Deputy Director Sustainable Travel and Equalities, Department for Transport
Policy Fellow Alum, Centre for Science and Policy
Pauline Reeves is a Senior Civil Servant with 20 years’ experience of working across central and local government and the private sector, particularly in change management. In her current role as Deputy Director for Sustainable Travel and Equalities in the Department for Transport (DfT) she is in charge of local sustainable transport, alternatives to travel, active travel (walking and cycling) and the Department’s external equalities and disability agenda.
In her previous role she led change implementation as part of the Department’s Spending Review, and was responsible for designing and delivering an innovative approach to redeployment support for Civil Servants facing redundancy. Previous posts included responsibilities for performance improvements in local government (DCLG), and for delivering impact and challenge for Departments in London for the economy (BIS), child poverty (Treasury and DfE) and nationally for worklessness (DWP) and the Olympics (DCMS). She has also worked outside the Civil Service, including a secondment as Deputy Chief Executive and Company Secretary of British Training International (an international marketing company exporting NVQs), and as Private Secretary to a Cabinet Minister and to two Ministers in the House of Lords. She holds a BA Honours Degree in English Language and Literature from Queen’s University Belfast.
Within the Department for Transport, the Sustainable Travel and Equalities (STE) Division is responsible for mainstreaming sustainable and accessible travel across all modes of transport, encouraging people to travel less or differently and in an active way. The objective is to ensure that the benefits of sustainable travel, accessible travel and alternatives to travel are quantified and recognised, and that they feed into longer-term strategies.
During her Policy Fellowship, Pauline is focusing on Active Travel, exploring in particular what needs to be done by government and others to achieve an increased take-up of cycling and walking for short journeys. To read more about her experience as a Policy Fellow see here and here.