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:


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.


Dr Nadia Anderson
Global Public Policy Lead, Road & Traffic Safety

Nadia Anderson, Ph.D. is the Global Public Policy Lead for Road and Traffic Safety at Uber. As the company’s global lead, Dr. Anderson shapes the company’s approach to road and traffic safety, supports road safety research and advocacy initiatives, and advises the company’s safety product and engineering teams.   For more than a decade, Dr. Anderson’s work has centred upon transportation, mobility, and road safety. Prior to joining Uber, she managed federal affairs for AAA National and worked at the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, where she focused on road safety research and advanced vehicle technology policy.

Dr. Anderson earned a Ph.D. in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware and is a graduate of the University of Virginia (B.A) and Virginia State University (M.A).


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 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).


Professor Narelle Haworth
Research Professor,
The Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland
2013 Fellow, The Australasian College of Road Safety

Professor Narelle Haworth has 30 years’ experience in road safety research. She was awarded the 2013 Australasian College of Road Safety Fellowship “for her outstanding contribution as an internationally recognised researcher in the road safety field and for her major contribution as a policy advisor at the state, national and international level”. She has also been appointed to Chair the US National Academy of Science TRB Committee on Motorcycles and Mopeds. This is a most prestigious appointment which gives CARRS-Q and QUT international recognition by the top international transport board, and is particularly important given the international explosion of deaths and injuries due to motorcycle riding.

Professor Haworth’s focus has been on improving the safety of vulnerable road users – pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists – and the synergies among both risk factors and road safety measures for these three groups. She has also stressed the importance of the interaction between safety and environmental and other health outcomes for these groups. A major thrust of her work has been to make policymakers aware of the relevance and impact of research on road safety practice, and to reinforce the need to focus on the most effective measures, notably speed reductions and road infrastructure as safety improvements. Her review of bicycle helmet research in 2010 helped the Queensland Government to retain compulsory helmet wearing laws in the face of vocal opposition. Similarly, her analyses of the safety effects of allowing riding on the footpath by adults have provided support for maintaining current legislation in Queensland.

Professor Haworth has led evaluations of graduated licensing schemes, pre-driver education programs in schools, motorcycle rider training, the introduction of the 50 km/h general urban speed limit, the WA child restraint fitting scheme, and roadside drug testing. In addition, she has developed evaluation frameworks for the WA road safety strategy, Intelligent Speed Adaptation for heavy vehicles, and public bicycle schemes. She led the team which evaluated the minimum passing distance rule trial in Queensland and provided expert reviews of several other projects undertaken by TMR in response to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Cycling.


Ms Christine Thiel
MACC Marketing and Road Safety Northern Territory
Grand Prize Winner – 2018 3M-ACRS Diamond Road Safety Award

Christine is a marketing professional who has been working in road safety for the past 12 years.  Her role is to create and manage evidenced based Road Safety campaigns, partnerships and programs on behalf of the NT Motor Accidents Compensation Commission which is administered by the Territory Insurance Office (Allianz Australia).

Christine’s experience and interest related to strategy, marketing and developing community-based road safety programs for MACC and in partnership with key stakeholders.   Over the past 10 years, she has created innovative strategies to engage with  Indigenous audiences in regional and remote areas with campaigns and programs through storytelling, art and culture,  delivered in multiple aboriginal languages.


Ms Pip Spence
Deputy Secretary, Transport Group
Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development

Pip Spence is the Deputy Secretary, Transport Group at the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development. Pip’s responsibilities include Aviation and Airports, Surface Transport Policy and Portfolio Coordination and Research.

Prior to returning to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development in December 2015, Pip had a number of senior leadership roles in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, including running the Cabinet Division and the Ministerial Support Division. She was also closely involved in the establishment of the National Broadband Network in the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, and was awarded a Public Service Medal for her contribution to the telecommunications regulations reform associated with the implementation of the NBN. She commenced her career in the then Department of Transport and Communications, where she worked in a number of aviation-related areas, including as adviser to the then Minister for Transport.

Pip has a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Tasmania and a Graduate Diploma in Economics from the Australian National University.


Mr Doug Bradbrook MIEAust
Principal Transport Engineer
Mornington Peninsula Shire


Doug has over 25 years of local government experience in transport with a focus on road safety and is recognised for being persistent and innovative to achieve better approaches to deliver improved road safety standards on Local roads. Doug has also driven the Mornington Peninsula Shire to be a road safety leader for local government.

Doug has been 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 Doug 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.


Mr Neil Scales OBE
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.


Mr David Bobbermen
Safety Program Manager


David Bobbermen has worked in a variety of road infrastructure disciplines for more than 40 years and held senior engineering, policy, operational and 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 reducing fatalities by 40% within two years which was recognised by the 3M Australasian College of Road Safety Diamond Award for 2015.

David is working with practitioners across all jurisdictions to share best practice and make a significant change to improve road safety performance across Australia and New Zealand. With approximately 50% of crashes occurring on local government roads, Austroads is also ensuring practices are developed with local government practitioners in mind. “This will be important as Austroads adopts and implements Safe System thinking in consideration of the total network and supports jurisdictions in implementing the Road Safety Action Plan 2018 to 2020. I want to develop a culture where no stone is unturned in the endeavour to save lives,” David said.


Ms Samantha Cockfield FACRS
Senior Manager, Road Safety
Transport Accident Commission 

Samantha Cockfield is the Lead Director of Road Safety at the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) in Victoria. Samantha has been involved in the road safety field since 1992, beginning as an economist working on the development and evaluation accident blackspot programs, she has since developed behavioural programs including many of the TAC’s well-known public education campaigns.

In her position, Samantha is responsible for the development and delivery of the TAC’s road safety strategy which spans road infrastructure, vehicle safety initiatives and a range of programs designed to improve road user behaviours. She is also involved in Victoria’s Strategy and Action Plans.


Hon Corey Wingard MP
 SA Minister
Police & Emergency Services

Corey Wingard MP was elected to the South Australian Parliament as the Member for Mitchell in March 2014. Following the 2018 State Election Corey was re-elected
to the new seat of Gibson and became Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Correctional Services and Recreation, Sport and Racing. After first entering the Parliament in 2014 Mr Wingard was appointed Shadow Minister for Transport and Road Safety, a role which he served for 18 months before becoming Shadow Minister for Small Business, Manufacturing and Innovation, Cost of Living and Automotive Transformation. In January 2017 those roles were consolidated to Shadow Minister for Industry, Sport, Recreation and Racing.

Corey was born in South Australia and grew up in Oaklands Park and Brighton, suburbs that now form the electorate of Gibson. He attended Brighton Secondary School before studying at the University of South Australia. During High School and University, Corey played football locally and worked part-time at Westfield Marion. Before entering the Parliament Corey worked as a journalist, firstly at Channel 9 in Sydney and Melbourne and more recently, in the Adelaide newsroom of Channel 10. While in the media Corey produced and hosted a football show and a number of other major events including the AFL, IPL cricket and Delhi Commonwealth Games.
Corey is an active member and proud supporter of a range of local community and sporting groups within the electorate of Gibson and the broader community.
Corey is married and has four children.


Mr Nick Koukoulas
Chief Executive 
Austroads Ltd

Nick Koukoulas is Chief Executive of Austroads Ltd.  Austroads is the association of road and transport agencies for Australia and New Zealand.  It engages in research activities on behalf of its members and produces best practice Guides which are used throughout Australasia and internationally.
Nick is also a Director of Standards Australia.

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 organisations. 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 Executive Committee and is Vice Chair of the Communications Commission of the World Road Association.


Ms Claire Howe
Chief Executive Officer
Australasian College of Road Safety

Claire Howe is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australasian College of Road Safety and has been involved in road safety since 2011 when she joined the College as Executive Officer. During Claire’s 8 year tenure the College has undergone significant growth and transformation, which has in turn supported and strengthened the capacity of the diverse stakeholder group working to expedite road trauma reductions.

Key initiatives over this period include the merging of the College and Austroads’ road safety conferences to form the Australasian Road Safety Conference series (of which ARSC2019 is the 5th), building a strong and reputable communications portfolio across multiple platforms, ensuring College submissions and presentations have a strong reliance on peer-reviewed and evidence-based research, and leading the College’s operational transformation during a period of strong growth.

Claire has a Degree in Science from James Cook University, a Graduate Diploma in Management from the Australian Maritime College, and in 2017 represented the College in London to accept a Prince Michael International Road Safety Award for ACRS Road Safety Management. In 2018 Claire completed the intensive Road Safety Management Leadership Program run by Monash University Accident Research Centre.


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

Michael McCormack has been the leader of the National Party and Deputy Prime Minister of Australia since February 2018, and has remained a firm supporter for the work and achievements of the Australasian College of Road Safety, and our members and support networks, over many years. Michael is also Australia’s current federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, having previously served as Minister for Defence Personnel and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs from 2017 to 2018.

Prior to and during Michael’s term as a federal politician he has been actively engaged with road safety stakeholders, and a staunch advocate for road trauma reductions, including being an active participant in the Brasilia 2nd Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety.  Readers will remember that during that event, Michael presented the 2015 Australasian Road Safety Conference (ARSC2015) Declaration for Trauma Free Roads to the World Health Organisation

The formal presentation was made by Australia’s federal Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Hon Michael McCormack MP, and was attended by (then) ACRS President Mr Lauchlan McIntosh AM FACRS, and Austroads Safety Taskforce Chair Mr Iain Cameron FACRS.

As Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister, Michael has remained a strong supporter of the Inquiry into the National Road Safety Strategy, and as such launched the NRSS Inquiry Report at Canberra’s Parliament House on 12 September 2018, with bipartisan support from Hon Anthony Albanese MP, the Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, and other key politicians and stakeholders.

Michael attended the 2018 Australasian Road Safety Conference (ARSC2018) last October and announced a first step in terms of implementing the Report Recommendations, with a National Road Safety Governance Review to take place by March 2019 (Recommendation 6).   The Terms of Reference (ToR) for the National Road Safety Governance Review – Recommendation 6 of the Inquiry Report was announced in January 2019.

Michael has been a member of the House of Representatives since 2010, representing the Division of Riverina in New South Wales, and was a newspaper editor before entering politics.


Ms Jade Wilson 
SA DPTI Aboriginal Road Safety & Driver Licencing Program

Jade Wilson is a proud Ngarrindjeri and Arabuna women. She grew up in Port Augusta, South Australia and has worked  for the Australian Government for 14 years in Aboriginal Affairs division. Her sporting interests include Netball and Cricket and she is the current co-captain of the South Australian Aboriginal Women’s team the Desert Pea’s  .

Jade has been working in the Road Safety field since 2017 and is currently the Coordinator of the SA Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure’s  Aboriginal Road Safety & Driver Licencing team that delivers two components On The Right Track and On The Right Track Remote that deliver programs that provide road safety initiatives for Aboriginal people living in South Australia.

Jade is passionate about delivering programs that have a meaningful impact to the well-being of Aboriginal people.


Mr Christopher Davis
Road Safety Officer
Mildura Rural City Council

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.


Ms Lotte Brondum
Executive Director
Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety

Lotte has worked with the Alliance since 2014, and is its first Executive Director. She has lived and worked in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Vietnam for 17 years as advisor to the Danish government, CRS specialist at Coca-Cola, and researcher with Johns Hopkins and US Centers for Disease Control. Lotte serves on the Advisory Board of the FIA High Level Panel and on the Steering Committee of the UN Road Safety Trust Fund and Ministerial Conference in 2020. She has authored reports including ‘Walking the Talk’ (2017) and several peer reviewed publications.

Lotte has a degree in Medical Anthropology from University of Copenhagen, and has completed advanced degrees in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and Nursing Science from University of Southern Denmark. With the Alliance virtual office she currently lives in Copenhagen, Denmark, with her family.


Mr Llew O’Brien
Federal Member for Wide Bay, QLD

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 Chair of the Joint Select Committee on Road Safety, Chair of the Queensland Black Spot Consultative Committee, and the Co-Chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Road Safety.


Ms Terri-Anne Pettet
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.


Ms Gabrielle O’Neill
Director of Road Safety
SA Dept of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI)

Gabrielle (Gabby) O’Neill is the Director of Road Safety in South Australia’s Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI). She leads the development in road safety strategy and its implementation in collaboration with a broad range of road safety stakeholders and non-government actors.

Gabby has previously worked in a number of disciplines across Government leading road safety innovation, workplace health and safety, and change management to mainstream new practise – opening up new approaches to problem solving.


Mr Martin Small
Australasian College of Road Safety

Mr Martin Small has been a road safety advocate for 23 years, holding senior positions in New Zealand and Australian governments, and now consulting in both markets and internationally.  Mr Small signed up DPTI as a corporate member of ACRS in 2007, introducing the first developing country scholarships as 2008 conference chair, and delivered a long-term South Australian government research commitment in 2010. Martin joined the ACRS Executive Committee in 2016, and became a Vice President in 2018. I have been actively involved in preparation of policy documents for the College and led our recent strategic review process. In May 2019 Mr Martin Small was elected as ACRS president.


Mr Shane Ellison
Auckland Transport

Shane Ellison has been CEO at Auckland Transport since December 2017. He has over 20 years global experience in senior leadership roles across the transport and infrastructure sectors.

Most recently, these included being the International Development Officer and Chief Operating Officer (New South Wales and Queensland) for Transdev, the world’s largest private operator of public transport. He was a key member of the consortium which secured the tender for Sydney’s $2.2 billion light rail project, currently under construction.

Born and raised in the South Island he has whakapapa linking him to the iwi of Ngai Tahu and Te Ati Awa. At Auckland Transport his key focus areas are on the delivery of the region’s largest ever infrastructure development programme, road safety, and organisational transformation around responsiveness and providing better customer experiences.


Mr Craig Newland
Director of Policy and Research
Australian Automobile Association

Craig Newland is the Director, Policy and Research at the Australian Automobile Association. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and has more than 20 years experience in the automotive sector, having worked in industry as an airbag and crash test engineer, in vehicle safety research and standards development for the Australian government, and at the Australian Automobile Association. He has spent a large part of his career in vehicle safety but now works in road safety more generally, as well as a variety of other fields related to motoring and mobility such as fuels and vehicle emissions, consumer issues, transport affordability including motoring taxation, and transport infrastructure investment.


Mr Rob McInerney
Chief Executive Officer
International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP)

Rob McInerney is the Chief Executive Officer for the International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP), a registered charity with the vision for a world free of high-risk roads.  With RAP projects and programmes now active in over 90 countries worldwide, Rob works closely with key development bank, political and technical leaders from each country to build local capacity and deliver large scale and long term road safety benefits through the provision of safer road infrastructure as part of their own RAP programmes.

Rob was awarded the IRF Global Road Safety Award in 2017, Fellowship of the Australasian College of Road Safety in 2015 and received the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award in 2014 in recognition of the work of iRAP globally.


Brent Johnston
Manager, Mobility and Safety Policy
New Zealand Ministry of Transport

Brent is Manager of Mobility and Safety Policy at the New Zealand Ministry of Transport, where has worked since October 2008. The Ministry is the Government’s system lead on transport. In his role, Brent is responsible for advice on land transport safety, public and active transport, and accessibility. This includes leading the development of Road to Zero, New Zealand’s new road safety strategy. Prior to his current role, Brent managed the Ministry’s Strategic Direction and Performance team, and in 2014 completed a secondment to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.


Dr Jeff Potter
Victorian Chapter, Australasian College of Road Safety

Jeff Potter is Principal Safety Policy Advisor at the National Transport Commission. He has had extensive experience in developing and implementing road safety policy and safety programs relating to driver behaviour, particularly in heavy vehicle safety, fatigue management, speed countermeasures and drink and drug driving.  In his current position, he is involved in the development of safety policy and regulatory reform for road transport and in the review of the Heavy Vehicle National Law.

Jeff is the Chair of the Victorian Chapter of the Australasian College of Road Safety and member of the International Council for Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety.


Mr David O’Loughlin
Australian Local Government Association

David O’Loughlin was elected as an Adelaide Councillor in 2003 before being elected as Mayor of the City of Prospect in 2006, and again in 2010 and 2014. In 2013, David was elected President of the Local Government Association of South Australia for a term of 2 years, which he completed in early 2015.   With over 8 years’ service on the Executive Board of the LGA SA, including two years as President, David has contributed to the championing of economic development, regional service-sharing, boundary adjustment reform, planning reform and service improvements. David was elected as President of the Australian Local Government Association in November 2016 and re-elected in 2018, representing local communities and councils at the highest levels of government, including Ministerial Councils and the Council of Australian Governments (COAG).