1. Hugh, can you tell us a little about Transport Scotland and your time there?
I currently head up the TS 2014 Team. Initially, it’s been about bringing a team together internally and building an effective network of key contacts across other parts of the Scottish Government, as well as externally. We are now substantially through this first phase and from this point it’s about making sure the team challenges and advises major event planners, like the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup, to ensure their transport planning is all it should be across all modes. In my last role as Head of Network Operations in TRBO, we oversaw the Olympic torch relay through Scotland in summer 2012, as well as the Olympic Football at Hampden, in terms of transport efficiency and safety. During this time we got an extended insight into the extent of resource required to sustain a multi games event, not only in terms of transport provision but across a multitude of disciplines such as energy, food, business promotion, tourism, etc. We also witnessed the levels of expectations, realistic or otherwise, around an Olympic style event. Together with Roy Brannen, my director we decided TS needed to adopt an equivalent enhanced approach to service delivery which the key public authorities did for the Olympics, more specifically a step change was required. …Read More