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Our leadership team

These are the people who lead the Road Safety Authority (RSA).

We are led by a senior management team of six people together with our Chief Executive Officer.

Our Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Sam Waide is our CEO

Sam Waide CEO Road Safety Authority Ireland

Sam is the Chief Executive and Accounting Officer of the Road Safety Authority (RSA) in Ireland. As part of the Vision Zero 2050 challenge to have zero fatalities on our roads, Sam is leading the development and delivery of the Government’s Road Safety Strategy 2021-2030, working in partnership with key agencies to achieve Programme for Government outcomes of 50% reduction in serious injuries and fatalities by 2030. This includes working with EU Commission, member states and road safety organisations internationally, leading and contributing to policy and legislative changes to achieve safer environments for road users.

Death and serious injury on our roads are an enormous cost to families and our society as a whole. Many people in Ireland have been affected in some way by road collisions.

For the RSA, our task is a challenging one. Our aim up to 2030, through the Government Road Safety Strategy 2021-2030, is to adopt the Vision Zero and Safe Systems approach to road safety across Ireland. This means a 50% targeted reduction in fatalities and serious injuries by 2030 and it is vital that we succeed in delivering our Road Safety Transformation Programme.

To achieve our ambitious targets, we must:

  • Implement a public communication strategy for Vision Zero, achieving community engagement and commitment to the road safety agenda across all sectors of society
  • Embed the Safe System approach and delivery with key agencies
  • Embed an enhanced partnership and transformation delivery model with stakeholders & communities
  • Implement, monitor and regularly revisit a targeted action plan
  • Focus on serious injuries, not just fatalities, with our interventions
  • Bring greater focus on data, benchmarking and performance measurement.

I am confident that with Government support, the strong commitment of staff, and collaboration with stakeholders, we can bring about a change in attitudes and behaviour that will benefit all road users.

Bringing about such a culture change means we must deploy our resources effectively across the Safe System pillars:- safe road users, safe vehicles, safe roads & roadsides, safe work travel, safe speeds, post-crash care, safe & healthy modes.

By doing so, we can make short and long term gains in road safety. We must also continually evaluate our efforts to ensure they are appropriate and effective. RSA focus includes:

  • Developing and implementing information and education campaigns
  • Improving the quality of driving through raising the standards of driver training
  • Improving the quality of vehicles
  • Overseeing and helping to enforce the driver licensing system
  • Collaborating with our road safety stakeholders to ensure that our combined efforts are harnessed to best effect.

Our main objective is challenging, but simple: Ireland can achieve Vision Zero, and lead other EU member and neighbouring countries to become an exemplar society in road safety.

While confident of success, we are pragmatic and realise that change will take time. Nonetheless, every positive step plays a part along the way.

Finally, as each of us has a part to play in road safety, I ask you to reflect on what you, as a road user, can do today to make our roads safer.

Our leadership team

This directorate has responsibility for all financial matters, corporate governance, risk management, procurement, contract management, data governance, facility and fleet management, freedom of information and health and safety in the RSA. Kim is also secretary to the RSA Board.

This directorate is headquartered in Loughrea, Galway, where the enforcement and commercial vehicle testing functions including digital tachograph card administration are based. Functions relating to the oversight of the National Car Testing Service and Vehicle Standards are based in Ballina, Co. Mayo. The objective of the directorate is to set standards for vehicles, ensure tests are conducted against minimum roadworthiness standards, and support compliance by drivers and operators of commercial vehicles. The directorate also provides an efficient administration process for applicants seeking tachograph cards. Denise Barry is acting as Interim Director of Vehicle Standards and Enforcement.

Declan Naughton

This directorate has responsibility for the delivery of the Driver Testing Service, the National Driver Licence Service (NDLS), the Driver Theory Test and the Emergency Services Driving Standard (ESDS). This involves delivering services to almost 1m customers annually. The objective of the directorate is to ensure that all our services are delivered in a customer focused manner and make a positive contribution to road safety. The directorate team also makes recommendations on driver licensing policy nationally and contribute to EU licensing policy through membership of the EU Driver Licensing Committee.

The role of strategy, policy and technology is to oversee the delivery of the RSA corporate plan and the RSA digital, data and query management strategies. We lead on customer care and deliver a range of supports services to RSA business units including project management, business design, information communications technology, operational excellence, data analytics and legal services.

Michael Rowland

The road safety, driver education and research directorate combines the key roles of raising awareness, education and research to inform and impart knowledge and appropriate skills to road users as they move through life. The key objectives being to ensure that all road users are well informed and have the necessary skills to remain safe on our roads and that our interventions are evidence based and research led. The directorate assists and works with all stakeholders in the preparation and coordination of the government’s Road Safety Strategy. It is also responsible for the regulation of driving instruction in Ireland as well as oversight and management of Driver CPC for professional drivers.

Alison Coleman

The human resources (HR) department supports the RSA’s strategic and operational goals and has responsibility for people matters including recruitment, learning, development, wellbeing, industrial and employee relations. HR policy development, organisational development and change programmes are also supported by the HR department.