Laura Shoaf has been chair of Urban Transport Group since January 2021 and was appointed Chief Executive of West Midlands Combined Authority in November 2021. Having previously led Transport for West Midlands, Laura has expanded her focus to include driving inclusive economic growth; increasing skills provision; regenerating land and housing; and enhancing the environment as well as improving transport connectivity across the region. Working in a complex political environment, Laura has a demonstrated track record of success in leading change and will use this experience to gain more powers for the region to deliver their ‘levelling up’ agenda.
Previously she was Managing Director of Transport for West Midlands with responsibility for expanding and integrating the region’s road, rail, bus and tram systems. A recognised expert who has advised on national policy, she secured a £4 billion transport investment package for the region and managed an annual operating budget of £1.5 million.