FIT seeks new trustees

Posted on Aug 17, 2020 in Uncategorized

The Foundation for Integrated Transport (FIT) is looking for two new trustees to sit on its board. 

Background

The Foundation was established in 2014 by the late Dr Simon Norton, whose vision was a world where humans have a right to get around without a car and where people can travel with minimum impact on other people’s lives and the environment.

In pursuit of these aims, the Foundation provides grants and fellowships and promotes solutions that overcome barriers to getting around, which might be provided through volunteering, social enterprise and other means. 

The trust has assets of approximately £6 million, to be spent over 15 years on grants, small grants for volunteer organisations, fellowships and social investments. FIT’s two current areas of interest, which inform its decisions, are transport as a basic human right and climate change.

The role

As a specialist Foundation we are seeking trustees who have a keen interest in transport, but this need not be specialist knowledge. We are interested in finding younger trustees, with more based outside the southeast.

FIT is one of the few sources of charitable funds for sustainable transport, so trustees play a key role. This is also an opportunity to work with leading campaigners for sustainable transport. Campaigning on sustainable transport can be fascinating and can build personal friendships.

Current trustees are: 

  • Michael Norton, Social entrepreneur
  • Stephen Joseph, OBE, Transport policy consultant
  • Dr Lynn Sloman, Founder, Transport for Quality of Life Consultancy; Board member, Transport for London
  • Jenny Raggett, Transport campaigner
  • Roger French, OBE, Former Managing Director, Brighton and Hove Buses
  • Chris Crean, Environmental campaigner
  • John Stewart, Environmental campaigner
  • Alastair Hanton, Secretary, Foundation for Integrated Transport

Quarterly board meetings

The trust deed provides for trustees to be appointed for up to three terms, each of three years. The amount of time needed for the role can be flexible, to fit in with other commitments. Attendance at the quarterly board meetings can be in person or online, but trustees will be required to meet together in person at least once a year, normally in London. 

Legal duties of trustees          

  • Ensure your charity is carrying out its purposes for the public benefit
  • Comply with your charity’s governing document and the law
  • Act in your charity’s best interests
  • Manage your charity’s resources responsibly
  • Act with reasonable care and skill
  • Ensure your charity is accountable
  • Attendance in person or on-line at quarterly trust meetings (normally in London)
  • Possible membership of the trust’s Social Investment Committee
  • Reviewing applications for funding and helping decide which applicants receive funding 
  • Regularly reviewing the work of the trust and of its grantees, fellows, and social investments
  • Overseeing the policy and performance of the trust’s market investments
  • Ensuring that the trust’s governance and policies are sound and consistent with the trust’s vision and strategy

The charity’s current strategy is to:

  • invest about one third of the trust’s resources in social enterprises consistent with the trust’s vision;
  • establish and fund a continuing programme of fellowships absorbing about 15% of the trust’s resources;
  • allocate about 5% of its resources to small grants (typically up to £2,000) to local campaigns to complement cost effectively the work of volunteers; and
  • devote the rest of the trust’s resources to other grants, key priorities being climate change and a basic human right to live a decent life without the use of cars.

FIT is registered as charity number 1156363. 

If you are interested in applying, please send a short covering letter and CV to admin@integratedtransport.co.uk for an informal discussion with trustees. Formal interviews will follow in October 2020. 

Appointment of senior fellows

Posted on Aug 6, 2020 in Uncategorized

Following a public competition which attracted a strong field of excellent applicants, the Foundation for Integrated Transport is pleased to announce the appointment of its first two Senior Fellowships. They will be Professor Phil Goodwin and Professor John Whitelegg

The overall theme of both Fellowships is Transport and Climate Change. They are planning a number of specific working papers, events and activities which will be worked up in more detail over the summer, with further details on the FIT website in the Autumn. 

Alastair Hanton, Secretary of the Foundation, said ‘The Foundation’s vision is for transport as a basic human right, provided with minimum impact on other people’s lives and the environment. We are delighted that these fellowships will support the work of Phil and John – both distinguished scholars who have already made notable contributions to both the theory and practice of sustainable, integrated transport’.

John Whitelegg said ‘To tackle climate change, transport is a central issue,  in some ways the most difficult but also the one where sustainable transport can best give improvements to people’s lives in local, everyday matters. It will be great to develop this further, at a local, national and international level. Phil and I will be working on our separate agendas of work, and will also collaborate in joint work, which will be stimulating and productive’.

Phil Goodwin said ‘FIT is establishing a reputation as a key charity in the transport field, with the fellowships and projects it supports, and indeed in the contributions made by the Trustees themselves. It is an honour to be recognised in this way. The next two years will be of critical importance in developing transport’s contribution to environmental justice and climate protection, and I am looking forward to making a contribution in these testing times’.

Programmes of Work

Work carried out on the Fellowships will not be a single defined project, but a number of flexible themes which the Fellows will work on separately, together, and with other collaborators. In a rapidly-changing situation, these may change during the course of the two years.

John Whitelegg plans a meta-review on measures and interventions with CO2 reduction results; collaboration with leading policy institutes including Wuppertal, Lund University, and Tyndall; Best practice case studies e.g. Oslo, Freiburg, Lund; contacts with climate emergency centres in unitary and county councils; a workshop on measures and best practice; and short summaries based on the EU Evidence project in accessible style.

Phil Goodwin plans work on the carbon effects of past and present roads programmes aimed at developing a net zero compliant sustainable roads strategy; work on road space reallocation arising out of coronavirus pandemic; technical and evidence base used by  activists campaigns, both in support of sustainable policies and against unsustainable ones. 

There will be scope for interaction and cooperation on these work programmes, both with each other and with networks of other interested researchers and agencies, which will develop over the period.

Note

The Foundation for Integrated Transport is a registered charity, founded by the late Dr Simon Norton in 2014 to promote sustainable and transformational solutions. It is led by a board of Trustees, who will appoint a Liaison Group for interaction and support for the Fellows, who are not employed by FIT but remain independent and autonomous, and will continue with their current associations and collaborations. The Fellowships will run from 1.10.2020 to 30.9.2022.

For further details, contact:

Phil Goodwin philinelh@yahoo.com
John Whitelegg johnwhitelegg@phonecoop.coop

Biographies of the two Fellows can be found on FIT’s website on our fellowships page.

Shropshire Rural Buses Report

Posted on Mar 25, 2019 in Campaigning

This report has been funded by the Foundation for Integrated Transport.
Author: Prof John Whitelegg
Published: March 2019

FIT Shropshire Buses Report

 

In Memoriam Simon Norton

Posted on Feb 15, 2019 in Uncategorized

With great sadness we announce that Simon Norton, founder and chair of the Foundation for Integrated Transport, died suddenly on 12th February 2019.

Simon campaigned passionately for equitable, safe, logical and environmentally friendly transport networks, with a particular passion for buses.

The Foundation sends condolences to Simon’s family at this sad time.

All media enquiries: 07511 054259

Good journeys to great attractions

Posted on Jan 9, 2018 in Leisure travel

A new initiative to boost car-free leisure travel launched in January 2018 with the support of the Foundation for Integrated Transport.

Good Journey shows visitors how to get to the UK’s best attractions and venues – everywhere from arts centres to zoos – by train, bus, bike and foot.

The new website www.goodjourney.org.uk allows you to plan journeys to attractions from anywhere in the country. Visitors enjoy a discount on entry when they arrive car-free at a Good Journey Mark attraction.

The website also offers ideas and inspiration for all sorts of car-free adventures, with new destinations added every week. And there are handy travel tips, such as how to track down the cheapest rail tickets.

Begin your next car-free adventure at www.goodjourney.org.uk – where you can sign-up to a newsletter and get a free eBook of Scenic Rail and Bus Journeys.

Graham Ellis wins Sheila McKechnie Campaign Award

Posted on Jul 31, 2017 in Campaigning

FIT congratulates Graham Ellis for winning the 2017 Sheila McKechnie Foundation award for his campaign to improve the inadequate train service in Melksham, Wiltshire, a town with a population of 25,000 and rapidly growing. His Save the Train campaign attracted the attention of several Wiltshire MPs, and secured funding from the DfT’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund for an increased, trial service. This trial proved to be so successful, the increased service has now become a permanent part of the franchise.The new line has become the fastest growing line in England. People have now been able to take jobs where they had none; they can travel to education facilities that were previously unreachable, and move to housing they can afford.

FIT sponsored the 2017 Sheila McKechnie Campaigner award for transport.