ABOUT SOCIETAL TRAVEL CIC
‘SOCIETAL’ gets its name from the acronym Social Enterprise Commissioning for Infrastructure, Enterprise, Transport and Logistics.
SOCIETAL Travel CIC is a Social Enterprise, created to tackle transportation challenges by analysing travel data and applying transformative innovative solutions . Expanding on work carried out by the University of Northampton Institute of Logistics, Infrastructure, Supply and Transport (LIST) for the UK government (DfT)-funded Total Transport initiative, SOCIETAL’s founding partners are the University of Northampton and Northamptonshire County Council.
SOCIETAL aims to further the University’s social impact; targeting the social benefits within its work, delivering empowerment through mobility, well-being from clean air / reduced congestion and healthy transport options, and improved access- generating employment opportunities in key local areas.
SOCIETAL Operations Director Liam Fassam said, “We will work with users, procurers, and transportation operators to identify and develop new all-inclusive collaborative ways to deliver crucial services in a cost efficient and sustainable manner; all focussed on the communities and businesses that call Northamptonshire home.”
The field of transformational transport systems research and deployment is developing fast, and strategic directions such as MaaS (Mobility as a Service) and a focus on the role of the IoT (Internet of Things) can be clearly seen. In addition to incorporating these themes, SOCIETAL introduces Mobility as a Societal Solution (MaSS) to create a practical impact on people’s travel options
SOCIETAL has been formed at a critical period for transport systems; not only transport modes- private/ public, personal / shared, car, bus, rail, cycle, walking- but the integrity and sustainability of their operation model is under increasing scrutiny. Both financial and environmental accountability inform SOCIETAL’s research, leading to methodologies that can have local and global impact.
WHERE WE CAME FROM
As part of a two-year project (Mar. 2015- Mar. 2017) funded via the UK Government Department for Transport Total Transport fund, some detailed research and analysis was undertaken by the University of Northampton to understand the current and future transport pressures within Northampton town centre and surrounding areas.
With the relocation of the County Council staff into a new building in the town centre from April 2017, plus the relocation of the University to a new campus nearer to the centre of town in 2018, it was evident that a new radical approach would be required to commission and coordinate the work.
The project offered a unique way of developing a business plan that proposed the creation of a social enterprise company whose objective would be to:
” … carry on activities which benefit the community and in particular (without limitation) to improve access to education, skills development, health and wellbeing services, leisure pursuits and employment through commissioning and management of travel, transportation and allied services.”
Both the County Council and University of Northampton agreed to support the proposal and this was launched in May 2017 as SOCIETAL Travel CIC.
Liam Fassam is the Operations Director for SOCIETAL with responsibility for the management of the financial, operational and strategic direction of SOCIETAL. Liam is an Associate Professor of Supply Chain Geography, and Director of the Institute of Logistics, Infrastructure, Supply & Transport [LIST] at the University of Northampton. Liam has over 29 years’ experience within the logistics and supply chain arena and has delivered services to clients such as Apple Inc, European Commission (EC), Hilton, HP, Musgrave group, Lloyds pharmacy and Sodexo. Liam is also engaged as an expert adviser to the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 project in the areas of Supply Chain and Food Security, advisor to the UK Government Office for Science around the future of transport and mobility, specialist advisor to the All Party Parliamentary Resource Group on sustainable supply chains, is a member of the European Regional Research Innovation Network (ERRIN) for transportation, and holds Fellowships with the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) and Royal Geographic Society (RGS).
John Sykes is the Transformation Manager for SOCIETAL with responsibility for overseeing how the transformational programmes identified in the SOCIETAL business plan proposals are being delivered. John Sykes is a transport consultant who took on the role of project manager for ‘Network Northamptonshire’ Total Transport from June 2015 to March 2017, having taken early retirement from Hertfordshire County Council in 2013. During his 40 years’ service with the County Council he held a number of senior transport related management posts as well as coordinating various projects within the Hertfordshire Police Service, CCG/NHS, Adult and Social Care services, and the Council’s Road Safety and Education departments. These combined experiences, both at local and national level, have helped him develop a comprehensive understanding of passenger transport and sustainable transport issues at a senior management level.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT RESEARCHER
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT RESEARCHER
Jacquie is SOCIETAL’s chief data analyst, having recently graduated from the University of Northampton where she studied a joint honours programme in Psychology and Social Care, previously having worked both for the Local Authority in transportation and the voluntary advice sector. Her research interests include transport poverty, social exclusion digital technologies and gender.
DATA ANALYSIS AND SUPPORT
DATA ANALYSIS AND SUPPORT
Joe Bellott is a Data Analyst at SOCIETAL and also an undergraduate at the University of Warwick, due to graduate with an MEng in Computer Science in 2018. Joe’s prior experience includes Java/Website Development for Weatherbys Bank and Horse Racing Administration, and part-time consultation in Warehouse Management for John Lewis.
Sam Evans is the Office Manager for SOCIETAL and is responsible for the day-to-day running of the office. Sam is Senior Administrator for the Institute of Logistics, Infrastructure, Supply & Transport [LIST] at the University of Northampton. Sam has worked in administrative roles for over 19 years and has supported many UK and European funded projects since 2005. Responsible for ensuring both SOCIETAL and LIST teams are supported with robust and transparent governance. She has implemented several policies. She also has responsibility for project compliance. Between 2010 and 2015 Sam supported two ERDF projects, managing project and financial outputs, and during this time, she successfully managed a total of five audits, gaining a place on DCLG’s best practice register.
Hannah Chater is SOCIETAL’s Administrative Assistant.
Hannah has a strong interest in community development and the extended issues that affect local communities, volunteering with a variety of educational and community based organisations, where she offered administrative and personal support. Hannah graduated from the University of Northampton with a BA Joint Honours in Education and Social Care. Hannah has worked as Training Administrator at Alderwood LLA Ltd, where she was made responsible for the data protection of clients and the training of staff. Since 2015, Hannah has worked as Customer Service Assistant at the University of Northampton Innovation Centre