Institute of Transport Administration

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Westoning, Beds MK45 5JD

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The Management Team

The President


Alan J Whittington FInstTA 

Alan entered the transport industry in 1972 at the age of 21 as a bus driver for National Bus Company subsidiary, London Country Bus Services. Studying and passing the IoTA examinations at Thurrock Technical College, winning the Albert Polaine Award for the best results by a student in the South East assisted a rapid series of promotions. In 1978 he was invited back to the college as a visiting lecturer to teach the new Transport Managers’ Certificate of Professional Competence, thereby becoming one of the first people in the country to teach CPC courses. By the time he left National Bus in 1981 he had been through depot management to the position of Area Training Manager. There followed a number of senior managerial positions in the passenger and freight sectors of both the private and public sides of the industry until 1991 when he founded his own training and consultancy company which continues to provide advice and tuition to the industry.

Alan joined the Institute in 1976 as a Student Member progressing through the grades of Graduate, Associate Member and Member before being elected a Fellow in 1993. He has served Essex Centre continuously from 1977 as a member of its Committee having been Education Officer, Programme Officer, National Council Representative, Vice Chairman and Chairman, twice. At national level he spent a year on the National Education Committee and served on various Working Parties before joining the National Elections Committee in 1991, becoming its Chairman in 1993. He retained the chair of the combined Membership and Training Committee during the mergers of the late ‘90s and remained on the committee until his election to Deputy President in October 2007.

During the past few years he has represented IoTA at numerous external events in addition to giving invited presentations at IoTA centres. He has also been successful in raising the Institute’s profile by means of the training courses and consultancy services provided by his company and by interviews he has given on BBC Radio Lancashire and Manx Radio.

Alan is also a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Carmen in the City of London, a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, A Fellow of the Institute of Business Consulting, a member of the Roads and Road Transport History Association and a member of the London Underground Railway Society.

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Deputy President

National Chairman

National Treasurer


Director of Education


Director of External Affairs





Christopher Sullivan MInstTA

Christopher has worked in the bus industry since 1969 and has been a member of the Institute since 1979; he was at one time Treasurer of the Herts, Bucks and Beds Centre

He is President of the Transport Benevolent Fund, a Committee Member of the Bus Employee’s Friendly Society and a member of the Transport for London Pensions Consultative Council and Pensioners Forum and has received training and top-up training in the role of Trustee on a regular basis.

Christopher is a member of Solent centre.



Mike Walker FInstTA



Director of the Institute


David Dalglish FInstTA

Born in 1947 David was brought up in Westerham (Kent),moving to Worthing in his early teens. His first job upon leaving school, was to join the Merchant Navy working as an Assistant Steward on Passenger Cargo vessels.

From a catering background, David was initially trained in management by J Lyons in their Corner Houses and was subsequently engaged as a restaurant manager until joining Trust Houses Forte as a Beverage, Bars and Banqueting manager. He latterly joined Gardiner Merchants (GM),gaining further experience in both the Airline and Industrial catering  industry and where, as part of GM’s area management team, he also re-trained and  acquired further qualifications as a (HCI) Catering Instructor.

Using knowledge gleaned from the above experiences, together with the introduction of new EEC legislation, David formed and then ran his own business between 1984 and 2005 providing European Tax and Duty services to the Airline and Ship’s Stores sector.

David joined the Institute in 2001 and was appointed as the Director in 2006.

He is a Fellow of Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce (FRSA) and a Fellow of the Institute (FInstTA)

In a past life David has also been a Chef Patron and a Professional Musician, where he still enjoys the latter as an active hobby. He is married with three children and three grand-children.