Agenda, themes and speakers (complete – subject to final confirmation)

For those wishing to make travel arrangements, registration will commence at 8.45am, with the conference itself commencing at 9.30am. The day will conclude no later than 4.15pm. The delegate fee includes all refreshments on the day, including an excellent lunch.

The Royal Automobile Club in Pall Mall has a strict dress code which delegates will be expected to adhere to (jackets and ties for men, please). Click here to see the full RAC dress code.

For more information about the agenda please contact Nick Rawlings by email or on 01379 650112.

08.45 (from) Delegate registration

09.30 – 09.45  Welcome & opening remarks etc

Steve Gooding

Director, RAC Foundation
(chair of morning session)

Liz Box

Head of Research, RAC Foundation

Ian Edwards

New View Consultants

09.45 – 10.05 Opening address

Dame Joan Bakewell CBE

Journalist, television presenter and Labour Party Peer




10.05 – 10.30 Opening keynote

Dr Charles Musselwhite

Associate Professor in Gerontology, Centre for Innovative Ageing, Swansea University

Keynote address



10.30 – 11.10 Medical issues

Dr Lily Read

Community Mental Health Team for Older People, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Presentation: Driving in later life: sustained independence, disease recovery and safety – where is the balance?

Dilwyn Marple-Horvat

Professor of Motor Neuroscience, Manchester Metropolitan University

Presentation: Driving with diabetic peripheral neuropathy; particular problems and possible solutions

11.10 – 11.40  Refreshments

11.40 – 12.00  Fitness to drive assessments

Edward Trewhella

CEO, Driving Mobility

Presentation: Medical fitness to drive assessments as a means of establishing and addressing the needs of older drivers

12.00 – 13.00  Design for older road user

Dr Julie Gandolfi

Driving Research Ltd

Presentation: Maximising compatibility between the older driver and the traffic environment



Stephen Joseph OBE

Executive Director, Campaign for Better Transport

Presentation: Better mobility for older people (working title)



Dr Chris McGinley

Research Fellow, Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design

Presentation: Design inspired by an ageing world



13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

Afternoon session chaired by:

Liz Brooker MBE

Vice chair, Road Safety GB

14.00 – 14.30 Vehicles & technology

Stuart Millward

CEO Satsafe

Presentation: A new driver monitoring system: an older driver research project



Julia Chen

Senior Policy Adviser
Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

Presentation: A Grand Challenge: The Future of Mobility in an Ageing Society

14.30 – 15.00 Question Time (panel discussion)

John Plowman

Chair of the Older Drivers Task Force




Dr Kit Mitchell

Consultant to the Road Safety Foundation




Dr Carol Hawley

Associate Fellow
Warwick Medical School




Graham Mylward

Senior Road Safety Officer
Hampshire County Council



15.00 – 16.15   Older drivers – interventions

Sergeant Rob Heard

The Older Drivers Forum

Presentation: Driving Safely for Longer



June Howlett

Road Safety Officer, Transport for Bucks, Buckinghamshire County Council

Presentation: Buckinghamshire’s Mature Driver Assessments



Jean Hunt

Principal Highway Safety Officer, Sefton Council

Presentation: ‘Drive Safely for Longer’



Ian Edwards

New View Consultants

Presentation: Assessment or Education – what’s the difference?


Dr Fiona Fylan

Brainbox Research

Presentation: Can the ‘Driving Safer for Longer’ older driver intervention change behaviour?

16.15 Event concludes