Alan J Whittington FInstTA
Alan entered the transport industry in 1972 at the age of twenty one 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.
Peter Lance Tod FInstTA
Peter was born on the 9th August 1958, in the Lancashire town of Rochdale, which is famous for being one of the only few town centres built on a bridge. It also boasts a number of famous sons and daughters – John Bright, Mike Harding, Gracie Fields and Lisa Stansfield, to name but a few.
After leaving school, Peter gained an apprenticeship with Britannia Welding & Engineering and in 1975 left Rochdale to pursue a career in the Royal Air Force. His service took him to various RAF stations and in 1982 he was promoted to the rank of Corporal. Whilst in the Royal Air Force, amongst his other duties. Peter, chauffeured senior officers of the Armed Forces, Members of the Royal Family, which included the Duke and Duchess of Kent, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. While serving the country, Peter was involved in the 1982 Falklands War.
Peter, left the Royal Air Force in 1985 and took up a career in road transport, starting as a long distance lorry driver before turning to transport/fleet and engineering/compliance management. Over the years Peter, has held various managerial roles within the transport/logistics industry, the majority of which have been in the compliance, legal, maintenance, and skills sector. During this time Peter, has been involved with a number of the trade associations and institutes.
As a member of the Yorkshire Centre. Peter, currently holds the office of Centre Treasurer previously being Centre Chairman (2009 – 2010) in October 2010 Peter, became IoTA National Chairman until April 2013 where he was duly elected to the post of Chairman of the External Affairs Committee. At the 2016 Institute AGM and National Council Meeting Peter, was elected to the post of Deputy President.
Peter is married to Sandra, they live in Doncaster, South Yorkshire and have three grown up children.
Jon Egan MInstTA
Jon was born in 1967 in Manchester, and has grown up, been educated; worked; and resided in Greater Manchester all his life.
Following school, Jon went to Manchester University to study Geography to find out what lay beyond Manchester! It was whilst in further education that he discovered his passion for transport by working during the long summer terms in the mail industry. After university, Jon secured a management trainee position and “went through the mill” of then one of the UK’s largest furniture manufacturers and distributors. In 1992 he qualified and became a HGV driver and Transport Manager, and after various company changes ended up as a Head of Logistics. Jon has spent a short period in the coachbuilding industry, but now works in the removals industry.
Jon joined the Manchester centre of the Institute in 1991 and has since been centre chairman and is now centre secretary. He has sat at national level on the Education, Training and Membership committee, and has been involved in the Institute’s Driver CPC consortium since its conception. Jon took up the post of National Chairman in 2017, having the honour of the chair in the Institute’s 75th anniversary year.
Jon is married with three children and enjoys a game of golf in his spare time.
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Brian Bigwood FInstTA
Brian Bigwood joined the Institute of Transport Administration in November 1989 and has served as Chair of the External Affairs Committee and as such a member of National Executive.
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.
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
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