The Canterbury Road Trauma Awards Committee is represented by well-respected members of the community practising in either community service, medical science, risk management, engineering, road safety and representatives from relevant central government agencies.

The Committee is the Panel that reviews Award nominations and nominates the deserving Award recipients.


University of Canterbury

Emeritus Professor Alan Nicholson holds BE(Hons), ME and PhD degrees (all in Civil Engineering) from the University of Canterbury, and a MSc degree (in Transportation and Traffic Planning) from the University of Birmingham (UK). From 2002 to 2016 he was the inaugural Director of the Transportation Engineering programme at the University of Canterbury, and from 2005 to 2009 he was the Head of the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering.

Emeritus Professor Alan Nicholson is the author or co-author of over 150 peer reviewed book chapters, international journal and conference papers, and technical reports, with over 45 being on various aspects of road safety. He has taught courses on road safety at the University of Canterbury since 1988, at the University of Leeds (UK) in 1987, and at the University of Newcastle (UK) in 2001. He has served for eight years on the Editorial Board of the international journal “Accident Analysis and Prevention”. He has been an advisor on traffic safety research to research-funding organisations in NZ, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Israel and Qatar.


University of Otago and Canterbury District Health Board

Mike is a Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Otago, Christchurch, Specialist in Emergency Medicine and Clinical Lead for the Canterbury Initiative and Hospital HealthPathways at the Canterbury District Health Board, Christchurch, New Zealand.

He has been practising medicine since 1984 and as an Emergency Medicine specialist since late 1993. He has, at times, worked for the Medical Council of New Zealand and the New Zealand Ministry of Health. He has a PhD in bioethics and, in addition to ongoing undergraduate teaching, he has taught in a number of post-graduate medical courses, including the Early Management of Severe Trauma course.


Road Traffic Accident Trauma Charitable Trust t/a National Road Trauma Centre

Sarah Dean is the Founder of the Road Traffic Accident Trauma Charitable Trust trading as the National Road Trauma Centre. In 2016 Sarah founded the concept of the Road Accident Remembrance Day and in 2017 the Canterbury Road Trauma Awards.

Sarah has a varied background in the commercial, local and central government sectors in New Zealand and Australia. She also has a background and qualifications in veterinary pharmaceutical manufacturing. She also part owned two highly specialised physiotherapy clinics in Sydney, Australia specialising in chronic pain but also working with elite athletes including Olympians.

Sarah is very passionate about making an influential difference to the lives of those deeply affected in our community by road trauma and has been an influential contributor to the industry. As a direct result she has gained industry recognition in both government and not for profit sectors.


New Zealand Transport Agency

Jenny Dickinson is the Lead Advisor, Strategic Interventions for the New Zealand Transport Agency in the South Island.  She has a long involvement in the transport sector, working for the Ministry of Transport and two Ministers of Transport in Wellington before joining the Transport Agency about three years ago.  She joined the Transport Agency from the Ministry of Education where she worked in the Education Renewal Team; the team involved in the closure and merger of a number of Christchurch schools and the introduction of modern learning practises to Christchurch.

Jenny has been involved in a number of cross agency transport projects.  She is the project manager for the Transport Agency’s Visiting Drivers Project.  One of four projects within the Signature Programme, a key deliverable under the second Safer Journeys Action Plan.  The Visiting Drivers Project aims to improve the safety of both domestic and international visitors travelling in Otago, Southland and the West Coast.

Jenny also assisted the Director of the Safety and Environment Group within the Transport Agency to lead the conceptual thinking and establishment of this new group with a deliberate focus and accountabilities for safety and environmental outcomes.


University of Otago

Prof. Gary Hooper is the Head of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine at the University of Otago, (Christchurch). He graduated MBChB (Otago) 1978 and became a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 1985. In 1990 he was an ABC Travelling fellow.

His clinical practice is largely confined to adult elective surgery with the majority being joint replacement surgery. He leads a research group that focuses on outcomes following joint replacement with several RCTs currently in progress. Other research interests include bioengineering with the manufacture of articular cartilage scaffolds, the effect of joint replacement on bone density, and the investigation of disposable orthopaedic implants.

His department is responsible for managing the New Zealand Joint Registry which has produced several published articles on the outcome of joint replacement surgery within New Zealand and is the first registry to generate long term patient reported outcome measures.

The recent earthquakes that have disrupted life in Christchurch have stalled several laboratory based activities but have opened up other areas of activity and current projects investigating the socioeconomic effect of disaster based injuries are being undertaken.

His teaching activities include undergraduate (5th and 6th year medical students), advanced orthopaedic training and postgraduate (Musculoskeletal Diploma and PhD supervision) teaching. He is the immediate past president of the New Zealand Orthopaedic Association, past chairman of the national training committee, past president of the knee society, current director of the Research Foundation and examiner for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Currently he is a reviewer for The Bone & Joint Journal, the New Zealand Medical Journal and the World Journal of Science and is the first author of a knee paper in the March issue.


Christchurch City Council and Canterbury District Health Board

Aaron Keown is a Christchurch City Councilor and a board member of the Canterbury District Health Board.

Aaron was MC of the 2016,  2017 and 2018 Road Accident Remembrance Day.

Aaron lost two people very close to him in tragic accidents, being his mother and cousin. Aaron is very passionate about making our roading and infrastructure safe and sustainable for all road users.



Mike is the Principal Road Safety Engineer at Stantec. With a Master’s degree in Transportation and a formidable 25+ year career as a Senior Road Safety Engineer, Mike offers specialist technical advice nationally to Local Governments, Councils, and Road Controlling Authorities.  He also undertakes expert technical advice overseas to Authorities and Governments in Brunei, Western Australia, Chile, Tonga and Fiji.   His role in the Christchurch transportation team requires him to provide national technical support in road safety systems including Road Safety Auditing, Active Transport design, Safe Systems, and vulnerable road user advice.

Mike is passionate about reducing the nature and severity of injury on New Zealand roads.  He has a strong belief that our road and transportation network should be inclusive for all users, be they in cars, trucks, bus’s, walking or cycling.  Our designs should strive to reduce harm to all users, and have a holistic approach to develop a safe system.  Mike has led the development of new national systems that considers all users in assessing fitness for use and safety of facilities.

Mike, through his involvement in Road Safety, and through skills and responses developed through Surf Lifesaving, has been at the front end of responding to trauma on our roads, be it crash investigations and reporting, or actual attendance at scene through his frequent travels on our road network.  He has seen the chain of survival first hand, and strongly feels that an end-to-end framework is required that addresses first response through to post event rehabilitation and care.

New Zealand Police

Inspector Al Stewart  has been in the New Zealand Police for the past thirty years. Currently the Regional Manager for the Police Prosecution Service (South Island), he qualified as Barrister in 2000. He has held various operational roles, and was the Canterbury District Road Policing Manager for ten years, responsible for all local road safety operations.

In 2006 he deployed to Timor Leste and established and ran the largest Police Area, being awarded the New Zealand Bravery Medal for negotiating the release of seven hostages held in a hostile internally displaced persons camp while in this role.

Al currently consults for the World Bank and Global Road Safety Partnership (IFRC) in a number of low and middle income countries, working with local teams to improve road safety for their communities. He is passionate about road safety, capacity building other Police Services and supporting members of other agencies and our community who actively work to reduce road trauma.’


Steve is a Fellow Chartered Accountant, and has recently retired from a 36 year career with the global accounting and consulting services firm of Deloitte. At Deloitte Steve had a range of roles including Head of Risk Advisory Services for the South Island, Office Managing Partner for Christchurch, and Head of the IT Consulting Services practice for the South Island.

Steve has also committed to the community by accepting governance roles including serving three years as Deputy Chair of the Canterbury District Health Board, and is currently on the Board of the Court Theatre, the Youth Hostels Association of NZ, the Church Property Trustees, the East Lake Trust, and the NZ Health Innovation Hub. He has also recently been appointed to the Governing Council of the University of Canterbury.