Our Executive Leadership Team

Led by our Chief Executive Officer, Sal Petroccitto, the Executive Leadership Team is responsible for the day-to-day management of our organisation, leading the delivery of our strategic objectives and driving an inclusive, supportive culture. 

Executive Leadership Team

Sal Petroccitto - Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Since joining the NHVR as Chief Executive Officer in May 2014, Sal has created a customer-centric, risk-based, data-driven modern regulator.

By driving a significant program of reform across Australia’s heavy vehicle industry, he has enabled a more streamlined approach to service delivery, education, compliance and enforcement, and a greater degree of consistency in how heavy vehicles are regulated.

He has led the NHVR far on its journey to becoming a single national heavy vehicle regulator, successfully transitioning regulatory services from four states and territories.

From a Portal where the heavy vehicle industry can conduct all service transactions, to the automation of identification of the operators and vehicles who pose the greatest safety risk, Sal has championed data-sharing, new technologies and innovative practices to deliver enhanced productivity and safety outcomes for governments and industry.

Over six years of the HVSI grant program, he has overseen the provision of $22.8 million for 89 projects that deliver tangible safety benefits to the industry and the community.

Sal brought to the NHVR extensive knowledge of heavy vehicle policy, strategy and regulation, having held senior leadership roles in transport and logistics, land use, transport and strategic planning across state and local government. This has proved invaluable in understanding the needs of, and building effective relationships with, the NHVR’s diverse range of stakeholders. 

Sal Petroccitto

Don Hogben - Chief Regulatory Policy and Standards Officer

Don joined the NHVR in October 2019 in the role of Chief Regulatory Policy and Standards Officer.

The responsibilities of this role include developing regulatory standards (and associated assurance functions), policy development and research, freight transport productivity initiatives, and the chief engineer function.

Don has extensive experience in transport and infrastructure, including road and bridge construction, transport planning and investment, freight strategy, road safety, inter-governmental relations, transport regulation and regulatory reform, especially in freight and heavy vehicles.

He has held a number of senior roles in the South Australian and Victorian public sectors, and has been involved in many national transport reform projects and programs, including the establishment of the HVNL and the NHVR.

He has had a long involvement with Austroads and Transport Certification Australia, and is a former Chair of the World Road Association Freight Technical Committee.

Don Hogben

Paul Salvati - Chief Operations Officer

Paul joined the NHVR in March 2019 to take up the position of Chief Operations Officer, with responsibility for the operational elements of our business, including on-road operations, access permits, stakeholder engagement and customer experience.

With over a decade as a senior executive across a range of organisations, Paul’s experience is primarily in the field of service delivery, encompassing frontline customer service, regulatory and compliance functions, community policy, infrastructure and services.

He has worked across all three tiers of government and in the private sector, and has consulted domestically and overseas on service delivery transformation. Business units under his leadership have won state, national and international awards for diversity, innovation and customer service excellence.

Prior to joining the NHVR, Paul was the Divisional Manager Lifestyle and Community Services at Brisbane City Council, where he led a multi-disciplinary workforce of over 1,400 staff with a $380 million annual operating budget, and responsibility for the city’s customer and regulatory services, community services and infrastructure — a $1.5 billion asset portfolio incorporating more than 600 leased/operational sites.

Paul Salvati

Raymond Hassall - Executive Director, Statutory Compliance

Ray leads the Statutory Compliance Division of the NHVR.

He has more than 20 years’ experience in public administration, and has led the design and implementation of regulatory reform at the state and national levels for all land transport modes. This experience includes legal and regulatory policy design, administrative review, strategic analysis, high-level stakeholder liaison, parliamentary committee appearances and managing parliamentary and cabinet processes. 

Ray has a deep background in regulatory compliance and is an industry expert for a legal publisher, as well as a peer reviewer for many national and international transport publications.

Raymond Hassall

Kelli Walker - Program Executive

Kelli joined the NHVR in February 2016 to oversee the transition of heavy vehicle regulatory services from the South Australian Government to the NHVR.

Kelli brings over 25 years of experience in senior management roles in State and Federal Government to the NHVR. Kelli has a strong background in transport policy and legislation development and the planning and delivery of regulatory compliance programs for heavy vehicles and maritime.

Kelli leads the National Services Transition (NST) Division of the NHVR, working with jurisdictions and NHVR business areas to plan for the transfer of responsibility for front line delivery of regulatory compliance and enforcement related activities currently being delivered by the states and territories on behalf of the NHVR. 

The Program works closely with jurisdictional transport agencies, and other government agencies, including police, to agree an appropriate pathway and timeline for transitioning services and then delivering the transition.

Kelli and the NST team have successfully delivered the transition of heavy vehicle regulatory services in South Australia, Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory, and Victoria. Work is currently progressing on the transition of services in New South Wales and planning has begun for commencing the final planned transition in Queensland.

Kelli Walker