Chris Ward

Position:  East England and South East Executive

Year joined the Board: 2017

Place of work: Ipswich Borough Council as a Planning Officer in the Planning Policy Team since May 2022

Brief career history: I previously worked for Suffolk County Council for 13 years, with 10 of those in the Transport Strategy Team as an Active Travel and Travel Plan Officer.  Before that I worked at Suffolk Trading Standards, HSBC and in hospitality and catering.

Why did you join the Modeshift Management Board: I wanted to help expand the influence of the East of England Travel Planners Forum that I set up in 2013 with other authorities in the region.  Modeshift were invited to a regional meeting and then encouraged me to apply for the then vacant Regional Representative role for the East of England to merge the two groups together.  This allowed the authorities in the East of England to share their best practice on a national stage

Outside of Modeshift: I am really into dance music and did do a few mixes for the student radio when I was at university (please visit for previously saved mixes).  As a consequence of this I am also into rhythm video games, where I even learnt how to beat expert level tracks on Dance Dance Revolution (a rekindled guilty pleasure from over 20 years ago!) using an old adapted PlayStation mat during lockdown to help me keep fit!

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