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

Emma Griffin

Emma Griffin

FIT

John Stewart

Lisa Hopkinson

Lisa Hopkinson

Mark Frost

Mark Frost

Rebecca Lush

Rebecca Lush

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.