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Meet The Board

Road Sense Australia’s independent Board of Directors are responsible for the organisations strategic direction, matters of governance and other associated business functions.

Board members are elected annually. This process helps keep the organisation proactive and brings new ideas to the team. To ensure transparency between staff and board members, it is a requirement that serving board members are not employed in management positions in the organisation. Road Sense Australia is managed by an Executive Officer who reports directly to the board.

The Boards key role is to ensure that the organisation meets its mission of: 

Creating Responsible Road Users and Safer Communities.

Discover more about our Board members and their passion for road safety… 

Megan Lavender

Chairman; Member Governance And Remuneration Committee

Megan J. Lavender is a transformational leader of organisations – with a focus on stakeholder engagement – and has served as a Director and Chairman of RoadSense Australia since 2018.

An experienced public company director and government board member, she is also peer recognised as one of the Asia Pacific’s best third sector CEOs – having held senior executive roles in the corporate, government and third sectors.

Megan presently serves as a federal government-appointed board member of the Australian Clinical Dosimetry Service and a state government-appointed board member of the NSW Ministry of Health Centre for Health Record Linkage and has been commissioned by the NSW Minister for Lands as deputy chairman of the 107-year-old Gosford Showground Crown Lands Trust.

In addition to these three government board appointments, she also currently serves on a further thirteen boards, including as independent chairman of the University of Sydney Union Finance Committee, as the first female treasurer of the 116-year-old Royal Automobile Club of Australia, as company secretary of naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia, and a director of Special Olympics Australia, Gridiron Australia, Children’s Book Council of Australia, Mainly Music International, Australian Ice Racing, Anywhere Theatre Festival, Swimming NSW Aquatic Management, Friends of First Government House Site and the Bankstown Harness Racing Club.

Megan has served as an independent board member of the NSW Government appointed racing industry controlling body, as chairman of the Victorian-based sporting social enterprises, Boots For All and Sport For All, and as a director of multiple public and private companies, associations and charities, including Comtax Credit Union, Co-Op Bookshop, Australian and New Zealand ThirdSector Research, Australian Institute of International Affairs, Pathology Awareness Australia, Sport NSW, Women Sport Australia, Independent Living Centre NSW, Five Dock Leisure Centre, Macquarie University Union, Cancer Council Relay for Life, Ethnic Communities’ Council of NSW and the Australia Indonesia Association.

She currently operates her own management and strategic consultancy business and has previously served in several senior executive roles. Megan has also served as an elected city councillor on the City of Canada Bay Council and as a ministerial advisor to the Australian Minister for Sport, Minister for Tourism and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Sydney 2000 Games.

Megan is peer recognised as one of the Asia Pacific’s best third-sector chief executives and among a select few people conferred with a full fellowship by the Australian Society of Association Executives – the professional industry association where she previously served as state chairman.

She is an arts, education, speech and drama graduate of Macquarie University and Trinity College, London.

Peter Hammond

Treasurer; Chair, Finance and Risk Committee

Peter is currently the Treasurer and Chair of the Finance of Risk Committee and has been a Board member since 2018.

Peter has over 20 years of leadership and working experience in finance and risk management throughout Australasia and in all the major international markets. This has invariably included change management to develop and expand business opportunities within specified risk and return parameters.

For most of his career, Peter has worked for a number of the major international banks. More recently he has worked for start-ups and government organisations.

Peter’s strengths include problem-solving and issues management; experience in multiple legislative and regulatory environments; financial and risk management; and ability to build businesses, mentor and guide a team.

Ruth Cohen

Chair, Governance And Remunerations Committee

After completing her degree in French, Latin, Classical Greek and Sanskrit, Ruth began graduate employment at IBM where she was trained in Marketing and computers. As a Systems Engineer specialising in Large System Networking, she travelled around Australia and Asia training IT departments in large banks and government departments.

Ruth has worked with David H. Cohen & Co. for over 30 years as office manager and editor. She graduated from the University of Sydney with a JD and then completed a Masters in Applied Family Law.

She is currently studying for a Masters in Business Law and Commercial Transactions.

Vicki Johnston

Chair, Business Development And Partnerships Committee

Vicki has over 40 years of experience working within health.
Her career includes strategic leadership positions working within NSW Health hospitals and across community agencies, in particular addressing issues faced by Indigenous and migrant people.

She currently leads strategic planning projects, including financial modelling and risk assessment, for business and corporate development at NSW Health Pathology.

She is responsible for providing leadership for the development and implementation of service delivery to meet client expectations and market opportunities. This includes building and maintaining relationships with health services, community and commercial entities.

Vicki has a strong understanding of issues within the health and community sectors, including health policies, property lease management and the negotiation and coordination of service level agreements.
Vicki’s qualifications include general, midwifery and child and family healthnursing.

Kathryn Crofts

Board Member; Member, Business Development And Partnerships Committee

Kathryn is a founding Board member of RSA and served as the organisation’s Secretary from 2015 until 2019. She is also on the RSA Business Development and Partnerships Committee.

A specialist in media and communications, Kathryn has worked in various industries including supply chain, freight and logistics, health, tertiary education, gaming, retail, business and government in New South Wales and the Northern Territory.

Currently, Kathryn manages the external and internal communications function for CHEP, a global leader in supply chain solutions and part of the Brambles group of companies; listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and a member of the S&P/ASX20 Index. As part of the Strategy and Marketing team, she is responsible for PR and customer communication, media, advertising, sponsorship, events, graphic design and all internal communication for the Asia Pacific business. In addition, she is a Justice of the Peace and First Aid Officer in the workplace.

Kathryn runs a private consultancy that provides communications and design expertise to small and large businesses in the areas of copywriting, graphic design, social media strategy and execution, crisis communications, media relations and public relations.

Recently, Kathryn completed the Advanced Leadership Program with Women Leadership Australia’s Australian School of Applied Management, as well as the University of Queensland’s Leadership Challenge. Kathryn has a Bachelor of Media and Communications with a major in Graphic Design and Public Relations from Charles Sturt University, with a scholarship placement at Broby Grafiska School of Graphic Design in Sweden.

Personally, Kathryn is the Media Liaison and Volunteer Coordinator for the NSW State Emergency Service Ryde Unit. She has also held other community positions, including President of the Northern Territory United Nations Youth Association of Australia, President of Ryde Youth Council and volunteers at a number of organisations includingFoodbank, Landcare, Good360, The Smith Family and a participant in the 2019 OzHarvestCEO CookOff.

David Rosen

Board Member

David Rosen has served as a Director of Road Sense Australia since 2019 and as a member of the Governance, Nominations and Remuneration Committee – bringing with him over a quarter of a century of experience on boards and tribunals.

With a professional background in higher education and the law, David holds a Master of Laws (Honours) degree from the University of Technology, Sydney, and a Master of Education degree and a Master of Educational Administration degree both from the University of New England.

He was admitted to practice as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW in 1991, Solicitor of the High Court of Australia in 1992, and Barrister of the High Court of Australia in 1996.

David has also served in a range of academic teaching capacities at both the Faculty of Law and Legal Practice and the Faculty of Business in the University of Technology, Sydney, and also the University of Western Sydney, and currently works with TAFE NSW.

Over the years, he has been appointed to act as a Tribunal Member on the Government and Related Employees Appeal Tribunal, Tribunal Member on the Nurses Tribunal of the Nurses Registration Board and Member of their Professional Standards Committee, Conciliator for the Health Conciliation Registry, and Council Member on the Sydney Water Customer Council, among a variety of other roles.

David has held the elected offices of Deputy Warden of the Convocation of the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) – chairing the Annual General Meeting and carrying the University Mace – Councillor of the UTS Council (the supreme governing body of the University) and Councillor member of the Finance, Student Affairs, Access and Equity Subcommittees, and the University Planning Board.

He has served as a board member on the Faculty Board in Law and Legal Practice at UTS and as Vice President of the UTS Alumni Association – and, in 2000, received the UTS Alumni Achievement Award, for outstanding contribution to campus, community, humanitarian or cultural activities that are to the benefit of, or bring credit to, the University.

A member of the Australian Army Reserve and past Non-Commissioned Officer in the University of NSW Regiment, he has also held the post of Welfare Officer at the Burwood RSL Sub Branch.

David currently serves as President of the Bankstown Harness Racing and Agricultural Society

Roy McCullagh

Board Member; Member, Business Development And Partnerships Committee

Roy has held senior executive-level positions with global hospitality companies including Cunard; Hilton; Starwood and Raffles. He is a previous Chairman of the Australia Tourism Export Council (ATEC) NSW, and is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Skills Connect International and has extensive experience in managing a number of other private companies.

He is a volunteer Ethics teacher at Willoughby Public School, and has a strong interest in promoting men’s health through The Men’s Table.

In December 2021, Roy was elected as a Councillor at Willoughby City Council (NSW), representing Sailors Bay Ward which incorporates the suburbs of Northbridge, Willoughby and Castlecrag assisting over 38,000 residents.

Peter Reed

Board Member

Peter is an IT professional with extensive experience in software development, IT management and business analytics.  His long-term consultancy encompasses a wide range of industries including Finance, Manufacturing, Distribution, Food and Beverage, Health, Education, Retail, Services and Real Estate with experience at both Government and Corporate levels.

As a previous Non-Executive Director of Eastwood Rugby Club and the Royal Automobile Club of Australia Peter brings a wealth of strategic knowledge and critical thinking skills to the Boardroom. His involvement as a volunteer, over many years, in a wide range of organisations means he has a thorough understanding of the not-for-profit sector and continues this service as the current Treasurer of the Classic Rally Club.

Throughout his life Peter has developed a passion for motoring and road safety and can now combine these – in his new endeavours – for Road Sense Australia.

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