Meet the team

Lifetime Achievement Award, Commercial Fleeet Awards 2017
Eddie Cross, MSc, FCILT, FIMI, FSOE, FIRTE Lifetime Achievement Award

At the time of receiving the IRTE, 2016 inaugural award for ‘Engineer of the Year’ (Bus & Coach) Eddie Cross was the ‘Head of Transport Engineering Services’ for the London Borough of Redbridge.

His career transition into Transport Management had an unlikely beginning as in the 80’s. Eddie was a serving Traffic Officer in Essex Police, who was seconded to the Fleet department to head a project on the challenge of Compulsory Competitive Tendering (CCT)

When he left Essex Police in the role of Transport Manager, Eddie worked for a software house that specialised in fleet management systems. In 2003 he took up the role at Redbridge developing the in-house trading team into one of the leading public authorities.

He is a fellow Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) a fellow of the Institute of Road Transport Engineers (IRTE) and a fellow of Institute of Motor Industry (IMI). He is a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Carmen.


David Payne I.Eng FSOE, FIRTE, FIMI – has in excess of 40 years experience in road transport engineering and operations. He has won the “Transport & Distribution Manager of the year award” during his career. He is “Time Served” in the traditional sense of the words and is an advocate of best practice engineering.

He has worked on the DfT best practice program and was one of the UK senior advisors on both this and the Aggregates Levy support program.

He is a specialist in whole life costs allied to vehicle specification and fuel efficiency and intervention  testing.


Glen Thompsett with camera
Glen at camera

Glen Thomsett, has been working in broadcasting for more than thirty years.

He started his career in local radio as an engineer before realising his real passion was in front of the microphone, so the programme controller of Severn Sound in Gloucestershire gave him the weekly rock show – that was back in 1980!

Since he was let loose ‘on-air’ he’s never looked back.

Glen has worked on radio stations in Gloucester, Birmingham, Coventry, and Wiltshire and was one of the original team that launched Invicta Radio in Kent in 1984. He presented Invicta’s breakfast show achieving some of stations highest listening figures during the late 80’s and early 90’s.

Glen’s television journey began as a Continuity Announcer for TVS (the forerunner to ITV1 Meridian) in the South of England. From there he moved to London Weekend Television as one of the regular ‘voices of London’ until the demise of regional ITV in 2002.

Other work has included Sky News, a host on the shopping channel QVC and numerous corporate productions and has worked as a reporter/presenter for Meridian ITV1.

He currently works as a freelance newsreader for LBC, Classic FM and Smooth Radio and the BBC.

Glen runs his own small independent production company and produces numerous corporate films for industry. His company also produce a wide range of audio ranging from podcasts, e-learning content, radio commercials and promotional trailers.


Graham Oakley, Forensic Collision Investigator,  after the completion of a 30-year police career, during which the final 15 years were spent exclusively in the role of a forensic collision investigation expert.

This demanding position necessitated attending many road collision scenes, some of a minor nature but mostly very serious and tragic incidents which often necessitated giving expert witness evidence to various levels of court proceedings from magistrates courts through to the high court.

Graham is a member of the Institute of the Motor Industry and an affiliate of the Institute of Traffic Accident Investigators.


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