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ONLINE CONFERENCE 6th Annual Scottish Transport Conference: Sustainable and Smart, Joined-Up and Inclusive, Fit for Purpose and Reliable


Helen Wylde

Managing Director, East Coast Trains

Helen is Managing Director of Lumo – the new name for First Group’s London to Edinburgh rail operator.  She was previously Managing Director of East Coast Trains, having been appointed to that role in March 2020.

Prior to that Helen was Chief Commercial and Chief Engagement Officer with former Transport Systems Catapult now Connected Places Catapult.  She was also Managing Director UK & Ireland for Benelux company BringMe. During her career, Helen has specialised in shaping and delivering high-yield transformation, start-up, turnaround and growth strategies in both smaller companies and FTSE 100 players across the Telecommunications, Technology, Financial Services, Retail and Logistics arenas.

Prior to BringMe Helen was Sales & Marketing Director for Parcelforce Worldwide. Helen has also worked as a Non-Executive Director and independent consultant, both in the UK and internationally.

In addition, Helen has worked in a number of senior commercial positions at Lloyds TSB, ADT Tyco, O2 and Vodafone.

In 2019 Helen received the Women Business Leaders Award for Technology and Digital.


Michael Matheson MSP

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, Scottish Government

Michael Matheson was born in Glasgow in 1970 and educated at St John Bosco Secondary School. He went on to study at Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh, where he obtained a BSc in Occupational Therapy. He also holds a BA and a Diploma in Applied Social Sciences from the Open University.

Prior to becoming an MSP, Mr Matheson practised as a Community Occupational Therapist with Stirling Council, Central Regional Council, and Highland Regional Council.

He was elected as the MSP for Falkirk West following the May 2007 elections. Previous to that he was a Regional MSP for Central Scotland from 1999 to 2007. Before being appointed Minister for Public Health and Sport, Mr Matheson was Vice Convenor of the European and External Relations Committee. He also sat on the Scottish Parliament's Health and Sport Committee, and previously served on the Justice and Enterprise and Culture Committees. He was re-elected in May 2011 and thereafter appointed as Minister for Public Health.

Michael Matheson was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Justice in November 2014 and reappointed in May 2016. In 2018 he was appointed as Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity.


Tony Rose

Infrastructure Strategy Director, Scottish Futures Trust

Tony is the Infrastructure Strategy Director at Scottish Futures Trust (SFT).  Tony is an MBA and has worked for over 30 years in Infrastructure in both the public and private sectors, with a wide range of experience in infrastructure planning, economics, development and financing.  For the last two years he was seconded from SFT to lead the Team at the Infrastructure Commission for Scotland.   Prior to that at SFT he was Director responsible for its activity in the transport, regeneration and digital sectors as well as establishing the Low Carbon team.  Before joining SFT in 2009 he was a Director in the Infrastructure Finance team at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he advised on a range of major infrastructure projects in Scotland as well as the rest of the UK and overseas.  Prior to that, Tony was Business Analyst with Dalkia plc focused on energy and utilities services to both public and private sector clients and prior to that a Senior Consultant in the Transport Economics and Planning team at what is now Capita.  He is also a Non-Executive Director of Lothian Buses.


Lorna Pimlott

Lorna Pimlott, Phase 2 Sponsorship Director, High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd

Lorna joined HS2 in April 2017 as the Director of Phase Two Sponsorship and is responsible for the sponsorship and policy advice across Phase 2a and Phase 2b. She leads the interfaces with DfT Sponsors and Senior Stakeholder relationships, to ensure the delivery and safeguarding of the HS2 business cases and the optimisation and protection of their benefits.

An Architect by profession, Lorna has over 30 years’ experience in both the public and private sector and has sat at all sides of the table in major infrastructure schemes. Lorna joins HS2 from a specialist transformation consultancy where she was Transport Sector Leader, most recently leading engagements with Manchester, and Heathrow Airports. Previous to that role she was the Short-Haul Strategic Programmes Director for British Airways and also spent six years at Ernst & Young, where she led engagements on some of the largest and most complex programmes across the UK, including the London Olympics, Glasgow Commonwealth Games and Nuclear Decommissioning.


Robert Samson

Senior Stakeholder Manager, Transport Focus

Robert liaises with all levels of Government and transport providers, advocates for the best deal for transport users, and uses our insight to secure improvements for transport users. He joined Transport Focus in 1999, after eighteen years working for British Rail.

Favourite journey: a hark back to childhood days during the summer holidays when we would join a mystery bus tour from Motherwell to some unknown exotic destination. The mystery lasted a few minutes - if the bus turned right it meant Troon or Saltcoats, left it meant Portobello. Happy days!

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Ben Garratt

Head of Stakeholder Engagement, LNER

Strategic communications professional with over thirteen years of corporate, government and parliamentary experience, together with Masters and First Class undergraduate degrees in Politics.

Experienced in the successful design and delivery of communications programmes, including government, parliamentary and stakeholder engagement, and internal communications, media, social media and marketing, across a range of sectors, including rail, aviation, energy, manufacturing and foreign affairs.


Ralph Roberts

CEO - McGill's, Chair - CPT Scotland, Chair - Traveline Scotland, Chair - Scottish Smart & Integrated Ticketing Steering Group

Ralph Roberts has been at the helm of McGill’s since April 2010.

Prior to that he worked for 10 years with Arriva Plc in a number of leadership roles in the bus and rail divisions.

He is Chair of CPT Scotland, Traveline Scotland, the Scottish Smart & Integrated Ticketing steering group, Album in Scotland. He is a former Chair of Gourock Community Council, the FTA in Scotland and the DVSA Operator Liaison Group. He stood as a councillor in the 2012 Scottish local elections.

He has two engineering degrees, lives in Gourock on the banks of the River Clyde and if he had spare time, would spend it camping, walking, racing classic motorcycles and flying his Gyrocopter.

Henry Tse

Director of New Mobility Technologies, Connected Places Catapult

Henry is a technology strategist, systems engineer, engineering & programme manager (APMP qualified), experienced in leading teams to design and develop innovative solution to meet customer challenges, setting strategic direction and investment priorities, and launching strategic initiatives to develop key technical discriminators to drive future growth.

His technical background includes understand customer/end user needs and solution identification; systems development lifecycle (concept->design->implementation->integration), and integrated technology experimentation & evaluation.


Georgina Box

Systems Engineer, Connected Places Catapult

A Mechanical Engineering graduate committed to accelerating the transition to a sustainable future. A strong and active interest in electric vehicles and Connected Automated Vehicles and the associated infrastructure. 

Simon Tricker

Co-Founder and CDO, Urban Tide

Simon has over 25 years of experience in leading innovative digital transformation and smart cities programmes. In 2012 he helped deliver Innovate UK's £24m Future Cities Demonstrator in Glasgow.

Simon's principal focus is demonstrating how technology and data can create integrated, digital services that meet the changing needs of citizens, communities and businesses, in areas such as transport, planning, energy and housing.

He co-founded UrbanTide and created USMART specifically to meet the growing urban challenges of the 21st-century. USMART unlocks siloed data with advanced sharing capabilities, from API curation to open data publication. It integrates and applies machine learning and AI algorithms to automate insights and help people and places work better and smarter. He understands that data is only one part of the challenge, he provides data training and maturity modelling to improve organisational skills and develop data initiatives that make interconnected smart places.


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