Highways Heroes | Introducing this year's hosts
New face joins Highways Heroes hosting line up for 2022
With nominations now closed for this year's event the Highways Heroes Awards are delighted to announce a new face as one of the hosts of this year's event, Meera Naran, OBE.
Meera joins an experienced hosting team led by our head judge, Rich Marshall, Technical and Performance Director of National Highways for what is now regarded as the highlight of the year and indeed a celebration of our unsung heroes across our sector.
Meera Naran MBE is an independent road safety campaigner and public speaker helping to ensure we have safer drivers on safer roads.
In May 2018, she lost her eight-year-old son Dev, in a collision on the M6. Since that time, she has successfully campaigned for the adoption of 18 national policy changes with a commitment from the Department for Transport to spend £900m including changes to the Highway Code and on-going driver education.
She is also currently lobbying for a change in legislation to implement life-saving technology such as autonomous emergency braking, proposed as Dev's Law, and continues to work to ensure that no one else goes through the pain of losing a loved one in the way she and her family did. Meera is a qualified Pharmacist and a Senior Lecturer in Post Graduate Clinical Pharmacy and is also a Trustee of the road safety charity, Brake.
Expressing her delight about the addition of Meera as a host, Freya Wells, Co-founder of the Highways Heroes Awards said,
"Meera is an example to us all of humility and indeed in trying to achieve a long lasting good from circumstances of adversity.
"For that reason alone we were delighted when she agreed to become one of the ambassadors of this year's event and indeed one of our hosts.
"She personifies triumph over adversity and as such she understands the values of what the Highways Heroes seeks to achieve.
Recognising the heroic actions of individuals who have coped admirably in the face of adversity, the awards place at the Grosvenor House Hotel on December 7th the awards recognise those who have gone above and beyond their duty, to help someone or improve a situation, either in the communities they work in or to unconditionally support fellow workers in their team.
Nominations for the Highways Heroes have now closed with the shortlist due to be announced on the 3rd October with those individuals invited to attend the gala dinner two months later.