LSCT Conference

LSCT Conference 2018 at Butlin’s Bognor Regis

Please find details about the LSCT Conference 2018, due to take place at Butlin’s Bognor Regis on the 21st and 22nd of March 2018.

Bookings for this event are now closed. If you have missed out but would like to attend, please contact us directly.

We will send all Lead Attendees detailed information about the event, in the next week.  The conference will begin at 10 am and end between 5-5.30 pm on both days.

Following on from previous very successful conferences, this will be the 5th two-day residential event with the option to attend as a daily delegate on either of the days.

We know there will be a core of CTs that will not only want to take advantage of this opportunity for self-development, learning and networking but also enjoy the social side of the conference. This year, we are hoping to widen our invitation to attract smaller and local CT groups that might like to attend, and the Day Entrance option may be more affordable.

New and repeat delegates are welcome, and many CT organisations may want to come along to discuss the recently proposed changes to the guidance in CT section 19 permit operations that will impact most organisations.

The Agenda

The conference aims to offer relevant and stimulating discussions. Topics in previous years have included Social Value, Electric Vehicles, The Olympic Collaboration, Zero Hours Contracts, Governance, Economic Cost of Loneliness, Risk Registers, Diversity, Partnership Working, Succession Planning and How to make politics work for you. Most of our discussions are of a general nature and relate to all CTs in the UK, but it should be noted that although some conversation will be London focused, the issues discussed will be strategic and will have relevance to CTs in general.

The central theme for the conference this year will be; How CT delivers Social Value and how this can be recognised in a meaningful way. There will be some debate about what a new CT operating permit system may look like and what differentiates us from commercial operators.

Wednesday 21st March

Russell Cooke Solicitors – John Gould & Michael Stacey will be leading a discussion on what constitutes Commercial / Non-Commercial, particularly valuable to the sector at the moment when the DfT has determined its meaning without, in our view, a full understanding of community transport. The session will examine the precise nature of the services CT provides and whether they are commercial.

Buzzacott LLP Chartered Accountants – Eddie Finch, Audit Partner + ECT
This session will be focused on the Social Value of our services and how we can evidence it. We will be looking at the model that has been devised and trialled by some London CT’s. In some areas, the Social Value Act is being used as part of the evaluation process for qualification onto frameworks for tendered contracts. It is therefore vital that we can quantify the social value of our charitable activities which is what differentiates us from commercial providers. We will be reporting back on the experience of using the methodology and discussing how we can get our figures audited as well as recognised as a tool to calculate the social value.

Thursday 22nd March – Chaired by Leon Daniels – former Managing Director, Surface Transport, Transport for London

Beverley Bell – consultant, former senior Traffic Commissioner – The session will focus on what we might propose as an alternative to the DfT proposals. We will explore what an alternative CT type Licence may look like and how we might present this in the current consultation.

Catriona Henderson – Head of Buses and Taxis, Department for Transport – The DfT are using this session as part of a series of events; they will promote their consultation and listen to the views of those attending. Given that the Minister and the DfT believe that the proposals will only affect a few schemes, this will be a valuable opportunity to ask key questions and to explain in person to the DfT (or the Minister if he is able to attend) the impact of their proposals on your beneficiaries.

Although we hope this early insight into the agenda is useful, it is also subject to change pending any consultations.  We will keep this page updated as details are finalised.

It may be helpful to you to know that the main conference day will be Thursday 22nd March. 


The Exhibition

Suppliers relevant to the CT Sector will be exhibiting. As this conference is small, it offers the chance for everyone to have one-to-one to talks with Minibus Converters, Insurance Brokers, Solicitors, Booking Software Developers and many more.

For those of you who have attended in previous years, you will know that Butlin’s Bognor Regis has excellent accommodation and conference facilities.

Please see the Packages and Terms of Booking 2018 for information about what you have already booked.

Westway CT is coordinating and organising the conference again on behalf of members of the London Strategic CT Forum. This annual event is specifically for Community Transport providers and their suppliers.