Brake’s trustees

deborahjohnsonDeborah Johnson: Chair of the Board

Deborah Johnson is a senior personal injury solicitor at Slater and Gordon in Birmingham and Manchester. She represents people who have suffered life-changing injuries or who are bereaved, and is the head of the practice for road traffic accidents. Deborah became a trustee of Brake in 2008 before subsequently agreeing to take on the additional responsibility of Chair. Her key focuses are appropriate signposting and support for families and individuals, empowering them to cope during the worst time of their lives and helping them to move forward, and she is active in educating lawyers, police family liaison officers, charitable organisations and healthcare professionals – encouraging them to work together to achieve the very best possible outcomes.

Dr Tim CoatsTim Coats 190x190

Dr Tim Coats is Professor of Emergency Medicine in Leicester and chairs the Trauma Audit and Research Network (TARN). His research is focused on better organisation of NHS services for severely injured patients and better ways of stopping bleeding after injury.


riichardcuerdenRichard Cuerden

Richard Cuerden is the Chief Scientist and Research Director at the UK’s Transport Research Laboratory (TRL). He has worked in the field of applied road and vehicle safety research for more than 20 years and leads a diverse portfolio of research and consultancy projects.


krisgledhillKris Gledhill

Kris Gledhill practised law in the USA and then England and Wales before becoming an academic lawyer in New Zealand, where he is now based at AUT Law School in Auckland.



stevemcintoshSteven McIntosh

Steven McIntosh is a Professor of Economics at the University of Sheffield. He teaches and researchers in the area of education and its effects on individuals' outcomes in the labour market.