iRAP is delighted to announce that Gary Liddle has been appointed as its new chairman.
Gary is an internationally respected figure in the road safety community and has served as a trustee on the iRAP board since 2013. He succeeds John Dawson who has steered the charity from its inception.
‘It’s a great privilege to follow in John’s footsteps,’ said Gary. ‘His contribution has been immense. With applications in more than 80 countries, rich and poor alike, the success of iRAP – and of John’s inspired leadership – speaks for itself. I am determined to take forward iRAP’s vision of a world free of high risk roads and its global potential to help save hundreds of thousands of lives.’
Gary is well known in his recent roles as a top transport official in the state of Victoria in Australia. He has served as CEO of VicRoads, CEO of Public Transport Victoria, Deputy Secretary of Transport and most recently as Enterprise Professor of Transport at the University of Melbourne. He has also held a number of board level roles in key national bodies including Austroads and ARRB Group . A trained engineer, Gary is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia, and is also chairman of the Children of Cambodia Foundation which supports primary school children in two communities in Cambodia.
‘iRAP is in a really exciting period in its history,’ said Gary. ‘We are playing a leading role in helping to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goal target to halve road deaths and injuries by 2020. Together with our partners around the world, iRAP is already saving tens of thousands of people from death or serious injury across more than 80 countries.
‘Over the last few years, we have seen governments and development banks embracing the star rating targets and raising the standard of their road networks. But more must be done.
‘The iRAP message is simple. All new roads should be built to 3-star or better standard for all road users and we must upgrade our existing roads to maximise travel on 3,4 and 5-star roads. Safer roads are one of the most important investments that we can make in our communities and for our children.
‘The tragedy of global road deaths and injuries requires action on a great scale. We must never forget that every life counts!’
John Dawson described Gary as a ‘Front runner in one of the world’s most progressive authorities in Road Safety.
‘Victoria was one of the first states to introduce a formal Road Safety Investment Plan, with a commitment to A$1billion over 10 years. Gary’s contribution and leadership will be respected worldwide by the authorities who must act if we are to achieve SDG 3.6
‘I could not leave iRAP in safer hands.’