Graham Pendlebury

Director of Local Transport at Department for Transport (DfT)

Director of Local Transport, Department for Transport
Policy Fellow Alum, Centre for Science and Policy

Graham leads the Local Transport Directorate at the Department for Transport (DfT). This multi-disciplinary unit comprises policy administrators, economists, statisticians and other professional staff, with responsibility in England (except London) for local transport funding (maintenance and new build), regional engagement, buses & taxis, local sustainable transport initiatives, and transport solutions for disabled people. The Directorate is a major contributor to the Government’s economic growth and localism agendas, and is accountable for £2.8bn p.a. of public expenditure.

Graham is a leading member of various cross-cutting DfT committees and the Audit & Risk Committee of the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency. He also leads for DfT on relations with the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. He is the senior Whitehall sponsor for two Local Enterprise Partnerships – South East and Worcestershire – and is Chair of the UK Roads Liaison Group. Graham also had a leadership role in DfT’s contribution to the London Paralympic Games 2012.

Graham was Director of Greener Transport & International from 2007 to January 2013, with responsibility for environmental strategy and performance, vehicle standards, and the overall conduct of DfT’s international relations. Previously he was Director of Road and Vehicle Safety & Standards from 2004 to 2007, with responsibility for road casualty reduction, traffic management policy and certain transport technology issues. Earlier posts in the DfT and its predecessors at senior civil service level involved responsibility for tackling the environmental impacts of air transport (2001-2004) and management of long term strategic thinking and cross-cutting work (1999-2001). Graham has also held posts in the international aviation and rail sections of the Department, and was Principal Private Secretary to the Minister for Roads and Traffic in 1989-91.

Graham has a Master's degree in History, and is a Continuing Policy Fellow at the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Science and Policy. He also participates in advisory panels at the universities of Leeds and Newcastle. Graham is married with one son, and lives in Sutton, Greater London.

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