A charity dedicated to providing emotional and practical support to people who are affected by the trauma and bereavement of a fatal road collision has appointed a new chief executive.
Mark Turner, a retired police officer, will take over from Steve Ottaway as chief executive of the Road Victims Trust when he retires at the end of May after three years in the role.
The Road Victims Trust provides services across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire and in 2013/14 it supported 207 individuals or families affected by road death, many of whom continue to receive support.
Mark Turner worked in Bedfordshire Police for 30 years retiring at the rank of chief superintendent. He held an extensive portfolio that included firearms and public order command as well as having served as head of roads policing. Latterly he worked as head of local policing with responsibility for providing uniformed policing across Bedfordshire.
Speaking about his new role, Mark Turner said: "I am delighted to be joining a team of such motivated and passionate people.
“The work carried out by the Trust has been magnificent and provided so much support for persons at their lowest ebb. I look forward to building on these successes."
Steve Ottaway said: “I am privileged to have worked with trustees, staff and volunteers who are dedicated to ensuring people who are affected by the trauma and grief of road death receive the support they need.
“I am especially pleased to have overseen the extension of our services into Cambridgeshire so that more people are able to access our services.
“Mark has previous experience of working alongside the Trust from his time as a police officer and I know that he will continue to make sure that the Trust goes from strength to strength.”