The annual Transport Ireland® Conference, took place recently in the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin on Thursday 16th June. Delegates heard from a number of local and visiting speakers including Eamon Ryan, TD, Minister for Transport, Aleksandra Klenke, European Commission. Peter Walsh, Transport Infrastructure Ireland and Declan Meally Sustaibable Energy Authority Ireland. The 2022 conference brought together all the key players from across Ireland to discuss the important issues facing transport policy-makers and senior managers in the transport sector.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors, NTA, AECOM, Abtran & Oracle Cloud, all speakers, delegates and exhibitors who joined us and made the conference a huge success.
Copyright © eolas Magazine. All rights reserved.
Brian Caulfield is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering. His research focuses on transport and sustainable mobility and he has been an active member in several large projects. Dr Caulfield’s research measures the impacts of sustainable transport policies by modelling large datasets which are collected using surveys and remote sensors. He has been active in transport research for over 10 years and has published over 180 journal and conference papers. He is an editor of five high-impact international journal papers. In 2017, he addressed the Irish Citizens Assembly on Climate Change and in 2020 gave advice Climate Change Advisory Council on pathways to decreasing transport emissions by 2030. He is currently a member of the NTA Steering Group for the review and update of the GDA Transport Strategy.
Derval Cummins is a Director and the European Advisory Leader, Transportation Consulting at AECOM. Derval has worked as a consultant in the transport sector for over 30 years, assisting clients in Ireland, UK and Southeast Asia across many different facets of their businesses including economic and financial analysis, governance, risk management, customer service, contracting, operations, planning and engineering. She is committed to the improvement of public transport, the promotion of walking and cycling, and the efficient use of our resources across all aspects of transport.
Dr Bidisha Ghosh is an Associate Professor in the School of Engineering at Trinity College Dublin. She is the lead of QUANT research group. She was chair of the Irish Transport Research Network until the end of 2020, the national body for transportation research in Ireland. She has published over 120 peer-reviewed conference and journal papers and is an associate editor of IET Intelligent Transport Systems, IEEE Smart Cities Smart Mobility Committee. Bidisha has been a PI in multiple national and EU projects in the field of traffic and transportation modelling, environmental modelling and infrastructure management.
Anne Graham is Chief Executive Officer with the National Transport Authority. She previously worked with the Authority as Director of Public Transport Services on the regulation and provision of public transport services nationally. Prior to joining the NTA, she worked in the Dublin local authorities as a chartered civil engineer in the drainage, roads and traffic divisions; as a Project Manager on the redevelopment of Dublin’s O’Connell Street area and as an Area Manager in the South West area of the city.
Jennie Martin is Secretary General of ITS United Kingdom, the Intelligent Transport Society for the UK. She joined the organisation in 1998. Prior to that, she worked in the City Engineer’s Department at the Corporation of London, the local authority for the “Square Mile” financial district of London. Jennie began her working life with the then British Rail in 1986. Jennie has a BA (Hons) in History from Kings College London, and an MA from the UK’s Open University. She wrote her MA thesis on the institutional framework of the introduction of camera technology for traffic applications in London. She started with ITS (UK) as Membership Secretary, and was promoted to Secretary General in 2004.
Cathal Masterson is Director of Commercial Operations at Transport Infrastructure Ireland. He is a chartered civil engineer with an MSc in project management and prior to joining the Transport Infrastructure Ireland, he worked as a consultant with Jacobs Engineering and Booz Allen on a variety of transport projects for public and private sector clients.
Daisy Narayanan is the Senior Manager - Placemaking and Mobility at the City of Edinburgh Council where she leads on delivering a city-wide integrated approach to transport and placemaking. Daisy is on the Board of Architecture & Design Scotland and a member of the Evidence Group for Scotland’s Climate Assembly. She was on the Active Travel Task Force set up by the Minister for Transport and the Islands and is a member of the Scottish Transport Awards judging panel. Drawing on her previous experience working as an architect and urban designer in India, Singapore, England and Scotland, Daisy believes passionately in the importance of creating places for people: places that reflect and complement the communities that live in them.
Professor Nick Reed has worked at the cutting edge of transportation research for more than fifteen years and has since been instrumental in connected and automated vehicle projects in the UK to the value of more than £50 million. Nick was Academy Director at TRL (the UK’s Transport Research Laboratory) before becoming Head of Mobility R&D at Bosch, the world’s largest automotive supplier. He has since founded Reed Mobility – an independent expert consultancy on future mobility topics working across the public, private and academic sectors including projects for the European Commission, DfT, TfL, BSI and RSSB.
Mark Finlay is Head of Public Sector for the Republic of Ireland at Amazon Web Services (AWS). With his team, including Account Managers, Solution Architects and Procurement Specialists, he supports Irish customers to drive digital transformation by leveraging AWS Cloud. This focus includes Government, Transport, Education, Healthcare, and semi-state organisations, supporting the delivery of scalable, innovative, secure, and cost effective solutions to transform public services. Prior to AWS, Mark gained extensive experience working with emerging technologies such as IoT and Assisted Living technology in previous roles with Motech, Telefónica O2 Ireland and Three Ireland.
Conor O’Dowd has been Chief Executive Officer at The Port of Galway (“the Port”) since November 2018. Prior to joining the Port, Conor spent his entire career with KPMG where he held senior roles in its Dublin and Galway offices. Conor is a long serving member of the Council of Galway Chamber of Commerce and served as its President from May 2016 to May 2017. Conor is a co-founder and current director of The Galway City Innovation District (“GCID”). The GCID have developed The PorterShed as a successful innovation hub in the heart of Galway for start-ups and scaling companies.
Peter Walsh was appointed TII’s CEO on 1st October 2020. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer with more than 40 years’ experience and worked for a building contractor and a consultant engineer, but mainly for Local Authorities in road construction, prior to joining the NRA in 2000. With the NRA, he worked on the delivery of the motorway network until 2015, when the NRA was merged with the RPA to form TII. In the newly formed TII, he took up the position of Director of Capital Programme Management. In that position he was involved with light Rail and Metro capital projects along with national road projects.
Jim Meade was appointed Chief Executive of Iarnród Éireann / Irish Rail in in May 2018. He had previously been Director, Railway Undertaking since 2013 responsible for all passenger and freight services. Jim began his railway career as an apprentice fitter in 1979, joining the company as a fitter in Limerick Locomotive Shed upon completion of his apprenticeship in 1983. Since then Jim has worked in a range of roles including fleet maintenance management, strategic change programmes, District Manager in Limerick, and Regional Manager in the west of Ireland, before becoming Director of Train Operations. Jim leads the management team in ensuring that the railway is operated and maintained in a manner that prioritises safety for passengers, employees and third parties; provides a quality customer service to all who use the rail network; strengthens the productivity and performance gains that have been achieved in recent years to secure a sustainable financial position; and delivers rail’s contribution in support of the Government of Ireland’s policies on sustainable development.
Ray Coyne joined Dublin Bus in 1991 and has detailed knowledge of the operations of the business and transport industry having held a number of senior roles in the areas of Operations, Business Development and Human Resources. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer in July 2015 and has led significant changes in the transport network over the past decade requiring the implementation of complex change management programmes within both the business and the industry. A continued focus on cost management and service quality has delivered year on year improvements in revenue, customer performance and efficiency. Ray is a member of the UITP EU Committee, has a diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors, and is an alumni of both UCD Smurfit School (MBA) and Harvard Business School (PLDA).
Jamie Cudden leads Dublin City Council’s Smart City program, an innovation programme that is addressing city challenges through the application of new and emerging technology opportunities. Through this work he has delivered collaborations with world leading tech companies such as Google, Bentley, Softbank, Microsoft, IBM and Intel. One of his flagship projects was the establishment of the ‘Smart Docklands’ district that provides a platform for start-ups, big tech, the city, and academia to come together and fast track innovation. He established the 'Smart Dublin’ regional initiative in 2015 - an umbrella brand for the four Dublin local authorities to collaborate and to deliver more efficient city services, better outcomes for residents and to support new economic opportunities.
Graham Brennan is Transport Programme Manager at the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. He is responsible for the development and management of SEAI’s Electric Vehicle (EV) programmes which have disbursed €74m in supports to help establish the current market of over 30,000 EVs on Irish roads. Graham was a member of the Government’s Low Emission Vehicles (LEV) Task Force which developed the key policies in place today underpinning the development of the EV market in Ireland. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the IEA HEV Technology Collaboration Programme. Previously Graham was responsible for running the Ocean Energy and RE Research & Development programmes within SEAI providing support for the first installations of wave energy, biomass and biofuel technology demonstrators in Ireland amongst others. The results of this work has helped to inform policy developments in respective fields. Before joining SEAI, Graham worked for Rolls-Royce Aero Engines on turbine design in Derby, UK and prior to that he worked in the offshore oil and gas sector in Aberdeen.
Nicola Kane is Head of Strategic Planning, Insight and Innovation at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and spends most of her time thinking about what the future might hold, as her team works to develop and deliver a long-term transport strategy for Greater Manchester, covering the period to 2040 (www.tfgm.com/strategy). Nicola is a chartered town planner (MRTPI) and qualified transport planning professional (TPP) and joined TfGM in 2014 after 15 years of working in consultancy. She has wide-ranging experience in transport strategy and policy development, development planning and travel behaviour change. She’s now enjoying the opportunity to help shape the future of transport in Greater Manchester and is leading a range of work, including a new 5-year transport Delivery Plan (in support of the Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040), the development of a vision-led approach to strategic planning, and Greater Manchester’s future mobility aspirations. Nicola was awarded Transport Planner of the Year by Transport Planning Society in 2017 for her work in leading Greater Manchester’s 2040 Transport Strategy and the 2040 Strategy also won the EU’s “7th Sustainability Urban Mobility Plan award on multi-modality” in 2019.
Aoife O’Grady is Principal Officer in the Department of Transport. Since joining the Department in 2009, she has worked in the areas of sustainable transport, strategy and analysis, and Corporate Support and Communications with a recent focus on the COVID-19 crisis. Aoife recently became the head of the Climate Change Unit in the Department; her work will encompass key transport elements of the next Climate Action Plan. Aoife previously worked in the UK Department for Transport from 2004- 2009. Her academic background is in sociology, research and evaluation. Aoife graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a B.A. She also holds an M.A and PhD from the University of Warwick.
Dalton Philips is the CEO of daa. daa’s airports, airport management contracts, retail outlets and airport investments provide services to more than 135 million passengers per year in 12 countries across four continents. Previously, Dalton has held a number of senior leadership roles, working in 14 countries for companies including Walmart, Loblaw (Canada’s leading retailer) and Morrisons. His roles included Chief Executive of Brown Thomas Group, Chief Operating Officer of Canadian retailer Loblaw Companies and Chief Executive of Wm Morrison plc.
Brian Donaldson is Chief Executive Officer of The Maxol Group, the largest independent forecourt convenience company in Ireland. An honours business graduate of the University of Bradford, Brian has worked for the Group since 1986. Prior to his appointment as CEO, Brian held the position of Group General Manager and was responsible for the development of the Group’s extensive retail network, including developing its retailer operating model and establishing food partner alliances with Mace/Spar. Brian is also a founding Director and member of the Northern Ireland Oil Federation and has worked closely with the Irish Petrol Retailers Association on raising the profile of the forecourt retailer sector. Brian is a former member of the CBI Council in Northern Ireland, former Co-Chair of ECR Ireland, Director of Fuels for Ireland, Director of the International Board for NACS and is currently Chairman of Retail Ireland. In July 2020, Maxol entered the green energy market with the establishment of bright energy, which supplies 100% green electricity to households across Ireland and was established as part of Maxol’s sustainability and diversification strategies for this 100 year old business.
Caoimhe is Chief Sustainability officer at CIÉ having been appointed in April 2020. Caoimhe has over 20 years’ experience in competition and regulation, strategy, and sustainability development. Prior to joining CIÉ, Caoimhe advised and led the delivery of regulatory strategy in the communications markets and in sustainable development. Her experience includes senior management roles in ComReg, as Head of Market Intelligence and Market Analysis Manager and in strategy development in AXA Ireland. Caoimhe is the Chair of Global Action Plan, Ireland, a not for profit organisation driving sustainability initiatives across Ireland. She has a Dip. Company Direction, IoD and holds an MBA from the University of Cambridge; a Dip. Competition Econ, Kings College London; an MA in Economics Université Libre de Bruxelles; and a BA International in Economics from University College Dublin.
Lower Fitzwilliam Street
Dublin 2, D02 XT91
Tel: +353 (0)1 661 3755
The Radisson Blu Royal Hotel is located in Golden Ln, Dublin, Ireland
Click here for directions.