Council of Management


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

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

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.

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.

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

Richard has been a qualified as a Forensic Collision Investigator since 1996 with the Metropolitan Police Service. He started out as a PC, became a Sgt and then a Senior Forensic Collision Investigator and is now as an Inspector, Head of Profession for London. He holds the De Montfort FDSc in Forensic Road Collision Investigation.

Richard was instrumental in introducing laser scanning as a routine data capture process in Collision Investigation. He ran the Highways Agency funded trial which demonstrated the value in laser scanning and following his briefing with the relevant minister, the DfT provided its first funding grants to every Police Collision Investigation Unit in England to buy scanners.

His latest project is to provide every Forensic Collision Investigator the opportunity to gain the BSc in Forensic Road Collision Investigation using the apprenticeship levy. He is the chair of the Collision Investigator Apprenticeship Trailblazer group, which is a cross industry group, which over the last two years has designed the qualification. This will allow anyone within any organisation to gain the qualification and the £27,000 cost will be met by the levy.

Stephen Cash
Impact Editor

Steve has been a Collision Investigator since 2008, starting as a Police Forensic Collision Investigator with the Metropolitan Police. During the final 3 years of his Police career he also practiced outside of the Police on a consultancy basis. In 2018 Steve left the Police and took up the role of Principal Consultant at FCIR Ltd.

His work, and accompanying research and development in the field of Collision Investigation have lead to him obtaining Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status from the Engineering Council, and attaining Membership of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (MIMechE). He is also a Member of the Institute of the Motor Industry (MIMI) with whom he is registered as an Advanced Automotive Engineer (AAE).

Steve is also the current subject matter expert for De Montfort University who provide the UCPD, Cert HE, FdSc and BSc courses in Collision Investigation.

Mark Crouch
Council Member

His work in the field of Collision Investigation has led to him achieving Chartered Physicist (CPhys) status from the Institute of Physics. He is an Advanced Automotive Engineer (AAE), Licentiate of the City and Guilds Institute (LCGI), a Fellow of the Institute of the Motor Industry (FIMI) and a Fellow of the Institute of the Highways Engineers (FIHE). He is a Member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (MCSFS), a Member of the Institute of Physics (MInstP) and a Member of the Institute of Traffic Accident Investigators (MITAI).

Mark worked for the Metropolitan Police as a Forensic Collision Investigator for many years before forming his own company.

Mark is also the current External Examiner for De Montfort University overseeing the UCPD, Cert HE, FdSc and BSc courses in Collision Investigation.

James Keenan
Council Member and Chairman elect

James has 33 years of experience as a collision investigator and served with Merseyside Police until 2006.  After retiring from the police, he continued work as a consultant for Keith Borer Consultants until he retired in 2018.

In 1988, James was one of the founder members of ITAI and since then has taken on various roles within the Institute as Chairman, Secretary to the Grades Assessment Group, Assessor and now Council Member.

On behalf of ITAI, James was the original external examiner at De Montfort University overseeing the UCPD course for Collision Investigation.

Since retiring he has more time to give to ITAI and became a member of the management Council and was recently elected as Chairman elect and will take over from Jonathan Stubbs at the 2020 AGM.

Council of Management Meetings

at 10:30, St John’s Hotel Solihull:

4th December 2019
11th March, 2020
27th May 2020
22nd July 2020
23rd September 2020
2nd December 2020