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Conference programme - 22 March 2023

Please note that the programme is currently under development. If you have enquiries, please contact Juliana O'Rourke.



Registration opens: Tea & coffee served in the exhibition area


Main Auditorium

Welcome and morning plenary

Connecting Leicester – 10 years of Transformational Change

Sir Peter Soulsby, City Mayor, Leicester City Council

Opening session: Levelling Up, growth and boosting productivity


Andrew L Smith, Director of Planning, Transportation and Economic Development, Leicester City Council 


Chris Harrison, Transportation, Marston Holdings and Managing Director of Marston's design and engineering consultancy, Project Centre


Nicholas Boys Smith, Chair, Office for Place and Founding Director, Create Streets (invited)

Further speakers to be announced...


Morning break: Tea & coffee served in the exhibition area


Main Auditorium

City centre regeneration 

Sarah Harrison, Leicester City Centre Director

Izzy Hoskins,Co-Founder, GraffWerk

Gainsborough, Lincolnshire case study: Speaker from Project Centre 

Further speakers to be announced...

Room 1

Transforming Cities Fund roundtable

Led by Andrew L Smith, Director of Planning, Transportation and Economic Development, Leicester City Council 

With invited TCF city representatives

Room 2

Managing future mobility

Chair: Janet Hudson, Behaviour Change Manager, Leicester City Council


Antonia Roberts, Deputy Chief Executive, CoMoUK


Jenny Box, Deputy Director of Behaviour Change, Cycling UK

Maximising benefits of CAVs (current and future)
Jorgen Pedersen, Director for Transport Technology, Systra


Esther Kurland, Director, Urban Design London: the multi-timed city


Lunch break: Lunch served in the exhibition area


Main Auditorium

Monitoring and evaluation

Collecting the right data: make the case for funding 
Beth Hiblin / Sally Cairns, Transport for Quality of Life (TCF national evaluation Project Manager and Research Director)

Nick Ruxton Boyle, Director of Environment, Marston Holdings / Project Centre


Monitoring the impacts of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods

Agnese Polonara, Senior Consultant, Systra and LB Lambeth

Room 1

Civilised and healthy streets

Chair: Sally Slade, Transport Strategy, Leicester City Council


Ivan Browne, Director of Public Health, Leicester 
City Council


Healthy Streets travel planning
GavinMcLaughlin, Principal Planner, Transport for London

Delivering walkable

Emily Walsh, Associate Director, Systra

Room 2

Sustainable funding

Simon Jenner, Director. Leicester Business Improvement District (BID)


Transport Strategy Optimiser

Alex Walton, Director,  Arcadis



It’s all ‘in the mix’  – funding development and delivery of transformative urban transport network improvements

Neil Taylor, Managing Director, ITP


Afternoon break: Tea & coffee served in the exhibition area


Main Auditorium

Closing plenary: practical carbon reduction planning

Many local authorities have declared a climate emergency but need detailed information to support the practical implementation of climate action plans


Chair: Cllr Adam Clarke, Deputy Mayor, City of Leicester


Graham Grant, Director of Planning, Active Travel England


Jason Torrance, Interim Chief Executive, UK 100 (invited)


Jo Barnes, Associate Professor of Clean Air, University of the West of England (invited)

David Connolly, Director of Technical Development, Systra


Event close


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