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


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.


Lorna Pimlott

Director of Sponsorship & Policy, Phase 2, High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd


Dr George Hazel OBE

Director, George Hazel Consultancy and Chair, SCDI Connectivity Commission

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.


Donald Bell

Principal, s82 consulting

Donald Bell BSc CEng FICE MCIHT Eur Ing – Principal -  s82 consulting

Donald brings over 30 years' blue chip Scottish, UK and international engineering consultancy experience, leading major infrastructure and advisory projects and also winning landmark bids and frameworks.

He held director level roles for over 15 years with Jacobs, CH2M and Halcrow. These included business development, regional leadership, road and cycling infrastructure, asset management, environment, performance auditing and research.

With s82 consulting, he aims to focus on the needs of the diverse organisations in the infrastructure market, bringing his extensive experience of the softer side of projects - the context and wider trends - the added value that brings real success in winning work and successful project delivery. In short, better infrastructure outcomes.

Donald has a strong track record of creativity and inter-personal skills - he created the concept for, and helped deliver, the BCIA award-winning Academy9 educational programme - and is a registered STEM Ambassador. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a committee member of his local branch and sits on the University of Glasgow's Industry Advisory Board.

Ralph Roberts

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

Ralph Roberts is 56 years old and 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.

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Judith Turner

Legal Counsel & Head of ADR, The Rail Ombudsman

Judith Turner

LL.B (Hons), PGDip, ACIArb, Solicitor

Judith read Law at King’s College London for 3 years before graduating with honours in 1998. She then went on to complete the Legal Practice Course (LPC) and a training contract before qualifying as a solicitor in 2001.

Judith was previously employed by a City Law firm, practising in Commercial Law. An experienced legal professional, Judith also specialises in Alternative Dispute Resolution and joined The Ombudsman in 2011. Since her appointment, Judith has written and presented a wide variety of training courses on Consumer Law and Compliance.


Matthew Eastwood

Head of Cities - Scotland and North East England, Uber

Matthew Eastwood is Head of Cities, Scotland and North East England at Uber. He works with key stakeholders to ensure the continued growth of Uber's services. Matthew has worked in the transport sector in Scotland for over 15 years. Matthew was previously Head of Transport at the Energy Saving Trust, he has also worked for the shared transport charity CoMoUK supporting the development of shared car use in Scotland, and has worked as a transport consultant, in a Scottish local authority transport team, for one of Scotland's Regional Transport Partnerships, and on secondment into Transport Scotland.

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