About Us

About Us

DHC delivers consultancy, planning and research services on integrated transport and related topics to a wide range of public and private sector clients. We start from the perspective of users of systems to ensure that providers deliver sustainable and inclusive solutions adding value to traditional approaches and challenging established practices.

Long before “customer focus” became a buzz-word, DHC was delivering solutions for people. We use the language of transport users “access to services” and “safe routes to town centres” to deliver accessibility planning solutions. Our award winning customer relationship platform The Loop incorporates the accessibility planning approach within new smartphone apps.

See Contact for general email, telephone, fax, postal address, and office location.

Why DHC?

DHC delivers consultancy and research on transport, accessibility, infrastructure and regeneration to a wide range of public and private sector clients. We have pioneered many new approaches taking concepts from theory to practice. DHC guidance on ‘Accessibility Planning’, ‘Working with communities’, ‘rural accessibility’ and ‘flexible demand responsive transport’ have all been issued by national Government to foster better practice.

DHC uses state of the art technology to ensure that solutions are efficient, flexible and progressive. Our pioneering services for accessibility indicators and smartphone apps are increasingly widely adopted by clients and partners.

DHC aims to:

  • Tailor methods and results to the needs of our clients.
  • Deliver products on time and within agreed budgets.
  • Produce high quality output which adds value for our clients.
  • Understand barriers to change, and break down those barriers.

We specialise in projects where:

  • A novel or innovative methodology can be applied to the work, or
  • High level skills are needed to understand and develop new concepts.

Our strengths lie in the ability to bridge gaps and build partnerships between:

  • “Transport” and other sectors of society and the economy, such as health, employment, and education.
  • Academics, transport providers, users, government and politicians.
  • Communities, operators, agencies and customers.

Our clients regularly tell us that we provide added value, we identify solutions which can be acted on, and that our commitment and enthusiasm sets us apart from many competing organisations.


DHC is built on the skills, enthusiasm, experience and innovation of its staff. DHC can draw on an extensive network of specialists from psychologists to engineers who have worked with us on projects over the two decades years. This page contains a short profile of staff who regularly work on DHC projects.

Derek Halden

Derek Halden Derek Halden established DHC in 1996. Derek has experience of shaping many aspects of modern civic society from positions within consultancy, local government, central government and research. Derek is best known for his work “Making the Connections” using a focus on the needs of people and businesses to plan better accessibility. His work covers all aspects of place making, investing in people, and improving the connections between people and places through transport and communications.

Email: derek.halden@dhc1.co.uk. Twitter: @DerekHalden. Telephone: +44(0)131 524 9610.

Peter Mogridge

Peter Mogridge Peter Mogridge joined DHC from Northumberland County Council. He is a specialist on rural transport development and has been a frequent conference speaker. He has advised councils across the UK on rural transport partnership delivery and community rail partnerships. He also has 10 years experience as a software engineer.

Email: peter.mogridge@dhc1.co.uk. Telephone: +44(0)131 524 9610.

Martin Fleming

Martin Fleming Martin Fleming has worked with DHC since 2005. He is an experienced economist and market researcher and has worked on socio-economic analysis and appraisal projects. Martin has extensive experience as a senior manager in the utility industry and specialises in change management.

Email: martin.fleming@dhc1.co.uk. Telephone: +44(0)131 524 9610.

Tim Howgego

timhowgegoTim cut his teeth in the world of transport planning with Transport for London, Birmingham City Council and the TAS Partnership and since 2005 has been helping DHC develop our online and analytical tools.

Email: tim.howgego@dhc1.co.uk. Telephone: +44(0)131 524 9610.


Freelance Specialists

Our core staff are supported by a wider range of other staff who have expertise in areas such as data and research, computing, economics, network management, psychology, engineering and design, and modelling. They contribute to projects when required.

We are always pleased to hear from people who would be prepared to work on DHC projects.


DHC’s clients range from small community transport operators to national governments. This page lists a selection of our recent clients.

We positively encourage potential clients to speak to our previous customers, so please contact us if you would like specific contact details.

Central Government and Agencies

Local Government

Many local councils across the UK including:

Community and Voluntary

Our clients include many other private companies, universities, and businesses, from major employers such as BAA, to other transport consultancies such as MVA and Steer Davies Gleave.

Working for DHC

DHC is always looking to recruit new people. This page describes how you can join us.


DHC was originally built up as a network of freelance specialists who contributed towards specific projects. Our ability to call on the services of a wide range of specialists remains an important part of the business. DHC are always pleased to hear from specialists who would be prepared to contribute towards specific projects, and can deliver work to a high standard of quality.

We can also offer a range of full and part time opportunities for individuals prepared to work in our Edinburgh offices, from paid one-day-a-week student internships to full-time consultant roles. DHC is a very flexible employer, providing attractive pay and conditions packages to suit individual circumstances.


In the first instance, either telephone Derek Halden for an informal chat, or email us your CV with covering text stating what sort of work you are interested in doing, and why you’d like to work for us.

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