Professor Julia King, then of Imperial College, chaired the first meeting of the ITSS Innovation Platform Steering Group with membership from:
– Department for Transport (DfT) as the Government department owning the “policy challenge”,
– Representation from the research councils, beginning with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
– Representation from the Regional Development Agencies (RDAs), starting with the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA),
– Representation from industry, initially represented by the CEO and a Board Member from InnovITS, plus of course
– Representatives from a number of different parts of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
The Steering Group agreed a set of Terms of Reference and started by providing direction to help the project team in working up a robust Action Plan. Based on the inputs from the Steering Group, a draft “Project Brief” was prepared to ensure that there was a common understanding between the project and the whole of the Steering Group on what the Innovation Platform was trying to achieve. The first draft outlined the project team’s understanding of the issue to be addressed, the mission and objectives for establishment of the Innovation Platform and the desired outcomes and deliverables on a timeline.