Surface Transport Strategy Group
The BTA's Surface Transport Strategy Group aims to keep abreast of developments within car rental, the rail industry, chauffeur drive, taxi services, airport facilities and other ground related products and content that contribute valuable ancillary revenue and servicing opportunities to members and business travellers.

  • Overseeing the relationship with the BTA's surface transport partners.
  • Agreeing the BTA's lobbying position on transport infrastructure.
  • Reviewing relevant products and services.
  • Underlining the importance of 3rd Party Distribution to our Partners and the industry as a whole.
  • Working closely with industry regulators and representative associations  to ensure business travel is recognised as an important segment of the travel industry.
Typically, participants in this strategy group are Supplier Relations Managers, Product and Operations  Managers, Senior Rail Consultants & Directors of Operations drawn from the BTA Membership. This group gives you the opportunity to meet with surface transport suppliers and industry regulators to help build close business relationships and discuss the hot topics of the day such as delay repay, a new TADA scheme, sustainability and environmental impacts, innovation in surface transport and growing ancillary product content. 

If you would like to join our Surface Transport Strategy Group please contact:
Mark Rodley |

You can access the latest Surface Transport Strategy Group minutes and reports here.
Strategy Group Chair
Gary McLeod | Traveleads    

Gary joined Traveleads in 1982, working as a consultant in business travel and then sports travel, before leaving at the end of 1984 to spend two years as a member of the sales team for P&O Cruises.

Re-joining Traveleads as General Manager in 1986, Gary was responsible for the establishment of Traveleads' highly successful sports and group travel division, and the expansion of work in the wider corporate markets.

In a 40-year travel industry career, Gary has worked in retail, tour operating and across both sales and operations in corporate/specialist travel management, and has been closely involved with the development and implementation of technology and operating systems within the travel management sphere.

A keen advocate of the professional services brought to their clients by the members of BTA , Gary is delighted to have the opportunity to play a role in widening the influence of BTA, and is hugely enjoying working alongside TMC peers in building relationships across the wider travel industry.