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
Mike Rodgers - Divisional Chairman
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
Paul’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.
Martyn Woodhouse - Finance Director
Martyn joined the business in 2008 as Finance Manager prior to being promoted to Finance Director. Having started his financial career with EY before working for Garbutt & Elliott Chartered Accountants, he gained 10 years’ experience from working in practice before undertaking a variety of finance roles in the pharmaceutical, rail and house building industries. In addition to over 20 years of financial and commercial experience, he has extensive sector and company knowledge to support the business.
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.
Kevin Smith - Support Services Director
Kevin is responsible for delivery of Support Services across the Traffic and Data Services Division, including externally certified Quality and H&S Management Systems, HR, Data Protection and business support in its broadest sense. Following a diverse career in the Defence Sector Kevin joined Tracsis in 2014, bringing with him considerable experience of support services, major projects and personnel management. He holds and MSc in Leadership and Management and the Association of Project Management (APMP) Qualification, and has worked overseas in Germany, Hong Kong, Canada, the Middle East and the USA. Kevin also holds an impressive depth of knowledge of the Data Protection / GDPR regulatory environment, he is PECB Certified Data Protection Officer and fulfils the role of DPO for the Tracsis Group.
Traffic Surveys Team
Chris Jackson – Chief Operating Officer
Chris is responsible for our UK 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.
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.
Nick Mather – Business Development Director London and South East
Nick is responsible for maintaining Tracsis’ core work-streams as well as generating new business and exploring new markets. He is involved in the marketing and branding strategy for the Traffic and Data Services division, providing content and consistency across all platforms including social media, website and mainstream channels. He provides innovative marketing solutions, supports the Operational teams and acts as a culture and standards ambassador for the company. He also undertakes Project Director duties for key strategic projects and provides advice and support to our extensive client base.
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 - Chief Operating Officer, 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.
Ross Barnes - General Manager
Ross has responsibility for the day to day running and development of the business. Ross also has responsibility for business development and operational delivery of our growing services.
SEP Event Traffic Management Team
Phil Baldacchino-Steward - Managing Director, SEP Ltd
Phil and his team develop innovative and technical solutions, to deliver new revenue generating services for our clients, whilst continuing to deliver the existing high-quality service to all SEP clients.
Mark Widd - Finance Director, SEP Ltd
Mark has been with SEP since 2011 as Finance Director and along with Martyn Woodhouse oversees the divisional finance department. As the company has grown he has ensured that the reporting systems have evolved with this to provide the necessary information for decision making and forecasting. Prior to joining the company Mark was an accountant in general practice and has over 20 years of experience in management information, taxation and auditing. He is a Fellow Member of both the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants and the Association of Accounting Technicians.
Pen Will - Personnel Director
Pen is a long-term member of SEP who has been developing and managing the deployment of our operations teams for a number of years. She now uses her experience to coordinate the activities of both the Northern and the Southern regions to ensure that resources are developed, deployed and utilised effectively.
Rob Barrett - Southern Operations Director
A long-term member of SEP, tasked with coordinating and growing the activities of the southern team, Rob is able to call on his previous experience of management systems to help the business deliver effectively through good organisation. Using his extensive knowledge of events, he works closely with organisers to improve effectiveness of operational plans, adding value to existing clients and developing long term relationships with new.
Alex Brunel - North West Operations Director
Alex has worked for SEP for over 15 years. He has progressed through the company and now leads on operations for the North West region. Alex has successfully developed and led the team based at the Etihad stadium, with Alex’s extensive knowledge of all aspects of SEP’s products and based around one of SEP’s biggest contracts there are some great opportunities ahead in the North West.
Andy Mackinnon - North East and Scotland Director
As the North East and Scotland Director for SEP Andy oversees a vast quantity of events across the regions. Andy always likes to play a part in the development of systems and processes within the company assisting it to go from strength to strength over the many years served. Together with his experienced event team he ensures all projects are delivered to the highest of standards which the business has a strong and stable reputation for.
Data Capture Team
Alison Mitton – General Manager
Alison is the General Manager of our specialist Data Capture team based in Halifax, West Yorkshire. She has over 37 years’ experience working in the data capture industry and has been instrumental in the development and growth of the Tracsis Data Capture business through the recruitment and management of experienced staff and the implementation of systems and procedures to meet growing demand. Alison is responsible for all program writing, work scheduling and data integrity and together with the assistance of her experienced support teams she ensures all projects are delivered on time and meet the exacting standards of accuracy which the business has a reputation for.