CPT members’ views under scrutiny

Confederation of Passenger Transport consultation closes

CPT sent out consultation documents to its members to fill in, gathering their opinions of the upcoming changes it plans.

Proposals in the trade body’s consultation included staying in the current London headquarters until the lease on the site runs out, in which time it would review whether it would stay there. It has planned a new External Relations Unit for engaging with government, public affairs, communications and media relations strategies. A new Operations and Member Services Unit is proposed and a new Chief Executive is planned to be appointed. According to the proposal document, the existing CPT Regions, along with CPT Scotland and CPT Wales, are planned to remain in place.

To help inform its members of the changes it has proposed, the organisation held a number of roadshows in six locations across the country, hosted by CPT President, Martin Dean and CPT Interim Chief Executive, Peter Gomersal.

According to a CPT communication, there were some common themes among the feedback. It was made known CPT UK needs to be more effective in engaging with government and key stakeholders for the benefit of all its members. The operational and compliance services provided are seen as a key benefit. The current regional structure in England, along with CPT Scotland and CPT Wales, is seen as essential. CPT’s governance and committee structure was unclear to many members and any future structure should be more transparent. Many members claimed London remains the most appropriate location for the organisation’s head office. The trade body said all members recognised the importance of its commercial partners and supplier members. It also said its members recognise the good work undertaken by CPT staff both centrally and locally.

Responses are now being analysed by CPT. A report is due to be produced by CPT’s governing body, CPT Council, which consists of 32 elected members. It is scheduled to meet on 12 December to consider the proposals and members’ responses and to agree the future structure of the organisation. The process of recruiting a new Chief Executive and a new President for 2019 will then be started.




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