Barry Street walks the corridors of power

10th July 2015

Despite travelling on one of the hottest days this year where railway tracks were buckling under the heat, Barry Street, still managed to attend his first PACTS meeting in the Palace of Westminster on Thursday 2nd July in his capacity as Head of Claims Motor Engineers for Covea insurance and Executive Director of Thatcham.

At this meeting, the road safety priorities for 2015 were discussed. PACTS' purpose is to provide an independent advisory service for Parliamentarians on all aspects of transport safety matters, with key focuses for 2015 including;

  • Long-term vision for a safe transport system free from death and serious injury.
  • Challenging national quantitative targets for road safety.
  • Commission an independent Road Safety Management Capacity Review (RSMCR).
  • Improve knowledge and understanding of collisions and casualties in UK road transport.
  • Improve road user standards, road network safety and improve vehicle safety.
  • Adopt the Safe System (international term) approach in road safety management.
  • Promote safe travel policies and safe transport procurement policies.
  • Review emergency medical response to collisions and enhanced trauma care.


Barry explained,

"I was pleased to be able to attend my first meeting PACTS meeting in London, identifying and promoting research-based solutions to transport safety issues and pursuing them through Parliamentary access and contacts will be my prime area of interest, together with all other PACTS members."

James Reader, Covéa Insurance’s Chief Executive said:

"I'm delighted that Covéa Insurance is now being represented at such an influential group. The objective of PACTS is a very important one: to protect human life through the promotion of transport safety. Our membership of PACTS, through Barry's participation, is a recognition of the role that we, and others in the insurance industry, have to play in improving road safety and a further demonstration of the importance that we place on our responsibilities as part of the wider community."





About Covéa Insurance

Covea Insurance Plc is the UK underwriting business of leading French mutual insurance group Covéa, who are number 1 for property and liability insurance in France, generating over 16.6 billion Euros in premiums in 2020.   

Covéa Insurance looks after the insurance needs of over 2 million policyholders; delivering financial reassurance through its Standard & Poor’s ‘AA- stable’ rating, as a guaranteed subsidiary of Covéa. 

The company offers motor, household, protection, pet, mid and high net worth insurance and a range of commercial insurance products, through a range of distribution channels.

Employing over 1900 people, Covéa Insurance has a strong people and service ethos.  It holds ServiceMark accreditation with Distinction for its Personal Lines operation and its Commercial & HNW Claims teams, as well as Chartered Insurer status for its Commercial business.  Covéa Insurance is signatory to the HM Treasury Women in Finance Charter and the insurance Inclusivity Pledge and has been named one of the top 75 employers in West Yorkshire & the Humber.

Recently, Covéa Insurance won the General Insurer of the Year award at the British Insurance Awards 2021. It was named as the Best Place to Work in Digital (Large Organisations) at the Digital Technology Leaders Awards and as the Best Employer at the Yorkshire Financial Awards.  They were also recipients of the Best Insurer title at the British Claims Awards, High Net Worth Product of the Year Award at the Insurance Times Awards, the Staff Empowerment Award at the Diversity & Inclusion in Insurance Awards.

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