Meet the team


  • alistair kirkbrideAlistair Kirkbride
    Executive Director

    Alistair Kirkbride joined the Carplus Team as Executive Director in October 2014.

    He has worked in various capacities in shared transport over the last 15 years. This has included previously working for Carplus on the Rural Car Club Demonstration programme, then as policy and research officer. He set up his local car club as well as the Lake District’s expanding visitor pay-as-you-drive network.

    Most recently, he worked to develop transport strategy and delivery projects for the Lake District. Apart from the PAYD network, this has included a 2+ ridesharing scheme and electric bike hire network. This illustrates well his approach of striving to make the sustainable transport offer more attractive than private travel.

    As an associate of Eco-Logica, he was part of the DfT Smarter Choices team. In this role, he also worked on a variety of demand management projects from workplace travel plans to exploring alternative logistics models for local sourcing of food.

    Email Alistair Kirkbride.

  • Antonia RobertsDirector (Bikeplus)Antonia-2a

    Antonia was part of the team which set up Carplus in 1999 and spent 10 years helping to nurture the newly emerging car club industry, developing the information programme and accreditation scheme amongst other projects. Antonia rejoined the organisation in 2015 to develop Bikeplus a new project supporting the development of bike share and manage the Shared Electric Bike (EAPC) Programme. She has 17 years experience working in the field of sustainable transport.

    For intervening 5 years Antonia managed the Active Travel Project promoting walking and cycling at the Universities and Hospitals in Leeds for Sustrans.

    Email Antonia Roberts.

  • Kate GiffordDirector (on maternity leave)

    Kate Gifford is a Chartered Town Planner with thirteen years’ experience in the transport planning industry. Before joining Carplus, Kate was a Principal Consultant at Steer Davies Gleave, specialising in advising public sector clients on strategy development and gaining funding for transport schemes.

    In her role as Director at Carplus, Kate is responsible for the evaluation and monitoring of the funding programmes which Carplus delivers. She also leads on the development and delivery of the Carplus Annual Survey of car clubs. Kate ensures that Carplus meets the reporting requirements of both the Carplus Board and key funding partners (the Department for Transport, TfL and Transport Scotland) and also develops and administers the car club accreditation scheme.

  • Susan

    Susan JeynesCar Club Programme Manager (Scotland) (on maternity leave)

    Susan joined Carplus in April 2015. She is based in Scotland, delivering the Developing Car Clubs in Scotland (DCCS) programme.

    She has eleven years’ experience of community engagement relating to sustainable behaviour. She joins Carplus from Sustrans, where she co-ordinated the delivery of a range of walking and cycling activities within the community.


  • Allie Page  Programme and Data Manager (Scotland)

    Allie joined CarPlus in March 2016 to work on the Developing Car Clubs in Scotland (DCCS) programme.

    Allie has worked in the carbon reduction sector for many years, starting as a resource efficiency adviser for businesses in Scotland. After which she moved into domestic scale renewables and worked on programmes in New Zealand and later in Scotland. Most recently  she worked at the Energy Saving Trust on the Sustainable Transport team as the Assistant Manager, delivering a number of projects for both private individuals and businesses.

    Email Allie Page.


  • Chris SladeProject Manager

    Chris played a key role in the launch of Bikeplus and the delivery of the Shared Electric Bike Programme, funded by the Department for Transport, bringing skills in research and analysis to the team. He is currently researching how shared mobility (bike-sharing, lift-sharing and car clubs) contributes to strategic policy objectives; encouraging healthy low carbon lifestyles and improved air quality.

    Chris is a graduate of the Institute for Transport Studies in Leeds and the Institute de Géographie Alpine in Grenoble. He enjoys the possibilities shared mobility has opened up – from discovering quiet corners of the Alps by 2+ car sharing to riding a Santander Cycles along  the recently opened Cycle Superhighway on London’s Victoria Embankment.

     

    Email Chris Slade.

  • Philip IgoeFinance Manager

    Philip Igoe has wide ranging experience in shared transport and community development work. He has supported a number of local charities in their financial management as well as lecturing in accountancy at Leeds Beckett University. He first joined Carplus in 2003 and subsequently founded Co-wheels.
    In his role he currently has responsibility for finance and business management

     

    Email Philip Igoe.

  • Conor WalshResearch and Policy

    Conor joined Bikeplus in May 2017. He has several years experience studying and working in active travel projects across Leeds. He’s worked on the Utravel Active Project at the University of Leeds supporting their bike hire programme in an internship role and latterly as Workshop coordinator . He’s a graduate of the Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Leeds where he studied Geography with Transport Planning. He has experience in the Charity sector where he had a Trustee role with The Real Junk Food Project Charitable Foundation while being a director at The Real Junk Food Project CIC in Armely, West Leeds.
    In his current role he is responsible for Research and Policy relating to the provision of Shared Transport in the UK.

    Email Conor Walsh.

Board of Trustees

  • Eric Manners, Chair
    Team Leader (Developer Contributions), Islington Council, London
  • Matthew Clark, Vice Chair
    Associate, Steer Davies Gleave, London
  • Katherine Sissons, Treasurer
    London Borough of Islington
  • Scott Le Vine
    Research Associate in Shared-Mobility, Centre for Transport Studies, Imperial College, London
  • Vinay Gupta
    Business Entrepreneur, London
  • Nathan Kaczmarski
    Senior Communications Officer, Cycling Scotland
  • Marian Marsh 
    Transport Planner , Reading Borough Council