Our Executive Leadership Team

The NHVR Executive Leadership Team comprises our 4 Chief Officers and 2 Executive Directors who are responsible for the delivery of improvements in heavy vehicle safety, productivity and efficiency in line with the corporate objectives endorsed by our Board.

Executive Leadership Team

Sal Petroccitto - Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Sal became Chief Executive Officer of the NHVR in May 2014, bringing extensive knowledge of heavy vehicle policy, strategy and regulation to the role.

He also has broad experience across state and local government, having held senior leadership roles in transport and logistics, land use, transport and strategic planning, and has worked closely with industry and stakeholders to deliver an efficient and effective transport system and improved supply chain outcomes.

Over the past six years, Sal has led a significant program of reform across Australia’s heavy vehicle industry, including transitioning functions from participating jurisdictions to deliver a single national heavy vehicle regulator, harmonising heavy vehicle regulations across more than 400 road managers, and modernising safety and productivity laws for heavy vehicle operators and the supply chain.

He has also led the NHVR’s transformation to a customer-centric organisation, focusing on outcomes that deliver the biggest benefit to the most people in the heavy vehicle sector, driven by the NHVR Portal and backed up by a comprehensive set of data from across Australia.

Leigh Pickering - Chief Corporate Officer

Leigh joined the NHVR in August 2018 to take up the newly created position of Chief Corporate Officer, with responsibility for finance, human resources, procurement and property, IT, business improvement and innovation, legal services, and performance, governance and risk.

She has extensive experience in delivering major organisational change, leading and managing large teams, and developing and implementing government policies.

Leigh has held a range of senior roles in the Queensland Government. As Assistant Director-General Human Resources, Department of Education, she led and managed responsibilities of a branch of over 700 staff in multiple locations, focusing on setting the strategic agenda for the delivery of transformative human services and responding to the challenges of supply in the teaching workforce. As Assistant Under-Treasurer, Queensland Treasury, her focus was on assessing and developing major policy initiatives, including setting and implementing the state’s fiscal agenda.

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 newly created role include developing industry and organisational safety standards (and associated assurance functions), organisational strategy, 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 Governments, and has been involved in many national transport reform projects and programs, including the establishment of the Heavy Vehicle National Law 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 Operating Officer, with responsibility for the operational elements of our business.

Paul’s experience is primarily in the field of service delivery encompassing front line customer service, regulatory and compliance functions and community policy, infrastructure and services. Through his leadership, areas within his span of control have won awards for diversity, innovation and customer service excellence at the state, national and international arena.

Paul has worked across all three tiers of government, the private sector and consulted both domestically and abroad on service delivery transformation. He has held a number of senior roles in Brisbane City Council and the Queensland government. Prior to joining the NHVR, Paul was the Divisional Manager Lifestyle and Community Services, Brisbane City Council where he led a multi-disciplinary workforce of over 1400 staff under a $380m+ annual operating budget with responsibility for the city’s customer and regulatory services, community services and infrastructure encompassing a $1.5b+ asset portfolio including over 600 leased/operational sites.

Paul Salvati

Joe Fitzgerald - Executive Director, Corporate Affairs

Joe joined the NHVR in January 2019 to lead the newly-established Corporate Affairs Division, with responsibility for intergovernmental relations, media, marketing, and communications services.

He has extensive leadership and corporate affairs experience across private and public sectors and is adept at developing and executing strategic political, social and educational campaigns and projects on a state and national level.

This experience includes the development and leadership of high-performing teams, and working with complex stakeholders in the successful delivery of organisational goals across traditional and social media, advertising and marketing channels.

Joe Fitzgerald

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.

Kelli Walker - Program Executive

Kelli joined 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.

Organisational structure

Sal Petroccitto
Chief Executive Officer
Leigh Pickering
Chief Corporate Officer
Don Hogben
Chief Regulatory Policy and Standards Officer
Paul Salvati
Chief Operations Officer
Joe Fitzgerald
Executive Director, Corporate Affairs
Ray Hassall
Executive Director, Statutory Compliance
Sal has been Chief Executive Officer of the NHVR since May 2014, bringing extensive knowledge of heavy vehicle regulation to the role.

Corporate Services 
ensures strategic outcomes and organisational goals can be met through a skilled and capable workforce, effective management of resources and continuous business improvement for NHVR.

  • People & Culture
  • Business Improvement & Innovation
  • Performance Governance & Risk
  • Information & Technology
  • Finance
  • Legal Services
  • Procurement & Facilities

Regulatory Policy and Standards defines and sets regulatory strategy, policy and standards, including desired outcomes.

  • Strategy and Policy
  • Safety Standards & Assurance
  • Freight & Supply Chain Productivity

The Operations Division oversees the operational processes and transactions for customers and service users into the NHVR, as well as on-road safety and compliance activities across NHVR jurisdictions.

  • Customer Experience
  • Processes & Transactions
  • National Compliance Services
  • Regional Operations and Management

Corporate Affairs enhances, shapes and protects NHVR’s reputation. The Division works closely with all levels of government to help shape policy and provide a range of media and communication services to support corporate objectives.

  • Inter-Governmental Relations
  • Media, Marketing & Communications
  • Digital Communications

Statutory Compliance works to ensure compliance with regulatory policy, strategy and standards, providing advice as required and applying non-compliance consequences where needed.

  • Prosecutions
  • Investigations
  • Intelligence