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Policy and Communications

Chief of Staff (Acting CEO) 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.


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, 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.


Communications Manager Emily Mills

Emily Mills is ATA Communications Manager, responsible for internal and external communications activities, content development and public relations.

In her time with the ATA, Emily has led major communication campaigns reaching millions and facilitated the delivery of ground-breaking industry initiatives, including the Teletrac Navman Driving Change Diversity Program.

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.



Safety, Health and Wellbeing

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.


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.


SafeT360 Marketing and Engagement Coordinator Kayla O’Brien

Kayla O’Brien is SafeT360 Marketing and Engagement Coordinator. Kayla is tasked with creating community awareness and engagement for the ATA’s SafeT360 road safety campaign 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.



Partnerships and Events

Partnerships and Events Director Dean Seeley

Dean is the Partnerships & Events Director at the Australian Trucking Association and has managed business relationships for more than 20 years.

In his role with the ATA, Dean leads the team to deliver innovative and dynamic programs and events, continually pushing the boundaries to deliver value to members and industry. 

With a background in the private, government and not-for-profit sectors his experience includes business advisory services, international trade, Tourism and Corporate events.

This experience has motivated Dean to become a supporter and advocate of industry associations globally and the critical role they play.


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.




Finance Manager Allison Reid


Property Management

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.