The Australian Trucking Association has appointed its new CEO, with Ben Maguire taking the reins as Christopher Melham’s successor early next year.

Maguire joins the industry body following a seven-year tenure at the Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre spanning from 2007-2014 and most recently as a management consultant.

According to ATA Chair Noelene Watson, Maguire is an outcome focused, strong, resourceful, and committed.

“Ben is a skilled advocate, highly regarded collaborator and known fair negotiator. He is committed to contributing to  business outcomes for the ATA, and is a leader who will mentor staff and control the ATA’s internal processes,” Waston said.

Maguire said he’s thrilled to represent the peak body of the industry.

“Leading the ATA team and working with the board is a privilege, and a role that I am honoured to take on,” Maguire said.

In his role at the Stockman’s Hall of Fame, he negotiated partnership agreements with the Royal Flying Doctor Service and managed the inaugural Outback Horse and Heritage Expo in 2013.

Prior to that, Maguire was the Operations Manager, Business Development Manager and then National Franchise Manager at AGL Energy from 1998-2006.

Maguire is also co-deputy chair of the Regional Development Australia Southern Inland Committee and a member of the Council of the National Museum of Australia.