How road safety partnerships can fully embrace the Safe System approach and make it stick!

This live presentation takes place on Wednesday 24 November (10-11am) - and requires pre-registration. Click here to register.

In the absence of co-ordinated national strategies and targets and in a landscape of financial austerity, local road safety partnerships have responded in different ways, with some maintaining focus and direction whilst others have foundered and fragmented. To best respond to issues and concepts such as the Safe System approach, Vision Zero, post-Covid travel, community engagement and matching of agenda with active travel, partnerships need to be effective, functional and fit for purpose. To attain this, a number have sought outside assistance from Agilysis and Traject.

Tanya and Iain have worked together with a number of road safety partnerships around the country, reviewing structure, strategy, delivery and evaluation regimes, whilst introducing international best concepts including Vision Zero and Safe Systems. By utilising a mixture of research, evidence, public opinion and partner insight they have reshaped a number of partnerships and written ambitious yet realistic strategies for the coming decades. Many lessons have been learned during these projects, the most important being that no two partnerships are the same. Despite that, there are common themes and issues that arise - and it is these that Tanya and Iain will highlight, explore and discuss, providing a unique insight in to the current UK road safety landscape.

Iain Temperton, Traject Road Safety Specialist

With over 35 years’ experience in the road safety profession, Iain’s final role before starting as a freelance consultant was team manager for road safety at Norfolk County Council. He provided overall management of the road safety education and driving teams and management of the county’s Casualty Reduction Partnership. In providing steer for the partnership, he established an environment of open communication and professional respect which inspired the creation of very successful and powerful media campaigns, educational schemes and training initiatives.

Iain was the liaison between Norfolk Constabulary and Norfolk County Council in the governance of the safety camera function, to facilitate the highways works and ensure that the political and media aspects of the scheme were approached proactively and in a timely manner. His social and political awareness, communication skills and the ability to negotiate, were a significant asset to this process. Iain has also served as director of communications for Road Safety GB, the professional practitioner body.

On a daily basis Iain was required to deal with a wide range of issues, encompassing HR, GDPR and data protection, safeguarding and budget management. He has the organisational ability, experience and drive to manage these often competing demands, whilst striving to provide the most effective, financially prudent and high quality service possible. His wide ranging knowledge of road safety issues and experience of what does and doesn’t work, are an invaluable asset to projects in this arena.

Since setting up as a freelance consultant Iain has worked with Road Safety GB, National Highways and Agilysis, amongst others, operating across the different disciplines of strategy, policy, evaluation and delivery.

Tanya Fosdick, Research Director, Agilysis

Tanya Fosdick is an experienced researcher who specialises in translating complex evidence into practice. With more than a decade of experience in the road safety sector, especially in relation to young drivers and motorcyclists, Tanya seeks to bridge the gap between academia and practitioners to improve the quality of road safety interventions, particularly in the educational arena.

Tanya is research director at Agilysis and principal research associate at Road Safety Analysis, leading research for both organisations and collaborating with the internal teams, and often a variety of external experts, to deliver projects.

Tanya's recent work includes exploring the issues relating to rural young drivers, adult pedestrians, occupational road risk, older drivers, the road safety performance of the Coalition Government and assessing the British Road Safety Statement.

In addition to research, Tanya has been leading evaluation projects since 2003, incorporating behaviour change theories into evaluation methodologies. She is currently involved in a variety of local and national evaluation projects exploring the efficacy of young driver, advanced driver training and motorcycle interventions.