Committee Members

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. 

Vice 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.

Secretary

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.

Treasurer

Anya Bownes

Principal Sponsor and Safety Auditor, Transport for London

Anya has worked at Transport for London since 2003, specialising in Road Safety Engineering and Road Safety Audits.

She is currently a Principal Sponsor, responsible for covering a range of highway improvements to reduce casualties, encourage walking, cycling and the use of public transport in line with the Mayor for London’s Transport Strategy.

Specialising in Road Safety, she has a solid background in Collision Investigation and Prevention, Road Safety Audit, the design and implementation of highway improvement schemes, traffic signals, temporary traffic management and project management.  She also has an in-depth knowledge of the design requirements for those with visual and mobility impairments. 

Anya is responsible for the sponsorship of 20mph speed limit trials on the TfL Road Network, innovative Pedestrian Town Centre pilots and TfL’s prioritised road safety programme of studies and schemes across London. Anya obtained her Certificate of Competency in 2013. She joined the SoRSA Committee in June 2017.

Web Officer

Renata Barnes-Wright

Senior Road Safety Engineer, Jacobs with over 10 years’ experience in the industry.

Renata has successfully completed her Professional Review for Engineering Technician (EngTech) having entered the profession through an unconventional route.

Renata works closely with Highways England on Major Projects, specifically safety governance documentation including Hazard Log Analysis and reporting. She has become first point of call for those requiring a GD04/12 Assessment, having completed a number of various different schemes, not only on Highways England network but for local Authority clients.

Renata has been undertaking Road Safety Audits since originally completing her RoSPA ten days training. She has completed Audits as a Team Leader on a range of schemes for varying clients, including Highways England, TfL, Local Authorities and private developers.

Outside of ‘work’ Renata spends her time riding horses, skiing and following motorsports. Her experience riding horses has led to her becoming a point of call for equestrian input into schemes and welcomes any questions or requests for help in this field from across our industry.

Renata joined the SoRSA Committee in 2014 and has recently found herself in the role of ‘Acting Web Officer’. Her aim is to get the website to a point where it is the first place people look rather than the last and again welcomes any suggestions and input our members may have that will contribute in achieving this goal.

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 19 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 the HD19/15 to align with the EC Directive 2008/96/EC.

I am a 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

CST Group

Civil Engineer with in excess of 25 years experience in the design and procurement of Residential Developments, Public Space, Streetscapes and Highways.

Stuart commenced work at Northamptonshire based consultants David Kottler & Partners where he was involved in the first major alteration to the Silverstone motor racing circuit since the first staging of the British Grand Prix in 1948.  His employment in the UK included private consultancy, local authority and developers.

Stuart relocated to Ireland in 2001. He is a founding partner with CST Group Consulting Engineers based in Sligo.

Stuart has in excess of 25 years knowledge and experience in public and private road design, road safety engineering and road safety audit. He also leads the collision investigation service for the company.

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.

He is a member of CIHT, MICE and SoRSA, and holds the Highways Agency Certificate of Competency, enabling him to undertake audits on the Trans-European road network, including UK motorways and trunk roads.

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

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.

North of England Representative

Chris van Lottum

Senior Engineer, Ove Arup and Partners, Newcastle upon Tyne

Chris has almost 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 joined Arup in 2002 and has since undertaken more than 800 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.

Committee Member

Dave Robinson

Principal Engineer, WSP

Dave has over 40 years experience in the field of highway design and construction relating to both major and minor road improvement schemes within both the Public and Private sectors of the industry.

He has undertaken the role of expert witness at public inquiry for the Highway England and Transport Northern Ireland relating to Highway Design element schemes.

Dave has specialised in road safety engineering with regards to collision investigation and prevention for the last 24 years and takes a leading role in developing the capabilities of other team members in Road Safety Auditing. He has completed Road Safety Audits throughout the UK and Ireland at all stages of scheme development.

Outside of the office Dave takes a very active role in all aspects of rural village life in North Wales. He has the honour of ringing the changes in the village church tower and plays bowls on the green which he designed and managed the construction process. He also heads up a 25 strong volunteer group who have succeeded in running the village loos since 2005.

Committee Member

Richard Pearson

BSc (Hons) CMILT MCIHT MSoRSA

Principal Engineer with WYG in Edinburgh

Richard is a Principal Engineer with WYG in Edinburgh working within the Transport Planning team 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) and joined WYG in March 2018.

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  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

Committee Member

Chris Gooch

A Senior Highway Engineer (Road Safety Auditor) at Transport for London 

Chris has 15 years' experience in traffic engineering and transport planning and has developed an extensive background in undertaking collision investigation and prevention work, road safety audit (RSA), highway design and spatial planning.

Chris has written, led and managed a large number of RSAs to Highways England and Transport for London RSA Procedures, as well as leading on a number of major scheme RSAs in the Middle East

As an experienced Project Manager, Chris has managed a large 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.

Chris has provided expert highways and transportation advice to stakeholders, focusing on road safety, design compliance and the appraisal of transport assessments, assessing the impact and benefits to all network users that proposed schemes and new development may have on the highway network.  As part of this, Chris has assessed the suitability, safety, and technical compliance of proposed mitigation measures to the appropriate standards that govern the highway asset.

Committee Member

Matt Smith

Traffic Management and Road Safety Engineer working for North Yorkshire County council.

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 Humberside Branch. 

An engineer with 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 23 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.

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.

Past Chair

John Barrell

Principal Consultant, TRL Ltd.

Over 35 years’ experience in road safety 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. During this time I became a Chartered Engineer through the then Institution of Municipal Engineers and have maintained a varied interest in all aspects of engineering.

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 now seem to spend most of my time on airplanes.

My expertise in Road Safety Audit, collision data analysis, black spot improvement and implementing road safety schemes is wide ranging and has covered 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 the Middle East and East Africa on a range of audit/inspection projects. Just to add variety, also travelled to Brunei as well.

I have always been keen on developing younger professionals and sharing my knowledge and passion for my work. I am a visiting lecturer at Newcastle University on road safety topics, including CPR and RSA and have contributed to several international road safety guidelines. I am now starting to export these learning opportunities to overseas countries with involvement in PIARC (World Road Association) Committees on Road Safety Operations until 2019.

I became a member of IHT in 1995 and a member of the North Eastern Branch Committee in 2001. I was Branch Chairman in 2006/7, and am now Secretary. 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 Treasurer. I have been involved in that role since the Society’s inception in 2007, and will  serve as Chairman until 2019 – Exciting or what!

Co-opted Member

Lance Fogg

Independent consulting Civil Engineer with global experience specialising in road safety and traffic engineering and associated work on road safety audits and road user audits.

Lance has also been involved in developing road safety policies and strategies, traffic enforcement and regulation, public consultation and education, training and publicity campaigns.

He has experience of the design of safety schemes, junctions and facilities for public transport, cyclists and pedestrians. He is one of the SoRSA representatives for the North Western, the deputy Web Officer and has also served on the CIHT North Western Branch committee.

He has worked in both the public and private sectors in both the UK and overseas and has a successful track record of project management including the Birmingham Inner City Road Safety Demonstration project under the auspices of the DfT, as Project Manager of the Highways Agency's M6 Route Management Strategy.

He led a multi-disciplinary, multi-national team in Pakistan to develop and introduce a National Road Safety Strategy and Action Plan. As well as the UK, he has worked in Qatar, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Suriname, India, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan

His traffic and transportation project experience has included developing and managing road safety programmes for the State of Qatar, Salford City Council, Wigan Metropolitan Borough and Lancashire County Council, representing both Warrington and Halton Boroughs on the Cheshire Safety Partnership, researching to determine National UK Casualty Reduction targets for the DfT and lecturing for PTRC, at Salford University and Doha (Qatar) University on safety aspects of traffic engineering.

Lance runs his own series of lectures through Arena Associates Ltd.

He has served on the CIHT Council, the CIHT Road Safety Panel, is a reviewer for the SoRSA Certificate of Competence and has also acted as a Science and Engineering Ambassador for SETPOINT, a charity which encourages school-leavers to consider careers in those industries.

In his spare time he likes to play heavy rock, blues and jazz.

 

Co-opted Member

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 Road Safety Specialist for UNOPS. He was working previously with Ashghal (Public Works Authority in Qatar), 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 (MICE), and Fellow Member of the Society of Road Safety Auditors (FSoRSA), and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (FCIHT), and has over fifteen 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.