New Invited Speakers Announced
The ARSC2016 Organising Committee are delighted to announce our latest high-profile speakers for ARSC2016 as follows:
Senator Katy Gallagher
Senator for the Australian Capital Territory
Katy Gallagher is currently a Senator for the Australian Capital Territory. Katy’s career began in the community sector working for People First ACT, an organisation providing advocacy and support to individuals with an intellectual disability. Katy has also been a project worker for Woden Community Service working with children with disabilities and worked as an Industrial Organiser for Commonwealth public servants at the CPSU.
Katy began her political career when she was elected to the ACT Legislative Assembly in 2001. She was appointed a minister in 2002 serving in the ACT cabinet for the next 12 years across various portfolios including as Deputy Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Heath, Minister for Education, Community Services and Women. In May 2011, Katy was elected as Chief Minister of the ACT. In December 2014 Katy Gallagher resigned as Chief Minister to take up a casual vacancy in the Australian Senate to replace long serving Labor senator The Hon Kate Lundy. At the time of her resignation she was Australia's longest serving health minister after spending more than eight years in the post.
On the 1st of November 2015 Katy was elevated to the Federal Labor frontbench, taking up responsibility as Shadow Minister for Mental Health, Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness and Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader on State and Territory Relations for the period until the 2016 election. Following the 2016 election Katy was privileged to receive shadow portfolio responsibility as Labor's Shadow Minister for Small Business and Financial Services.
Katy has a strong connection to Canberra having grown up in national capital and undertaking her schooling and tertiary education in the ACT. Katy currently lives in Canberra’s northern suburbs with her partner, three children and dog.
In 2014 news.com.au reported that Katy Gallagher had revealed the '15 minutes that changed my life'. An excerpt from the article is as follows:
"It was a Thursday in 1996, January 30th at about 1.30pm.
I was driving in a car looking for my fiancé at the time,
looking for him because he hadn’t come back from a bike ride.
I had the radio on — we were actually out of town at the time.
We were down the coast having a weekend away.
He was a cyclist and he’d gone for a ride and never came back.
After about two hours I thought, “This is unusual” and went out looking for him.
There was a radio announcement on the local radio station
that a cyclist has been killed earlier that day. He was a male in early 30s, they believed,
and they were looking for anyone who knew him.
That moment, that time, even talking to you about it now, sort of makes my heart race.
It still has a significant impact upon me. That moment changed everything."
Please read the Entire Article here. We very much look forward to Katy joining us for the Wednesday morning Plenary Panel Session to discuss 'Road Safety Impacts'.
The Hon Mark Bailey, MP
QLD Minister for Road Safety
Mark Bailey is the State Member for Yeerongpilly and a former Councillor for Moorooka Ward on the Brisbane City Council. He was sworn in as Queensland’s first ever Minister for Road Safety and is committed to maintaining the safety of all road users on Queensland’s vast, state-controlled road network. He recognises the importance of a robust and reliable road network for all Queenslanders.
As Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply, Mark is focused on delivering safe, efficient and affordable electricity and water supplies to Queensland households and businesses. He is a strong advocate for renewable energy and is focussed on a cleaner, greener energy future for Queensland. Mark recognises the important role Queensland’s ports play in supporting the state’s economy and creating stronger regional economies.
The Minister acknowledges the significance of his portfolio as a jobs generator and the importance of roads, water and energy to business, industry and everyday Queenslanders.
Many conference delegates will remember Minister Bailey's involvement in ARSC2015 where he outlined the four guiding principles of Queensland's Safer Roads, Safer Queensland Road Safety Strategy 2015-21. The Vision of the strategy if zero deaths and serious injuries, with the Target to reduce fatalities from 303 (2008-2010 average) to 200 or fewer by 2020, and reduce hospitalised casualties from 6,670 (2008-2010 average) to 4,669 or fewer by 2020. Please find the Minister's Complete ARSC2015 PPT Presentation here. We very much look forward to the Minister's involvement at ARSC2016, particularly his Keynote address on Thursday morning.
Mr David Bobbermen
Program Manager Safety, Austroads
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.
Mr Eric Howard
Principal, Whiting Moyne
Eric Howard is the principal of Whiting Moyne, a strategic road safety advisory consultancy, working within Australia and internationally since 2006 on the assessment and strengthening of road safety management capacity within government institutions and the development of government road safety commitment, policies and strategies. In that time, Eric has lead road safety management capacity reviews and strategic road safety assessments in more than 30 countries across Europe, North and South America, Asia, the Gulf, and Australasia.
Within Australia, Eric has provided advice to road safety agencies in most Australian States, facilitated National Road Safety Forums and chaired a number of government road safety task forces and committees. He is responsible for the introduction of the “Safe System” approach to road safety in Australia, its use as the underpinning rationale to address road safety risk and its incorporation into National Road Safety Action Plans.
Eric was appointed the Global Road Safety Adviser for Monash University Accident Research Centre in 2015 and is the coordinator and lead facilitator for the MUARC Road Safety Management Leadership Program, a one week road safety leadership course for low, middle and high income country road safety related executives conducted twice each year. Eric has played a key role in many international road safety publications including the Towards Zero and a Safe System Report (OECD/ITF, 2008), the Speed Management Manual for Practitioners Report (GRSP, 2008), and the PIARC Road Safety Manual (PIARC, 2015).
Prior to commencing his own consultancy Eric spent 7 years at senior executive level within VicRoads, as General Manager for Road Safety from 1998 and more than 20 years as a chief executive and senior engineering executive in local government across Victoria.