QTA appoints Gary Mahon as CEO

Mahon will take over the position from outgoing CEO Peter Garske

QTA appoints Gary Mahon as CEO
QTA president Ben Almond (left) with new CEO Gary Mahon.


Queensland Trucking Association (QTA) has appointed Gary Mahon as its new CEO effective May 23.

Mahon will take over the position of outgoing CEO Peter Garske, who resigned from the position in February this year.

"Gary has had a successful leadership record in public sector management developing high performing teams," QTA president Ben Almond says.

"Gary has an outstanding record of providing expert advice within and across government departments, to ministers at state and national level and to community and industry leaders.

"The association’s board of directors believes that we are extremely fortunate that Gary expressed interest in leading the Association.

"Many in industry will remember his active involvement in a range of heavy vehicle industry related projects while holding Senior Management positions in the Department of Transport.

"He was subsequently appointed deputy director-general (corporate) of the Department of Community Safety where he served successfully for several years before taking a career break to focus on family responsibilities."

In 2009, Mahon became the second non-industry person to receive a QTA’s Industry Safety Award.

The QTA says the award acknowledged his role in the establishment of the Fatigue Management Pilot in 1995 leading to the Ministerial Council adoption in 2009 of the package of fatigue laws as they’re known today.

"Gary had demonstrated experience in strategic policy, planning and governance.

"Importantly he has negotiated and partnered with industry on many successful initiatives and reforms.

"He is a strong and effective communicator with demonstrable leadership skills."

"We look forward to Gary continuing to maintain the reputation of the Queensland Trucking Association as the pre-eminent heavy vehicle industry representative group consulted by the Queensland Government on all matters relating to freight efficiency, productivity and road safety."

In the past, Mahon has led reform of the Queensland Disaster Management Act 2003, the Australian Road Laws, the introduction of High Productivity Multi-Combination vehicles and the introduction of the 50km per hour speed limit rule in residential areas. 


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