Patrons and Advisers

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.

The Right Reverend Richard Atkinson OBE – Bishop of Bedford

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.

Darryl Keen, Hertfordshire County Council Director of Community Protection and Chief Fire Officer

Darryl Keen is the Hertfordshire County Council Director of Community Protection and Chief Fire Officer and has been an operational fire officer for 28 years. He started his career as a firefighter in 1991 with Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service rising to the rank of Station Officer. In 2003 he transferred to Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service and was subsequently promoted to Area Manager. In 2011 Darryl moved to Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, an area in which he has lived for over 20 years and was promoted to Chief Fire Officer in 2017. During his career he has attended numerous emergency calls including the major fires at Windsor Castle in 1992 and Buncefield in 2005. Darryl is now the National Fire Chiefs Council Strategic Lead for Operational Communications and is particularly involved in developing emergency control room systems and the UK’s 999 infrastructure to provide the most effective and efficient service possible for the public. Unsurprisingly as a firefighter Darryl has attended many road traffic collisions and seen the trauma that so often results and so is very pleased to be able to support the Road Victims Trust, a charity that provides outstanding support for those affected by these tragic events.

Chief Constable Alec Wood – Cambridgeshire Constabulary (Retired)

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.

The Right Reverend Stephen Conway – Bishop of Ely

The Right Reverend Stephen Conway was confirmed as the 69th Bishop of Ely on 6th December, 2010. He was installed in Ely Cathedral on Saturday, 5th March, 2011. Bishop Stephen was ordained deacon in 1986 and priest the following year in Durham Cathedral. He spent the next twenty years of ministry in the Diocese of Durham – an urban priority area, town centre and suburban settings.  He first became acquainted with East Anglia when he trained for the priesthood at Westcott House, Cambridge, and read Theology through Selwyn College. He did a placement on an acute admissions ward at Fulbourn Hospital – an experience that inspired his passionate interest in mental health.  While serving in the North East, he was appointed as Diocesan Director of Ordinands and later as the Bishop of Durham’s Senior Chaplain and Diocesan Communications Officer. In 2002 he became Archdeacon of Durham and Canon Treasurer of the Cathedral. He served in the Diocese of Salisbury as Bishop of Ramsbury, following his consecration on the feast of St Alban, June 22 nd, 2006. Not having ministered in a largely rural setting before, Bishop Stephen immersed himself in the needs of rural communities and the rural economy.  Since he was a curate, Bishop Stephen has been mentor and friend to clergy and lay people helping them to deepen their personal spirituality and strongly believes that prayer and worship are at the heart of everything. Read the full bio…..

Chief Constable Nick Dean – Cambridgeshire Constabulary

Nick joined Norfolk Constabulary in September 1992. Starting his career in King’s Lynn he spent time in Criminal Investigation Department, as well as uniform roles on patrol and within custody.
Promotion to sergeant saw him complete postings within the Control Room and Corporate Support before moving back to the west of the county taking up a Local Inspector’s role at Downham Market. This was at a time when rural policing was at its height in the advent of the Tony Martin Case which at the time had huge national media interest. Nick worked closely with Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire police forces in the pioneering Fens Project which looked at cross border policing.
A Detective Inspector’s role in Norwich City took Nick back to Central Area Basic Command Unit where he progressed to Chief inspector with responsibility for four uniform policing sectors, Roads Policing, Special constabulary and Custody. Nick led the integration of Livescan within the Custody Blocks at Norwich, the first in the county.
In 2004 Nick was promoted to Superintendent having responsibility for Operations within the Western Basic Command Unit. In 2008 he was moved back to Norwich to oversee the Norwich District and in 2010 he was the Head of CID as a Detective Superintendent.
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Robert Voss – Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire

Robert Voss graduated in International Management from Manchester University and The Business School and spent 40 years in the International Metal Industry and was President of The European Federation in Brussels for over 16 years.
He has a special interest in young people and young entrepreneurs through his involvement with Hertfordshire Young Enterprise Programme, as a venture capitalist investing in a number of young companies and as a trustee of a Young Persons charity. He also established a Young Entrepreneurs Challenge some years ago and is doing so again in conjunction with the Hertfordshire County Show in 2019. Robert has been a judge of The National Business Awards since 2006.
He is a governor of The University of Hertfordshire and involved in Holocaust education and is Paton and President of a number of local and national charities and organisations.
He was awarded a CBE in 2014 for “Services to British Industry and voluntary work in the UK”. Robert lives in Loudwater with his wife Celia. They have 3 adult children and two grandchildren all of whom live in Hertfordshire. His hobbies include most sports-especially Golf, Cricket, Cycling, Rugby and Soccer as well as Travel, Music and Family.
Robert was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire by Her Majesty The Queen in August 2017.

Helen Nellis – Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire

Helen Nellis was appointed by HM The Queen as the Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire and began her term of office on 22 February 2012.
Helen’s career has spanned the law, higher education, health and the commercial sector. A qualified Barrister and academic by background, she has worked as a global senior executive search professional and has a consultancy business as an executive coach specialising in the improvement of personal and board-level leadership performance in complex organisations.
She has been Chairman of several large organisations including Bedfordshire Health Authority, Luton Health Action Zone and Bedford Hospitals NHS Acute Trust as well as a member of university governing bodies and councils in higher education including Vice-Chairman of the Universities of Luton and Bedfordshire and a Governor at two state sector schools in the County.
Helen is married to Professor Joe Nellis of Cranfield University with three children and enjoys walking, talking, tennis, golf and music. Together with her family, Helen has been involved in supporting development in a village in Ghana for many years. She is a Trustee, President and Patron of several charities.