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Annual Conference Speaker Spotlight on… John Dales, Clare Turner and Bob White.

Each week in the run up to the BPA Annual Conference in partnership with ATCM we are introducing some of the speakers who are confirmed for the event. This week features John Dales, Clare Turner, and Bob White who are all speaking in master classes at the conference.

For information on the full programme including other speakers, please visit the Annual Conference webpage where you will find the Annual Conference brochure.

John Dales, Urban Initiatives

Master Class 1d – Sustainable Towns: The Future of the High street – Where Does Parking Fit In?

John Dales is Director of Urban Movement, a consultancy specialising in transport, movement and streets. He began life as a transport professional in 1984 after leaving Imperial College/University College London with an MSc in Transport. He worked first as a traffic engineer for JMP Consultants, and next for six years at the London Borough of Newham. He then lived and worked for two years in Jordan and the West Bank before returning to the UK and joining Urban Initiatives in 1996, becoming Director in 2003. His work has focused on the movement aspects of complex urban development projects, and he has become well known as a champion of good urban design in transport schemes and as an advocate of well-designed, multi-functional, safe streets and spaces in urban centres and around stations. John is a design advisor on streets to the City of Edinburgh Council, the London Borough of Ealing and Southend Borough Council. He is a Trustee of Living Streets, on Transport for London’s Major Schemes Design Review Panel, a Design Surgeon for Urban Design London, an advisor in transport to the Princes Foundation for Building Community, and a Board member of the Transport Planning Society. John writes a monthly column in Local Transport Today on ‘Transport in Urban Design’.

Clare Turner, Blackburn Borough Council

Master Class 1a, The Parking Charges Debate: Making Parking Free

Clare is the Development Manager in the Regeneration Department at Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council. She has worked for the Council for 14 years, becoming Development Manager in March 2011 and manages a team with responsibilities across business liaison, employment strategy, town centres strategies and initiatives and development and delivery of regeneration projects. The town centre responsibilities include client management for Parking Services.

Educated in York and Huddersfield, Clare is a technical marketing professional, initially working in the private sector for Ingersoll Rand and GEC Engineering before completing an MBA and moving into the public sector in 1998.  

Bob White, Kent County Council

Master Class 1c, Residential Parking: The Right Number of the Right Spaces in the Right Places

Bob White is a Chartered Civil Engineer, a Member of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and a Fellow of the Institute of Highway Engineers. Following an early grounding in highway engineering, he has gained over 28 years’ experience in Development Planning with Kent County Council (twice), Wolverhampton Metropolitan Borough Council and Canterbury City Council.

Bob is currently the Development Planning Manager with Kent County Council Highways and Transportation (KCC H&T). His Development Planning Team deals with the transport and highway impacts of planning proposals, from the Local Development Framework and Transport Strategy stages through to any necessary post-consent handover to highway colleagues.

Bob has pioneered post-occupation surveys of residential developments across Kent. The programme has been running for over five years and includes over 350 separate surveys. In partnership with the district planning authorities and homebuilders, this initiative is intended to feed back into the design of future neighbourhoods. It has also informed input to national documents dealing with Quality Audits and Residential Parking.

Read previous speaker spotlight personalities Hilary Paxman, David Feehan and Martin Blackwell.

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