Agenda & Speakers

The 2018 programme will follow a similar format to previous years (see separate tabs for detail) and will comprise a mix of presentations and contributions from academics, road safety stakeholders and practitioners.

While all timings are subject to final confirmation, it is very likely registration on the day will commence at 9.00am, with the conference itself commencing at 9.45am and concluding no later than 4.00pm. All refreshments, including lunch, are included in the delegate fee.

Confirmed topics and speakers as of 9 November are as follows:

What’s new?

This session will comprise a round up of the latest thinking, insights and research into young driver behaviour. Speakers will include: Dr Neale Kinnear, principal psychologist, TRL; Professor Alan Tapp and Sean Johnson, Bristol Business School, University of West England; Dr Damien Poulter, Reader in Psychology at the University of Greenwich; and Professor Richard Rowe, University of Sheffield.

Professor Richard Rowe & Dr Damian Poulter

Professor of Psychology, University of Sheffield & Reader in Psychology, University of Greenwich

Presentation: the behaviour of newly qualified drivers (working title)

Professor Alan Tapp & Sean Johnson

Professor of Marketing & Associate Lecturer and Research Fellow, University of the West of England

Presentation: Wheels Skills and Thrills

The new driving test – an update

Six months after the introduction of the new driving test, Lesley Young, Chief Driving Examiner at the DVSA, and Lynne Barrie, chair of the approved Driving Instructors National Joint Council (ADINJC), will update delegates as to how the new-look test is bedding in.

Lesley Young

Head of Policy and Chief Driving Examiner
Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)


Lynne Barrie

ADI National Joint Council (ADINJC)


Practitioners in action

A series of short presentations by practitioners outlining current interventions/campaigns/initiatives etc they are deploying in their local areas – followed by a panel discussion.

Rob Tillier

Founder & Director of Accelerate Driver Training

Presentation: the accelerate Safer Young Driver Workshop


James Evans

Founder FirstCar

Presentation: FirstCar Academy


Keith Millard

Senior Behavioural Change Officer
Northamptonshire Highways

Presentation: Your Choice

Question Time

The afternoon will include a ‘Question Time’ session where the audience will have the opportunity to put questions to a panel which will include, among others, a road safety practitioner, an academic and a young driver (David Gallagher, IAM RoadSmart’s Young Driver Ambassador). Details of other participants to follow.

David Gallagher

Younger Driver Ambassador
IAM RoadSmart


For more information about the agenda, or to express an interest in speaking at the conference, please contact Nick Rawlings by email or on 01379 650112.