Our Forum

Our area is a driving force in the UK’s clean energy sector; leading the way in delivering sustainable and low carbon energy solutions.

Transport East will deliver a collective vision for the future of transport and infrastructure in Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock.

Transport East's size is its strength; giving the partnership greater coherency and building on a strong history of collaborative working.

The Transport East Forum is led by political representatives from Highways and Transportation Authorities and District Planning Authorities, and representatives from Local Enterprise Partnerships and the Chamber of Commerce, and Highways England and Network Rail.

The Transport East Forum Terms of Reference can be viewed here.

A wider partnership panel will support a collaborative approach to the development of the Strategy.

Chairman and Vice-Chairman

Cllr Kevin Bentley

Cllr Kevin Bentley

Cllr Kevin Bentley is the Chairman of Transport East.  He is Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Infrastructure at Essex County Council.

Cllr Martin Wilby

Cllr Martin Wilby

Cllr Martin Wilby is the Vice-Chairman of Transport East.  He is Chairman of Environment, Development and Transport Committee at Norfolk County Council.


Cllr Andrew Reid
Cabinet Member for Highways
Suffolk County Council

Cllr Ron Woodley
Southend-on-sea Borough Council

Cllr Mark Coxshall
Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Strategic Planning
Thurrock Council

Cllr Graham Butland
Leader of Braintree District Council
Representative of Essex District Councils

Cllr Phil Smart
Portfolio Holder for Environment and Climate Change, Ipswich Borough Council
Representative of Suffolk District Councils

Cllr Graham Plant
Chairman of Economic Development Committee, Great Yarmouth Borough Council
Representative of Norfolk District Councils

Local Enterprise Partnerships

Dominic Keen
Board Member
New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership

George Kieffer
South East Local Enterprise Partnership

Chambers of Commerce

David Burch
Director of Policy
Essex Chamber of Commerce

Nova Fairbank
Head of Policy
Norfolk Chamber of Commerce

Andy Walker
Policy Director
Suffolk Chamber of Commerce

Delivery Partners

Matthew Taylor
Programme Manager
Highways England

Richard Taylor
Head of Strategic Planning
Network Rail

Observing Bodies

Bedford Borough Council

Cambridgeshire County Council and District Councils

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority

Central Bedfordshire Council

England's Economic Heartland

Hertfordshire County Council and District Councils

Hertfordshire LEP

London Stansted Corridor Consortium

Peterborough City Council

Department for Transport