Showcase Speakers

Nick Antonopoulos joined Edinburgh Napier in January 2019 as Vice Principal – Research & Innovation from the University of Derby, where he was Pro Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation) and Research Professor in Cloud Computing.

He has more than 20 years of academic and leadership experience, with a very strong background in initiating, leading and delivering improvements at an institutional level.

Nick has an excellent international reputation in his field, evidenced by his papers, books, chairing of prestigious conferences, and his active leadership of broad reaching research partnerships nationally and internationally. He has an extensive network across government, commerce and industry.

Nick’s role oversees the Schools of Computing, Engineering & Built Environment and Health and Social Care as well as the Research, Innovation & Enterprise team.

Iain Docherty BSc PhD FAcSS FRSE FRSA FRGS FICE FHEA CMILT is Dean of the Institute for Advanced Studies and Professor of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Stirling. Iain’s research and teaching addresses the interconnecting issues of public administration, institutional change and city and regional competitiveness, with particular emphasis on the structures and processes of local and regional governance, policies for delivering improved economic performance and environmental sustainability, and the development and implementation of strategic planning and transport policies. His total research and consultancy awards exceed £2.5 million. Iain has worked with and advised a range of private sector, governmental and other organisations including governments and public agencies in the UK, US, Australia, Canada, The Netherlands and Sweden, and the OECD. In 2015 he was appointed by the ESRC and Innovate UK as one of five Thought Leaders working to integrate scientific innovation and social science research across the UK, and he is currently one of the Co-Investigators and Infrastructure Theme Lead of the £1.2m ESRC Productivity Insights Network, which aims to bring together leading social science academics to help address the UK economy’s resilient productivity gap, and one of three senior researchers leading the EPSRC-funded project on the transport and mobility implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. His other current roles include Scottish Ministers’ appointee on the governance boards overseeing the revised National Transport Strategy, Strategic Transport Projects Review and Scottish Climate Assembly.

Pat Langdon is a Professor of Engineering Design, Transportation, and Inclusion at Edinburgh NAPIER School of Engineering and the Built Environment (SEBE). He is the acting head of the ENU Transport Research Institute. He is an Experimental Psychologist and has worked in AI, Robotics and Engineering Design for over 20 Years. Historically he has led research in Inclusive Engineering Design and contributed to its literature. Until recently he was a Reader (PRA) in at the University of Cambridge Engineering Department and led research there in Inclusive Design, Ergonomics and Human Factors. He was co-investigator and Cambridge lead for the joint EPSRC/Jaguar Land Rover funded programme, Towards Autonomy – Smart and Connected Control (TASCC), Designing Autonomy in Vehicles (HI:DAVe). He is a visiting Professor in Human Factors for Global Challenge at the University of East Anglia Computer Science Department 2019 – 2021. Between 2013 and 2019, Pat Langdon, whilst still at Cambridge, also initiated and ran a series of CAPE funded projects with Jaguar Land Rover based on combining Human Factors Engineering with advanced Machine Learning and AI techniques to address the very latest human interface issues facing automotive manufacturers.

A Public Health doctor, Adrian Davis has for over 30 years focused his work on the health impacts of road transport, the understanding of the importance of health by transport planners, and the application of science in selecting which policies and practices most support health enhancing travel behaviours. He authored the first transport policy statement of any national Medical association in 1997 – for the British Medical Association, followed by the Transport evidence for the Acheson Inquiry into Inequalities in Health in 1998 commissioned  by the Government. Adrian has drafted evidence summaries and reports on active travel and mobility for international and many national bodies e.g. WHO, Public Health England, Dept. Transport, Scottish Government, and most recently for the Welsh Government on implementation details of their planned default 20mph speed limit. 

Adrian has practitioner experience through 11 years p/t with Bristol City Council’s transport team where he designed their city-wide 20mph speed limit programme and then developed their Safe Systems Road Safety Plan. In 2018 he took up the position of Professor of Transport & Health at Edinburgh Napier University. He is also a Senior Fellow at UWE Bristol. Adrian provides a free evidence translation service of de-jargonised 1 page summaries for transport and built environment practitioners. He describes himself as a ‘boundary spanner’ in ensuring that science is truly interdisciplinary and connected to practitioners.

Philippa Gilhooly

Traffic and Road Safety Team, Scottish Borders Council 18 years.

BSc Hons (First) Environmental Management Heriot Watt University 2002. Lothian and Borders Police Road Safety Unit 5 years. Borders Regional Council IT Trainer 4 years. HND Software Engineering Napier Polytechnic back in the dim and distant 80’s. Lives in Scottish Borders, married to Graeme Johnstone and owner of Woolly Gilhooly a Bearded Collie. Designer of PiPencil bollards and twinned St Abbs with New Asgard.

Achille Fonzone, Associate Professor of Transport Analysis and Planning at Edinburgh Napier University, has a background in Civil Engineering, a PhD in Transport and Planning, a Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

He has authored 50 peer-reviewed publications, 20 presentations in conferences, and several book chapters and scientific reports. He has published in the top-ranking transport scientific journals, including Transportation Research Part A, B and C and Analytic Methods in Accident Research. He is Associated Editor of the Journal of Intelligent Transport Systems and member of the Editorial Board of Sustainability. He has edited special issues of Transportation Research Part A and Journal of Intelligent Transport Systems. He is leading the evaluation of the large Horizon 2020 project SUNRISE, promoting sustainable mobility at the neighbourhood level through co-creation in 6 countries in Europe, and the societal research in the Innovate UK/C-CAV flagship project CAV Forth, which will build and operate a fleet of level 4 full-size buses for the first time in the world. In response to the challenges generated by the outbreak of COVID-19, Achille has established and is leading a research group on the impacts of the pandemics on transport and location choices.

He has active research collaborations with leading researchers in the UK and the rest of Europe, Japan, and the USA. He has been invited to give talks at top international Universities and transport organisations. He is full member of the EPSRC Review College and fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Wafaa Saleh is a Professor of Transport Engineering and the Chair of the international committee of the Travel Demand Management (TDM) Symposium. She is a member of the scientific committee of international symposium of transportation reliability (INSTR) and the author and co-author of over 100 publications in national, international journals and conferences. Wafaa is a Chartered Engineer with over 30 years’ experience in teaching, research and practice. The  focus of Wafaa’s research includes travel demand management, modelling travel behaviour, accident analysis and investigations, transport and the environment, traffic engineering and travel behaviour in Middle East Countries. Wafaa was appointed as the first female Professor of Transport Engineering in the UK, at Edinburgh Napier University in 2012. Wafaa is currently a visiting Professor at Princess Nourah University for Girls in Riyadh, KSA, contributing to the development of the Engineering Research Centre at this newly established first government College of Engineering for girls in Riyadh, KSA. 

Grigorios (Greg) Fountas is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Transport Engineering and Highway Design at Edinburgh Napier University.

His research interests include statistical and econometric applications to various aspects of transportation planning and engineering, highway design and infrastructure asset management, transportation safety, analysis of driving behavior with naturalistic driving study and driving simulation data, and investigation of public perceptions on emerging transportation technologies. In these fields, he has authored or co-authored more than 50 journal publications, conference papers, technical reports and book chapters.

He is Review Editor of the journal “Frontiers in Built Environment, Transportation and Transit Systems” (Nature Publishing Group, NPG) and member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Elsevier Science’s journal “Analytic Methods in Accident Research”. He also serves as member and Paper Review Coordinator of the AED60 (former ABJ80) TRB (Transportation Research Board) Committee on Statistical Methods and as Guest co-Editor in a Special Issue in Transportation Research Part A.

Greg is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, a member of the Chartered Institution of Highways &Transportation (CIHT) and a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society. Since August 2020, he also serves as a member of the Academic Council of the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER).

Jonathan Cowie is a Lecturer in Transport Economics and programme leader of the MSc in Transport Planning and Engineering.  He teaches modules on transport policy, freight transport, public transport and transport economics, and has considerable experience of teaching research methods.  Jonathan’s main research interests are in public transport supply side economics (regulation, competition, production economics), freight transport and research methodologies.  He is author of the book ‘The Economics of Transport’ published by Routledge and joint editor of the Routledge Handbook of the Principles of Transport Economics published in August 2917.

Susan Tully’s academic background is in Geography and Urban History.  In 2010 she followed her interests into transport and completed the MSc in Transport Planning and Engineering.  This included research on the public acceptability of Intelligent Speed Adaptation, an element of driver automation.

Susan was a Lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University where she was module leader for the MSc/MEng Transport Policy Module.  She is currently a Research Fellow at TRI working on the EU HORIZON 2020 project Park4SUMP.  She previously worked on the European ‘ACTIVE ACCESS’ project which encouraged a shift to active travel modes for short journeys and has worked with Cycling Scotland on a road safety project.

Stuart Douglas has had a varied career working in the public and third sectors in Scotland, England and New Zealand. Originally working with children and young people he led a number of programmes aimed at reclaiming the streets for children’s play and was a senior leader in the establishment of Play England.  His interest in Climate Change was sharpened when developing the Sustainable City Strategy for Palmerston North City Council as Head of Policy and Strategy. Following a stint as a Senior Advisor in the New Zealand Ministry of Justice PMO he returned to Scotland and has been managing  Paths for All’s Smarter Choices Smarter Places Programme for the last four years. In that time he has overseen the Programme grow from a £5 million fund solely for local authorities to become a £9 million funding source for a diverse range of travel behaviour change projects for public and third sector agencies the length and breadth of Scotland.

Christiane Bielefeldt joined Napier University in 1996. During these years she was co-ordinator and/or evaluation manager in a series of European research projects in FP5, FP6, FP7 and Horizon2020.  These projects covered a wide range of issues over the years, including traffic control, transport technology, road and other transport user pricing issues, but more recently focused on sustainable transport and in particular on assessing the effectiveness of sustainable transport solutions in an urban context.  She retired from her full-time post four years ago, but at the moment still retains an advisory role in the HORIZON 2020 SUNRISE project, which was the last one she secured for TRI before her retirement.

Martina Hertel studied geography and cartography at the Free University Berlin as well as transport sciences at the Technical University Berlin. Since the mid-1990s she has worked on numerous projects in the field of transport planning.

Ms. Hertel has been working as a researcher at the Difu (Deutsches Institut für Urbanistik – German Institute of Urban Affairs) in the department of mobility since 2011. Since then she has been working on the topics of public bicycle rental systems, bicycle and pedestrian traffic as well as parking management in national and international projects. Ms. Hertel publishes and gives lectures, moderates seminars and organizes conferences, workshops and trainings. In the project “Park4SUMP: Parking management as game changer for urban mobility” she has co-developed the ParkPAD tool and published the brochure on “Parking Standards as a Steering Instrument in Urban and Mobility Planning – How to make parking standards more sustainable”.

Louise Simpson is the Head of Operational Standards for Stagecoach’s UK Bus division and is also responsible for the delivery of the CAV Forth project within Stagecoach East Scotland to trial the UK’s first autonomous bus service. Stagecoach is working with Alexander Dennis, Fusion Processing Ltd along with Transport Scotland, Bristol Robotics Laboratory and Napier University on Project CAVForth, which will see five autonomous buses operating between Ferrytoll Park and Ride in Fife and the Edinburgh Park Train and Tram interchange.  

Louise joined Stagecoach in September 2010 as a Graduate Management Trainee and has worked across various parts of Stagecoach’s bus operation in England and Scotland, working as Operations Manager in Torquay, Preston, Liverpool and most recently in Perth. Louise, who lives in Perth, holds a Batchelor of Science and Mathematics degree and is a certified professional Transport Manager (Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport International). 

Richard Llewellyn is currently a PhD researcher at the Transport Research Institute.  Richard began his career was in consultancy, where he worked for 15 years.   He then went on to become a Lecturer in Transportation Engineering at Edinburgh Napier University, teaching on the undergraduate Civil Engineering and MSc Transport Planning and Engineering Programmes.  He is currently taking a career break from his current role as Graduate Development Manager for Transport Scotland to complete his studies. 

Richard is a Chartered Civil Engineer, a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.  He also serves as a non-Councillor Board Member for the South East Scotland Regional Transport Partnership (SEStran).

Lucy Downey is a research assistant at the Transport Research Institute at Edinburgh Napier University. Her research has included public transport modelling, mode choice, transport accessibility, pedestrian behaviour, road safety, autonomous buses (CAVForth) and the impact of COVID-19 on travel behaviour. Before joining Napier in 2016, she worked for 10 years in transport planning consultancy where she was involved in a variety of transport planning and social research projects. She has an honours degree in Psychology (Edinburgh University) and an MSc in Transport Planning and Engineering (Edinburgh Napier University).

Eric Lesley joined Napier TRI as a mature student in September 2018. Previously, Eric had worked for Sainsbury’s in various in-store management positions. Eric was awarded an MSc with distinction in October 2019 and now works for Transport Scotland as a Graduate Transport Planner in the Strategy and Analysis Directorate.

Andy Keba is a transport planner and sustainable transport advocate, with a keen interest in finding and building partnerships across sectors in order to decarbonise transport and create healthier environments. Following degrees in Ecology (BSc) and Water Management (MSc) in 2006 he worked in environmental consultancy, conducting environmental assessment work for a variety of transport projects in Scotland and in Canada. In 2013 Andy joined Sustrans Scotland, initially managing grant funding for active travel improvements before eventually becoming Head of Strategic Partnerships in 2017. In 2020 he completed his MSc in Transport Planning and Engineering at Edinburgh Napier University and joined AECOM in early 2021 where he is currently working on Scotland’s Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR) as well as developing active travel routes and bus priority schemes.  He lives in Edinburgh with his wife Hannah and two children, Joseph (5) and Innes (1).

Michael Glotz-Richter is Senior Project Manager for Sustainable Mobility at the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen / Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Mobility, Urban and Housing Development.

He holds a diploma of Technical University Berlin (1984) in urban and regional planning with a special focus on transport planning. In his professional career in Berlin, Bonn, Cologne and Bremen, Michael has always been working on the link between urban development, transport strategies and urban lifestyle.

In Bremen, he bas been leading a number of internationally recognized pilot projects in the field of sustainable mobility – ranging from cycling (Germany’s first bicycle zone – covering an entire neighbourhood) over low emission technologies to the role of ‘sharing’.

Bremen has been a lighthouse city e.g. for the development of car clubs all over Europe, including also Edinburgh. Michael presented the approach in November 1995 in Edinburgh[1] and became speaker as well in the 10-years-car club workshop in Edinburgh 2009[2].

Michael believes that the topic of ‘sharing’ is hotter than ever – looking at limited street space in our cities and will present the current Bremen approach in a ‘Pecha-Kucha’ like presentation.

[1] Glotz-Richter, Michael: Car free housing and car-sharing – steps towards a new urban lifestyle in “The Future of Transport in Cities: better living with less traffic?”; Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 27.November 1995


Andy Smith, Head of Sustainability Strategy, Loganair Ltd

Andy has worked in aviation & logistics for over 20 years, with roles in Network Planning, Strategy, Commercial and Finance for a range of airlines in Europe, Asia and Africa. Since joining Loganair, Andy has overseen the introduction of the Embraer and ATR fleets to the company and is the Project Manager for Loganair’s work under the UKRI funded Future Flight competitions.

Keith Fisken works on strategy development and project management for the South East of Scotland Transport Partnership (SEStran) with a particular focus on freight & logistics. Keith is currently studying at Edinburgh Napier University to complete a MSc In Transport Planning and Engineering. He has extensive commercial experience with a master’s degree in marketing from the University of Sydney (Australia). Prior to working with SEStran he worked in the global alcohol industry for over 20 years both here in the UK, Europe and Australia.