As a membership organisation, we are essentially run by our members, but for strategic and operational duties we are governed by a Board, elected by the ITSO members.
The ITSO Board oversees the work of ITSO Limited and is made up of representatives from the different membership sectors.
Each sector (Public, Rail, Bus and Supplier) has representation on the ITSO Board through two sector directors.
The Department for Transport, Transport Scotland, the Welsh Government and Transport for London also have one director each representing them on the ITSO Board.
In accordance with the Articles of the Company, Mike Fuhr has been elected by the Board to be an additional director and Chairman of the Board.
Chairman: Mike Fuhr
Department for Transport: Vacancy
Transport Scotland: Gordon Hanning
Welsh Government: Gwyneth Pritchard
Public Sector: John Henkel, Dominic Lund-Conlon
Transport for London: Shashi Verma
Bus Sector: Dave Lynch, Martin Dean
Rail Sector: Alistair Smith, Dennis Rocks
Supplier Sector: Chris Stanford, Jeremy Meal
ITSO’s Board can choose to create and authorise various bodies to undertake specific tasks. This has resulted in the establishment of a number of dedicated committees.
Where possible, ITSO includes member representation on each committee to provide expertise in discussion and review.
The Technical Committee is responsible for ensuring assessment and development of the ITSO Specification which includes membership review and input.
This committee is an independent group of experts led by Professor Fred Piper, Director of the Information Security Group at the Royal Holloway, University of London. The committee’s main functions are to review ITSO security policies and provide comments and recommendations to the Board. They also monitor and evaluate industry security standards, trends and threats and communicate these to ITSO’s membership.
There are a number of groups that operate within ITSO, where members discuss specific issues for different parts of the ITSO operational environment.
Operational Advisory Group and Technical Advisory Group
These groups consist of relevant members of the ITSO Limited team and its membership. They liaise with ITSO Limited and its Board on technical and commercial matters relating to the ITSO Specification, ITSO Environment, and compliant ITSO smart ticketing schemes and products.
Supplier Special Interest Group (SSIG)
Operated by ITSO Supplier Members where joint learning and development takes place. The SSIG constitution says that “in creating SSIG the suppliers recognise not only their important role in the continuing development of ITSO, but also their input into a specification and organisation whose role is now to keep apace of the technology rather than the implementation of a specification”.
ISMS User Group
This user group is a forum for feedback and exchange of information on all aspects of the ITSO Security Management System. It is an informal meeting which provides an opportunity for ITSO, Asset Management System Providers, and ISMS contractors to discuss current issues affecting the service, suggest improvements and plans for the future of the system, discuss developments and address any house-keeping issues.