Headline speaker

Matthew Syed

Journalist, broadcaster and international
best-selling author of Black Box Thinking

21st March 2024, 09:30 – 15:15 • National Space Centre, Leicester
Organised by National Highways

Senior safety professionals and directors are invited to attend this free one-day conference.

Vehicles don’t crash – people do!

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Senior safety professionals and directors are invited to attend this free one-day conference.

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Conference Programme

About this event

A free-to-attend one-day conference, organised by National Highways and held at the spectacular National Space Centre in Leicester.

The 2024 conference & exhibition will seek to build on the excellent start made at last year’s sell-out success at the same venue. We will look to build on the ‘shared responsibility’ approach to KSI reduction by continuing to develop the ‘It’s personal’ theme which was launched at the inaugural event in March 2023.

Who should attend?
The primary audience for the conference is health & safety professionals, with a particular focus on National Highways’ supply chain and other public sector bodies who can influence their supply chains. The aim is to start conversations about work-related road risk with H&S professionals.

Timings & the agenda

08.30 – 09.30
Delegate registration & exhibition09.30
Conference opens09.40 – 09.50
Mel Clarke, Director of Health, Safety and Wellbeing, National Highways
Presentation: Managing Road Safety as a Health & Safety Issue09.50 – 10.00

Sheena Hague, Director of Road Safety, Safety Engineering and Standards, National Highways
Presentation: National Highways Role in Improving Work Related Road Risk

10.00 – 10.20

Mark Cartwright, Head of Commercial Vehicle Incident Prevention, National Highways
Presentation: The benefit of hindsight

10.20 – 10.40
Matt Staton, Head of National Road User Safety Delivery, National Highways
Presentation: TBC

10.40 – 11.00
Kevin Elliot, Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson
Presentation: Incident investigation toolkit

11.00 – 11.30
Refreshments & Exhibition

11.30 – 11.50
Glen Davies, Managing Director, The Driver Handbook
Presentation: Driver roadworthiness – what’s under the bonnet?

11.50 – 12.10
Nick Pahl, CEO, Society of Occupational Medicine
Presentation: The role of occupational health to support driver health

12.10 – 12.30
Clare Anderson, Professor of Sleep and Circadian Science, University of Birmingham
Presentation: Targeting Drowsy Driving for Safer Drivers, Safer Roads: Technology to Culture and Back Again

12.30 – 13.30
Lunch & exhibition

13.30 – 13.50
Suresh Rangan
Presentation: TBC

13.50 – 14.10
Rupert LownChief Health and Safety Officer, Network Rail
Presentation: Railway staff safety – breaking a tradition of 150 years

14.10 – 14.30
Saul Jeavons, Director, The Transafe Network
Presentation: After the Crash – Lessons learned or cycle repeated?

14.30 – 14.55
Panel discussion: Learning from other sectors

Chaired by:
Anne-Marie Penny, Senior Road Safety Policy Adviser, National Highways

Rupert LownChief Health and Safety Officer, Network Rail
Saul Jeavons, Director, The Transafe Network
Suresh Rangan

14.55 – 15.35
Keynote speaker: Matthew Syed – Writer, Journalist and Broadcaster

15.35 – 15.45: Closing thoughts
Meera Naran MBE – Independent Road Safety Campaigner

16.00 (latest):
Conference closes

For more information about the event please contact Nick Rawlings by email ([email protected]) or on 07824 663659.

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Matthew Syed

Writer, Journalist and Broadcaster
Matthew Syed is an author and highly acclaimed speaker in the field of high performance. He has written seven best-selling books on the subject of mindset and high performance – Bounce, Black Box Thinking, Rebel Ideas, The Greatest, and his celebrated children’s books, What Do You Think?, You Are Awesome and Dare To Be You – and has worked with many leading organisations to build a mindset of continuous improvement. He is also a multi-award-winning journalist for The Times and The Sunday Times and presenter of the popular BBC Radio 4 programme, Sideways, currently in its sixth series. Matthew is a regular contributor to television and radio and, in his previous career, was the England table tennis number one for almost a decade.

In his most recent best seller – Rebel Ideas: The Power of Diverse Thinking – Matthew argues that individual intelligence is no longer enough to solve today’s complex problems; to truly succeed we must harness the power of ‘cognitive diversity’. Rebel Ideas uncovers the best-kept secrets of the world’s most successful teams, bringing insights from psychology, anthropology and data science, whilst drawing on a dazzling range of intriguing case-studies.

Matthew’s work explores a thought-provoking approach to high performance in the context of a complex and fast-changing world. By understanding the intimate connection between mindset and high performance, organisations can unlock untapped potential in individuals and teams, driving innovation and agility to secure a future-proofed environment.

Matthew is also co-founder of Matthew Syed Consulting (MSC); the company has worked with an impressive portfolio of clients to build growth mindset cultures and drive higher performance in individuals, teams and organisations. Matthew Syed Consulting’s cutting-edge thought leadership programme and digital learning tools are becoming a catalyst for real and lasting change within business and the public sector.

Matthew also works very closely with the education sector to help improve mindsets in schools and young people. He is an active founding member of the charity Greenhouse Sports and an ambassador for the PiXL Educational Foundation.