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Conference programme - 22 March 2023

07.30 - 08.30 Running Tour of Leicester's Active Travel Infrastructure: Register here



Registration opens: Tea & coffee served in the exhibition area



Main Auditorium (Screen 1)

Welcome and morning plenary

Chair: Daniel Pearman, City Transport Director, Leicester City Council


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, Development and Transportation, Leicester City Council 


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

Jenny Thomas​, Head of Built Environment, Department of Levelling Up, Homes and Communities

Chris Harrison, Regional Director, Project Centre


Morning break: Tea & coffee served in the exhibition area


Main Auditorium (Screen 1)

City centre regeneration 

Chair: Mike Dalzell, Director of Tourism, Culture and Investment, Leicester City Council

Living spaces: a vital commercial economy

Sarah Harrison, Leicester City Centre Director

Re-stitching the city

Tom Noble, Urban Designer, Create Streets

Levelling up: Leicester rail station regeneration

David Beale, Development Manager, Leicester City Council

Creative collaboration in Leicester

Izzy Hoskins, Co-Founder, GraffWerk

Room 1 (Screen 3)

Learning from Delft: an active travel success story

Chair: Andy Salkeld,  Planning, Transportation & Economic Development, Leicester City Council


Delft, a city of 100,000 in the western Netherlands, has created an extensive cycling infrastructure and discouraged private cars from entering large parts of the city centre. This workshop will build on a Sustrans-led study tour to Delft in 2022, which aimed to give politicians direct knowledge and experience of what can be achieved – in terms of active travel – if different choices are made around transport



Learning by seeing

Clare Maltby, Director, England Midlands and East, Sustrans and study tour host


Why the Dutch approach works...

Lotte Rijsman, Mobility Advisor, Royal HaskoningDHV

Panel discussion & audience Q and A with study tour participants

Cllr Adam Clarke, Deputy City Mayor for Environment & Transportation, Leicester City Council

Cllr Mrs Lana Hempsall, Member Chamption for Sustainable Transport, Norfolk County Council

Cllr Liz Clements,

Bournville and Cotteridge

Keith Morgan,

Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Manager,  Nottingham City Council  

Adam Tranter, Walking & Cycling Commissioner, West Midlands Combined Authority



Room 2 (Screen 4)

Managing future mobility

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

Accelerating shared transport

Matthew Ledbury, Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer,



Making cycling e-asier

Jenny Box, Deputy Director of Behaviour Change, Cycling UK

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

Promoting modal shift at the local level

Silviya Barratt, Director of Policy and Research, Campaign for Better Transport



Lunch break: Lunch served in the exhibition area


Main Auditorium (Screen 1)

Monitoring and evaluation

Chair: Martin Fletcher, Head of Highways, Leicester City Council


Why M&E shouldn’t be bottom of your to do list

Beth Hiblin, Associate, Transport for Quality of Life


Data-driven kerbside strategy development, Lambeth Kerbside Strategy Case Study

Agnese Polonara, Senior Consultant, Systra, and 

Simon Phillips

Assistant Director for Sustainable Development and Climate Change Response, London Borough of Lambeth

City-wide monitoring of transport networks

Charlie Richards,
Business Development Manager‌, VivaCity


How healthy street design impacts behaviour: research from The Avenues public realm project

Becki Cox, Researcher, University of Glasgow

Room 1 (Screen 3)

Civilised and healthy streets

Chair: Sally Slade, Transport Strategy, Leicester City Council


Reducing health inequalities

Ivan Browne, Director of Public Health & Rob Howard, Consultant in 
Public Health, Leicester City Council

Delivering walkable

Emily Walsh, Associate Director, Systra

The multi-timed city

Esther Kurland, Director, Urban Design London

Creating people-centric designing for communities

Stefano Scarano, Principal Landscape Architect, Project Centre

Making street design accessible to anyone

Jon Little, co-founder, BetaStreets

Room 2 (Screen 4)

Building in vitality and viability

Chair: Daniel Pearman, City Transport Director, Leicester City Council


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, Director, ITP

Rethinking funding policies to support place

David Milner, Deputy Director, Create Streets

The BID model and how – and what – it delivers

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


Afternoon break: Tea & coffee served in the exhibition area


Main Auditorium (Screen 1)

Closing plenary: practical carbon reduction planning panel

Many local authorities have declared a climate emergency but need detailed information to support the practical implementation of climate action plans, air quality improvements and adaptation


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


Graham Grant, Director of Planning, Active Travel England

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

David Connolly, Director of New Mobility, Systra


Networking drinks in the event space, The Phoenix


Phoenix Leicester,
4 Midland Street

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