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9 Jun 2017 (provided by Local Transport Today)
Highways England has appointed Pedro Abrantes (pictured) as its principal economist. Abrantes joins from the Urban Transport Group, where he was senior economist. Paying tribute to him, Urban Transport Group (UTG) director Jonathan Bray said: “Pedro’s ability to get to the heart of complex economic issues quickly, and to explain them clearly, is second to none.” The UTG is not seeking a direct replacement but a recruitment process for an assistant director closed last week.
Joseph Seal-Driver has left his position as chief executive officer of free floating car club DriveNow, to become operations director of Ofo UK, the non-docking bicycle sharing platform, which recently launched in Cambridge. DriveNow, a joint venture of BMW and Sixt, operates in north-east London and has so far failed to expand into new areas (LTT 20 Jan).
Elaine Rosscraig has been appointed to the newly created position of customer service improvement director at First Bus. Rosscraig joined First earlier this year from the TAS Consultancy. She was previously Stagecoach’s head of customer insight.
James Palmer, the Conservative elected mayor of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, has appointed Charles Roberts, the Conservative leader of East Cambridgeshire District Council, as portfolio holder for transport. Lewis Herbert, the Labour leader of Cambridge City Council, has been appointed portfolio holder for strategic planning, a position that includes responsibility for preparing a non-statutory spatial plan. Peter Topping, the Conservative leader of South Cambridgeshire District Council, is the portfolio holder for new homes and communities. Steve Count, the Conservative leader of Cambridgeshire County Council, is portfolio holder for fiscal matters, including budget setting and investment strategy.
Richard Harris has been appointed director – Europe for intelligent transport systems firm HMI Technologies Ltd. He was solution director for international transportation and government at Conduent (formerly Xerox and ACS).
Ian Patey has taken over as chairman of ITS UK, succeeding Alan Stevens, TRL’s chief scientist, who has completed his two-year term. Patey is head of profession for ITS, at consultant Mouchel – now part of WSP.