Some major changes  have been made to the board of the  National Heavy Vehicle Regulator  with several long term directors stepping down from the board and two new appointees stepping up.

Its been announced that Julie Russell and Catherine Scott have been appointed to the NHVR board, replacing outgoing deputy chair Peter Garske and board member Coral Taylor.

Federal transport minister Michael McCormack says all state ministers unanimously agreed on the appointment of Ms. Russell and Ms. Scott’s to the board.

Former NSW Minister for roads, Duncan Gay will continue on as chair of the NHVR board, along with board members Ken Lay and Robin Stewart-Crompton.

“A staggered approach to board appointments was instituted last year to provide a smooth transition for new membership,” McCormack said.

Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz says both Ms. Russell and Ms. Scott are highly respected within the heavy vehicle transport and logistics industry, bringing with them a wealth of experience.

Russell is director at family business Russell Transport, president of the Queensland Trucking Association (QTA) and on the board of the Australian Trucking Association (ATA).

“Ms Russell was named Queensland Trucking Association Woman of the Year in 2014 and National Trucking Industry Woman of the Year in 2015,” Buchholz says.

“She is a third-generation member of a Queensland based trucking company.

“Her commitment to road transport reform was recognised when she was appointed to the ATA board in April and an ongoing role as chair of the ATA’s Industry Skills and Workforce Committee,” said Mr. Buchholz.

Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey thanked Garske and Taylor for their years of service.

“I would like to thank Mr Garske and Ms Taylor for their six years of exemplary service,” Bailey said.

“Mr Garske and Ms Taylor were foundation board members, with Mr Garske later accepting the deputy chair role.

“Mr Garske’s experience and in-depth industry knowledge have been invaluable. His influence was critical in helping the NHVR progress regulatory reform, benefitting the heavy vehicle transport industry.

“I would also like to thank Ms Taylor for her industry advocacy and guidance to the board and the NHVR.”