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Ray Fisher Award for Technical Excellence

The Ray Fisher Award for Technical Excellence recognises an individual for technical excellence in the broader transport industry. Previously known as the RA Award for Technical Excellence, it was renamed in 2019 to honour our former President and Life Member, Ray Fisher.

David Hazell, Senior Pavement Engineer with Cardno was announced as the winner of the 2020 Ray Fisher Award for Technical Excellence in Sydney on Friday 23 April 2021. Ray Fisher made the formal presentation, which had previously been delayed by COIVD restrictions.

David has been an active proponent of research into the use of recycled materials in road construction throughout his 42-year career, encompassing both government and private sector roles.

His peer-reviewed efforts to demonstrate the environmental benefits and viability of sustainable materials and practices in the construction of pavements and roads across Australia and New Zealand have had a measurable impact upon the sector's environmental performance.

Importantly, David has also displayed an enormous commitment to sharing his knowledge across the industry, publishing numerous papers and educating his peers as a presenter at technical education seminars and short-courses which demonstrate that enhanced sustainability in pavement design is not merely desirable, but eminently achievable.

Pictured is David (centre) with our current President Michael Bushby to his left and our former President Ray Fisher on his right.

How to nominate

To be eligible, a nominee's field of contribution must be in a technical or scientific area relevant to transport in Australia.  His or her contribution must be outstanding, measured directly in terms of impact on the industry, including the transformational change to the industry.

Nominations for the 2021 Ray Fisher Award for Technical Excellence are now open.

To submit a nomination, please download and complete the nomination form. Completed forms should be emailed to

Nominations close at 5pm AEST on Friday, 8 October 2021.

Inquiries about the Award should be directed to RA's Director - Corporate Affairs, Simon Morgan.


The following conditions and guidelines apply in making the award:

  • Field of Contribution. The field of contribution must be in a technical or scientific area relevant to transport in Australia.  Indicative areas of contribution include road construction, design, safety, freight, research, and sustainability.
  • Impact of Contribution. The contribution must be outstanding.  This will be measured directly in terms of its impact on the industry, the advancement of science and the community.   
  • Recognition of Contribution. The extent to which the contribution is acknowledged by the candidate’s professional peers within the relevant scientific or technical field.
  • Personal Achievement. It must be demonstrated that the candidate’s contribution significantly reflects personal endeavour, as distinct from the work of others.
  • Originality. Candidates will also be assessed on the originality and unique quality of their contribution and the transformational change to the industry.  The spark of innovation must be evident.  
  • Durability. Candidates will also be assessed on the extent to which their contribution is likely to endure and be applied by future generations. 
  • Further potential. Ideally candidates for the award will still have further contributions to make to the industry and the community.  It is expected that the award will recognise their achievements to date and thereby enhance the opportunity for the candidate to make yet a further contribution. 

The Roll of Honour

2020 - David Hazell

2019 - Dr Richard Kelly

2018 - Harry Asche

2017 - Rod Troutbeck

2016 - John Hilton

2015 - Professor Mary Lydon

2014 - Rahmi Akçelik

2013 - Kieran Sharp

2012 - John Hodgkinson

2011 - Dr John B Metcalf