We’re working on the seminar programme for 2018. In the meantime, why not look at the speaker lineup from 2016?

  • Andrew Jones

    Andrew Jones MP

    Parliamentary Under Secretary of State
    Department for Transport

    Andrew Jones was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at Department for Transport in May 2015. He was elected the Conservative MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough in May 2010.

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  • Dave Guest

    Dave Guest

    Chief Reporter, Newsnight

    Dave Guest is a familiar face to TV viewers in the Northwest of England. His role as Chief Reporter on BBC Northwest Tonight, takes him to some weird and wonderful places.

    He’s become a familiar face at Euro Bus Expo over the past few years too. Dave also regularly hosts the annual ALBUM conference and so bumps into familiar faces from the bus and coach community at both events.

    He’s looking forward to chairing some lively debates and discussions during the master class sessions at this year’s Expo.

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  • Gloria Esposito

    Gloria Esposito

    Head of Projects
    The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership

    Gloria Esposito, Head of Projects at the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership, UK will be speaking about the growth of the low carbon emission bus market over the last eight years, the range of technologies currently in use by bus operators and the LowCVP’s Low Emission Bus Guide which will be launched at Euro Bus Expo.

    Within the LowCVP, Gloria’s focus is policy research and market development in relation to low emission vehicles. She has led LowCVP’s Bus Working Group for the past five years and has been heavily involved exploring the barriers and mechanisms to expand to low emission bus market. Her other work includes producing low emission vehicle procurement and policy guides, research on lifecycle analysis and methods to influence car buyer behaviour. Gloria previously has held senior positions in environmental consultancy, academia and local government. Her work involved assessing and managing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from road transport.

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  • Jeff Counsell

    Jeff Counsell

    Managing Director
    Trentbarton and Kinchbus

    Jeff entered the transport industry as an engineering apprentice in 1974 with local independent bus company Lancashire United Transport.
    His career progressed through a number of early supervisory and management appointments in the engineering field, culminating in his appointment to Chief Engineer in Manchester in the early 1990’s. Personal development led to Jeff receiving an MBA in 1995.
    Jeff relocated to take up the role as Engineering Director with North East Bus Ltd, (now Arriva North East) before moving to join trentbarton as Engineering Director in May 1999.
    In 2001, Jeff took on the additional responsibility of the General Management Group’s Kinchbus business in Loughborough and two years later became Director of Service Delivery for all bus operations within trentbarton and Kinchbus. He was then appointed to Managing Director for trentbarton and Kinchbus in 2009.
    trentbarton is a customer focused, research led organisation with a passion for quality and service delivery and throughout Jeff’s tenure as MD he has striven to maintain these principles above all else.

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  • John Birtwistle

    John Birtwistle

    Head of Policy, UK Bus Division
    FirstGroup PLC

    John Birtwistle is Head of Policy for FirstGroup plc’s UK Bus Division. He leads initiatives on a variety of subjects including local authority partnerships, network reviews, business opportunities, concessionary fares, Bus Rapid Transit, vehicle technology, legal issues, European policy and legislation and ticketing schemes . John acts as a representative of First – and of the UK bus industry – on a number of governmental and industry committees. He sits on the Executive of the Rural Services Partnership and is the 2016 President of the Confederation of Passenger Transport; the UK bus and coach trade association. He has also advised on the implementation of Bus Rapid Transit in the USA.

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  • Julie Mason

    Julie Mason

    Industry Communications Manager
    The Royal Mint

    Julie joined the Circulating Coin Department of The Royal Mint in March 2016 to manage the industry communications campaign for the introduction of the new 12-sided £1 coin. The Royal Mint makes coins and medals for an average of 60 countries every year. However, its first responsibility is to make and distribute UK coins.

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  • Leon Daniels

    Leon Daniels

    Director, UK Bus Board
    Surface Transport

    Leon Daniels joined Surface Transport in April 2011 from FirstGroup, where he had been a director of the UK Bus Board since 2000.For several years Leon owned and ran his own bus company, which grew to be the largest private sector bus company in London prior to the privatisation of London Buses. He sold the company to FirstGroup in 1998. He oversees TfL’s responsibilities for the safe and efficient running of London’s buses, taxis, river services, the road network, congestion charging and Santander Cycles.

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  • Linda Mccord

    Linda McCord

    Passenger Manager
    Transport Focus

    Transport Focus’ mission is to get the best deal for passengers. With a strong emphasis on evidence-based campaigning and research, they ensure that they know what is happening on the ground. They use their knowledge to influence decisions on behalf of passengers and they work with the industry, passenger groups and national and local government to secure journey improvements.

    Linda McCord has been with Transport Focus since 2009, and a Passenger Manager since 2011. Passenger managers work closely with passenger advisors and policy teams to liaise directly with industry on translating our insights into real improvements for passengers. Before this Linda spent eight years representing postal consumers as a regional manager for Postwatch.

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  • Lord Snape

    Lord Snape

    Lord Snape was elected as Labour Member of Parliament for West Bromwich East in 1974 until he stood down in the 2001 election. During his time as MP, he was a member of the Crossrail Bill Committee, the Procedure Committee and Assistant Whip. He entered the House of Lords in June 2004. He has a strong background in transport, having been Shadow Transport Spokesman in The House of Commons and is now a leading voice from The Opposition Benches in The House of Lords. He is a strong advocate of the bus industry and has made a number of speeches and interventions as the Bus Services Bill has passed through its Lords stages.

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  • Lynda Waltho

    Lynda Waltho

    Area Director for the Midlands Region
    Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT)

    Lynda joined the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) as Area Director for the Midlands Region in March 2016. She is the former MP for Stourbridge between 2005 and 2010, and served as West Midlands Regional Minister in Gordon Brown’s Government. She was also Director of Communications for the Green Bus Company and a board member of Parry People Movers until 2015. Other positions include a Director of Clearvu Communications and Managing Director Abbott Barber Communications Ltd.

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  • Mark Fowles

    Mark Fowles


    Mark joined National Bus’ training scheme in November 1984. He trained with The West Riding Group and remained with them following a successful management buy-out. In August 1986 he set up Sheffield & District Transport. In 1989 he was appointed MD of the groups Tyre and Exhaust business, before moving to head office working on company acquisitions. In 1991 Mark joined the Yorkshire Woollen bus company.

    In 1994 he moved from Yorkshire Woollen to NCT as Deputy MD, where he led on the Nottingham Express Transit (NET) scheme. Mark was appointed MD of NCT in the autumn of 2000 and in 2001 restructured the company to accommodate the introduction of NET Line One. From 2003 to 2010 he was Chairman of the NET Company. Since 2014 he has been Chairman of Traveline. He has made a special study of Operational Management, obtaining his MBA in this subject in 1989.

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  • Martijn Gilbert

    Martijn Gilbert

    Reading Buses

    Martijn, who joined Reading Buses in 2014, will be sharing some of the initiatives that Reading Buses uses to engage, retain and develop its staff – from the introduction of ‘Improvement Champions’ across the business to ‘more casual’ uniforms to a mission statement that reflects the views of the entire 550-strong workforce.

    Gilbert took up the leadership of the award winning 180 vehicle Reading Buses business as its CEO in November 2014. He joined from Arriva PLC where he worked for over 7 years in both its bus and rail divisions. At Arriva he led the mobilisation and re-launch of its Yorkshire Tiger subsidiary, including harnessing the latest customer technologies to re-invigorate services to Leeds Bradford International Airport and the Universities of Leeds. He started his career in transport 15 years ago with London Underground’s service planning team and since then has worked in the independent, PLC and now municipal sectors of the bus and coach industry. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, an active member of its Young Professionals Forum and is very passionate about innovation, technology and excellent customer service delivery.

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  • Martin Dean

    Martin Dean

    Managing Director – Bus Development

    Martin Dean has over 30 years’ experience in the transport sector joining Go-Ahead in 2008 as Managing Director – Bus Development. In this role he leads and acts as a focus for all bus business development activity for the Group and is Chairman of the East Anglia business.

    He represents the Group in policy and strategy discussions with Government, Confederation of Passenger Transport and other key stakeholders. Previously, Martin held senior management roles in rail and bus with FirstGroup and National Express.

    He began his career as a graduate trainee with London Transport and has experience in wider transportation issues having worked for six years as a transport planning consultant with Atkins. International bus operations and planning experience has also been gained in the USA, Middle East, Asia and several eastern European countries.

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  • Nicola Phillips

    Nicola Phillips

    Bristol City Council

    Nicola Phillips has worked in the Public Transport Industry for 9 years, currently for Bristol City Council. She has worked in several roles within Public Transport including Information, Infrastructure, Major Projects and Services. At present she oversees the Council’s supported bus service contracts and associated projects.

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  • Peter Bond

    Peter Bond

    Director of Transport Services
    Transport for West Midlands

    Pete has worked in transport for nearly 30 years including freight, shipping, logistics, events and is a former time served London bus driver.

    Pete was appointed Director of Transport Services at TfWM in December 2015. Prior to this Pete had been with Centro since 2006 in his role as Head of Network Delivery. Within this time Pete worked at the forefront of the development and implementation of the award winning schemes such as the Transforming Bus Travel programme with West Midlands’ bus operators.

    Under his current role Pete is responsible for all bus stations including the management and maintenance of the 12,200 bus stops and shelters within the West Midlands region, safety and security, corporate Health and Safety and rail operations and management of railway station car parks – which all helps to keep the West Midlands moving.

    Pete is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Logistics and Transport and a PCV licence holder.

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  • Peter Coates

    Peter Coates

    Managing Director
    National Express Group

    With over nineteen years of senior management responsibility Peter Coates is Managing Director of the National Express Group’s UK Bus business. He manages bus operations across the West Midlands, Coventry and Dundee and is also responsible for operating the Midland Metro light rail service between Birmingham and Wolverhampton.

    Peter first joined the National Express Group in 1997 as Group Financial Controller, having previously worked for Ernst & Young where he had undertaken a variety of roles after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant. He became Finance Director for the UK Bus Division in Birmingham in 1999 and was appointed Managing Director in November 2011.

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  • Rhodri Ryland

    Rhodri Ryland

    Industry Liaison Manager
    Royal Mint

    Rhodri has worked for the Royal Mint for two years in the role of Industry Liaison Manager.

    His main responsibility is to manage the external relationships held between the Royal Mint and the various key stakeholders who are involved with the preparation for the introduction of the UK’s new £1 coin. As part of his role, Rhodri works closely with Her Majesty’s Treasury and the Bank of England to assist in the planning and delivery of the new 12-sided £1 coin programme and the ‘polymer banknote’ project.

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  • Richard Smith

    Richard Smith

    Bath & North East Somerset Council

    Richard Smith has worked in the Public Transport industry for over 20 years, including spells of bus industry operational management at a senior level in Liverpool and Bristol. He has also worked extensively on bus-centric business development projects in the UK, Europe, Asia and Australia, and in the UK Rail industry.

    Since 2008 Richard has worked for Bath & North East Somerset Council, managing a large portfolio of supported service contracts and generating new streams of income for the Council, including the Bath Park & Ride service; the largest contract tendered by the Council.

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  • Steven Salmon

    Steven Salmon

    Director of Policy Development
    Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT)

    Steven Salmon is the Director of Policy Development, Confederation of Passenger Transport (UK).

    Prior to joining the industry’s trade association he worked in bus and coach management for the National Bus Company, Tillingbourne Bus Company and Drawlane/British Bus. He has also run his own coach business and was, for a time, the local government officer responsible for schools transport in South West Surrey for Surrey County Council.

    He is the President of the International Road Transport Union’s Social Affairs Commission and a Vice President of its Passenger Transport Council. He is also a member of the employers’ delegations for European social dialogue in the road transport and urban transport sectors and one of the UK representatives on the EU Committee of the International Public Transport Union (UITP)

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