TORG are pleased to announce next week's Wednesday lunchtime seminar:
"A Transport Minister's Perspective on Policy Making and Delivery"
Dr Stephen Ladyman, Former Minister of State for Transport
About the Seminar:
In 2006 the Foresight Project on Intelligent Transport Infrastructure predicted very different outcomes for the world of 2055 depending on how we address issues such as climate change and how open we are to implementing innovative transport solutions. If nothing else, the report showed that transport policy affects not only the economy or the short term convenience of commuters but also has a dramatic impact on the very nature of society.
However, decisions to build major transport infrastructure or tackle congestion or greenhouse gas emissions using innovative solutions have to be taken by politicians. How do those decisions get taken? What influences the decision making process? And what information can transport professionals provide to make the politician's task easier or encourage long term thinking? With particular emphasis on roads, the seminar will look at the future challenges facing local and central government and will identify the key priorities that politicians want to address and the factors that determine how choices get made.
About the Presenter:
Stephen began his career as a radiation biologist before moving into senior IT roles in medical research environments. He was elected to Parliament in 1997 and was the MP for South Thanet from 1997 to 2010. Before being appointed to ministerial office he was a member of several senior Parliamentary committees including the Environment Select Committee and its Transport sub-committee. Between 2003 and 2005 he was Minister for Community in the Department of Health and from 2005 to 2007 he was Minister of State in the Department for Transport. Between 2007 and 2010 he advised ITIS (Holdings) PLC (now Inrix), a company selling real time traffic information. In addition he founded the All-Party Parliamentary Freight Group and the All Party Major Infrastructure Projects Group and chaired the South East England Regional Select Committee.
As a transport minister, his brief included roads and road safety, shipping and ports, transport technology and renewable transport fuels. He was also responsible for the Driving and Vehicles Licensing Authority (DVLA), the Driving Standards Agency (DSA), the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) and the Highways Authority (HA) as well as representing the Department in the European Union. He is probably best known by the public for his time as Minister of State for Transport and especially for his appearance on 'Top Gear' defending speed cameras. He currently holds a number of positions including acting as a strategic advisor to the Clearview Traffic Group.
Please join us on Wednesday 02/10/2013 from 1300-1500 in Room 2.32, Cassie Building, Claremont Road, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU. Our seminars are advertised for two hours overall, the talk is typically around 45-50 minutes in duration followed by questions from the audience. Anyone who wishes to continue discussions can do so in the second hour following the main talk.
The Cassie Building is building number 49 on the Campus Map <http://www.ncl.ac.uk/about/visit/printablemaps/map-campus.htm> and is about a 5-10 minute walk from Haymarket metro/bus interchange or Jesmond metro station, both of which are easily accessible from Newcastle Central station or Newcastle International Airport. Car parking in and around the University campus is limited, but Park and Ride options are available from seven metro stations within Newcastle - please see the Nexus Metro Map <http://www.nexus.org.uk/sites/nexus.org.uk/files/images/metro/Metro_Map_3rd_A4.jpg> for more details.
The TORG seminars are intended to disseminate on-going research and encourage detailed discussions on a diverse range of transport topics in an informal environment - for further information on a specific seminar, please contact Dr Dilum Dissanayake <mailto:[log in to unmask]> or Dr Gareth Evans <mailto:[log in to unmask]>. The TORG seminars are part of a wider programme within the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences <http://www.ncl.ac.uk/ceg> all of which are free of charge and open for external guests to attend. Please contact Miss Emma Simblett <mailto:[log in to unmask]> if you wish to attend a TORG seminar to allow names of external guests to be noted.
We look forward to seeing you.