Who is Involved
As SRITC has grown, so have the number of volunteers behind the scenes helping. We have organisations and individuals giving up their time and skills to help. The group of musketeers help with marketing, communication, technology (Zoom, website skills) to strategy advice. Having started out as an idea in 2017, we are proud that the work done to date, all unpaid, is recognised as important and with it the recognition that people wish to be involved. It shows we are doing something right!
Jenny is the founder of SRITC and has worked in the transport sector for over two decades and has always had a passion for rural communities and those that travel within it. Jenny helped run a family business which focused on technology and innovation in transport, whilst also lecturing in social policy and politics. Today Jenny sits (as a volunteer) on a Scottish Government Working Group representing rural and communities for a £2million fund called, Mobility as a Service Investment Fund (MIF), along with undertaking a part time PhD on rural transport whilst also working. Jenny was invited as a volunteer to a Department for Transport group which is specifically examining the challenges and opportunities to rural counties in England in order to create a strategy which will guide a £20million fund for rural projects. Jenny also founded Cairngorms Connected in 2015, a rural Mobility as a Service (MaaS) project which involves an array of stakeholders from Chambers of Commerce and communities through to transport providers. In 2019 Jenny sourced funding to develop the research both in the Cairngorms and also in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire focusing on user needs, demands, mobility gaps and solutions. Her passion and drive are key elements behind the convention in giving rural communities the specific voice on mobility and transport that is required. Consequently, the convention is a platform for policy makers, communities and businesses to engage and collaborate to help address the inequalities and challenges that currently exist.
Dr Alastair McInroy
Ally is CEO at Technology Scotland, the industry association for Scotland’s Enabling Technology Sector and home to MaaS Scotland, a network of over 70 public and private sector organisations who share a vision to develop and deploy Mobility as a Service solutions in Scotland. Through his work with MaaS Scotland, Ally believe strongly that MaaS has much to offer when considering support for rural economies, offering a chance to improve efficiency and access to often limited transport networks while integrating improved on demand services.
We have a variety of organisations (third sector and voluntary), service and transport providers, users, businesses, local communities, Government organisations attending the Convention as well as the Cafes. With the introduction of the Online Cafes, the audience is truly global. It is not unusual to cover 15hrs of time differences (Australia to America) when we open at 10am. This great mix of people represents rural areas and interests and every day is a school day.