NTI in­dus­try leader passes away

Na­tional Trans­port In­sur­ance is cel­e­brat­ing the life and work of for­mer CEO Wayne Pat­ter­son fol­low­ing his pass­ing

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NA­TIONAL TRANS­PORT IN­SUR­ANCE (NTI) has shared the sad news of the pass­ing of its for­mer chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Wayne Pat­ter­son on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 9.

Pat­ter­son’s jour­ney with mo­tor neu­rone dis­ease (MND) was widely known due to his un­re­lent­ing drive to in­crease com­mu­nity aware­ness of the dis­ease, while rais­ing much needed funds in the search for an MND cure. His con­nec­tions with the broader busi­ness, in­sur­ance, trans­port and lo­gis­tics in­dus­tries were vast and he val­ued the sup­port he re­ceived from th­ese com­mu­ni­ties.

Pat­ter­son took the helm of NTI at a very dif­fi­cult time for the busi­ness. NTI CEO Tony Clark of­ten tells the story of how Wayne set out on a path to re­build the com­pany start­ing with the peo­ple, val­ues, and an en­gag­ing, op­ti­mistic at­ti­tude.

“Wayne had tremen­dous peo­ple skills and no one could bet­ter com­mu­ni­cate a vi­sion. With the sup­port of the Board, led by Dun­can West and Bob Wagstaff, he brought to­gether the NTI team and, over seven years, firmly po­si­tioned the com­pany as Aus­tralia’s num­ber one truck in­surer – which set the foun­da­tion for what NTI is to­day.

“Af­ter mov­ing on from the com­pany, he never strayed too far and reg­u­larly caught up with some of the NTI team – al­ways with some per­ti­nent ad­vice! It’s fair to say much of what NTI is to­day could not have even­tu­ated with­out ‘Patto’ mak­ing his mark.

“Just some of Wayne’s last­ing achieve­ments at NTI in­clude the estab­lish­ment of NTI Ac­ci­dent As­sist and the NTI Pre­mium Re­pairer net­work, the in­tro­duc­tion of com­pany val­ues, and the estab­lish­ment of a Cus­tomer Char­ter.”

Fol­low­ing his di­ag­no­sis with MND in 2015, Pat­ter­son cre­ated the char­ac­ter ‘Fat Rab­bit’ to raise funds for the MND and Me Foun­da­tion.

“It’s been such a priv­i­lege for us to watch Wayne’s in­cred­i­ble drive in the last few years to write books and de­velop such a love­able char­ac­ter to share ‘good val­ues’ with young chil­dren while rais­ing money for MND,” Clark says.

NTI says it has an en­dur­ing com­mit­ment to con­tin­u­ing to raise aware­ness and re­search fund­ing for an MND cure.

“Our peo­ple have a gen­uine con­nec­tion to the cause. We will con­tinue to hon­our Wayne through that com­mit­ment,” Clark says.

Wayne Pat­ter­son passed away in Oc­to­ber af­ter bat­tling mo­tor neu­rone dis­ease. Photo: YouTube

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