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Annual Conference at Interchange

27 February @ 11:30 - 17:30

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The ITS UK Conference focuses on how transport technology can lead to a greener, safer, more efficient and better integrated transport network, bringing together leading technologists, government officials, policy makers and industry leaders.

The ITS UK Annual Conference is our major national, strategic event, bringing together the transport technology industry to discuss key issues of the day. The Conference is part of Interchange, the national infrastructure event focused on achieving a seamless and sustainable transport system that works for people, the economy and the environment.

Alongside the ITS UK Annual Conference, Interchange incorporates and co-locates with TIP (Transforming Infrastructure Performance) Live and the STB Conference; bringing together major public and private transport infrastructure clients, national and local transport authorities and with their upstream supply chains and the energy, property and tech sectors.

About the Conference

The ITS UK Annual Conference will explore how technology is reshaping mobility. The Conference will explore the four key topics of connectivity and autonomy, integration, sustainability and society and industry growth, with speakers from government at all levels and companies of all sizes.

Connectivity and Autonomy
Technology is increasingly enabling greater connectivity between infrastructure, vehicles and the wider network. With the UK leading the way in autonomous vehicle technology, we’ll explore how the industry is delivering connected and automated mobility, and the greater use of data and AI to achieve it.

Through smart ticketing, mobility as a service and new forms of shared mobility, the UK has the opportunity to develop a more joined-up and seamless experience for transport users. We’ll explore what building blocks need to be in place to create a fully integrated network. We’ll look at the current state of play for new micromobility services, and the benefits they can provide.

Sustainability and Society
As one of the largest emitters of CO2 and air pollution, it is more urgent than ever that the transport industry ramps up its decarbonisation efforts. We’ll explore technologies role in achieving net zero across the transport network. We’ll also explore how we ensure we deliver greater safety, in the road to Zero Harm.

Industry Growth
The global ITS sector is expected to grow by 7.7% up to 2030. How can the UK best take advantage of this growth and best utilise the many businesses and globally-regarded expertise we have on our shores? We’ll explore the value of transport as a key strategic growth sector, one which the UK can develop a competitive advantage in, from which to export and grow abroad. And we’ll consider how we ensure we are supporting a new generation of intelligent transport professionals to enter the industry and who reflect the diversity of the public they serve.

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The Agenda

08:00 | Registration, networking, exhibition, plenaries and keynote on the Main Stage, followed by a coffee break

11.30 | Welcome to the ITS UK Annual Conference

Stuart Scott, Chair, ITS UK & Max Sugarman, Chief Executive, ITS UK

11.35 | Welcome Message from Transport Innovation Minister Anthony Browne MP

11.40 | The Road to 2027: An Introduction to the ITS World Congress 2027 in Birmingham

John Paddington, Senior Manager, ERTICO

Mark Collins, Head of Future Transport, Transport for West Midlands

Darren Capes, Head of ITS Policy, Department for Transport

Chair: Stuart Scott, Chair, ITS UK

Theme One: Connectivity & Autonomy

Chair: Ryan Hood, Digital Highways Leader, Arup

12.00 | Keynote: Delivering the CAV Vision

Dominik Leeson, Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles – Department for Transport

12.20 | Panel: How can transport best utilise the power of data and AI?

Sam Li, Senior Innovation Officer, Transport for Greater Manchester

Anna Jordan, Co-Founder & CEO, Alchera Technologies & BridgeAI Transport Advisory Board Chair

Phil Clifton, Managing Director, Balfour Beatty

Alex Mindell, Head of AI & Autonomy, Department for Transport

Richard Barrington, Director, Smart Cities & Land Mobility, Angoka

Olga Gonzalez, Marketing Director, Valerann

13:00 | Lunch & Networking

Theme Two: Integration

13:45 | Fireside Chat: Achieving the vision of a truly integrated transport network

John Chapman, Regional Transport Lead,  Amazon Web Services

Mark Collins, Head of Future Transport, Transport for the West Midlands

Chair: Max Sugarman, Chief Executive, ITS UK

14:05 | Panel: Delivering greater integration through Mobility as a Service (MaaS)

Alastair McInroy, CEO, MaaS Scotland

Steven Longman, MaaS Programme Lead, Solent Transport

Martin Howell, Director, Transport Markets, UK & Ireland, Worldline

Dallas Delaney, Marketing Manager, Snapper Services

Tim Casswell, City Development Lead, TIER Mobility

Chair: Mark Collins, Head of Future Transport, Transport for the West Midlands

Theme Three: Sustainability and Society

Chair: Catherine Whitfield, Associate Director – ITS, WSP & Vice Chair, ITS UK

14:45 | Keynote: ITS in delivering a sustainable transport future

Vivi Michalaki, Head of Intelligent Transport Systems, National Highways

15:15 | Tea, networking, exhibition, keynote stage address

15:30 | Panel: Safety critical – how can technology support a safer transport system?

James Riley, Managing Director, Neology UK

Margaret Winchcomb, Deputy Executive Director, PACTS

David Denner, Highways Technology Manager, Welsh Government

James Heslop, Head of Strategy, Network Rail R&D Portfolio

Flora McFarlane, Head of Growth and Partnerships, VivaCity

Siobhan Campbell, Technical Director, WSP

Theme Four: Industry Growth

Chair: Caroline Hildreth, Principal, Netcompany

16:10 | Keynote: Delivering a step change in traffic signals innovation

Darren Capes, Head of ITS Policy, Department for Transport

16:30 | Panel: Talent, the industry and delivering on diversity

Louise Cheeseman, Founder and Chair, Women in Bus and Coach

Steve Spender, Chief Executive, Institute of Highway Engineers

Scott Heath, Innovation Lead, Thales

James Hornsby, Early Careers Lead, ITS UK

Gemma Tredwell, Chair, Women in ITS

Joanna Hill, Women in Transport North West Lead

17:10 | Concluding remarks

Max Sugarman, Chief Executive, ITS UK

17:15 | End

From 17:15 | Networking Drinks Reception,  including a keynote by Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham.

See the Speakers


27 February
11:30 - 17:30
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Manchester Central Convention Complex, Windmill Street, Manchester M2 3GX
Manchester Central Convention Complex, Windmill Street
Manchester, M2 3GX
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