Changing of the guard: ATA, ALRTA & NTC

HVIA has welcomed the arrival of new Australian Trucking Association Chief Executive Mathew Munro this week, along with new CEO appointments for ALRTA and the NTC.

Mr Munro’s appointment was announced a few weeks ago, following the announcement of outgoing CEO Michael Deegan’s retirement.

Rachel Smith was announced as Mr Munro’s successor at the Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association this week. Ms Smith is well known across industry for her contribution at the Australian Logistics Council, including a stint as interim CEO. She commences with ALRTA in August.

HVIA Chief Executive Todd Hacking welcomed both appointments to the crucial industry advocacy organisations.

“The broad industry experience that Mat and Rachel bring to the table will be a great asset to both organisations,” Mr Hacking said.

“I look forward to working with each of them across the various policy forums and in driving forward our common interests – enabling a safe, sustainable, productive and prosperous industry.”

Mr Hacking also acknowledged the appointment of Michael Hopkins as the National Transport Commission’s Chief Executive for a five-year term, commencing next week.

“We welcome Michael to lead the NTC through a vital period of reform, including both challenges and opportunities afforded by the current review of Heavy Vehicle National Law.”

Mr Hopkins has previously served in a number of senior executive roles for the Victorian Government and the NTC.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Catherine King said the appointment of Mr Hopkins will provide strong leadership for the NTC and enhance its capacity to address the challenges facing the transport sector.

“I welcome Mr Hopkins to the role and look forward to continuing to work with the NTC as we drive a safer, greener and more productive transport sector. I also thank Dimi Rigas for her service as the acting Chief Executive.”

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