Sarah was inspired to found the Trust when she undertook a research study on those affected by road trauma and its implications affecting post accident care and recovery, including rehabilitation. She wanted to ensure adequate support, education and advice was provided to those directly affected by road trauma.  Sarah then partnered with Professor Neville Blampied former Head of Psychology Department, University of Canterbury in which they co-founded the Trust together.

In 2003, Sarah was involved in one serious and near fatal car crash at 20 years of age, followed by a further moderate car crash ten months later. She sustained injuries from both crashes. She has recovered well from the majority of the injuries she sustained and is fortunate to be able to maintain a fit and active lifestyle.

Sarah has a more recent background in Regulatory Affairs in the pharmaceutical sector and part ownership in highly specialised physiotherapy clinics in Sydney which treated numerous patients that suffered from chronic pain, many of which had been in motor vehicle crashes.



Dr Shane Turner is a Safe System Specialist at Abley.  He has over 27 years’ experience in transportation and road safety engineering and research.
He has completed 20 transport research studies for the NZ Transport Agency and Austroads, primarily in road safety. Shane has authored over 60 paper on his research. While Shane has a broad range of expertise across Road Safety he specialises in the development of crash prediction models (CPMs). He is also the author of the NZ Crash Estimation Compendium which contains much of the research on CPMs in New Zealand.

Shane is an Adjunct Senior Fellow in the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering at the University of Canterbury and a member of the Australasian College of Road Safety.  Shane is a member of the Transport Research Board (USA) Pedestrian Committee and chairs a subcommittee that is focused on CPMs for pedestrians and cyclists.  He is also senior advisor on an NCHRP research (USA) project that is developing CPMs for pedestrian and cyclists for the Highway Safety Manual.


Dr Ann-Marie Kennedy is a Senior Lecturer in Marketing at the University of Canterbury. She specialises in using marketing for behaviour change, and macro level systemic change. She has been published in several top tier academic journals in the area, been invited for international speaking engagements on the topic, and has worked with the Canterbury Clinical Network, Cancer Society, and NZTA among others, in the area.


Rosalie has been with the Trust since its inception and is Sarah’s mother.

She has been very thrilled to see what the Trust has achieved over the past few years especially the Road Accident Remembrance Day bringing families together, as well as being moving appreciations of the Emergency services involved.

Rosalie believes Sarah’s insight and vision has been a real inspiration to those in our community, including those closest to her.

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