Bill Smith has been appointed as Road Safety GB’s new director of communications.
The voluntary post of director of communications has been vacant since Steve Horton left the position in early 2020.
Bill Smith has had a career in road safety engineering and education spanning more than 40 years, in both local government and the private sector.
Much of this time was spent working in Scotland with Strathclyde Roads and Glasgow City Council. Bill also sat on and chaired various Road Safety Scotland and National RoSPA road safety committees during this time.
Bill is currently employed by Amey Consulting in the strategic road safety team. Before this, he worked nationally and internationally as business development director for an award-winning road safety education and communications organisation.
In 2019 Bill received the Lynda Chalker Award, which is presented annually by Road Safety GB to reward an individual or organisation that has contributed significantly to road safety in the UK.
Two years later he was presented with the Lifetime Achievement accolade at the 2021 Highways Awards.
As director of communications, Bill becomes Road Safety GB’s media spokesperson.
Speaking about his appointment, Bill Smith said: “I am very fortunate to be in a position to take up this role within Road Safety GB and to build on the foundations that Steve Horton has put in place during his tenure.
“I have had a long association stretching back over four decades with Road Safety GB and its predecessor LARSOA as well as Nick Rawlings and the team at Stennik.
“I look forward to putting to good use my experience in both the public and private sector to further develop the Road Safety GB brand name both nationally and internationally in conjunction with the executive director, the management team and our array of specialist advisors; making Road Safety GB the ‘go to’ organisation for advice, training and impartial comment on topical road safety issues.”