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Set up to drive the debate on the subject of managing skid resistance on the UK road network, Managing Skid Resistance UK – The Facts and the Friction – will give local authorities and other road operators insight into how to better manage skid resistance and understand how this can be successful delivered as part of a more proactive maintenance strategy.

With several challenges facing road operators including declining budgets, how can local authorities delivery maintenance programmes more effectively in a way that encompasses the full armoury of surface treatments and techniques at their disposal?

Organised by the RSTA in association with WDM and WJ Group, this one-day conference will discuss:

• The role of skid resistance in keeping roads safe

• Delivery schemes that are consistently reducing carbon

• What are your legal responsibilities?

• Designing for skid resistance and how to chose the right materials

• A new approach to skid measurement

• Managing friction-investigatory levels

• Surface dressing, retexturing and predictive maintenance – an update

• Looking to the future – a panel debate

A word from our supporters:


Safer Roads, Saving Lives

As the UK’s biggest manufacturer of road survey equipment and the largest survey service provider, W.D.M. Limited has been at the forefront of delivering safer roads throughout the UK for more than half a century.
This conference will examine the core principle of roads, which has not changed in 100 years. The network is in its worst state for half a century and new is not always best – it’s essential we look after and manage what we have.
By harnessing the latest technology, alongside its tried and tested SCRIM® continuous friction measurement methodology, WDM® is focussed on both educating and inspiring the next generation of safety and maintenance engineers. We want to put the road surface and saving lives at the heart of the decision-making process.

WJ Group

At WJ we are all about creating safe, sustainable journeys for everyone.

The pavement surface is a key component of this that can often be overlooked. Therefore, we are delighted to sponsor this conference that promotes the importance of the road surface for both safety and sustainability.

Being able to properly maintain the friction of the road surface promotes safety and maintaining the surface for longer will promote sustainability. As an industry it is vital for us to tackle both critical issues.



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    Mr Paul Boss

    Chief Executive Officer (CEO) – RSTA


    Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Highway Engineers, Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, Member of the Institute of Asset Management and Member of the Institute of Asphalt Technology. Member of the UKRLG / ADEPT Asset Management Board.

    Paul is Chief Executive at the Road Surface Treatments Association (RSTA) and prior to this had over 30 years’ experience within local authority highways, both directly with local authorities and with Tier 1 provider Amey. From 2005 to 2020, he was Highway Asset Manager looking after strategic, tactical and operational highway asset management in Staffordshire. He joined Amey in 2014 as part of the Staffordshire County Council / Amey Infrastructure+ Strategic Highway Partnership where he also managed teams responsible for the design of structural, preventative and structures schemes within the Partnership.


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    Dr Suzy Charman

    Executive Director – Road Safety Foundation


    Suzy has worked in the field of road safety for 17 years. She started her road safety career at EuroRAP where she was the international programme manager and oversaw the establishment of iRAP. After that, she was Head of International Road Safety at TRL, before joining the Road Safety Foundation in 2017 where she is now Executive Director.

    Suzy leads a thriving programme at the Road Safety Foundation including provision of support to National Highways for their iRAP Star Rating work, leadership of the Older Drivers Task Force, supporting local authorities with their iRAP programmes, undertaking research on urban mobility and speed. Suzy is also a trustee of the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund.


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    Mr Leigh Boswell

    Senior Asset Manager (Highways and Traffic) – Transport for London


    Leigh has worked in the highways industry for over 20 years with a primary focus on the management of highway assets. In his early career Leigh has been involved in developing skid resistance policies for the Defence Estates and coordinating European skid resistance correlation trials. At Transport for London he is the Senior Asset Manager for Highways and Traffic responsible for developing asset strategies and policies.


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    Dr Helen Viner

    Director – Enodamus Ltd


    Helen has worked extensively in collection and analysis of skid resistance data. She has been involved in several studies that attempted to link collision data with road surface characteristics and has helped to translate the findings into practical policies for managing skid resistance. Her work on local authority data, with Derby CC and XAIS, won the DfT Special Recognition Award at 2021 Strictly Highways. Helen’s other innovations include the template for site investigation that forms part of CS 228 in the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges and the concept of the ‘crash model’ that that accompanies this Standard. Helen established Enodamus Ltd in 2018, previously working at TRL as Chief Scientist and Research Director of Infrastructure Division.


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    Mrs Becky Guy

    Road Safety Manager, England – RoSPA


    Becky is RoSPA’s road safety manager for England. Becky’s role is to seek and realise opportunities to reduce harm on our roads. Becky is responsible for developing, project managing and delivering RoSPA’s funded road safety projects for England. She also develops road safety policy, responds to government consultations and acts as a spokesperson to the media. Becky is the secretary of RoSPA’s National Road Safety Committee.



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