Committee Members

Chair

Dennis Symons

Highways England  

Principal Engineer - Road Safety

 

 

I joined the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary in May 1977 and had 30 years of varied Police experience, retiring in May 2007. In February 1991, I was posted to the Exeter Traffic Department and specialised in dealing with major collisions.

In April 2001, I was transferred within the Traffic Department to the role of Road Casualty Reduction Officer. The prime function for this role was to have a strategic overview of Traffic Management and Road Safety issues and to pursue an intelligence led partnership approach to casualty/collision reduction.

In June 2007, I joined the Road Safety Team of EM Highway Services Limited (formally AccordMP) in the role of Road Safety Engineer. My responsibilities include undertaking scheme studies, with a particular emphasis on safety schemes, and participating in Road Safety Audits at all stages. In April 2014, I was promoted to Principal Road Safety Engineer. The company were then taken over by Kier in 2015.

I have been successful in attaining membership status with the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT) and also Fellow of the Society of Road Safety Auditors (SoRSA) and Fellow of the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE). I am also on the IHE Registered Road Safety Auditor (RegRSA (IHE)). In November 2012, I was registered with the Engineering Council for Engineering Technician (EngTech) and attained the HA Certificate of Competency for Road Safety Audits.

My work has involved undertaking scheme studies, with a particular emphasis on safety schemes, and participating in numerous road safety audits. In respect of the latter, I have been fully approved by the Highways England as a Team Leader under HD19/15 and I have overall responsibility for managing the Road Safety Audit that are scheduled for the South West Region.

 

In July 2017, as part of the amalgamation of the Highways England Trunk Road Network for Area 1 & Area 2, I was part of the TUPE process and commenced my new role as Principal Engineer – Road Safety with Highways England.

 Taken together, I now have over 30 years of highways, traffic, and road safety auditing experience, including involvement in over 700 Road Safety Audits.

Vice-Chair

Eric Hill

Eric is a Principal Engineer with Sweco in Edinburgh and has  worked within Highways, Traffic and Road Safety Engineering in both private and public sectors since 1991.

Eric specialises in road safety engineering and road safety audit and frequently provides presentations and organises workshop days in Scotland for design engineers, road safety engineers, road safety auditors and the police.

Eric also has experience and knowledge of the enforcement and education aspects of road safety through his involvement with Police Scotland and the Institute of Advanced Motorists.

When not working he enjoys cycling, sailing and going on road trips in his Smart Roadster.

Secretary

Stuart Kay

Associate Operations and Safety Consultant, WSP

I have 34 years’ experience in in the highways industry having started my career in 1986 as an Assistant Estimator with Tilcon (now Tarmac). This introduced me to civil engineering construction, plant, materials and labour.

Moving to Durham County Council in 1991 I developed from a Technician in Highway Maintenance and Highway Design prior to my move and promotion to Team Leader in Traffic and Road Safety in 1997.  My experience in maintaining, designing and managing the local road network provided me with the tools and skills to move into collision investigation and road safety audit. At Durham I was responsible for the collision database as well as assisting Durham Police in the investigation of all fatal road collisions.

A move to the private sector beckoned and I have had the pleasure of working for WSP (twice), Jacobs, AECOM (twice), Atkins and Sweco.   

My experience in road safety and collision investigation is diverse and wide ranging and my road safety audit work, of which there have been nearly 1000 audits, has encompassed work in the UK and overseas, namely Qatar, UAE, Saudi Arabia and South Africa. I have undertaken road safety studies and designs on everything from urban areas such as junction improvements, town centres, and pedestrian routes to motorways, smart motorways and expressways.

My most recent work has involved acting as Operational Safety Lead on both trunk road and Smart Motorway improvements, managing the development and delivery of safety plans, combined safety and hazard log reports, chairing safety and control review groups, and a particular involvement in safety risk assessments to GG104. 

I became a member of (what was) IHT in 2001 and joined the (now) North East and Cumbria Region in 2005. Serving as an Ordinary Committee Member I was elected Vice Chair of the Region in 2020, becoming Chair in 2021.

I joined the SoRSA committee in 2008, primarily as North East Representative. I have serves as Vice Chair (2013-2015), Chair (2015-2018), Honorary Secretary (2018-2019) and re-elected as Honorary Secretary in 2020.

 

 

Treasurer

Anya Bownes

Road Safety Portfolio Lead, Transport for London

Anya has over 15 years experience working in Road Safety having started her career at Transport for London immediately after graduating.  She fell on her feet, finding herself being able to make a difference in the lives of those living, working and visiting one of arguably the greatest cities in the world.  Making roads safer has become Anya’s professional passion.

Anya is now Transport for London’s Road Safety Portfolio Lead, managing several multi-million pound annualised programmes to prevent collisions across London.

Throughout her career, Anya has been involved in the various elements of Highway and Road Safety Engineering and Auditing, including three years as a full-time Road Safety Auditor.  She holds the Highways England Certificate of Competency in line with EU Directive 2008/96/EC, enabling her to undertake audits on the Trans-European road network, including UK motorways and trunk roads.

Anya has been a member of SoRSA since its inception.  She joined the SoRSA Committee as the representative for London in 2017 and was elected Treasurer the following year.  She became a member of the now-CIHT in 2003 and is a member of the Greater London branch. 

In early 2020, Anya was asked to participate in Technical Committee 3.1 – Road Safety for PIARC (formerly the World Roads Congress), where she sits on the Working Group to update the Road Safety Audit Guidelines.

A busy mum of one (himself a committed Junior Travel Ambassador), in her spare time Anya loves to travel and cook for her friends and family.

Web Officer

Miguel-Angel Serrano Santos

Eur Ing Miguel-Angel Serrano Santos is a well-renowned Chartered Civil Engineer, who graduated from the University of Granada in Spain. At present he is working as a Senior Roads Safety Specialist for UNOPS. He was working previously with Ashghal (Public Works Authority), where he was responsible for managing and approving all Road Safety Audits, that were undertaken in Qatar.

He is a Chartered member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and Fellow Member of the Society of Road Safety Auditors (SoRSA), and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, and has over seventeen years of experience in transport planning and traffic engineering. Due to his extensive knowledge in the civil engineering discipline, he has successfully secured and delivered Road Safety projects internationally.

Miguel is also the Vice-President of ASEVI (Spanish Association of Road Safety Auditors), and has successfully helped to create a corroborative relationship between engineering professionals in different countries.

Lastly, Miguel has successfully delivered Road Safety courses to students and engineering professionals, and has been an active speaker at various conferences, seminars and universities internationally.

Newsletter Editor

Ian Medd

Ian spent 37 years at Hampshire County Council pursuing a career in road safety education and engineering.

For the last 19 years Ian was responsible for developing and managing the Road Safety Audit service. He was also chair of The Hampshire Safer Roads partnership steering group. Ian has undertaken over 2000 safety audits of all types. 

Following early retirement in 2011 Ian has continued to work with road safety consultancies on audits and safety engineering projects. He is a visiting lecturer on Southampton Universities Transportation MsC course and is also a member of the CIHT Road Safety Panel. He currently represents CIHT on the DfT steering group on HGV speeds.

Ian is a lifelong motorcyclist, who enjoys touring especially on the Continent. He also helps with the family equestrian interests.

Membership Secretary

Lyn Turner 

ITS Principal Consultant (Road Safety Engineering), WSP in the UK.

I have accomplished over 30 years extensive experience in a varied civil engineering background ranging from Highway Maintenance to Highway Development Control and over 20 years’ experience in Road Safety Engineering on all roads, including Motorways (including Smart Motorways), All Purpose Trunk Roads and the local road network (including section 278 schemes).

In my role as a Road Safety Engineer, I have undertaken over 800 Road Safety Audits for Highways England, Transport for London, Municipality of Abu Dhabi City and other external clients. I have been involved with various accident investigation and prevention studies, WCHR Audits, Risk Assessments and Method Statements.

I have completed both the standard and advanced RoSPA Accident Investigation and Prevention courses and have also attained my Certificate in Competence in accordance with GG 119 to align with the EC Directive 2008/96/EC.

I am a Chartered Member of the Institute of Transport & Logistics (CMILT), Member of the Chartered Institute of Highways & Transportation (CIHT), a Fellow of the Society of Road Safety Auditors, a Fellow of the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) and registered on the IHE list of Registered Road Safety Auditors.

Ireland Representative

Stuart Summerfield

I have over 35 years’ experience in highway design and road safety having been involved in both the public sector and consultancy work.

I started my engineering career working for Daventry District Council, Northants in 1991, after a couple of wayward years in architecture.  In 1997 I joined Westbury Homes undertaking development engineering and Section 278 works.

In 2001 I relocated to the wonderful but wet West of Ireland and have been based here since.  Initially I worked for a multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy with my main roles split between Urban Improvement Schemes and Road Safety Audits. 

In 2006 I became a founding Partner of CST Group Consulting Engineers.  We have been fortunate to be able to continue to offer a wide-ranging consultancy with the core services Civil – Structural – Traffic forming the company name.

Not only I have undertaken audits in every corner of the country, and been privilege to see some stunning emerald countryside en route, but I also continue to operate in the UK and further afield.

I became a member of CIHT and SoRSA in 2009 and have been honoured with the role of Committee Member and Representative for the island of Ireland since 2012.

As of 2020 I will be presenting the Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) Road Safety Audit training for potential audit team leaders.

North of England Representative

Chris van Lottum

Director, Foster Percival Limited

 

Chris has over 25 years’ experience working on a wide diversity of, transport planning and traffic engineering projects including road safety audit and road safety engineering; operational health and safety; development planning and travel plans; and environmental statements.

Chris has undertaken more than 900 audits on highway schemes in the UK, Europe, Middle East, South-east Asia and the Caribbean and holds a Road Safety Audit Certificate of Competency. He has worked on collision investigation schemes, risk assessment and road safety research. He has wide experience in injury crash data analysis and the design of road safety remedial measures on the local and strategic road network. His experience in road safety research includes driver’s choice of speed, unlicensed driving, quiet lanes and rural speed management.

Chris is familiar with all aspects of development planning from scoping studies and transport assessment reports to the design of junctions, highway improvements and parking areas. He has produced travel plans for existing and new developments.

He has previously served as a member of the CIHT North Eastern Branch Committee, and was co-opted to both Membership Services Board and Transportation Professional Panel. He is currently co-opted to the Learned Society & Technical Strategy Board.

Wales Representative

Alastair Pike

Head of Road Safety, Vectos with more than 15 years’ experience in the Highway and Road Safety Engineering.

Alastair is the Head of Road Safety at transport planning consultancy Vectos, where he is responsible for the management of Road Safety across the country. He has 15 years’ experience in the fields of highway engineering design and road safety engineering within both the private and public sectors. He has a passion for road safety and seeks to provide real, tangible benefits to road users while creating spaces that are not only safe in operation, but also desirable for users.

He is also responsible for project management and advising clients in regard to highways, traffic, transportation and road safety matters relating to various land use development proposals, highway schemes and safety studies. He is passionate about mentoring junior staff, in particular assisting them in obtaining qualifications and professional memberships.

Alastair regularly presents to industry peers on the topic of Road Safety, and most recently spoke on “Road Safety: Past, Present & Future" at the RJS Road Safety Conference in Wales.

Alastair likes to spend any spare time at the beach with his family and tries to get in the water to surf whenever possible.  Which isn’t so often these days!

Scotland Representative

Richard Pearson

BSc (Hons) CMILT MCIHT MSoRSA

Director, Drummond Black Consulting Ltd.

Richard is an Independent Road Safety Engineer working under Drummond Black Consulting Ltd. in Edinburgh and specialises on Road Safety projects as well as being involved in active travel and providing input to scheme design.

Richard began his career in 2001 with Atkins and has also since worked for TPi (Now part of Amey), Colin Buchanan (Now part of Jacobs), WYG up until August 2020.

During his career he has been involved in transport planning, traffic modelling, traffic management, road safety and project management.

Richard has a wide experience of all modes of transport having been an HGV driver, a motorcyclist, and now a keen cyclist.

Richard also sits on the Active Travel forum for City of Edinburgh Council and provided input to schemes aimed to improve walking and cycling.

In his free time Richard enjoys cycling, kayaking, fishing and golf.

Immediate Past Chair

Stewart Knowles

Divisional Director at Jacobs leading the Operational Road Safety discipline in England, responsible for the delivery of works within the business

 

Stuart has extensive experience of providing Operational Road Safety advice to design teams and clients on the strategic road network within Managing Agent Contracts, Traditional Major Projects and Smart Motorway Schemes. 

He is a lead practitioner of the Highways England Project Safety Risk Management System, including Project Safety Reports and the Hazard Log risk assessment software. 

Stewart has written road safety policy and practice documents for the use of Passive Safety, Roadside Restraint and Road Safety Audits. He has experience in design and project management of strategic and local highway projects.

Roles have included management of multidisciplinary teams and road safety engineering services including accident investigation; collision and statistical analysis; local safety scheme identification and evaluation; road safety audit and non-motorised user evaluation. He is a firm believer in evidence-based design and ensuring monitoring of project outcomes is completed. 

Stewart is a Fellow of CIHT and has been a committee member since 2011. 

Past Chair

John Barrell

Independent Consultant (sort of retired!)

I have over 40 years’ experience in road safety having been involved in both the public sector and consultancy work. I started my career working for Salford City Council in 1974, before moving to Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council working on general engineering work.

After working with Tyne and Wear County Council and (following abolition of the Met Counties) South Tyneside, I joined Ross Silcock (now part of Jacobs) in 1989, and helped the firm develop its UK transportation safety research work, as well as being involved in overseas safety studies. In Nov 2011 I joined TRL as an International Road Safety Consultant and seemed to spend most of my time on airplanes (that changed with COVID!). Since leaving TRL in June 2016, I’ve been trying to wind down, but people keep offering me work.

My expertise in Road is wide ranging and has covered varied schemes in UK and overseas. Audits have ranged from motorway/trunk road schemes in both UK and China, to minor improvements. Most recently I have been working in Ukraine on a 4 years contract, but that proving challenging with travel restrictions.

I have always been keen on developing younger professionals and sharing my knowledge and passion for my work. I was a visiting lecturer at Newcastle University on road safety topics, including CPR and RSA until 2018 and have contributed to several international road safety guidelines. Now starting to export these learning opportunities to overseas countries and developing guidelines with World Bank/GRSF and our own RSA on-line document!

I became a member of CIHT in 1995 and a member of the North Eastern Branch Committee since 2001. I was Branch Chairman in 2006/7. With extensive experience of financial matters (having been Company Secretary of Ross Silcock Limited between 1995 and 2000), treasurer of several voluntary groups and Secretary of a Charitable Trust I felt that I could best support SoRSA’s success as Branch Treasurer. This has now been handed over to Anya Bownes, but as immediate past chair I remain involved.

Committee Member

Chris Gooch

I am currently employed by Transport for London (TfL) as a Senior Engineer (Road Safety Auditor). I have seventeen years of experience in road safety audit (RSA), highway engineering, and transport planning, gained in both the private sector and with local highway authorities, in the UK and Middle East.

I am a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, a Member of the Society of Road Safety Auditors, and have gained a Highways England Certificate of Competency in Road Safety Audit (via SoRSA). I was successfully elected as an Ordinary Committee Member of SoRSA in June 2019. 

My current duties and responsibilities at TfL are predominately the delivery of RSA activities and Collision Investigation studies, but also providing road safety advice to the wider business, mentoring colleagues in developing road safety skills, and developing TfL’s RSA processes and procedures. 

My experience includes the delivery of RSA on a number of TfL’s highest profile projects including the Cycle Superhighway routes and TfL’s Streetscape Programme. Since joining TfL, I have completed, in excess of 1000 RSAs as Team Leader, as well as forming the Team Member on many others.

I have undertaken a number of collision investigation studies, analysing and interpreting a wide range of detailed data such as collision records, speed and traffic volumes, and use this to form appropriate and practical solutions in the form of casualty reduction schemes. As part of this, I have undertaken statistical analysis to determine if the collision patterns identified are significant and to quantify and assess the cost-benefit of proposed mitigation schemes, as well as the impact and / or benefits on other users of the network.

Before joining TfL, I was employed by AECOM as a Principal Consultant where I led and managed a programme of RSAs. I also led a number of major scheme RSAs in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

I have provided highways and transportation advice to Highways England and other local highway authorities, with particular emphasis on the impact of planning applications, providing road safety and design compliance advice on proposed infrastructure improvements. 

As a Project Manager, I have managed a professional services framework contract and coordinated the delivery of a high-volume mixture of multidisciplinary projects to help deliver the engineering services function for a London Borough.

Committee Member

Matt Smith

Matt is a Traffic Management and Road Safety Engineer working for North Yorkshire County council. He is currently the SoRSA representative for the Yorkshire and the Humber Branch.

An engineer with over 30 years’ experience gained within the Local Authority and the private sector.  Matt has varied experience in highways and transportation related fields including highway maintenance, highway design and construction, site supervision, scheme identification and evaluation, specialising in road safety engineering for the past 24 years.

Matt has carried out numerous road safety audits at all stages and on most types of road from unclassified to motorways and was one of the first 100 auditors to obtain the HA Certificate of Competency.

Having become a member of the CIHT in 2010, Matt was elected as a member of SoRSA in 2013 and took on the role of representative for the Yorkshire and the Humber Branch in 2016.

In his spare time, Matt enjoys motorcycling, often leaving the Dales and Moors of North Yorkshire behind to meet up with old friends living in various parts of the country to ride around Wales and Ireland. He spends his summer holidays taking his track bike around MotoGP circuits such as Le Mans in France and Jerez in Spain.

Committee Member

Linda Irons

Senior Road Safety Engineer working for WSP in a WSP/Arup joint venture providing highway engineering services to Hertfordshire County Council.

Linda has over 25 years' of experience in highway engineering  and in that  has developed a wide range of technical skills. She has specialised  in collision analysis, the design of casualty reduction measures and road safety auditing.

Linda has carried out road safety audits for UK and UAE clients including local authorities, private developers, TfL, Highways England and the Municipality of Abu Dhabi.

Co-opted Member

John Bowman

Director, JB Road Safety Consultancy Ltd.

 

John is an Independent Road Safety Consultant running his own consultancy in Chelmsford, Essex, and specialises in Road Safety Audits as well as being involved in providing advice on cycle and vulnerable user schemes.

John began his career in 1967 in Essex Police retiring as the Traffic Management Office in 1997. On leaving he joined Atkins as a Road Safety Auditor and undertook fatal collision investigations. He left Atkins and set up his own company in 2010.

During his career he has been involved in traffic management schemes for local authorities, implementation of cycle schemes, road safety audits and collision investigations.

In 1999 he spent a year in Albania advising the Police and Highways departments in Tirana on creating a collision recording system and formulating good practice for the roads police department.

In 2005 he was responsible for the traffic management for the European Scout Jamboree and in 2007 undertook the same role for the World Scout Jamboree, both held in Essex.

John has a wide experience of all modes of transport from pedal cycles to HGV’s.

In his free time John is an assistant camp warden (Scouts), enjoys cycling, rugby and travelling.

Committee Member 

Richard Hernan

BEng MSc CEng CIHT MSoRSA

 

After beginning his career in 2007 with Atkins, Richard gained public sector experience with Renfrewshire, City of Edinburgh and East Dunbartonshire Councils. He joined his current employer AECOM in 2014. Richard’s career has straddled both Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering disciplines, although recently his work has focused on Road Safety and Active Travel.

 

In 2016 Richard gained his Certificate of Competency and completed an MSc in Transport Planning and Engineering. He became a Chartered Engineer in 2019.

Since completing the RoSPA ten days training in 2014 Richard has undertaken over 300 Audits, for a number of clients including City of Edinburgh Council, Glasgow City Council, Transport Scotland and Transport Infrastructure Ireland. Richard has a leading role in managing and growing AECOM’s Road Safety business in Scotland.

Richard is a motorsport fan and regularly attends events both nationally and internationally, to date he has attended ten Formula One grand prix, he also enjoys getting on the track himself. Away from the track, Richard is a keen traveller, enjoys listening to Audiobooks and attending sports events.

Committee Member

Tristan Brooks 

Director, Go-surveys Ltd.

Tristan is an independent Road Safety Auditor with over 20 year’s experience in Road Safety, Collision Investigation, Transport Planning and Traffic Surveys.

Before founding go-surveys 10 years ago he worked for a number of multi-disciplinary transport consultancies and has been involved in major schemes in the UK, EU and Middle east.

Tristan has undertaken over 500 RSA’s in the last 5 years on a variety of schemes including large scale highways schemes, active travel routes, TTM, equestrian crossings and level crossings for major consultancies, Local Authorities and developers.

He holds a HE approved Road Safety Audit Certificate of Competency and is on the Street works Qualifications Register.

Tristan got into Road Safety Auditing to improve the standard/safety of highways schemes after driving, cycling or walking through schemes asking himself ‘why have they designed it like this?’ and thought he could make a difference, and is hoping to share this philosophy with SoRSA.

Outside of work Tristan likes all sports, although as he gets older his participation is giving way to watching, although he can boast over 20 Welsh Rugby Caps for Wales, and has represented Wales in European and World Cups, albeit in the less glamorous touch rugby form of the game, rather than full contact!

Committee Member

Mannia Georgiadou

Engineer, Sweco UK

Mannia is an Engineer with 9 years’ experience working in the Transportation and Road Safety Engineering sector. During this time, she has worked in strategic road safety and highways related fields including maintenance and design, road safety engineering, operational safety, and road safety audit.

Mannia is a trained Road Safety Engineer who has delivered accident investigation and prevention studies, feasibility studies, risk assessments and detailed design on behalf of clients in local and central government across the UK.

As a Road Safety auditor trained to the requirements of GG119, Mannia has undertaken Road Safety Audits in schemes including road improvements, cycling and pedestrian infrastructure improvements and streetscape projects.

In her free time, Mannia enjoys listening to murder mystery podcasts and going to the cinema. She is also a keen Japanese Taiko drummer.