We are delighted to announce our recently confirmed high-profile Keynote Speakers and Panellists for ARSC2018:
Mr Kenneth Svensson
Special Adviser Traffic Safety
Swedish Transport Administration
Mr Kenneth Svensson has a long experience within traffic safety at the Swedish Transport Administration and at the Swedish Road Administration. He has been working as a coordinator of the in-depth studies of fatal accidents in the western region and has been in charge of the strategic traffic safety work in the same region. He has been engaged in traffic safety projects in Serbia and Bosnia for the Swedish National Road Consulting AB. He took the initiative to develop a methodology in order to determine which fatalities in the road transport system that actually are suicides. He is in charge of the suicide classification work that since 2010 is carried out in cooperation with the Swedish Transport Agency and the National Board of Forensic Medicine. He now works at Vision Zero Academy at the Swedish Transport Administration.
Suggested topic for speech: Sweden’s Renewed Commitment to Vision Zero.
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 the 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).
Secretary of the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities
Dr Steven Kennedy is the Secretary of the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities, a position he has held since September 2017.
Prior to that, Steven was a Deputy Secretary at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, where he led work on the Cities Agenda, regulatory reform, public data and digital innovation.
Steven holds a PhD and a Masters in Economics from the Australian National University and a Bachelor of Economics (First Class Honours) from the University of Sydney.
Principal Transport Engineer
Mornington Peninsula Shire
Over 25 years of local government experience in transport with a focus on road safety. Recognised for being persistent and innovative to achieve better approaches to deliver improved road safety standards on Local roads.
Also, driven the Mornington Peninsula Shire to be a road safety leader for local government.
Responsible for the Shire to be the first municipality in Australia to be adopted by its Council to be a Towards Zero Municipality incorporating the Safe System principles.
Working closely with VicRoads, Victoria Police and TAC has been able to implement a wide range of innovative approaches targeting high crash risk areas.
As a result, has often participated in TAC symposiums to showcase the Shire’s initiatives to reduce road trauma.
Director-General, Chief Executive Officer & Chair
Department of Transport and Main Roads
As Director-General, Neil leads the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR), with an operating budget of $5.886 billion, a capital budget of $3.185 billion and managed assets worth $70.690 billion.
Neil joined the Queensland Public Service in March 2012 as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of TransLink where he was responsible for the public transport network across Queensland. He was appointed Director-General of TMR in March 2013.
In September 2014, Neil became Commissioner for the National Transport Commission (NTC) and joined the Roads Australia Board in November 2014. Neil is Chair of Austroads and Deputy Chair of the Australian Road Research Board. He is also a board member of the Queensland Transport and Logistics Council, Tourism and Transport Forum, Roads Australia, the Australian Centre for Rail Innovation and Police-Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYC) Queensland.
In September 2014, Neil became Government Champion for the Woorabinda Indigenous community. From 2015–2017, Neil was the Queensland Public Sector’s CEO Champion against domestic and family violence. In 2017, Neil won Australia’s CEO Challenge Race, a fundraising initiative that raises money and awareness for domestic and family violence prevention.
Neil became Acting CEO for Queensland Rail in October 2016, returning to the Director-General role at TMR in April 2017.
Mildura Rural City Council Road Safety Officer
For the past 18 years, Christopher Davis has been Mildura Rural City Council’s Road Safety Officer, while also supporting the community as Chair of RoadSafe Mildura. In the last 14 months, Chris has been working with the Transport Accident Commission on the 1st phase of their Local Government engagement strategy where he has visited all 79 Victorian Local Government Authorities discussing their road safety issues. His experience and recent engagement activities afford Chris a unique insight into local government and Towards Zero endeavours.
Examples of Chris’ knowledge in practical applications include successfully leading the development of a new innovative low-cost roundabout which features consistent safe system entry speeds below 30km/h, and, leading the development of Mildura Council’s speed strategy reducing all residential streets from 50 to 40km/h.
Deputy member of the Road Safety Council of WA,
Director on the Board of Injury Matters
Terri-Anne Pettet manages RoadWise for the Western Australian Local Government Association, working with Local Governments and communities to take action to reduce road trauma. Terri-Anne has a Bachelor of Science (Health Promotion) degree and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has been involved in various aspects of road safety: research, policy development, strategic and operational program planning and delivery, for 22 years. During that time Terri-Anne was instrumental in establishing safe system guiding principles for Local Government and is currently overseeing the development of a Local Government safe system demonstration project. Terri-Anne is the Local Government deputy member to the Road Safety Council of WA and a Director on the Board of Injury Matters.