Alexa Kersting-Woods & Alan Faulkner

YDA speakers

Alexa Kersteng-Woods is Kent Fire and Rescue Service’s Lead for Road Safety. Her role includes sitting on the local casualty reduction board and providing support to the Chief Fire Officer Association’s (CFOA) road safety practitioners.

When Alexa joined the fire service 10 years ago the first road traffic collision she attended was a crash where tragically three people died. Since then she has held a passion for road safety and for working with other road safety partners to help prevent road deaths .

Alexa’s career began in primary education and since then she has held various roles including developing a community project on a deprived housing estate, head of fundraising for a children’s hospice, a Board member of both Medway Housing Society and Kent Probation Service, and  programme manager for Sure Start Canterbury .

Alan Faulkner has been an operational fire fighter since 1991. He has only ever known a career in the fire service, from the age of 16 years when he joined as a junior fire fighter.

In his current post as the service’s Road Safety Team Leader he manages a team of fire fighters delivering messages to the public on all matters regarding road safety in Kent and Medway.

His career path has been influenced by the desire to help road users, and young road users in particular, who learn from his personal experiences through talks about the numerous collisions he has attended over the years. His commitment has helped him influence many young people to understand the dangers our roads present.

Alan and Alexa will present a project they have been working on for the past three years – a new Kent-based road safety centre called the Road Safety Experience. They will share their experience of working with young people from the project’s inceptions to its planned opening at about the time of Young Driver Focus 2016, and talk about how they hope the project will evolve in the future.