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Heather has 25 years of international experience and is a highly-regarded expert in sustainable transport, gender and climate change. She has worked for both public and private sectors including UITP (the International Association of Public Transport), Transport Research Laboratory, FIA Foundation, European Commission, several MDBs banks and SLoCaT (Sustainable Low Carbon Transport partnership). As Senior Manager for Sustainable Development with the UITP she led the association’s work with many international agencies on climate change, the UITP diversity initiative and with public transport agency members in more than 50 countries in respect to the UITP Sustainable Development Charter. She also set up a number of strategic partnerships with major international agencies such as the United Nations Environment Programme. she was the Programme Director for Sustainable Transport with the UK’s Transport Research Laboratory’s (TRL) Sustainable Transport Group, a leader in providing impartial world-class research and consultancy for all aspects of transport. Whilst with TRL, she provided technical advisory services for a variety of international and European projects. Her European work includes serving as a member of the jury for the European Mobility Week award for 4 years and the interim impact evaluations for the Horizon 2020 research programme for the European Commission (Shift2Rail and Societal Change).
More recently, she has been working on gender and sustainable transport with UN Women, FIA Foundation and CAF. She has just concluded the Ella se mueve segura, a study investigating women’s personal security concerns when they use public transport in three Latin American cities (Buenos Aires, Argentina, Quito, Ecuador, and Santiago, Chile). She will present the findings from this study and also her work in updating the GIZ Urban Transport and Gender module of the SUTO series.
Heather brings a wealth of knowledge in international best practice and a strong international network. In addition, she is a member of a number of transport sector Committees and Institutions, for example: Fellow of the UK Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transportation (CLIT), Member of Transport Research Board (TRB) Committee (USA National Academy of Science) for Developing Countries and the TRB Special Task Force for Climate Change and is an observer on Women in Transport committee. She remains an TRL associate, is a Trustee for the Walk 21 charity and is currently Chair of Transport Training Initiative (TTI) a German charity to increase access to training on transport for the developing world especially across Africa.