Brian Bigwood FInstTA
He has worked in the transport industry most of his working life in both the private and public sectors. He was a transport manager for a number of bus and coach operators both in England and Wales, where he now lives. He gained his National and International CPC’s in the early 1980’s for both passenger and freight, but has worked mostly in the former sector of the industry.
In 1985 he joined the public sector working as a Principal Transport Planning Officer for the Gwynedd County Council, being involved in most modes of transport; Rail (Piggyback Consortium, Virgin Trains, Electrification), Sea (Central Irish Sea Corridor Chair), Community Transport (establishing local Travel Clubs) and of course buses, with the implementing of 1985 de-regulation.
Since taking early retirement following local government re-organisation he has worked on a voluntary basis for the Welsh Assembly Government, advising on policy development. One of these policies was the introduction of a bus and coach strategy, which has become the successful TrawsCambria network, of which he was chair until 2008.
More recently he was appointed Transport Advisor to the WAG’s National Partnership Forum for Older People and is currently undertaking a ‘scoping’ exercise throughout Wales, asking Older People what issues relating to mobility and access they perceive as being the most important to them. It is intended that the outcomes will then help to influence policies and improve these issues.