I took over as Chief Executive in November 2015 having held different positions in Transport Scotland since joining the Scottish Government in 1999. I am a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 25 years' experience in highways and transportation and a Fellow of both the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation.
Director of Roads
I have over 30 years' experience in roads and transportation. Prior to joining Transport Scotland I had a diverse career which took me north and south of the border while working in both the private and public sectors. I am a graduate of Edinburgh Napier University, a Chartered Civil Engineer, a Transport Planning Professional and a member of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation.
Director of Low Carbon Economy
Having joined the Scottish Government in 2009, I’ve led policy
and reforms in the fields of Energy, Economic Development
and the Environment.
Prior to joining the Government, I worked in research and
regulation, with an emphasis on contemporary environmental challenges and sustainability; a journey that took me from the valleys of Wales to the lakes of western Alaska.
I joined Transport Scotland in 2018, and my team is now at the centre of the Scottish Government’s commitment to net zero, alongside an equally bold agenda to secure Scotland’s place as global destination for innovation and investment in sustainable, zero emission mobility.
I hold a PhD from the University of Southampton, a surfboard whenever I can, and am working toward a Masters in being a Dad.
Director of Transport Strategy and Analysis
I’ve worked for Transport Scotland for ten years, following 18 years working in the consultancy sector as a transport planner. I am responsible for the development of the new National Transport Strategy and setting the investment priorities for transport across Scotland through the second Strategic Transport Projects Review.
I provide strategic transport planning advice to Scottish Ministers
and assist Local Authorities in planning for the future.
My remit also includes providing analysis and research to support strategy and policy development which includes maintaining and publishing publication transport statistics, transport demand forecasting, transport appraisal guidance as well as transport research. Areas of responsibility include the Transport Bill, future mobility, climate change and transport’s contribution to inclusive economic growth. My team also looks after the statutory and institutional frameworks for transport including the Regional Transport Partnerships and Scottish Roadworks Commissioner. I am a graduate of the University of Strathclyde and a Chartered Civil Engineer.
Director of Bus, Accessibility and Active Travel
I joined Transport Scotland in September 2018, having worked in various roles at the Department for Education in Westminster, most recently on delivering the free schools programme. As well as central government, I have also worked at Tower Hamlets local authority in London on service review and improvement.
In my role I oversee the delivery of an ambitious policy agenda working with delivery partners to improve sustainable, accessible transport options and get the travelling public back on the buses, walking, cycling and wheeling. We also operate concessionary travel schemes for disabled, older and young people and are working with operators to ensure all journeys on Scotland’s bus, rail, ferry, subway and tram networks can be ticketed or paid for using smart technologies.
Director of Aviation, Maritime, Freight and Canals
I joined the Scottish Government in 2014, having previously practised as a solicitor specialising in planning and environment law. My current role builds on my experience and interest in infrastructure delivery as a means of supporting development, communities and place.
The aviation, maritime, freight and canals directorate represents a broad portfolio, covering multiple transport modes, commercial and community interests. I lead an experienced team who are committed to engaging with the business and communities that we serve, to improve connectivity across our islands and internationally.
Director of Rail
I joined Transport Scotland to establish its new rail team, following the devolution of rail powers to the Scottish Parliament in 2005. I have worked in a number of roles in Transport Scotland, and am now Director of Rail.
I have more than 30 years of experience of the passenger and freight transport industry, working in British Rail, the privatised rail industry, and as Director of Project Sponsorship at the Strategic Rail Authority prior to joining Transport Scotland.
My career has included front line production management; rail freight business development; policy and strategy development; management of franchise contracts; and major rail project sponsorship including new railways, rolling stock and service developments.
I am a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and recently served as Chairman of its Railway Division.
Director of Finance and Corporate Services
I took over as Director of Finance and Corporate Services in June 2021, moving across from the Scottish Government where I held a variety of finance and exchequer posts since joining in 2003.
I am a graduate of the University of St. Andrews with an MBA from the University of London and I am a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years' experience gained in both the public and private sectors.
The Finance and Corporate Services Directorate supports the operation and governance of Transport Scotland, including providing core services and advice in the Finance, Human Resources, Learning and Development, Information governance, IT, Facilities, Health and Safety, Secretariat and Communications areas. It also plays a leading role on a range of corporate governance functions including risk management, the operation of the Audit and Risk Committee and corporate reporting requirements.