Richard Owen, a director of Road Safety Analysis (RSA), has been recognised by Brake for his ‘outstanding commitment to road safety’.
Richard is the recipient of the Kevin Storey Award for Outstanding Commitment to Road Safety, which was presented at the 2015 Fleet Safety Awards* dinner in Solihull on 1 October.
He follows in the footsteps of 2014 winner, Hunter Abbott, whose work with AlcoSense was described as ‘instrumental’ in raising awareness of the deadly risks of drink driving.
The award recognises a number of Richard’s achievements over the last 12 years during which time he has played a leading role in areas as diverse as technology, transparency, governance and analysis. He has delivered consistently high quality support to road safety professionals from many organisations across public, private and third sector.
Richard Owen’s road safety career started as an analyst with Thames Valley Safer Roads Partnership (TVSRP) before progressing to become the partnership’s operations manager. During this time he was involved in the creation of Headline Data, the world’s first analytical platform that combined collision data with a socio-demographic classification system to allow more targeted communications to ‘at-risk’ road users.
Following this, Richard was heavily involved in the development of MASTonline, the tool that exposed the principles and techniques from Headline Data and made them available nationally to the road safety profession through a single web interface. This project, which was co-funded by the DfT, continues to be used by around two-thirds of highway authorities across Britain.
In 2010 Richard set-up Road Safety Analysis (RSA), a not-for-profit company which provides support and delivers a range of services to road safety teams.
Richard has also authored a number of important reports that have highlighted road risk at a national level including ‘Child Casualties 2010’, ‘Stepping Out’ and ‘Things That Go Bump in the Night’, and also made a significant personal investment into the development of CrashMap.co.uk, the leading free-to-search publication site for road casualty data.
Richard Owen said: “I was surprised and honoured to be nominated, so to receive the award was humbling.
“Although the award recognises the work I have been involved in, it is reflective of the fantastic teams I have worked with and the colleagues who have played such an important role in bringing many of these projects to completion.”
Fleet Safety Awards*
Brake’s annual Fleet Safety Awards recognise a wide range of organisations who are investing in fleet safety either by improving processes and management for their own fleets or by developing technology that can be deployed within the fleet market.