Australasian Road Safety Conference

Invited speakers confirmed to date…

We are delighted to announce our recently confirmed high-profile Keynote Speakers and Panellists for ARSC2017:

  • Dr Mark Rosekind – Chief Safety Innovation Officer, Zoox, & Former Administrator, US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
  • Professor Len Collard – Australian Research Council Chief Investigator, School of Indigenous Studies, University of Western Australia
  • The Hon Darren Chester – Australia’s Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport
  • Mr David Bobbermen – Program Manager Safety, Austroads
  • The Hon Michelle Roberts MLA – Western Australia’s Minister for Police, Road Safety
  • Mr Iain Cameron – Interim Commissioner, Road Safety Commission
  • Dr Sudhakar Rao – State Director of Trauma, Royal Perth Hospital
  • Mr James Goodwin – CEO, Australasian New Car Assessment Program
  • Mr Stuart Ballingall – Program Director, Connected and Automated Vehicles, Austroads
  • Mr Terry Agnew – Group CEO, Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia
  • Ms Rita Excell – Executive Director, Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ARRB)
  • Mr Antonio Piscitelli – Business Development Specialist – IOT and M2M – Telstra & Steering Committee, Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ARRB)


Dr Mark Rosekind
Chief Safety Innovation Officer, Zoox & Former Administrator,
US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

Mark R. Rosekind, Ph.D., is a passionate safety professional with more than 30 years of experience promoting innovation through science and leadership in complex environments.

Dr. Rosekind was appointed by President Obama to be the 15th Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Serving from 2014 to 2017, Dr. Rosekind led significant transformation, instilling a proactive safety culture while driving both the Agency and automobile industry to be future-oriented. His initiatives included the development and issuance of the first-ever Federal Automated Vehicles Policy, the founding of the Road to Zero coalition to develop a 30-year plan to eliminate traffic fatalities, and aggressive
oversight of safety in the automobile industry, including leading the Agency through the nation’s largest product safety recall in U.S history.

Before becoming NHTSA Administrator, Dr. Rosekind was appointed by President Obama and served as the 40th member of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) from 2010 to 2014. He was the on-scene board member for seven major transportation accidents and participated in almost 50 accident Board Meetings, along with numerous NTSB public events on diverse safety topics. Dr. Rosekind advanced the agency’s advocacy goals on substance-impaired driving, fatigue, fire safety, and rail mass transit.

Prior to his appointment to the NTSB, Dr. Rosekind founded Alertness Solutions, a scientific consulting firm that specialized in fatigue management, and served as the company’s first president and chief scientist. He previously directed the Fatigue Countermeasures Program at NASA’s Ames Research Center and was chief of the Aviation Operations Branch in the Flight Management and Human Factors Division. He launched his professional career as the director of the Center for Human Sleep Research at the Stanford University Sleep Disorders and Research Center.

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal (5 April 2017) “Self-Driving Car Startup Zoox Makes Safe Bet on Mark Rosekind” included the following:

One of the buzziest startups in Silicon Valley, Zoox Inc., says it is taking a different path in the race to build self-driving cars: It is preaching safety first.
The secretive company used its first major announcement this week to tout the hiring of one of America’s foremost safety officials, Mark Rosekind. Until January, he oversaw the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an agency responsible for ensuring vehicle safety. Now he is Zoox’s chief safety innovation officer.
“There have been other startups that have been, in various ways, cavalier with safety,” said Tim Kentley-Klay, Zoox’s chief executive, in a rare interview late Tuesday, without naming any competitors. “That’s not our culture. We take this very seriously. This appointment…demonstrates that.”

We are very much looking forward to Dr Rosekind providing a Keynote Address on Day 1 of the Australasian Road Safety Conference.


Professor Len Collard
Australian Research Council, Chief Investigator
School of Indigenous Studies, University of Western Australia

Professor Len Collard is an Australian Research Council, Chief Investigator with the School of Indigenous Studies at the University of Western Australia.  Len has a background in literature and communications and his research interests are in the area of Aboriginal Studies, including Nyungar interpretive histories and Nyungar theoretical and practical research models.

Len has conducted research funded by the Australian Research Council, the National Trust of Western Australia, the Western Australian Catholic Schools and the
Swan River Trust and many many other organisations.  Len’s research has allowed the broadening of the understanding of the many unique characteristics of Australia’s Aboriginal people and has contributed enormously to improving the appreciation of Aboriginal culture and heritage of the Southwest of Australia.

Len’s groundbreaking theoretical work has put Nyungar cultural research on the local, national and international stages.  Finally Len is a Whadjuk Nyungar, and as such is a Traditional Owner of the Perth Metropolitan area and surrounding lands, rivers, swamps ocean and it’s culture.

We are delighted that Len will be joining us to perform the Welcome to Country during the opening plenary session of ARSC2017.


Hon Darren Chester
Australia’s Federal Minister
Infrastructure and Transport

Darren Chester was elected to Federal Parliament as the Member for Gippsland on June 26, 2008, in a by-election following the retirement of the Hon Peter McGauran. He was re-elected in 2010 and served as the Opposition’s Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Roads and Regional Transport as well as being an active member of various Parliamentary Committees until the most recent Federal election.

Following a successful campaign in 2013 and the introduction of the Abbott-Truss Government, he was appointed the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence. Darren continued as the Assistant Minister for Defence under the new Turnbull Government and in February 2016, was appointed to Cabinet as the Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport.

Darren, aged 49, was born and educated in Sale and now lives in Lakes Entrance with his wife Julie and their four children. Prior to entering Federal Parliament, he worked as a newspaper and television journalist throughout Gippsland and then became Chief of Staff to the Leader of The Nationals in Victoria, Peter Ryan.


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.


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 Iain Cameron FACRS
Interim Commissioner, WA Road Safety Commission

Iain Cameron has over 30 years public sector policy, strategy and leadership experience in school and tertiary education, public health, drug strategy, transport, roads and road safety.  Iain Cameron was appointed as WA’s interim Road Safety Commissioner on 27 June 2017.  Iain has for many yearas been a leader in road safety management in Western Australia. He was instrumental in what was an innovative approach, the Towards Zero 2008-2020 Road Safety Strategy, effectively reducing road trauma.  He has been an active professional and an ambassador in developing similar strategies across Australasia and the OECD.

Iain led the Office of Road Safety in Western Australia for over 15 years .  He championed the Towards Zero approach which is the focus for the Western Australia’s road safety strategy for 2008-2020.  WA was the first State to adopt the Vision Zero approach.  Iain then oversaw the Main Roads WA Road Safety Strategy 2011-2015 “The Road Towards Zero – No more death or serious injury on our roads”.  In 2013, compared to baseline 2005-2007, WA has achieved a 19.5% drop in fatalities and a 19% drop in people killed or seriously injured. 161 deaths in 2013 compared with 235 in 2007.

Iain is a significant contributor as an Independent Director on the Board of the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) and also the WA Road Safety Council, and until recently Chaired the Austroads Safety Taskforce, managing research and policy development for Ministers nationally.

Iain has recently been recognised for his long term international road safety work, accepting the role of Chair of the Organisation for Economic and Co-operation Development’s (OECD) Working Group on Safe System Implementation.  Iain is also a Trustee for the Towards Zero Foundation.

Iain has tertiary qualifications in education, health promotion and a Masters in Public Health, and is is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In December 2014 Iain was awarded as a Fellow of the Australian College of Road Safety by the Governor General of Australia for his significant contributions to road safety locally, nationally and internationally.

With the awarding of the 2014 ACRS Fellowship by the Governor-General of Australia, Iain joined an elite group of eminent road safety professionals who have all been awarded the Fellowship honour.  This award was in recognition of Iain’s significant contributions to road safety locally, nationally and internationally.


Dr Sudhakar Rao
State Director of Trauma, Royal Perth Hospital

Sudhakar Rao is a surgeon with special interest in trauma surgery. He qualified as a surgeon in Australia in 1993 and obtained further training in Boston, USA before returning to Royal Perth Hospital.  Sudhakar is the Director of Trauma at the States’ Major Trauma Centre at Royal Perth Hospital (RPH), Western Australia’s largest and only Level I Trauma Service.  As the designated provider of major trauma services for adults in Western Australia, RPH treats approximately 80 per cent of the State’s major trauma cases.  More than 5000 trauma patients are admitted annually, with over 700 of these patients classed as major trauma.

Sudhakar established the Trauma Registry and the Trauma Service at RPH. In 1997, Sudhakar introduced the Major Trauma Outcome Clinic (MTOC), an innovative multidisciplinary project to evaluate patient outcomes following major trauma. Sudhakar was in the first response multidisciplinary trauma team to Aceh after the tsunami disaster in Dec 2004. He received a Humanitarian Service medal from the Government of Australia in recognition of this service. Sudhakar has presented at many national and international conferences on his expert knowledge of trauma.


Mr James Goodwin
CEO, Australasian New Car Assessment Program

James Goodwin is a former journalist and news presenter with a professional career in corporate affairs and government relations. He has a keen interest in consumer advocacy and education, particularly in the areas of transport and safety.  Mr Goodwin is the Chief Executive Officer of leading vehicle safety advocate, the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). ANCAP is a not-for-profit public company with 23 member organisations, providing consumers with independent advice and information on vehicle safety through its crash test program.

Prior to joining ANCAP, Mr Goodwin held the position of Director – Government Relations & Communications at the Australian Automobile Association (AAA). The AAA represents the interests of each of the state motoring clubs and their seven million members. In this role, James was responsible for stakeholder management, communication strategies and political campaigning including a lead role in the successful 2013 Federal Election campaign – Demand Better Roads.  Whilst at the AAA, James acted as Chief Executive and represented Australia as Vice-Chair of the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA)’s Mobility Policy Commission, a global committee on transport policy.

Mr Goodwin has held senior corporate affairs positions with the industry body representing the interests of new vehicle brands, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), as well as with the government-owned business, Airservices Australia, which provides air traffic management and aviation firefighting services at Australian airports.  As a broadcast journalist and news presenter, James worked for major networked news outlets in Sydney and Canberra including a number of years in the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery.



Mr Stuart Ballingall
Program Director, Connected and Automated Vehicles

Stuart Ballingall is the Program Director Connected & Automated Vehicles at Austroads.  Stuart also has a leading role preparing for emerging transport technologies in his role as Director Transport Futures at VicRoads, and as a member of the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) board of directors, and the National Positioning Infrastructure Advisory Board.

Stuart has extensive experience leading technical programs that span across the transport, automotive, and ICT industries, including with General Motors Holden, the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV), and VicRoads. Stuart is also an active member on numerous government and industry forums, both at the national and international level.



Mr Terry Agnew
Group CEO, Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia

RAC started as a motoring club in 1905 and with almost 1000 employees, now provides a range of diverse services to over 900,000 Western Australians in the areas of motoring, insurance, finance, travel, tourism parks and resorts, retirement and home services.  RAC is in Australia’s top 100 private companies.

Terry has had a range of executive and board roles with private and public companies, mutual and member organisations, government, and educational organisations. He currently Chairs Edge Employment Solutions (a disability employment organisation), and sits on the boards of RAA Insurance and the MDA National Insurance Board.  Terry has also Chaired the Curtin Business School since 2008.  Terry is also a Director of the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals and a member of CEO’s for Gender Equity.  He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia (Finsia) and Member of the Australian Institute of Engineers.

Before joining RAC, Terry was Managing Director of SGIC Holdings Ltd. (a general insurance and health insurance organisation) in South Australia.  He has also worked in the oil and gas industry, in the university sector and as a consultant.  He has previously been President of the Australian Institute of Management (WA), President of AIM Nationally, a director of the Insurance Commission of WA, a director of the West Coast Eagles Football Club and State President of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA).

Terry was educated in Adelaide, Perth and Boston and his qualifications include MBA, M.Sc and B.E. (Hons).  He has completed the Harvard Advanced Management program and is an Adjunct Professor at Curtin University.



Ms Rita Excell
Executive Director, Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative (an ARRB initiative)

Rita Excell is the Executive Director of the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) Centre of Excellence. This national initiative, formed in July 2015, is arguably the fastest growing collaboration of like minded organisations with a shared vision to accelerate the safe and successful introduction of driverless vehicles onto Australian and New Zealand roads. With the ADVI COE centred in Adelaide, Rita leads the collaboration of over 100 partners across Australia and the globe.

Rita’s prior roles has included working as the Regional Manager of ARRB Group’s South Australian office being responsible for managing key strategic policy projects for State Road Authorities across Australia and for organisations that manage public and private road infrastructure in Australia. Rita is also the key spokesperson for ADVI.

Rita is a qualified Civil Engineer with over 20 years’ experience which commenced in Local Government which provided her with the foundation of how important it is to work with the community at the grass roots level. Rita then moved to the RAA in SA and for over thirteen years worked on establishing the organisation’s strategic transport planning, road safety and advocacy activities, including producing long term vision documents for enhanced transport and safety solutions for the membership.

Read the ARRB ADVI Announcement here.



Mr Antonio Piscitelli
Business Development M2M / IOT Connected Vehicles, Telstra
Steering Committee, Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative (an ARRB initiative)

Antonio Piscitelli has 17 years’ experience in the Telecommunications industry. As Business Development Manager, his current role influences the solutions that are developed and promoted to Telstra customers to improve safety, productivity, and cost savings through the adoption of vehicle based technology as part of IOT (Internet of Things).

As Telstra’s representative on the Steering Committee  for the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI), the future state of transportation is also a key focus and cellular companies capabilities will enable highly connected and automated systems for the improvement of the global populations mobility requirements.

Antonio has lead a number of initiatives around the connected car and the eco system of solutions.  One key pilot was  Vehicle to Pedestrian (V2P) which is using cellular messaging direct  from a vehicle to a cyclist or pedestrian to improve situational awareness of both road users, and address fatalities on our road.