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3rd Annual Road Safety Forum

criminal justice

local government

voluntary sector

08:45 - 16:00

Wednesday 11 September 2019

Central London


This Forum provides attendees with the opportunity to explore the future of Road Safety across the UK. Delegates will hear from key policymakers, including the Department for Transport (DfT), Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) on delivering improvements to road safety. Also, best practice case studies and interactive panel sessions will share lessons on effectively raising awareness of road safety, changing driver’s behaviours and effectively utilising the Road Safety Fund.


This Forum will be attended by representatives from Local Authorities, Police, Fire and Rescue Services and Road Safety Charities. Typical job titles will include:

  • Heads of Road Safety
  • Road Safety Team Leaders
  • Road Safety Officers and Coordinators
  • Inspectors and Chief Inspectors
  • Casualty Reduction Managers
  • Project and Partnerships Managers
  • Station Managers
  • Heads of Community Engagement
  • Health and Safety Managers

The Forum is also open to the Private Sector to encourage networking and debate.

Key Speakers Confirmed:

  • Pauline Reeves, Deputy Director, Road User Licensing, Insurance and Safety, Department for Transport
  • Mark Winn, Chief Driving Examiner, Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) 
  • Alison Hernandez, Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall & Road Safety Lead, The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners
  • Sean Bone-Knell, Lead Officer for Road Safety, National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC)
  • Mary Williams OBE, Chief Executive, Brake


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According to official statistics released by the Department for Transport (DfT), over 24,000 people were seriously injured on UK roads in 2017, a 3% increase from 2016 and 10% increase on the average between 2010-14. Furthermore, road deaths across the UK reached over 1,700 in the year ending June 2018, a 3% increase from the previous year. 

To further support road safety across the UK and build upon their 2015 Working Together to Build a Safer Road System report, the Department of Transport released its Road Safety Statement Progress in June 2018. The statement outlined the progress made since 2015, which included £750,000 funding for the police to build drug-driving enforcement capability, established the Road Safety Management Capacity Review in May 2018 and invested £6.1 billion to local highway authorities in England to improve road safety. Alongside the financial investment being undertaken by the government, THINK! released their Road Whisperer campaign in March 2018,  aimed at new drivers when they feel vulnerable on the road, including driving at night, on country roads and motorways.

Alongside this, The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) took steps to raise the standard of learner drivers and improve the driving test by conducting a review of the highway code and offering additional Bikeability training as part of their 2017 to 2022 Strategy. Furthermore, new EU law looks set to affect the entire UK’s road safety sector, with speed limiting technology set to become mandatory for all vehicles sold in Europe from 2022, after new rules were provisionally agreed in March 2019.

With road deaths across the UK failing to decrease at a significant rate for nearly a decade and an increase on the number of people being seriously injured, it is important that local authorities, central government, charities, and emergency services come together to improve safety on UK roads. It is therefore vital that engaging education programmes, multi-agency working, technological innovations and effective spending of the Road Safety Fund are at the forefront of the sector to ensure the UK’s road network is to remain safe for all users.

Pauline Reeves, Deputy Director, Road User Licensing, Insurance and Safety, Department for Transport

Pauline Reeves is a Senior Civil Servant with 20 year’s experience of working across central government, local government and the private sector. Currently Deputy Director Sustainable Accessible Travel in Department for Transport (DfT) and is in charge of Local Sustainable Transport, walking and cycling and DfT’s external Equalities and Disability agenda. Key responsibilities include mainstreaming sustainable and accessible travel across all modes of transport, and delivering the ambition for more walking and cycling working and a truly accessible transport system that works for everyone.


Mark Winn, Deputy Chief Driving Examiner - Head of Rider and Vocational Policy, Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)

Mark is responsible for the strategic direction for motorcycle rider and vocational driver policies, services and products in the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). His role covers a wide spectrum of road safety activities, from advice provided to the Secretary of State to that given to test candidates. He develops changes in policy and products and is responsible for standards, new initiatives and projects relating to rider and vocational training and testing. Mark is also the “registrar” for motorcycle trainers and delegated driving examiners.  


Sean Bone-Knell, Director of Operations, Kent Fire and Rescue Service

Sean joined the Kent Fire & Rescue Service in July 1986 and has served in all response, prevention and protection departments of the Fire & Rescue Service Sean’s current role as the Director of Operations means he is responsible for all aspects of frontline service delivery. This includes all 55 fire stations, community and technical fire safety and health & safety references. Sean has recently led the project to collocate the Kent Fire & Rescue Service Control room with the Kent Police Control room and more recently led the move to a common mobilising and command system with Kent Police to effectively share operational intelligence and risk information. Sean is the National Fire Chief’s Council (NFCC) lead officer for Road Safety and also represents the NFCC on the Prime Ministers Dementia Challenge Group. Sean completed a Master’s Degree in Business Administration in 2008 with the University of Kent at Canterbury.

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Elizabeth Box, Head of Research, RAC Foundation

Elizabeth Box is Head of Research at the RAC Foundation, an independent charity established to promote for the public benefit research into environmental, economic, mobility and safety issues relating to the use of motor vehicles. Elizabeth sits on a wide variety of Government and Industry expert panels and is actively involved in national level research and policy development. A transport planner by training, Elizabeth has an MA in Geography from Trinity College Cambridge, an MSc in Transport Planning from Oxford Brookes University and is currently undertaking a PhD with Cranfield University, researching social influence on young driver risk taking.


Richard Morris, Innovation Lead - Autonomous & Connected Vehicles, Innovate UK

Richard Morris is Innovation Lead for Connected & Autonomous Vehicles at Innovate UK. He is responsible for guiding the technical strategies for, and the delivery of the funding competitions run by Innovate UK on behalf of the Centre for Connected Autonomous Vehicles. This includes collaborative R&D competitions and research infrastructure competitions. He joined Innovate UK in 2017 after being the senior engineer responsible for ADAS testing and development at HORIBA MIRA. He has a long track record in vehicle safety, both in research and product development.

Richard has a BEng from Leeds University in Mechanical Engineering.

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Laressa Robinson, Education Operations Manager, Dorset Police and Devon & Cornwall Police

Laressa joined the force in 2005 and is currently the Education Operations Manager for road safety in Dorset Police.  Laressa’s main responsibility is devising and delivering road safety education for Dorset, Devon & Cornwall Police. Including the running of the Driver Awareness Courses, this has been facilitated by Dorset Police since 2005.

Previously Laressa worked in the Dorset Magistrates’ Court for 18 years, firstly supervising then managing the Finance Office and putting together and running the Fixed Penalty office when netting off came into effect.

Laressa has a passion for new and innovative ideas to try and refresh the approach to road safety education.  Laressa works closely with the road safety academics for new and innovative ideas or approaches to effect behaviour change.


PC Heidi Moxam, Alliance Roads Policing, Dorset, Dorset Police and Devon & Cornwall Police

Heidi joined Dorset Police in 1991 and soon identified that she wanted to work within Roads Policing and successfully joined the team in 1996. Heidi has completed several driving courses and was proud to become a member of the VIP Protection team as well as patrol work investigating serious & fatal road traffic collisions and enforcing traffic law.   

In 2013 Heidi became Road Casualty Reduction Officer for Dorset and worked on campaigns, strategies and events to reduce the risk of road casualties in Dorset.  She successfully brought Operation Close Pass – ‘Cycle Safe’ and  ‘Horse Safe’ to the county as well as creating a local Older Drivers Forum to assist the elderly population to drive safer for longer.  Heidi has a great partnership with local authorities through Dorset Roadsafe and helps to deliver education in local schools and wider audiences.


Kristian Ward, Communications Lead for Dorset Road Safe, Alliance Communications & Engagement Department, Dorset Police and Devon & Cornwall Police

Kristian began working in police communications in February 2014, shortly before graduating with a degree in public relations from Bournemouth University. He has responsibility for handling reactive and proactive communications across web, social, media relations and internal channels in Dorset and Devon as part of the strategic alliance between Devon and Cornwall Police and Dorset Police. In 2016, he received a distinction for his CIPR Internal Communications Diploma and is an accredited PR practitioner.

Kristian has run numerous road safety campaigns, which have received local, regional and national coverage and his communications prevention work has contributed to a 30% reduction in the number of people killed and seriously injured on Dorset roads. He has also showcased the work of Dorset Police road safety teams on national television; organising documentary filming opportunities on ITV with Jeremy Kyle and Gordon Ramsay.


Graham Mylward, Senior Road Safety Officer, Hampshire County Council

Graham Mylward has led on Hampshire’s Driver Skills Scheme 60+ for 10 years. In this time he has observed driver behaviour in many different situations and worked closely with other local agencies.

The scheme’s receipt of the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award in 2007 was largely based on increasing contact with local doctors who referred many drivers to the road safety team for assessment. The award recognised a sharp drop in older driver casualties in the areas of focus following this intervention.

The scheme continues to develop to ensure that the most appropriate help is delivered to reduce risk for older drivers.


Registration, Refreshments and Networking


Chair's Welcome Address

Elizabeth Box, Head of Research, RAC Foundation (CONFIRMED)


Part 1 – Government Update

Department for Transport & Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency


Morning Keynote: Examining the Government’s Plans to Improve Road Safety Across The UK

  • Exploring the Department for Transport’s 2-year action plan to improve road safety, including 50 new innovative measures to combat road rage and protect the most vulnerable, as outlined in the governments ‘Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy: Safety Review’, November 2019
  • Highlighting the key findings from DfT’s The Road Safety Management Capacity Review (RSMCR) 2018, including the need to establish institutional roles and accountabilities for implementing the long term Safe System
  • Outlining how the Department for Transport is supporting local authorities to improve road safety, such as undertaking joint road safety management capacity reviews and encouraging them to spend 15% of their local transport infrastructure funding on walking and cycling
  • Examining the impact of DfT’s THINK! ‘Road Whisperer’ campaign to raise awareness of road safety and change behaviour among young drivers
  • Discussing the possible impact speed limiting technology in vehicles may have from 2022 on road safety, as well as the role DfT will play in implementing this major change across the UK

Pauline Reeves, Deputy Director, Road User Licensing, Insurance and Safety, Department for Transport (CONFIRMED)


Special Keynote: Improving and Developing Driver Standards to Enhance Road Safety Among UK Drivers

  • Providing an update of DVSA’s Strategy 2017 to 2022 on improving road safety in the UK, such as working in partnership with DfT to review the highway code and addition of Bikeability training
  • Outlining the process of replacing the paper-based administration of driving tests, including the impact this will have on reducing potential fraud and providing immediate access to test data that can be shared electronically
  • Examining the possible impact that technology can have on transforming the theory and practical driving tests, including raising driving standards, as part of the Future Theory Test Service (FTTS)
  • Highlighting the DVSA’s next steps in continuing to improve driving standards across the UK, including how they support an ageing population to drive safely and ensure vehicle tests stay up to date with new technology

Mark Winn, Chief Driving Examiner, Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Refreshments and Networking

Part 2 – Raising Awareness & Changing Attitudes of Road Safety


Case Study: Raising Road Safety Awareness Among Young People Through A Targeted Campaign

  • Examine the current landscape of Dorset road safety including the reduction in KSIs in recent years.
  • Explore the role of Dorset Police as part of the Dorset Road Safety Partnership.
  • Outline the process of creating and implementing the #ChoicesForHumanity road safety awareness campaign designed to encourage drivers to make better choices.
  • Highlighting the key lessons learnt so far, and the positive awareness and recognition the campaign has received.
  • Sharing the next steps of the strategy and how Dorset Police plan to build upon the success of the campaign to ensure road safety continues to improve across the County

Police Constable Heidi Moxam, Road Casualty Reduction Officer and Kristian Ward, Communications Lead for Dorset Road Safe, Alliance Communications & Engagement Department, Dorset Police and Devon & Cornwall Police (CONFIRMED)


Interactive Panel & Audience Discussion: Raising Awareness and Changing Attitudes of Road Safety

Hear from and gain insights from leading experts as they debate how local authorities, the emergency services and charities can best work together to develop an effective, integrated and comprehensive road safety programme to raise awareness and change driving behaviours.

Delegates will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the front-line challenges they face around raising awareness of road safety with the panel and audience.


  • Mary Williams OBE, Chief Executive, Brake (CONFIRMED)
  • Nick Lloyd, Head of Road Safety, The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (CONFIRMED)
  • Laressa Robinson, Education Operations Manager for Road Safety, Dorset Police and Devon & Cornwall Police (CONFIRMED)
  • Professor Richard Rowe, Professor of Psychology, University of Sheffield (CONFIRMED)


Lunch and Networking

Part 3 – Emergency Services & Road Safety


Afternoon Keynote: The Role of the Fire Service in Raising Awareness and Improving Road Safety

  • Explaining the changing role of the Fire and Rescue Service in improving road safety, including working more collaboratively across the sector through joint road safety calendar events and establishing senior leads/practitioner networks
  • Highlighting the role of NFCC’s Road Safety Group, including the major road safety areas in which the group focuses on, such as young drivers, motorcyclists and innovation across the sector
  • Sharing best practice examples of how fire services can work to deliver road safety awareness programmes by partnering with schemes such as Safe Drive Stay Alive and Licence 2 Kill
  • Discussing possible areas in which FRS’s can further develop their front-line road safety delivery, such as staff development through accreditation with RSGB and the steps being taken to improve collaboration with other emergency services

Sean Bone-Knell, Lead Officer for Road Safety, National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) (CONFIRMED)

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Special Keynote: Improving Road Safety Through Effective Enforcement - A Police and Crime Commissioners Prospective

  • Explaining the changing role of the police and PCC’s in ensuring road safety, including working more collaboratively with local authorities, establishing training schemes and effective enforcement
  • Highlighting how police forces can work with local Road Safety Partnerships to reduce road casualties and establish training/education schemes to ensure high road safety standards
  • Sharing best practice innovative examples of effectively enforcing road safety, such as Devon and Cornwall Police’s No Excuse Team, designed to target road offences and assist policing of the roads
  • Outlining the next steps for the APCC in improving road safety enforcement, including working with National Police Chief’s Council to strengthen Road Policing Teams across the UK

Alison Hernandez, Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall & Road Safety Lead, The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Refreshments and Networking

Part 4 – Local Authorities, Road Safety Partnerships & Multi-Agency Working


Case Study: Working in Partnership to Improve Road Safety Across Essex

  • Examining the role of Safer Essex Road Partnerships in raising awareness of road safety among young people and motorcyclists across Essex
  • Outlining how the partnerships bring together Essex Police and FRS to create and deliver local campaigns, such as the Street Spirit and Extra Eyes campaign
  • Sharing guidance on how local authorities, police, fire services and charities can best work with their local road safety partnerships
  • Analysing the impact of working collaboratively through the Road Safety Partnership has had on improving road safety standards at a local and regional level

Nicola Foster, Chair, Safer Essex Roads Partnership (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Interactive Panel & Audience Discussion: Sharing Methods of Improving Road Safety – Lessons From Local Authorities

Hear from and gain insights from leading local councils who are utilising innovative practices to improve road safety across their areas. Topics that will be discussed include The Safer Roads Fund, partnership working, old age drivers and road safety targets.

Delegates will have the opportunity to ask the panel questions about each road safety scheme, including the challenges they faced and the positive impact their programmes have had on road safety.


  • Graham Mylward, Senior Road Safety Officer, Hampshire County Council (CONFIRMED)
  • Councillor Tim Mitchell, Cabinet Member for Environment and City Management, Westminster City Council (CONFIRMED)
    • Implemented the UK’s first 3D zebra crossing
  • Jeremy Phillips, Road Casualty Reduction Manager, Devon County Council (CONFIRMED)
    • The Safer Roads Fund Project – A3121, capital investment of £1.7 million, 2019-2020

Part 5 – Technology & The Future of Road Safety


Interactive Panel & Audience Discussion: The Role of Technology in Improving Road Safety

Hear from leading experts on the future of road safety, the role technology is playing in improving road safety and the next steps for the sector to ensure all roads across the UK are safe.

Topics that will be discussed include virtual reality technology, limiting car speeds, autonomous & connected vehicles, cyclists/cycle license and innovative technology currently being used to improve road safety.


  • Paul Speight, Watch Manager, Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service (CONFIRMED)
    • Effectively utilising Virtual Reality technology to improve road safety education and FRS service delivery 
  • Richard Morris, Innovation Lead – Autonomous & Connected Vehicles, Innovate UK (CONFIRMED)
  • James Scott, Director of Behaviour Change and Development, Cycling UK (CONFIRMED)


Chair Closing and Concluding Address

*programme subject to change

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