AIRSO is governed by a Council of Management, comprising nine annually elected Members who also act as trustees in connection with the charitable status of the Association. From within the Council of Management comes an elected Chairman who serves in this capacity for a period of twelve months. It is normal practice for the retiring Chairman to become the Vice Chairman for the ensuing year. The Council of Management is elected to oversee the running and development of the Association and in turn they appoint a Secretary and Treasurer to manage the day to day affairs of the organisation.
- Trevor Hall
- Robert (Bob) Smalley
- Graham Wynn OBE
The Council of Management
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Paul Sturgeon is the Group Compliance Manager for the Kier Group. Previously he spent 30 years in transport and logistics.He was a commissioned officer in the Army with the Royal Corps of Transport and then joined TNT where he created the company's Operations Training Team. He then became Head of Logistics for the tanker division in Leigh Environmental and then went to Ryder Truck Rental and Logistics as Regional Director in the South East. Subsequently he went to Wincanton in a central role as the Driving Compliance Manager responsible for occupational road risk, operational compliance and training in an environment of 7,500 company vehicle drivers.
Gareth’s career started with a 4 year engineering apprenticeships in 1978, at the Atomic Weapons Establishment, Cardiff. Qualifying as a centre lathe machinist, he work on interesting governments munitions projects as an engineer before joining South Wales police in 1990. During his police career his ambition was always Roads policing and he was successful in achieving that goal.
Gareth retired form South Wales Police in 2017 having managed the driver training unit for the previous 11 years. He has many career achievements such as the award for the most outstanding recruit of his intake, part of the team which successfully won the Queens award for innovation in 2008 and latterly in 2015 the Prince Michael Road safety award. He joined the Traffic department in 1995 where he launch his interest in ‘all things connected with the road’ following in his father’s footsteps who was an original de facto Master Driver in the Royal Corps of Transport. He joined the force driver training unit as a car and motorcycle trainer in 2001.
His passion is motorcycling having been one of the founding partners in Motorcycle Training Wales. Qualifying as a Police class 1 motorcyclist in 1995, he has since gone on to achieve VIP escort rider and a nationally trained VIP and motorcycle instructor status. As a VIP rider he has varied experiences with heads of state and VIP principles, however, his most cherished experience are escorting HRH The Queen, during the celebration of the Golden and Diamond Jubilee visits to Wales.
He is a qualified DSA motorcycle instructor and holds both the IAM and ROSPA certificates, along with previously acting as a regional examiner for the IAM. Additionally he holds a class 1 grade for motorcars and has successfully completed the ADI process. A qualified A1 assessors and holds the Police trainers and coaching certificates as well as the ILM level five qualification in leadership and management. He delivers pursuit management training and is a nationally accredited tactical pursuit and containment (TPAC) trainer. Between 2013 and his retirement he acted as the technical advisor to the national Police Chiefs Council lead for police driving, being actively involved in the writing of the college of policing Authorised Professional Practice for police driving and the national police driving curriculum.
He graduated from Cranfield University having completed an MSc in Driver Behaviour and Education in 2011, where he was awarded the director of studies award for the best thesis in his academic year. He additionally delivers Road traffic legislation for most roads policing officers training courses across the welsh region and assists the IPCC and professional standards departments as a subject matter expert during the investigations of Police related driving accidents. An accomplished conference speaker, Gareth has spoken several times at the National Blue light users conference and was the 2011 C conference Chair. He has been the headline speaker at the ACFO Conference at Mercedes Benz World and the National Fleet conference held at Millbrook, discussing Psychometric profiling of drivers and thin and blended learning.
Edward Handley FAIRSO is an independent Work Related Road Risk Consultant. He also holds the AIRSO Portfolio for Large Goods Vehicles and is currently the longest serving Member of the Council of Management.He has been the Association's Chairman on two occasions - 1994 and 2005 and is an Honorary Life Member of AIRSO. He is the Chairman of the National Truck & Bus Driver Trainers Conference and also the National Minibus Operators Conference.
Kevin Day FAIRSO is the Driver Training Manager for West Midlands Fire Service and also holds the AIRSO Portfolio for Emergency Services and was Chairman of the National Blue Light Users Conference in 2010.He has played a leading role in the development of the UK driving standards for the fire service particularly in connection with section 19 of the Road Safety Act of 2006 and has been involved with the re-working of the 2013 editions of Roadcraft and Motorcycle Roadcraft.
Susan Cooper FAIRSO is Senior Highways Officer having had a previous career in teaching and as a Road Safety Officer all for Lincolnshire County Council.She has been a member of the Council of Management since 1997 and has held the position of Chairman in 2000 and 2010. She is an Honorary Life Member of AIRSO and has been the longest serving Chairman of the Associations Road Safety Advisory Panel leaving the position in 2010 on becoming the AIRSO Chairman.
Dr Lucy Rackliff
Dr Lucy Rackliff FAIRSO is a Lecturer in Transport and Logistics at Aston University.
She began her career in road safety education and research after completing an MSc in Transport Engineering at Newcastle University in 1995. After a stint researching road safety in multi-drop parcels delivery firms at Huddersfield University, Lucy completed a certificate in Safety and Risk Management at Strathclyde University in 2002. She then worked as a Speed Awareness Instructor for Warwickshire Safety Camera Partnership, before taking up a post at the Vehicle Safety Research Centre at Loughborough University in 2004. During this time she travelled extensively throughout Europe, working as part of a consortium developing the EU-funded European Road Safety Observatory.
She returned to an education role in 2012, joining Centro as an officer in the Education and Communities team, liaising with schools and colleges across the West Midlands, promoting safe and sustainable school travel.
In 2013 she completed her PhD at Loughborough University. Her research looks at the balance between safety and mobility for older drivers and pedestrians, identifying ways in which urban transport infrastructure could be modified to facilitate continued independent mobility for older people, whilst at the same time protecting them from risk in traffic.
At Aston University Lucy teaches on a range of undergraduate transport modules and supervises final year projects.
Within the Council of Management she has taken on the role of developing the "Community Outreach Programme" and is involved in looking at how we might be able to publish road safety work undertaken by recent graduates and MSc students.
Dr Lucy Rackliff
Colin Pettener MBE
Colin Pettener MBE, FAIRSO is now a Road Safety Consultant with the TTC Group having previously been County Road Safety Officer from Shropshire.
Colin was instrumental in the introduction of the National Driver Improvement Scheme, following the successful pilot project in Devon and Cornwall and was the Founding Chairman of the Association of National Driver Improvement Scheme Providers (ANDISP).
In 2002 Colin was awarded a Prince Michael International Road Safety Award for his contribution to the National Driver Improvement Scheme and in 2004 he received the Linda Chalker Award from the Local Authority Road Safety Officers Association.
He awarded an MBE in the 2006 Queen's Birthday Honours List and in 2007 the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) honoured him with an award for Distinguished Service in recognition of his outstanding contribution to road safety.
Colin Pettener MBE
Nick retired in 2012 as Assistant Chief Constable of South Wales Police on completion of 30 year of service.
He was Chair of the ACPO Roads Policing Enforcement Technology Group, the ACPO Police Vehicle Procurement Group, ACPO Intelligent Transportation Systems Group and the All Wales Roads Policing Joint Advisory Group.
He has extensive experience of operational policing with emphasis on Roads Policing, Public Order, Firearms Operations, Police Training and Hostage Negotiation.
During his career he led on the introduction of the Highways Agency Traffic Officer Service, the ANPR network on the Midlands Motorways, policing of M6 Toll Road, the Welsh Traffic Officer Service and the deployment of Average Speed cameras on the Strategic Roads Network in Wales.