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IARO Board

The Board is elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the organisation, which is usually held to coincide with a major conference or workshop.

All members are entitled to attend the AGM, and to speak and vote there. The date is announced in advance in IARO Express and members' newsletters'. Board members are elected on a rolling basis to serve for four years. The President is elected to serve two years and the Vice President also serves two years before election to President.

Minutes of the Board Meetings held in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 are available in the Members Zone

Names, contact details and (where possible) a photo and brief biography of the current Board members are shown below.

President: Fraser Brown - Director, Heathrow Express
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Fraser Joined Heathrow Express as Commercial Director in April 2014. Prior to this he worked at Gatwick Airport as Head of Travel Services, before moving across London to Heathrow. His roles at the UK's busiest airport have included Head of Travel Services and Managing Director of Ultra Global PRT. This involved working with UK and international goverment bodies to develop sustainable modes of transit. He became Director of Heathrow Express in February 2015.
E-mail: Fraser Brown@heathrowexpress.com

  

Julien Bert

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Julien became Director of Rhônexpress in September 2014. Prior to this he started his career at SNCF Fret International in 2002 before working as an independent consultant and Head of Department for a French advisory company, specialized in Public Private Partnerships (PPP, PFI, Concessions) applied to public transportation and urban planning, in France and South-East Asia. He joined VINCI Concessions in 2008 to develop structured finance and project finance operations in transport infrastructure (rail, highways, airports) in Europe.
E-mail: julien.bert@vinci-concessions.com

 

Paul Le Blond 

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Paul Le Blond, is an independent consultant with over 30 years experience in the air and rail transport industries.Working with BAA from 1970 to 2001, Paul was involved with many public inquires into airport development, and latterly with Heathrow Express as Rail Strategy Director.

From 2001 until February 2003 Paul was Eurostar's Director of Strategy. He is experienced in planning and developing transport projects, managing them through the approval stages and in their implementation and management. Since becoming an independent consultant, he has undertaken commissions for the UK government, rail franchisees, airports and international airport rail operators.
E-mail: paul.leblond@iaro.com 

 

Massimo Corradi  - Real Estate - Funding Programs, SEA Milan Airports
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Massimo Corradi is TEN-T (Trans European Transport Network) Projects Coordinator for SEA Milan Airports.

He has more than 24-year experience in airport activities. He has worked for SEA’s Airport Infrastructural Development Dept., in charge with approval procedures and then has occupied the position of Land-Side Development & Airport Accessibility Manager, with the aim of improving the quality and the offer of transport services for passengers.

The first contact with IARO dates back to 2001 when he has been speaker at AIR/RAIL conference held in London – Heathrow Terminal 4.
In the last 12 years he has been engaged in strong lobbying activity aimed at raising awareness of “Malpensa Airport’s development plans” in the European Commission and the European Parliament that has finally secured 27.4 million grant funding from the Trans-European Networks Programme for the “Cargo City development” and the “MXPT2LINK-UP” project (new rail link T1-T2 at Malpensa Airport).

In year 2013 he has been External contributor to the “Report on intermodality” carried out by WG3 of the Community Observatory on Airport Capacity set up under the 2007 Commission's Action Plan.

He has experience in several foreign countries (Romania, Turkey, etc.) in the development of air / rail projects.

He his member of the Board of NETLIPSE (Network for the dissemination of knowledge on the management and organisation of Large Infrastructure Projects in Europe).
E-mail: massimo.corradi@seamilano.eu

 

Matthew Coogan - New England Transportation Institute

Mr. Coogan is currently serving as Director of the New England Transportation Institute, and also continues his practice as a consultant in transportation specializing in the application of intermodal and multimodal planning techniques. Most recently, Mr. Coogan has been appointed as an International Advisor to a new EU project entitled "A Knowledge Base for Intermodal Passenger Travel in Europe".

Over the past decade he has focused on the deployment of integrated multimodal mobility strategies, and the use of new information technologies in the implementation of those procedures. He graduated from Harvard College in 1969, and later served as a Loeb Fellow in Advanced Environmental Studies at Harvard's Graduate School of Design. Between 1970 and 1972 he helped establish and served on the Boston Transportation Planning Review, the first major multimodal transportation study in the United States. 

Between 1983 and 1991, Mr. Coogan served as Undersecretary of Transportation for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and as Project Director of the Central Artery Tunnel Project. He was appointed by the National Academy of Science to both the Committee on High Speed Ground Transportation and the Committee to Critique the National Maglev Initiative. He has lectured on transportation issues throughout the United States, and in Europe and Asia. He has been featured in Engineering News Record, Architectural Record, The New York Times, Bloomberg News Service, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, and has appeared on The Today Show, CBS News and National Public Radio. 

In November of 2006, Mr. Coogan was invited by the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission to testify at its Field Hearing, held in New York City on November 16, 2006.
E-mail: cooganmatt@aol.com

 

Chris Joyce - Head of Surface Access, Heathrow Airport Limited
No biography available for Chris Joyce at this time
E-mail: Chris_Joyce@heathrow.com 

 

Stephan Mehr 
No biography available for Stephan Mehr at this time.
E-mail: stephan.a.mehr@gmail.com

 

Peter Pfragner - Frankfurt Airport
Dr. Peter Pfragner graduated in 1986 at J.W. Goethe University at Frankfurt am Main.

He started his career at Frankfurt Airport in 1986 as a member of the Airconsult consultancy team, where he took care of a wide range of different topics from macro economics, cost/benefit analyses to air traffic forecasts for world wide airport consultancy projects.

Dr. Pfragner has more than 20 years of experience providing solutions to the travel industry. As the Head of Marketing Consulting he was responsible for all kind of marketing consultancy services of Fraport´ s business and support units and furthermore he coordinated Fraport´s Foreign Representatives.

Since 2011 Dr. Pfragner is Commissioner for Intermodality of Fraport AG at Frankfurt Airport. Frankfurt Airport is one of the most advanced intermodal ports.
E-mail: p.pfragner@fraport.de 

  

 

Mark Walbrun - VP, Practice Leader, Rail & Transit - US East, Mott MacDonald
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Mark Walbrun has been leading major North American transit planning, design and construction programs since 1971. He has successfully completed hundreds of planning studies, concept designs, detailed construction documents, and management of construction activities for public transportation and commercial clients across the country.

Mark was until recently a Principal and a Vice President of the Passenger Rail and Transit division of TranSystems. He began his career at Amtrak where he spent 24 years managing redevelopment projects such as the massive reconstruction of Chicago Union Station, the master plan for New York's Penn Station, design work on Washington Union Terminal, major track and yard facilities in Chicago, and high speed rail studies in Michigan, Florida, North Carolina, and Virginia.

Mark joined TranSystems in 1996 where he has since completed program planning and design work for commuter and InterCity passenger facilities at Denver and Kansas City Union Station, managed track and signal improvements for commuter rail facilities in Chicago, completed planning for improvements to the CTA Blue Line rapid transit and a proposed Airport Express service, produced a GIS rail plan for the City of Chicago, supervised reconstruction of the Cleveland Blue/Green Line Light Rail connection, completed value engineering for the PATH World Trade Center replacement station, and designed eight freight intermodal yards for CSX, BNSF, and NS.

He is now Vice-President, Practice Leader, Rail & Transit - US East, Mott MacDonald.

Mark Walbrun is a key participant in industry forums for the advancement of knowledge in passenger rail transportation. He has been a major contributor to Transportation Research Board, the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association's Manual for Railroad Engineering, and has taught seminars in Railroad Engineering for the University of Wisconsin, University of Illinois, the City Colleges of Chicago, and AREMA.
E-mail: Mark.Walbrun@mottmac.com

Minutes of Board Meetings: Please go to Members Zone