Archie Robertson OBE, Chair of Living Streets
Archie has worked across the transport and infrastructure sectors. Until recently, he was CEO of David MacBrayne Ltd, Scotland's Ferry Company. Previous to that he was CEO of the Highways Agency, where he introduced the use of hard shoulder running and Highways Traffic Officers to tackle motorway congestion. His organisation also gave several towns and villages their streets back by traffic diversion. Prior to that role he was the Environment Agency’s Operations Director. In 2002 his work in tackling national environmental emergencies was recognised with the award of an OBE.
Archie chairs two companies involved in technology solutions for the construction industry, and urban wind generation technology. He also works with disadvantaged young people through the Prince’s Trust in Scotland. He is a fellow of CIHT, a Companion of the Chartered Management institute, and a keen hill walker.
Barbara James, Vice Chair
Barbara currently works internationally on strengthening the health sector and government reform with a focus on gender and equalities issues, as well as systems strengthening with non-governmental organisations. In the UK Barbara has expertise in the fields of public health and government, including planning, delivery and regulation.
Barbara’s experience includes seven years in public health in the NHS and local government in East London. Barbara has been involved in reviewing and supporting policy on multi-sectoral approaches on obesity in under-5s, including a focus on accessible physical activity.
Gavin Stoddart, Treasurer
Our Treasurer since May 2012 Gavin trained with Moore Stephens, an auditing and consulting firm based in the City of London and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1991. After a brief period as a partner in a smaller practice he returned to Moore Stephens in 1995. Establishing a new office in Vladivostok, Russia, it became the largest international accounting practice in the Russian Far-East where Gavin was subsequently Managing Director of Moore Stephens Russia Ltd and Moore Stephens CIS Holdings Ltd. Today he remains a member of the Board of Directors.
Gavin holds an MA in Journalism and prior to joining Moore Stephens was a partner in a West Yorkshire publishing firm. Gavin is a volunteer mentor at London Youth Support Trust, a charity working with young entrepreneurs from disadvantaged backgrounds and a member of the Institute of Directors.
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
John is Director of Urban Movement, a consultancy specialising in transport planning and the design of urban streets and spaces. He began his career as a transport professional in 1984 after leaving Imperial College London with an MSc in Transport. He worked as a traffic engineer for JMP Consultants, and next for the London Borough of Newham. He joined urban design consultancy Urban Initiatives in 1996, and established Urban Movement at the start of 2011.
His work over the past decade has focused on two related fields: the access and movement aspects of complex urban development projects, ranging from whole-city frameworks through large site master-plans to individual buildings; and the detailed design of multi-functional, accessible and safe streets and spaces in urban centres and around stations. John is a street design advisor to several UK local authorities and writes a monthly column in Local Transport Today on ‘Transport in Urban Design’.
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.
Bruce is Integrated Design Manager at Beyond Green, where he leads their work on strategic master planning, helping design teams and local stakeholders work together to ensure new developments are designed and run in ways that are truly sustainable. He’s particularly interested in how people get around and how to create places where walking is a pleasure. In 2011 Bruce founded Movement for Liveable London with the aim of broadening the debate about how the design of the public realm and changing the way people travel can help create a more liveable city.
Bruce was previously Senior Policy Advisor at the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE), where he was responsible for developing CABE’s policies on sustainable design, health and public space. Bruce was a member of the Programme Development Group for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance on physical activity and the built environment.
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. She 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 rail sector as EU Representative for the Rail Delivery Group, leading political and policy engagement with European institutions. Previously he 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.
Chris is now retired following a career in local government as a town planner and urban designer. He studied town and country planning at Newcastle on Tyne University and, subsequently, architecture at the School of Architecture in Helsinki, Finland. As a keen place maker in his adopted Hampshire, Chris helped develop and publish innovative local authority highways and urban design policies and best practice.
Chris' design and delivery experience has led to local and national recognition for schemes working closely with local communities to reshape many of Hampshire's town centres along pedestrian guidelines.