Current NatRoad CEO, Chris Melham, is to take over the reins of the Australian Trucking Association in the New Year. He will take over from current ATA CEO, Stuart St Clair.
The Chair of the ATA, Noelene Watson, who made the announcement, said the process laid down by the board to find and appoint a new CEO had been a thorough and professional search and saw more than 50 applicants for the position.
“The Board nominations committee was thrilled with the standard of applicants we received for this role,” said Watson. “This is testament to the high respect held for the ATA in Canberra. The recommendation was unanimous, and was approved by the full ATA board at its meeting today.
“Chris Melham has been the CEO for the National Road Transport Association for the past 3 years, and builds on a successful career of industry advocacy spanning more than 25 years. The ATA board welcomes him to the position, and we look forward to working with Chris in the future.”
Current CEO Stuart St Clair will officially hand over the role to Melham at the Trucking Australia 2015 conference in Hobart on March 19 to 21 2015.
“While it’s disappointing to lose Chris from the NatRoad family, it is pleasing to know that we have been able to retain his service and commitment in the Australian trucking industry,” said NatRoad President, Geoff Crouch.
Melham has been a consistently strong supporter of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator project, especially when it came under attack after a number of issues.
“As CEO for the National Road Transport Association, Chris has worked closely with the NHVR over the past three years, advocating for change and the best outcome for NatRoad’s members,” said NHVR CEO, Sal Petroccitto. “Chris was also one of the first industry advocates to publicly state his commitment and support for the NHVR during the challenging times following the commencement of the Heavy Vehicle National Law earlier this year.
“He could see that transport reform is a whole-of-industry effort and requires collaboration across all tiers of government. I’m sure Chris will bring the same dedication, drive and enthusiasm for practical transport reform to his new role next year and form a great partnership with ATA Chair, Noelene Watson.”