• 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

  • Johnny Cadell

    Design Advisor, Design Forum, Architecture and Design Scotland

    Johnny Cadell BA BArch RIBA RIAS

    Johnny is an architect and masterplanner who has worked for Architecture and Design Scotland since 2012.  He has led A&DS work with Scottish Government and Health Scotland to establish the Place Standard.  He manages A&DS’s engagement with Local Authorities and industry to support Scotland’s national architecture and planning policy agendas.  He manages Design Forum workshops involving an expert panel as a means of supporting development projects across Scotland, providing design and procurement advice.

    He has 28 years of practice experience in architecture, urban design and masterplanning, firstly in London as a director of Edward Cullinan Architects and more recently in Scotland through the work of Cadell2 and AREA. His masterplanning work at Drum Bo’ness, Whitecross SIRR and Scotland Housing Expo have contributed to policy and debate around street design, masterplanning, housing and placemaking.

    He has taught architecture at University of Edinburgh and was an External examiner at University of Cambridge.

    Johnny  Cadell

    Sessions with Johnny Cadell:

    • Masterclass A - Stakeholder Engagement – the Place Standard Tool

  • Kat Hasler

    Health Improvement Manager Place Standard

    Following graduation from Edinburgh University (MA Social Geography), Kat Hasler worked for 8 years mainly in the arts. Kat has been in Public Health since joining NHS Health Scotland in 2004, and completed the Masters in Public Health at Glasgow in 2009. She has been part of the national Place Standard Implementation team since November 2016.

    Kat is also a Director of two Edinburgh-based companies: All or Nothing Aerial Dance, and Skelf/Braidwood Bike Park. She speaks four languages and has travelled widely, including cycle-touring East Africa, a trip around South America, and camping-touring New Zealand with a baby. As her son is now three, she currently spends a lot of her free time tailing him on his balance bike.

    Kat Hasler

    Sessions with Kat Hasler:

    • Masterclass A - Stakeholder Engagement – the Place Standard Tool

  • 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

      Includes questions and 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

  • 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

  • Moira Nelson

    Active Travel Strategic Development Officer, SEStran

    Moira is the Active Travel Strategic Development Officer at SEStran. She works with local authorities and stakeholders to develop and enhance the cross-boundary cycle network throughout the region.

    After graduating from the University of Strathclyde Moira worked in local authority before joining SEStran in 2015 to work on various strategic sustainable transport projects.

    She is an advocate for utility cycling and making active travel accessible to all and has a strong focus on working with and engaging young people. She has volunteered extensively with young people from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds. 

    Moira Nelson

    Sessions with Moira Nelson:

    • Co-designing Active Travel

  • 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

  • Sarah Boyack

    Head of Public Affairs, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations

    Sarah joined SFHA in February 2017.  She started her professional life working as a Town Planner in the London Borough of Brent, then as Senior Planner in Central Regional Council.  She then worked for Heriot Watt University as a Lecturer in Town Planning. 

    From 1999 to 2016 Sarah was an elected Member of the Scottish Parliament.  She served in Donald Dewar’s first Cabinet as Minister for Planning, Transport and the Environment.  She was Convenor of the Environment and Rural Committee in the second term of the Parliament and Shadow Cabinet member for Environment and Rural, Local Government and Planning and then Environmental Justice. 

    In 2016-17 she was a Visiting Lecturer at Heriot Watt University. 

    Sarah Boyack

    Sessions with Sarah Boyack:

    • Panel discussion and questions from the floor

      Listening to Alternative Perspectives on Active Travel

  • 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

      Listening to Alternative Perspectives on Active Travel

  • Caitlin Hamlett

    Sustainability Manager, NHS Scotland

    Caitlin is a qualified planner with over ten years policy experience in the public sector, including development planning and preparation of policy guidance on open space and active travel. She was formerly the Manager of Lothians and Fife Green Network Partnership, and has a specific national remit within the NHS for climate change, greenspace and the outdoor estate. Caitlin sits on the Board of the Green Exercise Partnership on behalf of NHS National Services Scotland, and supports NHS Boards in the design and delivery of multifunctional greenspace.  

    Caitlin Hamlett

    Sessions with Caitlin Hamlett:

    • Panel discussion and questions from the floor

      Listening to Alternative Perspectives on Active Travel

  • Jack Semple

    Director of Policy, Road Haulage Association Ltd

    Jack Semple joined the Road Haulage Association as director of policy in 2006. He had spent most of the previous 25 years as a journalist covering the transport and truck industries, and spent three years with WS Atkins in the early 1990s. The RHA is a major trade association which provides the road transport industry with representation, advice and services, including industry-leading compliance auditing and training for drivers and managers. Its members range from the logistics industry’s largest operators through to single-truck haulage firms and it has strong membership in Scotland.

    Jack  Semple

    Sessions with Jack Semple:

    • Panel discussion and questions from the floor

      Listening to Alternative Perspectives on Active Travel

  • 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

  • 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

      Listening to Alternative Perspectives on Active Travel

  • Matt Howick

    Director, The Social Marketing Gateway 

     Matt is a Director and Co-Founder of The Social Marketing Gateway, a leading UK behaviour change consultancy. Prior to this he spent over 20 years working in senior marketing roles within a range of private and public sector organisations including central government. His experience covers all marketing disciplines including research and planning; data analysis; strategy development; product/service development and management; and marketing communications. He is a Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Marketing and The Institute of Direct marketing and a Marketing Society Business Leader. Matt was also on the working party that developed the first national occupational best practice standards for social marketing published by the MSSSB in 2009.  

    Matt Howick

    Sessions with Matt Howick:

    • Masterclass C - Effective Targeting of Audiences

  • Deborah Paton

    Associate Director, AECOM (Transport Planning – Strategic Planning and Advisory)

    Deborah Paton is an Associate Director with AECOM’s Transport Planning team in Scotland. With a career spanning 17 years, Deborah has specialised in policy development, research and consultation, transport appraisal and evaluation. 

    She most recently spent two and half years working at West Lothian Council where she devised and led the council’s Smarter Choices Smarter Places programme, working with schools, workplaces and communities. She also developed an Active Travel Plan for West Lothian, working with teams across the council and communities, and worked with engineering colleagues on Community Links funding bids and project development. 

    Deborah is a keen advocate of building an active travel culture on many fronts and focusing on cobenefits as a way to ‘sell’ active travel. She lives in West Lothian and is an active volunteer in her community, helping to deliver Bikeability and a junior cycling club at a local primary school. Deborah is a Chartered Town Planner and Transport Planning Professional. 

    Deborah  Paton

    Sessions with Deborah Paton:

    • Masterclass C - Effective Targeting of Audiences

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