Speakers

  • Adrian De Courcey

    Adrian de Courcey

    CEO
    Travel de Courcey

    Adrian de Courcey is CEO of Travel de Courcey, one of the largest independent bus and coach companies in the UK operating a fleet of 150 vehicles from three depots across the West Midlands. Travel de Courcey were recently awarded a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise, the first bus and coach operator in the award’s history to receive a Queen’s Award. The company has previously been listed as one of the ‘Top 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain’ by the London Stock Exchange and British Growth Fund. Adrian lives in Coventry and is a long-suffering supporter of the Sky Blues.


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  • Daniel Hayes

    Daniel Hayes

    Project Manager
    Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership

    Since January 2017, Dan has overseen the running of the LowCVP Bus Working Group as well as providing project support to the LowCVP secretariat across a number of topics, including policy research, website content management and events coordination. The main focus of his work has been providing technical research support to projects such as the Low Emission Bus Scheme as well as creating the regional Low Emission Bus Workshop series for 2017/18.

    Dan has a Professional Diploma in Renewable Energy and the Built Environment from the Centre for Alternative Technology and an undergraduate degree in Nanotechnology from the University of Leeds. Dan’s work experience includes a number of public engagement campaigns for charities such as Sustrans and Keep Britain Tidy, focusing around improving air quality and recycling rates across London boroughs.


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  • Dave Guest

    Dave Guest

    BBC Northwest Tonight
    Chief Reporter

    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 a number of bus industry events too over the years. He regularly hosts the annual ALBUM conference and has also worked in various guises at Euro Bus Expo over a number of years so he often 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 show.


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  • Dave Horton

    Dave Horton

    Energy Specialist
    npower

    Dave has been with npower since the day it was formed back in 2000 and is the Energy Specialist.
    Dave is responsible for ensuring that the RWE Group complies with all legislation, regulations and best practive for energy and waste management, npowers energy usage, budgets, waste disposal and the creating and implementing of our policy and stategy for compliance across the UK.
    Dave’s other role is Capital Investment and he looks at any and all capital investments into npower’s Real Estate portfolio.


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  • David Sidebottom

    David Sidebottom

    Director
    Transport Focus

    David joined the team in 2006 after 11 years with energywatch, representing energy consumers in the North West as Regional Director.

    He brings considerable consumer advocacy experience to his work on behalf of passengers. At Transport Focus, he campaigns on issues affecting bus, coach and tram passengers and now oversees work on behalf of all transport users.


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  • Ed Wills

    Ed Wills – ACTO

    Operations Director
    Go South Coast

    Ed has been the Operations Director of Go South Coast since 2010 and has been part of the growth and expansion of the various different brands during this time having also worked for other large transport groups historically. GSC is actively exploring different technologies to help reduce the impact its company has on the environment. With the rapidly changing vehicle technologies increasingly coming to market the time is right to look at electric vehicles as the future of our industry.

    The Association of Transport Coordinating Officers was formed in 1974 to bring together local authority officers whose work involved what were then new county council responsibilities for passenger transport. Promoting partnership and engagement, ATCO members include staff directly concerned with strategic policy development and implementation for securing of passenger transport services for a wide range of public authorities. These include shire counties and unitary councils in England, Wales and Scotland, Passenger Transport Executives, London Regional Transport, the Isle of Man, the States of Jersey and Northern Ireland. Through exchanging information and views the Association helps to develop and promote transport initiatives aimed at achieving better passenger transport services for all.


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  • Aramburu

    Estibalitz Aramburu

    Business Development Manager
    JEMA

    Jema Energy, in business for 60 years, designs and manufactures Static Power Converters for different sectors, such as Power Plants, Oil & Gas, Plasma Physics, Particle Accelerators, Railways and Renewable Energy.

    We are customer orientated, developing bespoke systems and solutions which meet specific requirements of each project. These are innovative solutions with high technological content.

    The aim of Jema Energy is to be a leading international company in providing customized solutions based on power electronic systems.

    • Founded in 1953.
    • Head Quarters in San Sebastián, northern Spain.
    • Commercial representations in USA, Brazil, Mexico, Qatar, UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, South Africa, Italy, France and Germany.
    • Certifications ISO-9001, ISO-140001 and OHSAS-18001.
    • 110 employees Over 60% dedicated to research and development of new products.


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  • Giles Fearnley

    Manging Director
    First Group – UK Bus Division

    In 1991 Giles Fearnley led the management buy-out of Blazefield Holdings which operated bus networks principally across Yorkshire and Lancashire. He remained as Chief Executive for two years following the Group’s sale to Transdev plc in 2006. In the mid 90’s, Giles took a ‘sabbatical’ into the rail industry and was one of the founders of Prism Rail PLC, which came to operate four passenger rail franchises in the UK. He was appointed its Chief Executive in 1997 and led the Group prior to its sale in 2000 to National Express. Most recently he served as Chairman of Grand Central, the open access rail operator prior to its sale to DB in 2011.

    Until January 2011 Giles was Chairman of the Confederation of Passenger Transport, having also been a past President of the organisation. He is also past Chairman of the Association of Train Operating Companies. He formerly chaired Journey Solutions, the bus and rail industry initiative to promote integration and also chairs Greener Journeys, the UK bus and coach industry’s campaign to promote modal shift from cars to buses and coaches. Giles joined FirstGroup in February 2011 as its Managing Director responsible for the UK Bus division.


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  • Helen Scholes

    Marketing Manager
    Stagecoach South West

    Helen Scholes is Marketing Manager for Stagecoach South West where she has been part of the team for the last 8 years. Her responsibilities include PR, marketing, branding and partnership development. Prior to Stagecoach, she worked for a number of brand, design and advertising agencies.

    Helen thrives on identifying innovative ways to raise the profile of the bus across different audiences. In Devon in particular this means there is a strong focus on working with the tourism market.

    As well as her role at Stagecoach, Helen is a board director for both Visit South Devon and Exeter Business Improvement District. She is also actively engaged with Exeter City Futures, an organisation that aims to make Exeter congestion free and energy independent by 2025.


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  • Luckett

    Ian Luckett

    Director
    Lucketts Travel

    After leaving college, Ian spent a short time working as a freight forwarder at Portsmouth Ferry Port before starting work at the family coach and haulage business in 1985.

    As with many people joining a small family coach business, he started in the offices learning all aspects of the roles required in the industry, including driving which is the mainstay of many family coach company.  The business has grown from the 10 coaches in 1983 to over 120 vehicles in 2017, with an annual turnover exceeding £21m.

    Ian now runs the business with his brother Steve, with the day to day management and operation of the Group’s companies left in the very capable hands of the senior management team, which has enabled Ian to take on the role of CPT Presidency this year.


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  • Laura Hadzik

    Solicitor
    Backhouse Jones

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  • Peter Yarrington

    Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)

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  • Richard Grey

    Managing Director
    Grey's of Ely

    Richard Grey is the owner and Managing Director of Greys of Ely coaches, who are forward-thinking, innovative coach hire company based in Cambridgeshire.

    Richard started his career in the industry at the age of 17 learning to drive inbetween A-Level timetables passing his coach licence 3 months after his 18th birthday and then his Operators CPC at age 21.
    He has worked through all aspects of his family business including driving, maintenance, (qualifying in HV Mechanics), finance and operations before taking over as Managing Director from his father, David, in 2000.
    Richard has proven to be an industry leader being awarded RouteOne Coach Manager of the Year in 2012 and 2013 and Silver Finalist for Viral Marketing at the UK Coach Awards. Richard is best known for his viral videos promoting Greys through Social Media creating a much copied and admired brand.


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  • Harrington

    Richard Harrington

    Engineering Director
    Go Ahead London

    Buses are in Richard Harrington’s blood as his Father was a Fitter and his Nan a Clippie. Three generations from the same family can claim over 100-years’ public transport service as Richard joined London Transport in 1984, initially as a teenage apprentice.

    After 15-years ‘on the tools’, he secured a number of supervisory and management positions, including, in 2007, his appointment to Chief Engineer, when the company fleet stood at 1,300 vehicles.

    Richard’s 30-year plus career means he is a well-known and respected figure to many. Appointed Engineering Director in 2011, he is responsible for 17 garages, around 2,450 buses and an engineering team of approximately 400 colleagues.

    Richard was instrumental in delivering London’s first pure electric bus garage at the award-winning Waterloo between 2013 and 2017. His directorate currently commissions about 250 new and environmentally friendly vehicles every year from a range of manufacturers, using a breadth of technologies.


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  • Steve Whiteway

    Former MD
    Epsom Coaches

    Steve Whiteway has spent a lifetime in the passenger transport industry, joining Epsom Coaches as a trainee Coach Driver in 1980 after completing a carpentry apprenticeship. In over 37 years with the company, he went on to  become a shareholder and Managing Director, developing the business into a uniquely diverse operation with over 150 vehicles.  Noted for its high standards and exceptional staff loyalty, Epsom Coaches was acquired by RATP Dev in 2012 and continued under Steve’s leadership at which time he also joined the board of RATP Dev UK and became Chairman of Selwyn’s Travel.  Steve has twice served as CPT President and is a passionate advocate of the bus and coach industry as well as being actively involved in his local community and charities.  Having recently retired early, Steve is now working as an independent specialist, offering his experience and uniquely practical approach to a wider audience.


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  • Salmon

    Steven Salmon

    Director of Policy Development
    Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT)

    Steven joined CPT in 1997.

    Steven is a Geography graduate and holds an MBA from Surrey University’s School of European Management Studies. Prior to joining the industry’s trade association he worked in bus and coach management for a variety of large and small firms. He ran his own coach business for a time and was, in the mid 1980s, the local government officer responsible for schools transport in South West Surrey for Surrey County Council.

    He is 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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  • Wayne Watiling

    Wayne Watling

    Protective Security Operations – Area Supervisor
    Metropolitan Police

    Wayne has spent the past 22 years working with the Metropolitan Police, mainly in a uniform role.  Prior to this he worked as a non commissioned officer with the Royal Military Police, travelling around the world, working on a number of security projects. For the past two years he has been the supervisor of the Counter Terrorism Focus Desk (CTFD), working in partnership with Transport for London (TfL).  He compiles Counter Terrorism (CT) messaging, presents a number of corporate and bespoke CT products to increase CT awareness and reassurance.


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