In a year of unprecedented challenge and change, the RSGB National Analysts Conference (Joining the Dots) is pressing ahead for a 6th year running in March 2021, continuing to provide support and guidance for the road safety profession, stakeholders and the wider community alike.

Following five successful years of being booked to capacity in conference venues, we expect this year to be no different. The conference will be taking place virtually over two days, drawing on our extensive experience in delivering multimedia content and webinars to over 600 road safety professionals in the UK and overseas during the last 9 months alone.

This year the conference will be taking a focus on pressing topics facing the profession in this exceptional year and beyond including; changes in travel choice, the impact on roads casualties, shifting road user behaviour and predicting modal shift towards active travel.

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Keynote Speaker

Baroness Vere

Baroness Vere of Norbiton was appointed as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport on 23 April 2019. She was previously a Government Whip (Baroness in Waiting) from 21 December 2016 to 26 July 2019.

As Minister, she is responsible for:

  • Roads (including Highways England)
  • Motoring agencies (DVSA, DVLA, VCA)
  • Buses and taxis
  • Light rail (including tram, underground and metro systems)
  • Devolution (including union connectivity and London transport)

Bertrand Deiss,
Head of Road Safety Policy, Transport Scotland

Bertrand joined Transport Scotland in 2008 following a 17 year career as a Commissioned Officer in the French Army Air Corps. His transport experience covers rail projects delivery on Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Project, rail policy particularly around fares, transport strategy with a leading role in the refresh then full review of the National Transport Strategy (NTS2) in 2016 and 2017 respectively and road safety policy in his latest post as Head of Road Safety Policy where he led on the development of Scotland’s Road Safety Framework to 2030.

David Davies
Executive Director, PACTS

David has been involved in transport policy, planning and research for most of his career, mainly in relation to active travel, environment and safety. He worked for Birmingham City Council, TRL, the Audit Commission and as a consultant. In 2007, he moved to the Transport Select Committee and in 2013 to PACTS. David says that being Executive Director of PACTS is the best job he has ever had and What kills most on the roads is the report of which he is most proud.

Evan Webster
Policy and Research Officer, PACTS

At PACTS Evan has authored reports on seat belt use, road safety statistics, drink driving and drug driving. He co-authored the report and conducted the data analysis upon which this presentation is based. Before joining PACTS Evan completed an MSc in Environment & Development at LSE.

Katherine Williamson
Head of Analysis, Department for Transport

Katherine is a statistician with the Department for Transport. Her portfolio is across road safety analysis, where she is the co-chair for the STATS19 Review, the DfT lead for CRASH and provides analytical support to the Roads Policing Review.

Matt Staton
Road safety partnership delivery manager, Cambridgeshire County Council

Responsible for the implementation of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough's ambitious Vision Zero strategy to work towards zero road deaths or severe injuries by 2040 and an interim target of 50% reduction in killed and seriously injured casualties by 2030.

Jessica Kisner
Road Safety Project Coordinator, WRI Ross Center For Sustainable Cities

Jessica is the Road Safety Project Coordinator for Colombia. Her prior experience are in urban planning focusing on topics of alternative mobility, public space, and economic innovation in different cities around Colombia. Her previous work was with Ciempiés, Caminos Seguros, a mobility project directed to students that sought to make their experience walking to school safe and fun. Jessica holds an M.S. in Design and Urban Ecologies from Parsons The New School of Design in New York City and a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology with a minor in Geography from Andes University.

Segundo López
International Data Coordinator for Mobility and Road Safety, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities

Segundo's main activities are related to road safety audits and inspections, as well as mobility and road safety data collection and analysis. Prior to joining WRI, he worked as a research assistant at Los Andes University Urban and Regional Sustainability research group and at Despacio, a non-governmental organization promoting sustainable mobility. Segundo holds a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Andes University and a Master’s degree in civil engineering with emphasis on transportation at the same university.

George Yannis
Professor, School of civil engineering NTUA

George Yannis is Professor in Traffic and Safety Engineering with particular focus on data management and analysis at the Department of Transportation Planning and Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens. For more than 30 years, he has contributed extensively in more than 266 research and engineering projects and studies and in several scientific committees of the European Commission and other International Organisations (UNECE, OECD, WHO, World Bank, EIB, CEDR, ERF, IRF, UITP, ETSC, ECTRI, WCTR, TRB). He has published 629 scientific papers (191 in scientific journals) widely cited worldwide. More info:

Cheryl Evans
Road Safety Manager, West Berkshire

Road Safety Education, Training and Publicity - Cover all topics (2 feet / 2 wheels/ 4 wheels and on occasion 4 hooves) - personal interest in Young drivers, P2W, Work Related Road Safety and Older drivers.

Marie Woltman
Data Analysis & Performance Officer, Devon County Council

Marie is passionate about Microsoft Power BI and unlocking new key insights within datasets. Using her flair for graphic design she enjoys presenting data as infographics so that facts, figures and trends are engaging and easy to understand.

Deirdre O’Reilly
Head of Social Research and Behaviour Change, Safety Group, Highways England

Dierdre is the former head of social and behavioural research at the Department for Transport and has over 20 years’ experience of delivering road safety and transport research and evidence to inform policy and practise in central government.

Alix Edwards
Head of vehicle standards development, TRL

Alix is an expert in vehicle standards development for consumer ratings schemes (insurance testing, Euro NCAP) and regulation (European Commission) content. I have the skills to develop a network of industry contacts to collaborate with in order to develop standards that are challenging to the industry, and accepted.

John Fletcher
Principle road safety specialist, TRL

John has more than 23 years of experience focusing on improving road safety in the UK and in around 30 countries. I am head of the TRL iRAP Centre of Excellence; I am on the iRAP Global Technical Committee board. I am technical director for TRL's iMAAP Crash Data System solution. I have been TRL's representative to the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC) and also to the International Road Accident Database Group (IRTAD).

Tony Oldridge
Team Leader and Principal Analyst, Transport Planning and Data Team, Hertfordshire County Council

Tony is responsible for the delivery of the Team’s work programme. The team has a wide remit including Transport Planning, GIS services, topographical surveys, traffic data collection and collision data analysis and works with many different datasets. Tony has worked with and for HCC for over 25 years, and specialises in revealing insight within data in particular through GIS analysis. He has worked with collision data for much of his career working closely with his Road Safety Partnership colleagues. By combining multiple disparate spatial and non spatial datasets he has facilitated GIS tools to access, sharing of data, and knowledge across the organisation.

Owen Ivins
GIS Analyst, Hertfordshire County Council
Owen has worked for WSP on their Hertfordshire County Council contract for 5 years as a GIS Analyst.
Owen has experience with GIS having both studied it at BSc and MSc level and on the job exposure, especially using Esri products such as, ArcMap including model builder, ArcGIS Pro and extensions and mobile applications.
Within our team we work lots with collision data By combining multiple spatial and non-spatial datasets and as such we’ve enabled users in highways to get much more from our collision data and make better decisions as a result.
Peter Mildon
Chief Operating Officer, Vivacity Labs
Peter is responsible for the commercial delivery of Vivacity. After graduating from Cambridge University, Peter joined a leading systems engineering consultancy, heading projects across the oil, civil nuclear, and renewable industries. With substantial process-driven experience under his belt, Peter leads operations at Vivacity, ensuring delivery on time and to specification, every time.

The conference will take place over two days on the 2nd and 3rd of march, and will be a mixture of live and pre-recorded content with the opportunity to ask questions and interact with the speakers. Further speakers will be added as they are confirmed. Full details of the timings will be updated shortly.

New Research and Analysis

PACTS Report

David Davies
Director, PACTS

Evan Webster
Policy and Research Officer, PACTS

Stats19 Review Update

Katherine Williamson
Department for Transport

TfL Vehicle Procurement

Alix Edwards

Roads Policing and Partnership Review

Katherine Williamson, Steve Glynn
Department for Transport

Road Collision Investigation Project - Fatal files and Stats19 discrepancies

Matt Butler
RAC Foundation

Driving For Work - a strategic review of risks

Heather Ward

What can we learn from covid?


Impact of covid19 on driver behaviour in Greece and Saudi

George Yannis
National Technical University of Athens

Impact of Covid-19 on the SRN

Deirdre O'Reilly
Highways England

Covid-19 Local Authority travel and transport data

Darren Capes

Active Travel


Using mobile phone data to model cyclist activities

Department for Transport

Targets and Performance Indicators


Transport Scotland 2030 modelling

Bertrand Deiss
Transport Scotland

Vision Zero

Matt Staton

Speed Management, Bogatá

Jessica Kisner and Segundo López

Highways England Safety Indicators

John Fletcher

Lunch and Learn; LA Showcase


CRASH Power Bi dashboard

Marie Woltman

Use of Strava metro data

Tony Oldridge and Owen Ivens

Community Speedwatch

Cheryl Evans
Road Safety Manager, West Berkshire

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