Respected roads and transport expert Gerard Waldron has announced he will step down from the role of managing director at ARRB Group.

Waldron will stand down from the independent national road transport research organisation in November after 15 years with the body.

According to Waldron, ARRB will be in capable hands and he leaves it in a healthy state.

“In my time at ARRB, my mission has included increasing the engagement of our members in the organisation’s research-related roles, but also how the organisation can make a tangible difference to road users,” Waldron said.

“I’m excited to report that member engagement is the highest it’s ever been, and as result, our board and executive remain fully invested in the future growth of ARRB.”

Waldron has also played a significant role in building a commercial arm of ARRB and spearheaded the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI).

“Initiatives like ADVI have continued to boost ARRB’s profile and cemented it as one of the few agencies globally equipped to bring together researchers, technical experts, governments, and industry from around the world to deliver major projects in the Australian public interest,” he said.

Chairman of the ARRB board Gary Liddle thanked Waldron for his commitment during his tenure.

“Gerard has laid the foundation for sustainable growth and has continued to build the reputation of ARRB as a world-class research institute among its members, the industry and public.”

Three new members were also appointed to the ARRB board: CEO of the Australian Asphalt Pavement Association, Michael Caltabiano, national manager network outcomes highways and network operations at the New Zealand Transport Authority, Kevin Reid, and the deputy secretary of infrastructure and services at Transport NSW, Stephen Troughton.