Keynote Speakers

Phillip Darnton

Phillip spent most of his career with Unilever plc, the Anglo-Dutch multi-national, in marketing and general management positions. Successively he was President of Lever Brothers, Canada; Managing Director of Unilever's $1 billion business in Brazil, and adviser to the Unilever Board on global strategy.

He then joined the main Board of Reckitt and Colman as Director of Global Marketing. Since 2000, Phillip has been involved in the world of cycling, initially as Chairman and Chief Executive of Raleigh and then as a member of the National Cycling Strategy Board. From 2005, until its abolition, he was Chair of Cycling England.

Phillip is the Executive Director of the Bicycle Association; Chair of the Department for Transport's Cycle Rail Working Group, and of the Association of Bikeability Schemes, among other cycling interests. In 2011 he was awarded an OBE for services to cycling.


Steve Hoyt-McBeth

Steve Hoyt-McBeth is a program manager at the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT). Steve oversees Portland's Bike Share, Business Outreach, Bike Parking, and Street Seats programs. He manages the BIKETOWN bike share project, recognised in North America for its innovations. Steve has spent the last 20 years assisting local governments and community groups to develop sustainable programs and policies relating to transportation, land use, and energy. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon.


Hamish Mackie

Hamish is co-director of Mackie Research and has 20-years of research and consultancy experience in various areas of human factors and ergonomics, with the last eleven spent mostly in the transport sector. All of Hamish's work has the underlying theme of 'human centered systems' and he has a particular focus on road safety and active travel. Recently, with a range of collaborators, Hamish has been active in several cycling related projects including the development of the Cycling Safety Panel recommendations, Future Streets, investigating better methods for understanding cycling crashes, identifying institutional barriers to better streets, footpath cycling and the re-development of New Zealand's cycling education system.