Who runs ITSO?

THE Board of ITSO is made up of  representatives of the membership through direct elections. 

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.

Committee Structure

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.

Technical Committee: The Technical Committee is responsible for ensuring assessment and development of the ITSO Specification which includes membership review and input.

Security Committee: 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.

User Groups

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): is a group 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.


This page was last updated on 6 May 2016 GMT