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.



Frances SeniorFrances Senior

Frances has 24 years 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 whilst 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 cyber security 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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