CILT - Lancashire & Cumbria

Lancashire & Cumbria Group

Chair: Craig Stopforth, MILT

The Institute's Lancashire & Cumbria Group is part of the North West Region, along with the Merseyside & Warrington Group  and Greater Manchester & Cheshire Group

David Coupe FCILT – Road Transport Specialist

Amanda Jackson – Loal PR/Social Media Lead

Martin Robinson FCILT – Vice Chair  - Sub Role Passenger Transport Specialist

Robert Rawcliffe MILT – Supporting Committee Member

Simon Reynish CMILT – Policy Committee Lead

Trevor Roberts FCILT – Events Lead

Neil Caldwell FCILT - Supporting Committee Member

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My name is Neil Caldwell and I have been a member of CILT for over 30 years and an Institute Fellow since 1997.

I held the position of CILT Regional Officer North West until February last year having worked with a fantastic group of local volunteers for over 10 years. During that tenure I also played a key role in the development of the industry award winning Think Logistics Initiative as Project Manager, an exceptional opportunity to work again with a wide range of our industry professionals and the educational charity, Career Ready, to open the eyes of young people to see the world of career opportunities in Logistics and Transport. 

Throughout my career in Logistics and Transport I have played an active role with FTA (now Logistics UK) and also CILT both locally and nationally. I have been North West Regional Chair on FTA Freight Council and also CILT North West Region Committee as well as attending National Council of both organisations.

An enjoyable and successful career, I have undertaken a series of senior management roles across a wide range of logistics, transport and supply chain operations.  That experience has been gained in large scale operations management and business development within manufacturing, retail and third party organisations, frequently involving the planning and delivery of large scale and complex change management programmes. Some of the most rewarding aspects have always come through the coaching and development of the incredible teams and people I have worked with over the years. Thank goodness Logistics is still a people business and I hope I am not alone when I look forward eagerly to the time when we rebalance digital and physical activities.

For now and the future, more family time and choice on business involvement is a special  bonus as is the time to (hopefully) add some value and occasional common sense to the future development of our Institute as a volunteer committee member.

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Transport is in Roberts’s blood and he grew up surrounded by vehicles. He has been a member of CILT for over 40 years and has worked in the industry since 1967. During this time he has worked in management roles, C+E driver and FLT instructor, all of which has provided him with the vast amount of knowledge and experience that he has.  

Since his retirement he is still actively involved in transport in the background however he is spending much more time staying active and taking on board grandad duties with his 14 year old granddaughter and the families crazy 2 year old Yorkshire terrier.

He can honestly say that his time in transport has been a great smile all round and he has met many friends and colleagues through the industry who he remains firm friends with to this day.

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Martin started work in 1970 as a seasonal bus conductor for Crosville in Rhyl, before moving onto the company’s traffic training scheme. He worked in various locations in Cheshire and mid Wales prior to becoming District Traffic Superintendent at Macclesfield in 1975. After deregulation of bus services in 1986, Martin moved to Crewe as District Manager, and relocated several times until the transfer of Crosville in that area to North Western (a sister British Bus company). After various locations in Cheshire and Greater Manchester, Martin moved to Birkenhead on the takeover of Merseybus by Arriva (formed by the Cowie group after the British Bus takeover), looking after Wirral and Cheshire operations. Martin’s next move was to Llandudno Junction as Head of Operations for Arriva in Wales, followed by his final move in 2010 as Head of Operations in Merseyside. Martin retired in 2017 but has since worked part time as a consultant for the Arriva group.

Martin is a Fellow of both the CILT and the Association of Road Risk Management. An advanced driver and tutor, Martin holds national tutoring qualifications with IAM Roadsmart and Rospa Advanced Drivers and Riders, tutoring car drivers for their advanced driving tests. He is also a DIAmond Advance motorist, a member of the High Performance club and has a BTEC Diploma in Advanced Driving Instruction. A mountain biker, Martin enjoys the outdoors in Wales and the Lake District, weather permitting!.


Trevor joined the Chartered Institute of Transport in 1975 and was elected a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in November 2013.


Trevor has been running his own Consultancy Business, Transport Gateway Reviews Limited, since completing a five-year plan in 2014 to modernise and stabilise the business at Blackpool Transport whilst securing the sustainable future of the Company. As Managing Director, he was also responsible for the successful implementation of the operational aspects of the Blackpool Tramway upgrade to modern trams.


After forty years in the frontline of the bus and light rail industry, at all levels and for many different companies both public and private, Trevor has a wealth of knowledge, leadership, and business expertise. One of his current clients is Greater Manchester Travelcards Limited in Manchester where he advises them on providing the multi modal multi operator ticketing scheme.


David has worked in the Transport and Road Haulage industry for over 40 years. He has a vast amount of experience in all areas of this sector ranging from LGV driving to Transport Management. For the last 16 years of his career he has been the Managing Director of Transport Training Academy one of the UK’s leading logistics training companies and is an extremely prominent figure in promoting the industry. David is a full CPC holder, he was a DSA registered LGV instructor and 1 of 7 senior SAFED instructors.

David is married with 2 children and enjoys all aspects of family life. He is a keen rugby fan and enjoys watching a match or two. He has recently got back into riding motor bikes and has treated himself to a couple of nice weather bikes, his favourite being his Ducati 748.

amanda jackson

Amanda is the founder of Tigerfish PR, a marketing and communications agency, based in the heart of the county, which specialises in working with supply chain businesses - dealing with the good news and the bad...

As well as being on the Lancashire CILT committee, Amanda is the Chair the Lancashire group of Chartered Institute of Public Relations, and she is fortunate to be a director of  East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce.

And when she is not doing her various paid and voluntary activities, she is training for a half marathon.

News & Focus Articles

  • Building an efficient bus operation and retaining drivers - March 2023 - View here
  • The Logistics of Lifesavers - Focus Article - Jan 2023 - View here
  • Traffic Commissioner Focus Article - November 2022 - View here
  • Focus Article - O'Licenses & Brake Testing who's responsible? - October 2022 - view here
  • Help shape our programme of events - July 2022 - view here
  • Lancashire & Cumbria Group - Drug Driving article, April 2022 - view here
  • The Changing Face of Technology within Transport, September 2021 - View here to view the slides click here
  • Five ways to connect more effectively on LinkedIn, Sept 2021 - View here
  • CILT takes the Blackpool trams tour - Focus Article July 2021 - View here
  • Industrial, beautiful and bleak - Focus Article June 2021 - View here
  • Limited quantity; dangerous or not? - Focus Article May 2021 - View here
  • Meet your committee - Focus Article April 2021 - View here
  • Is your business compliant for 2021 - Focus Article March 2021 - View here
  • Good Riddance, 2020; welcome 2021 - Focus Article January 2021 - View here


Report and Presentations


  • Future Skills and Technologies Seminar - February 2022 - View here
  • CILT Lancashire Presentation - March 2019 - View here

Past Events

Recycling Partnerships that Change Lives – January 20


Our first event of 2020 was hosted by Recycling Lives who are a national recycling and waste management business. Chief Operating Officer Anthony Sharkey presented to the attendees on how this unique business model combines an industry-leading recycling business and a life-changing charity successfully. Anthony explained how from the Lancashire-headquarters its commercial operation supports and sustain its sister charity, Recycling Lives UK and how it has grown rapidly in recent years, from four sites across Lancashire to 19 nationally. He also discussed how it is the largest car recycler in the country, exporting thousands of tonnes of metals and plastics for reuse every month, while also recycling scrap metals, waste electricals and general waste. He gave an overview how Recycling Lives UK combines a charity and social enterprise delivering programmes which are supporting the homeless, rehabilitating offenders and redistributing surplus food to charitable groups.


Guided Tour at the British Commercial Vehicle Museum - The Big Story of Big Vehicles – November 19


Lancashire Group ended 2019 off with an exclusive guided tour at the BCVM, Leyland, the home town of truck and bus making. The tour was well attended with members travelling from throughout the UK to walkthrough over a century of commercial vehicle development. With over 50 big exhibits on display ranging from horsepower, steam to alternatives fuelled vehicles, attendees were able to get up close to a Merryweather Fire Engine, access the original development drawings and achieve rooms, interacted with the displays and touch screen information as well as clamber on board the original Pope Mobile. Younger attendees were also engaged with the industry through the practical displays in the children’s area. Stories and experiences were shared by our host Robert Pratten, Activities and Educational Manager, along with a fleet of volunteers from BCVM.


The Logistics of Illuminating Blackpool – September 19


This event at the Boulevard Hotel, Blackpool, was hosted by Blackpool Transport, who gave an interesting insight to logistical mechanics of how a small Lancashire seaside town copes with the influx of visitors every year, to the largest and most famous light show in Europe. Jane Cole, Managing Director and Mandy Davies, Head of Operations gave an overview of how Blackpool Transport, work all year round to make sure that the movement of locals, visitors and vehicles, flow safely, storage facilities as well as the erecting and dismantling of the light displays during the 66 nights of the illuminations. Bryan Lindop, Head of Heritage, gave a full history of the illuminations, from where they started to the fantastic show that it is today. All attendees received a complimentary travel tickets to experience the wonderful bus, tram service and illuminations courtesy of Blackpool Transport.


Alternative Fuels – The Future of Road Transport – June 19


At our June event, hosted by Transport Training Academy Ltd, attendees were given an insight to the range of alternative fuels for the future of Road Transport. Speaker Mark Agnew, Driver Services Manager from Scania (Great Britain) Limited, presented where Scania are currently and steps they have taken to ensure the sustainability of its products into the future.


Strategic Transport Plan and Investment Programme for Lancashire and the North – March 19

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At our March Event hosted at UCLAN Preston, Robin Miller-Stott, Senior Strategy Officer at Transport for the North, updated the attendees on the significant progress made across its road, rail, and smart travel programmes.  He explained the vision that TfN has set out for the future of the North’s economy and unveiled proposals for northern infrastructure improvements over the next 30 years.  The Strategic Transport Plan (STP) and Investment Programme has the potential to support the rebalancing of decades of underinvestment and should transform the lives of people across Lancashire and the wider North. Attendees also listened to Dave Colbert, Specialist Advisor Transport Planning at Lancashire County Council, laying out the outline of how this new agenda is helping to shape the preparation of the next Local Transport Plan for Lancashire which will set out the county's transport strategy and investment priorities for the next 25 years.


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