ARRB director to retire

Gerard Waldron, managing director of ARRB Group announces he will retire this year

ARRB director to retire
Waldron will stay on as managing director for a short while to build ARRB’s 2017 plans

Transport industry veteran and current managing director of the Australian Roads Research Board (ARRB), Gerard Waldron, has announced his upcoming retirement in November.

Waldron has led the way for ARRB’s research direction, and also began the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative which works with government and policy-makers to help determine the best route for implementing autonomous vehicles.

"Initiatives like ADVI have continued to boost ARRB’s profile and cemented it as one of the few agencies globally equipped to bring together researchers, technical experts, governments, and industry from around the world to deliver major projects in the Australian public interest," Waldron says.

Waldron also took on a substantial role in building ARRB’s commercial aspects, allowing the board to self-sufficiently fund its own research.

Gary Liddle, ARRB chairman, says Waldron has been instrumental in ARRB’s growth over the past 15 years.

"Gerard has laid the foundation for sustainable growth and has continued to build the reputation of ARRB as a world-class research institute among its members, the industry and public," Liddle says.

Waldron will stay on as managing director for a short while to build ARRB’s 2017 plans.

He says he has always endeavoured to involve the board’s members in raising engagement within the transport community.

"In my time at ARRB, my mission has included increasing the engagement of our members in the organisation’s research-related roles, which are not only our raison d’êtré, but also how the organisation can make a tangible difference to road users.

"I’m excited to report that member engagement is the highest it’s ever been, and as result, our board and executive remain fully invested in the future growth of ARRB."

Waldron will carry on as a vice president of the Forum of European National Highway Research Laboratories for three years as a way to maintain Australia’s worldwide industry connections.

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