The BPA Annual Conference 2012 is taking place in three weeks’ time and each week we are introducing some of the speakers who will be presenting at the conference.
Colin McSkeane, Ian Poole and Guy Douglas feature this week.
Colin McSkeane, Barclays
Colin McSkeane joined Barclays in 1985 and during his career has accumulated vast experience in a range of roles from sales, risk, project, process management through to value management. Joining the Barclaycard acceptance business in 2005, Colin has undertaken roles from Head of Risk Policy, Market Development through to his current role in Innovation.
During his time within Barclaycard, Colin has been behind many key initiatives across all aspects of the business from capital management, strategic planning, product development and the delivery of a range of key propositions from fraud through to loyalty. Colin is involved in a number of working groups across Barclaycard and the Barclays Group driving the payment acceptance innovation agenda forward and represents the business at a number of industry forums.
Ian Poole, St Edmundsbury Borough Council
Ian Poole manages a multi-faceted section of town planners, conservation officers and urban and landscape designers at St Edmundsbury Borough Council, based at Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk. He is currently managing the preparation of “whole place” plans for the main towns of the borough, which bring together planning policies and service delivery plans into one document. Ian was also the project manager for the delivery of the pioneering Bury St Edmunds Historic Core Zone project, which delivered schemes that both improve the historic environment and manage the impact of the car within it.
Ian is also a member of the Executive of the Historic Towns Forum, where he was Chairman between 2004 and 2006 and led on the publication of the “Manual for Historic Streets”.
In 2008 Ian was awarded a CABE Space Travel Scholarship and completed a whistle-stop tour of 25 historic towns and cities in eight countries across Europe studying the design, management and maintenance of the public realm in historic towns and cities.
Guy Douglas, ATCM
Originally from a career in film and TV facilities in the UK, Guy worked in Alaska for 15 years in the field of downtown revitalisation, or town centre management in UK English; he ran a municipal parking authority in oil-rich Fairbanks and had the rare opportunity of nearly being seen placing an enforcement ticket on a moose! Returning to the UK in 2006, he was headhunted by Reading UK CIC to run their high profile town centre Business Improvement District in Reading, delivering a business plan to animate the town centre.
After experiencing the US practice of parking validation, Guy has been frustrated that such acceptance is not more prevalent in the UK. With the perception that town and city centres are less appealing than out-of-town shopping centres due to high parking charges, the opportunity to champion the concept of validation in an innovative mobile contactless project was so appealing that he jumped ship from Reading UK CIC and joined the ATCM as Project Manager for MoLo Rewards.