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Council of Management

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.

Current Vice Presidents are:
  • Trevor Hall
  • Robert (Bob) Smalley
  • Graham Wynn OBE

The Council of Management

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Nick Croft

Chair

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.

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Nick Croft

Nick Croft

Chair

Colin Pettener MBE

Vice Chair

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.

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Colin Pettener MBE

Colin Pettener MBE

Vice Chair

Sandra Macdonald-Ames

Secretary

Sandra Macdonald-Ames is National Driver Training Manager for Pertemps running large contracts for such organisations as Royal Mail.

She is an experienced driver trainer having previous had her own business and has been involved in running a variety of NDORS courses.

She holds an MSc in Driver Behaviour and is now studying for her PhD.

Sandra has worked in media with the BBC as the driving expert on "So you think you can Drive", "Car Crash Britain" and as the driver trainer for Focus Multimedia "Driving Test Success" a national training product for novice drivers.  She is a regular contributor for the trade magazines "Driving Instructor", and "Good Motoring".

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Sandra Macdonald-Ames

Sandra Macdonald-Ames

Secretary

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.

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Dr Lucy Rackliff

Dr Lucy Rackliff

Susan Cooper

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.

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Susan Cooper

Susan Cooper

Kevin Day

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.

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Kevin Day

Kevin Day

Edward Handley

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.

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Edward Handley

Edward Handley

Paul Sturgeon

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.

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Paul Sturgeon

Paul Sturgeon