Board Members

London TravelWatch has a Chair and six members. They are appointed by the London Assembly

This page contains biographies written by each board member personally. We also have a listing of members' declarations of interest and their attendance to our board meetings.


Arthur Leathley - Chair

I have senior level experience as a communications director in the private sector and Whitehall.

I spent nine years at Virgin Trains, during a time of great change in which customer satisfaction became the best in the rail industry. I have also worked in the Cabinet Office and the Department of Energy and Climate Change, as well as working at a senior level for Amey Group.

Prior to my career in communications, I worked as a political, City and transport journalist at The Times, covering many of the key debates affecting London transport.

In April 2018 I was appointed as non-executive Chair of Network Rail’s Anglia Route Supervisory Board, with contract duration until April 2020.


Jackie Ballard

I have had a very varied career, in social work, education, politics and most recently in the charity sector. Among other roles I have been Chief Executive of the RSPCA, Action on Hearing Loss and Alcohol Concern and I was the Member of Parliament for Taunton from 1997-2001. I am now semi retired and am on the board of Newlon Housing Association, I chair the Outward Housing charity and am on the board of Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group. The golden thread running through my work and life is a commitment to high quality, affordable and responsive public services.  I have lived in London for 20 years and for the last 11 have not had a car, so I am dependant on public transport for work and leisure. I have poor eyesight and dodgy knees so am particularly focussed on the needs of less agile and less confident transport users.  The ability to get around our great city should be equally available to us all and I hope to be another strong voice on the board on behalf of transport users.


Alan Benson

I'm a disability campaigner and activist with a particular interest in transport. As well as being a member of London TravelWatch, I'm Chair of Transport for All, a Trustee of Richmond RUILS and a Citizen Advocate supporting Disabled and Older People. I'm a regular tweeter and blog about my journeys when time allows.

Before turning to campaigning I was an I.T. Manager at various colleges and universities across the country for over 20 years. I hold two degrees in Economics and live in West London.


Abdi Osman

I have lived in London since my arrival in the country 14 years ago. Early on, I became involved in various not-for-profit organisations such as the Rockingham Somali Support Group which was a charity that provided language support and other assistance for members of the Somali community in south east London.

I am currently working for Metropolitan Police as a Police Community Support Officer and I have held this position since 2007.

Further to my studies at various London colleges, I have also a degree in Social Science acquired from University of London.

I have always been reliant on public transport for commuting and my regular use of the services has greatly contributed to my knowledge of bus and tube networks in London especially south east London. My experience of using public transport is one that I am very proud of and intend to continue for the foreseeable future.

I regularly use bus numbers 343, 63 and 363 and my local train station is Peckham Rye Rail Station.


Members' Declarations of Interest

Board member allowances

Board Attendance 2017-18