The Road Victims Trust is able to call upon the services of a number of distinguished individuals for specialist advice and support. Each of the Patrons and Advisors brings in-depth knowledge of their area of expertise to inform and shape the service we offer as it develops and evolves, to ensure that it continues to provide the best possible support.
Viscount Simon (Jan David Simon)
The son of the second Viscount Simon, he was educated at Westminster School and the School of Navigation, Southampton University. He was further educated at Sydney Technical College. In 1993 he succeeded to his Father’s title and is one of the ninety hereditary peers elected to remain in the House of Lords. Viscount Simon is a Hertfordshire resident and is Vice Chairman of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety; a Trustee of the Guild of Experienced Motorists a Road Safety Charity; a Trustee of Safety House; President of the Driving Instructors’ Association since 2000: and President of GEM Motoring Assist since 2004. He has supported the Road Victims Trust since its formation in Hertfordshire in 2010.
Dr Tim Dalgleish MA, PhD, MSc, CPsychol, AMBPsS
Dr Dalgleish is a chartered clinical psychologist whose area of expertise is in psychological and psychiatric aspects of personal injury including depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, phobias, and stress. His research also interests include: experimental investigation of cognition-emotion relationships; translating basic science research into depression and post-traumatic stress into clinical intervention and assessment; and functional, theoretical modelling of emotions. He is currently a member of the Emotion Research Group and Co-supervisor of the Cognition, Emotion and Mental Health Programme for the Medical Research Council Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit based at Cambridge University.
Lady Sue Acland
Born in London and raised in Essex Lady Acland has had a varied working life spending time in law, local government and the police before going back to college in her late-thirties to secure two degrees and a teaching qualification. She has spent the last 20 years teaching for the Open University. In addition she is a volunteer adviser at the Citizens Advice Bureau. In 2009 following the death of her husband in a collision Sue became a client of the RVT and since then has worked tirelessly to see the Trust’s services be made available to the residents of Cambridgeshire. In recognition of the fact that this will happen in April 2013 her efforts were rewarded by her appointment as a Patron in February 2013.
Rt Revd Richard Atkinson
Richard was consecrated Bishop of Bedford in 2012 within the Diocese of St Albans. His experience of ministry has included a tough housing estate in Sheffield, town centre Rotherham and multi-cultural Leicester. With a passion for the Church’s mission in the world he has held leadership positions in social housing, New Deal for Employment, New Deal for Communities and was a member of the Carnegie Trust UK Commission on the Future of Civil Society. He has extensive experience of working with other faiths. He was honoured to lead the first Road Victims Trust Service of Remembrance in 2013.
Glen Ranger, Deputy Chief Fire Officer MBS DipBE MIFireEChief
Glen Ranger joined Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service as Deputy Chief Fire Officer in June 2010. His Fire and Rescue Service career began in Oxfordshire in 1989 where he served as a Firefighter, Leading Firefighter and Sub Officer. In 1996 he was promoted to Station Officer (Rider) with Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, where he served for five years, becoming a Community Commander in North Essex. In October 2001, Glen moved to Warwickshire serving in Operations, Community Safety and Support Services before being appointed as the County’s Assistant Chief Fire Officer. Thereafter Glen was promoted to Deputy Chief Fire Officer and Head of Emergency Planning for Warwickshire County Council. Glen holds a Master’s Degree in Business, a Diploma in Business Excellence and the Members Diploma of the Institution of Fire Engineers. He has completed the Prime Minister’s Top Management Programme at the National School of Government. In addition, he is a National Incident Command Assessor, progressing candidates through the Skills for Justice Strategic Incident Command qualification. He is also the Chief Fire Officers Association Eastern Region Lead for Home Safety. Glen was awarded the Fire Service’s Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in 2009 following twenty years of exemplary service. His experience spanning four Fire and Rescue Authorities is being utilised in his role as Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Head of Service Delivery for Bedfordshire and Vice Chair of the Bedfordshire Local Resilience Forum. Supporting the Road Victims Trust is something that Glen feels honoured to do. Having attended many Road Traffic Collisions as an operational Firefighter, he knows the value of professional support and counselling from people who care. As a proud Patron of the Trust Glen wants to develop what he feels is a natural and beneficial partnership.
Chief Constable Alec Wood – Cambridgeshire Constabulary
Alec Wood was appointed as Chief Constable for Cambridgeshire Constabulary in September 2015. He joined the force in 2013 as Deputy Chief Constable following the role of Temporary Deputy Chief Constable at Lincolnshire Police. Alec’s policing career began in 1986 in Lincolnshire serving in uniform and CID roles, including Head of Crime. He progressed through to Chief Superintendent and Divisional Commander and in 2009 was appointed the Temporary Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) responsible for Protective Services. On completion of the Strategic Command Course in 2010 he was appointed the ACC of Operational Policing in Derbyshire before returning to Lincolnshire as Temporary Deputy Chief Constable in 2012 and Acting Chief Constable in 2013. He has overseen a number of high profile investigations including the murder of schoolboy Luke Walmsley in Lincolnshire in 2003 and the murder of Jai Ashton in Derbyshire in 2011. While Assistant Chief Constable in Derbyshire, Alec lead the work to create a five force major crime unit, investigating murders and other serious crimes across the East Midlands. During his service he has received bravery commendations for disarming a man with a knife during an incident in Boston in 1988 and rescuing a woman from a fire in 1992. Alec is the national lead for Behavioural Science and has an MA in Criminology. Alec understands the importance of the Road Victims Trust having experienced firsthand the trauma that losing a close relative in an RTC brings. He explains that even his policing experience did not prepare him for dealing with this event. At the time Alec and his family did not have access to a charitable support organisation, Alec feels had this support been available it would have been a great help in learning how to deal with such tragedy.
Senior Coroner Tom Osborne – Bedfordshire
Mr Tom Osborne is the Senior Coroner for Bedfordshire and Luton as well as Milton Keynes. Before being appointed Coroner he was a Solicitor in private practice for over 30 years specialising in medical negligence claims and head injuries. He is a past Chairman of Headway the National Head Injuries Association. As Coroner he is anxious to ensure that the Inquest process is not traumatic for victims and families and that he is able to deliver justice for the bereaved. His ultimate goal is to reduce the number of avoidable deaths throughout the County. In his spare time he enjoys his family his garden and his book collection.