Keep checking back as we update the speakers for the 2024 National Forum.
LPG on the horizon
James Rockall is the CEO & Managing Director of the World LPG Association (WLPGA). Based in Paris, he has full responsibility for legal, financial, operational, strategic, governance and performance-related aspects of the organisation with over 300 clients operating in more than 125 countries around the world.
Mr Rockall has 30 years of global experience in the energy sector. He has a very strong energy and business development background having worked for Shell International in senior management positions in The Netherlands and Venezuela. Prior to joining the WLPGA, James worked as a Director of the global energy group ALSTOM SA.
He is a Fellow of the UK Institution of Chemical Engineers with a Master's degree, with Honours, from the University of Nottingham in the UK and an MBA from the Institute of Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland.
James has joint British and French nationality. He has a Dutch wife and two children. In his free time he is a keen sailor.
The founder of JWS Research, John is a senior researcher with more than 30 years of experience. He has extensive commercial and public affairs research expertise and is quoted regularly and extensively in the media as a leading source on public opinion.
John has worked for a diverse array of clients across the government and private sectors, providing a wealth of knowledge upon which to base tailored advice to clients around contemporary issues. He has conducted research for numerous high-profile communications and advertising campaigns and his sage advice is often sought by corporate and political decision makers.
John is a career researcher, specialising in research on contemporary social and political issues and maintaining a focus on delivering clear and actionable results. John dissects what people are thinking and why, providing the insights needed to drive successful outcomes.
John is a full member of The Research Society.
Rules, risk and distraction – making it safer for our drivers (Title TBC)
Fatigue/Distraction detection technology
Since joining the NHVR as Chief Executive Officer in May 2014, Sal has steered the NHVR to becoming a customer-focused, risk-based, data-driven modern regulator.
By driving significant programs of reform across the heavy vehicle industry, he has enabled a more streamlined approach to service delivery, education, compliance and enforcement, and a greater degree of consistency in how heavy vehicles are regulated.
He has led the NHVR far on its journey to becoming the single national body successfully transitioning regulatory services from five states and territories and improving compliance and safety outcomes.
From a Portal where, to date, the heavy vehicle industry can conduct all service transactions, to the utilisation of smart technology which identifies operators and vehicles who pose the greatest safety risk, Sal has championed data-sharing, new technologies and innovative practices to deliver enhanced productivity and safety outcomes for governments and industry.
Sal's contribution to the transport industry was recently recognised in the Order of Australia honours with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).
Rohan is the General Manager, Projects, in the Fuels and Infrastructure division at Ampol.
Ampol's vision is to be the market leader in the supply of transport fuels in Australia, supported by the company's strong history in the supply of alternative fuels, such as biofuels, LPG and CNG.
Having joined Caltex Australia in 2001 as a process engineer at the Kurnell Refinery, Rohan has worked in a range of project, supply, operations and technical leadership roles across the company.
Rohan holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) (Honours) degree from The University of Adelaide, a Masters of Business Administration (Executive) from the AGSM at the University of New South Wales, and a Masters of Applied Finance from Macquarie University.
He is a Member of the Institute of Chemical Engineers and a Chartered Engineer.
Amber is General Manager, LPG, for Origin Energy. With over 25 years' experience in the energy industry, she has end-to-end responsibility for Origin's LPG business, which employs 1,100 people across more than 70 sites in eight countries and three joint ventures in the Asia Pacific.
Her responsibilities include all aspects of the business including strategy, operations, supply chain management, compliance, logistics, sales and finance. Prior to this role, she was General Manager of Business Energy and Energy Services with Origin. She has held executive and senior finance and commercial roles with Origin, Simply Energy and AGL.
Amber has extensive experience driving and managing change and transformation initiatives, managing field-based operations and experience across all facets of financial management, including strategy, financial accounting, management reporting, planning, treasury, accounts payable and risk management.
She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Director on LPG Boards where Origin holds an interest, including Papua New Guinea, Fiji and American Samoa. Amber also sits on the Board of Neighbourhood Watch Victoria.
Amber holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Diploma in Modern Languages (French), from the University of Melbourne, and is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA).
Gareth is Managing Director for Elgas Limited and an Executive Board Director of Elgas Limited and BOC Australia Limited.
Gareth joined BOC South Pacific in 2008 and during this period has held several senior finance roles including Chief Financial Officer for Elgas and, most recently, Chief Financial Officer for Linde PLC Region South Pacific. He is also a non-Executive director of Liquigas Limited in New Zealand.
Before joining BOC, Gareth held a range of senior finance, commercial and operational roles across regional and national markets in chemical, industrial and FMCG businesses.
Gareth holds a Bachelor of Finance Administration from the University of New England and a Master of Applied Finance from Macquarie University. In addition, he is a Fellow of CPA Australia and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Tanya is the General Manager for Kleenheat Gas, a part of Wesfarmers' Chemicals, Energy and Fertilisers Division.
Kleenheat is an energy retailer in WA and NT, operating in the domestic LPG, LNG (as Evol LNG), natural gas and electricity segments.
In addition to these responsibilities, Tanya is a Director of several Wesfarmers subsidiary companies.
Tanya has held various senior roles in financial, commercial and operational disciplines during her 20 years with the Wesfarmers Group, including experience within agriculture, transport and retail.
Ken is the General Manager of Manchester Tank and Equipment, responsible for the company's Australian, Asian and Chilean operations, ensuring all products are manufactured to the highest standard to meet and exceed customer expectations.
He has been with Manchester Tank for the last 28 years and has held the positions of Maintenance Manager, Assistant Operations Manager, Operations Manager and Senior General Manager for the past 14 years.
Ken's extensive experience has provided him with a broad range of industry insight, knowledge and a hands-on approach.