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Campaign for Better Transport announces changes to its Board

27 September 2019

Campaign for Better Transport has announced the appointment of seven new Trustees to its Board. Coming from backgrounds including planning, law, retail and finance, they bring a wealth of experience to the charity as well as a commitment to Campaign for Better Transport's mission: to make sustainable transport available to all and encourage its use.

Darren Shirley, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said:

"As Campaign for Better Transport approaches its 50th year, transport is undergoing a transformation. The changes to come should be focused on improving the wellbeing of communities, quality of life and the environment. I am delighted to welcome the new Trustees to our board, who will help us to deliver our new Strategy and bring high quality, sustainable transport to more communities."

The seven new Trustees are Adrian Berendt, David Buchan, Shamit Gaiger, Charlie Hamilton, Ian Howes, Helen Michaels and Matthew White.

Ruth Chambers has stepped down from the role of Chair of the board of Trustees, with John Stewart elected to succeed her.

John Stewart, Chair of Campaign for Better Transport, said:

"I look forward to working with our new Board to help Campaign for Better Transport deliver transport solutions that benefit the environment, the economy, individual communities and society as a whole. The wealth of experience of the new appointees will be invaluable as we work to ensure transport's contribution to reducing air pollution, meeting net zero greenhouse gas targets, and tackling loneliness and social exclusion caused by poor connections.

"We are indebted to Ruth Chambers for the vital role she has played in Campaign for Better Transport's work over the last seven years, during which time the charity has moved sustainable transport up the political agenda, achieving many successes, from new rail stations to a Bus Services Act."


For further information please contact the press office on 020 3746 2235 or communications@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

Campaign for Better Transport's Strategy 2019-2024 can be read on our website.

Biographies of the new board members:

Adrian Berendt

Adrian has worked in the financial services sector for over 30 years, specialising in Finance and Risk Management. Much of his career has been in consulting on change management. Adrian has been a strategic advisor and a Trustee in the charity sector and has advised ACCA on governance, as Chair of its Governance Risk and Performance group. He has a particular interest in promoting active travel and in campaigning for road danger reduction. He leads the 20's Plenty for Us campaign for Kent.

David Buchan

David Buchan is a chartered accountant and spent most of his career in central government finance, including several years as Group Financial Controller at the Department for Transport. He now works part time for a charity and has experience as a trustee / treasurer of charities in other fields. His interest in and understanding of the foibles of the transport system has been formed by a lifetime of commuting by train, tube and (long ago, when it was possible) rural bus.

Shamit Gaiger

Shamit Gaiger leads AECOM's Strategic Advisory in Transport. She is also a Non-Executive Director at the Department for Transport's Passenger Services and a member of the Franchising Advisory Panel to Secretary of State. Shamit has over 20 years of experience in developing national and sectoral policies and strategies for the UK in areas such as innovation, technology, sustainability, risk sharing, productivity, decision taking, skills and leadership. Most recently she led the negotiations on the Rail Sector Deal on behalf of Government.

Charlie Hamilton

Charlie has been Managing Director of multiple transport companies, including a 100 year old bus and coach company, a special needs and school transport operator and co-founding a technology start-up looking at how technology can improve surface transport for passengers as well as the environment. Charlie has recently joined Deloitte in their London consulting office as a Director. Charlie is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

Ian Howes

Ian has spent the last 25 years in Retail Supply Chain and Logistics, working with major retail brands in a Third Party and in house capacity. More recently he was part of the Argos Transformation into a Digital Retail Leader and is now Operations and Development Director for Sainsbury's Argos Non Food Supply Chain. Ian has a passion for delivering outstanding customer service, continuous improvement and leading transformational change to improve business results to improve efficiency and customer service.

Helen Michaels

Helen is an experienced board-level advisor and coach, having worked with charities, SMEs and FTSE 100 companies in the UK and internationally. After executive roles at British Airways, Monarch Airlines, Price Waterhouse Coopers and Baker Tilly, she founded a consultancy business specialising in transformational and cultural change. Helen is also CEO and co-founder of Digi-Board who provide online governance reviews designed specifically for charities and not-for-profit organisations.

Matthew White

Matthew is a partner at law firm Herbert Smith Freehills. He is Head of Planning in London and has more than 20 years of experience advising on all aspects of planning and development law. Matthew is a Legal Associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a member of the City of London Law Society Planning and Environmental Law Committee and the British Property Federation's Planning Committee.

Campaign for Better Transport operates in England and Wales. We campaign to bring sustainable transport to all and ensure solutions are delivered that improve the wellbeing of communities, quality of life and the environment. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).