Invited Speakers are confirming on a daily basis
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The ARSC2016 Organising Committee are delighted to announce our first four high-profile speakers for ARSC2016, and look forward to announcing further speakers shortly!
- His Excellency Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC – Governor-General of Australia
- Dr Soames Job BA, PhD, GAICD, FACRS – Global Road Safety Lead, World Bank (Washington DC)
- Professor Mark Stevenson – Professor of Urban Transport and Public Health, University of Melbourne
- Dr Sarah Jones – Group Manager for Road Transport Compliance, Toll Group
- Assistant Commissioner John Hartley APM – Commander, NSW Traffic and Highway Patrol Command
- Mr Adrian Beresford-Wylie – Chief Executive Officer, Australian Local Government Association
- Ms Marg Prendergast – Coordinator General, CBD, Transport for NSW
- Associate Professor Teresa Senserrick – Transport and Road Safety Research, University of New South Wales
More invited speakers to be announced shortly!
Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC, Governor-General of Australia
The ARSC2016 Inviting Parties, the Australasian College of Road Safety
and The George Institute for Global Health
, are delighted to announce that the Australasian College of Road Safety Patron, Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC, has accepted our invitation to speak at the ARSC2016 Welcome Reception to be held in the ANZAC Gallery at the Australian War Memorial on Tuesday 6 September 2016.
In Sir Peter’s words….
“Paying it forward’. In many ways that is a succinct expression of the major obligation of our existence. Doing things now for the protection and upliftment of relatively helpless future generations, which either don’t exist yet or are presently too young to take action themselves….“.
An excerpt of Sir Peter’s address at the 2014 ACRS Award ceremony is below….
“(after personally witnessing a road crash with multiple casualties)… looking in the cars to see who was what, just to see all those injuries was a horrible thing. And this for a soldier who is used to, through my calling, to seeing horrible sights.
You know we sent a whole lot of doctors and nurses up to the tsunami that hit Papa New Guinea in 1998… it was like a giant casualty ward with traffic accidents. They referred to the action of the water, the high velocity and the power of it – picking people up and ramming them into things. It sounded a lot like a traffic accident.
The same remark was repeated to me after the Asian tsunami when we again sent people up to Indonesia, and the scale of that was even greater. And of course, when we go off to war we see all those poor soldiers who have been blown up, shot, and they come in for urgent life-saving treatment. The surgeons we send from Australia are those who have to deal routinely with road accidents, because that’s the greatest similarity.
“So it’s an innocent war on our roads, isn’t it.”
Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove, November 2014
We look forward to Sir Peter joining us at ARSC2016, helping us all to maintain our enthusiasm to increase the momentum of our collaborative road trauma reduction efforts.
Dr Soames Job: Global Road Safety Lead, The World Bank (Washington DC)
Soames has played a key role in road safety in Australia and consulted extensively in global road safety for many governments and lead organizations (World Health Organization, International Standards Organization, United Nations, Global Road Safety Partnership, OECD, World Bank and multi-lateral banks) in around 50 countries and states. Soames has held many key road safety leadership roles:
- Global Lead for Road Safety and Head of GRSF, World Bank (current appointment)
- Executive Director of the National Road Safety Council of Australia,
- National President (and Fellow) of the Australasian College of Road Safety,
- Chair of the National Road Safety Executive Group,
- Principal of Global Road Safety Solutions,
- Director of the New South Wales Centre for Road Safety,
- Adjunct Professor in Road Safety at the University of New South Wales, and
- Director of the Health and Safety Psychology Research Unit at the University of Sydney.
Soames has a record of successful road safety delivery with large reductions in road trauma, and research delivery with over 400 scientific publications, global standards, and guidelines. Mainly as a member of a team Soames has won over 20 awards in road safety. Please also see the latest ACRS Journal May 2016 which was co-Guest Edited by Soames - Part 1 of two Special Editions on Global Road Safety.
Professor Mark Stevenson: Professor of Urban Transport and Public Health, University of Melbourne
Professor Mark Stevenson is an epidemiologist and Professor of Urban Transport and Public Health at the University of Melbourne. He is a National Health and Medical Research Council (Australia) Fellow, an Honorary Professor at the Peking University Health Science Centre, China, and an advisor on injury to the Director General of the World Health Organisation.
Prof Stevenson has worked on numerous national and international projects that have directly influenced transport policy and has worked with both Federal and State Governments in Australia and internationally. He has led many research groups and is internationally recognized in the field of transport safety and public health. Prof Stevenson is the director of the newly established Urban Design, Transport and Health research hub comprising a cross-disciplinary research team exploring how the effects of urban form and transportation influence the health of the residents of cities.
Dr Sarah Jones: Group Manager for Road Transport Compliance, Toll Group
Dr Sarah Jones is the Group Manager for Road Transport Compliance at Toll Group. Toll is Australia’s largest mover of freight and an industry safety leader. Dr Jones is one of the country’s foremost regulatory analysts in chain of responsibility. She was formerly the Director of Compliance and Technology at the National Transport Commission.
Sarah’s ground-breaking work on the relationship between the heavy vehicle national law and compliance led to her being named one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence by Westpac and the Australian Financial Review. She is also an award-winning writer whose essays and opinion pieces have appeared in The Age, The Drum, The Guardian, Journal of the Australasian College of Road Safety, Overland and Kill Your Darlings.
Assistant Commissioner John Hartley APM
Commander, Traffic and Highway Patrol Command
Assistant Commissioner John Hartley APM joined the NSW Police Force in 1979 and has served in a variety of positions and duty types, in both metropolitan and rural locations, since that time. These postings included periods in General Duties, Highway Patrol, Human Resources and Executive roles including a senior operational role during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. In 2003 John was appointed to the role as the Commander of the Traffic Services Branch and in 2009 was promoted to the rank of Assistant Commissioner.
Assistant Commissioner Hartley holds a Bachelor of Business Studies and has received the NSW Police Service Medal, National Medal, Commissioner’s Commendation for Service, multiple Commissioners Citations and in 2007 the Australian Police Medal for his ‘significant contribution to road safety’. John chairs or represents the police service on various internal and external bodies, at both State and National levesl, addressing road safety and traffic management matters regarding policing, strategy, legislation and policy. He is recognised as a leading authority in Australia on traffic policing and road safety as evidenced by his appointment in 2010 by the Federal Government as a National Ambassador for road safety.
Changes to the NSW Police Force in 2011 lead to the creation of the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, which brought all operational Highway Patrol units across the State of NSW into the same command along with other specialist traffic policing units and practitioners, and saw Assistant Commissioner Hartley appointed as its Commander.
Mr Adrian Beresford-Wylie
Chief Executive Officer, Australian Local Government Association
Adrian Beresford-Wylie is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA). He took up that position on 1 May 2006.
Prior to his appointment to ALGA, Adrian was a senior public servant in the Australian Public Service and headed the area dealing with local government and natural disasters in the Federal Department of Transport and Regional Services. Other roles included head of the road safety area of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau and in 1998-99 Adrian was the adviser on maritime and land transport issues to the Hon John Anderson MP, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services.
Mr Beresford-Wylie has tertiary qualifications in arts and law from the Australian National University and the College of Law in Sydney. He began his public service career in 1984 as a Foreign Affairs Officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs. He has also worked in corporate sales in Telstra and for a large law firm in Sydney.
Ms Marg Prendergast
Coordinator General, CBD, Transport for NSW
Marg Prendergast is currently leading the CBD Coordination office that is overseeing the planning and operations of traffic, transport, communications and customer impacts during the transformation of the Sydney CBD, south east Sydney and Parramatta area with various major transport projects and property redevelopments.
Marg has qualifications in economics and town planning with over 30 years’ experience in transport including; data analysis, transport planning, safety, project management and the delivery of capital programs, operational initiatives and events.
Marg has spent the last decade focused on safety initiatives and was the General Manager of the NSW Centre for Road Safety where she led the development of NSW road safety strategy, programs, projects and technology trials.
Associate Professor Teresa Senserrick
Transport and Road Safety Research, University of New South Wales
Teresa Senserrick PhD is an Associate Professor at Transport and Road Safety (TARS) Research at The University of New South Wales. She trained in developmental psychology and has focused her research on youth road safety since 1999. Focusing on policy and practice relevant research, she is internationally recognised for her work on driver education, training and graduated licensing. Her young driver research projects span Australia, the United States and China.
Teresa is an invited member of several Australian and international road safety committees, include young driver specific peak bodies including the Road Safety Education Australasia Advisory Council and the Transportation Research Board Young Driver Subcommittee. She completed her PhD in youth motivation and education at The University of Melbourne and her National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship at The Centre for Injury Research and Prevention, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, The University of Pennsylvania.