About the Regional Representatives
Act TravelWise has several Regional Representatives across the UK, who co-ordinate local events and activities for members. They are the face of Act TravelWise within their region and the first point of contact for members. A regional representative will typically organise and facilitate meetings and events to promote Act TravelWise and its aims. If you are interested in becoming a regional representative or have further questions, please contact Randall Ghent at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Title: East of England Regional Representative
Dawn began her career in 1981, with Bucks County Council managing social services transport. This led to a role in Milton Keynes Council as a Community Transport Officer, providing alternative forms of public transport for people with disabilities and elderly people. After two years, Dawn returned to the public sector in Norfolk as a Community Partnership Officer working with rural communities to develop and deliver local transport solutions including bus services, volunteer car schemes etc.
In 2001, Dawn joined the University of East Anglia as the Transport Co-ordinator tasked with developing and delivering a Sustainable Travel Plan for the main campus. The Plan has been recognised with a number of awards and Dawn was awarded Act TravelWise Travel Planner of the Year in 2011.
Title: South East Regional Chair
"I have always given 100% to whatever I get involved in, thought travel planning would be easy! Spent a time as a trainee civil engineer, then in 1998...Bang! I realised that giving “travel choices” was one of the answers to massive road building projects... Reduce the demand for roads instead! So, I introduced a very successful travel plan in Buckinghamshire, reduced single vehicle occupancy for over 12,000 employees by 26%, won numerous National Travel Awards, the rest is history."
"I enjoy my role as Chair” of Act TravelWise South Eastern Region so much and we have a large group of dedicated professionals who continue to amaze with their achievements and our meetings are fun and very informative. COME and JOIN US and see for yourself. Keep the Faith... it does make sense!"
Title: West Midlands Regional Representative
Rachel is Co-Chair of the Midlands regional group with Kerry Swingler. Rachel is a Sustainable Transport lead at Atkins, based in Birmingham, having been working in the exciting world of delivering diverse sustainable transport projects for 14 years. Rachel has devoted her energy and enthusiasm for the last six years to delivering Local Sustainable Transport and Transition Year projects for many Local Authorities, ranging from travel training for jobseekers to engagement and travel change management in workplaces. Rachel loves to practice physical activity as she preaches and she is the ambassador of fitness-led wellbeing her own workplace!
Title: South West Regional Representative
Although my career started in communications, PR and media, I have found my niche in transport related behaviour change initiatives. I began working on Travelwise initiatives for Nottingham City Council in 1999. I also sat on the board of the Association of Commuter Transport (ACT) during its merger with the National Travelwise Association.
I am currently the Travel Plan Officer for Swindon Borough Council where I assess workplace, residential and mixed use travel plans that are submitted by developers. I was heavily involved with LSTF work, and manage the online presence of travel information in Swindon, including social media.
Title: North West Regional Representative
Since 2010, Sean has been an Associate in the Transport team for WSP based in Manchester. He has worked on numerous sustainable travel activities over the years for a variety of stakeholders and public/private clients. Sean previously worked for GMPTE/TfGM promoting public transport and delivering sustainable transport projects across the conurbation of Gtr Manchester. During this time public transport was both friend and foe!
The North West has a number of highly skilled and dedicated individuals who work within this area and Sean hopes the regional group will attract a wider membership and allow them to exchange knowledge, network with each other and share their success and failures. By doing this then the North West regional group can provide a strong platform to coordinate responses and ideas back to the Act TravelWise Board and thus to Government.
Title: South East Regional Secretary
Andy joined West Sussex County Council’s Transport Monitoring and Information Team as an Environmental Technician in 1999 before becoming the team’s Transport Analyst in 2001. In these roles Andy gained experience in various traffic, travel and air quality monitoring techniques. Since 2002 Andy has been providing comments and advice on workplace and residential development Travel Plans secured through the planning process. He also leads on sustainable travel promotion and the Council’s Walking and Cycling Strategy. During his time at WSCC the Council’s Staff Travel Plan has won a number of awards and was shortlisted for a National Transport Award in 2008. Andy also became Act TravelWise's South East Regional Secretary that year.
Title: West Midlands Regional Representative
Kerry is is Co-Chair of the Midlands’ regional group with Rachel Evans. Currently Smarter Choices Manager at Transport for West Midlands, Kerry manages a team of Smarter Choices officers working with businesses and educational establishments promoting all modes of sustainable travel in order to reduce single occupancy car use. Prior to this Kerry managed the Cycling and Walking team at TfWM for four years delivering the Smart Network, Smarter Choices LSTF funded project. Kerry has worked in this field for 15 years and has managed the development and delivery of a wide range of projects including Personalised Travel Planning projects, commuter bike schemes, bike loan schemes, walking projects and has worked on the development of a number of funding bids.