Our Executive Leadership Team

The NHVR Executive Leadership Team comprises our 3 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 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 five 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

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.

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.

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.

Raymond Hassall - Executive Director, Statutory Compliance

Ray leads the Statutory Compliance Division of the NHVR.

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.