MacKay Hannah

Transport, Coronavirus and Economic Recovery: Infection, Innovation, Infrastructure


David Hytch

Head of Strategy and Innovation, Franklin Energy

David has been active in transport technology and innovation for 28 years David serves on the European Program Committee for the ITS World Congress and as an assessor for Innovation UK on Intelligent mobility and Autonomous Vehicles. He has served on the Automotive Council Technology group, DfT expert panel for Strategic Road development, and Accessible Transport bodies. He was the Chief Information Director function for Transport for Greater Manchester and was a key part of the creation of TfGM to include the strategic Highways activity for Greater Manchester.

In 2018, David has come on board with Franklin as a non-exec advisor for strategy, innovation and public sector relations.


Rachel Skinner

Executive Director (Transport), WSP; Senior VP, ICE; and Commissioner, Infrastructure Commission for Scotland

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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Ralph Roberts

CEO, McGill's; Chair, CPT Scotland; Chair, Traveline Scotland; and 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.

Roger Cotton

Partner, Brodies LLP

Roger is a contracts lawyer, but with accredited expertise in public procurement law and state aid law. He specialises in delivering projects involving the public and private sector co-operation, and with regulated industries.

His work crosses sectors – but his focus remains transport, infrastructure and utilities. Straightforward advice and clear recommendations are his signature. Roger works with a wide variety of clients including Abellio, Business Stream, Lothian Buses and Aberdeen City Council.

Highlights and Rankings

  • Helped Abellio on its successful bids for the rail franchises in Scotland and in the East Midlands
  • Is legal adviser company secretary to the board of Business Stream – a top 3 retailer of water services across the UK
  • Is a regular speaker at procurement law seminars – adding pragmatism and commerciality to the debate
  • Ranked individual in Public Procurement and Transport: Rail by Chambers UK 2020
  • Legal 500 UK 2020 recommends Roger for Transport


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This was in interesting topic supplemented by excellent panel. Great event.

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Fraser of Allander Scotland's Budget Briefing, 26 September 2017

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