I have been working for over 25 years in the fields of environmental management and sustainability and I am passionate about helping find practical ways we can reduce our environmental impacts in ways that benefit of both organisations and individuals.
In 1999 I started working with FirstGroup one of the UK’s largest public transport providers in a consultancy capacity finally joining the Group in 2008 in the role of Group Head of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) before returning to consultancy in January 2013. During this period I have developed an in depth understanding of the opportunities and challenges associated with delivering more sustainable transport solutions. I was involved in developing the company’s Climate Change Strategy, developing the sustainable supply chain programme with the purchasing function and all CSR related communication. While at FirstGroup I was also closely involved in industry initiatives working to deliver more sustainable solutions and promote the benefits of public transport such as the Sustainable Rail Programme and the UK Bus industry Greener Journeys initiative. Based on my experience I can add value to projects looking to build the necessary partnerships to develop more integrated travel solutions and have a good understanding of the travel issues and business benefits to organisations looking to improve travel management.
Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association
As CEO of the Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association I represent members working on sustainable transport and renewable energy projects, including many universities and local authorities in Scotland. Hydrogen offers zero tail-pipe emissions, and if the hydrogen is produced using renewable energy then the CO2 emissions are also effectively zero.
I see my role on the 2020 Transport sub-Group being to help identify where and when we can deploy these technologies in a cost-effective and environmentally beneficial manner, along with the necessary behavioural changes needed to deliver the 2020 targets.
Director of Environment
Head of Sustainable Transport
David Densley, Head of Sustainable Transport with SSE. I am involved in sustainable transport initiatives within SSE, in particular the trials of electric vehicles and the infrastructure to support their wider scale adoption. I am also involved with the UK Hydrogen mobility platform which plans to identify the routes to a roll out of hydrogen infrastructure. I see my role as providing technical and commercial advice on supporting EV deployment based on our experience of several projects, and in participating in further projects to support both EV and hydrogen vehicles.
Head, Sustainable Transport Policy
Role: arms-length role, as an official from a government agency, but to facilitate
- read-across of the group’s direction and work to Scottish Government policy
- links to parallel initiatives in relation making the transition to low carbon transport. e.g., work by the Public Sector Climate Action Group as well as by Transport Scotland delivery bodies such as EST
Allied Vehicles Ltd
Paul Nelson Managing Director of Allied Vehicles Ltd in Glasgow who are manufacturers of taxis, wheelchair adapted vehicles and electric vehicles. We have particular experience of the issues surrounding the electric vehicle market and the taxi part of public transportation.
Environmental Sustainability Manager
As Environment Sustainability Manager for the RBS Group, my role is to help the bank reduce its operational environment impacts, encourage the development of ‘Green’ products and services and help report our environment performance externally. One of the biggest challenges in reducing our environment impacts will be to reduce our emissions from business travel. We have set ourselves a target to reduce our business travel emissions by 50% by 2020. My role within the 2020 Transport Sub-Group can be to give the perspective of a large corporate organisation and the challenges it faces in encouraging staff to reduce business and commuter travel, also to explore any financial products and services which can help aid more sustainable travel solutions.
Contract and Commercial Governance Manager, Business Services
Gemma Rankine was appointed as Contract and Commercial Governance Manager within General Services in 2010 and reports to Peter Brady, Head Of Business Services.
Responsible for the implementation and delivery of all Business Services and Facility Management Services, Fleet Management and associated maintenance contracts, in line with the Iberdrola One Corporate Centre Model.
Primarily responsible for managing the UK contracts and delivery team, which consists of 30 FTE, to ensure contractual performance is achieved at all times. Management of all commercial aspects of the contracts, to deliver in line with the agreed contractual terms, financial budgets, (of approximately £24 million) and strategic goals of both the department and the wider Iberdrola organisation.
In addition to the above, I am required to ensure that all services and contracts within my remit, are fully aligned to the Iberdrola General Services Model and Scottish Power’s business objectives, which requires a great deal of stakeholder engagement within ScottishPower and Iberdrola. Management of all performance management outcomes via Group wide KPI Reporting, (Customer, Finance, Environmental, Health and Safety, Service) ensuring the “One Corporate Centre” targets are managed and year on year improvements demonstrated.
Head of Transportation & Environmental Services
Bob was born in Dunoon, 1961 and was brought up in Aberdeen and Ayr before studying civil engineering at Strathclyde University, Glasgow 1978-82 where he gained a BSc (Hons) in civil engineering In April 2011 Bob took on the role as Head of Transportation and Environmental Services with approximately 1300 staff and a budget responsibility of around £125m. In September 2001 Bob joined Fife Council as Head of Transportation Services with responsibility for 530 professional, technical and admin staff covering all areas of roads, transportation and engineering services with a budget responsibility of some £80m. Previously in 1995 he was appointed as Director of Roads for Angus Council.
He began his career with Lothian Regional Council in Edinburgh in 1982 as a Graduate Civil Engineer and progressed to Assistant Director of Transportation, a post he held between 1993 and 1995. Bob was awarded a PhD in Civil Engineering (construction management) after part-time study between 1988-1994 again from Strathclyde University, Glasgow.
Highlands & Islands Enterprise
Local Air Quality Management Specialist
Environmental & CSR Manager
Lothian Buses plc
After gaining a BSc in Botany at the University of Edinburgh in 1997 followed by a PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Durham in 2001 Steve worked as a Senior Research Associate and Undergraduate Tutor at Durham University whilst carrying out research into the biochemical factors underpinning bruising in potatoes. After a change of location in 2006 Steve returned to the bus industry (having been a bus driver during University vacations) initially as a driver with Lothian Buses before moving to the position of Scheduler in 2007, then becoming their first Environmental Manager in 2009 – a role which successfully combines his interests in the bus industry with his scientific background. From 2010 Steve has taken on the additional responsibility for managing Lothian Buses’ CSR work. The company has developed an active schools engagement programme working with children from nursery to secondary school age targeting workplace skills and helping children with special educational needs become independent travellers.
He has successfully led Lothian Buses to become the 2012 Best Green Large Company in Scotland and the 2012 VIBES Transport award winners.
Energy Saving Trust
Rail Freight Network
Philip Matthews has worked on climate change, transport and sustainable development issues for 20 years.
He is the Executive Co-Director of NuLeAF, the Nuclear Legacy Advisory Forum, and a Partner in CAG Consultants, one of the UK’s leading climate change consultancies. He has undertaken a wide range of work on climate change and sustainability for clients including the Scottish Government, DECC, the Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly Government, local authorities and other public bodies. Phil is also the Chair of Transform Scotland, the national alliance for sustainable transport.
Between 2007 and 2010 he was the Sustainable Development Commission’s (SDC) Senior Policy Advisor and Acting Director in Scotland. In this role he lead a detailed annual audit of the Scottish Government’s performance on sustainable development, reporting to the First Minister; and managed a wide range of engagement, consultation and review processes, working closely with Government and other stakeholders. Phil has also worked as Secretary to the Lord Provost’s Commission on Sustainable Development for the City of Edinburgh, a think tank tasked with preparing a blueprint for Scotland’s capital, and for a range of other public, private and NGO bodies in the UK and overseas.
Originally from Aberdeen, Phil now lives in Edinburgh. He holds an Honours Degree in Geography from Edinburgh University and a Masters (with Distinction) in Environmental Change and Management from Oxford University.
Regional Sales Manager
In the 15 years I have been with Enterprise, I have held a number of positions incluing Area Manager, Group Risk Manager, and now Regional Sales Manager. In my current role I spend a lot of my time partnering with both public and private sector organisations helping them travel more sustainably. My primary focus is reducing companies reliance on grey fleet or mileage reimbursement and pointing them towards more sustainable options. Enterprise is heavily involved in many aspects of environmental sustainability for example our 50 million tree pledge and our $25 million grant to the Donald Danforth Foundation for research into aleternative fuels.
Senior Executive, Low Carbon Technologies
Christopher is an economic development specialist with over 12 years of experience in Scottish Development International and Scottish Enterprise. Having previously supported the Enabling Technology and Knowledge Transfer areas Christopher now leads on the implementation of SE’s Low Carbon Technologies strategy which seeks to establish a domestic industry group able to both meet Scotland’s challenges and export worldwide into the various low carbon markets. Current areas of focus include the Water, Renewable Heat and Transport markets.