Meet the Trustees

Meet The Honest Truth board of trustees

Chair of Trustees: Chief Superintendent Nye

Chief Superintendent Nye, Commander Operations Department has been a police officer for 21 years. He has responsibility for forcewide call management and communications, operational and contingency planning, Force support group (specialist officers for firearms, search, marine and proactive policing), armed response capabilities, roads policing, resource management and police dogs. In addition to this he is a member of the executive committee of the European Association of Airport and Seaport Commanders; is chair of the UK Seaport Commander forum;  a board member of Active Devon and chair of the Trustees of the Honest Truth.

 

Neil Blackburn MA GIFire E

Neil lives in Bideford, North Devon and is married to Heather with four children. Hazel 18, Billy 17, Aaron 16 and Ellie 14. His interests are football, golf, cricket and music festivals. Neil is the Secretary of Bideford AFC Youth Football Club which has around 300 members. He also coaches an adult football team and is a football referee.

Having spent nearly thirty years in the Fire and Rescue Service as an operational officer, he has attended hundreds of serious road traffic collisions, many of which, tragically have been fatal. This first-hand experience drives his passion to contribute to the road safety agenda. He now sits on the Chief Fire Officers Association National Strategic Leads Group for Road Safety.  Neil’s current role within the Service is as Temporary Area Manager for Community Safety across Devon and Somerset. Prior to this, Neil has undertaken various roles, the most recent being as Group Commander for a group of eighteen fire stations in North Devon. He is a specialist Hazardous Materials and Environmental Protection Advisor.

Neil has a Master’s degree in Business and is Graduate of the Institute of Fire Engineers. He is a member of Exeter University Alumni and has hosted International Business Exchange Participants. He is currently an External Advisor to Plymouth University.

He holds various honorary positions inside and outside of the Fire Service. A Director of One Ilfracombe, Director of Bideford AFC Youth, a school governor at West Croft School in Bideford. He is a committee member at Bideford Cricket Club and a Trustee of the SAFE Fire Safety Charity. Neil is also the Mental Health Champion for Devon Fire and Rescue Service and Vice Chair of the South West Fire Services Sports and Social Association.”

 

Robin Barlow DL

Robin Barlow is a Fine Art Consultant and Valuer working as sole practitioner from his home in South Devon. He is married to Sue, a peripatetic ballet teacher and has two sons, James, currently in officer training with the Royal Marines and Thomas, still at school. As well as an active professional life, he also has various charitable interests. He is a past County President of St. John Ambulance, is currently a Council Member of the American Museum in Britain at Bath, and a Trustee of The Britannia Museum (BRNC Dartmouth), of the Devon Community Foundation, The Honest Truth (as Vice Chairman) and of ‘CHICKS’ (Country Holidays for Inner City Kids). He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars and a Freeman of the City of London. He served as High Sheriff of Devon in 2012/13 and is a Deputy Lieutenant of the County.”

 

Tim Swarbrick

I have had the misfortune to manage the tragic scenes of far too many road deaths and serious injuries.  Many of them involved inexperienced young drivers with great futures whose loss ripples out from family into the wider community.  The sudden death of anyone is tragic, a young person, killed in an ‘accident’ is such a waste.  The responsibility for addressing this problem is shared by many individuals and public bodies.  The Honest Truth harnesses many of those groups and as a trustee I can influence and hopefully help prevent the loss of young drivers and their passengers.  Addressing driving behaviour at the earliest stages, whilst they are learning and practising is a key element in achieving casualty reductions.

Much of my police career was spent as an operational traffic officer, my last eight years as a Traffic Superintendent gave me the resources to directly influence reductions in death and serious injury.  In retirement The Honest Truth allows me to continue this important work.

 

Roger W Henderson

Roger Henderson is a partner at national law firm Lyons Davidson Solicitors.  Roger heads up the firms Fatal Injury Team and is based in Plymouth.  For many years he has assisted countless bereaved families at Inquests and with compensation claims following road deaths so he has seen first hand the devastation and trauma caused by road crashes.Rogers’ passion for road safety has led him and his firm supporting many initiatives and organisations.

Lyons Davidson were one of the original stakeholders and supporters of Learn To Live, a Devon and Cornwall based road safety initiative giving powerful and emotive presentations to sixth form and college students about the responsibility and consequences of driving. 

Roger has supported The Honest Truth since its formation and had no hesitation in accepting an invitation to become a trustee on the Honest Truth Board in March 2015.

Professional Membership / Qualifications

  • Solicitor,  admitted1990
  • Partner at Lyons Davidson Solicitors since 2002
  • LLB (Honours) Law Degree
  • Executive Committee  of Motor Accident Solicitors Society (MASS)
  • Editor of MASS Insight Magazine
  • Member Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)
  • Fellow of the Association of Industrial Road Safety Officers (AIRSO)
  • Member of Devon & Somerset Law Society
  • Member of Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM)
  • Member of Plymouth Advanced Motorists
  • Member of ROSPA

As a proud trustee of The Honest Truth, Roger and his firm are keen to see The Honest Truth develop further both  nationally and  internationally and he will continue to support this and other initiatives which reduce road deaths and casualties, particularly for young drivers. 

 

Rebecca Hewitt

Becca grew up on Dartmoor and gained a BSC Honours degree in Geography at Plymouth University in 1996.

Becca has been working for Local Government for nineteen years and has worked in environmental policy and community safety roles. In 2007 Becca became the manager of the South Devon and Dartmoor Community Safety Partnership which was a merger of three Councils community safety functions. She has extensive experience of working strategically to deliver objectives, partnership working, project management and using innovation as a way to engage colleagues and deliver outcomes. In addition to the Institute of Leadership and Management level 5 qualifications she is also a qualified coach.

In 2009 Becca called together the first meeting of the Honest Truth Partnership on behalf of the Community Safety Partnership, she has project managed the group and worked with colleagues to develop the initiative. The aim of Honest Truth is to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads. In 2015 Charity status was granted and Becca became a Trustee.

Becca is married and has energetic twins who make the most of living in the South West of England.