Change at the Top in Queensland

The Queensland Trucking association has announced the resignation of its CEO, to take place later this year. Peter Garske had tendered his resignation to the QTA’s Board of Directors Meeting held on February 9.

“The QTA Board of Directors has accepted Peter’s resignation acknowledging his significant contribution across 20 years of service to the Board and the Association’s members” said Ben Almond, QTA President. “The date of effect will be determined by a process of advertising, recruitment and transition of an appointee to replace him as Chief Executive Officer of the Association.”

Garske was appointed to the role of CEO of the QTA back in November 1995. His role as CEO saw him provide strategic and operational leadership to the trucking industry in Queensland. He was appointed by the Ministerial Council (SCOTI) to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator Board in May 2012 and sits on the board of the Queensland Transport and Logistics Council.

Not only has Garske been involved in a wide spread of organisations associated with the transport industry including as Trustee Director of TWU Nominees Industry Superannuation Fund acting as the Chair of the Fund’s Investment Committee, but is also a member of the Queensland Workplace Health & Safety Board, Chair of the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads Heavy Vehicle Safety Forum and a member of the Department’s Road Freight Industry Council as well as a number of Government and Industry Committees and Policy Groups.

Incidentally, he was a Director from 2001 to 2006 of the Colonial Agricultural Company, Australia’s then 8th largest cattle holding. Before getting involved with the trucking industry, Garske was a Principal Consultant with the Queensland Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

A statement issued this week by the QTA stated the Board of Directors accepted Garske’s decision, acknowledging the QTA under his leadership is recognised in the State of Queensland and across Australia as a pre-eminent road transport and freight industry association.

“In serving on many Government and Industry Boards, Councils and Committees, Peter has represented the industry with professional expertise, earning the trust, not only of the QTA’s members, but also of Premiers, Ministers and Senior Public Servants,” said Almond. “There is no better indicator of the reputation of the QTA and its outgoing CEO, than the fact that both sides of politics have sought and acted on our opinions and submissions.”