New executive director for Road Safety GB

10.40 | 1 February 2022 | | | 6 comments

James Gibson has been appointed as Road Safety GB’s new executive director, replacing Alan Kennedy who will retire from the role in March after a long and successful time in the post.

James has worked in the road safety profession for more than 20 years, in both local government and the police.

He joins Road Safety GB from Leicestershire County Council where he most recently held a management role overseeing road safety, sustainable travel, public rights of way and passenger transport information and provision.

James is no stranger to Road Safety GB, having previously been director of communications between 2009 and 2015. As a national spokesperson he has undertaken many media interviews on a wide range of road safety topics.

Speaking about his appointment, James Gibson said: “I am really excited to begin this role within Road Safety GB and I’m looking forward to building on all the fantastic work that Alan Kennedy and the other directors both past and present have put in place over many years.

“Road Safety GB is in a strong position and plays such a vital role within the road safety profession, providing training, acting as a trusted communicator through the website, the knowledge centre and the email cascade system, as well as helping to raise awareness of key issues through the newsfeed, social media channels and at our events and conferences.”

There is currently a handover period and there will be a further news item when Alan Kennedy officially retires in March.



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    Congratulations James. Alan will be a hard act to follow but you will be a real asset to RSGB going forward.

    Ron Paterson, West Sussex
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    Congratulations James, really hope you enjoy your new role. It is 20 years this year since we sat around the table as the Shiny Side Up Partnership, good to be working with you again.Take Care.

    heidi Duffy MBE, Nottinghamshire.
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    Congratulations James, excellent news for RSGB and its members., Chester
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    Congratulations on your appointment James – welcome on board. I look forward to renewing our ‘old’ working relationship and assisting you to take RSGB forward in the coming years.

    Bill Smith, GLASGOW
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    Excellent choice! Alan will be a tough act to follow and James is just the person to do it.
    It is good to see Road Safety GB going from strength to strength in these difficult times when it is most needed.

    Honor Byford, Wensleydale
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    An excellent appointment. James has always been one of my ‘go to’ colleagues for advice, opinion and informal benchmarking. His words of wisdom have often provided sense and perspective. I look forward to working with him again sometime soon.

    Iain Temperton, Norwich
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