• Dougie Vipond

    Conference Chair

    For over 20 years, Dougie has been one of the most ‘well kent’ faces on television in Scotland.

    His broadcast career has spread across many genres from Sport to Rural Affairs and much more besides.

    For the BBC’s sport department, Dougie has presented from The Rugby World Cup, The European Curling Championships, World Bowls Championship, numerous Mountain Bike World Cups and even The European Sheepdog Trials! In 2014, Dougie was part of the BBC presenting team hosting live coverage of the Commonwealth Games from Glasgow.

    A lover of all things outdoors, Dougie became the main presenter of BBC Scotland’s award winning rural affairs magazine show, Landward in 2009.

    Never one to shirk a challenge, Dougie has kayaked the Caledonian Canal, raced around the British Isles and spent 24 hours on a bike, all in aid of Sport Relief.

    In 2016, he took part in an event, said to be one of the UK’s toughest, The Braveheart Triathlon – a 1.2 mile open water swim, 56 miles on a bike then a half marathon up and down Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. The whole journey, from standing start to stuttering finish, was documented by The Adventure Show, a programme Dougie has presented for a dozen years.

    In between all of that, he still finds time to indulge in his passion…music!




    Dougie  Vipond

    Sessions with Dougie Vipond:

    • Chair's opening remarks

      Dougie Vipond, Broadcaster

  • Humza Yousaf MSP

    Member of the Scottish Parliament for Glasgow Pollok and Minister for Transport and Islands, The Scottish Government

    Born in Glasgow on 7th April, 1985. Humza graduated from the University of Glasgow with a degree in Politics. He is also an alumnus of the US State Department's prestigious International Visitor Learning Programme. Humza  went on to work in the Scottish Parliament as an aide to the late Bashir Ahmad MSP before he was elected as an MSP for the Glasgow Region in May 2011.

    He was a Parliamentary Liaison Officer to the former First Minister Alex Salmond and was appointed Minister for External Affairs and International Development in September 2012, before taking up his current ministerial role in May 2016.

    Humza Yousaf MSP

    Sessions with Humza Yousaf MSP:

    • Communicating the Scottish Government's Active Travel vision

      Humza Yousaf MSP, Minister for Transport and the Islands, The Scottish Government Includes questions & discussion

  • Steve Melia

    Senior Lecturer in Transport and Planning, The University of the West of England

    Steve Melia is a Senior Lecturer in Transport and Planning at the University of the West of England.  His research concerns the relationship between transport and the built environment, with a particular focus on urban intensification and alternatives to car-based development.   During his PhD from 2006 to 2009 he cycled 5,000 miles across seven European countries, visiting cities which have been successful in promoting cycling and reducing dependence on the car. 

    His book Urban Transport Without the Hot Air (UIT Cambridge, 2015) draws on some of that international experience.  It aimed to expose popular myths in transport planning and propose sustainable solutions. 

    Steve advised the UK Departments of Transport and of Communities and Local Government on transport aspects of the Eco-towns programme in 2008/9 and has more recently given evidence to the London Assembly Transport Committee and Cambridgeshire County Council about the future transport planning of London and Cambridge. 

    Before starting an academic career, he was a parliamentary candidate, Community Development Manager and freelance journalist.

    Steve Melia

    Sessions with Steve Melia:

    • Keynote Speaker: Delivering Active Travel Without the Hot Air

      Dr Steve Melia, Senior Lecturer: Planning & Transport, University of the West of England

  • Lesley Hinds

    Former Councillor, Lord Provost and Transport Leader, The City of Edinburgh Council

    Lesley first became a Councillor in 1984 and currently represents the Inverleith ward. She has held numerous positions in the City of Edinburgh Council, including Council Leader and Lord Provost, and she is now Convener of the Transport and Environment Committee.

    Born in Dundee, she has lived in Edinburgh for over 30 years in the Drylaw area of the city with her husband Martin, while bringing up her three children.
    Lesley has extensive experience of board membership in a personal capacity, as well as representing the Council in numerous public and private sector organisations, such as Edinburgh’s Telford College, Pilton Partnership, Edinburgh’s Mela, Dance Base, Edinburgh Fairtrade City, One City Trust and the City of Literature.


    Lesley Hinds

    Sessions with Lesley Hinds:

    • Making active travel matter more in Edinburgh

      Lesley Hinds, Former Councillor, Lord Provost and Transport Leader, The City of Edinburgh Council

  • Paul Lawrence

    Executive Director for Place, The City of Edinburgh Council

    Paul Lawrence is the Executive Director for Place at the City of Edinburgh Council.  His responsibilities include Economic Development, Environment, Culture, Housing, Planning, Regulatory Services and Transport.

    Paul joined the Council in late 2015. Prior to this, he was the Corporate Director for Place at Stockport Council – one of the ten local authorities in the Greater Manchester city region, with a similar range of responsibilities.

    Paul started his working life in the cultural sector, before being appointed as Head of Cultural and Economic Development at Newcastle City Council in 2000. He later became Assistant Chief Executive with responsibility for Economic Policy, City Region Partnerships, and Corporate Communications.


    Paul Lawrence

    Sessions with Paul Lawrence:

    • Making active travel a priority for Local Government

      Paul Lawrence, Executive Director - Place, The City of Edinburgh Council

  • Alan Simpson

    Planner (Transport Strategy and Programmes), Aberdeen City Council

    Alan started with Aberdeen City Council as a Planning Trainee in 2007 and works in the Transport Strategy and Programmes Team. As well as working on transport policy, Alan is responsible for overseeing the Aberdeen City Smarter Choices, Smarter Places Programme which contains a range of schemes to promote and encourage Sustainable Transport in the City. In addition to this Alan has been involved with the development of the car club in Aberdeen and the rollout of electric vehicle charge points across the City.

    Alan is a Chartered member of the RTPI


    Alan Simpson

    Sessions with Alan Simpson:

    • Panel discussion and questions from the floor

      Alan Simpson, Planner (Transport Strategy and Programmes), Aberdeen City Council
      Neil Greig, Director of Policy and Research, IAM RoadSmart
      A Representative of Road Haulage Association Ltd
      Panelist TBC - Housing
      Panelist TBC - Education and or Health Professional

  • Neil Greig

    Director of Policy and Research, IAM RoadSmart

    Neil joined IAM RoadSmart (previously IAM – Institute of Advanced Motorists) in 2007 and his current role involves managing IAM RoadSmart’s Policy and Research Division, co-ordinating its research programme, responding to consultations, developing policy stances and seeking to influence media and opinion formers across the UK. He represents IAM RoadSmart in Scotland and in Brussels through our membership of FIA Mobility.

    Neil serves on several road safety committees including; PACTS,  the Prince Michael of Kent International Road Safety Awards Panel, Scottish Government Operational Road Safety Group, Road Safety Scotland, Transport Focus Road User Panel, Highways England Safety Groups and the Dft Motorcycle Safety Strategy Group.

    He worked in motoring Public Affairs for the AA in the 1980s and early 1990s, and for a short time with RoSPA in Birmingham, before returning north to rejoin the AA from 1992 to 2006.

    Neil has an Honours degree in Geography from Aberdeen University and an MSc in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Strathclyde.


    Neil Greig

    Sessions with Neil Greig:

    • Panel discussion and questions from the floor

      Alan Simpson, Planner (Transport Strategy and Programmes), Aberdeen City Council
      Neil Greig, Director of Policy and Research, IAM RoadSmart
      A Representative of Road Haulage Association Ltd
      Panelist TBC - Housing
      Panelist TBC - Education and or Health Professional

  • Tim Steiner

    Marketing and Communications Director, SYSTRA Ltd

    Tim Steiner is SYSTRA’s project director for transport social marketing projects in Scotland and beyond. His work seeks to help organisations and individuals change their travel habits.  He is an expert in the psychology of travel choices; he understands the real and perceived barriers that individuals need to overcome if they are to adopt healthier and more sustainable choices.  He has led projects which have engaged with tens of thousands of individuals across Scotland, using a wide variety of techniques to help them and their family groups choose different transport modes.  

    Tim Steiner

    Sessions with Tim Steiner:

    • Masterclass B - How to Sell Behaviour Change

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