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22 Jul 2016 (provided by Local Transport Today)
Mark Kemp has been appointed director of transport at Buckinghamshire County Council, joining from Oxfordshire County Council where he is deputy director – commercial, a role that includes highways, transport, property and waste. Oxfordshire has appointed Chris McCarthy as Kemp’s replacement on an interim basis. McCarthy was Surrey County Council’s executive director for sustainable development from 2002 to 2006 and has since worked as an interim director in various county and unitary authorities in England and Northern Ireland.
Rory McMullan has been appointed road danger reduction and behaviour change manager at the City of London Corporation. He was a programme manager at Landor Links and has also been business manager at transport events and training company PTRC.
Douglas Kirkpatrick has been appointed lead officer for SWestrans, the South West Scotland Regional Transport Partnership. Kirkpatrick is also Dumfries and Galloway Council’s transportation manager. At SWestrans he will succeed interim lead officer Steven Herriott, who is also Dumfries and Galloway Council’s head of infrastructure and transportation.
Steve Walker will take up the post of managing director of Stagecoach North East on 12 September, succeeding Phil Medlicott who has left the company for an undisclosed job, believed to be with another bus operator. Walker is currently managing director of Stagecoach North Scotland and an internal recruitment process is underway for his replacement.
Stephen Wood received the 2016 Transport Planner of the Year award, sponsored by the Transport Planning Society, at this year’s Transport Practitioners Meeting. Wood, head of transport planning and modelling at Northern Ireland’s Department for Infrastructure, was recognised for his role in “transforming the role and profile of the transport planning profession in Northern Ireland”. Peter White, professor emeritus at the University of Westminster’s planning and transport department, was awarded the PTRC lifetime achievement award. He joined the university, then the Polytechnic of Central London, in 1971 as a lecturer in public transport.
Former business, innovation and skills secretary Sir Vince Cable has been appointed chairman of social enterprise bus operator HCT Group.