Board meetings are convened on the second Friday of each month.
*This is subject to change surrounding public holidays and unforeseen events.
If you would like to add an item to the agenda for the next board meeting, please email [email protected]. You will be contacted directly after the item has been raised and discussed by the board.
Board and Meetings
The hardworking ADTA Board are your Representatives. These are voluntary positions, elected by ADTA members each for 2 year terms. Board meetings are convened monthly, with lots of work going on behind the scenes between meetings. Every board meeting, your elected representatives review Association finances, admit new members, and develop and review strategic plans. They are passionate about supporting members and advancing Driver Training.
Five board positions become vacant each year, 4 are elected at the Annual General Meeting and 1 is appointed by the board to fill any skill gaps (e.g. accounting or legal).
If you would like to serve on the board, watch out for the call for nominations, usually a month before the scheduled AGM. The board elects a President, Vice President and Treasurer at the first board meeting of a new term. These positions have extra responsibilities, and require an additional commitment of time effort and energy.
If you would like to add an item to the agenda for the next board meeting, please email (link to [email protected]). You will be contacted directly after the item has been raised and discussed by the board.
Meet the current ADTA Board.
President - Julie Emerson, (Northern Beaches NSW)
Julie, (previous owner of Barrenjoey Driving School) has been teaching young people to be safe on our roads for over 12 years. Aside from her extensive experience as a driver trainer, Julie brings strength in governance to the ADTA from her previous role as an Elected Councilor on Pittwater Council for 21 years, as well as a Director and Executive Member of Local Government NSW for 14 years. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors as well as completing numerous additional courses in Financial Management and Governance. Julies caring character and her casual, fun, but strict ability as a Chair always brings out the best in people and as a critical and strategic thinker she always excels in the role she holds.
Vice-President Neil Webster, (NSW Mid-North Coast)
Neil has had a passion for driving heavy vehicles since he was 17yrs old, from farm machinery to truck buses and tourist coaches travelling all over Australia for the past 35 years
Neil moved into Heavy vehicle training and compliance to be able to guide and mentor the next generation of heavy vehicle operators
Neil is also a qualified car instructor including older driver assessments and he is also a current MC heavy instructor, Neil’s current role as a company director of an approved RTO at Driver Training NSW
Neil also holds many other qualifications including RMS BOAS Lead Auditor and NHVR compliance auditing. Neil’s activity is involved in owning and managing other successful companies and is on other board /director roles outside of his daily training positions.
Coming from NSW Neil’s is actively involved in the HVCBA system , Neil’s focus is to be able to work in conjunction with Transport NSW and other trainers together to be able to raise the standards in all on road training and compliance for all license upgrades
Neil has a passion for change and wants to see all new advances in our delivery, technology and training utilized to make safer drivers and less road fatalities, also making our industry stronger through fresh ideas from a hands-on approach.
Peter Camilleri – Treasurer and
Company Secretary, (Southern Sydney)
Peter has been in the driver trainer industry for 25+ years, he is also an accredited older driver assessor. Additionally he has been a director of the ADTA for well over 10 years. His passion is to train learner drivers to become lifelong safe and confident drivers, this includes teaching defensive driving techniques and to instil lifelong skills in learner drivers rather than just to pass their driving tests! Peter's expertise ranges from teaching drivers from the age of 16 to assessing older drivers 85+ years to ensure they are still maintaining safe driving practices. He currently is the owner and operator of Sutherland Shire Driving School.
Director - Heath Ward, (Townsville QLD)
Heath has over 20 years’ experience in management and has operated within all facets of the transport industry. He is currently Director of Graduate School of Motoring, based in Townsville, which employs 14 staff. Heath has a Master of Business Administration and holds current training and assessment qualifications, teaching all classes of vehicle including Multi Combination.
Heath is actively involved in raising the professional profile of the Driver Training industry through education and advocacy such as Road Safety and community Mentor Driver Programs. Heath was an original coach for the federally funded Keys2Drive program and was involved in training instructors in the initial roll-out of the program prior to the current online training accreditation model.
Director – Donald Charles, (Cleveland QLD)
Don has worked as Program Manager for many years and been fortunate to work on many interesting large scale programs in both the UK and Australia, including projects with Infrastructure companies such as Transurban and Queensland Motorways.
Married with two grown up children and two grandchildren, he has always maintained an avid interest in motoring and driving. In the UK, he became a member of the Institute of Advanced motorists which based its standards on the Hendon Police drivers manual Roadcraft.
Transitioning from the Corporate world, Don retrained as a driver trainer to provide a change in work life balance but to also follow through on a strong interest in helping new drivers develop knowledge and skills beyond the basics required for the driver assessment test.
Director – Ian Luff, (National)
In the Driver Development and Training Industry Ian Luff is considered a pioneer. With four decades of experience, he joined the ADTA as a member in the early nineties.
Ian is a Media Personality, Motoring Expert, A Qualified Engineer, Driver Training Coach and Motivational Speaker.
Ian Luff is an Australian Motor Racing Champion, twice winner of the Bathurst 24 hour endurance race.
Through his driving academy which is endorsed as a service provider by Motorsport Australia, formally (CAMS), Ian has introduced many drivers to racing including Mark Webber who went on to a successful career in Formula 1
Ian Luff was invited by the former NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay to be on the panel to help develop the structure for the Safer Drivers Course for learner drivers. This highly successful Road Safety initiative is now the benchmark for learner drivers in NSW, this has helped many to become better safer drivers.
Director – Dion Changuion, (Brisbane QLD)
Dion has 15 years’ experience as a Company Director starting and running his own businesses. When his youngest daughter Jenna turned 16 and he was looking for a driving school, Dion's entrepreneurial nature led him to the Driving Industry in 2015 where he started Peak Driving School. Through training hundreds of students, meeting parents and talking to other driving instructors at the test centers, Dion discovered some of the challenges facing the learner driving industry, both as a driving school owner (with the lack of business systems to operate a driving school business), and for busy parents and students where the lack of transparency or ability to easily book driving lessons online, was very apparent, and so Dion founded the concept of YLOODrive in 2016.
YLOO - "You Live Only Once", resonates strongly with Dion's philosophy on life! Having experienced family loss through driver-distraction, Dion believes the time to make a difference in reducing road fatalities is now!
Director - Glen Patrick Till, (Brisbane QLD)
Director of RAISE Training, a NSW based RTO committed to facilitating industry licence and related courses. The organisation primarily works with independent instructors and training schools, administering a quality-assured approach to licensing and nationally recognised training courses.
Since the introduction of RTOs into the HVCBA Scheme, it has been beneficial for the ADTA to have an RTO representative on the board of directors. Glen has worked within the VET sector for over 15 years and his time on the board has been used to help facilitate a practical relationship between RMS, RTOs and driving instructors.
Director - Graham Jamieson, (North Coast NSW)
Graham has been working in the transport training industry since starting as the national safety and training officer for Chemtrans in the early 90's.
He began driver training in 1996 and became an assessor in 1997 in a system that was vastly different from today's. He brings a wealth of experience to the board and will endeavour to have the ADTA more involved in discussions with the Transport for NSW and other relevant stakeholders within the training and transport industry to create a better outcome for all concerned.