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ARTSA repositions itself to address fast-paced heavy vehicle evolution

The Australian Road Transport Suppliers Association (ARTSA) has announced that it is restructuring to deliver on its ‘Beyond 2019’ strategic plans, including more focus on member services to accommodate forecasted growth.

ARTSA Chairman and Managing Director of Transport Equipment Australia, Martin Toomey, has revealed the association is planning to grow its member base quite substantially over the next year by focusing on new products and services.

As part of the restructure, ARTSA will comprise three divisions: ARTSA Member Services, ARTSA Data and the latest industry think tank, ARTSA Institute.

“These divisions will extend ARTSA’s appeal beyond the traditional mix that we see today,” said Toomey.

ARTSA has appointed former vehicle safety expert from VicRoads, Greg Rowe, to lead ARTSA Member Services including the day-to-day running of the association, conferencing, training, representation and membership.

Rowe has over 25 years of transport experience and is well known in the heavy vehicle sector having also had roles at the Victorian Transport Association (VTA) and the National Bulk Tanker Association (NBTA).

ARTSA said in a statement that Rowe is a strong addition to the ARTSA team and will perform the role of Executive Director on behalf of all ARTSA Divisions.

Rob Perkins has held the Executive Director’s role for the last 18 years. From the end of March 2019, he will transition to manage the ARTSA Data division and also contribute to the ARTSA Institute which has been established, and will soon appoint its own advisory board.

“This is a game changing moment for ARTSA,” said Toomey.

“With Peter Hart stepping back from the Chairmanship role after 11 years we have acted to retain Peter’s expertise on our Executive but to also recruit more support to address the growing opportunities and challenges faced by the heavy vehicle sector.

“Change is always challenging but we have managed to retain the long-standing ARTSA team of Peter Hart and Rob Perkins but also augment it with more resources that are job ready,” he said.

Toomey thanked Hart and Perkins for a combined 29 years of service in their former roles on behalf of ARTSA and is looking forward to their continued involvement in the years ahead.

(Image L-R: Martin Toomey and Greg Rowe.)

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