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London Region

Chair: Henri Chua FCILT

Welcome to the London Region of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK).

The London Region currently covers two Groups: Heathrow Group and Supply Chain Network Group.

London Region Biographies:

I joined the RAF straight from school at 16 and served as an Airframe Fitter in Transport command. Served in Singapore & Malaya and on return served in Maintenance Command until joining BOAC in 1971. Began studying for City & Guilds qualifications at Southall College and on completion started studying at the Open University. Obtained a BA Degree and then started studying for the Chartered Institute of Transport exams. Continued studying and gained a Post Graduate diploma from Brunel University then a MSc. from University of Surrey. Joined the committee of the Heathrow Branch of the CIT in 1979 and on the amalgamation of the CIT with the ILT became a member of the new London Region Committee before eventually becoming the chairman.

A qualified accountant, Peter Gordon is retired from the railway having served in many posts for British Rail, Chiltern Railways and AEA Technology Rail / DeltaRail where he provided consultancy in many areas such as timetabling, passenger loading and advising on franchising bids. He is still very active serving as treasurer of the London Region and Railway Forum, chairing the Transport Statistics Users Group and editing the Transport Economist magazine. He is also a trustee and treasurer of the Voice of the Listener and Viewer which is a registered charity.

Following a full time career with Transport for London and its predecessors, Peter is currently Director of Administration and Development with the London Tourist Coach Operators Association (LTCOA), a coach trade body, and on a voluntary basis is involved with a charity in the City of London, currently acting as Chair of Trustees.


Peter joined London Transport in 1980, the same year as he became a student member of the then Chartered Institute of Transport, as a Traffic Administration Trainee, covering many aspects of operating and planning bus and underground services in the capital, and from 1983 spent three years responsible for collecting and utilising passenger usage data on the Underground.


Following a spell working for Surrey and Hertfordshire County Council’s at the start of bus deregulation outside London, Peter returned to London Transport in 1989 working in the Tendered Bus Unit during the early days of bus service contracting in London. During this part of his career as well as being involved in planning and licensing of bus and coach services, Peter became more involved in engaging and consulting with stakeholders and customers on the development of the bus network and increasingly on other transport modes within TfL Surface Transport. In 2009 Peter became responsible for Consultation activity across Transport for London and lead a team responsible for consulting on a wide variety of schemes and projects; from River Crossings and Cycle Superhighways to bus service and infrastructure changes. In April 2016 the team achieved the Consultation Institute’s award for Consultation Excellence.


Peter left TfL in September 2016 and jointed the LTCOA later that year. He became a Chartered Fellow of the CILT in 2009.

My life in transport started as an academic Operational Researcher working on computerised vehicle scheduling and using classical transport planning models on consultancy assignments with a very young PTRC. However the majority of my career was with Passenger Transport Executives and Authorities, first in Greater Glasgow (later Strathclyde) PTE and then in West Yorkshire, better known as Metro. My route to CILT qualification was unusual.  As a student member in Glasgow in the 1970s, I was asked to take over teaching the management course for the then CIT qualification, and became MCIT on the basis of good performance by my students!  I was made a Fellow in 1979 for my work on Transport and the Disadvantaged for Strathclyde Regional Council – this was an early example of social and market research in a field we now know as Accessibility and Inclusion. I have served the Institute as a Committee Member in the Scottish, North and West Yorkshire Groups (one year as Chairman).  I am currently a Director and Trustee of CILT as well as a Committee Member of the London Region and the Gatwick Group.  For several decades I have championed the Bus Industry within CILT and am a member of the Public Policies Committee, the recently formed Bus and Coach Policy Group and the Bus and Coach Forum Committee.

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I am a member of the London Region Committee and represent the London Region on the following Committees;-

Public Policies Committee (PPC), Regional Advisory Group (RAG), Aviation Policy Group (APG) and Strategic Rail Policy Group (SRPG).


I recently retired (after 43years) with British Airways having served in Supervisory and Management roles in Flight Operations, Ground Transportation and Passenger Services. My last role was as a Sales/Ticketing and Reservations specialist which often involved complex re-routing of passengers requiring an extensive knowledge of Passports, Visas and Immigration requirements for entry and/or transit to their final destinations.

I now use my expertise to assist people as a Transport & Travel Consultant.


I am also a Parish Councillor at Stokenchurch and have responsibilities for the village Allotments, as well as being a representative on various Local and County organizations necessary for the Councils proper function.


I am also involved in vehicle restoration in that I am part owner of both a London Bus and a Rover Metro.

Michael joined the civil service from the RAF and has served throughout the UK, including many air- and sea-ports: worked on cross-Channel ferries; overseas duty has taken him to Cyprus, Gibraltar, Cairo, Kuala Lumpur and Kampala. His last posting was to Heathrow Airport, and he has been chairman of the Heathrow Group, part of London Region, for some 15 years.

Soroosh (Sam) has more than 17 years of experience in higher education, industry and business consultancy, and is currently senior lecturer of supply chain management, a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport and Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy. He is course director of the Executive MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management and the Leading Procurement Strategy, both the world-leading programmes at Cranfield University.

Henri Chua, FCILT Chairman

Gerald Heaton MILT

Ian Smith FCILT

John Carr FCILT

Ketan Varia FCILT

Nick Eggett CMILT


Kane Benham CMILT


Reports and Presentations

  • CILT Net Zero, Government Policies and Implementation Responsibilities, November 2021 - View here
  • Reducing Carbon Emissions from Cars, March 2021 - View here
  • London after the Pandemic - June 2020 - View here
  • Operating Coaches in London - September 2019 - View here
  • Diversity and Inclusion – May 2019 – View here 
  • Indecision, decision and counter decision – April 2019 – View here 
  • Opportunities for the bus industry – April 2019 – View here 
  • Aviation Pictorial Review – March 2019 – View here
  • London Student Conference - February 2019 - View here
  • Visit to RAF Northolt – January 2019 – View here

Focus Articles

  • Henri Chua FCILT Regional Chairman - November 2021 - View here
  • Sid Foster - Meritorious Service Award - October 2021 - View here
  • Heathrow Group, Metroline - March 2020 - View here
  • When disaster strikes - February 2020 - View here


Reports and Presentations

  • Clean Air Zones – December 2018 – View here
  • Holborn Viaduct – November 2018 – View here
  • Blue Sky Thinking – June 2018 – View here
  • Visit to Mailrail – June 2018 – View here
  • Visit to Heathrow Pods – May 2018 – View here
  • Developing the Bus Archive – March 2018 – View here
  • Risk in the Supply Chain – March 2018 – View here
  • Regional Spotlight London – March 2018 – View here
  • London Student Conference - February 2018 - View here
  • Crossrail becomes Elizabeth Line – January 2018 – View here
  • London Student Conference - London Met Feb 2017 - View here
  • Visit to Kuehne + Nagel” – May 2016 – View here
  • Underground London - Down Street Station - View here 
  • London Region comments on the updated TfL Streetscape Guidance document - View here
  • The Metropolitan Railway and Farringdon's 150 - One Year On – 15th September 2014 - View here
  • LNG Shipping, Now and in the Future – 19th March 2014 – Event Presentation - View here
  • Seventh Student Conference, CILT(UK), London Region - University of Greenwich - View here

Focus Articles

  • The Vernon Murphy Memorial Lecture, Crossrail: a journey from tunnel to travel – January 2016 – View here  
  • Competition in the European Rail Industry - View here 
  • Mind the (Performance) Gap - View here

Want to find out more?

If you would like to get involved with the CILT London Region, or have any questions then please contact the Regions team at


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