Meet the MP Smarter Travel Team

 

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Over the course of 2021 a lot has happened at MP Smarter Travel. We’ve started a whole host of new projects such as Bikes for Business for Team London Bridge, low traffic neighbourhood public consultation works for London Borough of Waltham Forest and a new partnership with Idling Action delivering workshops in schools across London.

Alongside these projects, we’ve expanded our team and are now joined by two Assistant Consultant’s Becca Jordan and Leo Charleson, and Senior Consultant, Leigh Gravenor. Come and meet the team!

 

Oli Ivens, Head of Consulting

Having thoroughly enjoyed a degree in Geography from the University of Manchester and with a childhood spent cycling in Belgium, Oli has found his career in sustainable transport consultancy incredibly fulfilling.

Arriving in London post-university with little more than a bag and his trusty bike, Oli worked across 13 London boroughs as a cycling instructor and cargo bike courier. Having joined MP Smarter Travel at a consultant grade Oli worked his way up to Principal Consultant and now to Head of Consulting.

Oli works across all of MP Smarter Travel’s projects as project director, providing output reviews, guidance and training and ensuring that the team maintain their award-winning standards and service. Outside of the office, Oli represents MP Smarter Travel at webinars and conferences, sharing our expertise and creating new relationships.

To date, his key projects have included:

  • Delivery of four cargo bike promotion projects in London Bridge, Brighton & Hove, London Borough of Islington and London Borough of Brent, engaging over 1,500 businesses on sustainable cycle logistics.
  • Conducting educational assemblies and air quality monitoring at 66 Brent schools as part of the borough’s Breathe Clean Project.
  • Consolidated waste delivery trips in London’s Shad Thames area.
  • Designed and developed Healthy Walking Route maps for schools with newly established ‘Healthy School Streets’.

 

Core to Oli’s beliefs is that the standard diesel/petrol car/van does not pair well with dense urban environments. Petrol vehicles pollute, make people sedentary, reduce social interactions and endanger vulnerable road users. Oli’s aim is to combat the issues created by cars/vans, to guide behaviour change and create a safer, healthier, more enjoyable urban environment. 

 

Leigh Gravenor, Senior Consultant

Over the past seven years, Leigh made the transition from training people to cycle, to leading behaviour change and cycle infrastructure projects in a London, to working at Pedal Me, helping it grow from 12 staff to over 60. It was there that he worked across all aspects of the business, dispatching, rider training, riding, HR, customer relations, sales and cycle maintenance. He has also worked on a number of projects helping to install new cycle parking and public cycle hire as well as creating new walking and cycle routes. If that wasn’t enough, he’s even an accredited professional cargo cyclist and cycle instructor!

As Senior Consultant, Leigh provides expert advice and support to businesses and organisations looking to make the switch from cars and vans to using cargo bikes for their deliveries. Leigh is the Bikes for Business project manager, working with Team London Bridge, to engage businesses across SE1, SE16 and SE17 to use cargo bikes for their deliveries

A true cycling and sustainability enthusiast, Leigh has a wealth of knowledge and experience on all things bikes and cargo bikes to help people and businesses switch to sustainable transport options.

 

Leo Charleson, Assistant Consultant

Since joining the team in August this year, Leo’s worked on a whole range of projects focusing on public and business engagement regarding low-traffic neighbourhoods and sustainable freight as part of our Team London Bridge’s Bikes for Business project. Since working on the Bikes for Business project Leo has been working with a range of companies including florists, restaurants, printers and designers, to promote the purchase of cargo bikes or the use of third-party cargo bike services.

Other project work includes engaging the public on low traffic neighbourhoods in Tower Hamlets, Newham, Brick Lane and in Shadwell as part of the Tower Hamlets Liveable Streets project and in Waltham Forest. This work was mainly completed in-person, engaging business owners, and the general public around school areas and outside masjids and churches.

Before joining MP Smarter Travel, Leo gained a BA in Geography from the University of Manchester. He also worked for an award-winning navigation app, Go Jauntly, which promoted walking and other active modes of transport as an alternative to driving.

Find out more about the Bikes for Business project on our website, and if you’re keen to get onboard, contact Leo at leo.charleson@mpsmartertravel.co.uk.

 

Ellie Gooch, Assistant Consultant

Ellie joined MP Smarter Travel in November 2021 as an Assistant Consultant, working primarily on the collection of mode split data, engaging schools and assisting with our sustainable freight projects.

Recently, Ellie completed a master’s in Sustainable Urbanism at University College London, during which she studied the theory and practice of sustainable development and conducted primary research into public perceptions of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods. Before joining MP Smarter Travel, Ellie worked with the charity Camcycle campaigning for more, better, and safer cycling in and around the city of Cambridge. Ellie is looking forward to continuing to work towards meaningful changes in the urban environment in her role at MP Smarter Travel. In her free time, Ellie enjoys walks on Hampstead Heath and runs along Regent’s Canal.