• CT23 Conference Sessions and Summaries

CT23 Conference Sessions and Summaries

Welcome to our dedicated page for the CT23 Conference slides. Here, we’ve compiled all the informative presentations from the event, offering a deep dive into the discussions and ideas that are driving the future of community transport. Whether you’re looking to revisit the sessions or explore them for the first time, these slides provide a valuable resource for anyone interested in the latest trends and innovations in the sector. Immerse yourself in the knowledge and insights shared by our experts and continue to be part of the evolving conversation in community transport.

Session  Summary
Unlocking the Future: The Evolving Role of Community Transport in Digital DRT 

Are you curious about the dynamic landscape of Community Transport in the digital era? Ready to explore the incredible opportunities that lie ahead? Our panel of experts will dive deep into the emerging world of Digital Demand-Responsive Transport (DRT) and MaaS (Mobility as a Service) and how community transport is adapting to the digital age. Our experts will share real-world examples of successful operations.

We are pleased to be joined on the panel by Meera Nayyar, Head of Digital Mobility and Mobility Data at the Department for Transport, Louise Currie from Lydney Dial-a-ride sharing her experiences of a current DDRT scheme and Jonathan Padmore from Tactran and Hattie James from SEStran in Scotland, who were successful in obtaining round 1 funding from Transport Scotland’s “MaaS Investment fund” to deliver Mobility as a service (MaaS) across the region.

Access the slides from our welcome panels by clicking here.

Navigating the world of Community Transport Permits and Licensing 

Ensuring the utmost safety, compliance, and operational efficiency stands as the top priority within the Community Transport (CT) sector. Central to this vital mission is the intricate network of permit and licensing requirements. Join us at our conference panel session to gain invaluable insights from industry leaders. Discover how the CTA, in collaboration with key partners, is diligently shaping a comprehensive understanding and implementation of permits while upholding safety as the paramount concern.

We are delighted to hear from panellists, including Kevin Rooney, Traffic Commissioner for the West of England, and John Furzeland, Head of Traffic Commissioner Policy at the Office for the Traffic Commissioner.

Access the slides from our welcome panels by clicking here.

Morning Sessions

Modernising MiDAS

MiDAS has been the nationally recognised standard for driver training for nearly 30 years. On 2nd January 2024, CTA will be proudly launching the first phase of the MiDAS transformation. But that’s just the beginning. Help us to define the next phase of the transformation as we begin work to modernise MiDAS Accessible, the Passenger Assistants Training Scheme, and MiDAS Car & MPV.
The Power of Harnessing Data and Insight in Community Transport 

This panel will explore the ways in which data and insights can be harnessed to improve community transport services. It will be followed by a Q & A session, to discuss the importance of data, user-centric approach, technology integration, improved accessibility, data privacy, and future trends.

There will also be examples from the sector, highlighting organisational learning about ways to collect robust data and share insight with stakeholders and funders.

Innovation Is Not Just Digital: Thinking Outside the Box in the Delivery of Your Services 

This session will explore dynamic and forward-thinking approaches for optimizing the delivery of CT services. It will highlight the role of emerging technologies such as EVs, shared mobility platforms, digital platforms, environmental sustainability, and community engagement.

During the session, we will engage with various CT providers to share success stories and case studies. Please note that the session’s content may evolve as we collaborate with these providers, fostering a UK-wide mapping of cutting-edge service delivery innovations.

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Campaigning for Change: A Manifesto for Community Transport 

The next UK General Election is a fantastic opportunity for the Community Transport sector to influence the policies and priorities of a newly elected parliament and government at Westminster.

Join us for this interactive presentation and workshop session on how CTA and CTA members will come together to campaign for change in 2024. You’ll have the opportunity to a) learn more about and get a preview of CTA’s Manifesto; b) have the final say on our key messages and recommendations; and c) shape and be part of our campaign to engage and influence party candidates and leaders across the UK.

Access the slides from this session by clicking here.

Take our survey to shape our manifesto by clicking here.

Afternoon Sessions
Positively Green: Environmental Sustainability in Community Transport 

How ‘green’ is the UK’s Community Transport sector? What does successful climate action look like in CT? How can you benefit from improving your ‘green’ credentials as an organisation?

This informative and engaging session will discuss how you can diversify your CT operation all while reducing your carbon footprint as an organisation – a win for you and a win for the planet!

We’ll be joined by two experienced industry professionals to discuss and answer questions on opportunities that exist within fleet decarbonisation, active travel scheme development and much more!

Creating A Strong Legacy through Succession Planning – An Operator Perspective 

Community transport schemes are run by dedicated, skilled and passionate individuals who are instrumental in their organisation’s success. This can also make the organisation particularly vulnerable to the sudden departure of key people.

Join us for an operator’s perspective to discuss the critical role of succession planning in maintaining operational continuity and preserving the legacy of CT service providers. We will discuss the importance of succession planning, long-term vision, identifying and developing talent, mentoring and knowledge transfer challenges & obstacles, with case studies.

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Innovation in Rural Communities  Rural communities often face unique challenges when it comes to accessible and sustainable transportation solutions. This session aims to showcase how innovative strategies are being implemented to overcome these challenges and create a brighter future for rural residents. This panel discussion brings together a distinguished group of rural community transport providers who are pioneers in three key areas: Demand-Responsive Transport (DRT), Electrification of Vehicles, and Collaborative Consortiums. They will each give a presentation on their work and then be open to questions from the audience. Join us to gather practical insights and innovative strategies to better your rural community and services.
Are you funding-ready?

In this session, CTA Director for Wales, Gemma Lelliott, will share funding insights and expertise to help you ‘gear up’ to bid for and win funding for your vital services. Taking advice from successful bid writers, grant assessors, support organisations, and those who’ve learned their lessons the hard way, we’ll look at what it takes to be ‘funding ready’ and explore some practical examples drawn from CT Operators across the UK. We’ll look at practical questions like policies and paperwork, telling your story in a way that makes funders pay attention. Attendees will leave with practical ideas to implement as soon as they get back to the office.

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Demonstrating Social Value – A Toolkit for the Sector Join the ‘Demonstrating Social Value’ workshop for an overview of the current toolkit and insights into planned updates. Engage in discussions on refining the next version and share your perspectives on what should be recorded and evidenced. This interactive session invites delegates to actively shape the toolkit, ensuring it aligns with diverse sector needs. Don’t miss the opportunity to contribute to the evolution of social impact assessment tools in this collaborative and dynamic workshop.