Established by Charter, the Council’s objective and purpose is to provide advice and research on road safety education to support the development and continuing improvement and efficacy of RSE programs in reducing youth road trauma.
The Council helps ensure that RSE Programs remain evidence-based and at the forefront of quality road safety education for young people. The members of the Council are eminent researchers from Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. The combined experience and expertise concerning youth road safety that they bring to our organisation is significant.
Dr Neale Kinnear is a Chartered Psychologist in the study of human behaviour and transport and Head of Transport Safety at TRL, the UK’s Transport Research Laboratory. Neale conducts projects for high profile clients providing technical expertise for evaluation, research, and evidence-based policy. Neale has extensive knowledge and experience of international scientific literature in relation to driver behaviour particularly that of young and novice drivers, graduated driver licensing, driver training and education, distraction, telematics and speeding. His knowledge and expertise has been published in peer-reviewed academic journals, international books and has been presented widely at national and international conferences. Neale sits on the Young Driver Subcommittee and the Standing Committee on Operator Education and Regulation at the Transportation Research Board (TRB), USA.
Dr Marilyn Johnson is a Senior Research Fellow in the Institute of Transport Studies at Monash University where she leads the Cycling and Walking Research Group. Her research focuses on cyclist safety including electric bikes, motorised mobility scooters and the elderly, driver training and, cyclist fatality crash factors. She is also the Research Manager at the Amy Gillett Foundation (AGF), where she ensures activities and programs are based on critically evaluated scientific evidence.
Marilyn was a significant contributor to action that has led to the amendment of minimum passing distance legislation in several Australian jurisdictions. She has over 10 years experience in road safety research and policy development and has provided expert advice on road safety policy in Australia
Mary Chamberlain is a director of Evaluation Associates and a consultant. As a thought leader in curriculum and assessment, Mary is one of New Zealand’s most highly respected educators. Mary spent 10 years as a group and senior manager in the Ministry of Education in Wellington. She led the development of the New Zealand Curriculum, the development of Curriculum Exemplars for years 1-10, and the design of the National Assessment Strategy.
She has recently been part of the OECD team who reviewed the education system in Indonesia. Mary has deep knowledge of the education system and a profound understanding of teaching, learning and assessment and effective education system design.
Professor Teresa Senserrick is a Professor at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Qld (CARRS-Q). Teresa was trained in developmental psychology and has over two decades of experience in health and safety research in Australia and internationally. Since focusing on road safety in 1999, she has become renowned for her expertise in education, training and graduated licensing systems, especially for young and new drivers. She has a particular interest in addressing issues for at-risk and disadvantaged road users, including in low socioeconomic and rural/remote communities.
Teresa has been called upon to provide policy advice to several jurisdictions in Australia and internationally. She is an executive member of the Australasian College of Road Safety and inaugural member of the Young Driver Subcommittee and invited member of the Vehicle User Education, Training and Licensing Committee of the Transportation Research Board (US National Academies).
Professor Barry Watson is a Professor in the Faculty of Health at the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Qld (CARRS-Q). He has over 35 years experience in road safety research and policy development. As a founding member of CARRS-Q, Barry has been involved in the development and delivery of courses in road safety and traffic psychology for undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Barry has lead research teams examining a range of road user behaviour issues including drink driving, speeding, driver licensing, driver education and traffic law enforcement.