Our Executive Leadership Team

The NHVR Executive Leadership Team comprises our CEO, our COO and five 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 regulation to the role.

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

Sal was the Queensland Government representative on the NHVR Project Implementation Board and the Board of Transport Certification Australia.

Over the past four 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, modernising safety laws for the heavy vehicle supply chain and heavy vehicle operators, and introducing the digital permit system (NHVR Portal).

Leigh Pickering - Chief Corporate Officer (COO)

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.

Peter Caprioli - Executive Director, Network Access

Peter has been with the NHVR since its inception in 2013 and has delivered a range of reforms that have improved heavy vehicle network access.

Peter and his team are responsible for ensuring that heavy vehicle access to the transport networks is supported by services and projects that are safe, effective and efficient for the industry and state and local road managers.

Network Access leads the delivery of the permit application process, the national harmonisation program and development of policy-driven outcomes that promote the best use of high-productivity vehicles and fair and equitable access for the whole industry.

Peter has extensive experience in heavy vehicle regulatory matters and with the heavy vehicle industry. He has worked in senior government roles with the Queensland Department of Transport on heavy vehicle regulation, policy and legislative matters over many years and also has significant background in training, enforcement and education.

Geoff Casey - Executive Director, Productivity and Safety

Geoff’s key responsibilities include the delivery of the National Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Strategy Frameworks. He also leads the teams delivering NHVAS, PBS, Vehicle Standards, Fatigue Management, and Safety Promotion Training and Education.

Geoff has an extensive background as a senior executive both as a regulator of, and as a participant in, a number of safety critical industries including rail and aviation. He has lectured in risk and systems engineering and his experience encompasses regulatory frameworks and associated policy, risk, and developing and administering safety management systems in an operational environment.

John Gilbert, OAM - A/Executive Director, Strategy and Stakeholder Relations

John Gilbert is the newly appointed A/Executive Director Strategy and Stakeholder Relations. Prior to this he has been the NHVR’s Manager of Stakeholder Relations since October 2013. In this role John works closely with all levels of Australia’s heavy vehicle and transport industry, including local, state and federal governments, to deliver the NHVR’s safety and productivity agenda.

Previously John was the Industry Services Manager of the Victorian Transport Association where he was responsible for the day-to-day running of membership services. Prior to this John was at the Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council where he was responsible for the design and development of all Road Transport Training for the industry.

John brings an extensive knowledge of logistics and stakeholder engagement from across Australia’s transport industry.

Raymond Hassall - Executive Director, Regulatory and Legal Services

Ray leads the Regulatory and Legal Services Division, which has offices in Brisbane and Adelaide and delivers services into Tasmania. He also took on the role of Executive Director, Business Services following the departure of Michelle Clarke in March 2018.

Services delivered by his team include workplace, contract and commercial matters, privacy, right to information, government accountability services, prosecutions under the HVNL, and oversight of the NHVR’s probity framework and internal audit arrangements.

Ray has extensive experience in public administration, and leading and implementing regulatory reform at the state and national levels in a range of policy areas. This experience also includes legal and regulatory policy design, administrative review, strategic analysis, high-level stakeholder liaison, and managing parliamentary and cabinet processes.

Tony Kursius - Executive Director, Regulatory Compliance

Tony is responsible for leading the implementation of heavy vehicle regulatory reform and ensuring the successful delivery of nationally consistent, coordinated and effective compliance and assurance functions.

With over 20 years' experience at senior executive level in regulatory and service delivery roles with the Queensland Government transport portfolio, his expertise spans corporate human resource management, land transport (including registration and licensing), road safety, rail safety, road use management and transport compliance functions.

Tony worked closely with other road transport authorities across the country in the years leading up to the establishment of the NHVR and has extensive knowledge and practical understanding of the strategic and operational challenges in achieving national regulatory reform.