head of technology and data, surface transport,
Transport for London
Simon is the head of technology & data for surface transport within Transport for London (TfL) and is accountable for the delivery of technology solutions to address the transport needs of one of the largest city’s in Europe.
Simon joined TfL as iBus project director in 2006 and was responsible for the rollout of the world’s largest (£112 million capex) Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) and provided RTPI for 19,000 bus stops across London on roadside signs, the internet, SMS and via an Open Data interface to over 300 independent smartphone apps.
Simon is a regular speaker at Bus, ITS and technology events including IT Trans (2018) ITS Word Congress (Bordeaux 2015), European Bus Forum (2016), and has presented to a number of chartered institutes and professional bodies.
He is currently developing a common framework for delivering three major technology programmes for Surface Transport. The first of these is the Surface Intelligent Transport System (SITS) providing a common operational view of our road network, re-instrumentation of our traffic lights and leading towards a more predictive system of traffic control. Within the Bus Systems portfolio, his team have just completed implementing one of the largest DMR radio systems and planning the replacement of the bus management system (iBus2) that provides, service control, a data and analytics platform and provides new real time services for bus passengers, contracted bus operators and for the Authority. The final portfolio is planning the development of Road User Charging from the current ‘congestion charge’ implementation in the central London zone to the Mayor’s ambition for a much larger zone with charges based on the polluting nature of the vehicles using the road.
Between 2001 and 2006, Simon worked for Anite PLC; a UK based FTSE-250 PLC starting as services director before running the Company’s Document Management software and managed services business. Prior to this Simon had a fifteen year career with leading UK Software & Services company Fujitsu/ICL culminating as the general manager for their Local Government Software business.