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Campaign for Better Transport looks to appoint new CEO

19 February 2018

Campaign for Better Transport has announced it is looking to appoint a new Chief Executive Officer.

Stephen Joseph, the current Chief Executive, will be stepping down at the end of Autumn 2018. Stephen was appointed Executive Director of Transport 2000 in 1988, the same year Michael Palin was appointed President, and received an OBE in 1996 for services to transport and the environment. Transport 2000 changed its name to Campaign for Better Transport in 2007.

During his 30 year tenure with the charity, Stephen has worked with 18 different Transport Secretaries and seven different Governments. Under his leadership Campaign for Better Transport has been instrumental in saving the national Bus Service Operators Grant; getting the Government to drop above inflation rail fare rises; the reform of company car taxation; the introduction of the New Stations Fund to finance new railway stations and reopen lines; securing the Local Sustainable Transport Fund; establishing Total Transport Pilots; and the introduction of the Designated Funds to make roads better for non-car users and the environment.

The charity has also helped thousands of local campaigners stop bus cuts and destructive roads; conducted authoritative research; and brought people together to influence future transport policy and spending priorities.

Stephen Joseph said: “Today’s transport world is a very different one from when I started. Back then, sustainability and user interests were fringe concerns and nobody in the Department for Transport would even talk to us; the Government was consulting on shutting the Settle-Carlisle railway; the only trams in the UK were on a heritage line; and there was talk of big new motorways in cities. Now, we are seeing new railway stations and reopened lines; cities are building cycle routes and turning roads into spaces for people; and there are new modern tram networks.

“It's been a real privilege to lead Campaign for Better Transport all these years and to have helped make transport better. There are still big challenges ahead and the organisation will continue to have an important role in the future. I hope my successor, whoever that is, will find the job as rewarding as I have.”

Michael Palin, President of Campaign for Better Transport, said: “I have worked with Stephen over many years, both at Transport 2000 and Campaign for Better Transport. I have enormous admiration for his commitment and dedication to the cause of better and more extensive public transport. Stephen wears his enthusiasms lightly, preferring discussion and debate to the dogmatic or dictatorial. Though he will listen to all sides of an argument, he is admirably tenacious and determined in pursuing what he believes in. Well informed, well connected and well respected, his diplomatic skills have achieved a harmony and coordination of purpose not always present in pressure groups. The cause of better transport cannot have had a more staunch advocate. Though his skilful, steadfast leadership will be sorely missed, Stephen has built the firm foundations on which future work can go forward.”

Ruth Chambers, Chair of the Trustees, said: “We owe Stephen a huge debt of thanks for his unwavering commitment to sustainable transport campaigning over the past 30 years. He has led Campaign for Better Transport through many challenges and his tireless campaigning efforts have been nothing short of heroic, and an inspiration for all those who have had the privilege to work alongside him. Stephen’s legacy includes a clear organisational vision, sound finances and a team of outstanding campaigners.

“Today we are launching the search for a new Chief Executive. This is one of the most exciting roles in the charity sector and offers the chance to influence decisions at the heart of both government and the biggest transport operators. If you have strong leadership credentials, a passion for creating positive change and are an exceptional communicator, we would love to hear from you.”

Application details for the post of Chief Executive are available on Campaign for Better Transport’s website at www.bettertransport.org.uk/jobs/chief-executive.


For further information please contact Alice Ridley on 020 7566 6495 / 07984 773 468 or alice.ridley@bettertransport.org.uk

For further information please contact Richard Watkins on 020 7566 6494 / 07984 773 468 orrichard.watkins@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

  1. An application pack for the role of Chief Executive is available to download from Campaign for Better Transport’s website.
  2. Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).