TruckSafe adds three new directors

Reinstated chief thanks retiree as three new faces join the TruckSafe board from across the industry


Industry accreditation program TruckSafe has appointed three new members to its board at a recent meeting in Goulburn.

Joining the TruckSafe board as new directors are Ken Brennan, Julie Russell, and Victor Vella, who will be led by resuming TruckSafe chair Stephen Marley.

The general manager for Marley’s Transport, a company which has held TruckSafe accreditation since 1998, Marley says he’s "delighted to continue as chair, particularly with TruckSafe celebrating its 20th anniversary this year."

"Safe vehicles, comprehensive management systems and effective driver training are essential to run a safe, professional and viable transport business," he says.

The first of the new members, Ken Brennan, brings experience from the enforcement and educational side, Marley says.

"Ken Brennan is the chief executive officer for the ACT Transport Industries Skills Centre (TISC) & Transport Training ACT," he says.

"As a former police Superintendent with some 32 years of service on the force, Ken brings his extensive experience in enforcement and road trauma issues to his new role on the TruckSafe Board."

The second new member, Julie Russell, is the manager of support services at RB Russell Transport.

"Julie Russell goes above and beyond to make sure everyone comes home safely at the end of the day," Marley says.

"As part of this, Julie was instrumental in implementing TruckSafe within the business.

"Her efforts have been acknowledged by the industry as the winner of the ATA’s 2015 National Trucking Industry Woman of the Year Award, and we’re delighted to have her on board as a Director of the TruckSafe program."

The final director to take a new role at TruckSafe is Victor Vella, who, Marley says, "has seen both sides of our industry, originally starting out as a truck driver before moving to management roles in his family’s transport business."

"He has a wealth of knowledge from his work right across our industry, and will bring a strong voice to the Board," he says.

Marley has also highlighted the contribution of retiring TruckSafe director Robert Waldron, who provided years of service to the industry-led safety initiative.

"Bob has been a pillar of strength for the TruckSafe program," Marley says.

"As the previous CEO of the ACT Transport Industry Skills Centre, we’ve been privileged to benefit from your knowledge and experience in the industry."



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