We are delighted to announce our recently confirmed high-profile Keynote Speakers and Panellists for ARSC2018:
T. Bella Dinh-Zarr, PhD, MPH, is the 42nd Member of the National Transportation Safety Board, an independent U.S. agency charged by the U.S. Congress with investigating transportation disasters and issuing safety recommendations. Dr. Dinh-Zarr trained as a public health scientist, specializing in injury prevention, and has dedicated her career to ensuring transportation safety is a priority, domestically and internationally. She served as NTSB Vice Chairman for two years, launched with investigators to rail, marine, and aviation accidents, chaired aviation and highway investigative Board meetings, and chaired NTSB’s Pedestrian Safety Forum and Rear Occupant Protection Workshop.
Previously, at the FIA Foundation, Dr. Dinh-Zarr worked on the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety and advocated for transportation safety targets in the Sustainable Development Goals. She initiated collaborative projects to improve road safety, especially for vulnerable populations such as children and pedestrians, in Southeast Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
A graduate of Rice University, Dr. Dinh-Zarr has Master of Public Health and PhD degrees from the University of Texas School of Public Health, with a fellowship at the Institute of Child Health in London. She has held positions at the CDC, NHTSA, AAA, and the Texas Transportation Institute.
Michael has lived and worked in the Riverina all his life. He was raised on family farms at Marrar and Brucedale and went to school at Saint Michael’s Regional and Trinity Senior High Schools in Wagga Wagga. Michael was elected as The Nationals’ Member for Riverina on 21 August 2010. He served on the Parliament’s Regional Australia Committee and proudly fought for local communities by advocating against the importation of New Zealand apples in 2011, moving a Disallowance Motion against the Murray-Darling Basin Plan in 2012 and successfully lobbying against the proposed takeover of GrainCorp by American multi-national Archer Daniels Midland in 2013.
Following the 2013 Federal Election, Michael was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance. Michael was then appointed Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister in September 2015. In this role, Michael worked alongside The Nationals’ Leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Warren Truss, in the administration of regional development programmes. A reshuffle in February 2016 following the retirement of Mr Truss saw Michael become the Assistant Minister for Defence – a portfolio with key ties to the Riverina, which has two major defence bases – RAAF Base Wagga and the Home of the Solider at Kapooka.
Following the 2016 Federal Election Michael was appointed the Federal Small Business Minister and has ministerial responsibility for the nation’s 3.2 million small businesses. As part of the Liberals & Nationals in Government, the small business tax rate has been cut to 27.5 per cent – its lowest level since the Second World War. More small businesses are also eligible for the $20,000 instant asset write-off to purchase new equipment.
Michael became the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel as well as the Minister assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC in December 2017. He also was appointed Deputy Leader of the House. Michael introduced the Veterans Affairs Legislation Amendment (Veteran-Centric Reforms No.1) Bill on 15 February 2018 which implemented several new initiatives delivering better services to veterans and their families.
On 26 February 2018 Michael was elected the 14th Leader of The Nationals and was sworn in as Australia’s 18th Deputy Prime Minister as well as the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport.
Associate Professor Jeremy Woolley is Director of the Centre for Automotive Safety Research (CASR) at the University of Adelaide. He has over 20 years’ experience in road safety research covering many areas including road design, traffic management, road safety auditing, Safe System Assessment, in-depth crash investigation, speed management, heavy vehicles, young drivers, enforcement, communications, intervention and policy evaluation. Past experiences include work as an engineer in local government, manager of a “Safer People” portfolio in a state road agency and the advisor to Professor Fred Wegman from SWOV in the Netherlands during time in South Australia under the “Thinker in Residence” program.
Jeremy has been a life-long contributor to professional organisations, is a past state president of the Australian Institute for Transport and Planning Management and is currently the South Australian Chapter Chair and National Secretary of the Australasian College of Road Safety. He is well known for his knowledge transfer and capacity building activities with many types of organisations regarding the Safe System approach to road safety and has contributed to numerous guides and reports on road safety practice.
Over the years, Jeremy has been associated with the creation and review of numerous road safety strategies and action plans in various jurisdictions. Most recently, he co-chaired an Inquiry into the National Road Safety Strategy with Dr John Crozier from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, with additional input from official advisers Lauchlan McIntosh (ACRS) and Rob McInerney (iRAP).
Clare Gardiner-Barnes is the Deputy Secretary of the Freight, Strategy and Planning Division of Transport for NSW. Clare has a broad remit, including road and maritime safety, innovation and research, freight industry, and the formulation of policy and legislation across all modes of transport. Clare leads strategic planning across Transport for NSW, including leading the State’s vision for transport over the next 40 years with Future Transport 2056.
Clare is a board member of Roads Australia, and is committed to working with her State and Territory counterparts, to ensure regulatory change that supports the adoption of new technologies such as autonomous vehicles. Before taking on leadership roles in Transport departments across Australia, Clare worked in in various executive positions in education and in the Department of Children and Families in the Northern Territory.
Clare is an Executive Champion for women and flexibility and actively seeks opportunities to embed her values across Transport for NSW’s workforce of over 25,000 people.
Michelle Roberts MLA is the WA Labor Party Member for Midland and a Minister in the WA Government. As the WA Government Minister responsible for Police and Road Safety. Michelle completed a Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma of Education at UWA, teaching at John Curtin SHS from 1983-1987.
At just 26 she was elected as a local Government Councillor for the City of Perth in 1986 and was elected Deputy Lord Mayor in 1992.
David has worked in a variety of road infrastructure disciplines for more than 35 years and held senior engineering, specialist, policy, operational and program management positions for Transport and Main Roads Queensland. David led the planning and rapid implementation of an affordable network-wide response to one of the worst performing highways in Australia. This resulted in halving the number of fatalities within two years which was recognised by the 3M-ACRS Diamond Road Safety Award for 2015.
As the Austroads Safety Program Manager, David is looking forward to working with practitioners across all jurisdictions to share best practice and make a significant step change to improve road safety performance across Australia and New Zealand. “This will be important as Austroads adopts and implements “safe systems” thinking, road design concepts for a “self-explaining road”, harmonisation of driver requirements and to meet commitments of the National Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020 with updates to the Road Safety Action Plan,” David said. “I want to develop a culture where no stone is unturned in the endeavour to save lives”, David said.
David is keen to integrate the thinking from the Road Safety, Road Design, and Registration and Licensing Task Forces to achieve an outcome much greater than the sum of the parts. “With all road jurisdictions under significant pressure to be more efficient in an environment of fiscal constraints, my focus will also be on refining and simplifying practice,” David said.
Professor Ann Williamson’s research is in the area of human factors, primarily focussing on two related areas; the effects of fatigue and the role of human error in injury and safety. Professional Activities: Professor Williamson has a significant track record of research in safety especially in the areas of workplace and road safety. After working as a Research Scientist for the NSW Government in the Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Occupational Health, she moved to the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety where she was Principal Research Scientist and Head of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Unit.
During her time at the Institute, Ann developed a reputation for her work in a number of areas relating to injury, in particular for her work on fatigue and working hours especially involving long distance road transport; her work on the role of behaviour in the causes of injury; and work on the neurobehavioural effects of exposure to workplace hazards. This work has continued following her move to the University of New South Wales, where Ann established the NSW Injury Risk Management Research Centre and was Deputy Director.
Ann has published extensively in the scientific literature and also been an invited speaker at a wide range of national and international conferences and an invited member of a number of government committees on road and workplace safety. Ann’s contributions to the area of injury prevention also include membership of the board of the Journal of Safety Research and regular reviewing for a number of scientific journals and granting bodies.
Martin Small has been working in road safety for 22 years, holding senior positions in New Zealand and Australian governments (dual citizen), and now consulting in both markets and internationally.
Martin’s record of promoting road safety knowledge and practice includes initiating the first developing country scholarships (nineteen) as ARSRPE2008 Conference Chair, and delivering a long-term South Australian government research commitment in 2010.
Martin successfully nominated for the ACRS Australasian Executive in 2016 to help strengthen road safety leadership across Australasia and have drafted ACRS positions to Federal Parliamentarians and Government. Martin is on the ARSC2018 Organising Committee as preparation for ARSC2019.
Professor Rebecca Ivers is an injury epidemiologist and leading researcher in global health. Recognised for her expertise in studying injury, trauma care and falls prevention, Professor Ivers designs and leads large observational studies and randomised trials focusing on injury in high-risk and disadvantaged populations in Australia and in low- and middle-income countries in Asia.
Her work has substantially improved understanding relating to the burden of and risk factors for injury in many countries and informed policies for improving safety and reducing motor vehicle-related injury globally. She remains a passionate advocate for injury management and prevention. Her research in motorcycle safety has been influential in developing policy relating to motorcycle protective clothing and helmet use in high- and low- income settings and she has contributed chapters to multiple WHO good practice manuals on road safety. Her research on young drivers has influenced Australian government legislation on graduated driver licensing.
Professor Ivers also leads a program of work on prevention and care of injury in Aboriginal people. She says, “my team works closely with Aboriginal people and community organisations in various settings around Australia to understand the challenges and needs around road safety, injury and trauma care and to find ways to effect change. Our Driving Change program is one example”. Professor Ivers is member of the WHO Violence and Injury Prevention Mentor program and a member of the UN Road Safety Collaboration. In 2014 Professor Ivers was named in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac list of Australia’s Top 100 Women of Influence.
Eric has been CEO of Kidsafe ACT for some 19 years. In that time Kidsafe ACT has developed an integrated child safety program based on a set of core road safety initiatives for children. The unique call-to-action is a permanent free child car restraint checking service, supported by other free support services. Kidsafe ACT also has strong, enduing partnerships with a variety of other NGOs and Agencies supporting families of young children.
Eric is also involved in a variety of other related organisations in the ACT, Australia and internationally. These all related to improving parenting and supporting families of young children. He is a Churchill Fellow and has been able to bring world best practice in injury prevention to this unitive through long-term involvement with the Safe Kids Worldwide network of over 30 member countries and the ACRS, including as ACT Chapter Chair and former co-Vice President of the College..
As part of the 3M – ACRS Diamond Road Safety Award won by the Kidsafe ACT initiative in 2017, Eric visited the USA in January 2018 and we today will hear more of this award and the work of Kidsafe in the ACT.
Glenn Sterle is a Labor Senator for Western Australia and was recently appointed by Bill Shorten as the Federal Shadow Assistant Minister for Road Safety. Glenn left school at the age of 17 to pursue a career in the transport industry. At the age of 20, Glenn started his own business, operating road trains throughout the Pilbara, Kimberley and Northern Territory, which he ran for 11 years.
Coming from a trucking family, Glenn made his living out of driving trucks. Glenn’s dad was a truck driver, he followed suit and Glenn’s son became a truck driver as well. As a result, road safety for transport families and all road users has been at the forefront of Glenn’s mind for many years. Glenn understands and appreciates the issues that confront road users and the conditions that those who work in the transport industry face.
Before entering Parliament, Glenn advocated for better working conditions for the truck drivers of Australia. For 14 years Glenn was a full time official with the Transport Workers Union and has played major roles in state and federal election campaigns.
Coming from a working class background Glenn has a natural ability to communicate with Australians from all walks of life. He also has an excellent understanding of how industrial relations work – from both employee and employer perspectives.
Mr Nick Koukoulas
Chief Executive – Austroads
Nick Koukoulas was appointed Chief Executive of Austroads in November 2014.
Prior to Austroads, Nick was Managing Director of BSI Group for Australia and New Zealand. The global British Standards Institution (BSI) is the globally recognised and preeminent standards development and certification body.
Nick is an experienced Board Member and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has held roles as a senior executive for national and multi-national market leaders in area such as professional services, standards development, training, fire and safety, importation and wholesale distribution.
Nick holds an MBA and has held Directorship positions in the private sector as well as in the not-for-profit sectors. Nick also sits on the Council of the World Road Association and on the Centre for Pavement Engineering Education Council as well as the Council of Standards Australia.