THIS EVENT IS FULLY BOOKED - Bristol Distinguished Address: Xavier Brice, Chief Executive, Sustrans

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Date: 26 February 2020
Venue: UWE Bristol, Bristol Business School, North Entrance, Frenchay Campus, Filton Road, Bristol, BS16 1ZG
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Time: 18:00-21:00

Living and moving well together

Transport shapes our relationship with each other and with our environment. It enables people, goods and ideas to spread and flourish, but it is also the biggest contributor to climate change in the UK and has poisoned the air in our cities and towns.

The history of transport is often presented as a series of technological revolutions - canals, railways, the motor car. We stand on the cusp of another transport revolution. New technologies and business models are bringing electric vehicles, driverless cars, e-scooters, drones and air-taxis, and promising quicker, easier journeys, cleaner air and less carbon. But technology is only ever a means to an end. Xavier's talk will explore how we need to rethink what we want from transport so that we can all live and move well together.

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  • 18:00 - Registration and tea/coffees
  • 18:30 - Lecture
  • 19:30 - Networking and refreshments.


This event is fully booked. If you have not registered and would still like to attend you are welcome to come along to see if there are spaces available, however, a seat is not guaranteed. Please be aware that you will have to wait until just before the event begins to allow us to see if there are any spare places. If the lecture theatre is full, we will live stream the talk in another lecture theatre in the Business School and, subject to no technical difficulties, you will be able to watch from there.

Event Entry and Live Stream

Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis for those that have registered. Not everyone who has registered will turn up, so to ensure we have a full house, we allow more registrations than there are places. Please ensure you arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time of the lecture to avoid disappointment. If you arrive late and the lecture theatre is full, you may be able to watch the talk from the live streaming room.


Xavier has led change across the public, private and third sector. He cares passionately about transport and how it shapes us, and has done for as long as he can remember. He is currently chief executive of the charity Sustrans.

Sustrans' vision is a society where the way we travel creates healthier places and happier lives for everyone. Founded in Bristol over 40 years ago, the charity now works with partners and communities in every region and nation of the UK to turn this into reality.

Xavier joined Sustrans in 2016 after a variety of strategic roles at Transport for London, from leading the transformation of customer service across London Underground's 270 stations to creating a new walking and cycling strategy for the capital, including the concept of cycle superhighways. He also had a spell in the Mayor's office, covering, amongst other topics, the preparations for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Before this Xavier worked internationally as a strategy consultant across a range of sectors, from financial services to pharmaceuticals, his first role - and a bit of a shock - after completing a PhD in English Literature.

Xavier thinks that work should be both purposeful and enjoyable. He lives in Surrey with his wife and two daughters and spends a lot of time travelling on trains.

About the Bristol Distinguished Address Series

The Bristol Distinguished Address Series provides a unique opportunity to hear about the challenges, issues and decisions being made at the highest level of strategic leadership.

The series is delivered by the Bristol Business School in partnership with ACCA, Bristol City Council, Bristol Junior Chamber, Bristol Law Society, Bristol Media, Business Leader, Business West, CBI, CIPD, CIPFA, CMI, FSB, IoD, ICAEW and the West of England Combined Authority.

Continual Professional Development

UWE Bristol is a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) member and we are pleased to announce that this lecture series has been certified in principle by the CPD Certification Service.

For delegates who wish to obtain a CPD Certificate of Attendance, please register your details with a member of the events team after each lecture. Please note that we will not be able to administer any retrospective certificate requests.

Subject to each lecture being certified, you will receive a personalised CPD certificate direct from CPD up to 28 days after the event.

If you have any queries relating to CPD please contact


We will aim to make all addresses available as a podcast one week after the lecture, subject to approval of the speaker and no technical difficulties with the recording. Podcasts can be viewed on our previous address archive.

Media queries

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If you are planning to attend this event and have any access requirements or would like details on venue accessibility, please email the Events Team at or ring us on the number below.

UWE Bristol aims to ensure, as much as possible, that all our public events are fully accessible. Early notice of access requirements is much appreciated.

Cost: Free
Contact: Events Team
Telephone: +44(0)117 32 84517

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