Brought to you by BP 3-4 May 2016. Melbourne, Australia
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Speakers (alphabetical order)

  • Carl Johan Almqvist (SE)

    Traffic & Product Safety Director, Volvo

    Carl Johan Almqvist currently serves as Traffic & Product Safety Director for Volvo Trucks globally. The role also includes Brand and Strategy Management. Almqvist was previously head of Volvo's Demonstration Centre, and also worked in Product Planning for Volvo Powertrain in the US. He has been with the company since 1975.
  • Gary Beecroft

    Managing Director, Clear International

    As Managing Director of UK-based consulting firm, Clear International, Gary Beecroft can draw on extensive experience in the analysis and modelling of global heavy vehicle vehicle markets. Previously serving in an analyst role at Standard & Poor's, he carried out a large number of consulting projects within the automotive and transport sector, resulting in critical input to clients' strategic planning processes. Beecroft's connections across vehicle and component manufacturers, logistics operators, government bodies as well as investment banks and management consultancies give him a unique insight into current production as well as future trends. His forecasting reports for the European trailer market are much in demand.
  • Phil Bixley

    Fleet Manager, Heavy Vehicles, Fonterra Co-operative Group

    A mechanic by trade, Phil Bixley can look back on extensive experience in the livestock and general freight industry, with a special focus on tanker operations. From 2006 to 2008, he served as National Operations Manager for Freight Lines before joining Fonterra as Fleet Manager, Heavy Vehicles. In this leadership position, he has developed a distinct passion for people and seeing people succeed. Originally accountable for the maintenance and replacement needs of 350 milk tankers and 13 workshops, he is now strategically managing 542 milk tankers, 14 workshop and 170 maintenance staff with fiscal accountabilities of over NZ$130million (A$115).
  • Dr Peter Hart

    Director, Hartwood Consulting

    An electrical engineer by trade, Dr Peter Hart worked for Kenworth Trucks in Australia before forming Hartwood Consulting Pty Ltd, which he has led for the past 18 years. His work ranges from forensic crash and failure investigations through to homologation and vehicle engineering design. He has completed five major investigation projects on behalf of the Australian Government and regularly appears in court as an expert witness. Peter has also been the Chairman of the Australian Road Transport Suppliers Association (ARTSA) for the past eight years and is determined to build ARTSA's national profile. Peter is leading ARTSA's development of specialist training courses, ‘state-of-the-art' conferences and change proposals that are being forcefully referred to Government.
  • Andrew Higgins

    Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO

    Andrew Higgins is a Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO. He joined CSIRO in 1996, with a passion in developing novel methods to optimise agriculture logistics. Andrew worked closely with various Australian agriculture industries (including sugar, beef) for over 15 years, improving seasonal and operational planning across all segments between farming and marketing. From 2012 he led the development of TRAnsport Network Strategic Investment Tool (TRANSIT), which is now being applied to most Australian agriculture logistics. Andrew has a background in operations research and received his PhD from Queensland University of Technology on the topic of optimising freight schedules.
  • Nick Hutchin

    National Facilities & Compliance Leader, Lion

    Nick Hutchin is a career logistician, with more than 30 years of experience in all facets of warehousing, distribution and freight and equipment management. Post-graduate qualified in Transport Economics, Nick has been with Lion Dairy and Drinks for nine years and is currently responsible for Equipment and Facility standards (predominantly chilled), strategic projects, returnables, and Logistics Compliance activities including outbound Chain of Responsibility.
  • Rachel Johnston

    Global Fuels Technology Manager ANZ, BP Australia

    Rachel holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemistry from Queensland University of Technology. As a chemist she has worked across a wide range of industries – including drug testing in the Racing Industry, environmental consulting, vitamin manufacturing and the now within the fuel industry. She has been with BP for 12 years working in refining, finance, fuels quality assurance and now global fuels technology. She leads BP's team of chemists and technologist across Australia and New Zealand.
  • Chris Koniditsiotis

    CEO, Transport Certification Australia

    With more than 28 years experience, Chris Koniditsiotis has held senior executive positions nationally and internationally and believes the key to success is development of a strong culture and a spirit of stakeholder management in a complex public/private sector environment. In his current role as CEO of Transport Certification Australia (TCA), Koniditsiotis has successfully established and grown the organisation working across different policy streams, surface transport modes and government and non-government sectors. Chris has led in the implementation of reforms and new initiatives by bringing together stakeholders and enablers in a new service delivery model. TCA is a leader in the provision of high quality, independent advice, accrediation and administration services on behalf of governments, to support the current and emerging use of telematics and related intelligent technologies for public purpose outcomes.
  • Don Leone

    Manager Vehicle and Motorcycling Policy, VicRoads

    Don Leone has had an extensive career with VicRoads across heavy vehicle compliance, policy and legislation, prosecutions services and the implementation of national heavy vehicle reforms – including the implementation of Chain of Responsibility legislation in Victoria. His current responsibilities include policy development for vehicle standards including heavy vehicles. Don has also contributed to national and local working groups related to heavy vehicle reforms and compliance.
  • Charlie Macdonald

    Transport & Logistics Industry Executive, Telstra

    Charlie has spent more than 20 years in a variety of leadership roles in the express logistics sector based in Europe, Asia and, since 2004, Australia. In these roles, he has developed and deployed mobility, Supply Chain visibility and customs clearances solutions globally. In 2012, Charlie was appointed Manufacturing Transport and Logistics Industry Executive in Telstra's Industry Development team. Charlie holds a Bachelor of Science in Fuel and Energy Engineering from the University of Leeds and is currently Chair of the Australian Logistics Councils ICT working group and sits on the CILT Australia's NSW board.
  • Sal Petroccitto

    CEO, National Heavy Vehicle Regulator

    Since taking the reins at the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator in 2014, Sal Petroccitto has championed significant transformational change across the young industry body, working to ensure the Regulator has the right operational focus and capability to fulfil its remit under the Australian Heavy Vehicle National Law. Drawing on extensive knowledge of transport policy and regulation and the operational challenges of the heavy vehicles industry, Petroccitto also served as General Manager of the Roads, Rail and Ports System Management Division with the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, where he was responsible for the development of key strategies and policies for the state's transport system and had overall coordination of the state's multi-modal freight policy agenda.
  • Brendan Richards

    Partner, Ferrier Hodgson

    Brendan Richards has been practising in the field of corporate advisory and recovery for more than 20 years, providing essential advice to organisations and leaders facing financial challenges. He heads Ferrier Hodgson's Logistics practice. With his industry articles and unique logistics mind-set, Brendan is a recognised thought leader in risk identification, risk management and business recovery.
  • Mike Robertson

    Managing Director, Engistics

    A professional engineer with over 20 years of specialist experience in the logistics field, Mike Robertson has extensive experience with load restraint, loading and unloading safety and related logistics topics. He was involved in a range of fatality and serious incident investigations in Australia, New Zealand, UK, Asia and Germany. Robertson has worked for BHP Billiton and BlueScope Steel before becoming a founding Director of Engistics in 2010, working for clients including NSW Roads & Maritime Services, VicRoads, Toll, Aurizon, DHL, Coca Cola Amatil and OneSteel. In 2006, Robertson was awarded the Australian Steel Industry's ‘Safety Individual of the Year' award.
  • Peter Sijs

    Services and Sourcing Operations Leader Europe, TIP Trailer Services

    The Global Heavy Vehicle Leaders Summit will be the first opportunity for Amsterdam-based industry personality, Peter Sijs, to present in Australia. Overseeing the procurement processes for a 64,000-unit strong fleet that covers some five billion kilometres every year, Peter is considered one of the most influential people in Europe's transport equipment industry. Having to replace up to 15,000 trailers annually, TIP Trailer Services spends an average of €30 million (AU$47.7 million) per year on parts alone – prompting Sijs to work closely with component suppliers and OEMs to leverage the latest in technology and develop new strategies to create competitive advantages. Most recently, he collaborated with German braking specialist Knorr-Bremse on the development of the company's award-winning iTAP system with FleetRemote functionality, which allows transport businesses to monitor trailer specific telematics data remotely and retrieve it via public WiFi access points.
  • İffet Türken

    Executive Board Member, Kässbohrer

    As the Executive Board Member responsible for Business Development
at German OEM Kässbohrer – which is part of the Tirsan Group, the largest trailer manufacturer in Turkey – İffet is considered one of the most influential personalities in European trailer building, and one of the most powerful women in the global transport equipment industry. The now 44-year-old joined the Tirsan Group in 1996 after graduating from Boğaziçi University in Istanbul and has since been stirring up Europe's trailer building landscape – helping establish the Kässbohrer brand amongst the top four in Europe. Dedicated to continuous development, İffet is currently involved in one of the high demand Executive Master's programs at INSEAD in France. She is also a member of the Supervisory Board of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) and Vice President of TAID, Turkey's Heavy Commercial Vehicles Association, as well as a member of ESTA (European Association of Abnormal Transport and Mobile Cranes).
  • Tim Walker

    Executive Vice President of Sales, Truck-Lite

    Tim Walker is Executive Vice President of Sales for Truck-Lite Co., LLC. Tim joined Truck-Lite in 1979 and led their North American sales and marketing activities until 2000 when he relocated to England at the time of Truck-Lite's first European company acquisition. In 2011, Tim relocated to Hong Kong to help develop Truck-Lite's Asian business before returning to the US in 2014. He is a member of the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association, the Heavy Duty Business Forum, the China Aftermarket Forum, the Overseas Automotive Council, and the Truck Writers of North America. Tim is a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and of Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona.
  • Adam Wade

    Retail Logistics Leader, Lion

    Having worked for Lion for 17 years, Adam Wade is now responsible for Retail Logistics within the company and interfaces directly with line haul transport and the end customer. With postgraduate studies in Accounting and Supply Chain, and having spent the best part of the last twelve months researching refrigerated trailing equipment, Adam brings unique insights into future requirements of the industry as customers and suppliers alike seek to extend the benefits that are able to be delivered over the last mile .
  • Gerard Waldron

    Managing Director, ARRB Group

    Gerard Waldron has been the Managing Director of the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) since 2001, and is currently also serving Vice-President of both the Road Engineering Association of Asia and Australasia (REAAA) and the Forum of European Highway Research Laboritories (FEHRL). Under Waldron's stewardship, a particular thrust area within the ARRB Group has been road safety – both in infrastructural and vehicular dimensions. As part of his on-going commitment to road transport safety and efficiency improvements, Waldron represents ARRB Group on various industry and Institutional bodies. In particular, he has in recent years been a core member of the Transport Industry Safety Group (TISG) in Victoria and of the VTA-led Heavy Vehicle Safety Task Force.
  • Noelene Watson

    Managing Director, Don Watson Transport

    Noelene Watson is the Managing Director of Don Watson Transport, one of Australia's leading refrigerated logistics companies. The company operates a fleet of more than 70 line haul prime movers, more than 100 data logged refrigerated vans, B-doubles, container trailers and stock crates, as well as a sizeable fleet of rigid vehicles for local deliveries. The company has depots in Melbourne, Wodonga, Sydney and Brisbane and cold stores in Wodonga and Sydney. Beyond her work in the family business, Watson has been serving as a Director of the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) since 2004 and is currently Chair of the ATA. In this role, she says her goal is to work for better driver health and wellbeing, and for professionalism on every level of industry.