Road Freight NSW general manager appointed


Simon O’Hara takes top state role five months after Broadbent leaves

Road Freight NSW general manager appointed
The ATA's Justin Fleming, left, welcomes Simon O’Hara to his new role.

 

Former Virgin Independent Pilots Association (VIPA) executive director Simon O’Hara is Road Freight NSW’s (RFNSW’s) new general manager.

O’Hara gained prominence in 2014 as VIPA pushed the cause of pilots suffering colour vision deficiency (CVD).

He arrives four months after previous incumbent Jodie Broadbent left to move into the health sector, with the ATA's Justin Fleming holding the fort until now.

O’Hara aims to kick his tenure off by working closely with RFNSW members to ensure their interests are represented in discussions with the state government and other organisations.

"The trucking industry can be a complicated environment to operate in, and it’s essential that our members are supported in industry issues across the board. This includes regulatory issues right through to practical safety measures," he says.

"My first priority as general manager is to get in touch with all of Road Freight NSW’s members and make sure we are addressing the issues that affect their operations.

"I welcome the opportunity to work with NSW minister for roads, maritime and freight, Duncan Gay, his team and the Department, as we constantly aim to improve the safety and viability of NSW trucking businesses."

Road Freight NSW president Jon Luff says the appointment enabled Road Freight NSW to "continue providing high-level representation for its members".  

"Simon comes to us with a track record of success in aviation transport, having most recently represented the pilot’s association for Virgin Australia pilots as executive director," Luff adds.

"In that role, Simon dealt with the broad cross section of legal, political, regulatory and communication agendas, working closely with the airline at improving safety and aviation issues relating to the industry.

"Simon has a very strong track record in association management and industry advocacy.

"He is no stranger to the challenges that confront our organisation and our industry, with a similar impressive record in dealing with government departments, and ministers at state and federal levels.
 
"The Road Freight NSW Policy Council are excited at Simon’s appointment, and we look forward to working with Simon in the interests of road transport operators throughout NSW."

 

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