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Campaign for Better Transport appoints Paul Tuohy as CEO

Paul Tuohy

Former Cycling UK boss Paul Tuohy is to join Campaign for Better Transport as its new chief executive in November.

He will take over from Darren Shirley who is leaving to lead Department for Transport's new Acceleration Unit.

Tuohy has worked at charity Cycling UK for the last six years to campaign for active travel and to help influence Government policy.

He instituted the 'Big Bike Revival', which engaged an estimated quarter of a million people back to cycling, in collaboration with the Department of Transport (DfT).

Tuohy was also instrumental in creating the Walking and Cycling Alliance with like-minded organisations that convinced the Government to commit over £2 billion towards more walking and cycling infrastructure and education programmes.

Prior to Cycling UK, Tuohy worked with YMCA and RNIB and was the CEO of Missing People.

Tuohy said: "The work of Campaign for Better Transport has never been more important than it is today.

“The pressing need to bring transport's greenhouse gas emissions in line with net zero targets has been joined by the need to recover and renew transport networks after Covid-19 and reverse the trend of people returning to cars.

"I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to lead Campaign for Better Transport at this crucial time as it works for a transport system that is sustainable and fair, that connects people with opportunities and improves community life.

“I want Campaign for Better Transport to work alongside the Government to ensure effective, reliable, sustainable transport systems are in place as soon as possible."

Watch now: Connecting Policy To Solutions Virtual Conference 2021

Smart Transport Conference returned on June 8th & 9th, to facilitate pivotal discussions on the future of transport. 

The UK’s most senior public and private sector transport leaders discussed the impact of Covid-19, achieving the Government’s decarbonisation ambitions, the need for more efficient living and better health, and much more.

Keynote speakers included: 

Kwasi Kwarteng, secretary of state at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), who spoke on BEIS's approach to decarbonising transport, particularly the electrification of the vehicle industry

Keith Williams, co-author of the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail, who spoke on rail’s role in integrated transport, decarbonisation and innovation.

Rachel Maclean, parliamentary under-secretary of state at the Department for Transport, who discussed the future of transport and its pivotal role in a ‘green recovery’ from the pandemic.


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