Brake’s trustees

deborahjohnsonDeborah Johnson: Chair of the Board

Deborah Johnson is a legal consultant working with the claimant division of national law firm Hugh James. Before that, she worked for many years as a personal injury solicitor in the area of road collisions, representing bereaved families and people with life-changing injuries. 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 Director of the UK’s TRL Academy. 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.


Kris 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.



Steven McIntosh


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



Frances Senior

Frances Senior

Frances has 24 years of experience working for the Police service, and is the National Police Chiefs' Council Capability Manager for Forensic Collision Investigation. Using her forensic background and strategic knowledge of collision investigation she currently leads a national project to raise standards and achieve ISO accreditation for the profession, while being committed to improving the services provided to victims and families of fatal and serious road traffic collisions.


Jenny MillarJenny Millar

Jenny is an independent consultant specialising in digital growth and online engagement. She spent 10 years at eBay turning their data into commercial intelligence and strengthening their commercial strategy. She is a mentor for GCHQ's cybersecurity accelerator and runs the Digital Ventures course at Warwick Business School. Jenny is passionate about the role of technology and data advancements in improving road safety.

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