Sustainable Transport Conference Speaker Profiles




Jon Shaw is Professor and Head of Geography at the University of Plymouth. He has been Associate Editor of the Journal of Transport Geography and a Specialist Adviser to the Transport Committee of the House of Commons. He researches issues associated with mobility, transport policy and governance and he is widely published in the academic and policy literatures. His recent research activity includes a large EU-funded project on the mobility needs of older people. He is the author / co-author of three books (The Transport Debate, Diverging Mobilities and Competition, Regulation and the Privatisation of British Rail) and has co-edited five books including the textbook Transport Geographies and Traffic Jam, the acclaimed analysis of UK transport policy.

GRAHAM WILSON: Chair of the Expressway Working Group for Plymouth Cycling Campaign

I joined PCyC in 2012 and set up the first working group to try and encourage our local authorities to support cycling for local people as an alternative to the car.  I am a member of IAM RoadSmart and achieved 50 years membership in 2017.  I am also a Sustrans Ride Manager and Vice Chair of PL21 Transition Town Initiative.

In 2013, our Working Group submitted proposals to our local authorities for safe, fast cycle routes in Plymouth’s eastern corridor suitable for commuting which, if adopted, we believe will reduce traffic congestion and improve people’s health.

I am a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and ran my own practice in Devon from 1983 until 2010.  I am now semi retired and run a holiday let near Ivybridge.  On my bicycle I enjoy touring and have travelled all over the UK, been to Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, France, Netherlands, Spain and Mongolia.

GARY STREETER MP: Member of Parliament for South West Devon

Gary (2nd from left) has bought a new bike. His goal is to try and get fitter and also to go out riding with a grandson who is keen on the activity.

He says “At a time when our nation is battling obesity, or worried about a sedentary lifestyle, or concerned about carbon emissions, cycling could be our not-so-secret weapon.  The key is dedicated and safe cycle routes. In recent years I have been assisting members of the Plymouth Cycling Group get their message across to planners at Plymouth and Devon Highways and Planning Departments that it is vital to design in discrete cycle paths in new developments and to look to join up existing cycle routes wherever possible.  Many European countries are light years ahead of us in ensuring that their town and city centres encourage the bike and not just the car. I accept that it helps if a terrain is flat and the weather less inclement than ours, but even so we have some catching up to do with our continental cousins”.

Neil Greig: IAM Director of Policy and Research

I joined the IAM on January 1st 2007 and my role involves setting the strategic direction for the IAM’s Policy and Research Division, co-ordinating its research programme and working with the media and opinion formers across the UK.  I continue to represent the IAM in Scotland and also in Brussels on working parties of the FIA Mobility Division of which we are active members.

From 1992 to 2006 I was Head of Policy, Scotland with the AA Motoring Trust, during this time I also helped establish the EuroRAP (European Roads Assesement Programmme) which star rates roads for risk.

I worked in motoring public affairs for the AA from 1986 to 1991, with a short stint at RoSPA in Birmingham as Technical Manager Road Safety in 1991/92.

I have an Honours degree in Geography from Aberdeen University and an MSc in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.

I am a member of , among many others, PACTS Road User behaviour Working Group, the Prince Michael of Kent International Road Safety Awards Panel, Scottish Government Road Safety Operational Group, Transport Focus and Highways England Roaduser Panels.

ROSEMARY STARR: Transport Smarter Choices Manager, Plymouth City Council

Rosie is the Transport Smarter Choices Manager for Plymouth City Council. In this role Rosie leads on the walking, cycling and transport behavioural change programmes for the Authority, including initiatives such as Plymotion. The Transport Smarter Choices team will be investing circa £2M in behavioural change programmes between now and March 2020, through the Department for Transport’s Access Fund for Sustainable Travel, complementing the infrastructure investment being made by the Council which includes £8.95M in walking and cycling schemes between 2016/17 and 2020/21. 

PAOLA SPIVACH: Sustrans Head of Design and Engineering, England South

Paola is a qualified architect with nearly 20 years professional experience spanning all aspects of street and highway design, focusing on sustainable transport, cycle infrastructure and the relationship between roads and the urban environment. In the past she has worked on several ground-breaking shared space schemes, sustainable transport schemes and street design schemes with high levels of community engagement.  She leads Sustrans England South Design and Engineering team.