PACTS unveils new executive director

12.00 | 4 October 2012 | | 1 comment

David Davies is to succeed Robert Gifford who is standing down from his role as executive director of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS).

David is currently committee specialist to the Transport Committee of the House of Commons, where he has dealt with inquiries into road safety, aviation strategy, high-speed rail and bus competition.

Prior to the House of Commons, he worked at the Audit Commission as an environmental services specialist. He has also been a policy officer at Birmingham City Council, worked for consultants Allott & Lomax and Arup, and worked as an independent consultant.

Speaking of his appointment, David said: “I am very much looking forward to moving to PACTS – an organisation that has contributed so much to transport safety over its 30 year life.

“Although transport-related deaths have been reduced substantially over this period, there is still a great deal to do to make transport safe, and to feel safe. As road users, airline and rail passengers, parents, residents and others, the public care very much about safety issues.

“There are some excellent people in the transport safety world and I am sure I will enjoy working with them. I will do my best to ensure that PACTS continues to bring experts, MPs, peers and campaigners together to keep transport safety at the forefront of Government policy.”

Welcoming his successor’s appointment, Robert Gifford said: “I have worked with David in the House of Commons and know his commitment to improving transport in general and safety in particular.

“I am delighted that he has been willing to accept the post and know that he will bring energy and passion to the job.”

Mr Davies will join PACTS on 26 November.


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    Many congratulations. Big boots to fill!!

    Susan Lawson, Northamptonshire
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