About NTC / Who we are & what we do / Commissioners

Profiles of NTC's commissioners.


David Anderson PSM – Chairman and Commissioner

Chairman - David Anderson web.jpgDavid commenced as the Chairman of the National Transport Commission on 1 January 2014.

David is an independent consultant on transport and infrastructure issues and projects to private companies, Australian transport jurisdictions and to the Prime Minister and senior ministers of the Government of East Timor.

His past roles include or have included: Chairman, Centre for Pavement Engineering Education; Chief Executive Officer of VicRoads; independent Chair of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s Performance Based Standards Review Panel; and expert panellist on rail safety and heavy vehicle policy.

Paul Retter AM – Chief Executive

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Paul Retter commenced as Chief Executive and Commissioner of the NTC on 8 July 2013.

Paul has extensive knowledge of transport and logistics, having held the position of Executive Director of the Office of Transport Security (OTS) at the Department of Transport and Regional Services from 2006-13. In this position, Paul was responsible for OTS' work within the framework of the National Counter-Terrorism Plan to provide strategic leadership and national consistency in transport security; set and enforce a preventive security framework for the aviation, maritime and oil and gas sectors and work with state and territory governments to implement effective and consistent preventive security measures in surface transport.

Prior to joining OTS, Paul was a senior member of the Australian Defence Force, where he was responsible for developing and progressing land based military capability requirements to government. His other defence appointments between 2001 and 2004 included appointment as the Deputy Force Commander of the UN Peacekeeping Force in East Timor, and as Army's Director General of Preparedness and Plans.

Paul was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2006 and awarded the Australian Security Medal (Australian Security Industry Award) for Conspicuous Service in 2012.

Carolyn Walsh – Deputy Chair and Commissioner

Deputy Chair - Carolyn Walsh web.jpgCarolyn commenced as Deputy Chair and Commissioner of the National Transport Commission on 1 January 2014.

Carolyn is currently a Commissioner at the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, and is a member of a number of NSW Government agency Audit and Risk Committees. She also provides consultancy services in safety and risk management.

Her past roles with the NSW Government have included Chief Executive of the Independent Transport Safety and Reliability Regulator and Executive Director, Office of the Coordinator General of Rail.

She has also held several positions within the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Science and Resources.

Nola Bransgrove OAM – Commissioner

Commissioner - Nola Bransgrove web.jpgNola commenced as Commissioner of the National Transport Commission on 1 January 2014.

Nola is joint owner of Branstrans Pty Ltd, a transport company based in Gippsland, Victoria. She had an instrumental role in the development of the industry accreditation program TruckSafe and was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for services to the Transport and Logistics Industry and the Community in 2012.

She is also Chair of Transport & Distribution Training, Victoria and Women in Supply Chain. Her past roles include Municipal Councillor of Traralgon Shire, Commissioner of Latrobe Regional Commission, Trustee Director of Transport Industry Superannuation Fund, Councillor of Victorian Freight and Logistics Council and Director or Chair of a number of other representative organisations.

Mike Mrdak AO – Commissioner

Commissioner - Mike Mrdak web.jpgMike was appointed as a Commissioner of the National Transport Commission on 1 January 2014.

Mike is also the Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

His past roles have included senior positions across this portfolio and within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.


Neil Scales OBE – Commissioner

Neil was appointed a Commissioner of the National Transport Commission on 10 September 2014.

Neil is the Director-General of Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads which has an operating budget of more than $6 billion, capital budget of $3.1 billion and manages assets worth almost $57 billion.

He not only became trade qualified but also studied for a series of work-related qualifications at Sunderland Polytechnic including ONC (Engineering), HNC (Electrical and Electronic Engineering), a BSc (Engineering), and an MSc in Control Engineering and Computing Systems. This was supplemented by qualifications in general management, a Diploma in Management Studies with Distinction, and an MBA with the Open University.

In 2005, Neil received an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to public transport. He was also awarded an honorary Fellowship from Liverpool John Moores University in 2011 for his services to the region.


Last Updated: 18/5/2017