Meet the team

  • alistair kirkbrideAlistair Kirkbride
    Executive Director

    Alistair Kirkbride joined the Carplus Team as Executive Director in October 2014.

    He has worked in various capacities in shared transport over the last 15 years. This has included previously working for Carplus on the Rural Car Club Demonstration programme, then as policy and research officer. He set up his local car club as well as the Lake District’s expanding visitor pay-as-you-drive network.

    Most recently, he worked to develop transport strategy and delivery projects for the Lake District. Apart from the PAYD network, this has included a 2+ ridesharing scheme and electric bike hire network. This illustrates well his approach of striving to make the sustainable transport offer more attractive than private travel.

    As an associate of Eco-Logica, he was part of the DfT Smarter Choices team. In this role, he also worked on a variety of demand management projects from workplace travel plans to exploring alternative logistics models for local sourcing of food.

    Email Alistair Kirkbride.

  • Kate GiffordDirector

    Kate Gifford is a Chartered Town Planner with thirteen years’ experience in the transport planning industry. Before joining Carplus, Kate was a Principal Consultant at Steer Davies Gleave, specialising in advising public sector clients on strategy development and gaining funding for transport schemes.

    In her role as Director at Carplus, Kate is responsible for the evaluation and monitoring of the funding programmes which Carplus delivers. She also leads on the development and delivery of the Carplus Annual Survey of car clubs. Kate ensures that Carplus meets the reporting requirements of both the Carplus Board and key funding partners (the Department for Transport, TfL and Transport Scotland) and also develops and administers the car club accreditation scheme.

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  • Beate Kubitz

    Beate KubitzCommunications Manager

    Beate Kubitz joined Carplus in June 2014 as Communications Officer. She is responsible for our communications and profile – in the media; online and in print, from promoting the benefits of car clubs, car sharing and other shared transport solution, to maintaining and developing the resource that is the Carplus website.

    Beate has extensive experience of public relations, communications and campaigning. After ten years working in the voluntary sector, for a range of organisations including Amnesty International and Mental Health Media, she set up her own, sustainable clothing brand, Makepiece. Beate is a keen cyclist and advocate for low carbon transport.

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  • Anna MorganMembership, Events and Administration Coordinator

    Anna Morgan joined Carplus at the beginning of 2011. Prior to this, Anna worked for Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). Whilst with SNH, she worked on the European Natura Habitats and Species Protection Programme, and was based in various parts of Scotland including Glasgow, Fort William and Inverness. She was also part of a small team established to help manage change within the organisation. Preceding her time with SNH, Anna spent a number of years travelling and working around the world.

    Key elements of Anna’s role within Carplus are management of all aspects of Carplus membership, event planning, the collection and analysis of car club data and dealing with general enquiries about car clubs and ride-sharing.

    Email Anna Morgan.

  • Morag Haddow

    Morag HaddowCar Club Programme Manager (Scotland)

    Morag Haddow works in the Carplus Scotland office, delivering the Transport Scotland funded Developing Car Clubs in Scotland (DCCS) programme.

    Morag has a background in maths and data analysis, but more recently worked with a local development trust liaising with schools, businesses and community-led groups to promote alternatives to private car use. She founded the successful community car club SpareWheels in 2011.

    Email Morag Haddow.

  • Susan

    Susan JeynesCar Club Programme Manager (Scotland)

    Susan joined Carplus in April 2015. She is based in Scotland, delivering the Developing Car Clubs in Scotland (DCCS) programme.

    She has eleven years’ experience of community engagement relating to sustainable behaviour. She joins Carplus from Sustrans, where she co-ordinated the delivery of a range of walking and cycling activities within the community.

    Email Susan Jeynes.

  • Allie PageCar Club Development Officer (Scotland)

    Allie joined CarPlus in March 2016 to work on the Developing Car Clubs in Scotland (DCCS) programme.

    Allie has worked in the carbon reduction sector for many years, starting as a resource efficiency adviser for businesses in Scotland. After which she moved into domestic scale renewables and worked on programmes in New Zealand and later in Scotland. Most recently  she worked at the Energy Saving Trust on the Sustainable Transport team as the Assistant Manager, delivering a number of projects for both private individuals and businesses.

    Email Allie Page.

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    Antonia RobertsDirector (Bikeplus)

    Antonia manages Bikeplus a new project supporting the development of bike share and the Shared Electric Bike (EAPC) Programme. She has 17 years experience working in the field of sustainable transport. Antonia was part of the team which set up Carplus in 1999 and spent 10 years helping to nurture the newly emerging car club industry, developing the information programme and accreditation scheme amongst other projects.

    For the previous 5 years Antonia managed the Active Travel Project promoting walking and cycling at the Universities and Hospitals in Leeds for Sustrans.

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  • Chris SladeDevelopment Officer

    Chris played a key role in the launch of Bikeplus and the delivery of the Shared Electric Bike Programme, funded by the Department for Transport, bringing skills in research and analysis to the team. He is currently researching how shared mobility (bike-sharing, lift-sharing and car clubs) contributes to strategic policy objectives; encouraging healthy low carbon lifestyles and improved air quality.

    Chris is a graduate of the Institute for Transport Studies in Leeds and the Institute de Géographie Alpine in Grenoble. He enjoys the possibilities shared mobility has opened up – from discovering quiet corners of the Alps by 2+ car sharing to riding a Santander Cycles along  the recently opened Cycle Superhighway on London’s Victoria Embankment.

    He is a graduate of the Institute for Transport Studies in Leeds and the Institute de Géographie Alpine in Grenoble.


    Email Chris Slade.

  • Ben KennedyLondon Development Coordinator

    Ben is a transport planner and project manager who has spent the last 12 years working on public realm, sustainable transport and urban mobility projects in both the private and public sectors. He recently left the London Borough of Hackney where he spent the last 7 years overseeing the development of the borough’s multi-operator car club network, including the successful launch of DriveNow’s flexible car club scheme. Ben has also been heavily involved in the implementation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure ensuring that Hackney was a key in partner in the Source London network in addition to overseeing the launch of London’s first on street rapid charging point network.

    Ben’s role as the London Development Coordinator will involve him working with TfL, operators and the London boroughs to help support the delivery of the London Car Club Coalition strategy and increase uptake of car clubs across the Capital.

    Email Ben Kennedy.

Board of Trustees

    • Eric Manners, Chair
      Team Leader (Developer Contributions), Islington Council, London
    • Matthew Clark, Vice Chair
      Associate, Steer Davies Gleave, London
    • Katherine Sissons, Treasurer
      London Borough of Islington
    • Martin Higgitt
      Associate Director, JMP Transport Consultants Ltd, Leeds
    • Scott Le Vine
      Research Associate in Shared-Mobility, Centre for Transport Studies, Imperial College, London
    • John Condon
      Sustainability and CSR Specialist, London
    • Vinay Gupta
      Business Entrepreneur, London
    • John Pinkard
      Director, Ansons Consulting Ltd, Edinburgh
    • Nathan Kaczmarski, Senior Communications Officer, Cycling Scotland