Occupational Road Risk in the Public Sector: South West Summit
The Tamar Suite, Police Headquarters, Sidmouth Road, Middlemoor, Exeter Ex2 7HQ
Wednesday 25th September 2019: 11am – 2pm

The Department for Transport and Highways England are implementing a Government programme to help reduce the number of collisions and casualties on our roads – a programme that was introduced to the public sector at our special launch event held at the Palace of Westminster on 22nd January 2019.

By collaborating with our partners in the public sector, Driving for Better Business will help to reduce the considerable pressure on the human and financial resources, both internally managing our own fleets, and externally, in dealing with road incidents that involve those who use our roads for work.

The Event will be hosted by

Alison Hernandez
Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly, and APCC Lead for Road Safety

As responsible public sector organisations, we pride ourselves on our ethics and integrity. Would any of us knowingly employ a supplier who…

  • used child or slave labour?
  • treated women as second-class citizens?
  • discriminated against the disables, people from other races or religions, or different sexual preferences?
  • was found to be winning work through bribery?
  • was activity engaged in tax avoidance?

The answer, of course, is no we absolutely wouldn’t.

Why then, should we provide those same lucrative public sector contracts to companies who fail to manage their ‘driving for work’ activities properly? Companies whose drivers may behave recklessly or whose vehicles may not be roadworthy? Companies who may put our communities at risk.

Did you know 210 people were killed or seriously injured on the South West’s regional road in 2017 with 1,183 being slightly injured. Of these, 13 people died, 48 were seriously injured and 251 received slight injuries as a result of a collision with a goods vehicle.

We in the public sector must lead by example, meeting our legal compliance obligations to effectively manage staff who drive for work, and then demand improved standards from those in the private sector, in our supply chains, who reap the rewards of lucrative public sector contracts.

The DfT and Highways England are delivering the government backed programme Driving for Better Business (DfBB) which helps employers in both the public and private sectors reduce their work related road risk, decrease the associated costs and improve compliance with current legislation and guidance.

The programme, which has the full support of Alison Hernandez, Road Safety Lead, APCC and Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, gives our partners the tools to:

  • Reduce budgetary pressures caused by poor management of those who drive for work.
  • Reduce hidden management and admin costs.
  • Reduce collision repair costs.
  • Reduce fleet insurance and excess costs.
  • Reduce third party costs.

Who is the event for?

  • Senior staff responsible for Fleet, Compliance, HR, Health & Safety and Procurement in public sector organisations throughout the South West region.

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Alison Hernandez

Welcome and Introduction

Alison Hernandez
Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly, and APCC Lead for Road Safety

Alison is the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and she was elected into office in May 2016. Prior to her election she mostly worked in public service and has also run a management consultancy, working internationally to help companies with business improvement, particularly in the housing and transport industry.

Alison has a BSc Hons in Sociology from Kingston University and post-graduate studies in marketing. Alison’s Police and Crime Plan was co-produced with the Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police and sets out the strategic priorities for policing in Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly for 2017-2020. It is the result of the biggest consultation into policing issues ever held in the area.

Anne-Marie Penny

Driving for Better Business: Not Just Business as Usual

Anne-Marie Penny
Senior Programme Manager – Road User Safety

Anne-Marie has worked in road safety for over 16 years. She was involved in a life-threatening motorbike crash in 1995 and her passion to reduce road crash casualties and the physical and mental trauma that results, stems from this experience. Following 14 years in the private sector working in project management and customer delivery, Anne-Marie joined Kent County Council’s road safety team where she was the Road Safety Development Manager and led on motorcycle safety before moving on to manage the Kent and Medway Safety Camera Partnership.

She completed an HND in Accident and Safety Management in 2007 and has received Prince Michael of Kent International Road Safety Awards for the Save 478 Lives casualty reduction programme in Kent County Council and the Driving Business – Safely partnership initiative.

She has been a volunteer for Inspiring the Future, a trustee of the Eastern Alliance of Safe and Sustainable Transport (www.easst.co.uk) and hosted the FIA Foundation International Road Safety Scholarship in Kent for three years. Currently Anne-Marie sits on the Association of Industrial Road Safety Officers Council which has a focus on work related road safety Now working for Highways England, Anne-Marie leads on Driving for Better Business (www.drivingforbetterbusiness.com) which is a key strategic programme in the National Incident and Casualty Reduction Plan.

Her work in Road Safety has clearly rubbed off onto her children. Her son is training to be a paramedic with South East Coast Ambulance and her daughter is in her third year of a Forensic Science degree at Christchurch University. Unfortunately, her two dogs do not have any road sense at all!

Nicola Jaynes HSE

Your Legal Obligations to Manage Work-Related Road Risk

Nicola Jaynes
HM Inspector of Health and Safety, Health and Safety Executive

Nicola has worked for HSE since 2002 as an Inspector of Health and Safety. Nicola has worked in many areas of HSE including construction, asbestos licensing and fairgrounds.

Nicola currently works in the Transport and Public Services Unit, where her job involves the enforcement of statutory standards of health, safety and welfare and providing support to inspectors and industry stakeholders. Nicola’s portfolio includes being HSE’s lead for ports and docks, aviation and work-related road risk.

Mark Trimmer

Your Moral Obligation to Manage Work-Related Road Risk

Mark Trimmer
Driving for Better Business Programme Development Manager, Highways England

Mark has served in the Police for 31 years, starting in the Royal Military Police in 1981. Mark then joined Devon and Cornwall Police in 1985 and moved to Sussex in 1987. He spent over 10 years working in Roads Policing starting as a PC and finishing as Chief Inspector.

Mark is a qualified Senior Road Death Investigator and headed investigations into fatal collisions involving police vehicles. He was involved in review and changes to Police Driver training is Sussex following a fatal collision in which 5 young people died.

Mark retired in 2012 as a District commander and was involved in Crime and Disorder reduction partnerships, with local authorities. He worked for the Institute of Advanced motorists as regional manager for 3 years working with the public and voluntary sector. In 2015, Mark became Operational Manager for Sussex Safer Roads Partnership, and was responsible for camera enforcement and educational work, supporting council and fire services. Mark joined Driving for Better Business in 2019 as a Regional Manager.

Mark is a keen cyclist who enjoys going up the mountains as much as coming down them.

Julie Davies Amey

Your Moral Obligation to Manage Work-Related Road Risk

Julie Davies
Fleet and Plant Compliance Manager, Amey Highways

Julie has over 25 years’ experience in the transport industry and has been employed by Amey for the last 10 years, having previously worked in the haulage and parcel logistics sectors. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience in all aspects of transport and holds a Certificate of Professional Competence in both HGV and PSV.

Julie is currently responsible for the management of all Amey operator licences and the compliance of the company’s 7500 vehicle fleet. She plays a key role on the FTA Van Excellence Governance Group, Regional Council and the Utilities Services Group.

Mark Trimmer

Closing Remarks

Mark Trimmer
Driving for Better Business Programme Development Manager, Highways England