Meet the directors

Meet the members of our senior management team.

Our executive team implements the road safety strategy across our five major Directorates.

Sam Waide is our Chief Executive Officer.

 

The other members of our senior executive are:

  • Director of Driver Testing & Licensing - Declan Naughton
  • Director of Road Safety, Research & Driver Education - Michael Rowland
  • Director of Finance & Commercial Services - Pearse White
  • Director of Vehicle Standards and Enforcement - Liam Duggan
  • Director of Strategy, Policy and Technology - Denise Barry
  • Head of ICT - Gerry McGuire
  • Head of HR - Alison Coleman
  • Principal Engineer - Caroline Greene/Maria Holmes.

 

A message from our CEO

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