For the first time the Young ITS Professional of the Year was awarded in the name of former ITS (UK) Chairman Eric Sampson. It was handed to Keelan Fadden-Hopper of Transport for West Midlands who, the ceremony heard, has a passion for transport, shown by his willingness to contribute his own personal time to support initiatives in the transport industry from a young age. He has been involved with the Youth Panel at National Express, been the Secretary for the Youth Panel at Transport for London, and took part in TfWM’s Youth Forum for over four years at TfWM including presenting at the Smarter Travel Conference. Keelan is also a member of the SUITS project team, collaborating enthusiastically in a Consortium consisted of twenty two partners from eleven European countries.

The award was one five awards handed out by ITS (UK) President Steven Norris (pictured) at the Ricoh Arena on the eve of the Annual ITS (UK) Summit at the same venue.

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Keelan has a passion for transport, shown by his willingness to contribute is own personal time to support initiatives in the transport industry from a young age. He has been involved with the Youth Panel at National Express, been the Secretary for the Youth Panel at Transport for London, and took part in TfWM’s Youth Forum for over 4 years at TfWM including presenting at the Smarter Travel Conference.

After graduating in 2018, he started as a graduate trainee in Transport for West Midland’s Innovation Team and soon was the TfWM’s lead in the €4,000,000 Horizon 2020 funded SUITS project, representing the authority at meetings with European partners and helping to organise a European Conference bringing together ITS partners from all around Europe. He has also supported connected autonomous vehicle and drone projects.

He is currently in a new role as Senior Future Mobility Zone Developer and is now managing Transport for West Midlands’ £22 million Future Mobility Zone funded by DfT.

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