Who’s Involved

The FTVG is administered by a voluntary coordination group who will help to organise entries and deliver the collaboration forums; this group is not involved in the submissions themselves. Decisions on funding and awards are managed by the FTVG Steering Group, formed of selected trustees from the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund, former members of the Transport Visions Group and partner organisations.

Ed Downer | FTVG Coordinator

Ed is a chartered transport planner with over thirteen years’ experience in the industry. He has worked across the North of England and helped establish young professionals committees in Newcastle, Leeds and Manchester. Ed is a member of CIHT, TPS and CILT and was the inaugural chair of CIHT’s National Young Professionals Network. Since handing over this role, Ed has worked at shaping the FTVG initiative from its inception and will oversee its evolution as it rolls out for the first time.

Laura Menendez Gonzalez

Laura is a senior engineer working for WSP. She is a highways materials specialist, focusing on pavement material performance, maintenance and pavement design. Laura is a member of the CIHT West Midlands committee and has acted as Regional Events Coordinator.

Daniel McCool

Daniel is a chartered transport planning professional and previous chair of the young professionals’ committee in the CIHT Cymru Wales region. He has a good understanding of public transport systems in the UK and overseas, and a growing interest in the potential impacts of autonomous vehicles and new mobility (electric vehicles, shared bikes, e-scooters, MaaS etc) on our towns and cities. He is passionate about the design of healthy, sustainable and equitable solutions which align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and deliver action on the UK’s Net Zero commitments.

Rahul Modhvadia

Rahul is a Senior Engineer at WSP. He has an avid interest in all forms of transport and emerging technologies in the sector. He believes engaging with all stakeholders is key to delivering a successful model for the future. Rahul is interested in collaborating with others who share an interest in shaping the future of our evolving urban/country road networks.

Shakir Mahboob

Shakir is a Senior Highway Engineer with seven years in the field. He is the lead engineer behind award winning schemes including the Eastcote Town Centre, winner of the ICE 2020 People’s choice awards and is currently delivering £50million+ worth of projects across London.

Andy Pike

Andy is a self-employed commercial analyst, with twenty-six years’ experience of public transport planning, gained through consultancy and employment with a bus operator, including at director level.  A member of the CILT and TPS, Andy’s experience covers business case development, local authority bus strategies and the legislative framework, with particular emphasis on how partnership working between bus operators and the public sector can deliver an improved service for passengers.

Nicky Laird

Nicky is the Chair of the Young Professionals Network in the UK and a Senior Project Officer working for Aberdeen City Council. Nicky has not taken the traditional route into transport planning as she originally graduated in 2011 with an MA in English Language, before training as a primary teacher. Despite being relatively new to the industry with only 6 years experience in the sector, Nicky has progressed quickly and is proud to have recently achieved her MSc in Transport Planning and Engineering in 2020.

Lawrence Penn

Lawrence works in WSP’s Future Mobility team where his work focuses on designing trials of new transport modes and services, including e-scooters, e-cargo bikes, autonomous vehicles and drones for freight delivery. Lawrence participated in the 2021 FTVG initiative where he and his team produced a road scoring index for connected and autonomous vehicles which created a methodology to assess the suitability of the road network for safe navigation by autonomous vehicles in the near future.

The FTVG Coordination group is always looking for new volunteers to help run the initiative. Coordination Group members cannot submit an entry to the FTVG but will gain valuable experience in organising and facilitating events – get in touch if you would like to help guide the initiative in the future.

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Steering Group

The FTVG Steering Group is responsible for project selection, funding decisions and award decisions at key stages of the process. They include selected trustees from the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund, former members of the Transport Visions Network, and FTVG partners.

Professor Glenn Lyons

Glenn is the Mott MacDonald Professor of Future Mobility at University of the West of England (UWE) Bristol and the founding Director (2003-2010) of the university’s Centre for Transport & Society. He divides his time between UWE and (on secondment) Mott MacDonald, bridging between academia and practice. His research focuses upon the role of new technologies in supporting and influencing travel behaviour both directly and through shaping lifestyles and social practices. He has been involved in a number of strategic futures studies and has been supporting transport authorities in taking a vision-led approach to strategic planning for an uncertain world. Glenn was a Trustee of the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (2016-2020). He is a Trustee of the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund and was the Director of the Transport Visions Network (2000-2003).

Nicola Kane

Nicola Kane is Head of Strategic Planning, Insight and Innovation at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and spends most of her time thinking about what the future might hold, as her team works to develop and deliver a long-term transport strategy for Greater Manchester, covering the period to 2040. Nicola is a chartered town planner (MRTPI) and qualified transport planning professional (TPP) and was awarded “Transport Planner of the Year” by Transport Planning Society in 2017. She joined TfGM in 2014 after 15 years of working in consultancy and has wide-ranging experience in transport strategy and policy development, development planning and travel behaviour change. She’s now enjoying the opportunity to help shape the future of transport in Greater Manchester and is leading a range of work, including the development of a vision-led approach to strategic planning (supported by “Right Mix” mode share ambitions), and Greater Manchester’s “Future Mobility Zone” aspirations.

Andy Graham

Andy Graham is a civil engineer with 33 years’ experience in transport projects using new technology and assessing and optimising the operational and business impacts and benefits they deliver. He has held director level appointments at AECOM, developing consultancy teams to support multi-million-pound project delivery and now leads his own company, White Willow Consulting. Andy’s experience is in over 30 years work specialising in Intelligent Transport Systems, connected vehicles and traffic data systems as well as information into vehicles. His activities encompass both public sector and private sector clients in the UK and globally, notably with vehicle makers, highways authorities and road concessionaires. He is Chair of the ITS-UK Connected Vehicles Forum and recently won the ITS-UK Award for outstanding personal contribution. He is a member of the IET Transport Policy Panel and is a Trustee of the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund.

Victoria Hills

Victoria Hills MRTPI FICE is Chief Executive of the Royal Town Planning Institute with over 22 years in senior roles in planning, transport, organisational leadership and development. She latterly led the UK’s largest regeneration project at Old Oak. Using the convening role of the Institute, she makes the case for resourcing planning and advocating the important role of putting planning at the heart of government delivery for the quality places that people want to live in. She is driving forward delivery of the RTPI’s Corporate Strategy for the 25,000 member strong RTPI, focussing on raising the profile of planning, elevating the value of professionalism, and promoting a diverse and inclusive profession to ensure genuine representation of the society in which we work. Victoria is also currently serving as a Commissioner on the Essex Climate Action Commission and sits on the Advisory Group to the Government’s COVID-19 Recovery Commission.

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The FTVG Steering Group is open to organisations partnering with the initiative.

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