Meet some Brake staff

mary williamsMary Williams, chief executive

“I founded and continue to lead Brake because it so closely reflects my values; people and the planet. I believe passionately in preventing harm to both. The only acceptable level of deaths, injuries and pollution on our roads is zero.”

Prior to joining Brake, which she founded in 1995, Mary was a business and campaigning journalist, including campaigning for transport safety.

Mary was awarded the OBE in 2000 for her charity work at Brake.


SLT KatieKatie Shephard, development director

“I’m proud to work for an organisation that delivers such a diverse range of work. From our projects with primary school children to our support services for families bereaved in road crashes, I believe that the work Brake does makes a lasting difference to lives across the country.”

Katie started with Brake in 2008 as fundraising manager and joined the executive team in 2010 as development director. She manages the corporate and community fundraising teams, the professional engagement team and the community engagement team. She also works cross team to achieve the charity’s wider financial targets and grow new income streams. Before starting at Brake, Katie worked as a project manager at an education company, delivering training for healthcare professionals across the UK on behalf of the NHS.

julie dudleyJulie Dudley, finance director

"I am proud to work for the global, respected, authoritative charity Brake is today, having been a part of it almost from the start"

Julie joined Brake in the autumn of 1995 as freelance bookkeeper, her first tasks being to purchase a cashbook and set up a PAYE scheme for the single employee. In the twenty plus years since then she has managed the growing financial, payroll and statutory requirements as they have arisen.

Caroline Perry, New Zealand director

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"Road crashes have devastating consequences and what drives me is working to ensure that bereaved and injured families in Australasia can access support services. Through engagement of companies, schools and communities in road safety, and public campaigns, we work to prevent deaths and injuries, and I'm proud to be working towards these goals every day."

Caroline joined Brake NZ in 2012 and has responsibility for the delivery of Brake's services in Australasia. Prior to that she has worked at Brake UK as Events & Marketing Manager, with particular focus on services for fleet and road safety professionals. Her background is in project and event management, marketing, and public relations, having more than a decade of experience in roles in the public and third sectors.

Helen Hargrave, director of victim services

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"I am extremely proud to work for Brake and be able to play a part in the delivery of vital support services to those who have been tragically bereaved or injured by road collisions. I believe the range and depth of support services we offer puts us at the forefront of victim care."

Helen joined Brake in 2017 as Director of Victim Services, after 8 years in senior fundraising positions across national and regional charities across the UK. She manages Brake's Helpline team, the Sudden team and police liaison team, working with her experienced teams to deliver effective, wide-reaching and sustainable services for victims of road crashes, and for professionals working with people bereaved or seriously injured in road crashes, or bereaved by any sudden death.
Helen has worked across a diverse range of causes, from cancer care to hospice services and social mobility organisations.

Ian Greenwood, director of service projects


“Any death or serious injury on our roads are unacceptable and since my daughter, Alice, was killed by boy and girl racers in a tragic road crash, I have worked to prevent anyone else having to go through what my family had to after the death of a loved-one. So, it is a privilege to work for Brake and support the road victims across the UK and to work towards a world where we have Vision Zero where no-one is killed on our roads.”

Ian joined Brake in January 2019 to cover for Helen Hargrave’s maternity leave. He has a successful career in the health and care sector as a nurse, senior manager and latterly in national director roles and importantly supporting Brake as a volunteer. He leads the National Road’s Victim Service as well as leading on service-based programmes of work and brings an understanding of being both a victim and a volunteer.

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Joshua Harris, director of campaigns

“I am extremely proud to work for an organisation that campaigns for public policy outcomes which save lives, improve the living environment, and provide support to those affected by road collisions. Through Brake’s work with government and the media, and through partnership with others, we can affect real and positive change.”

Joshua joined Brake in late 2017 as director of campaigns. Prior to that he worked for a leading UK trade association as Senior Policy Manager, with a portfolio of responsibility that included road safety and corporate responsibility.

SLT RossRoss Moorlock – business development director

“Working for Brake means a lot to me. I’m incredibly passionate about road safety and reducing road deaths and injuries across the world.”

Ross joined Brake in 2017 as Business Development Director. Prior to that Ross spent 10 years working in marketing and business development roles for a large international accountancy firm where he specialised in the not for profit sector. Ross leads Brake’s global fleet service enabling organisations across the globe to end casualties and pollution through fleet management. He is also responsible for developing the charity’s internal administration systems.