CTC announces conference speaker line up

Annual cycle conference Oct 24th 2015

CTC announces conference speaker line up

CTC announces the first names of the speaker line-up to enthuse local cycle campaigners at this year's annual CTC Cyclenation Conference in Liverpool on Saturday 24 October.

The announcement of speakers for this year's annual cycle campaigners' conference has excited those in the field and shown the support of key stakeholders at all levels of government and other areas such as health, economics and transport. Further speakers will be announced as they are confirmed. 

The conference offers a unique opportunity for cycle campaigners from across the UK to interact with each other and with professionals in their respective areas. You will be presented with the chance to field questions and discuss the most up-to-date topics and issues in the world of cycling. 

Speakers headlining the conference programme: 

  • Louise Ellman MP, Chair of the House of Commons Transport Committee
  • Isabelle Clement, Director, Wheels for Wellbeing
  • Brian Deegan, Principal Technical Specialist at Transport for London (TfL)
  • Prof John Ashton CBE, President, Faculty of Public Health

Other speakers include;

  • Dr Julian Huppert, Former Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Cycling Group
  • Robin Lovelace, Leeds University, Mapping Propensity 
  • Robin Tucker, Oxfordshire CC
  • Robin Heydon, Chair of CycleNation
  • Ian Tierney
  • Ian Richardson, CTC

This year's conference will outline the developments over the last year, notably the progress made in securing a legal commitment to a Cycling & Walking Investment Strategy for England. We will also discuss the opportunities now opening up for cycle campaigning and how you can make a difference locally and nationally.

Topics that will be covered include:

  • Political leadership
  • The role of public health 
  • Cycle-friendly planning and design
  • Inclusive cycling
  • Effective local campaigning
  • Business engagement and funding

Conference information:

  • 11am - 5pm (lunch and refreshments included)
  • £25 per delegate (includes refreshments/food)
  • The venue will be Blackburne House, right in heart of the world-renowned Georgian Quarter of Liverpool. For directions follow this link.

If you are part of a cycle campaign group, an individual cycle campaigner, or someone who would like to understand more about creating change through cycling, please contact us for more information or register here for your conference place.

Please note payment will not be taken at the point of registration. You will be contacted once registered with your conference details and methods of payment.

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Where is the diversity?

Not a single woman on the platform!

Who wants to go to hear a bunch of white men :-(

Hello Dave,
This joint CTC Cyclenation conference is still having extra speakers confirming their availability (such as Isabelle Clement who agreed over the weekend), which unfortunately we did not make clear in the above news story. That's very much our fault, and your reaction is therefore understandable.

I can assure you that we are not adding diversity to the line up at the last minute, and both CTC and Cyclenation are still waiting for confirmation from a number of other speakers. Should you wish to learn more please don't hesitate to give CTC a call and ask for me.

All the best,


I am not reassured.

It is hard to interpret this as anything but a complete failure to take diversity seriously.

Even at the point of releasing the news story why haven't you got adequate procedures, training and standards for any and every person in the organisation who saw it to stop the release going out?

Hello Dave,

This is simply not the case. We had asked a diverse number of speakers beyond the panel presented, but unfortunately they were unable to confirm. Further speakers were confirmed over the weekend.

As stated if you do have further concerns about this please feel free to get in contact.


Still a PR disaster (the story should never have been released like that).

Now at the end of the week still only 2 women speakers.

Not good enough.