Road Safety Manager Joy’s hard work rewarded with an MBE
12 October 2020
A long serving Neath Port Talbot Council manager has won an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to road safety in Wales.
Joy Smith, who was appointed the authority’s Road Safety Manager in 1996, has been a previous Chair of Road Safety Wales, works closely with Welsh Government and has worked to shape policies and strategies which have helped save many lives.
Now the Council’s Road Safety and Business Performance Manager, Joy, who studied Accident and Safety Management in Manchester University, joined Neath Port Talbot Council after previously being part of the former West Glamorgan County Council.
Swansea born Joy wanted to make it clear she owed the MBE to the support she has received over the years from Neath Port Talbot Council.
She said: “I was delighted and I must say quite surprised to learn I was to be awarded the MBE but I would not have received it without the help and support I’ve had from the Council over many years.
“When I first became Road Safety Manager, at the inception of this Council, there was just me and one other in Road Safety, but now we’re a team of nine. Safety and casualty reduction on Neath Port Talbot’s roads has improved significantly over the past few decades and that is due to the seriousness with which the Council views road safety.
“We are an accredited driver training centre offering Professional Driver training, and we currently operate a wide range of schemes covering everyone from pre-school children to older drivers, and motorcycle riders.
“Our team has written road safety courses which have been adopted by all authorities in Wales; and is responsible for developing the Council’s Road Safety Strategy and Driving at Work Policy.
“I’m proud of the work my colleagues and I have done in road safety over the years and this MBE is as much an accolade for them and for the Council’s strong support of road safety as it is for me.”
The Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council, Cllr Rob Jones, said: “We are immensely proud that Joy Smith has received this award in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
“Joy has been a much valued member of our authority for many years now and the fact her hard work in the vital field of road safety has been recognised with an MBE is richly deserved.”
Publication of the list was postponed in June this year until Saturday, October 10th.