The line up for Question Time at National Conference 2017 includes the justice manager for a national charity for road crash victims and a lawyer who uses ‘legal loopholes’ to keep his clients driving.
Question Time is always one of the highlights of the National Road Safety Conference, which this year is being held in Manchester on 14-15 November. 29s people have registered to attend and the final number looks set to match or surpass the 309 who were in Bristol for the 2016 conference.
The 2017 Question Time panel comprises five individuals with a broad spectrum of road safety involvement.
Matt Staton will represent the road safety profession on the panel. As road safety team leader at Cambridgeshire County Council, Matt leads a team of professionals involved in researching, developing and implementing road safety education activities for all ages across Cambridgeshire.
Dr Shaun Helman, a cognitive psychologist who has been involved in researching road safety and driver behaviour for the last 15 years, will provide an academic perspective. Shaun, who is head of transport psychology at the Transport Research Laboratory, is particularly interested in the links between driver behaviour and safety outcomes such as collisions and injuries, and in high-risk groups such as young and novice drivers, those driving for work, and motorcyclists.
Robert Gifford is chief executive of the Road Safety Trust, which has already supported 11 projects to the tune of to just over £1m -making it the leading independent funder of projects of this type. Prior to this, Robert spent 18 years as executive director of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS).
Amy Aeron-Thomas is the advocacy and justice manager for RoadPeace, the national charity for road crash victims. Amy’s work focuses on challenging the complacency in the justice system towards road danger and the discrimination faced by road crash victims.
As head of Just Motor Law, a specialist division of Kirwans, Frank Rogers represents individuals and companies facing prosecution for driving offences throughout England and Wales. An expert in motoring offences and road traffic law, Frank advises on technical defences and legal loopholes to present robust and effective legal arguments to the Court to keep his clients driving.
The Question Time session will once again be chaired by Nick Rawlings, editor of Road Safety News.
2017 National Road Safety Conference
The 2017 National Road Safety Conference is being held at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Manchester Airport on 14-15 November and is co-sponsored by Colas, Jenoptik Traffic Solutions UK and Insure The Box.
The main conference agenda includes sessions focussing on: behavioural change techniques (BCTs); public health, sustainability and active travel; driverless cars; Question Time; and topical topics.
In addition to the main agenda and Fringe, the programme also includes ‘Pick my brains’, an optional session at the end of day one.
More than 300 people have already registered to attend and less than a handful of residential delegate places remain available, so anyone thinking of attending is advised to book as soon as possible.
Click here to register to attend, or for more information contact Sally Bartrum (delegate registration and exhibition) or Nick Rawlings (speakers and agenda) on 01379 650112.