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Meera Naran to speak in Keynote theatre at SHL!ve

Road Safety Campaigner Meera Naran is the latest speaker to be confirmed for the Keynote theatre at the upcoming SHL!ve.

Ms. Naran joins Keynote speaker Big Ian Donaghy and Jason Anker as a speaker on the Galliford Try Safer Infrastructure stage.

With an opening address from Nick Harris, Chief Executive of National Highways this year's event takes place on the 29th September at the East Midlands Conference Centre.

The event will incorporate both Respect our Roadworkers week and The Big Idea, with the live final in the afternoon of the full day programme.

SH L!ve is made up of indoor and outdoor exhibition zones showcasing the latest innovation, products, concepts and services in the health, safety and wellbeing sector, alongside several unique feature areas that will bring all the latest insight.

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Speaking about the announcement of Meera Naran, Freya Wells, co-founder of SHL!ve said,

"I am extremely honoured that individuals such as Meera have agreed to be a part of our event,

"The understanding and learning we can take from these individuals gives our sector understanding we could never get by looking inwardly within just our own industry.

"In order to grow and thrive as a sector we need to accept that we are not the source of all knowledge and actually accept that we can take learning from others.

"In doing so, as we have in the past, we can become a more mature, rounded and inclusive place for people to work.

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Meera - In her own words

Hello I’m Meera Naran, an independent road safety campaigner, helping to ensure we have safer drivers on safer roads.

In May 2018, I lost my eight-year-old son Dev, on a smart motorway crash on the M6. Since that time, I have successfully campaigned alongside the AA for the adoption of 18 national policy changes with a commitment from the Department for Transport to spend an extra £5m on an education campaign.

I continue to work independently in an advisory capacity alongside both the DfT and Highways England to effect real change, improving safety and helping to save lives including:

🔵 Getting changes made to the Highway Code to improve driver awareness around smart motorways and roads in general

🔵 Suggesting innovative and ground-breaking ways that will benefit driver safety and road safety

🔵Working to ensure that no one else goes through the pain of losing a loved one in the way we did, with the loss of our son Dev

I am sharing my story from grieving mother to independent campaigner and advocate for change in the following ways:

🔵 Supporting not-for-profits as a 𝗡𝗼𝗻-𝗘𝘅𝗲𝗰𝘂𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗗𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗿, 𝗟𝗼𝗯𝗯𝘆𝗶𝘀𝘁 and 𝗖𝗮𝗺𝗽𝗮𝗶𝗴𝗻𝗲𝗿

🔵 Telling my personal story through 𝗸𝗲𝘆𝗻𝗼𝘁𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗽𝘂𝗯𝗹𝗶𝗰 𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗮𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴

🔵 Connecting with others on their own journey by 𝘄𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝘂𝗯𝗷𝗲𝗰𝘁𝘀 𝘄𝗵𝗶𝗰𝗵 𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗱 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝗰𝘂𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝘀𝘁 to help others heal from the things that are too painful to describe

🔵 𝗪𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮 𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸

My achievements to date include:

🔵 Award-winning independent road safety campaigner achieving significant changes to Government policy, able to separate personal emotion from the campaign using research and evidence-based arguments to create the right outcome for a greater number of people

🔵 PR appearances across national media including TV, Radio, Newspaper, Magazines, with a deep understanding of an ambassadorial role maintaining positive reputations

🔵 Networking - able to develop non-confrontational professional relationships to executives and government, leveraging these in translating public policy into a tangible impact

If you believe I can help your organisation, or speak at your event please contact Nicola at NJRPR in the first instance:

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