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Our staff

Based in Melbourne and led by Michael Kilgariff, Roads Australia employs a small, passionate team of professionals committed to helping government and industry deliver the best transport outcomes for all Australians.

Chief Executive Officer

Michael Kilgariff

Michael joined Roads Australia in September 2018. He was previously Managing Director of the Australian Logistics Council (ALC), the peak industry body for Australia’s freight logistics industry. Michael has more than 30 years' experience working with industry and government decision-makers to advance policy reform agendas in the construction, energy and freight/logistics sectors.

M: 0418 627 995

Director - Communications

Mark Bowmer

Mark has worked as a journalist and corporate communications practitioner for over 30 years. His journalistic career started on Sydney's Daily Telegraph newspaper and has included stints in both metro and regional media. As a PR professional he has worked with some of Australia's leading public and private sector organisations, particularly in the building and construction sectors. He also has extensive experience in stakeholder engagement and event planning and delivery. Away from work, Mark plays in a band with similarly aged 'mid-life crisers' and is a passionate supporter of the Cronulla Sharks.

M: 0412 766 959

Accounts Manager

Veronica Ong

Veronica is a member of CPA Australia and has more than 20 years of accounting experience in both the public and private sectors. Prior experiences include working in a retail chain as an accountant and PwC as an auditor. Veronica has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce/Accounting from La Trobe University and holds an ACCA qualification from the UK. Veronica is extremely efficient and detail oriented. She is also used to producing high quality work, in a time sensitive environment. She is passionate about book-keeping and accounting and is committed to giving 110% to her work every single day.

P: 03 9821 5255

Exec Director - Policy & Government

Natalie Collard

Natalie is a highly-regarded executive who has worked across the energy, agriculture, telecommunications, defence and foreign affairs sectors. She is a former CEO of Australian Dairy Farmers Ltd (her achievements there earning her a Telstra Business Woman of the Year Award). In 2018 she was named Woman in Renewables of the Year by the International Global Solar + Energy Storage Organising Committee for her work as Chair of Women in Renewables (Australia) and EGM Industry Development at the Clean Energy Council. Other career highlights include leading Telstra’s Corporate Affairs for Victoria and Tasmania. Natalie is currently on two boards and is also a Business Mentor for APEC Women’s programs.

M: 0413 009 373

Senior Policy Manager

Alex Stott

Alex has a Bachelor of Arts and 1st Class Honours in International Studies from RMIT, and has extensively travelled throughout the Asia region to build a career delivering international policy and regional development activities with the world's best non-government organisations, including the United Nations, Oxfam and UNICEF. Prior to joining Roads Australia, Alex worked at the Grattan Institute as its Events and Marketing Specialist, where she gained invaluable experience in Australian public policy. Alex enjoys cycling and live music, and is Impact Manager at the Environmental Film Festival Australia.

M: 0449 557 608

Office Manager

Thao Nguyen

Thao holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Prior to commencing with Roads Australia, Thao worked as an accountant for number of years at Kathmandu, an internationally listed retail company. She was responsible for preparing monthly accounting reports, reconciliation, payables, receivables and payroll for approximately 100 stores across Australia and New Zealand. Since joining Roads Australia, Thao has further developed her overall office management skills.

P: 03 9821 5255

Director - Stakeholders

Hannah Sauvarin

Hannah is a former Western Australian with a Bachelor of Commerce from UWA, winning the award for highest ranked graduate across the Marketing discipline. Since moving east, she has worked at the Institute of Public Administration and Commercial Passenger Vehicles Victoria across multiple stakeholder relations, governance and project management roles. Since joining Roads Australia in 2015, Hannah has played a key role in the growth and development of membership and program offerings, including the Fellowship and Young Professionals programs. She is a passionate stakeholder manager who thrives on bringing the right people together and delivering meaningful value for all members. To combat her true love of food and cooking, Hannah enjoys lots of volleyball, squash and running.

M: 0415 267 805

Director - Events

Rachael Rooney

Rachael has 25 years of marketing and HR experience across a number of industries. Rachael has worked for National Rail, CRA, Minenco (CRA/Rio Tinto), AAPA and more recently CSR Emoleum/Emoleum as their Marketing Manager until 2004 and as a Consultant. Rachael joined Roads Australia to assist with marketing, event management, website management and member services. She holds a Graduate Diploma of Marketing with Distinction.

P: 03 5942 7772

National Membership & Event Mgr

Marlie Curtis

Marlie specialises in Event Management and is a passionate client and member services professional. Over the past four years her experiences and achievements have included sitting on the committee of Young Meetings and Events Australia, attending the International Events Forum in Shanghai, winning a scholarship to attend a renowned Conference in Kuala Lumpur, and managing high end events such as the Olivia Newton John Gala Dinner. Marlie has worked in both the not-for-profit (Institute of Public Administration Australia) and private sectors in event coordinator and executive sales roles. A self-confessed 'people person', Marlie loves the ocean, weekends back to her home town and exploring all the newest restaurants.

M: 0419 272 974