Laura Shoaf is Managing Director of Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) which is the transport arm of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA); and the strategic transport authority for the area covered by the seven metropolitan authorities of the West Midlands. She has more than 25 years international experience in delivering integrated economic and spatial regeneration and is the first woman in England to lead a strategic transport authority.
In 2016 Laura took up her current position where she runs TfWM, which is the driving force behind the development of integrated transport in the West Midlands. She is responsible for key initiatives across the metropolitan area such as the build and operation of the Midland Metro, the operation of the Key Route Network, producing the region’s Strategic Transport Plan, and working across all modes, including rail, metro and bus, to deliver new infrastructure and services. She is responsible for delivering a £4 billion transport package over the next 10 years which is fundamental to the delivery of economic regeneration in the region.
Laura is a Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and sits on numerous boards including the National College of High Speed Rail and the Urban Transport Group. She is also a committee member of the UITP and board member of EMTA, highly-respected international and European organisations dedicated to promoting public transport and the dissemination of best practice.
TfWM is the driving force behind the development of integrated transport in the West Midlands. Laura Shoaf identifies the pioneering work being done in the West Midlands around Mobility as a Service (MaaS), Connected and Autonomous Vehicle projects, 5G, Smart Ticketing, cycling and walking.