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Roads Australia Event Details

RA Policy Webinar - International insights: Road Worker Safety

18/11/2020 18:00 to 18/11/2020 19:15

Venue: via Zoom

Presented as part of RA’s commitment to National Road Safety Week from 15-22 November 2020 and the ongoing activities of RA’s Road Worker Safety Working Group, this session will demonstrate the power of greater industry collaboration on safety.

Our webinar will bring international and local experts together for an interactive discussion to explore the latest innovations in road worker safety, career opportunities in the road safety space and the steps we can all take to more effectively protect the safety of our industry’s workforce.

Moderated by Jeff Doyle, Safety Policy Stream Deputy Chair, RA and CEO, Altus Traffic Group, you’ll hear insights from our speakers including:

  • James Bennett, Program Director, VBA
  • Mark Byard, Health, Safety and Wellbeing Director, Highways England (UK)
  • Andrew Fennell, Chief Strategy Officer, Chevron Traffic Management (UK)
  • James Haluch, Managing Director - Highways and Waste Collections, Amey (UK)
  • Amanda Tarbotton, Director WHS Sydney Division, Transport for NSW

Don’t miss your opportunity to learn more how the opportunities and challenges being faced in the UK compare to Australia - and put your questions to recognised experts in our interactive discussion. 

Date:   Wednesday 18 November

Time:    6.00pm AEDT (Mel/Syd time) 7.00am GMT and finishing 7.15pm AEDT (Mel/Syd) 8.15am GMT

ZOOM:  The Zoom link will be sent to you when you have registered your interest


RA Members can participate for FREE

RA Non members - $150 (inc GST)

Contact - Director Events - Rachael Rooney for event bookings

Please find our Event and Booking guide here.




View Mark Byard and James Haluch's Presentation here

View Andrew Fennell's Presentation here

Download RA International Policy Insights: Road Worker Safety here


 Jeff Doyle, Safety Policy Stream Deputy Chair, Roads Australia and CEO, Altus Traffic Group 

Jeff is an experienced leader and CEO, having successfully managed a number of medium to large scale companies as well as holding key industry Board positions. Combining a strategic management skill-set with inspired people leadership, a hands-on approach to operational excellence and a genuine will to succeed, Jeff has consistently built high performance teams and accomplished double digit sales and EBIT growth for shareholders among highly competitive B2B Services based industries.


James Bennett, Program Director, VBA

James is the Program Director for VBA, delivering the Stewardship Maintenance Contract (SMC) in the South Zone for TfNSW. Prior to arriving in Australia he was responsible for Area 10 of the Highways England Network in the Northwest of the UK and is well placed to contrast the two geographies. James’ career in the care of critical assets spans 20+ years across Defence, Rail, Power and Roads where he has always been passionate about the safety of his workers.


Mark Byard, Health, Safety and Wellbeing Director, Highways England

Mark joined Highways England as Health, Safety and Wellbeing Director in April 2018 after nearly 20 years in the water industry. Prior to joining Highways England Mark was H&S Director at United Utilities based in the North West and was at Severn Trent Water before that in health and safety and operational management roles. Mark’s background in operations is a continuous point of reference as he develops new health, safety and wellbeing strategies. Since joining Highways England Mark has developed their new approach to health, safety and wellbeing ‘Home Safe and Well’ which launched across Highways England and the supply chain in early June 2019. This approach supports the company’s vision ‘we want everyone who works with us and everyone who travels on our network to get home safe and well.

Andrew Fennell, Chief Strategy Officer, Chevron Traffic Management

Andrew is Chevron’s CSO and is responsible for the future strategy of the group, in addition he has responsibility for the groups digital business (HRS) and it’s Training Academy. He has a background in bringing together strategy, technology together with a good dose of commercial reality to change for the better the way business and industry operates. He has worked across a number of infrastructure sectors including roads and rail and was lucky enough to work on the Virgin Hyperloop Programme building its systems engineering capability. More recently he has established digitally enabled systems and services as a critical part of traffic management delivery on the UK road network and launched the Chevron Academy professionalising career paths in traffic management, delivering career management and skills development using a digital platform, putting the control of job and career development firmly onto the hands of the employee.   

 James Haluch, Managing Director - Highways and Waste Collections, Amey 

James is Managing Director of the Amey Highways and Waste business unit, providing strategic leadership and embedding strong safety, wellbeing and management disciplines to focus on achieving organisational and social value outcomes for the communities in which Amey works. James is a strong advocate for diversity throughout the business as well as the transportation industry – supporting individuals to develop their careers within the sector and encouraging others to consider the industry as a place to work and thrive. Amey Highways manages and maintains strategic and local road assets across the UK with 3,800 employees with a turnover of £390m.