ATA CEO to step down

The CEO of the Australian Trucking Association, Ben Maguire, will leave the organisation in late September 2020 to take up a commission as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy.

Maguire took up the role of ATA CEO in January 2017.

ATA Chair, David Smith, said that Maguire had been a superlative leader of the ATA team.

“During his time at the ATA, Ben assembled and coached a high performing team of staff,” said Smith.

“Under his leadership, the ATA transformed its events and added two leadership initiatives: the Daimler Truck and Bus Future Leaders’ Forum and the Teletrac Navman Driving Change Diversity Program. These initiatives enable ATA member associations to nominate their rising stars, including from diverse backgrounds, to receive career-defining training and mentoring.

“Ben also led the upgrade of the ATA’s road safety education vehicle, the Safety Truck, to our new exhibition and digital campaign, SafeT360. Our new campaign has now reached more than 1.3 million people online. Its appeal and relevance to its 16-25 year old target public is clear.

“Ben has excelled as an advocate for the industry, most notably throughout the COVID pandemic. His mantra of standing up for our drivers led to the Keep them open campaign and the ATA’s work with national transport newspaper Big Rigs to encourage everyone in the industry to have their say in the truck law review.

“Ben has now been offered a commission to serve as a naval officer, where he will apply his leadership, business and mentoring skills.

“We are disappointed that Ben is leaving, but he leaves the ATA with our thanks, congratulations and best wishes,” he said.

“My time at the ATA, representing this proud industry, has been a career highlight for me,” said Maguire.

“I will be forever grateful for the friendships, opportunities and achievements over the last three and a half years. All of this would not have been possible without the incredible team of people I work with, and the united and clear leadership of the board,” he said.

The ATA will shortly commence a national search process for its next CEO.

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has thanked Maguire for his services to the heavy vehicle industry after today’s announcement he would step down after three-and-a-half years in the role.

NHVR CEO, Sal Petroccitto, said Maguire had been a strong advocate for heavy vehicle industry safety reform and productivity.

“It’s been great to work with Ben and as a member of our Industry Reference Forum we’ve tackled many issues and challenges together,” said Petroccitto.

“I particularly welcome his input into some significant safety reforms, including developing the Registered Industry Master Code of Practice, the implementation of changes to Chain of Responsibility laws and being an advocate for a review of the Heavy Vehicle National Law.

“Ben has also shown strong leadership over the past few months as the industry faces unprecedented challenges brought about by the pandemic and operational restrictions,” he said.

Petroccitto said now more than ever it was important to maintain a strong relationship between the regulator and the ATA, with the ongoing impact of the pandemic affecting all facets of the industry.

“We look forward to continuing to work closely with ATA Chair David Smith and the executive, to ensure a safe, productive and sustainable heavy vehicle industry in Australia,” he said.

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