Our Board

The NHVR Board, established under section 662 of the HVNL, comprises five members appointed by the Queensland Minister on the unanimous recommendation of the responsible Ministers.

The Board’s functions include:

  • deciding the NHVR’s policies (subject to any directions of the responsible Ministers)
  • ensuring the NHVR exercises its functions in a proper, effective and efficient way.
NHVR Board

The Hon Duncan Gay, Chairperson

Appointed: October 2018

Duncan was previously New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, and Leader of the Government in the New South Wales Legislative Council.

As Minister, he championed significant positive change to the safety and productivity of the heavy vehicle sector, enabling New South Wales transport operators and local businesses to catch up with the rest of the country and, in many cases, lead reform of road freight improvements for the benefit of the industry, broader community and, in turn, the national economy.

He understood the importance of working closely with freight supply chain partners to deliver tangible outcomes, particularly for regional and rural New South Wales, and was responsible for vastly increasing access to local freight networks and giving a strong focus to adopting a respectful culture in roadside heavy vehicle safety and compliance interactions.

Duncan is a Director of Essential Energy, ARC Asia-Pacific RPAS Consortium, the Bush Children’s Education Foundation of NSW and the Sir Earle Page Memorial Trust, and an Executive Advisor of the MU Group. 

Duncan Gay

Julie Russell, Deputy Chairperson

Appointed: October 2019

Julie is a Director and third-generation family member of Queensland-based Russell Transport.  She has worked both within her family business and in large multinational corporations across roles in risk and compliance, human resources, industrial relations, technology and strategic planning.

She has served on numerous committees and boards to provide a medium-sized family-business perspective to road reform and policy proposals, training and workforce planning frameworks, and industry awareness programs.

She is a Board Member and immediate past president of the Queensland Trucking Association, and a Board Member and Chair of the Skills and Workforce Committee of the Australian Trucking Association.

Julie was named Queensland Trucking Association Woman of the Year in 2014 and National Trucking Industry Woman of the Year in 2015. 

Julie Russell

Ken Lay AO APM

Appointed: October 2018

Ken is a professional non-executive Director. His substantial career was with Victoria Police, concluding as the Chief Commissioner (2011–2015). He has since conducted several reviews for both state and federal governments concerning significant social policy, community safety, governance and leadership issues.

His Board portfolio in 2020–2021 includes chairing roles with Ambulance Victoria and Forensicare (Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health).

From January to April 2020, Ken was Chair of Bushfire Recovery Australia, a new permanent Victorian Government Agency created to work directly with communities to listen, help and deliver what they needed after the 2019–2020 Victorian bushfires.

He is an Officer of the Order of Australia and an Australian Police Medal recipient.

Ken is the Chair of the NHVR Finance, Risk and Audit Committee.

Ken Lay

Catherine Scott

Appointed: October 2019

Catherine is a highly experienced Chairperson and Non-Executive Director who has held directorships across a portfolio of organisations in transport, water, education and natural resources. In her prior professional career, she held senior positions in the investment banking and finance industries.

She is a Commissioner at the Australian Transport Safety Bureau and member of the Finance Committee of Edmund Rice Ministries Oceania. She is also a past director and Audit and Risk Committee member of several organisations, including the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator, V/line Passenger Pty Ltd, Chair of Goulburn Valley Water and a Non-Executive Director of VicWater.

Catherine Scott

Robin Stewart-Crompton

Appointed: October 2012

Robin is the Director of RSC Advising Pty Ltd and is a consultant in the fields of public administration, occupational health and safety, workers’ compensation and industrial relations. Previously, he was a senior Commonwealth public servant and a legal practitioner.

Robin Stewart-Crompton