ITS summit to be 'fierce but friendly'


A key figure from the UK intelligent mobility sector is set to make a major announcement in his keynote address at the ITS (UK) Summit, which kicks off on Wednesday evening in Coventry.

The Annual President’s Dinner and Awards will be held on this evening (16 October) with the second annual summit itself taking place on Thursday at the Ricoh Arena.

Mike Waters director of policy, strategy and innovation at Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) will discuss his region’s success in implementing transport technology and give advice about policy, implementation and funding of new mobility solutions plus some lessons learned.

He is also set to reveal a new plan to bring more recognition for West Midlands' ITS and share its knowledge to improve wider urban mobility and encourage investment.  

He said:’It is an honour to be asked to give the keynote speech at such an important event. We are proud to welcome ITS (UK) and its members to the West Midlands and to discuss how we have implemented transport technology into our network, bringing us major benefits quicker, cheaper and more efficiently than if we had relied on infrastructure improvements alone. ‘

More than 200 delegates attended the sold out 2018 Summit, which featured lively debates and discussions on the challenges and opportunities in the ITS sector.

In 2019 the event will again concentrate on policy, implementation and funding.


Paul Hutton (pictured), communications manager for ITS (UK) and editor of SMART Highways, said: ‘The event is not a usual talking shop full of highly technical PowerPoint presentations, but a day dedicated to discussing the policy, implementation and funding around intelligent mobility solutions.

‘We’ll have a fierce-but-friendly Oxford-style debate about shared mobility, which delegates will judge, and delegates will also get a chance to consider budget constraints in an interactive session.

‘Add in discussions about collaboration, safety systems, digital twins and smart motorways plus our apprentice and student essay winners and a round-up from the DfT, and you have a full day of top-quality thought-provoking conversation to help us deliver transport technology solutions.’

Programme highlights include:

  • an Oxford style debate on whether shared mobility is the only sustainable future for transport
  • the implementation and achievements of groundbreaking ITS projects in the English Midlands What does the end user want from the transport network?
  • an interactive session on using budgetary and political constraints to your advantage
  • the next generation of ITS experts and thought leaders on subjects such as safety, transport planning, collaboration, environment and air quality

Speakers include:

  • Steve Norris, President ITS (UK) and former Transport Minister
  • Mike Waters, Director of Policy, Strategy and Innovation, Transport for West Midlands
  • Dr Alastair McInroy, Senior Programme Manager, Technology Scotlan
  • Ben Lawson, VP Mobility and Project Development UK and Ireland, Enterprise Rent A Car
  • Lee Rowbotham, Senior Stakeholder Manager, Transport Focus
  • James Taylor, Managing Director, ShareNow
  • Andy Graham, Owner White Willow Consulting and Chair, ITS (UK) Connected Vehicles Forum
  • Catherine Bowen, Senior Policy Advisor, BVRLA
  • Teresa Jolley, Creative Director, DEFT153
  • Jennie Martin, Secretary General ITS (UK)
  • Darren Capes, ITS Policy Lead, Traffic and Technology Division, Department for Transport
  • David Powell, Head of ITS at Cubic Transportation Systems
  • James Bulleid, ITS Systems and Infrastructure Director, WSP
  • Colin Brookes, Commercial Director, Gaist
  • Dr Jill Hayden, Technical Director - Transportation, Atkins (Member of the SNC Lavalin Group)

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