Top managers go, with NHVR to gain executive directors


Senior pair’s sudden departure precedes new phase and structure

Top managers go, with NHVR to gain executive directors
Angus Draheim had been with the regulator since the beginning.

 

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has lost two of its most senior and experienced staff – operations general manager Angus Draheim and strategy and business development general manager Philip Halton.

In their place, it is looking to fill three executive director positions: regulatory compliance; engagement and partnerships; productivity and safety.

"All organisations evolve and change and our new leadership structure will make sure we have the right talent, skills and experience to take the regulator forward," NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto says.

Petroccitto foreshadowed changes at the organisation during the National Local Roads and Transport Congress mid-month but the reality surprised industry observers.

It comes eight months after inaugural CEO Richard Hancock left, due to personal and family health reasons at short notice and in the midst of the heavy vehicle permits furore.

Petroccitto, speaking on behalf of the regulator’s board, says the NHVR is "embarking on a new phase of collaboration and partnership with industry and government, driving more responsive customer service and practical regulation".

"To be able to meet the needs of industry and partner organisations, the NHVR is implementing a revised business model and a new organisational structure," he adds.

"This will facilitate the NHVR to move to the next stage of its development."

Draheim’s time at the organisation dates back to around its inception, having held the post of interim project director for the NHVR Project, the national regulator’s precursor, in 2010 following two years as freight and vehicle safety and systems director at Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads.

Halton was newer to the body, having left the Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) around 18 months ago after three years as executive director there.

 

 

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