Support Team

Core Team Members

Adrian Lord (Arup) is Project Manager for this service, assisted by Peter Smith, who is Project Director. Adrian produced a series of Local Transport Notes on Cycling and Walking for the DfT, and has prepared many local cycling strategies, cycle tourism projects and travel plans. Adrian also regularly works with developers and has an understanding of how they contribute to cycling infrastructure and encouragement through planning gain and travel plans. Adrian is also a sports cyclist and club coach with the Halesowen Athletic and Cycling Club, one of British Cycling’s largest and most successful ‘Go Ride’ clubs. Peter managed the production of the Sustrans design guidance and in recent years has been working in development and strategic transport planning.

Tony Russell (Sustrans) is the Team Coordinator, responsible for allocating tasks to the team and developing the protocols for our work. He has 25 years experience as a professional traffic engineer and transport planner, in the public, private and NGO sectors. Prior to working for Sustrans, Tony developed and managed the CTC Benchmarking programme for nine years. He has considerable experience in all aspects of cycling policy, with particular emphasis on best value and benchmarking and on the planning and design of cycle infrastructure within the urban environment.

Johanna Cleary (Cleary-Stevens Consulting). Jo trained initially as a town planner then, after a period as planning advisor for the CTC, went on to study for a PhD in cycle planning. She has run a specialist sustainable transport planning consultancy since 1993, evolving a particular interest and significant experience in developing travel planning initiatives for schools and workplaces. She is currently involved in the preparation and delivery of the TfL Cycle Design Guide programme of training, which has been well received. Jo has a great deal of experience of developing and implementing promotional and support packages and materials for cycling, such as used in the Nottingham Cycle Friendly Employers programme.

Andy Mayo (Local Transport Projects Ltd.) has a background in transport policy and traffic engineering, with particular experience in developing the extensive network of cycle routes and 20mph zones in Hull. Andy has also helped to develop mixed priority route demonstration projects and home zone schemes to illustrate other ways in which the issues of safety and priority for non-motorised users can be addressed. He is a qualified road safety auditor and has installed over 200 local transport schemes. This has provided a wide range of practical experience in developing effective cycling solutions, whilst balancing the needs and conflicting demands of other road users.

Alex Sully (Transport Initiatives) has almost twenty years continuous experience of cycling policy, design and implementation issues, having been cycling officer for Somerset County Council and then a consultant with WS Atkins dealing with a range of cycling projects. Whilst working for Consultants AEA Technology as a member of the English Regions Cycling Development Team Alex was project manager and contributor to the drafting of the Cycle Friendly Infrastructure 2 guidance (CFI2). During that time, he was also responsible for the development and piloting of the Making Cycling Mainstream professional training programme. Alex is currently a member of the team of trainers delivering Making Cycling Mainstream through PTRC on behalf of Cycling England. He is also working for a range of other UK clients including Transport for London and a number of local authorities. Overseas clients include Land Transport New Zealand and Dublin City Council.

Tim Pheby (Transport Initiatives) Before joining Transport Initiatives, Tim was the English Regions Cycling Development Team coordinator for Yorkshire and Humber, and has worked as a traffic engineer for York, Cambridgeshire and Camden Councils. He was the first, salaried, full-time campaigner for the London Cycling Campaign during the 1980s. Tim has extensive experience of innovative traffic calming & engineering measures (e.g. the award-winning Magic Roundabout in York and the first use of Speed Cushions in the UK). He also has experience of consultation methods and project management of Safe Routes to School and Local Safety Schemes. He devised a manual for new staff to guide them through scheme design, consultation and implementation. Tim is a good communicator with experience of presentations to conferences, seminars and training courses including Velo Mondial, PTRC European Transport Conferences and CTC Regional Benchmarking.

Rob Marshall (Transport Initiatives) gained over 15 years transportation planning experience at Norfolk County Council prior to joining the ERCDT as Regional Coordinator for the Eastern Region. Rob has worked in LTP preparation and forward programme work on both major and minor schemes. He has a wide appreciation of techniques for accident and speed reduction, particularly self-explaining roads and providing for cyclists on the road. He has overseen walking, cycling and disability access strategy work for all of Norfolk Market towns and was Project Manager on the Norfolk Quiet Lanes pilot undertaken for the Countryside Commission and DfT. Rob is a Chartered Town Planner and a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

nickNick Cavill (Cavill Associates) is an independent health promotion consultant and a research associate of the University of Oxford. He specialises in the development of policy and programmes on physical activity and sport and sustainable transport.

As well as work for Cycling England, Nick is physical activity advisor to the National Obesity Observatory and the South East Public Health Observatory. He is a member of the World Cancer Research Fund policy panel and has recently published a review of economic appraisal of walking and cycling for the World Health Organization. He has worked at both Departments of Health and Transport, and was formerly at the Health Education Authority, where he was head of the physical activity programme from 1994 – 2000.

Sara BasterfieldSara Basterfield (CTC) Sara joined CTC in 2003 to work on the CTC English regional benchmarking programme which included a London project. She has extensive knowledge of the key issues facing local authorities in providing for cycling. Sara was also Secretariat to the newly formed Cycle Training Standards Board from 2007 – 2008 as well as facilitating a project to benchmark cycle training.

Sara’s original professional background is in people development and her extensive experience in various contexts enables her to provide input and support to Cycling England’s learning, training and development activities. She is also developing expertise in effective stakeholder engagement.

Ray BlackwellRay Blackwell is an independent transport consultant specialising in schemes for vulnerable road users especially cyclists. He has over 30 years of experience gained as a chartered civil engineer in a number of local authorities in the south and east of England. Ray helped set up the technical services division of the new unitary authority Medway Council and became Assistant Director and their Engineer. He was a regional manager for Sustrans before taking on the role as their traffic engineer. He left full time work to allow him more time to devote to mountain biking, riding, designing trails and promoting races.

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