Announcing the opening speakers for the 19th Annual Transport Practitioners’ Meeting!

Day one we will have Brent Toderian, MCIP join us all the way from Vancouver, Canada. Brent is an internationally renowned City Planner and Urbanist who has worked with cities and developers from Australia to Norway. Tune in to hear what Brent has to say on the future of the industry.

Day Two we will have a follow up to the last #PTRCFireside Chat. ‘International Perspectives on a Global Shock’ will see practitioners’ from around the world compare notes and share ideas. The speakers are: Kate Mackay in Australia, Olamide Udoma – Ejorh from Nigeria, Juan Antonio Carrasco joining from Chile, Sarika Panda Bhatt in India and Steve Gooding all the way from the UK. How can we use the lessons learnt this past year to start a transport revolution around the globe? Join us to find out!

Both sessions will be expertly chaired by Glenn Lyons.

Outside of our fantastic and thought provoking opening sessions, we will have over 140 paper presentations, workshops, posters and PechaKucha presentations! This event is not to be missed – book your tickets today –> https://www.ptrc-training.co.uk/Events/Event-Details/dateid/4377

Day One Keynote Speaker

Brent Toderian, MCIP

City Planner and Urbanist

Internationally recognized leader in urbanism, sought-after expert on cities and global thought leader on better city-making, Brent Toderian is on the move. In addition to running his own planning firm in Vancouver B.C., Brent consults for cities and developers across the globe, with recent engagements in Sydney, AUS, Auckland, NZL, Oslo, NOR, Helsinki, FIN, and Medellin, COL.

In 2012 Brent founded TODERIAN UrbanWORKS, a firm focused on advanced urbanism and sustainable, healthy cities. His work spans consulting with cities, regions and towns, planning and design advice for innovative responsible land development, and “out-of-the-box” work like public engagement, culture change and change-management, speaking, teaching, mentoring, writing, and media.

A passionate advocate for creative, vibrant city-building, Brent is the founding President of the Council for Canadian Urbanism and a regular radio columnist on CBC Radio on city-making. He is a leading voice in the Urban Land Institute of BC, the Congress for the New Urbanism, the Project for Public Spaces and many other bodies related to cities. Brent writes regularly for the Huffington Post, Atlantic Cities, Planetizen, and SPACING.


Day Two Plenary – International Perspectives on a Global Shock

Chair – Professor Glenn Lyons

Mott MacDonal Professor of Future Mobility, UWE

Glenn Lyons is the Mott MacDonald Professor of Future Mobility at the University of West of England, Bristol, UK. Spanning between academia and practice, he specialises in addressing transport sector developments in the context of ongoing and uncertain social and technological change. He has helped bring forward the ‘decide and provide’ transport planning paradigm and led the development of FUTURES – a six-stage vision-led approach to strategic planning for an uncertain world.

Juan Antonio Carrasco

Associate Professor Department of Civil Engineering, Universidad de Concepción

Juan Antonio Carrasco is Associate Professor and Chair at the Department of Civil Engineering at Universidad de Concepción, Chile. He holds a Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering and Planning from the University of Toronto. His work focuses on exploring how travel behavior theories and models can incorporate people’s social context. He is currently PI of the Center of Sustainable Development (CEDEUS) in Chile, a large SUD inter-university project in the country. He serves as associate editor at the Transp. Res. Part A and as handling editor at the Transportation Research Record Journal. He is co-chair of TRB’s “Time Use and Activity Patterns” subcommittee and has served on several TRB committees as a member in the past. He is a member of the International Steering Committee for Travel Survey Conferences (from 2010) and Chair of the Special Interest Group “ICT, Activities, Time Use, and Travel Behavior” at the World Conference for Transport Research Society.

Kate Mackay

Australia Practice Leader for Transport Planning, Mott MacDonald

Kate Mackay leads the Australia Transport Planning practice for Mott MacDonald. Based in Brisbane, Queensland, she has over 20 years’ experience in strategic transport planning and market research.

Kate has a track record in delivering innovative and creative solutions to transport planning and policy issues – informed by data, based on technical analysis, and complimented by an in-depth understanding of travel behaviour – the ‘how’ and ‘why’ people travel. She is respected for her pragmatism and ability to balance operational and commercial realities with sustainability and social objectives.

Kate is a respected practitioner of Travel Demand Management (TDM) and has a reputation for designing highly effective quantitative and qualitive research. Kate leads Mott MacDonald’s Future Mobility offer in Australia and recently led the development of a world first assessment framework for MaaS and mobility. She is currently leading a project to developing capabilities and capacity in decision making in the face of uncertainty.

Previously, Kate ran her own transport planning consultancy (based in Fiji, working in New Zealand, Fiji and Australia) and prior to that worked with Steer Davies Gleave (now Steer) in London and South Africa. She has an MSc in Transport from Imperial College London and a BA Hons degree in Geography.

Olamide Udoma-Ejorh

Director, Lagos Urban Development Initiative

Olamide Udoma-Ejorh is Director at the Lagos Urban Development Initiative, an urban activist, researcher, filmmaker and writer. She is currently involved in governance and social issues within the urban environment of Lagos and is an advocate for sustainable transportation and social engagement within urban spaces. She focuses on transport management, slum upgrading and housing rights in urbanising African cities. She consults with UN-Habitat on the Nigerian projects for the Global Future Cities Programme. In the last 10 years she has managed and coordinated projects in the UK, South Africa and Nigeria, working with a variety of clients to ensure that urban planning is participatory from inception to maintenance. She is also a Trustee at Open House Lagos and the Editor-in-Chief of the Lost in Lagos Magazine. 

Sarika Panda Batt

Director, Nagarro and founder Trustee, Raahgiri Foundation

Sarika is Director in Nagarro and founder Trustee of Raahgiri Foundation. She is leading the Raahgiri Day movement in Haryana. She is also helping other cities to replicate this hugely successful concept. She is also leading the non-motorised transport work and India Vision Zero work in Haryana and Punjab. Sarika has about 15 years of experience in the field of urban developments, transport, environment and architecture.

Sarika was selected as one of the 60 global women leaders in the world who making a change in how we move in out cites. The recognition came from TUMI, Germany. Last year, she was selected as the bicycle mayor of Gurugram by BYCS, Netherlands. Sarika has been formally trained as an architect and urban planner. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and a Master’s degree in Planning from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. Sarika also has a Master’s degree in Sociology.

Steve Gooding

Director, RAC Foundation and President CILT(UK)

Steve is Director of the RAC Foundation, an independent charitable think-tank that commissions and disseminates research relating to motoring and roads issues. Recent reports have covered topics as varied as road crash investigation, the take up of electric vehicles, mobile telephone signal coverage across the road network, driving as an employment qualification, and the condition of the nation’s road bridge stock.

Steve took over at the Foundation in May 2015 after a civil service career encompassing many transport-related roles, latterly as Director General for Roads, Traffic & Local at the Department for Transport, where his responsibilities included developing the first Roads Investment Strategy, the Transport Strategy for the North, administering funding for local government, policy on road safety, and the running of the motoring services agencies.

Prior to becoming a Director General, Steve was Roads Director and before that worked at the Office of the Rail Regulator and the Cabinet Office.

After graduating from Durham University Steve joined the civil service in 1983, moving to the Department of Transport in 1987 where, amongst other roles, he was private secretary to transport ministers Peter Bottomley, Michael Portillo and Roger Freeman.

Steve is a fellow of the CIHT, president of CILT(UK) and a trustee of the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund.