DIA National Conference 2018 | Join the E-volution

How technology is revolutionising driving and driver training

Mercure Dartford Brands Hatch Hotel & Spa | 23 November 2018 | 9:00am – 4:00pm


We’ll be joined by experts from government and the automotive industry, to share their views, innovations and insights on how technology is ‘E-volutionising’ driving and driver training.

Confirmed guests and speakers

Gareth Llewellyn, CEO, Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)

Gareth joined DVSA in March 2016 as CEO, with the challenge of leading a newly combined agency into the next phase of its development, and continues to do so. Prior to this he has held global executive roles with large organisations including National Grid and Anglo American. More recently he was Executive Director at Network Rail where he was responsible for sustainable development and instrumental in changing the culture of the organisation.

Mark Winn, Chief Driving Examiner, Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)

Mark is responsible for motorcycle rider and vocational driver strategy, policies, services and products at the DVSA. Mark is also the registrar for motorcycle approved training bodies and delegated driving examiners.

Jon Clough, Programme Manager for Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Trials, Highways England

Jon leads a team of engineers and project manager’s to deliver a series of Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) trials, in collaboration with a variety of public and private sector partners. One of these trials includes the A2/M2 Connected Corridor. Jon strives to ensure the needs of the road operator and travelling public are met when deployment of CAV technology arrives, bringing a safety, customer service and transport network impact focus. With a background in engineering and transport industry, Jon has previously worked at organisations such as Transport for London and Transport Systems Catapult.

Dr Neale Kinnear, Principal Psychologist, Transport Research Laboratory (TRL)

Dr Neale Kinnear is a principal psychologist interested in the study of human behaviour and transport at the UK’s Transport Research Laboratory. He has led and contributed to numerous studies evaluating driver training and education, driver testing and licensing, and studies to understand the needs of novice drivers. He is currently involved in a large-scale evaluation of interventions to improve the safety of novice drivers in Great Britain. Neale is also a member of the US Transportation Research Board’s Young Driver Subcommittee and sits on the Advisory Council of the Road Safety Education Group, Australia and New Zealand.

James Evans, Founder and Managing Director, FirstCar

Having launched FirstCar as a teenage project in his sixth-form common room, James has guided it into the award-winning publishing company we know today. James’ passion for innovation and creativity in road safety has recently seen him working with road safety teams after identifying technology that could revolutionise the way road safety professionals communicate with their audiences.

Richard Aucock, Managing Director, Motoring Research

Richard has been a motoring journalist for over 20 years and is currently Managing Director at Motoring Research, a multi-format editorial agency, with clients such as Microsoft, Top Gear, Haymarket and the RAC. A member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, the world’s largest organisation for professionals working in motoring editorial, for over 20 years, Richard joined the Guild Committee in 2006 and currently severs as Chairman. He also sits on the UK juror panel for the World Car Awards, the largest automotive awards initiative in the world.

Dr Nick Jenkins, Interim Senior DVLA doctor, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)

Acting on behalf of DVLA, Dr Nick Jenkins works closely with the Secretary of State’s Honorary Medical Advisory Panels, Research Groups and with UK and European policy colleagues, to apply the medical standards for driver licensing in Great Britain. Providing coaching and support to doctors, nurses and staff in relation to the application of the medical standards for fitness to drive.

John Rogers, Founder and CEO, Association of Disability Driving Instructors

John has worked as an ADI for over 25 years and has specialised in working with a diverse range of physical and cognitive needs, both as a trainer and driving assessor. He also has an extensive background as a provider of training courses to ADIs, healthcare professionals and assessors.

Adrian Coucher, Head of Training and Development, Ellisons School of Motoring

Adrian has been an ADI for 17 years, teaching learners for 10 of those years. For the past 7 years, he has been mainly training within the fleet market, but still teaching learners. Recently, taken on as Head of Training and Development at Ellisons School of Motoring in Taunton, he is pushing the standard of the ADI’s by regular training of the ADI’s and getting them all through the Diamond Advanced driving test.

Mark Jaffe, Chief Motorcycling Examiner, Diamond

Mark Jaffe is Diamond’s Chief Examiner for Motorcycles. Mark oversees the network of Diamond motorcycle trainers from a quality assurance perspective, plus conducts Diamond motorcycle tests himself. Mark owns Phoenix Motorcycle Training Ltd, which has 7 schools in London and the South East. His schools are MCIAC Accredited to Gold Standard as well as being the only rider training company accredited to Investors in People. He is also is an advisor to the DfT and other industry bodies and works closely with the behavioural change team at Transport for London.

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