MSc Transport and Planning (Distinction)
BSc (Hons) Geography, Second Class Honours (Upper Division)
Owen is a driven and experienced transport planning professional. Having gained over 9 years experience in both the public and private sectors, Owen has developed a broad range of professional interests covering social inclusion, transport investment, low carbon technologies and climate change.
The Welsh Assembly Government (January 2010 – May 2011)
Position: Part Time Secondment to Ministerial Advisory Group
- Leading data collection and analysis
- Interpretation of evidence to develop recommendations
University of Glamorgan (October 2005 – Present)
Position: Research Fellow, Wales Transport Research Centre
- Research and consultancy
- Project management
- Financial management
- Business development
- Dissemination via reports, press releases, presentations
Transport & Travel Research Ltd, Bristol (October 2002 – October 2005)
Position: Senior Consultant (April 2005 – October 2005)
- Project management
- Client engagement and business development
- Report writing
Position: Transport Consultant (October 2002 – April 2005)
- Project administration
- Report drafting
- Data collection and analysis
North Somerset Council (November 2000 – September 2001)
Position: GIS Assistant
- Data capture & spatial analysis
Recent Conference Papers:
November 2011. Bwcabus – Delivering a public transport revolution in rural Wales. 20011 Polis Annual Conference, Brussels.
September 2010. Sustainable Transport – An Urban & Rural Perspective. Joint Event with The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport and The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation.
May 2009. Towards Sustainability – A green transport debate. Organised by Institute of Civil Engineers.
April 2008. Bwcabus – Sustainable Rural Transoprt. Sustainable Wales Conference. Organised by Forum for the Future.
March 2008. Providing Sustaianble Rural Transport. Sustainable Connectivity Conference. Organised by Waterfront.
March 2007. Annual Polis Conference, Toulouse. BWCABUS – Rural Public Transport Using GPS Based Demand Responsive Transport. Parallel Session 4: Seamless Mobility Services.
Member of the Chartered Institution of Logistics and Transport (CILT)
Member of Institute of Civil Engineers Transportation Engineering Group
Owen regularly leads and manages projects for the Welsh Government, local authorities in Wales and the rest of the UK, and transport operators such as Arriva Trains Wales.
Carmarthenshire County Council / Welsh Government – BWCABUS (Oct 05 – Present)
Owen has taken a leading role in the Bwcabus service design and implementation. The Bwcabus scheme has won three prestigious awards, winning ‘Most Innovative Transport Project’ at the National Transport Times Awards, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Cymru Best Partnership and an excellence in transport policy and planning award at the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport UK awards.
Welsh Government – Rail Concessionary Fares Scheme Evaluation (Aug 07 – May 2011)
Owen managed this project to conduct an annual evaluation of the rail concessionary fares pilot.
Welsh Government – BWCABUS Feasibility Study (Aug 10 – Jan 11)
Owen completed a feasibility study to extend the existing Bwcabus operation and developed a business plan to secure project funding totalling £3.5m.
Welsh Government – R&D and Commercialisation in Wales (Jan 10 – May 10)
Owen, working with the Ministerial Advisory Group, completed an investigation into the current state of Research and Development and Commercialisation within Wales.
Passenger Focus – The Passenger Experience At Unstaffed Stations (Jan 10 – June 10)
Owen completed a detailed investigation of passengers experiences of using unstaffed rail stations in Wales and their satisfaction with the facilities available. The study included a passenger survey of 400+ rail users on the Rhymney and Cambrian Coast lines.
Cardiff Airport – Airport Policing Costs (2010)
Owen, working with Martin Evans, completed a study of air passenger views and attitudes relating policing costs, assessed their willingness to pay and price sensitivity to additional charges, and their preferred method of payment collection.
City and County of Swansea – Information and Interchange at Swansea Station (2007)
Owen, working with Professor Stuart Cole, assessed the information and interchange requirements at Swansea Station. The study made recommendations for improvements at Swansea Station and included a comparative analysis of Reading and Exeter stations to highlight areas of good practice.
Welsh Government – Police Community Support Officers Evaluation – Perceptions Of Personal Security (2006)
Owen completed an initial baseline evaluation providing the basis upon which changes in passenger perceptions of security could be measured.
Welsh Government – Wales Transport Strategy (2005 – 06)
Owen assisted in the development of the new transport strategy for the Welsh Assembly Government. Including public transport and the integration of school, hospital and community transport services.
Friends of the Earth Cymru – Chepstow Road Congestion Study (2005 – 06)
This project was funded by Friends of the Earth Cymru and investigated the legal and financial position of road tolls or road charging in Chepstow. Owen completed the final report setting out current legislation, the availability of technical equipment, and investigated issues such as traffic diversion, alternative public transport and overall traffic flow in the area.
Bristol City Council – VIVALDI (Apr 2002 – Oct 2005)
Consultant in the VIVALDI project, working with UWE, Owen completed the local evaluation of clean-fuelled vehicles, community transport, car club, and soft measures, and supported an evaluation at the European level.
Welsh Government – Scope for Public Transport Improvements to Contribute to Increases in Economic Activity (Sep 04 – May 05)
The research aimed to understand the role that transport has in contributing to the high levels of economic inactivity evident in the South Wales Valleys. Responsibilities included reviewing literature, consulting stakeholders, and conducting interviews with jobseekers.
Owen has developed strong research skills and has developed a track record of delivering independent evidence based research. Owen has particular expertise in facilitating consultation activities such as focus groups, workshops and designing questionnaire surveys.
Key research areas include:
- Development of public and community transport services
- Assessing public transport passenger needs
- Researching social inclusion issues
- Evaluating outcomes of and attitudes to transport measures such as road user charging, transport information systems and clean fuelled vehicles
- Understanding, through research, of the linkages between transport, tourism, the economy, environment and social justice.
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