Senior staff profiles
Paul Retter AM – Chief Executive
Paul Retter commenced as Chief Executive Officer and Commissioner of the National Transport Commission on 8 July 2013 and is due to complete his tenure as Chief Executive and Commissioner on 8 October 2018.
Paul held the position of Executive Director of the Office of Transport Security (OTS) at the Department of Infrastructure and Transport between April 2006 and July 2013. In this position Paul set and enforced a national preventive security framework for the aviation, maritime and offshore oil and gas sectors in Australia. He also worked closely with overseas governments to harmonise international requirements related to transport security measures in response to an evolving threat environment. In addition, Paul worked with state and territory governments, security agencies and police to implement effective preventive security measures across the jurisdictions’ public transport systems.
Prior to joining OTS, Paul was a senior member of the Australian Defence Force. His key Defence appointments included Deputy Force Commander of the United Nations’ Peacekeeping Force in East Timor in 2003–2004 and Director General of Preparedness and Plans at Army Headquarters 2001–2003.
Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Business Administration degree. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Paul was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2006. Paul was awarded the Australian Security Medal (Australian Security Industry Award) for Conspicuous Service in 2012.
Paul held a non-executive director appointment with Sydney Night Patrol Pty Ltd from June 2016 to March 2018 and has been a member of the International Advisory Panel supporting the Certis Group Board (Singapore based) since 1 April 2018. Paul has also accepted a non-executive director appointment on the Certis Group Board from 1 November 2018.
Geoff Allan – Chief Operating Officer
Geoff Allan is the NTC’s Chief Operating Officer responsible for overseeing NTC’s work program. He has experience in regulatory reform and performance management, working in senior roles at Queensland Corrective Services, Sport and Recreation, Environmental Protection Agency and as a ministerial Chief of Staff.
Geoff spent more than a decade working in transport and infrastructure roles in Canberra and Brisbane, including the Commonwealth Department of Housing and Regional Development, Transport and Regional Services and the Queensland Department of Transport.
Geoff has a long professional and academic interest in transport and matters related to the built environment. He has a PhD in Public Administration, a Master of Social Science and a Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning.
Graham Giannini – Chief Corporate Officer
Graham Giannini is the NTC’s Chief Corporate Officer and is responsible for leading the NTC Corporate Services team, made up of Finance, Human Resources, ICT & Information Management, Public Affairs & Communication and the Commission Secretariat. Corporate Services works closely with internal and external stakeholders to build or improve organisational capabilities and to maintain an effective system of governance and compliance.
Prior to joining the NTC, Graham’s career has been centred on designing and delivering major organisational transformation change programs, either through senior executive roles or as a consultant.
Graham has a Bachelor of Economics, Graduate Diploma Strategic Marketing, Graduate Diploma Securities Industry, and has completed the Graduate Diploma Company Directors Course.
Paul Davies – Chief Planning Officer
Paul Davies is the NTC's Chief Planning Officer and is responsible for leading the strategy, monitoring and review functions. Paul works closely with NTC stakeholders to identify Australia’s current and emerging transport challenges and opportunities. This information is then used to develop an extended pipeline of national transport policy reforms to improve Australia’s transport productivity, safety, regulatory efficiency and environmental outcomes.
Paul has significant capability in policy analysis and development, gained through a variety of environmental, energy and transport policy roles in the Commonwealth and South Australian governments. Paul’s experience includes collaborating with industry, community and government stakeholders to develop and deliver transport policy and projects in state, national and international forums, as well as implementing national policy at the jurisdictional level.
Paul has a Bachelor of Engineering with First Class Honours and an Advanced Diploma in Government Management.
Jeremy Wolter – Project Director, Maintenance
Jeremy Wolter is the Project Director for the NTC’s Reform Maintenance program. The program covers review and refinement of national and model laws to keep them contemporary, and to balance community, jurisdictional and industry needs.
Jeremy played a leading role in achieving ministerial agreement to implement the Rail Safety National Law and Heavy Vehicle National Law national scheme legislation that commenced in January 2013 and February 2014 respectively across participating jurisdictions. Since these laws commenced, Jeremy has been responsible for developing and delivering subsequent amending legislation to ensure they remain contemporary, effective, efficient and continue to meet the needs of stakeholders.
Prior to working for the NTC, Jeremy worked for the Queensland and Victorian state government justice agencies in the strategic and legislative reform areas. Jeremy played a key role in preparing regulatory impact material that underpinned corrective services regulations and other legislative instruments. During his time with the Queensland state government Jeremy also served as a District Court Judge’s Associate.
Jeremy has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in European History and French Language.
Robert Chamberlain – A/Project Director, Heavy Vehicle National Law Review
Robert Chamberlain is the acting Project Director of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) Review project, which aims to review the HVNL and present proposals for a simpler, outcome-focussed law to the Transport and Infrastructure Council by the end of 2019 and deliver a draft law to Council for consideration by the end of 2020.
Robert has extensive experience in policy development and law reform – particularly in regulatory environments – at national, state and territory levels, including areas such as Corporations Law, regulation of financial institutions and regulation of legal practitioners.
Robert has also practised as a commercial lawyer and has been the in-house lawyer for a large government department. He has a Bachelor of Business, a Bachelor of Laws and a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management.
Mandi Mees – Project Director, Productivity and Safety
Mandi Mees is Project Director, Productivity and Safety and leads reform projects to deliver improvements in the safety, productivity and efficiency of the road network.
Mandi established an advertising career in Australia and the United Kingdom before moving to Germany to develop an international marketing communications business. She joined Computershare in Melbourne in 2006 to develop new business products and marketing campaigns for ASX Top 50 customers. She also spent six years developing and delivering global marketing and thought leadership programs in transport for engineering firm GHD. More recently, as Executive Director of Policy at Roads Australia, Mandi led the strategic development and implementation of Roads Australia’s national policy program working in partnership with leaders across all tiers of government, construction, engineering, the transport industry and their supply chains.
Mandi has extensive experience in stakeholder and public engagement, authoring policy papers and developing policy options for governments to improve the public value of transport infrastructure investments in productivity, safety, congestion, automation, planning, asset management and procurement.
Mandi is also a local Councillor with the Macedon Ranges Shire Council leading reference groups on land use planning, airfield operations and is a current member of the council’s Audit Committee.
Neil Wong – Project Director, Strategy, Monitoring and Review
Neil Wong is Project Director, Strategy, Monitoring and Review. Neil’s role includes providing strategic advice on how governments can enable safe and productive future mobility by reforming transport laws.
He led work on Land Transport Regulation 2040: how could or should we regulate land transport in the future? He also developed the business case for preparation for more automated road and rail vehicles that has led the major reform program on automated vehicles at the National Transport Commission.
He holds Bachelor of Science (Hons) and a doctorate in Chemistry from Monash University.
Marcus Burke – Project Director, Compliance and Technology
Marcus Burke is the Project Director for Compliance and Technology at the National Transport Commission. He is responsible for transport technology projects, including developing the legal framework for automated vehicles. He leads the NTC team in examining the regulatory barriers to automated vehicles and developing a roadmap for future reform. He has presented at conferences both in Australia and internationally on the legal issues associated with automated vehicles and has also appeared before parliamentary inquiries at the state and federal level.
Marcus also has responsibility for key heavy vehicle national law reforms, including the recent reform of chain of responsibility laws. Marcus joined the NTC in 2011 and previously worked in the private sector, with extensive experience in IT product management.
Marcus has a combined Bachelor of Law /Science from the University of Melbourne and a Masters in Diplomacy and International Trade from Monash University.
Ramon Staheli – Project Director, Pricing
Ramon Staheli is Project Director Pricing and oversees the NTC’s pricing work, including annual adjustments and determination of heavy vehicle charges.
Ramon has strong experience in pricing, market design and regulatory economics which he gained in the electricity industry, as a consultant and in the public sector. Recent roles include Senior Market Regulatory Advisor for Mighty River Power (one of New Zealand’s largest electricity generators) and Pricing and Planning Manager for Mercury Energy (a large New Zealand electricity retailer). He was also responsible for providing a range of strategic market design and operation advice to electricity market governance bodies, such as when he was a senior economist with the Energy Market Company in Singapore and as Team Leader Wholesale Market Design with the Marketplace Company in New Zealand. Ramon was also previously an analyst with the New Zealand Treasury, where he was responsible for providing advice on a wide range of transport issues.
Ramon has a Bachelor of Management Studies with First Class Honours in Economics from the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.
Ron Grasso – Director, Public Affairs and Communication
Ron Grasso is the Director of Public Affairs and Communication. Ron oversees the NTC’s strategic communication and stakeholder engagement function. Under Ron’s leadership, the public affairs team is responsible for optimising the NTC’s reach and communication effectiveness across varying audiences, via multiple channels, and assisting the organisation in delivering on its alignment and reform priorities.
With a well-established reputation across multiple strategic communication disciplines – including, corporate communication; internal communication; and government affairs – Ron has extensive private sector experience, leading multi-disciplinary teams in delivering major strategic projects for several global multinational firms within the transport/automotive, agriculture and construction sectors.
Ron is also a former Board member of the Truck Industry Council and the Tractor and Machinery Association, and has occupied key roles on strategic standing committees of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries and Gas Energy Australia. Ron holds a Bachelor of Business and a Masters in Commercial Law from Monash University.Last Updated: 12/9/2018