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 fifteen 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.

Mostafa Kazemi | Assistant FTVG Coordinator

Mostafa completed his studies in transport planning and engineering at the University of Leeds, where he gained knowledge in transport modelling, data collection and analysis, traffic management, road safety, autonomous vehicles, and vehicle safety.

Before pursuing his studies, he worked as a signalling and telecommunication engineer at Iran National Railways Company for over seven years. During this time, he made significant contributions to multiple projects involving CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management Systems), energy efficiency, and digitalization. He also received numerous commendations and honours for my outstanding performance and innovation.

Rahul Modhvadia | Treasurer

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.

Gav Jackman | Communications Lead

Gav runs his own consultancy business – Sustainicity, supporting customers with productising software, managing, and exploiting data and adopting digital solutions within the transport space. In the past he has had key roles at City Science, Aimsun, Telent, TRL, Ordnance Survey and Autodesk. He has held previous board, council and programme committee roles with Association of European Transport, Honorary Secretary for ITS UK’s Local Authority Urban IG and been involved in the Transport Technology Forum since its inception. He has been involved in countless research projects from deploying realtime predictive solutions in Oxfordshire aiming to mitigate air quality to feasibility trials of innovative active travel solutions such as two stages right turns, early start, pedestrian countdown, and low-level cycle signals. Amongst other projects he is currently leading a feasibility study for an Automated On-Demand Mass Transit System in Hertfordshire.

Committee Members and Mentors

Ransford A. Acheampong

Dr Ransford A. Acheampong is Senior Lecturer in Transport and Urban Futures at the Department of Planning, Property and Environmental Management, University of Manchester. A key strand of his research addresses questions around the future of transport and cities in the context of new and emerging transport technologies and associated mobility services, including AI-driven Connected Autonomous Mobility, Digital Platform/App-based Mobility Systems and Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS). A related strand of his research also focuses on the longstanding practical question of land use-transport systems integration for equitable accessibility and sustainable mobility outcomes. Ransford’s research straddles different urban and national contexts in both the global south and global north.

Gemma Bridge

Dr Gemma Bridge is an interdisciplinary public health, active travel, and sustainability researcher as well as Director of Bridge Research, a small Yorkshire based research consultancy. In a voluntary capacity, Gemma is the Running Mayor of West Yorkshire, promoting running as a form of active travel as part of the Runsome campaign. Across her work, Gemma explores how to better work with and engage lesser heard members of the public, such as those from minority ethnic communities, young people and those living on low incomes. Gemma was involved in the 2022/23 FTVG competition, co-leading the award-winning project, Engaging Young People in Consultations (EYPiC), which sought to explore how to better engage young people in discussions relating to transport. Gemma is looking forward to supporting others to take part in the FTVG competition and is excited to be part of the FTVG committee. 

Deni Krevesic

Deni is a transport planner with a wealth of experience in the transportation industry. While he may humorously claim 30 years of experience, his journey began in childhood when he developed a fascination with transportation, developing a lifelong passion for buses, trains, and planning. Deni worked on hundreds of projects in the UK and worldwide, gaining valuable insights and expertise that exceeds a decade of experience. Driven by curiosity about emerging technology and its potential impact on transport planning and future travel patterns, he has authored several research papers. As a Chartered Transport Planning Professional, a Fellow of the CIHT and a member of BCoE, Deni is dedicated to the highest professional standards. Recognising the importance of sharing knowledge and experience, he mentors emerging professionals, supporting them in their journey towards professional qualifications.

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.

Brogan McPherson

Brogan has been working in the transport sector for close to a decade delivering projects with a variety of organisations. Currently serving as the Head of Partnerships at Campaign for Better Transport, she leads on the development of strategic partnerships with industry, collaborating with a variety of organisations. Brogan has orchestrated sector-wide events including the Transport Practitioners’ Meeting and Better Transport Week. She also supports organisations such as the Transport Planning Society with individual events. Brogan is a Trustee for both the Foundation of Integrated Transport and the Hoxton Trust, and voluntarily runs the London chapter of PechaKucha Night. 

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.

Omar A Mohsen M

Omar is a Senior Traffic Engineer at MDS Traffic Planners & Consultants, with over five years of robust experience in the transportation domain with a Civil Engineering degree from UCSI University in Malaysia. He excels in adept problem-solving, intricate modelling, precise traffic analysis, and strategic planning. Omar's professional journey has spanned both local experience in Malaysia and international stints in countries like Australia and the United Kingdom. Notably, he spearheaded the XT junction team during the FTVG 2023 initiative. Additionally, Omar contributes his expertise as an esteemed member of the Highway and Transportation Engineers Technical Division (HTETD), showcasing his dedication to advancing the field.

Chigozie Ogualu

Chigozie Livingstone Ogualu holds a PHD from the University of Port Harcourt in Transport and logistics, an M.Sc. (Hons) in Transportation Planning and Management from the University of Lagos and a B.Sc. (Hons) Banking and Finance from Abia State University.

He is married and lives in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria, he speaks Igbo, Yoruba and English languages.

He has 21 years experiences in Road Safety, Urban Transport Inner City Planning, and Road Furniture Management. He has been involved in Road Safety, Public- Private - Partnership, Contract Management, Private Sector Development and Capacity Building Development Consulting in the area of Infrastructure Development, Feasibility Study, Institutional Development, Project Development, Operation and Management, Road Furniture Analysis and Urban Transport Planning, Demand Management.

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.

Malcolm Smith

Macolm has more than 30 years’ experience of transport planning predominantly in the public sector including preparation of numerous wide-ranging transport policy and strategy documents; acting as project manager of multi-million pound schemes; extensive experience of cycle route planning and preparation of concept designs; undertaking feasibility studies for innovative schemes such as potential road user charging schemes, electric vehicle strategy development and developing strategic business cases for transport projects. He has provided transport policy input to planning documents and have extensive experience of development planning process including highway legal agreements and planning obligations and developed car and cycle parking standards and participated in the development of public transport accessibility indices. He has considerable experience of developing funding submissions for local transport projects. All his career he has retained a strong interest in developing sustainable transport projects and programmes.

Simon Willison

Simon started his career as a transport planner 20 years ago, working for AECOM, a large private-sector consultancy, since he graduated in 2004. All of Simon’s work is for the public sector including for local authorities across the south of England and organisations like National Highways and Sub National Transport Bodies. His experience spans different aspects of transport planning including the early development of schemes, option appraisal and post-implementation evaluation, but with a particular focus on developing transport strategies covering different modes of travel including walking, wheeling, and cycling, bus and coach, and the private car. Simon very much looks forward to supporting the committee and mentoring early career transport professionals in the development of their FTVG projects.

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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