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The Hon Andrew Constance MP 

Minister for Transport
and Roads

He was sworn in as Minister for Transport and Infrastructure in the Baird Government in 2015. In March 2019 Premier Gladys Berejiklian expanded his portfolio to include Transport and Roads.


As Minister, Andrew is overseeing a record $55.6 billion spend on public transport and roads over the next four years, on top of the $58.3 billion the NSW Liberals & Nationals has already spent on public transport since winning Government in 2011.

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The Hon Paul Toole MP

Minister for Regional Roads and Transport

Paul Toole is the State’s first dedicated Minister for Regional Transport and Roads. The creation of this new portfolio reflects the NSW Government’s vision for a connected roads and transport network and an increased focus on addressing the specific needs of regional communities.


From Bathurst in Central West NSW, Paul recognises that improved transport and road infrastructure are key to unlocking opportunity and increasing connectivity for communities and businesses in regional areas.


A former school teacher and mayor, Paul was first elected to Parliament as the Member for Bathurst in 2011. One of the key drivers behind his entry to State politics was the need for a daily return rail service between Bathurst and Sydney – a service delivered in 2012 and now known as
the Bathurst Bullet.


Paul has been a Minister in the NSW Government since 2014, overseeing key policy reform in local government, Crown lands, forestry and racing. In 2019, he became the Deputy Leader of the NSW Nationals. He and his wife Joanne live in Bathurst with their three children Rhayne, Keely and Scout.

Joost de Kock 

Deputy Secretary Customer Strategy and Technology, Transport
for NSW

Joost joined Transport for NSW (TfNSW) in March 2020 as Deputy Secretary Customer Strategy and Technology. Prior to this, he was the General Manager Enterprise Transformation at Services Australia. He is a former Partner, Managing Director and Senior Advisor in the Sydney office of Boston Consulting Group where he was a member of BCG’s global Public Sector and Technology Advantage Practices, and the global IT in government topic leader. Joost’s career has been built around his ability to set strategy, define technology-driven reform and deliver customer-centric solutions. These are the skills he brings to his role at TfNSW where he is responsible for leveraging data and insights, new technologies, innovative solutions and partnerships to provide improved, integrated customer-centred solutions and develop long-term strategies, plans and policies for the Transport Cluster.

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Matthew W. Daus, Esq

Transportation Technology Chair, University

of New York’s

Matthew W. Daus, Esq. currently serves as Transportation Technology Chair at the City University of New York’s (CUNY) Transportation Research Center of The City College of New York, where he conducts research, and continues to be extensively published as an expert on ground transportation regulation and technology.

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Jeremy Nassau 


Jeremy has over 25 years of experience in strategy and technology primarily within the automotive, telecoms, and transport sectors. He has been at Transurban for the last 17 years where he works in Group Strategy as Senior Manager Strategic Initiatives, leading CAV trials and overseeing a portfolio of future mobility initiatives.

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Richard Bishop 

Bishop Consulting

Mr. Bishop serves as 2nd Vice Chair of the American Trucking Association’s Automated and Electric Truck Study Group.   He is founder and chair of the International Task Force on Vehicle Highway Automation, which recently held its 22nd Annual Meeting.  

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Isobel Pastor

Head of the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles in the UK

Isobel has recently joined as Head of the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles. Previously, she has held several roles in the UK’s Department for Transport and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, including leading on delivery of air quality improvements, a programme to join up the delivery of housing and transport, airspace policy and regulatory
delivery policy.

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Colonel Robin Smith

Director RICO at Australian Army

Colonel Robin Smith is the inaugural Director of the Army’s Robotic & Autonomous Systems Implementation & Coordination Office (RICO) within Future Land Warfare Branch of the Australian Army HQ. RICO leads concept development around emerging and disruptive technology, including autonomy and AI, Quantum Technologies and alternative power and energy. He has overseen Army’s exploration of autonomous systems since 2017 after he authored the Australian Army Robotic and Autonomous Systems Strategy.

He is a logistician by background and served for over 30 years in the British Army before transferring to the Australian Army.  He has commanded at all levels up to and including Regimental level and deployed a number of times.  He has a background in Electronic Engineering and has fulfilled a number of roles in the Joint logistics domain at the tactical and operational levels

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Stephanie Werner

Head of the Commonwealth Office of Future Transport Technology

Stephanie Werner has been the head of the Commonwealth Office of Future Transport Technology since March 2021. The Office works across the Commonwealth and with states and territories to deliver a consistent national approach to support the uptake of connected and automated transport technologies. Prior to this role, Stephanie was Assistant Secretary, Land Transport Policy and Safety, and Assistant Secretary, Maritime and Shipping at the Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications. Stephanie also worked for fifteen years in foreign and trade policy at the Departments of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Prime Minister and Cabinet, serving overseas in South Korea, Indonesia, Iran, Ghana and the United Kingdom. She has also practiced in competition law and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She holds degrees in law and economics from the University of Sydney.

Carla Hoorweg

Chief Executive Officer at ANCAP SAFETY

Carla commenced as CEO of ANCAP Safety in December 2020. Previously Carla lead advocacy and regulatory change at ASX listed financial services firm, Challenger Limited. Carla has held a number strategy, policy, legal and product development roles across the financial sector including as a senior policy manager for financial services industry body, the Financial Services Council, and as an adviser to the NSW Treasurer. Carla's qualifications include a Masters of Law (Hons) and Juris Doctor (UTS), Executive MBA (AGSM), Bachelor & Graduate Diploma of Applied Psychology (Canberra), Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

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Mark Thomas 

Group Manager Technology & Autonomy at Fortescue Metals Group Limited

Mark Thomas was appointed Group Manager Technology & Autonomy at Fortescue Metals Group Limited in April 2019. He has previously held senior positions at Fortescue including Group Manager Procurement & Information Services, Group Manager Infrastructure Services, Company Secretary and Group Manager Finance. Prior to Fortescue Mark held a number of finance & accounting and information technology positions.


With more than 25 years’ experience in the mining and professional services industries, Mark has gained comprehensive experience in technology, accounting & finance, governance & risk and business administration. He has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia, Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance, a Masters of Business Administration and is a Certified Practising Accountant and a Fellow of Governance Institute
of Australia.

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