FirstCar Awards’ judging panel

Elizabeth Box

Head of Research, RAC Foundation

Elizabeth Box is Head of Research at the RAC Foundation, an independent charity established to promote for the public benefit research into environmental, economic, mobility and safety issues relating to the use of motor vehicles.

Elizabeth is responsible for commissioning a large programme of research addressing taxation, mobility, safety, environmental and road performance issues. She has spoken both nationally and internationally about UK transport policy, and has also presented RAC Foundation views to Government and Parliament on a range subjects including school travel, learning to drive, older people’s mobility, traffic signage, road network performance, road safety compliance and future transport policy.

A transport planner by training, Elizabeth is an elected member of the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation. Both the Transport Planning Society and De Havilland have presented Elizabeth with awards in recent years for her success in the fields of research and campaigning.

Sarah-ScottSarah Scott

Deputy Head of Publishing, Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

Sarah has worked for the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) for 10 years –  the last seven in publishing. Although DVSA’s learning materials cover all aspects of driving and riding, Sarah’s great interest lies in driver psychology, particularly what makes young people think and behave the way they do behind the wheel, and how to influence that.

Outside of work, Sarah’s interests include travel, going to gigs, walking, cycling and upcycling. And food. Lots of food.


Tracey Fuller

CSR Manager, Arval

Tracey Fuller has worked for Arval for more than 23 years in a wide variety of roles. Her passion for road safety was ignited in 2005 when she attended a Brake training course after becoming Arval’s fleet manager.

She developed and has run an in-house fleet safety campaign for Arval’s drivers over many years, which has successfully achieved a safe driving culture among employees, as well as delivering significant financial benefits for the company

Under Tracey’s guidance, Arval has extended its road safety work to building long-term relationships with the police, fire & rescue services and road safety professionals from across the country, as well as taking road safety messages to schools and young drivers in Swindon and Wiltshire.

Emma-KellyEmma Kelly

Business Development and PR Manager, Road Safety Support

Emma Kelly was formerly the Communications and Marketing Manager at the Merseyside Road Safety Partnership. She worked in the community safety and crime reduction field where her communications plan was held up as an example of best practice on the partnership’s crime reduction website.

After gaining experience of working in both the private and local authority sectors, Emma took up a role working for Road Safety Support in 2013. She is now the Business Development and PR Manager for Road Safety Support, working with road safety partnerships and police forces across the UK. Her work also includes the role of Media and Marketing Manager for NDORS and for the Road Safety Trust.

Emma has a Degree in History and Psychology and a Masters Degree in Business and Administration. As a married mum of two children Emma still finds time to indulge in baking, and from 2011 to 2015 she was a Trustee for Relate, Cheshire and Merseyside.

David Davies

Executive Director of PACTS

David Davies has been the Executive Director of PACTS since January 2013. He has a background in transport and public sector scrutiny.

This includes work as a transport policy officer at Birmingham City Council, as a transport consultant with Allott & Lomax and, briefly, with Arup in Hong Kong, and then as an independent consultant which included five years at the Transport Research Lab.

More recently, David worked for the Audit Commission as an environmental services specialist before becoming a committee specialist for the House of Commons. He helped the Transport Select Committee with its inquiries into road safety, aviation strategy, high-speed rail and bus competition.

ian-edwards-new-mainIan Edwards MSc., Dip ASM, DVSA ADI

Ian Edwards is a director of eDriving Solutions and one of the UK’s leading practitioners in developing coaching skills for driving instructors. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Social Research and Evaluation and a Diploma in Traffic Accident and Safety Management.

In the past two years Ian has worked with the Road Safety GB Academy to develop and deliver the Road Safety Practitioner Foundation Course and a Client Centred Learning Course for ADIs.


Alan Kennedy

Business & Operations Manager, Road Safety GB

Alan Kennedy, who has been working in road safety for more than 25 years, became Road Safety GB’s first full time business manager in April 2014.

He began his career as a part time motorcycle instructor before working his way up through the local authority road safety officer ranks to became senior road safety officer in South Tyneside. He then moved to Durham in 2000 to manage the council’s road safety section which delivers a varied programme of road safety initiatives.

Alan has always been very much involved in road safety at a regional and national level. He chaired Road Safety GB North East Region from 2001 until 2007 and served as national chairman from April 2009 until November 2013 before taking up his current post of Buisness & Operations Manager.


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