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 currently the Vice President of Living Streets and Director of Living Streets Services, and between 2004 and 2012 was a Trustee and Honorary Treasurer of the charity.
He 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.
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.
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 20 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 led Arup reviews of the UN-Habitat Global Report on Human Settlements 2013: Planning and Design for Urban Mobility. Arup was a strategic adviser to the C40 group of cities and Susan was project manager for “Urban Life” workshops. Susan describes herself as a passionate pedestrian
Jo is the Founder and Executive Director of JFG Communications, a communications and public affairs consultancy specialising in transport, infrastructure and workplace gender diversity.
Before that, Jo was Head of Campaigns, Communications and Engagement at Transport for London, where she built the company’s award-winning stakeholder engagement team. Jo transformed the organisation’s external relationships, building stakeholder support and advocacy for London’s transport infrastructure and the funding to deliver it.
Jo’s is an expert in connecting people and policymakers through innovative engagement. An example of this is where she oversaw the creation of the UK’s first buggy summit (to discuss conflict over wheelchair priority space on buses). Jo also developed support among Parliamentarians to set up the first ever All-Party Parliamentary Group for Women in Transport.
Christopher is a fully qualified Urban Designer and Planner, with over 12 years’ experience designing and leading complex urban projects, focusing 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.
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.
Averil is a Non-Executive Director of SOLACE (the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers) and has held a number of senior leadership positions in local government since 2002.
Currently employed as Director of Community Services with Chelmsford City Council, Averil has experience of significant service transformation. She championed Chelmsford’s designation by the World Health Organisation as an International Safe Community, the first area to be recognised in the UK.
Averil has a strong interest in creating safe walking routes particularly around schools.
Tom rejoined Edinburgh Napier University as Professor in Transport and Director of its Transport Research Institute in January 2015. Before this he worked for two and a half years as a Professor at the Division of Transport and Roads at Lund University in Sweden. While there he also founded Sweden’s new National Knowledge Centre for Public Transport. He has degrees in Geography and Spatial Planning, and a PhD in Mobility Management. He also worked at Edinburgh Napier from 1996-2012 but alongside academia he spent much time seconded to consultants and local government, as well as on projects for the Scottish and UK governments and the EC.
Tom's specialisms are transport training, mobility management, transport policy evaluation and implementation, parking policy and planning for public and slow modes of transport. In his spare time, Tom enjoys ski touring, vegetable gardening, mountain biking, his six-year-old twins, real ale, playing saxophone and ukulele, learning other languages and topiary.
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 in Leicester and Leicestershire, Fiona has helped to develop strong local communities, reduce rural isolation, led on the successful delivery of a Local Sustainable Transport Fund programme and is now working to identify and develop opportunities for effective environmental partnerships in the county.
Fiona is particularly interested in innovative ways to deliver information to help people travel more actively. She walks or cycles most local journeys, having given up car ownership nearly a decade ago, and loves the changes this has made to her life.
Barbara is a corporate lawyer with a particular focus on the transport and infrastructure sectors. She currently works as a Managing Associate at Linklaters LLP having trained and qualified at 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.