Council of Management

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The Members of Council are each elected for a period of three years, with one third of the Members to be elected each year. In addition there are three Appointed Officers of Council: Chair, General Secretary, and Treasurer. The Editor of the Institute Journal is also an ex-officio officer of Council.

Council of Management

Jonathan Stubbs
Chairman

Jonathan joined the police service, soon becoming interested in the discipline and science of accident investigation.  He underwent training and became a full-time accident investigator in 1981.  Seven years later, in 1988, he was proud to be a founder member of the Institute of Traffic Accident Investigators.  After leaving the police service, Jonathan was employed by TRL before setting up his own accident investigation practice.  His qualifications include a variety of awards from both the UK and the USA.  He is also a member of several other professional bodies, albeit that this Institute is closest to his heart.

Jonathan has a history of service with the Institute: as an Area Representative; as an elected member of Council; as Treasurer and, now, as Chairman.  His profile was published in “Impact” Vol. 4, No. 4 of 1995.  Jonathan remains dedicated to furthering the Institute’s interests in any way that he is able.  Additionally, he is keen to offer any assistance and advice to individual members and to other interested persons; please, just call him.

Bob Seston
General Secretary

Bob has 37 years of experience as a collision investigator and, since retiring from the police service in 2004, he has been employed as an independent consultant. He has been a member of the Council of Management since 2004, he was the General Secretary for six years until 2010 and took on the role again in 2012. Bob organised the four biennial conferences held between 2003 and 2009; organised the conference in Edinburgh on behalf of the EVU; and ITAI’s 2017 conference. He has been actively engaged in assisting with various other aspects of the running of the Institute.

Bob Wagstaff
Treasurer

Bob has 26 years experience as a Collision Investigator having served with Bedfordshire Police until 2015, since retirement from the Police Service he has continued to work as an independent Consultant.

Prior to joining the Police, he was a time served engineer, and trained as a draughtsman. These skills were identified by the Traffic Section and this lead to Collision Investigation. He has a mixture of Engineering, academic and practical qualifications for this field.

Bob has just finished a five-year tenure with De Montfort University where he served as the External Examiner overseeing the UCPD, Cert HE and the FDSc courses for Collision Investigation.

Bob joined ITAI in 1994 and became a full member in 2003.

He is pleased to have taken over the responsibility of the Treasurer Role and looks forward to working with Council and the Membership.

Peter Sippitt MBE
Editor of Contact

Peter joined the Metropolitan Police Traffic Division in 1973 and qualified as a Collision Investigator in 1976, taking on the role of Senior Collision Investigator for the Met in 2005.  In 1999 Peter became a member of the implementation team that introduced vehicle borne data recorders into the Metropolitan Police and took the lead in this subject until his retirement in 2014.

In 2009 Peter was elected to the Council of Management of the Institute, serving as Chairman from January 2015 to June 2017.  He is currently the editor of the Institute’s newsletter ‘Contact’.  Peter also represents the Institute on the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS), particularly the Road User Behaviour Group.

In the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2014, Peter was awarded an MBE for services to collision investigation and vehicle borne data recorder technology.

Rob Elliot
Administrative Role

Rob is a retired Police Officer, now working in private practice in Cambridgeshire as a full time Collision Investigator. He originally served in a UK Police Force for over fourteen years, 11 years as a Traffic Officer and full time Collision Investigator. He has been in private practice for the past 14 years.

From 1999 – 2007 Rob operated his own Consultancy and was then the Managing Director of Emmerson Associates, Forensic Scientists from 2007 – 2011. He currently operates his own Consultancy in most Road Traffic Matters, both Civil and Criminal.

Rob also holds an administrative role on Council, assisting the General Secretary.

Dominic Harris
Secretary to the Grades Assessment Team

Dominic has been in the Motor Industry for 35 years. Following his apprenticeship at a British Leyland Commercial Vehicle Dealership and a further 15 years as a mechanical engineer, he was employed as an Independent Consulting Engineer. He progressed from assessing accident damage vehicles and the mechanical condition of vehicles following collisions to investigating staged and contrived accidents and general fraud in the Motor Industry. He has been an elected member of Council since 2009.

Stephen Jowitt
Professional Standards Secretary

Stephen has over 30 years of experience in accident investigation and product safety in highway and vehicle related matters, both on the public highway and racing venues and has investigated motor racing accidents up to Grand Prix level.

He was a post-graduate at two universities for seven years, then moved into consultancy for 15 years. He has contributed to the West Midlands Police Collision Investigation Training. He worked as Technical Project Manager for the National Caravan Council, producing product safety literature and represented the UK in European Standards Committees, also developing NVQs for build and servicing. Stephen now works for TRL in the expert witness group, and has research interests in head protection, motorsports and new technologies.

Tony Foster
Editor of Impact

Tony was a founder member of the Institute in 1988 and has served in a variety of roles since that time. In addition to serving as the Institute’s Chairman between 1994 and 1997, Tony has also undertaken duties as Secretary of the Grades Committee, Event Organiser (Leyland, Darley Moor and assorted seminars), Editor of ‘Impact’ and ‘Contact’. He was awarded Honorary Membership of the Institute in 2002.

Now retired from private practice as a consultant, Tony has accepted an invitation to again take up the duties of Editor of ‘Impact’ – a role that he combines with various other voluntary posts within the community.

Ian White
Council Member

Ian has been involved in Accident Reconstruction over a number of years and has been a Member of the Institute since 1997. Whilst he is a member of a number of other institutes, he has the greatest regard for ITAI and the work it does. It is for that reason that he considers it a privilege to have been nominated for Council.

Ian’s has been heavily involved in coordinating ITAI events in the form of recent crash days. Ian is sure that you will all appreciate that voluntary time is limited and he sincerely hopes for an input from the membership with respect to ideas and assistance, in order to run events, which hopefully will be of interest to the members, and assist in their career development.

Richard Auty
Council Member

Details coming soon…

Graham Ellis
Council Member

Graham is a qualified engineer with a wide experience of undertaking crash and vehicle/unit failure investigations and has appeared as an expert witness in English, Scottish and Republic of Ireland jurisdictions. He holds International CPC’s for both Goods and Passenger transport operations. He is a previous National Council member of the Institute of Road Transport Engineers and vehicle examiner with the Vehicle Inspectorate (now DVSA). He is an experienced non-executive director. Graham has a wide experience of working on transport and logistics projects with both European and UK partners.

Council of Management Meetings

7th March 2018 at 10:30, St John’s Hotel Solihull

30th May 2018 at 10:30, St John’s Hotel Solihull

25th July 2018 at 10:30, St John’s Hotel Solihull

26th September 2018 at 10:30, St John’s Hotel Solihull

5th December 2018 at 10:30, St John’s Hotel Solihull