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4th Annual Scottish Transport Conference: Transport's role in growth, Brexit, passengers and competitiveness


Humza Yousaf MSP

Minister for Transport and Islands, Scottish Government

Humza Yousaf was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Justice in June 2018, with responsibility for police, courts, sentencing, justice system and criminal law procedure, violence reduction, criminal justice social work, victims, witnesses, female offenders, human rights, prisons and prisoners, reducing reoffending, security and youth justice.

He was born in Glasgow on April 7, 1985. He was educated at Hutchesons' Grammar School and the University of Glasgow, graduating with a degree in Politics. He is also an alumnus of the US State Department's prestigious International Visitor Learning Programme.

He went on to work in the Scottish Parliament as an aide to the late Bashir Ahmad MSP. He was a Parliamentary Liaison Officer to former First Minister Alex Salmond MSP and was elected as an MSP for the Glasgow region in May 2011. He was appointed Minister for External Affairs and International Development in September 2012. Humza Yousaf was appointed Minister for Transport and the Islands in May 2016.

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Martin Dorchester

CEO, David MacBrayne Group

Martin Dorchester became Chief Executive of Includem in March 2018. Previously Martin was the Group Chief Executive of the David MacBrayne Group, including CALMAC Ferries, Argyll Ferries Ltd and Solent Gateway.

In a career spanning 30 years Martin has operated nationally and internationally with organisations covering logistics, technology and finance. As CEO of Dixon's B2B operation Martin built up the largest Apple reseller business in the UK as well as developing a £100m public sector business. Martin was part of the team that brought the 5 radio authorities together to create Ofcom and worked with the London Borough of Hackney on developing its infrastructure for the 2012 Olympics. Martin is also a keen lecturer and academic and has written a number of papers covering areas as diverse as CSR and Emotional Intelligence in Management Development and more recently on children and young people.

Martin is a Co-chair of the Independent Care Review and a Non-executive Director of CCPS. He has held a number of non-executive roles including: Non-executive Director of Traveline Scotland, The Sailors' Orphan Society of Scotland and most recently Transport for Wales. He is a supporter of Social and Community Business and Chaired Firstport Ltd, a start-up funding organisation for social enterprises.
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Russell Goodenough

Client Managing Director: Transport, Fujitsu

Russell Goodenough is responsible for managing Fujitsu’s relationship with both Public and Private Sector transport customers, including the Department for Transport and it’s agencies, Transport for London, Network Rail, and the UK’s Train Operating Companies.

Fujitsu’s transport sector strategy adopts Fujitsu’s principle of human-centric innovation, including the development of next-generation Intelligent Transport Systems.

Since joining Fujitsu in 2007, Russell has undertaken a number of business management roles across Transport, Central Government, Healthcare and Defence.

Prior to joining Fujitsu, Russell spent 15 years in the defence industry with both BAE Systems and Marconi across a range of system integration projects.

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Dr Yolande Herbath

Programme Director for Business Innovation, Transport Systems Catapult

Yolande Herbath is a Programme Director at the Transport Systems Catapult. She is a Chartered Engineer with a PhD from Cranfield University. Whilst at British Hydromechanics Research Group, she was the former International Chair for British Water before joining the Catapult.

She has a particular-interest in promoting ‘best of breed’ British SME technology in the form of collaborative industry consortia, providing high-tech, high innovation solutions to industry.

More recently, Yolande led on the UK Intelligent Mobility Skills Strategy reflecting her passion for working with educators, academia and industry in the hope of inspiring the next generation of innovators and technologists.

Yolande currently heads-up the newly established Business Innovation team at the Catapult.


Alex Hynes

Managing Director, ScotRail Alliance

Alex Hynes was appointed Managing Director of the ScotRail Alliance on 1 June 2017.
Before joining ScotRail, Alex was Managing Director of the Northern franchise for three and a half years where he successfully delivered their best ever customer satisfaction scores as well as record levels of employee engagement.

An experienced transport professional, Alex has almost 20 years of industry experience and a proven track record delivering rail improvement and investment programmes.

Having spent his early career as a consultant for Halcrow Fox, Alex worked with the Office of Rail Regulation before joining the Go-ahead Group in 2005 as Strategic Planning Manager and, in 2007, as Commercial Director at London Midland, and finally, as Managing Director – Rail Development.

Originally from Manchester, Alex serves on the board of The Institution of Railway Operators and North of England Excellence.

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Ian Liddell

Managing Director, WSP UK Planning and Advisory

Ian is the Managing Director of WSP UK Planning & Advisory business, which comprises 2,000 people working across Development Planning; Infrastructure Planning; Transport, Economics, Environmental and Water specialisms; Environmental specialisms; Project & Programme Management; and Commercial, Risk and Value Management specialisms.

A graduate of Glasgow University, he is a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 30 years’ experience in transport planning. He specialises in front-end technical advisory roles on development and infrastructure feasibility studies; transport strategies; concept designs; and as an expert witness at public inquiries and in the High Court.

Ian is currently active on several large-scale urban residential, commercial and retail projects where the key to unlocking the opportunities is to resolve complex transport and infrastructure delivery issues.


Dr George Hazel OBE

Programme Manager, MaaS Scotland

Dr Hazel has extensive experience in all aspects of transport and communications, both urban and rural. He has specific expertise from around the world in strategic planning and policy development, the integration of transport with other related areas, the prioritization of projects with respect to economic, environmental and social objectives and innovative funding of transport infrastructure. He has studied all forms of transport policy in many countries, both the successful and the unsuccessful and has gained a detailed insight into the key issues and influences.

He has worked in the public, private and academic sectors at a senior level and has acted as advisor to the European Union, the Academy of Sustainable Communities, the Commission for Integrated Transport, Transport for London, the Queensland State Government, the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Region, the City of San Diego and many Government agencies around the UK.

He is currently advising Scottish Enterprise on Smart Mobility as their Smart Mobility Network Integrator and has worked on the development of this programme for the past two years. He has recently been re-appointed as Smart Mobility Network Integrator for a further 2 years with a focus on delivering the national smart mobility programme. He has published a book on Making Cities Work and has presented at a large number of conferences around the world. He is currently working on the development of future mobility systems based on integrating the principles of transport planning, retailing, product design, energy and ICT systems.


Rachel Skinner

Head of Development and Executive Director, WSP UK

Executive Director (Transport), WSP
Senior Vice President, Institution of Civil Engineers
Commissioner, Infrastructure Commission for Scotland


Rachel is a chartered engineer, an ICE Fellow and elected member of ICE Council. She chaired the ICE London Region in 2010/11 and is now Chair of its London Transport Expert Network.

In 2016, Rachel was named as one of The Telegraph’s inaugural Top 50 Influential Women in Engineering.

She has authored and co-authored various publications on topics including autonomous vehicles and future place-making, and before that about digital technology and its potential for infrastructure, industry innovation and collaboration.

Having held prior roles as UK Director of Transportation Planning and European Director of Marketing and Communications, Rachel is now involved with major contracts for both public and private sector clients in London and elsewhere in the UK. Rachel is also a founding Board member of the Women’s Transportation Seminar in London and was its elected President from 2009-2013.

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Sharon Moore

Industry Technical Leader for Travel & Transportation, IBM

Sharon is tasked with innovating with, and leading the design of technical solutions for IBM’s clients in the travel and transportation industry. She also provides leadership to the technical community and works to increase IBM’s relevance to and eminence in this marketplace. Sharon’s qualifications for this role are built on several years of experience of consulting with IBM’s clients in digital engagement solutions and systems underpinned with intelligence, and also working as lead architect on several integration programmes within IBM’s services divisions.

Sharon was recently included in a PWC article in The Scotsman as a top 10 Digital Disruptor in Scotland, and listed in Computer Weekly's Top 50 Women of Influence 2016 and Business Cloud's 100 Women in Technology. Sharon is a board member of CENSIS, the Innovation Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems and also sits on the steering committee of Digital Leaders Scotland. In line with her passions she sits on the Scotland Women in Technology board, runs the BCSWomen group in Scotland, also recently became deputy chair of BCSWomen.

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John Curtis

Managing Director, Revolutionall

John Curtis leads the team at Revolutionall, the "home of the Circular Economy". Revolutionall are dedicated to eradicating waste and making the best use of our available human and physical resources.

Having spent 10 years as a civil servant, as the Head of Low Carbon Vehicles and Fuels for the Scottish Government and Transport Scotland, John found his passion lay in advocating and making better use of all resources and reducing the costs of inefficiency, for businesses and consumers.

Revolutionall are developing a new centre of excellence and visitor centre to showcase the very best of renewable energy, SMART connected vehicles, sustainable transport and the information communication technology that connects it all up.

John writes a weekly sustainable transport and motoring column for the Daily Record and appears regularly as an expert on BBC Radio.

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Sara Thiam

Regional Director, ICE Scotland

Sara is Director for the Institution of Civil Engineers in Scotland with responsibility for influencing the infrastructure debate, growing membership, and working with members to deliver a knowledge transfer programme. Before joining ICE in 2012, Sara held project management, policy and public affairs roles in economic development with a built environment, transport and planning focus in local government and Scottish Enterprise. These include the Glasgow Edinburgh Collaboration Initiative, Edinburgh City Centre Development Partnership and EU funded transnational knowledge transfer projects on open innovation, waterfront regeneration and citizen participation.

Prior to joining local government she was international manager for Community Learning Scotland, where she helped establish the Eurodesk youth information project subsequently adopted by the European Commission and replicated across Europe. Her early career in London was with PBD, business information and strategy consultants and the British Council. Sara is a modern languages graduate.


Gordon Robertson

Director of Communications, Edinburgh Airport

Gordon Robertson is Director of Communications at Edinburgh Airport. He and his team handle all external and internal communications for Scotland’s busiest airport  - a role that sees them deal with a huge variety of stakeholders, media and situations.  Following the successful rebrand of the airport Gordon’s key task is to explain to the world how the new ownership of the airport will drive growth and choice for passengers and improve the experience at Edinburgh Airport as a whole.

Gordon spent most of his career as a PR and Political Consultant in Edinburgh before joining the airport in February 2010, just in time for the ash cloud crisis.

A Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, Gordon is a Board Member of Marketing Edinburgh and Chair of its Interim Management Group.  He is also on the committee of the Association of Scottish Public Affairs.
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Many areas covered, it was very useful to see that we are moving in the right direction.

Sonia Rafferty, Glasgow Prestwick Airport,
Scotland's Public Sector Workforce Conference 2016

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