HVIA Chief Technical Officer Paul Caus is departing this week after six and a half years providing high quality technical and regulatory advice to HVIA members.
Paul joined HVIA as the organisation transitioned from the state based CVIAQ to fulfil a national mandate as a national member organisation in alignment with the advent of Heavy Vehicle National Law.
In an organisation whose heritage was based around the strength of its technical capability, Paul filled those big shoes with aplomb.
His own back-story was laden with all the right foundational Engineering experience, having come straight from the Federal Department of Infrastructure, and before that the NSW RMS.
Of course his time in industry, working with Hino, Toyota and UD prepared him from the outset to look at our challenges through the lens of HVIA members.
HVIA CEO Todd Hacking wished Paul well in his new role, where he would inevitably have the opportunity to collaborate with HVIA on many issues.
“We are grateful to Paul for his support, efforts and dedication over almost seven years,” Mr Hacking said.
“It is such an important role and has drawn on Paul’s ability to grasp detailed, complex technical and regulatory issues and articulate the solution to Government, Regulators and other stakeholders.
“We hope Paul has enjoyed his role; after such a contribution, he goes with our blessings and support.”
As for enjoying the role, there is no doubt Paul has thrived on the opportunties to work alongside HVIA members, as he said himself in a note to some of his key contacts.
“I have met many people during my time here and have had the privilege and shared a drink with many of you at the truck show or at committee meetings.
“You all share a deep passion for the heavy vehicle industry. A passion that I did not see as consistently in people in the light vehicle industry, when I worked in that sector.
“As my time at HVIA is drawing to a close, I look back on the achievements of HVIA in transitioning from a state to a national based association.
“A lot has been achieved by very few here in the HVIA team.
“Through you, I have been exposed to a great many things in the heavy vehicle industry that I only had a nebulous understanding of – trailer brakes, tow trucks, tag trailers, tippers, qualifications for AVE’s… a list I need to stop as I think it has no end.
“I have tried to fight the good fight in each of those cases. Not the least, I’ve gained some understanding of something that is completely divorced from my day to day job – how a huge event like the Brisbane Truck Show is organised and executed.”
When asked for a parting comment, Paul drew on the inimitable Douglas Adams for the right words.
“So long, and thanks for all the fish.”
Pictured above: Paul Caus (L) and Paul Woodland (R) in Ron Toy’s Thornycroft during set up at the 2021 Brisbane Truck Show.
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