Australasian Road Safety Conference

Invited plenary speakers, MCs and panellists confirmed to date…

We are delighted to announce our recently confirmed high-profile Keynote Speakers and Panellists for ARSC2018:



Hon T. Bella Dinh-Zarr PHD MPH
Board Member
US National Transportation Safety Board

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.



Hon Michael McCormack
Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister, &
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

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.




A/P Jeremy Woolley
Director, Centre for Automotive Safety Research, University of Adelaide &
co-Chair, Inquiry into the Effectiveness of the National Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020

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).



Mr Richard de Cani
Planning Leader UKMEA Region, Arup 

Richard leads the Planning business for the UK region of Arup based on London and is an urban planner and transportation planner.

Richard has 25 years’ experience of working in both the private and public sector with over 15 years at Transport for London where he we responsible for developing and delivering the transport strategy for London, on behalf of the Mayor.

During his time at TFL Richard led the development and implementation of the transport strategy for London that supported population and economic growth whilst transforming travel behaviour through a reduction in car trips.

Richard brings together a unique combination of senior client side experience from one of the world’s leading transport authorities with direct experience of leading many of the new transport and planning initiatives in London over the past decade.



Ms Clare Gardiner-Barnes
Deputy Secretary, Freight, Strategy and Planning
Transport for NSW


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.



The Hon Michelle Roberts, MLA
WA Minister for Police, Road Safety

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.




Mr David Bobbermen
Program Manager Safety,  Austroads

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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
Transport and Road Safety Research Centre

University of New South Wales

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.



Mr Martin Small
Principal, Martin Small Consulting

Martin has been working in transport safety and regulation for nearly 30 years, and in 2012 established Martin Small Consulting as a commercial platform to support the elimination of fatalities and serious injuries on the road.

Working extensively through Asia and Africa as much as Australasia, Martin’s client list includes a variety of multilateral development organisations, national and sub-national government agencies, member bodies and corporates.

He is currently advising the EU funded Safer Africa project, the Kenyan National Transport Safety Authority, the Ministry of Public Works and Transport in Laos, and the Indonesia Australia Partnership for Infrastructure (KIAT), and is completing a speed camera audit for the Government of South Australia. Martin led delivery of Austroads’ Vehicle as a Workplace project which, through collaboration with the Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities, resulted in the drafting of Australasia’s first comprehensive work health and safety guide to managing vehicle use in road traffic.

Martin is a former Chair of New Zealand’s National Road Safety Management Group, Director Road Safety in South Australia, Chair of Austroads’ Registration and Licensing Taskforce, and Director of ANCAP. He is currently a Vice President of the Australasian College of Road Safety.



Professor Rebecca Ivers
Head, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW Sydney
Honorary professorial fellow, the George Institute for Global Health

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.



Mr Stephen McDonald

General Manager Strategic Intitiatives

Stephen is currently General Manager, Strategic Initiatives and has been with Transurban for three years, during that time he has overseen a portfolio of projects focused on gaining understanding and building institutional capability to manage the impact that major technology, social and policy trends will have on the transport sector in the next five to ten years.

These include automated vehicles, network optimisation, IoT, road usage charging and MaaS.

In 2015, Stephen led Transurban’s Melbourne Road Usage Study, an 18-month study capturing the responses of 1,635 private light vehicle motorists from the Greater Melbourne region to five user-pays road charging options. Before joining Transurban Stephen spent more than 20 years in strategy consulting, academia and electronic engineering.




Mr Eric Chalmers
Chief Executive Officer, Kidsafe ACT
& Winner – 2017 3M-ACRS Diamond Road Safety Award

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.



Dr Marilyn Johnson
ARC DECRA Research Fellow
Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Transport Studies, Monash University

Dr Marilyn Johnson is a Senior Research Fellow with the Monash University Institute of Transport Studies and the Research and Policy Manager at the Amy Gillett Foundation. Marilyn has over a decade of experience in road safety research and practice. Her expertise is in active transport modes, particularly cycling and cyclist safety. She is an ARC DECRA Fellow currently undertaking a systematic review of coronial investigations to gain a national picture of the impact of social determinants in all fatal road crashes in Australia.
Dr Johnson is a Co-Vice President of the Australasian College of Road Safety and the Chair of the Victorian Chapter.




Senator Glenn Sterle
Federal Shadow Assistant Minister for Road Safety

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.

Glenn looks forward to working with industry and advocacy groups following his appointment to vastly improve road safety for all Australians.




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.




Mr Llew O’Brien MP
Federal Member for Wide Bay

Llew O’Brien is the Federal Member for Wide Bay and was elected to the Australian Parliament at the 2016 Federal election.

Llew lives at Chatsworth near Gympie in Queensland with his wife Sharon and they have three children.  As a former police officer with more than 15 years’ service, Llew has a strong interest in road safety.

In the time since his election Llew has secured an $800 million funding allocation from the Australian Government to fix one of the deadliest sections of the Bruce Highway, the final and largest project of the Cooroy to Curra four lane upgrade.

Llew is the Co-Chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Road Safety, and Chair of the Queensland Black Spot Consultative Committee.



Kevin Anderson MP
Member for Tamworth
Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Roads, Maritime and Transport

Kevin Anderson was elected Member for Tamworth in March 2011. He is a member of the Legislative Assembly in NSW where he represents more than 55,000 people in his electorate.

In the Legislative Assembly, Kevin is also the Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Roads, Maritime and Transport – assisting the Minister for Roads Freight and Maritime and also the Minister for Transport.

Kevin served in the Communications Branch of the Royal Australian Air Force before becoming a journalist with Prime Television and later becoming the Communications Manager with Hunter New England Area Health Service.

Just prior to politics, Kevin owned and ran an advertising and marketing business in Tamworth.

As a rural MP Kevin works tirelessly to ensure that the region has the best and finest resources available to support our hard working front line staff in providing the services required for our regional communities to grow.

Kevin and his wife Anna have three children, William, who is a Naval Officer in Canberra, 16 year old Ella and 12 year old Sam.



Dr Ian Johnston AM
Tasmanian Road Safety Council
Adviser to the Independent Council on Road Safety International

Ian Johnston has worked in the transport safety field since 1966.  He has been a researcher, policy analyst, program administrator, senior executive and non-executive Board member across a range of transport modes and settings – with the Australian and the Victorian governments, with a national R&D company and in academia.

He has a special interest in how societies and governments think about and manage safety and in the translation of research into policy and practice.

He now operates his own consultancy in safety services. Ian is the independent chair of the National Road Safety Partnership Program and of the Victorian injury data working group.

He is the independent expert on the Tasmanian Road Safety Council and is an Adviser to the Independent Council on Road Safety International.


Bernard Carlon

Executive Director, Centres for Road Safety & Maritime Safety 
Freight, Strategy and Planning Transport for NSW

Bernard Carlon was appointed as the Executive Director, Centre for Road Safety in Transport for NSW in May 2015.

Since 2012 he has been responsible for the development and delivery of NSW road safety policy and the NSW Road Safety Strategy.

The Centre for Maritime Safety was recently added to Bernard’s responsibilities. He is a board member of ANCAP and a member of the Austroads National Road Safety Taskforce.

Bernard has worked in Government and non-government organisations across a range of portfolios including Health, Justice, Environment and now Transport.




Sal Petroccitto

Chief Executive Officer, National Heavy Vehicle Regulator

Sal became Chief Executive Officer of the NHVR in May 2014, bringing an extensive knowledge of heavy vehicle regulation to the role.

He also has broad experience across state and local government, having held senior leadership roles in transport and logistics, transport planning and strategic planning, and has worked closely with industry and stakeholders to deliver an efficient and effective transport system and improved supply chain outcomes.

He was the Queensland Government representative on the NHVR Project Implementation Board and the Board of Transport Certification Australia.

Over the past four years, Sal has led a significant program of reform across Australia’s heavy vehicle industry, including transitioning functions from participating jurisdictions to deliver a single national heavy vehicle regulator, harmonising heavy vehicle regulations across more than 400 road managers, modernising safety laws for the heavy vehicle supply chain and heavy vehicle operators, and introducing the digital permit and regulatory systems.



Scott Charlton 

Chief Executive Officer,  Tansurban

Scott Charlton joined Transurban Group as Chief Executive Office in 2012. Scott has more than 25 years’ experience in developing, funding, constructing, and operating infrastructure assets, working with some of the sector’s leading corporations including Lend Lease, where he was Chief Operating Officer for global operations (2010 to 2012).

Prior to this he was Chief Financial Officer at Leighton Holdings and a Managing Director of Deutsche Bank.

Scott is an engineer by training. He is deputy chairman of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia advisory board a board member of Roads Australia and a member of Monash Industry Council of Advisers and the Business Council of Australia.




Lisa Foley 

Director Southern Operations, SafeWork NSW

Lisa Foley is currently Director Southern Operations with SafeWork NSW. SafeWork NSW has Australia’s largest Inspectorate, with 315 Inspectors servicing the Work Health and Safety, Workers Compensation and Return to Work needs of employers and workers in nearly 300,000 workplaces across NSW.

Lisa commenced her SafeWork career in 2003 as an Inspector and has worked across all industries but with a particular interest in safety within the road freight transport, stevedoring, airport operations, rail industries, manufacturing, and retail.  Lisa is leading the SafeWork’s portfolio of works in relation to the Transport Sector.

Lisa is an active supporter of the industry associations which represent the diverse workforce such as the Australian Logistics Council, Australian Trucking Association, Australian Road Transport Industrial Organisation and Australian Railway Association. As well as working collaboratively with co-regulatory organisations including NSW Roads and Maritime Services and the NSW Centre for Road Safety to further the reduction in both on-road and non-driving fatal and serious incidents impacting both workers and members of the community.

Prior to her career with SafeWork, Lisa had a broad background in the health industry, and this included emergency nursing and occupational rehab. Lisa has completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in Safety Science (OHS) at UNSW and has recently completed an Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Emergency Management).



Mike Savage

IPWEA Manager, Roads and Transport Directorate

Mick Savage has been IPWEA’s Manager, Roads and Transport Directorate, since October 2004.

He graduated as a Civil Engineer from UNSW in 1975 and commenced his professional career at Griffith City Council. He has worked in Local Government for more than 40 years, including 27 years with Randwick City Council.

His Local Government career includes chapters with responsibility for:

  • Road design
  • Pavement design
  • Contract and specification preparation
  • Traffic engineering including chairing of the Local Traffic Committee
  • Road construction and maintenance
  • Maintenance of recreation facilities including beaches and playing fields
  • Street and sports field lighting and
  • Project Management

Mick holds Masters Degrees in Engineering Science and Commerce. His major professional interests include asset management, financial reporting and transport planning.