Rees Jeffreys Road Fund appoints Dr Suzy Charman as a Trustee.

The Fund is delighted to announce the recent appointment of Dr Suzy Charman as a Trustee. Suzy will be joining the Trustees at our September meeting and will be bringing a broad experience in the field of road safety.

David Tarrant Chairman of Rees Jeffreys Road Fund commented “I’m delighted to welcome Suzy as a Trustee of the Fund. Suzy will bring her broad research experience, a background in Psychology and expertise in Road Safety to the work of the Fund and I’m looking forward to working with Suzy and the other Trustees to further the work of the Fund and continue to bring real public benefit”.

You can read more about Dr Suzy Charman on our Trustee page.

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Future looking interesting in the hands of early career professionals

Rees Jeffreys Road Fund has been collaborating with Future Visions Transport Group to run an innovative set of projects lead by emerging transport professionals. Reports by all five projects are now available on the FTVG website. congratulations to everyone involved.

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Thrash the Trash – a new approach to roadside litter awareness

The Fund has supported Bader Media Entertainment CIC to develop some alternative, tongue in cheek videos aimed at prompting awareness of the impact of roadside littering. Bader Media Entertainment CIC, who were also supported by Clean Up Britain, recently held a premier of three films in the series. You can watch the premier on YouTube – or via Facebook. Comments are welcome, and viewers are encouraged to share the video content on social media.

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Annual Report and Accounts 2020

The Fund’s Annual Report and Financial Statement for 2020 is now available at https://www.reesjeffreys.co.uk/annual-reports/.  An annual return for 2020 to the Charity Commission has also been completed.

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Rees Jeffreys project wins award

A project funded by Rees Jeffreys has won a prestigious national award. Plantlife has been awarded the CIEEM Best Practice Knowledge Sharing Award 2020 for Managing grassland road verges: a best practice guide. Over 1000 copies of the guidelines are now in circulation and some of the best practice approaches highlighted in the guide have already being translated into action on the ground. This practical guide is for highways managers, road engineers, operations managers, landscape architects and all those engaged with verge management and creation. For more information the report can be found on Plantlife’s website here.

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2020 Awards published

Details of the Awards made for 2020 have now been published and can be found on the projects page

A total of £112,566 (including £10,000 for a graduate bursary) was awarded to 7 organisations or individuals.

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New Secretary Appointed

The Trustees are pleased to announce the appointment of Ruth Bravery as the next Secretary of the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund. She will be taking over from Brian Murrell, who is standing down after five years as the Fund’s Secretary.

Ruth has worked in the charity sector since 2010, with leadership roles in both national and local charities.  She now uses her knowledge and experience to guide charities to evolve and improve their service, operations, governance and strategy.  Prior to this Ruth spent twenty years in the Civil Service, in strategic, policy and operational roles.

Ruth, has volunteered in various roles throughout her life, including several roles as a Trustee. Ruth draws on this experience in her role as a member of the national assessing committee for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

Ruth likes to play an active part in her local community and for time out enjoys gardening and long-distance walking.

David Tarrant, Chairman thanked Brian for his service to the Fund and welcomed Ruth’s appointment.  “Brian has provided excellent administrative and financial support to the Trustees during his time with us. I am confident Ruth will follow seamlessly in Brian’s footsteps and take the work of the Fund forward with fresh ideas and new enthusiasm”.

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Fund’s objectives

The Fund was established 70 years ago in 1950 and its founding objectives reflected the transport issues of the day. Trustees have now decided on a modern restatement of the Fund’s Objectives to ensure they remain relevant and understandable to applicants and other interested parties. More details can be found at https://www.reesjeffreys.co.uk/objectives/

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Best Practice Guidance adopted by Highways England

Recommendations from a best practice guide funded by Rees Jeffreys has been adopted by Highways England. Highways England have announced they will be adopting a low fertility topsoil approach on all new road schemes as advocated in Plantlife’s report on Managing Grassland Road Verges. For more information visit https://www.reesjeffreys.co.uk/transport-reports/

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Recent Webinars

Links to two interesting webinars RJ@70 and the FTVG’s 2020 Vision event can be found on our Publications page.

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