Trustees

Brigitte Chaudhry MBE
RoadPeace Founder and President


When Brigitte’s only son, Mansoor aged 26, was horrifically killed in October 1990 by a van driver who had ploughed into him whilst driving through a junction with lights already red for a long time, she was shocked at the shabby treatment of his innocent death. Brigitte quickly learnt that the response to a road death, however blameless the victim and reckless the offender, was worlds apart from the response to a violent death caused by someone in other circumstances. She protested through legal actions in the High Court – eventually three judicial reviews over five years. She found other people who were bereaved through letters in newspapers and approaches to Compassionate Friends, and she documented their experiences.

These experiences made it clear that a grave injustice was being perpetrated and suffered. Together with some of the people she met, Brigitte decided that to challenge the casual attitude to road casualties and offer support to the victims, a dedicated organisation needed to be set up, since none existed and no-one spoke up for road victims. RoadPeace's first meeting was held around Brigitte's dining table in 1991 and the organisation began in 1992 with the first ever helpline for road crash victims, which she manned at the same time as developing the organisation.

As National Secretary, Brigitte has been involved with the day-to-day work of RoadPeace for 16 years, stepping down at the 7th conference in April 2008, which celebrated RoadPeace’s 15 years of pioneering work since its public launch in 1993. Brigitte’s engagement with RoadPeace continues in her role as president, but she is also working at international level for road crash victims: since 2004, she has been President of FEVR (European Federation of Road Traffic Victims) and in collaboration with the World Health Organisation she continues to develop and promote the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.

For more of Brigitte's experiences read about how RoadPeace was founded in Hidden Victims and her speech at RoadPeace's 15th anniversary conference.
Hidden Victims - how RoadPeace began Past and future challenges - Brigitte Chaudhry speech to the RoadPeace 15th Anniversary Conference
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Cynthia Barlow OBE
Chair


Cynthia's only child and daughter, Alex Jane McVitty, was tragically killed on 7 June 2000, aged 26. She was cycling in the City of London when the driver of a concrete mixer lorry turned left across her path.

Cynthia's experience of the investigation, inquest and the court procedings were painfully disappointing and isolating. She was compelled to carry out her own analysis of what had happened and drew her own conclusions of the responsibilities that needed to be taken by the driver and by his employer. She bought shares in the company and attended their Annual General Meeting, speaking out about what had happened to her daughter and offering suggestions for what the company should be doing to prevent further injuries or loss of life.

Cynthia's determination and courage was met by the company agreeing to work with her to improve their vehicle and driving practices. Since then, Cynthia has been involved in many areas of road danger reduction, but is especially engaged in the dangers of HGVs to cyclists and other vulnerable road users and the responsibilities of freight operating companies. You can read more about Cynthia's experiences in this testimony to her daughter - Alex Jane McVitty testimony
In 2011 Cynthia was shortlisted as an SMK Campaigner Award Finalist.

In 2014 Cynthia was awarded an OBE for services to road safety
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Pauline Fielding


As well as being a Trustee, Pauline also co-ordinates the RoadPeace North West local group.

Read Pauline's moving story of how she came to be involved with RoadPeace: They Never Found My Sons Killer at msn.com

Vomic Nur Shah
Treasurer


Vomic is a seasoned corporate finance professional with a career spanning over 15 years in investment banking. Over this time period he has provided strategic and financial advice to boards and senior management in a number of sectors globally. Impressed by RoadPeace’s fundamental vision and objectives to provide emotional and practical support to road crash victims, and after over 15 years in the corporate world, he is now keen to contribute to charitable initiatives from a governance standpoint. His commercial and financial experience is directly beneficial to RoadPeace in the delivery of its charitable plans. As a RoadPeace Trustee Vomic will provide advisory services relating to financial planning and strategy, review of accounts, and cost effectiveness of operations.

Peter Wrench


Peter has experience of managing different sorts of organisations and of working with the justice system from a career in the civil service and a range of subsequent part-time roles. He became aware of RoadPeace when his daughter was seriously injured as a pedestrian by a speeding car in 2000. Fortunately, she survived – and went on to run the London Marathon on behalf of the charity in 2014.

Laura Middleton-Guerard


Laura represents the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers on the RoadPeace Board of Trustees. Laura is a solicitor in the Serious Injuries Team at Irwin Mitchell's London office. Through her work, she acts for victims of preventable crashes who have sustained life changing injuries, such as head injuries, spinal injuries and severe orthopaedic trauma. The majority of these injuries are caused by road traffic crashes, where the defendant driver was drinking, on drugs, distracted, speeding, not heeding to the presence of cyclists on the roads. This is the context in which she came into contact with RoadPeace. She is also a Board Member for Headway North West London, who support brain injury survivors in the Harrow/Brent area.

Caroline Lloyd


Caroline originally trained in supporting terminally ill cancer patients and their families in Texas in 1988. Since then she has volunteered in various pre-bereavement and bereavement roles for organisations in the UK including Cancer Research UK and Macmillan.

For the past eleven years Caroline’s focus has been on researching and supporting those affected by anticipatory grief and the bereaved. As a result, she has been volunteering for Cruse in bereavement support, support group facilitation, as a committee member and helpline volunteer.

Caroline has also undertaken specialised training to work with children and young people and traumatic grief. She is currently a Board Trustee and Lead Facilitator for the Resilience Building Programme with RoadPeace.

Caroline’s current focus is on completing a PhD in bereavement, delivering training on grief to professionals and running workshops. She was commissioned to write an accessible book on grief for Jessica Kingsley Publishers, which will be published in 2017.
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Emily Radford


Emily is a HR professional working at the Department for Works and Pensions, providing strategic advice and support on people matters to the senior leadership team in Essex. She has spent the majority of her career as a Carer for adults with learning disabilities, and a Social Worker working with homeless teenagers and older adults (not at the same time).

Emily is proud to now be a part of RoadPeace, which she first became aware of when her childhood friend John died in a road traffic crash in 1998, and she saw the support on offer to his family. She hopes that her passion for Social Justice, as well as experience providing strategic HR advice, will support RoadPeace to grow, and provide support to the staff, members of volunteers of the charity.
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