Festival programme

The programme will comprise a mix of:

  • Keynote presentations (x8)
  • Live debates, discussions & Q&A sessions (x4)
  • Podcasts (x4)
  • Workshops (x4)
  • Fringe presentations (20-25)
  • Into the archives: some of the best (and still topical) presentations from past National Conferences.

There will be something happening every working day during the Festival (Mon 2 Nov – Fri 27 Nov inc).

We hope to be in a position to publish an outline programme by mid-September, but see below for confirmed presenters and facilitators as things currently stand.

To express interest in presenting at, or participating in the Festival please contact Edward Seaman by email, or ring 01379 650112.


There will be eight keynote presentations during the Festival (two each week).

We are in the process of finalising topics and speakers, but the confirmed subjects are as follows:

• Young drivers & GDL – an update on the current Transport Committee enquiry
Dr Neale Kinnear, Head of Behavioural Science, TRL
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• Pre-driver Theatre & Workshop Education Research: reviewing current practice and trialling a new approach
Elizabeth Box, Head of Research, RAC Foundation
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• COVID-19: how has it impacted on road safety, and what are the implications going forward?
Richard Owen, CEO, Agilysis
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• Government review into roads policing – an update
Assistant Chief Constable Steve Barry, Department for Transport
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• Road Safety GB - meet the new chair!
Philippa Young, incoming Chair of Road Safety GB (as of 10 Nov 2020) & Group Manager for Traffic and Road Safety, Warwickshire County Council
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• The Road Safety GB 2020 AGM
More details to follow


There will be four debates and discussion sessions during the Festival (one each week).

We are in the process of finalising topics and participants, but the subjects we plan to cover are:

• E-scooters – are they safe or do they pose a threat to users and other road users?
Panellists: David Davies, Executive Director, PACTS; Graeme Sherriff, Research Fellow, University of Salford (and one other TBC)
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• The School Run – keeping pupils & parents safe while encouraging them to walk and cycle more often
Panellists: Carla Leowe, Road Safety Officer, Westminster Council; Dr Adrian Davis, Professor of Transport & Health, Edinburgh Napier University; and Jennifer Wiles, Regional Director (North), Living Streets.
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• Connected & Autonomous Vehicles – what are the road safety challenges?
Panellists: Dr Huw Davies, Assistant Professor, Institute for Future Transport and Cities, Coventry University; Michael Talbot, Head of Strategy, Zenzic (on secondment from the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV)); and Ruth Anderson MCIHT, Data & Digital Lead, IHub Future Mobility Team, Innovation & Research, Oxfordshire County Council
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• Cycling – how can we increase participation while ensuring/improving safety?
Panellists: Emily Cherry, Executive Director, Bikeability Trust; Duncan Dollimore, Head of Campaigns, Cycling UK; and Sonya Hurt, Road Safety Manager, Derbyshire County Council
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There will be four podcasts during the Festival (one each week), three of which are confirmed as follows:

• Road Safety Week 2020 – what’s happening around the country?
Featuring Josh Harris, Director of Campaigns, Brake
More about Josh Harris (to follow)

• Drug driving – the real extent of the problem
Featuring Ean Lewin, Managing Director & Founder, d.Tec International
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• Motorcycles – the forgotten mode of transport?
Featuring Colin Brown, Director of Campaigns & Political Engagement, MAG
More about Colin Brown (to follow)


There will be four workshops during the Festival (one each week).

We are in the process of finalising topics and facilitators, but the two currently confirmed are:

• Designing effective messaging – an introduction to a new course developed by the Road Safety GB Academy
Facilitated by Ian Edwards, New View Consultants

• Introduction to road safety delivery – an introduction to a new course developed by the Road Safety GB Academy
Facilitated by Alan Kennedy, Executive Director, Road Safety GB

• How to make your campaigns more meaningful and memorable by applying Behavioural Insights
Facilitated by Nicola Wass, CEO, So-Mo-Co Ltd

More about the workshops

If you would like to contribute to the Festival workshop programme please contact Edward Seaman by email, or on 01379 650112.


Just about anything goes in the Festival fringe!

Well not quite, but fringe presentations will cover a multitude of road safety (and related) topics.

Fringe presenters are required to produce their own video presentation (with help and guidance from the Festival organisers, if required).

If you’d like to provide a presentation for the Fringe programme, in the first instance please contact Edward Seaman by email, giving the title and a brief single para overview of the content.

Confirmed topics and presenters are as follows:

• Changing motorcyclists’ behaviour: Designing and trialing new road markings to help riders approaching bends
Professor Alex Stedmon, Science Witness Ltd
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• ‘Yeah, but…’: The inconvenient truth about mobile phone distraction and what we can do about it
Dr Gemma Briggs (Open University) & Dr Helen Wells (Keele University)
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• A Nudge in the Right Direction; Embedding Physical Nudges in some of the UK’s Most Dangerous Pedestrian Crossings
Tanya Fosdick, Head of Research, Agilysis & Nicola Wass, CEO, So-Mo-Co Ltd
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• Children and the Roads: Who are the children most at risk of road traffic injury?
Dr Sarah O'Toole, Research Associate, Centre for Transport Studies, University College London
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‘Don’t limit your challenges: Challenge your limits!’
A panel of five RSO stakeholders (as yet to be decided) on fulfilling the new London Road Safety Council President’s Challenge.
More about this presentation (to follow)

• Road Collision Investigation Project (RCIP): the investigation process & emerging project findings
Matthew Dale, Roads Collision Investigation Analyst, Humberside Police
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• Project EDWARD: an update on 2020 and early plans and ideas for 2021
James Luckhurst, Founder, Project EDWARD
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• The New Kid on the Block!
Heidi Duffy MBE, Facilitator, National Young Rider Forum
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• Why we are wasting our time with speed enforcement?
Tim Gibb, Founder & CEO, AutoSpeedWatch
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• What impact have Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNAs) had on the delivery of local road safety programmes?
Becky Needham, Road Safety & Evaluation Officer, RoSPA
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• Enabling large scale road assessment programs using mass telematics user behaviour data
Dr Sam Chapman, Chief Innovation Officer, Co-Founder and Director, The Floow
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• Real Time Air Quality Monitoring Linked to Electronic Signage
Olly Samways, Head of Sales and Marketing, Westcotec
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• 2021 FirstCar Young Driver Road Safety Awards
James Evans, Founder, FirstCar
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• People & Places: Using data to identify and promote active travel solutions
Steve Ferris, Programme Manager, Agilysis & Safer Roads Berkshire
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• The Engage Novice Driver Initiative
Paul Mountford, Road Safety Consultant
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• The Role of Driving Mobility Within the National Road Safety Framework
Annie Wallace-Stanley, Driving Advisor, Driving Mobility
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• Lessons learned from the Pathfinder pre-licence novice driver development programme
Professor John Beckford, Trustee, The Under 17 Car Club Charitable Trust & Co-designer of the Pathfinder Initiative
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More to follow!