Leon Daniels is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Transport, an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Couriers and a Member of the Court of the Worshipful Company of Carmen.
Leon Daniels OBE
Possessing an exceptional record of delivery and performance at the highest level of private and public sector organisations, Leon Daniels is recognised for his world-class experience, expertise and knowledge of public sector transport in the UK, Europe and Far East.
With extensive knowledge and experience of traffic and streets management, bus transport, urban rail, cycling, road safety, river operations, the taxi and private hire industry, policing and enforcement, highway engineering and major project delivery, Leon works at the highest level of central and local Government.
Until his retirement from TfL in December 2017 and working with two London Mayors, Leon brought his unique range of in-depth-skill and experience to his role as Managing Director, Surface Transport at Transport for London, with responsibility for delivery of all £3.5bn of road, light rail and transport services and all major, civil engineering infrastructure projects in the capital. He remains a Trustee of the London Transport Museum.
He was responsible for the successful delivery of transport during the ‘most successful public transport games ever’ in London 2012, applying his hands-on operational experience and policy-making and implementation skills. Since then, Leon has been responsible for numerous major events in London such as RideLondon, London Marathon etc and has also been in charge during unexpected major incidents.
Prior to joining TfL, in 1998 Leon had sold his own venture-capital backed business to a FTSE 100, multinational transport business, creating the largest and most profitable operating unit within this £3bn turnover organisation. As Commercial Director UK Bus, he had responsibility for the Group’s Business Development including new ventures such as Aircoach, Greyhound, Yellow School Bus, its pioneering bus/tram project ‘ftr’ and for delivering coach and bus services across the UK and internationally.
He has small and large company experience, has dealt with banks and venture capitalists, PLC Board governance and has a track record of delivery throughout.
Leon continues to make a significant contribution to the progress of global thinking on road and vehicle safety, efficiencies, the social effects of autonomous vehicles and technical developments generally on road and rail. He also champions those under-represented in transport by background, culture and gender to ensure that future transport leaders will more adequately represent the diversity of the passengers carried and the staff employed.
With a deep understanding of London’s social and cultural history, Leon is passionate about ensuring that the lessons of the past are fully recognised in planning for the future and his expertise is sought by international agencies, Governments and local authorities across the world.
Leon was awarded the OBE for Services to Transport in Her Majesty the Queen's 2019 New Year's Honours List.