Here are our company Directors:
Philip R Evans: Transport and Finance Consultant, CPFA, CMILT
Formerly Director of Finance, Centro (West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive).
A qualified accountant who has spent over 40 years in public transport in both the public and private sectors. Actively engaged in the development, financing and implementation of public transport projects in bus, railway, tram and lightweight suburban rail modes.Specific experience in dealing with the needs of the mobility handicapped.
Co-founder and now Managing Director & CEO of Pre Metro Operations Ltd, he has put together the financial structure of this operator, obtained all relevant operating agreements and obtained approval for the Safety Management System. Phil is now leading discussions to expand the company’s operations elsewhere in the UK.
Geoff J Lusher: Transport Consultant, FCILT
Geoff is the former Chairman of the Light Rail Transit Association and of the Fixed Track Section of the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK.
A former Chief Officer with Travel West Midlands (National Express Group), he was the General Manager of Travel Midland Metro, responsible for implementation and initial operation of this West Midlands light rail system.
Extensive experience in the bus and coach industry with management experience in public transport including operating companies and passenger transport executive (PTE) posts.
Steve Jasper: Company Secretary of Pre Metro Operations Ltd and a Director of Westlands Associates
An accountant with a post graduate diploma in management, extensive experience in financial and general management and more recently in customer services.
Steve has spent the majority of his career in Public Transport including bus companies and the West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive. Roles at Travel West Midlands included Director of Customer Services, responsibility for the business planning function and direct management of bus operations within Wolverhampton and Coventry.
As a qualified Railcar driver Steve, on occasions, gets involved in the day-to-day operations on the Stourbridge Shuttle.
Professor Alan Wenban-Smith: MA, MSc, DipTP, MRTPI
Alan has been proprietor since 1996 of the Urban & Regional Policy consultancy. As Assistant Director of Development and Transportation, Birmingham City Council 1982-96 he was responsible for the Birmingham Integrated Transport Strategy (1989), Birmingham’s Unitary Development Plan (1992), the strategic implementation of traffic calming in the South Birmingham Study (1993); as Chairman of West Midlands Chief Engineers and Planning Officers Group (1994-6), he led the first integrated transport package for the conurbation (forerunner of Local Transport Plans nationally).
As Director of SQW Ltd (economic development consultants) and Planning Adviser to MVA Ltd (transport planning consultants) he led on a wide range of projects, including the strategy for London’s transport that led to the (first) approval of CrossRail (1990). He is currently a member of the Policy Committee of the Royal Town Planning Institute and visiting professor of Planning at Birmingham City University (BCU).
Recent activities have included examining the role of High Speed Rail in regional development, evaluating the Mersey Gateway Bridge and Manchester Airport Enterprise Zone projects, chairing a Peer Review of the London Land-Use/Transport model and appearing as a witness at Select Committee Reviews of transport, housing and regional policy.