HVIA announces new offices, staff

Industry body unveils four new staff members as it moves into Melbourne and Perth

HVIA announces new offices, staff
Savio D’sa (left) and Greg Forbes. (Altered image).


Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) has announced the opening of two new offices and the appointment of four new employees as part of it build towards a national voice.

With new locations in Melbourne and Perth, the industry body says it is delivering on its promise to better represent "the manufacturers, distributors and suppliers of heavy vehicles and their components, equipment and technology" after it evolved from the Commercial Vehicle Industry Association of Queensland (CVIAQ) last year.

"We are committed to being a truly national voice," HVIA CEO Brett Wright says.

"As part of our distributed national structure, each office will lead a national function for the organisation."

Adding to the location already established in Brisbane, the Melbourne office will cover membership and communications, and the Perth office will look after the national VET and career promotions.

Located in the Melbourne office will be the newly appointed communications and membership manager Savio D’sa and Greg Forbes, who is the national manager, policy and government relations and southern region manager.

In charge of growing the membership base and member engagement, D’sa has a background with the Australian Association of Gerontology and the Law Society of Western Australia.

Paul Caus

Overseeing D’sa, Forbes has a history with state and federal policy reform spanning 20 years and has spent a similar period working in senior roles with the WA Department of Transport.

Over the past five years he has been involved in two Council of Australian Governments (COAG) reform projects and has served as the principal manager of policy and systems in the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator Project Office.

The HVIA says he will be responsible for representing the organisation at forums and to the government in the southern states.

The third addition to the HVIA is Paul Caus as the chief technical officer.

Based in Brisbane, Caus will offer both technical and governmental experience, the body says, on the back of working for Toyota, Hino, UD Trucks, and both state and federal governments.

Appointed to provide guidance on how to comply with regulations and overcome technical issues, Caus joins HVIA from senior regulatory roles in the Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development and in NSW Roads and Maritime Services.

"We are delighted to build upon our strong reputation for technical and regulatory advocacy and member service," Wright says.

Mark Tucek.

"Our national manager, policy and government relations and our chief technical officer are both engineers and each bring deep experience from government and industry."

The final addition to the team is Mark Tucek, who will work out of the Perth office as north-western regional manager and national coordinator of career promotion.

Tucek arrives at the body after serving as the CEO of two industry associations in the agricultural sector in Western Australia.

While also overseeing the memberships in Western Australia and the Northern Territory, Tucek will be involved in HVIA’s career promotion program, national training package development, and VET policy forums.

"We are delighted with the calibre of professionals who have chosen to join HVIA," Wright says.

"It is an exciting time to be in the heavy vehicle industry and we look forward to building a strong national voice to represent our members."

The Melbourne office will open by the end of March, while the Perth office will open in April.




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