ATA Secretariat Staff
Business Operations Team
Chief Executive Officer Ben Maguire
Ben joined the ATA on 3 January 2017.
Ben was CEO of the Stockman’s Hall of Fame in Longreach from 2007 - 2014. In this role, he negotiated partnership agreements with the Royal Flying Doctor Service and managed the inaugural Outback Horse and Heritage Expo in 2013.
From 1998 to 2006, Ben was the Operations Manager, Business Development Manager and then National Franchise Manager at AGL Energy.
Ben is co-deputy chair of the Regional Development Australia Southern Inland Committee, and is a member of the Council of the National Museum of Australia.
Chief of Staff and National Manager, Policy Bill McKinley
Bill joined the ATA in 2007 after a 17-year career as a political adviser in Queensland and national politics. Most notably, he was the communications adviser to Deputy Prime Ministers John Anderson and Mark Vaile.
Since 2007, Bill has held government relations, communications and policy roles at the ATA. He is now the ATA’s Chief of Staff.
Finance Manager Natalie Sammons
National Headquarters Team
Building Manager Chris Head
Chris Head is the Building and Services Manager at the Australian Trucking Association and has managed the National Headquarters Building since its commissioning in October 2002.
With a trade background as an Electrical fitter then moving into building automation, fire and security fields and finally Facility Management his technical skills have been an asset to the building, building tenants and secretariat.
Recently assisting with the project management of major upgrade works at the National Headquarters Building which achieved the building a NABERS Energy rating of over 4.5 stars and improved facilities for the building existing tenants and creating new interest in the building for prospective new tenants and visitors.
Assistant Building Manager Duane Dawson
Duane Dawson offers 16 years of experience in commercial real estate, customer service and a commitment to work hard.
Consulting to the ATA in the role of Assistance Building Manager Duane supports the Building Manager, Chris Head and finance team to ensure 25 National Circuit, Forrest continues of offer its Tenants the very best accommodation and service in the Canberra market.
Tenant Liaison Officer Helen Davies
Helen assists the ATA with its lease negotiations and tenant relationships within its national headquarters building in Canberra. Helen worked with the ATA in the planning and development of the building in 2001 and 2002. Her major role was to secure and negotiate pre commitment leases from anchor tenants which enabled the headquarter’s development to proceed.
Helen has been involved in the refurbishment and upgrade of this major asset which is now complete.
Government Relations & Policy Team
Chief Engineer Bob Woodward
Bob is ATA Chief Engineer and has been involved in the road freight industry since the early 1970s in design and development engineering, project management and fleet coordination roles.
During his career Bob has helped revolutionise the freight is carried on Australian roads, involved in the design of the first Queensland B-double, the tandem/tri-axle B-double, the Finemore Stinger Car Carrier and the 19 metre B-double.
Bob was also involved with the first central tyre inflation systems introduced in the Australian logging industry and was involved in the first meetings that resulted in PBS.
In 2014, Bob was awarded the Castrol Vecton Industry Achievement Award.
Transport and Infrastructure Adviser Sam Marks
Sam is the Transport and Infrastructure Adviser at the Australian Trucking Association with responsibility for policy development, advice and engagement on transport, infrastructure and related policy issues.
With a background in policy and government for more than seven years, he has experience in securing funding for local infrastructure projects, parliamentary process, political campaigns and program delivery of environment and heritage grants.
Sam has a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning, a Bachelor of Arts in Policy Studies and is an affiliate member of the Planning Institute of Australia.
Safety, Health and Wellbeing Director Melissa Weller
Melissa is the Safety, Health and Wellbeing Director at the Australian Trucking Association and has managed road safety projects and campaigns for eight years.
With a background in local government, she has delivered local campaigns and supported the delivery of NSW government campaigns. In 2016, Melissa was recognised by the Institute of Public Works and Engineering Awards for Excellence.
She is a member of the Australasian College of Road Safety National Executive Committee and has been a finalist in the College’s 3M Diamond Road Safety Awards for a safety project she coordinated across nine local government areas.
Communications and Corporate Relations Team
Partnerships and Events Director Dean Seeley
Dean is the Partnerships & Events Director at the Australian Trucking Association and has managed business relationships for over 20 years.
With a background in the private, government and not-for-profit sectors his experience includes business advisory services, international trade, Tourism and Corporate events.
Dean is an advocate for small business within the Canberra region and a director for the China Australia Trade and Investment Council.
Corporate Relations and Events Coordinator Erika Laurente
Erika is the Corporate Relations & Events Coordinator at the Australian Trucking Association.
With 7 years’ experience within membership-based associations such as the Australian Coal Association and the Canberra Business Chamber, she is a highly driven and resourceful coordinator with a strong focus on processes, stakeholder engagement and executive level administration.
Communications Manager Emily Mills
Emily Mills is ATA Communications Manager, responsible for internal and external communications activities, content development and public relations.
Prior to joining the ATA, Emily was a broadcast journalist, having worked at commercial radio stations in Canberra and regional NSW.
Emily has a Bachelor of Communications and Media Practice and is the secretariat of the ATA Communications Committee.
Community Engagement and Administration Coordinator Kayla O’Brien
Kayla O’Brien is ATA Community Engagement & Administration Coordinator. Kayla is tasked with creating community awareness and engagement for the Safety Truck along with providing support and project coordination within the areas of office management.
Kayla joined the ATA in early 2019, bringing a vast experience in the areas of event management, project management and finance.
TruckSafe National Manager Justin Fleming
Justin brings a wealth of experience in the trucking industry to his role as TruckSafe General Manager. He has been involved in the industry for over 31 years, driving for some of Australia’s most respected companies.
Justin has a very great understanding of how trucking companies work and has, throughout his working life, been committed to improving the safety of the industry. In his role at TruckSafe, Justin uses his knowledge of the industry to assist accredited operators to continue to improve their safety record. Justin holds an active MC licence and continues to drive regularly.
TruckSafe Executive Officer Kevin Walsh
Kevin is the Executive Officer for TruckSafe and has been managing the day-to-day administration for 8 years.
With a background in the transport and warehousing industry he has spent many years engaged with the loading and unloading of various sizes and configurations of trucks and trailers. Kevin has a certificate III in Warehousing.
He continues to expand his knowledge of the trucking industry through the many contacts he has with trucking operators improving their safety by being TruckSafe accredited.