Conference speakers

 

Traffic Commissioners

 

Richard Turfitt, Traffic Commissioner 

Richard Turfitt joined the Health and Safety Executive in 1999 and helped establish their Litigation and Enforcement Advisory team. Richard helped to found the Health and Safety Lawyers’ Association and is a serving Justice of the Peace. Richard Turfitt was appointed as Traffic Commissioner for the East of England in May 2008. Richard was appointed Senior Traffic Commissioner in June 2017.

Richard left independent practice in 1997 to prosecute on behalf of the Departments of Social Security and Health. In 1998 he moved to the Treasury Solicitor’s Department to undertake personal injury litigation. He was also responsible for managing the representation of the Prison Service at inquests throughout England and Wales.

 

 

Sarah Bell, Traffic Commissioner

Sarah Bell was made a partner at Moore & Blatch Solicitors in May 2003. She headed up the marine department and co-headed the regulatory department.

Sarah Bell was appointed as Traffic Commissioner for London and the South East of England in June 2007.

From 1999 until 2007, Sarah worked representing the interests of haulage operators, their directors and drivers in the criminal courts, at public inquiries before traffic commissioners and the Upper Tribunal. She also prosecuted complex cases for the Health & Safety Executive.

 

 

Tim Blackmore, Traffic Commissioner

Tim Blackmore was commissioned into the Royal Corps of Transport in 1992 after graduating from the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He was promoted to Colonel in 2014 and assumed the role of the Head of British Forces Post Office. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Transport and Logistics and the Chartered Management Institute.

As a young officer, Tim saw numerous operational deployments in the Balkans. In 1999, he assumed the appointment of Adjutant of 10 Queen’s Own Gurkha Transport Regiment. In 2002, he completed an MSc in Defence Technology and Applied Sciences. He subsequently commanded 14 Transport Squadron and later 10 The Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment, having been promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. Tim saw operational deployments to Afghanistan during both of these commands. He was awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2014.

 

 

Kevin Rooney, Traffic Commissioner

Kevin Rooney joined the Department for Transport to develop vehicle safety policy before moving to the Transport Research Laboratory and then to the Vehicle Certification Agency. 

Kevin worked at the Vehicle Inspectorate and Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA), managing the introduction of the first MOT emission tests, diesel smoke tests and led the programme to upgrade VOSA’s enforcement processes. He has also worked as a road safety consultant to new EU member states and neighbouring countries and set up an EU project to agree minimum training levels for control officers. Kevin was a founder Director of the Confederation of Organisations in Road Transport Enforcement which has members from over 30 countries.

 

 

Victoria Davies, Traffic Commissioner

Victoria Davies was the senior lawyer managing the Legal Transport Team at the Welsh Government until her appointment as Traffic Commissioner.

Victoria Davies was appointed as the Traffic Commissioner for Wales in February 2020. Victoria has over 25 years legal experience as a government and regulatory lawyer.  She worked as a senior advisory lawyer at the Welsh Government for ten years.  Before that, Victoria spent eight years working for DfT as a senior lawyer for various divisions, including the Road Transport Advisory Division.  Victoria has also worked in the advisory and litigation teams of the Health and Safety Executive Solicitor’s Office, and as a procurator fiscal depute prosecuting criminal cases in Scotland.

 

 

Claire Gilmore, Traffic Commissioner

Claire Gilmore was the Senior Investigating Officer in the Office of the Ethical Standards Commissioner in Scotland until her appointment as Traffic Commissioner. Claire Gilmore was appointed as Traffic Commissioner for Scotland in February 2019. 

Claire is a solicitor who has specialised in litigation for most of her career. Prior to taking up the role of Senior Investigating Officer, Claire worked primarily in government legal services where she developed particular expertise in regulatory litigation, including licensing and public inquiries.

Claire was a Director of NHS Ayrshire and Arran and a Member of the South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Integration Joint Board from 2014 until 2018. She is also a qualified engineer, and spent the early part of her career working for the Ministry of Defence.

 

 

Nick Denton, Traffic Commissioner

Nick Denton worked as private secretary to the Leader of the House of Commons and on secondment to the European Commission in Brussels before becoming the UK’s transport negotiator at the EU. Nick Denton was appointed as Traffic Commissioner for the West Midlands in March 2012.

After a spell as head of export promotion and regional food at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Nick spent 3 years in Montreal as the UK’s representative on the council of the International Civil Aviation Organisation. Back in London, he worked first on Crossrail and then as head of the Department for Transport’s Freight Policy and Lorry Charging Division.

 

 

Gerallt Evans, Traffic Commissioner

Gerallt Evans was Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service in Wales prior to his appointment as Traffic Commissioner. Gerallt Evans was appointed as Traffic Commissioner for the North West of England in February 2020.

Gerallt worked in private practice in North Wales after qualifying as a solicitor. He joined the Crown Prosecution Service in 1992 and worked as a frontline prosecutor dealing with the full range of criminal prosecution work before moving into management roles. In 2014, Gerallt was appointed Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London with responsibility for all Magistrates’ Court and domestic abuse prosecutions throughout the capital. Three years later he returned to Wales in the same role. During his career at the CPS, Gerallt was involved in developing policy on prosecuting road traffic cases as well as acting as a national lead on prosecuting hate crimes and wildlife and heritage crime. Gerallt was also involved in various projects to improve the efficiency of the criminal justice system including the introduction of digital working.

 

 

Speakers

 

David Wells, Chief Executive Logistics UK

David is Chief Executive of Logistics UK, one of the biggest business groups in the UK, and the only organisation which represents all of logistics. With more than 18,000 members from the road, rail, sea and air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers, the members of Logistics UK operate more than half of the UK fleet of HGVs, and consign over 90% of freight moved by rail, and 70% of air and sea freight.

David joined Logistics UK in April 2009 as Finance and IT Director, subsequently taking on additional responsibility for the Vehicle Inspection Service and Training and Tachograph Analysis Service. David became Chief Executive in early 2015 and since then has seen membership grow by 10%. Having completed an engineering degree in Liverpool, David studied for membership of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, qualifying in November 1993 whilst working in industry. His career has centred around engineering and service businesses and has both European and North American finance and 
operations experience. 

 

 

Elizabeth de Jong, Director of Policy, Logistics UK

An economist by background, Elizabeth has a strong track record of leading policy teams to deliver success. She has over 20 years of experience at a senior level in the transport sector which includes consultancy, business analysis, programme management, policy development and policy delivery.  She joined Logistics UK in July 2017 from Rail Delivery Group where she was Director of Policy, and prior to that worked at the Department for Transport.  At Logistics UK she is responsible for UK and Regional Policy, Public Affairs, Research & Information and the Member Advice Centre.

 

 

 

 

Jerry Kane, Commercial Director, Logistics UK

Jerry joined the Logistics UK in 2018 with over 25 years commercial experience in the parcels, logistics services and logistics software markets. During this time Jerry has been the Sales Director of some of the industry’s leading operators including DHL, Yodel and Eddie Stobart. 

In addition to this he has run his own logistics consultancy specialising in business development, product development, sales and marketing. 

 

 

 

Chris Lipscomb, Director of Operations, Logistics UK

Chris joined the Logistics UK in December 2018 with over 25 years of operational leadership experience gained across manufacturing, supply chain and transport management. 

During this time Chris has worked for a number of household name multinational food manufacturers, PepsiCo and Mars, as well as a number of family owned and run SME’s in the food and chemical supply industry. 

Chris is a graduate of Heriot- Watt University, Edinburgh, where he studied Microbiology. 

 

 

 

Loveday Ryder,  Chief Executive of DVSA

Loveday Ryder was appointed as the new Chief Executive of DVSA on 1 January 2021 and comes new to the transport sector, but keen to learn and understand the challenges and opportunities we face.  

In her prior role, Loveday was CEO of BPDTS Ltd, providing specialist digital technology services to the Department for Work and Pensions. Previously, Loveday spent 12 years in the Ministry of Justice, where she successfully served in several senior roles, most notably as Programme Director for large, multi-agency, digital transformation programmes.  

Before joining the Civil Service in 2006, Loveday had a broad management consultancy career, specialising in organisation design, process improvement, change management and programme delivery. Her early career was as a chartered civil engineer, working in both design and construction.

 

 

Lili Oliver, Partner, Weightmans

Lili Oliver, a criminal regulatory lawyer, represents corporate bodies, their officers and other individuals subject to investigation and prosecution in relation to the full range of criminal and regulatory offences arising out of fatal and non-fatal incidents.  She is also head of Weightmans’ Transport & Logistics sector.  

She is recognised nationally as a leading specialist in the area of commercial driver representation following fatal or serious collisions, and is instructed on a daily basis by insurer and corporate clients to represent at PACE and other interviews, as well as frequently appearing in the Coroners' Court to represent corporate bodies or individuals. 

Lili is also regularly invited by corporate clients to work with key individuals in assisting the organisation deal with the area of commercial fleet risk from both a criminal and regulatory perspective.  This includes working with the organisation in the implementation of ‘serious incident policies’ that ensure both the driver and organisation are protected in the event of a fatal or serious collision.  She is recognised for her commercial approach, providing pragmatic advice that takes into consideration the significant impact of the incident and investigation internally, as well as the wider reputational risks.   

 

 

Alex Veitch, General Manager - Public Policy, Logistics UK

Alex is responsible for Logistics UK policy positions, advocacy and influencing campaigns across all policy areas, leading our team of policy specialists. Alex has worked at Logistics UK since 2015 and was Head of Multimodal and previously Head of Global Policy, a role that included a one-year secondment to HMRC Customs EU Exit team.   

Alex has a varied background across the transport and sustainability sectors, including developing low-carbon vehicle policies and programmes for the Energy Saving Trust; leading the sustainability unit for the global association of railways in Paris (UIC), delivering multimodal passenger transport projects for passenger rail companies and leading EU policy engagement for the Rail Delivery Group.   

In addition to his role at Logistics UK, Alex is Vice Chair of Living Streets, the national charity for everyday walking, and is a Chartered Member of CILT and IEMA.   

 

 

James Firth, Head of Road Freight Regulation Policy, Logistics UK

James Firth is Head of Road Freight Regulation Policy for Logistics UK and leads the development of the Association’s policies regarding operator licensing, DVSA and the Traffic Commissioners. He is also secretary to Logistics UK's National Road Freight Council. 

Before joining Logistics UK in 2006, he spent four years in the civil service including as Private Secretary to two transport ministers with responsibility for freight and logistics, and driver and vehicle licensing issues, then in the rail freight policy team. 

James graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2000 with a BSc in Biological Sciences and he currently lives in Leeds with his wife, two sons and a daughter.

 

 

Phil Lloyd, Head of Engineering Policy, Logistics UK

Phil has been the Logistics UK’s Head of Engineering Policy, taking up the role in June 2018, having spent most of his career working for the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). 

He served his apprenticeship in Motor Vehicle Engineering in Manchester and joined what is now DVSA as a vehicle examiner, spending over 30 years with them in a wide range of operational roles, including Auditing, Training and vehicle certification.  For the last 13 of his years with DVSA Phil held a variety of senior management positions including; Head of Operations, Head of Policy, Head of Strategy & Planning and Head of Transformation, over that time leading the implementation of their Testing Transformation project, developing their Roadside Enforcement Strategy. 

Before joining the Logistics UK Phil was a self-employed contractor, providing technical training for MOT testers and consultancy to the Authorised Testing Facilities Operators Association (ATFOA); designing and developing a testing solutions strategy, which was supported by the Logistics UK as well as the other main Transport Trade Associations.

 

 

Gary Powell, North Region Technical Manager, Bridgestone

Bridgestone’s North Region Technical Manager Gary Powell is responsible for ensuring high product quality and reliability across all of Bridgestone’s product ranges. Gary supports research and product development in both product applications for customers and future development requirements as a whole. Gary’s technical tyre knowledge is second to none, having held a number of senior technical positions at Bridgestone for 20 years and boasts 32 years’ experience in the industry as a whole. An original equipment senior manager role also saw Gary work on bespoke products for Toyota, Honda, Ford and Aston Martin, not to mention a host of other manufacturers.

 

 

Ian Davis, UK Fleet Sales Manager, Bridgestone.

Ian Davis is the UK Fleet Sales Manager for Bridgestone. Rather than simply selling tyres, Fleet Sales at Bridgestone encompasses total fleet solutions, including telematics in partnership with Webfleet Solutions, as part of the companies mission to become a leader in sustainable mobility and advanced solutions. Ian has worked for Bridgestone over the last 14 years, having started as an Area Manager, with 18 years’ experience in total within the motor trade industry.  

 

 

 

 

Chris Yarsley, Policy Manager - Wales, Midlands & South West, Logistics UK

Chris Yarsley has worked at Logistics UK since 2005 and has held roles in both European and domestic policy. He worked in the Association’s Brussels office from 2005 to 2017 and is currently now Policy Manager for Wales, the Midlands and the South West.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natalie Chapman, Head of South of England and Urban Policy, Logistics UK 

Natalie-Chapman.pngNatalie heads up regional engagement for the South of England for Logistics UK. Her work includes developing and shaping transport policy to support Logistics UK’s 18,000 members; engaging with political and policy stakeholders; and representing the industry in the media.   

She has experience in developing policies to enable efficient logistics in cities and is currently focused on the roll out of Clean Air Zones across the UK, the next phase of development of the Direct Vision Standard,  and reform of the London Lorry Control Scheme. Natalie also works closely with the business community to enhance and underpin Logistics UK’s campaigning and is Deputy Chair of the London Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s Transport Committee. 

Natalie read Law at the University of the West of England in Bristol and graduated in 2003.  She joined Logistics UK later the same year. 

 

 

Heidi Skinner, Policy Manager - South, Logistics UK

Heidi is Logistics UK’s Policy Manager (South) supporting members interests across the region and working with political decision makers and opinion formers in Westminster to ensure the industry’s challenges are communicated to Government. As policy lead for the South Heidi engages with, and campaigns on behalf of, members on all the regional issues and ensure they are advised of key legislative and policy changes.

Prior to joining the Logistics UK Heidi was a political consultant for several of the UK’s leading public affairs agencies advising on political communications for transport clients.

 

 

 

Andy Neale, RED Training

Andy has worked in the field of ‘safer driving’ for most of his career, firstly, for 10 years as a Police Traffic Officer, then as an ‘L’ Driving Instructor followed by time spent as a Fleet Driver Trainer. In 2003 he set up his own business, the NFE Group which incorporated Automotional as the Fleet Driver Training arm and Performance on Demand as the Health, Wellbeing & Resiliency business. In March this year NFE was acquired by Red Driving Services where Andy continues to run the combined ‘Fleet’ business for RED.

Andy worked out very early on in his working life that most ‘incidents,’ ‘offences’ or ‘crashes’ were caused by drivers making a mental error rather than a driving error. It was then not a huge leap to try and understand why that error was made; this led to a basic understanding of Human Physiology and particularly how our emotions affect our ability to make good decisions. In essence, how we feel directly affects our performance and decision making, whether as a result of us being stressed, under pressure or even fatigued.

 

 

Seamus Leheny, Policy Manager, Logistics UK in Northern Ireland.  

Logistics UK represents the interests of over 18,000 members across the UK who are involved in road, sea, air and rail freight. Our members are wide and varied ranging from transport service providers, own account operators to transport buyers.  

Seamus’s role includes representing the logistics industry to local and national government as a key industry stakeholder as well as advising and assisting members in compliance, legislative and best practice matters. 

Previous to working at Logistics UK, Seamus worked in the shipping industry based in Belfast Port representing various European short sea shipping carriers as their Northern Ireland agent as well as an agent for deep-sea shipping lines. 

 

 

Mags Simpson, Head of Policy Engagement, Logistics UK

In January 2019, I started a new role as Head of Policy for Scotland and Northern England. I worked with policy colleagues and Government officials to ensure that our members and the freight and logistics industry are represented, whenever new or existing policies were being considered.

In January 2021 was promoted to Head of Policy Engagement as well as continuing in my role as Head of Policy for Scotland and Northern England. I lead the team responsible for the delivery of policy engagement across the UK. We represent Logistics UK’s members’ interests to outside audiences such as devolved government, combined authorities, local councils (both civil servants and politicians), as well as public audiences. Whilst continuing to brief our members on policy and regulatory issues that will impact their business and encouraging their engagement with our work.

 

 

Pat Delaney, Driver & Vehicle Agency, Operations Director

Pat is the Director of Operations in the Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) in Northern Ireland.  Pat has responsibility for driver testing, vehicle testing, driver licensing, technical training and the DVA Quality Unit. He is also the Senior Responsible Owner (SRO) for the new online Booking & Rostering System, which went live on 22 September 2021.  In addition, Pat is the SRO for DVA’s new Equipment Project, which will be installed in the new test centres in Hydebank when it opens in October 2022 and Mallusk in 2024, before being rolled out to replace aging equipment in DVA’s other test centres. 

Pat is also the SRO for the Graduated Driver Licensing project, which will radically transform the how novice drivers learn to drive, and he is vice-president of CIECA, the International Commission for Driver Training and Testing. 

 

 

Mike Beare, Driver & Vehicle Agency, Director of Business Improvement and Corporate Services

Mike joined the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) in May 2014 as Business Transformation Director with responsibility to deliver DVA’s Transformation Programme - infrastructure and digital. The five key ICT systems have been delivered, although they will be continually further developed, and the first new test centre is under construction. As a result of the progress, work is now being taken forward under the banner of “Business Improvement” which reflects Mike’s new title as Director of Business Improvement and Corporate Services. 

 

 

 

Stephen Spratt, Driver & Vehicle Agency, Head of Enforcement

Stephen joined the Department in September 1987 as a Vehicle / Driving Examiner and spent the first 4 years of his career working at Cookstown and Newry Test Centres before specialising as a Transport Enforcement Officer. In 1997 he became a Regional Enforcement Manager and in 2008, Chief Enforcement Officer. In 2018 he took up his current role as Head of Compliance & Enforcement and since then has focussed on delivering our compliance and enforcement services whilst helping the transport industry contend with the impact of the ongoing Covid -19 pandemic, the NI Protocol and HGV driver shortage.  

 

 

 

 

Jeremy Logan, Driver & Vehicle Agency, DVA Chief Executive

Jeremy joined the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) in May 2012 as the Head of Enforcement with responsibility for promoting compliance with licensing, roadworthiness and other legal requirements in respect of goods and passenger carrying vehicles, drivers and operators.  After a short period as Director of Compliance and Enforcement, he took up the role as DVA Chief Executive in April 2020, at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Since then the Agency’s focus has been on managing service recovery, particularly in respect of vehicle and driving tests, in line with Executive restrictions and public health advice and guidance.  

 

 

David Mullan, Transport Regulation Unit, Head of the Transport Regulation Unit

David Mullan is Head of Transport Regulation Unit (TRU) in the Department for Infrastructure, with responsibility for the licensing and regulation of Goods Vehicle operators. The objective of the Transport Regulation Unit is to support the freight transport industry by maximising compliance with road safety and ensuring a level playing field for all goods vehicle operators. 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard Crawford, Deputy Principal, Department for Infrastructure

Richard Crawford is policy lead in the Department for Infrastructure for the extension of operator licensing to cover light goods vehicles used in the EU.   Richard has over 20 years experience in transport policy and legislation, and has worked as a business consultant and business continuity specialist within the public sector.  

 

 

 

 

Terry Salter, Retread Manager, Bridgestone

Terry Salter is the Retread Manager for Bridgestone covering the UK & Ireland. Terry joined the tyre industry over 30 years ago and has enjoyed a varied career within Bridgestone for the last 26 years including the last 15 years as retread manager. Finding solutions that allow customers to run efficiently and reduce their environmental impact has been a key element of work over the years and mirrors a growing personal commitment to try and improve our planet. Improvements in tyre technology and many other technologies are creating new opportunities to make a difference and this is a real driver for Terry.  

 

Denise Beedell, Public Policy Manager, Logistics UK

Denise helps to deliver Logistics UK’s urban and environmental logistics policy agenda, in particular, proactively leading on policy priorities for vans, including publications, information services and discussion forums in connection with policy and regulatory issues. Denise joined Logistics UK in August 2018 from the Federation of Small Businesses, where she was Development Manager for Greater London and led on Transport, Environment and Crime policy issues in the capital..  

 

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