Our People

Tracsis People

The Traffic and Data Services division of Tracsis employs over 200 permanent staff. Tracsis people are customer focussed and led by a management board of highly experienced individuals supported by Regional Managers with many years of practical experience.

Traffic and Data Services – Divisional Management Team

Alex Johnson – Divisional Managing Director

As Managing Director of the Traffic Surveys, Event Management, Passenger Surveys and Data Capture teams across the Division, Alex has responsibility for delivering the strategy to take the Division forward into new and increasingly technology led work. Prior to his role as Managing Director, Alex was Divisional Finance Director for six years, overseeing the significant growth of the business in recent years. Before joining Tracsis Alex gained many years’ experience in mergers and acquisitions and financial and commercial management in a variety of organisations. Alex is a Chartered Accountant, a Fellow of the ICAEW and has a BEng in Chemical Engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology following which he worked for BP Exploration in the offshore oil industry.

Paul Jackson – Divisional Business Development Director

Version 3Paul’s responsibilities include leading the Business Development Team, account management, providing technical and contractual advice to major projects and developing the business in terms of technical procedures, portfolio of services and client base. As well as working throughout the UK, Paul has undertaken project and training work in Australia, Africa, the Middle East and Canada. Before joining the company in 2007, Paul worked for over 20 years as a transport planner gaining expertise in traffic modelling, transport monitoring and managing transport survey projects. Paul regularly lectures on Transport Data at seminars around the country and chairs conference seminars and professional events. He has a BSc Honours degree in Geography with a transport specialism, an MSc in Transport Planning and Engineering from the Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds and is a member of the Transport Planning Society.

Peter Agnew - Commercial Director

As Commercial Director, Peter oversees the bidding processes, contractual management and delivery of some of the Divisions’ largest projects. Peter has extensive experience of managing large scale data collection projects for clients including the Department for Transport, Network Rail, Transport for London and Highways England. Peter is an Associate Member of the Market Research Society. Previously Peter managed an in-house data collection team at Jacobs Engineering, overseeing some of the largest transport data collection projects in the UK. Peter joined Tracsis as Commercial Manager in 2010.

Grant Wilson – Business Development Director North

As Business Development Director for Scotland, Ireland and the North of England, Grant is responsible for the management of some of our largest client accounts and is the first point of contact for clients requiring advice, training and direction. Grant joined Sky High, then to become Tracsis, in 2002 overseeing and leading our rapid growth in Scotland and Ireland and played a leading role in the roll out of new technological innovations including our ground-breaking work for the London 2012 Olympics. Having worked for a major transport consultancy (MVA now Systra), another national survey company (Count On Us then acquired by Sky High) and a large public sector organisation (Fife Council), Grant has an incredibly diverse range of experience and end-user knowledge which he makes available to clients to advise on the best solutions to their data collection needs.

Steve Jones – Business Development Director, South

As Business Development Director for Wales, the South West, Midlands and the South East, Steve is responsible for the management of some of our largest client accounts and is the first point of contact for clients requiring advice, training and direction. Steve joined the company in 2012 having worked in the Traffic and Transportation Data industry since 1991 starting his career at Mid Glamorgan County Council, following local government reorganisation in 1996 Steve then worked for Glamorgan Engineering Consultancy and in 2006, moved to Count On Us as Regional Manager for Wales and then subsequently Sky High and Tracsis. With an immensely varied background in the public and private sectors, Steve is perfectly placed to advise clients of the best data solutions to their project needs.

Paul Froes – Head of Innovation & Development

Prior to joining the Traffic and Data Services Division of Tracsis Plc in 2011, Paul was a Principal Transport Planner with Jacobs Consultancy, overseeing the national data collection team on numerous high profile projects for clients such as Transport for London, Department for Transport and many local authorities. Since joining Tracsis, Paul has managed many varied high profile data collection projects such as the TfL Inner Ring Road Bluetooth Study, our groundbreaking live operational management work for the London 2012 Olympic Games and numerous large scale transport surveys around the UK, Ireland and Canada often utilising cutting-edge technology solutions.

Paul has a BSc in Information Systems, giving knowledge and expertise in the technical aspects of data collection and data analysis techniques. With a background in Transportation Consulting and Transport Planning, he has an in-depth understanding of clients’ requirements and the delivery of large scale projects. In his role as Head of Innovation and Technology he applies this depth of skills and expertise to help drive the business forward to provide clients with increasingly diverse, efficient and technologically-led services.

Heather Manning - Group Human Resource Manager

Heather started with the Company in 2011 and has since progressed to Group Human Resource Manager, managing the HR function for the Tracsis Group, providing a Group orientated view on all employment matters, processes, policies and issues. Heather looks to develop HR strategy for Tracsis People alongside the Group HR Executive, evaluating all HR related policies and processes. Heather and the wider HR team are responsible for resourcing and recruitment, employee relations matters, learning and development, performance management and engagement and retention. Heather has successfully completed her Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management and currently holds Associate Membership with the Chartered Institute for Personnel Development.

Traffic Surveys Team

Chris Jackson – Chief Operating Officer, North

Chris is responsible for our North of England, Scotland and Ireland operations utilising his local operations teams to ensure the efficient, effective and safe delivery of an extremely diverse range of data collection projects. Chris is based at our Head Office in Wetherby which includes our specialist centres of excellence for ANPR, Bluetooth, Big Data and other advanced survey techniques. With a background in running the Data Management sections in the business and regional operations teams, Chris has an impressive depth of knowledge of all aspects of survey design, implementation and delivery.

Nick Mather – Chief Operating Officer, South

Nick is responsible for our South of England, Wales, South West and Midlands operations utilising his local operations teams to ensure the efficient, effective and safe delivery of an extremely diverse range of data collection projects. Nick is based at our London Office which delivers some of our largest and most intensive projects utilising our full range of data collection techniques across all modes of transport. With an MSc in Transport Planning and a background in running our largest regional operations team, Nick has an impressive depth of knowledge of all aspects of survey design, implementation and delivery.

Steve Hanson - UK Operations Manager

Steve joined Tracsis (Sky High at the time) in May 2003 from a client facing, key account management background and was brought in to support the launch of the Manual Surveys division. This was a particularly exciting prospect given the business was rapidly growing to become the UK’s leading traffic and transport data specialists. Today, Steve’s principal responsibilities involve working with the Chief Operating Officers and using the latest operational management systems to ensure financial and operational targets are met, all relevant operational training and skills development is in place and is accountable for fleet management and equipment development.

Kevin Smith - Quality, Environment & Safety Manager

Kevin-Smith- TracsisKevin runs our Quality Management System (QMS) as well as maintaining our Health & Safety policies, Environmental policies and fulfilling the function of training co-ordinator. Kevin joined Tracsis in 2014 after a long and diverse career in the British Army, bringing with him considerable experience of major projects and personnel management. He holds and MSc in Leadership and Management and the Association of Project Management (APMP) Qualification. He also has recent and extensive knowledge of the National Road Traffic Census (NRTC) project, delivered on behalf of the Department for Transport. In May 2015 the NRTC Project won the prestigious ‘Health & Safety’ award at WSP|PB’s ‘European Projects of the Year’ event, a tremendous achievement that reflects the strong safety culture that operates across the project.

Claire Cloherty – Senior Analysis Manager

Claire joined Tracsis (Sky High at the time) in 2008 as a Data Analyst. Having graduated with a Mathematics Degree, it seemed a natural progression to work within an innovative and ambitious company that stood out from the competition. Since joining, Claire has grown the Data Analysis team in Scotland from just 2 people to it now being the Analysis Centre of Excellence for the company delivering vast quantities of processed and analysed data to our hundreds of satisfied clients where Claire plays a key role in ensuring processes and procedures keep evolving to be as efficient, accurate and cost-effective as possible.

Graham Scott – Senior Analysis Manager

Graham initially started work with Count On Us as a Project Officer running major survey projects for the Scotland team. Following the acquisition of CoU by Sky High, he then moved into a Data Analyst role and has progressed to the key role of Senior Analysis Manager running the Tracsis Data Processing and Analysis Centre of Excellence. Grahams’ qualifications in Mathematics and Physics and his training in and expertise of Geographical Information Systems mean that he leads the Analysis team’s advanced analysis functions to provide data reports to clients in useable and informative formats.

Passenger Surveys Team

Phil Baldacchino-Steward - General Manager, Passenger Surveys Team

Phil heads our specialist Passenger Surveys team based in Derby. He manages the manual counting requirements for a number of Train Operating Companies including facilitating the full completion of the Green Book to current DfT specification. He also manages many ad-hoc projects, including but not limited to dwell/sectional running time studies, monitoring of people and vehicle movements in connection with station redevelopments and observational studies in connection with franchise bid teams. Phil’s team also has Market Research qualifications and skill sets to deliver public transport market research surveys including Mystery Shopper, ticketless travel, origin-destination and revenue allocation surveys.

SEP Event Traffic Management Team

Mike Rodgers - Managing Director, SEP Events

Mike Rodgers SEPMike founded SEP Limited in 1989 and runs the operation from it’s base in Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire. The business has grown under Mike’s leadership and now has prestigious clients across the events sector including major sporting fixtures, music festivals, agricultural shows, flower shows, air shows and concerts. SEP Ltd joined the Tracsis group in 2015.

Data Capture Team

Kevin Stewart – Managing Director

Halifax-based Kevin, runs our specialist Data Capture team, turning your mass of paper-based data into something meaningful and of value to your business. Kevin entered the computer industry in 1971 and with a wealth of knowledge of data capture procedures has experience in the management of large data conversion projects and delivering accurate, timely and efficient client solutions for a diverse range of high profile commercial and public sector organisations.