Act Travelwise Annual Conference

Act TravelWise Annual Conference & AGM - 25 January 2018

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‘Forward Thinking, Future Planning’
Thursday 25 January 2018 - Macdonald Burlington Hotel, Birmingham

The UK and much of the world are experiencing profound social, economic and technological changes - addressed at last year's Annual Conference on 'Sustainable Travel in a Changing World'.

On 25 January 2018, with the theme of 'Forward Thinking, Future Planning', we will take this to the next level, exploring the long-term planning that is required in response to these changes. Adopting a 'forwarding thinking, future planning' approach means being prepared by having the best possible strategic plans in place - and being able to deliver those plans.

This conference will help you get the ball rolling - not only by hearing from leading practitioners, but also through a series of mini-trainings and opportunities to discuss your challenges with peers in a small group setting. You will learn how to adopt innovative forward-thinking transport/travel plans, whether your work is at the local authority, city region or workplace level.

A future focus need not be 'futuristic' in the science fiction sense; it can equally be about developing positive community-led visions to help shape the future or 'building in' resilience to change. Voices from Central Government and other key influencers will serve to ground the theme within the current planning context.

Call for Exhibitors:

We have two stands still available as of 2 January. Please get in touch to reserve your space ASAP.

Exhibition Stand - £475/£975 (member/non-member)

  • 1 x exhibition stand (2.5x2.5m approx)
  • stand location in main circulation/catering area (download the floor plan)
  • logo and profile in conference programme booklet
  • 3 x delegate places
  • 1 x insert in conference bags

We welcome enquiries regarding the above, which can be directed to Randall Ghent, 0208 1447366,


Registration is now open via Eventbrite, with free places available for presenters and Act TravelWise members sending one delegate.


Nearby hotels offer better deals than the hotel venue. Nearby options include the Comfort Inn from £44 at the time of writing (14 December). Regardless of where you choose, you will get £15 back if you use our referral link. You can use then use the 'map view' to find options near New Street station and the venue (Macdonald Burlington Hotel).


09:00: Registration table opens; tea/coffee; exhibitors

09:30: Welcome and Intro

  • Dan Blanchet, Chair, Act TravelWise
  • Alison Pickett, Associate Director, SYSTRA
  • Claire Williams, Sustainable Travel Manager, Transport for West Midlands
  • Rachel Evans, Midlands Regional Representative, Act TravelWise

09:45: Plenary: Contrasting Visions of 'Forward Thinking, Future Planning'

  • Hamish Phillips, Corporate Sales Manager, Tesla Motors UK
  • Roger Geffen, Policy Director, Cycling UK

10:30: Refreshment break

11:00: Two options:

Room 1: Visions of Future Sustainable Transport

  • 'A Vision of Future Urban Transport: Creating Places for People' (Prof Miles Tight, University of Birmingham)
  • Small group discussions on the feasibility and barriers to promoting significant change in urban transport
  • Government Cycling and Walking Strategy and Update on Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans Programme (Rabina Nawaz, Stakeholder and Engagement Lead, Department for Transport)

Room 2: Innovation and Best Practice in Travel Planning

  • Case studies and interactive workshop on how to develop innovative travel plans and behavioural change programmes for workplaces, residential developments, health sites and education sites (Rhian Lewis and Martin Higgitt, independent consultants, formerly JMP/SYSTRA)

12:30: Buffet lunch

1:30: Two options:

Room 1: How to Use Emerging Technologies to Improve the Transport System

  • Mark Westwood, Chief Technology Officer, Transport Systems Catapult
  • Giles Perkins, Technical Director - Future Mobility, WSP
  • Planning exercise in small groups

Room 2: Planning for People: How to Plan and Design Community-Friendly Spaces

  • Designing streetscapes and community physical activity projects with the public at the heart of the design
  • Healthy active streets – what they should deliver for people
  • 'Social Sustainability - How Do We Plan for People?' (Sarah Fish, Principal Transport Planner, Atkins - part of the SNC-Lavalin Group)

3:00: Refreshment break

3:20: Two options:

Room 1: Best Practice in the Business Sector

  • 'Maximising the Impact of Your Workplace Travel Plan: A Case Study' (Sarah McAlinden, Travel2Next Team Leader, NEXT)
  • 'North Bristol Employers: Working Together to Tackle Congestion' (Ann O'Driscoll, Director, North Bristol Sus Com)
  • 'How to Work in Partnership with the Rail Industry' (Conrad Haigh, Independent Consultant, former Head of Integrated Transport at Rail Delivery Group)
  • 'Working as a Supplier with Business' (Tim Caswell, Managing Director, Hourbike Ltd)
  • Next steps for the Act TravelWise Business Forum

Room 2: Electric Vehicle Charge Point Workshop

  • 'EV Charge Points: Guidance, Funding and Implementation for Local Authorities and Businesses' (Ross Jones, Infrastructure Team, OLEV)
  • 'EV Charge Points Through Development Control' (Gordon Maclay, Travel Planning Co-ordinator, Leeds City Council)

5:00: Conclusions and closing words

5:15: Two options:

Room 1: Act TravelWise Annual General Meeting (all members welcome)

Bacchus Bar: Pub Social (downstairs, AGM participants to join 6 pm)

6:00: AGM Finishes

For any questions regarding the conference, please contact Randall Ghent on 07960 180851 / 0208 144 7366 or