Neil Scales OBE

Neil Scales currently leads the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads with over 9000 staff in more than 100 locations across the state.

He is responsible for an annual budget of almost $10B (including capital expenditure of $3.5B), and manages assets worth in excess of $80B.

RA President Michael Bushby, Neil Scales OBE, Alana Newbrook (Regional Director NSW, WSP) & RA CEO Michael Kilgariff

He is well-recognised for delivering a number of major projects including the Toowoomba Bypass and Gold Coast Light Rail. He successfully led the transport task for the 2018 Commonwealth Games and responses to several natural disasters, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Neil sits on five national transport boards and is Australia’s First Delegate of the World Road Association. Prior to 2012, Neil was one of the UK’s most senior public transport executives who was awarded Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to public transport.

Ray Farrelly OAM

In the 2019 Queens Birthday Honours Ray Farrelly, then CEO at the Centre for Pavement Engineering Education (CPEE) was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM). The award recognised Ray’s significant contribution to civil engineering and the road construction industry through pavement education and skills training.

Ray was instrumental in establishing CPEE in 1996, as a nationally registered higher education learning and teaching body. This enabled CPEE to operate as a post graduate educational provider offering a Graduate Certificate and a Masters in Pavements.

Ray Farrelly OAM with RA CEO Michael Kilgariff

This was subsequently complemented through a partnership with the University of Tasmania offering a Bachelor of Engineering Technology (with Professional Honours) in “Infrastructure Asset Management” and in “Road Engineering and Construction”. These specialist qualifications were unique offerings- not only in Australia, but world-wide.

In addition, Ray developed an extensive range of highly regarded and targeted Short Courses that provided unique training in cities and regional centres Australia wide.

Prior to joining CPEE, Ray was influential in training and developing road pavement professionals through his work as CEO of the Australian Asphalt Pavement Association (AAPA) in the early 1980s, where he established the AAPA Training and Advisory Centre.

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