Wright to re­tire from HVIA

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HVIA CHIEF ex­ec­u­tive Brett Wright has an­nounced his im­pend­ing re­tire­ment from lead­ing na­tional in­dus­try as­so­ci­a­tion Heavy Ve­hi­cle In­dus­try Aus­tralia (HVIA).

“It is with many great mem­o­ries, fond­ness and pride that I an­nounce my leav­ing HVIA,” Wright says.

“I have been priv­i­leged, firstly to have been given the op­por­tu­nity to work for the Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cle In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion of Queens­land (CVIAQ) all those years ago and then to con­tinue to lead it over the last 20 years, cul­mi­nat­ing in its trans­for­ma­tion into a truly na­tional in­dus­try body, HVIA, in 2015.”

Wright com­menced his ca­reer with what was then CVIAQ in 1996 and took over the role of chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer shortly af­ter.

Dur­ing his ten­ure, the or­gan­i­sa­tion has been in­stru­men­tal in ad­vo­cat­ing for the heavy ve­hi­cle in­dus­try on many ma­jor is­sues and through the tran­si­tion to Heavy Ve­hi­cle Na­tional Law un­der the aus­pices of the Na­tional Heavy Ve­hi­cle Reg­u­la­tor.

As or­gan­iser of Aus­trala­sia’s lead­ing trans­port in­dus­try event, the bi­en­nial Bris­bane Truck Show, HVIA has show­cased the in­dus­try for 50 years, mov­ing the show to its cur­rent home at the Bris­bane Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre in 2011.

Wright has rep­re­sented the in­dus­try on nu­mer­ous peak reg­u­la­tory com­mit­tees and work­ing groups on is­sues rang­ing from Aus­tralian De­sign Rules, Per­for­mance Based Stan­dards, Ve­hi­cle Mod­i­fi­ca­tion to Work­force Devel­op­ment pro­grams and Na­tional Train­ing Pack­age devel­op­ment.

“It has been a great jour­ney and one that I will al­ways cher­ish, to­gether with the many won­der­ful friend­ships made,” Wright adds.

“I have also been priv­i­leged to have worked with many great lead­ers of in­dus­try, all of whom have so wisely led us to our cur­rent po­si­tion of strength and po­ten­tial.

“CVIAQ and HVIA’s suc­cesses are built on a great com­mu­nity of peo­ple who I wish to sin­cerely thank for all of their time and ef­forts con­tribut­ing to the ad­vances in our in­dus­try.”

HVIA Chair­man Peter Lang­wor­thy thanked Wright for his con­tri­bu­tion.

“Brett has steered the or­gan­i­sa­tion through a pe­riod of enor­mous trans­for­ma­tion,” Lang­wor­thy says.

“When the time came, mem­bers were unan­i­mous in de­ter­min­ing that the way for­ward had to be as a na­tional body, and not for a mo­ment did we un­der­es­ti­mate the size of the un­der­tak­ing that would fol­low. Brett has led that project over the last three years, and put to­gether an ex­tremely ca­pa­ble team to build the ca­pac­ity of the or­gan­i­sa­tion across the coun­try.

“I know I speak on be­half of all board di­rec­tors, past and present, when I con­grat­u­late Brett on his ex­em­plary and un­selfish lead­er­ship.”

Lang­wor­thy says that HVIA is on track to de­liver its strate­gic vi­sion.

“We are look­ing for­ward to achiev­ing the next stage in that jour­ney. There are a num­ber of key ob­jec­tives that we have un­der­taken both in our busi­ness plan and in HVIA’s for­ward strat­egy.

“HVIA will only be a suc­cess if we con­tinue to lis­ten to our val­ued mem­bers, bring the in­dus­try to­gether and ef­fec­tively rep­re­sent them to gov­ern­ment and other over­sight bod­ies. The time is right for the in­dus­try to col­lab­o­rate on in­creas­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity and en­sur­ing our in­no­va­tion and man­u­fac­tur­ing foot­print grows to its full po­ten­tial.”

The HVIA board has com­menced a search and se­lec­tion process to seek a suit­able suc­ces­sor to Brett Wright who will stay in his role un­til his re­place­ment is ready to take over.

“I am de­ter­mined that I leave HVIA po­si­tioned as strong as ever and fully com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing the han­dover and tran­si­tion to the new CEO is as smooth as pos­si­ble,” Wright says.

HVIA chief ex­ec­u­tive Brett Wright has an­nounced his re­tire­ment

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