Northern Transport Summit | 26 June | Manchester

Join delegates from GVA, Pinsent Masons, Turner & Townsend, Marketing Cheshire, Capita, Himor, Regeneris and many more organisations at the first Northern Transport Summit organised by Place North West and Transport for the North.

More than 200 people have registered so far for the full-day conference at the Midland hotel on 26 June. Transport for the North chair, John Cridland, will address the full-day conference, setting out his vision for transport and infrastructure improvements that will unlock the business potential of the Northern Powerhouse.

Cridland joins senior figures from Department for Transport, Network Rail, Manchester Airports Group. Peel Ports, Virgin Trains, Manchester City Council, Liverpool City Council, Homes & Communities Agency and many more.

Hosted by Place North West and Transport for the North, Northern Transport Summit: Rail, Road, Air + Ports is sponsored by Remarkable Group, Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, TEM Planning and Broadway Malyan.

The full line-up of speakers confirmed so far is as follows:

Graham Botham, strategy and planning director for the North, Network Rail

Jeremy Bloom, director of major projects, North, Highways England

David Brown, chief executive, Transport for the North

Henry Brooks, managing director, TEM Planning

John Cridland, chair, Transport for the North

Emma Degg, chief executive, NWBLT

Geoff Driver, leader, Lancashire County Council; chair, Transport for Lancashire; director, Lancashire Enterprise Partnership Board

Danielle Gillespie, North West general manager, Homes & Communities Agency

Tim Hedley Jones, director for major projects and innovation, Virgin Trains

Robert Hough, director, Peel Group and chairman, Peel Airports

Andrew Jones, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at Department for Transport

Frank Jordan, executive director of place and acting deputy chief executive, Cheshire East Council

Sir Richard Leese, leader, Manchester City Council

Mark Lynam, director of strategy & corporate affairs, Sheffield City Region Executive Team

Warren Marshall, planning director, Peel Ports Group

John McNulty, programme director, regeneration infrastructure, HS2 Growth Partnership

Michael Odling, head of North rail, Mace

James Rayner, board director, Broadway Malyan

Lynda Shillaw, divisional chief executive officer for property, Manchester Airports Group

Christian Spence, head of research and policy, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

Paul Staples, fleet director, First Transpennine Express

Paul Swinney, principal economist, Centre for Cities

Kevin Whitmore, North region director, Remarkable Grou

The Summit will take place on Monday 26 June at The Midland in Manchester city centre. Tickets are priced at £99+VAT and include breakfast, lunch and refreshments throughout the day. There will be extensive opportunities to network with senior figures from across transport, infrastructure and development.


Meet some of the speakers below:

Graham Botham

Graham Botham

Strategy and planning director for the North, Network Rail

Graham Botham joined the rail industry in 1987 and leads Network Rail’s long term planning of the national network in the North of England in partnership with Transport for the North.

Botham led the development of and secured the funding for the Northern Hub package of rail improvements across the North of England.

David Brown Photo LR

David Brown

Chief executive, Transport for the North

Brown is a prominent leader in Northern transport, with more than 25 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors covering all modes of public transport.

As chief executive of TfN, Brown is responsible for transforming connectivity and driving economic growth in the region. He will oversee the development of TfN into a statutory body, bringing together the Northern transport authorities to allow the region to speak with a single voice on the big transport decisions.

Henry Brooks Head Shot CropHenry Brooks

Managing director, TEM Planning

Henry Brooks established TEM in 2012 to add value for property owners including the Tatton Estate. He leads a growing team that advises on strategic, long-term asset management.

Brooks has been responsible for the identification and delivery of a wide range of projects including development such as 200 new homes in Knutsford; regeneration such as the new Hayhurst Arms in Bostock Green; agricultural business; community work building on the family and Estate support of a huge range of organisations such as Knutsford Heritage Centre and Football Club; and new diversified activities such as minerals, water and energy. 

Ged Fitzgerald

Ged Fitzgerald

Chief executive, Liverpool City Council

Ged Fitzgerald has been chief executive of Liverpool City Council since 2011. Prior to this he has worked as chief executive of three other major local authorities in the North of England.

He was instrumental in securing the first City Deal in the country with Government which established the first elected Mayor for the city in 2012. He is the chief architect of the devolution deal for the Liverpool City Region, acting as the head of paid service for the Combined Authority.

Fitzgerald sits on the boards of the City Region’s Local Enterprise Partnership, the Arena & Convention Centre Liverpool, the Knowledge Quarter, Liverpool Science Park, Liverpool Vision and Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

Danielle Gillespie

Danielle Gillespie

North West general manager, Homes and Communities Agency

Since joining HCA in January 2010, Gillespie has undertaken a variety of roles including head of strategy, programmes and performance and head of area for Cheshire & Warrington.

She is the lead contact with the Agency’s partners across the North West, working to increase housing supply and unlock opportunities for growth. This includes delivering on a series of existing City Deals, preparing delivery plans for the four recently announced Garden Villages, accelerating the development and disposal of HCA’s significant land holdings around Warrington and leading discussion with the Northern Housing Consortium to implement the findings of the Commission for Housing in the North.

Tim Hedley Jones

Tim Hedley Jones

Director for major projects and innovation, Virgin Trains

Tim Hedley Jones is major projects director at Virgin Trains East Coast, with responsibility for the introduction of Virgin’s new fleet of Azuma trains.

He also leads on station enhancements and was responsible for the major redevelopment of Newcastle Central station and a new station at Wakefield Westgate.

Robert HoughRobert Hough CBE

Chairman, Peel Airports

Robert Hough has been a Peel director since 1986 and is now chairman of Peel Airports. Hough joined the Peel Group in 1989 and was its executive deputy chairman from 1989-2002 and chairman of the Manchester Ship Canal Company from 1987 to 2002.

Hough remains a non-executive director of Peel and is chairman of Peel Airports, including Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Doncaster Sheffield Airport. Currently he is also a non-executive director of Styles & Wood and previously of Provident Financial and Alfred McAlpine and other listed companies.

Andrew Jones MPAndrew Jones

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport

Andrew Jones was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport in May 2015. He was elected the Conservative MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough in May 2010.

Jones’ responsibilities include high speed rail, motoring agencies, local transport, buses and taxis, traffic management and smart ticketing.

Sir Richard Leese High Res

Sir Richard Leese

Leader, Manchester City Council

Leese was elected to Manchester City Council in 1984. He became leader of the Council in 1996.

He has a number of additional responsibilities including director of Manchester Airport Holdings, vice chair of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, chair of the Association of Rail North Partner Authorities and chair of the Local Government Association City Regions Board.

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Mark Lynam

Director of strategy and corporate affairs, Sheffield City Region Executive Team

Mark Lynam joined the Sheffield City Region executive team in October 2016. His responsibilities include all aspects of the Sheffield City Region’s work on economic strategy, corporate affairs, trade and investment as well as transport policy.

A key part of his work involves Government initiatives and policies which support future transport investment in the City Region, including HS2 and Transport for the North.

Warren Marshall PEEL 14

Warren Marshall

Planning director, Peel Ports Group

Warren Marshall has worked for Peel Ports since 2007. As planning director, he is responsible for the promotion and consenting of port development projects, masterplanning, environmental impact assessment and stakeholder consultation.

He is advisor to Peel Ports in terms of current and emerging Government planning, transportation and environmental policy and legislation affecting the business operations.

James Rayner CropJames Rayner

Board director, Broadway Malyan

Rayner leads the architectural practice’s international masterplanning team. He has over 20 years’ global experience in the urban planning and design of complex developments across a full range of sectors, scales and challenges.

His expertise is in developing creative solutions to urban planning and urban design strategies. Rayner has worked on a number of major transit-orientated developments in a range of countries including the UK, Africa and Canada.


Lynda Shillaw, Divisional chief executive officer for property, Manchester Airports Group

Shillaw joined Manchester Airports Group as divisional chief executive officer for property in June 2014.

Her role at MAG is to oversee the group’s £641m property division across its four airports. The existing portfolio also includes the £1bn Airport City development at Manchester Airport.

Shillaw was responsible for the landmark visit of President Xi Jinping of China and Prime Minister David Cameron to Airport City and Manchester Airport, successfully launching the £130m China Cluster developments, along with a new direct route to Beijing.

Christian Spence

Christian Spence

Head of research & policy, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

Christian manages the Chamber of Commerce’s research and analytics team that covers three principal areas: economic research and analysis, business policy, and large-scale data management and analytics to supply up-to-date and relevant insight to support the Chamber.

He is experienced in economic and particularly regional economic analysis, local urban economic impact and research methodologies and large-scale business engagement. With his research team he developed the ground-breaking construction pipeline skills analysis, a methodology championed by government and industry.

Paul Staples Crop

Paul Staples

Fleet director, TransPennine Express

Paul Staples has led the engineering team at TransPennine Express since 2012 and prior to that worked in the operator’s engineering team since 2003, when he supported the first mobilisation of the franchise after an early career in the manufacturing construction industry in the Midlands.

Paul is a mechanical engineer by training and, now firmly ensconced in the North of England, specialises in forming collaborative partnerships across commercial and operational interfaces to help TransPennine Express support the regional growth mission with high-performance, high-quality services.

Kevin Whitmore, Remarkable GroupKevin Whitmore

North region director, Remarkable Group

Kevin Whitmore heads up Remarkable Group’s Northern operations. He has a decade’s experience in public affairs advising The Conservative Party, local authorities and private sector clients on their reputation management.

His current and previous clients in the transport sector include Alstom, the Greater Manchester Momentum Group, the Connected Cities Campaign, Transport for the North and HS2.

Remarkable Group is an integrated communications agency with offices in Manchester, Leeds, London, Winchester, Norwich, Bristol and Cardiff.


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