Ex Highways Chief aims to put pedestrian charity in the fast lane

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Today, (7 March 2013) national charity Living Streets announced the appointment of the former head of the Highways Agency, Archie Robertson OBE, as their new Chair Designate.

Living Streets’ Chief Executive, Tony Armstrong, said:

“We are delighted to have Archie on board.  He brings a wealth of experience working in the transport sector and an in-depth understanding of infrastructure and influencing how people travel.  Developmentally, this is an exciting time for Living Streets and Archie brings a fresh and compelling perspective to our work.  His insights will be invaluable in helping to keep walking on the political agenda and we’re looking forward to working with him.”

Archie Robertson has a long and distinguished career in the transport sector most notably as Chief Executive of the Highways Agency where he focused on reducing collisions, improving the network for all users, and famously launching the Bag It, Bin It anti-litter campaign in 2007.  Archie was the founding Operations Director at the Environment Agency, where he was awarded an OBE for his work in tackling national environmental emergencies.

Commenting on his appointment as Chair-Designate of Living Streets, Archie said:

“I’m delighted to be joining Living Streets which has so much to offer communities. I ‘m looking forward to helping the organisation put issues that matter to pedestrians at the centre of debate.  I got to know the organisation when I was at the Highways Agency, where we worked hard to reduce traffic pressures in our towns and villages, ensuring that pedestrians and traffic have the right prioities, but there is much more to be done. My background in transport infrastructure, environmental protection and road-user safety gives me a strong understanding of the issues which impact on pedestrians and I’m looking forward to getting stuck in.   I love walking myself and am particularly excited about taking part in some of the walking challenges during Living Streets’ National Walking Month in May.”

Archie Robertson has been formally co-opted to the Living Streets Board of Trustees and given the title of Chair-Designate.  It is anticipated that he will be formally elected as Chair at Living Streets’ Annual General Meeting on 14 March 2013.  Also speaking at the AGM is Professor Mike Kelly, Director of the Public Health Excellence Centre at NICE, who will talk about the NICE Guidance on Walking and Cycling and the relationship between the public realm and public health.