thousands of front-line charities.

Will has two young children, lives in Edinburgh and pounds the pavements around Portobello.

 

 

Alex Veitch, Trustee

Alex VeitchAlex 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.

Fiona Walker, Trustee

Fiona WalkerWith 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 Walshe, Trustee

Barbara WalsheBarbara is a corporate lawyer with extensive experience in the transport, energy and infrastructure sectors. During her time as a solicitor at Linklaters LLP and Ashurst LLP she 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. Following her time in private practice, she spent two years as legal counsel at bio-bean Limited, an early-stage company that is the world’s largest recycler of coffee grounds. She currently works as legal counsel to the investment manager of Hargreave Hale AIM VCT, a venture capital trust that invests in a wide portfolio of companies to support their growth and development.

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.