RST names Ruth Purdie OBE as new chief executive

12.27 | 5 October 2023 |

Ruth Purdie OBE has been announced as the new chief executive of The Road Safety Trust.

The Road Safety Trust is an independent grant-giving charity, which supports projects and research that make UK roads safer for all road users.

The charity has awarded more than £6.8m in grants to 85 projects since 2015.

Yesterday, it launched its latest grant funding round.

Last month, Ruth Purdie OBE took on the role of interim chief executive, following Sonya Hurt’s decision to step down from the post.

Ruth has now been appointed on a permanent basis, in addition to serving as chief executive officer of UKROEd Ltd.

Ruth Purdie OBE said: “It is a real honour to be named the new chief executive of The Road Safety Trust and I am excited to build upon the excellent work carried out by Sonya in her time in post.

“The Trust plays an important role in the road safety sector, providing funding for practical measures, research, dissemination, and education.

“This is part of our dedication to achieving zero deaths and serious injuries on UK roads.”

Tony Fuller, chair of the Road Safety Trust’s Board of Trustees, said: “We are delighted to welcome Ruth to the role of chief executive on a permanent basis.

“Ruth brings a wealth of experience, and the Board of Trustees has no doubt she will be a valuable asset to the charity.”


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