Keynote speakers

Mike Wilson
Chief Highways Engineer

Mike Wilson took on on the role as acting Chief Highways Engineer for the Highways Agency in September 2013.

Previously he led the development of Smart Motorways and has had several Regional Director roles responsible for the maintenance, improvement and long-term development of the strategic road network in the South West, East Midlands and East.

Mike has led for the Highways Agency on all aspects of operational policy including for maintenance, incident and emergency management and network occupancy.

Mike's earlier career was spent on maintenance and improvement of the network including periods managing the viaducts around Birmingham (the so-called Midland Links) and improvement schemes on the A14 and A12.

Carey Griffiths
National Manager of Road Policing, New Zealand

Carey GriffithsCarey Griffiths has a wide policing career spanning 28 years, working in all of the major facets of policing in New Zealand, including time spent running the Highway Patrol and as Road Policing Manager for the Southern Police District (2000 - 2006), as National Manager: Operations for Road Policing (2007 - 2008), Acting National Manager: Community Policing (2008 - 2011), and as National Operations Manager for the Police Prosecution Service (2011 - 2012). He has been the National Manager of Road Policing for New Zealand since October 2012.

Superintendent Griffiths has a particular interest in Road Safety, and has previously presented at international conferences on targeting to risk (Awarded 2004 Practitioner's Prize for paper on Risk Targeted Patrolling at the Road Safety Research, Policing and Education conference in Perth, Australia), has been published in the Australasian Policing Journal (2009), and was a keynote speaker at the Safer Roads conference in 2008.

Andrew Miller
Chief Technical Officer, Thatcham

Andrew MillerAndrew is an automotive engineer with over 28 years' experience in vehicle design and development. Andrew Miller directs Thatcham's Research and Repair Information Operations departments on behalf of the UK Motor Insurers to reduce claims costs in three main areas, material damage in repair, crash and safety performance for personal injury reduction and in vehicle anti-theft security. Andrew works closely with vehicle manufacturers, UK and European governmental, insurance industry and other trade bodies to ensure that Thatcham's long term research agenda is successful.

Andrew is a Non-Executive Board member and Company Secretary of the European consumer safety organisation EuroNCAP, which publicly rates new vehicles on behalf of the consumer. He is on the Steering Committee of the international Research Council for Automotive Repairs, and is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and of the Institute of Directors.

John D. Lee
Emerson Electric professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and director of the Cognitive Systems Laboratory

John Lee specialises in how people interact with technology and before moving to the University of Wisconsin he was a professor at the University of Iowa and director of human factors research at the National Advanced Driving Simulator. He was also a research scientist for six years at the Battelle Human Factors Transportation Center.

Dr. Lee's research seeks to better integrate people and technology in complex systems, such as cars, semi-autonomous systems, and telemedicine. He recently helped edit The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Engineering, the Handbook of Driving Simulation for Engineering, Medicine, and Psychology, and two books on distraction Driver Distraction: Theory, Effects, and Mitigation and Driver Distraction and Inattention.

He has served on the National Academy of Sciences committee on electronic vehicle controls and unintended acceleration, plus several other committees.

Fred Wegman
Full Professor Traffic Safety at Delft University of Technology

Full Professor Traffic Safety at Delft University of Technology in the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences and formerly Managing Director, SWOV Institute for Road Safety Research, The Netherlands.

Fred Wegman gained an MSc Civil Engineering, traffic engineering from Delft University of Technology in November 1972. He started his career in 1974 as a traffic engineer in the Municipality of Amsterdam and joined the SWOV Institute for Road Safety Research in 1977.

He was Managing Director from 1999 until his retirement last year, but has also been involved with many other organisations as well as being the author and co-author of numerous publications on road safety. He has also worked as an advisor on road safety programmes, projects and research throughout the world and last year chaired the FIA project on Global Road Safety.