Confirmed Speakers So Far

Es Shepherd

Head of Member Advice Centre - Freight Transport Association

After 20 years working with computers, Es moved to the transport industry, first as an agency driver and then as an instructor. Following a role with a national parcel delivery company, he moved to an international transport consultancy dealing with compliancy issues and driver assessment both in the UK and Eastern Europe. He now manages the Member Advice Centre for FTA.

Christopher Snelling

Head of National and Regional Policy & Public Affairs - Freight Transport Association

Christopher has the lead responsibility for urban policy issues at FTA and co-ordinating the work of the wider policy team. He was previously Head of Supply Chain Policy where he was responsible for issues affecting rail freight and the UK’s maritime and aviation international connections. His work involves lobbying Government and industry stakeholders as well as developing advice for members. His experience prior to joining FTA included working for a political consultancy where he advised firms in the transportation, technological and environmental fields. He has also worked for RAC on political policy issues and in the House of Commons for an MP as a researcher.

Joan Aitkin

Traffic Commissioner for Scotland

Joan Aitken was the Scottish Prison Complaints Commissioner (Ombudsman) from 1999 until her appointment as a Traffic Commissioner.

Joan has served as a part time chairman of employment tribunals, disability appeal tribunals and child support appeal tribunals in Scotland. As a solicitor she has worked in both private practice and local government. She is a former member of the Council of the Law Society of Scotland and for many years was editor of that Society’s Journal. She is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Logistics and Transport.

Joan will be speaking at Dunblane