2017 Question Time

15 November 2017 | 11.45 – 13.00

Question Time, which follows the format of the BBC programme of the same name, is always one of the highlights of National Conference. Delegates will be invited to submit questions in advance, with follow up questions on the day. Details of more panellists will be added here as they are confirmed.


Shaun-Helman150pxShaun Helman

Head of Transport Psychology, Transport Research Laboratory (TRL)

Dr Shaun Helman is a cognitive psychologist who has been involved in researching road safety and driver behaviour for the last 15 years.

He is particularly interested in the links between driver behaviour and safety outcomes such as collisions and injuries, and in high-risk groups such as young and novice drivers, those driving for work, and motorcyclists.


Rob-GiffordRobert Gifford

Chief Executive of the Road Safety Trust

Robert Gifford is Chief Executive of the Road Safety Trust, a registered charity funding research and practical interventions to reduce death and injury on the road. By May 2017, the Trust has supported 11 projects in two rounds of applications amounting to just over £1m. This makes the Trust the leading independent funder of projects of this type.

Between 1994 and 2012, Robert was Executive Director of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS). He has also been an independent consultant on road safety policy, a teacher, union policy officer, local councillor and is a trustee of the Wavendon All Music Plan in Milton Keynes.


Amy AT 2015Amy Aeron-Thomas

Advocacy and Justice Manager, RoadPeace

Amy is the Advocacy and Justice Manager for RoadPeace, the national charity for road crash victims. She was introduced to RoadPeace in 2000 whilst working for TRL on a DFID funded scoping study on community participation in traffic law enforcement.

Her work focuses on challenging the complacency in the justice system towards road danger and the discrimination faced by road crash victims. She coordinates RoadPeace’s collision investigation campaign with thorough and effective collision investigations the cornerstone of justice. Her advocacy role includes producing guides for victim, including on collision investigation, inquest and criminal prosecution, along with providing casework assistance to victims.

Amy initially worked as a transport planner, with degrees in MSc Transportation Engineering, MPA Public Administration and MP Urban and Regional Planning, from the University of Virginia. In TRL’s International Department  (1994-2006), her work included developing national road safety plans, and researching costs of crashes and under-reporting in countries in Africa, Asia and  Europe.


Matt StatomMatt Staton

Road Safety Education Team Leader at Cambridgeshire County Council

Matt Staton is the Road Safety Education Team Leader at Cambridgeshire County Council and Chair of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Road Safety Partnership’s Data and Intelligence Group. He joined the Road Safety Team in Cambridgeshire 8 years ago and now leads the team of 5 staff in researching, developing, implementing and delivering Road Safety Education activities across Cambridgeshire for all ages.

He has an MSc in Road and Vehicle Safety from Loughborough University and has experience of research into driver distraction, attitudes and behaviour and the evaluation of education programmes. He has played a key role in the development of the road safety partnership’s strategy and the integration of the East of England Major Trauma Centre and wider Trauma Network into the Partnership.