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 will help 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.
Professor Barry Watson is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Health at the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Qld (CARRS-Q). He has over 25 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.
Dr Neale Kinnear is a principal psychologist in the study of human behaviour and transport at TRL, the UK’s Transport Research Laboratory. Neale has led or contributed to numerous studies evaluating driver training and education, advanced methods for driver instruction, and studies to understand the needs of novice drivers.
In 2013 Neale was the lead author of an international evidence review of best practice for novice driver safety for the UK Government. Neale’s work has been widely published and he has presented at various international conferences. Neale has also served as a collision investigator attending crash scenes and providing psychological input to crash reconstruction.
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.