About us

“An environment dominated by motor vehicles is a sign of failure.”

Dr Simon Norton

Our purpose

The Foundation for Integrated Transport was established by the late Dr Simon Norton in 2014 to promote sustainable and transformational transport solutions.

Dr Simon Norton

Dr Simon Norton was a world-class mathematician and renowned transport campaigner.

As a grant-making charity (number 1156363) we provide:

  • Grants to organisations, projects and citizen groups
  • Fellowships to develop skills and experience of transport activists
  • Small grants to local campaigns to complement the work of volunteers
  • Investments in social enterprises that provide sustainable mobility

Our trustees

Alex Norton

Alex Norton

Chris Crean

Chris Crean

Emma Griffin

Emma Griffin

Jenny Raggett

Jenny Raggett

FIT

John Stewart

Lisa Hopkinson

Lisa Hopkinson

Mark Frost

Mark Frost

Mat Bonomi

Mat Bonomi

Rebecca Lush

Rebecca Lush

Roger French

Roger French

Stephen Joseph

Stephen Joseph

Toby Blume

Toby Blume

Alex Norton

Alex Norton is an entrepreneurial IT professional with over 25 years of experience predominantly within finance and payments sector. A nephew of Simon Norton, he is keen to continue the work started by his uncle in promoting and campaigning for better sustainable transport and the reduction of transport poverty.

Chris Crean

Chris is a regional campaigner with Friends of the Earth covering the West Midlands of England. He is a regular cyclist and public transport user BUT does have access to vehicles if and when needed. Living in Brum you cannot campaign against the ills of car dominance, for road danger reduction and the poor use of precious space across the conurbation. Chris supports LTN’s as well as localising our economic activity and opposes large infrastructure such as HS2, airport expansions new and bigger rads and associated sprawl. He is very proud to have been asked by Simon to join the FIT board.  

Emma Griffin

Emma Griffin is a researcher, writer, and campaigner for sustainable transport, specialising in ideas that tackle car dominance and improve the walkability of towns and cities. Before becoming a trustee, she was Foundation for Integrated Transport’s administrator. Emma is also vice-chair of London Living Streets, member of the Healthy Streets Coalition, and co-founder of Footways, an initiative to create networks of quiet and interesting streets to boost everyday walking in urban areas.

Jenny Raggett

Jenny Raggett has been a campaigner for public transport for many years and has more recently been involved in Transport for New Homes, a project trying to bring sustainable transport and planning together so that new development is not built around car. With a background in computer development and research, Jenny is a technical writer specialising in explaining technical subjects to the layman, and has used her experience to explain how the planning system works and why sustainable transport is often left out of the equation.

John Stewart

John Stewart is a transport specialist and long-time campaigner. He chairs the UK Noise Association and the Campaign for Better Transport. In 2020, he stood down as the Coordinator of HACAN (representing communities impacted by Heathrow) after 20 years. He is a Director of Good Journey, an Associate of Transport for Quality of Life and Coordinator of Lambeth Public Transport Group. Previously, he chaired the Slower Speeds Initiative, RoadPeace, ALARM and ALARM UK (which brought together communities opposed to road building schemes). At a European level he is vice chair of UECNA (which gives communities a voice on aviation) and is a member of the EU’s Noise Expert Group. He is the author of Poor Show (1998), a study of the impact of traffic on low-income communities; Location, Location, Location (2006), assessing the impact of wind farm noise; and the lead author of Why Noise Matters (Earthscan, 2011).

Lisa Hopkinson

Lisa Hopkinson is an environmental scientist by training with a keen professional and personal interest in sustainable transport. She has wide-ranging experience having worked for the private sector, charities, a thinktank, and a university. She is currently self-employed as a freelance researcher and is an Associate of Transport for Quality of Life. She has also been an active volunteer over the last 30 years with numerous grassroots organisations and national NGOs, promoting sustainable travel and opposing car-based developments and road building.

Mark Frost

Mark Frost is an experienced local government professional to assistant director level, now Director of Fern Consulting Services providing support to clients on strategic transport planning; regeneration and placemaking; environmental strategy; traffic and parking policy; supporting regional networks and public sector staff capacity building. Mark is a Chartered Transport Planning Professional (CTPP), board member of the Transport Planning Society, Vice President of the Local Government Technical Advisors Group and a Future London Leaders graduate, with a wider interest in effective altruism and charity governance.

Mat Bonomi

Mat Bonomi has built a 10 plus year career in a variety of roles in both Australia and the United Kingdom across the public, private and charity sector with a focus on ‘rebalancing’ our car centric places and lifestyles. With formal education in both transport planning and economics, Mat is an optimistic urbanist with a passion for how transport can impact and increase the health and happiness of our cities. He is currently Head of Transport & Access at the Royal Parks.

Rebecca Lush

Rebecca Lush is a life-long environmental campaigner, specialising in transport activism. She played a leading part in many of the prominent campaigns against road-building in the 1990s, including the Twyford Down and Newbury Bypass protests. She attended the first UN COP climate talks in Berlin in 1995; established Road Block in 2005, an alliance of community groups against the new roads programme; and became the first Roads and Climate Campaigner for Campaign for Better Transport in 2007. She had a brief interlude from 2012, working for Lush UK managing their charitable giving, assessing and approving donations. She has now returned to her original passion, becoming the Local Campaigns Support Officer for the newly formed Transport Action Network in 2020.

Roger French

Roger French retired from a lifelong career in the bus industry in 2013 having worked with bus companies in London, West Yorkshire, Kent and South Wales before moving to Brighton in 1982, staying at the helm of that city’s buses for 31 years. He was part of the management buy-out team of the Brighton & Hove Bus Company in 1987 and its subsequent sale to the Go-Ahead Group, continuing as Managing Director of the company as well as playing a leading role in the community. He was awarded an OBE for services to public transport in 2005, an Honorary MA by the University of Brighton in 2007, a Deputy Lord Lieutenant for East Sussex in 2007 and was awarded the ‘Freedom of the City of Brighton & Hove’ in 2013. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and a Patron of the Young Bus Managers’ Network.

Stephen Joseph

Stephen Joseph is a transport policy consultant, specialising in urban and local issues and in smart transport. He was appointed a visiting professor at the University of Hertfordshire in December 2018, having received an honorary doctorate from the University in November 2010. At present, Stephen is a trustee of the Foundation for Integrated Transport and is on the steering group of the Foundation’s Transport for New Homes project. He chairs the Smart Transport programme board for Bauer Media and is an adviser to the Rail Devolution Network. He is also chair of the Liverpool City Region Bus Alliance Board. He was Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport (formerly Transport 2000) from 1988 to 2018. During that period, he led campaigns to reduce major road building, to increase rail investment including in new/ reopened lines and stations, and to highlight the importance of buses and the impact of cuts in bus services. He was awarded the OBE (Order of the British Empire) in 1996 for services to transport and the environment.

Toby Blume

Toby Blume is the co-founder of Social Engine, a behaviour change agency supporting social purpose organisations to be more evidence-based and insight-led. A social innovator with over 25 years’ experience of working in the not-for-profit sector and local government, particularly supporting excluded communities to achieve positive social change. His work has included influencing public policy, community engagement and self-help, grant-making and helping community groups understand and influence regeneration policy and practice. He ran two national charities – Groundswell UK and Urban Forum - for over 15 years, developing innovative ways for marginalised communities to have influence over decisions that affect them. He has set up a number of successful grants programmes and served as a trustee of the Travellers Aid Trust supporting Gypsies, Travellers and Roma communities for 10 years. He is a Visiting Research Fellow at Kings' College London.