PACTS appoints new executive director

13.35 | 6 March 2023 |

Jamie Hassall has been appointed the new executive director of PACTS and will take over from the outgoing David Davies in May 2023.

PACTS says Jamie is a seasoned road safety professional, who brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and contacts to the role

He moves from National Highways where he has built up more than 20 years of experience. 

Jamie was responsible for improving driver compliance on the strategic road network and led trials of new equipment to detect close following, and mobile phone and seatbelt offences. He also worked closely with the police, DVLA and many other leading stakeholders. 

In addition, Margaret Winchcomb has been promoted to a new role of deputy executive director.

Tony Ciaburro, PACTS chair, said: “We are delighted to welcome Jamie to PACTS. He brings immense technical and leadership expertise to the role, possessing a solid track record in implementing road safety initiatives. He is already well known in the road safety sector for his passion and professionalism. We are confident he will keep PACTS at the forefront of transport safety in the UK.

“The PACTS board has also decided to promote Margaret Winchcomb to the new post of Deputy Executive Director. This will strengthen and diversify the senior leadership team and give Margaret more opportunity to use her undoubted abilities.”

PACTS has also paid tribute to David Davies, who leaves after a decade in post.

David has enjoyed many highlights during his time at PACTS, including receiving a Prince Michael International Road Safety Award for research into the safety of private e-scooters in the UK in 2022.

He was also presented with the Road Safety GB Achievement Award in November 2022.

Tony Ciaburro added: “On behalf of the PACTS board, I want to thank outgoing executive director David Davies for his sterling work in leading PACTS so successfully for the past 10 years. 

“We wish David the best of luck for the future.”

These thoughts have been echoed by Road Safety GB.

James Gibson, executive director Road Safety GB, said: “I send David Davies my very best wishes for a long and happy retirement when this begins at the end of March.

“Road Safety GB looks forward to continuing a strong working relationship with PACTS to further advance road safety and wish Jamie and Margaret success in their new roles.”



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