Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce: The Future of Transport

05 August 2020

This event is hosted by Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce. You can visit the official event page here.

Event Description:

Trains, Planes and Automobiles… Our transport infrastructure has been greatly affected by Coronavirus, but what’s next? We’re welcoming Chamber Patrons’ Birmingham Airport and National Express to share their plans for the new measures they have implemented within their businesses to keep customers safe and their thoughts on what the future may hold. With HS2, the Clean Air Zone and the Commonwealth Games on the horizon; ensuring that our region has a robust and sustainable transport plan has never been more important.

Ali Bell, Head of External Communications (UK Bus), National Express
After working as a BBC broadcast journalist for many years, Ali came over to the dark side to work in PR and public affairs. She has worked as a Head of Communications in the Probation service, the police and Network Rail. She has been at National Express’ bus division for four and a half years. In this role, she has worked on the introduction of the Bus Services Act 2017, the implications on transport operators of the creation of the West Midlands Combined Authority as well as clean air and climate change. She also leads the bus division on media relations.

Charlotte Ritchie, Head of Public Affairs – UK Coach, National Express
Charlotte has been Head of Public Affairs at National Express for over 5 years where she has responsibility for developing robust relationships with critical stakeholders such as DfT, devolved administrations and combined/local authorities across over 500 UK locations, as well as managing strategic partnerships with Highways England and TfL, and some of the country’s major airports.

Prior to this Charlotte established the policy and external relations function at Birmingham Metropolitan College, and was head of policy and external affairs at both Black Country and Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce overseeing all policy, lobbying and representation activity at local, national and EU level. Charlotte has worked on high profile projects including the successful bid to locate the National College of High Speed Rail in Birmingham, and the bid to create the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership.

She began her career in London at the CBI taking responsibility for government relations, parliamentary monitoring and developing policy to improve the regulatory environment for business.