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.

Left to Right: Sarah Dean, Councilor Aaron Keown, Jenny Dickinson, Prof. Gary Hooper, Dr Glen Koorey, Prof. Alan Nicholson and Steve Wakefield




Civil and Natural Resources Engineering, 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.


General Manager, Road Traffic Accident Trauma Charitable Trust

Sarah Dean is the Founder of the Road Traffic Accident Trauma Charitable Trust. Sarah Founded the concept of the Road Accident Remembrance Day and the Canterbury Road Trauma Awards.

Sarah has a background in local and central government 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.


Lead Advisor – Strategic Interventions, Safety and Environment, 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.


Head of the Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine Department, University of Otago (Christchurch)

Gary Hooper 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.


City Councilor, Christchurch City Council and Board Member, 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.


Principal, Senior Traffic Engineer and Transport Planner, ViaStrada

Glen holds a doctorate (PhD) in transportation engineering in addition to earlier civil engineering and science degrees. He rejoined consultancy with ViaStrada Ltd in 2016, after 12 years as a Senior Lecturer in Transportation in the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering at the University of Canterbury. There he taught in a range of subjects in transportation and traffic planning, traffic engineering and management, highway geometric design, road safety, and engineering design. Prior to joining Canterbury in 2004, he worked for 10 years as a transportation engineer and traffic researcher for Opus International Consultants.

Glen’s wide-ranging experience includes considerable research and consulting work on road safety modelling, pedestrian/cycle planning and design, speed management, crash analysis, safety auditing, and the design and operation of rural two-lane highways. He is the author of over 100 conference and journal papers, book chapters, industry research reports, and other published works. In his former academic role, he also undertook several study tours of transport practices in Europe, North America, Australia and China.


Board Member, Canterbury District Health Board

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.