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Vella succeeds Smart as RFNSW chair

Vellex director and ATA vice-chair welcomed by CEO O'Hara


Vellex managing director Austin Vella is the new chair of NSW peak body Road Freight NSW (RFNSW).

Vella, who replaces Leigh Smart, is a long-term member of the RFNSW board and is also vice chair of the Australian Trucking Association (ATA).

He has more than 35 years’ experience in the trucking industry, with his family-owned and operated Vellex entity focusing on freight distribution and logistics solutions across Australia. 

“I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to contribute further to the great work that previous chairs Jon Luff and Leigh Smart started that has resulted in the success of RFNSW,” Vella says.

“Together with our CEO, Simon O’Hara, and the backing of an exceptional and experienced board, I look forward to the challenges ahead.”

In his new role, Vella says he will represent and advocate for RFNSW members and the wider trucking industry and work with transport regulators to ensure a safe, compliant and profitable industry to service the needs of the community.

How Leigh Smart became RFNSW chair in 2019, here

“The freight task will increase and so will the challenges, but with new technologies, new solutions need to be explored to ensure further improvements are achieved,” Vella explains.

“RFNSW will prioritise the mental and physical health of the workforce.

“We will continue consultation for development of compliance legislation in line with corporate social responsibilities, all the while ensuring a sustainable industry.”

O’Hara welcomes Vella’s appointment, saying his ‘hands-on’ experience, insights and understanding of the transport industry would be of great benefit to RFNSW and its members.

“We’re all delighted to have Austin on board as our new chairman,” O’Hara says.

“Working closely with Austin and the other members of the Board will assist in addressing the issues impacting our members and the wider NSW community and help deliver RFNSW’s strategic vision.”


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