Date and time

Thursday, 26 August 2021
1pm to 2pm


via Zoom
Sydney, NSW 2000
This event has already taken place.

The safety of those working on-site to construct and maintain Australia’s road network is one aspect of the road safety conversation that can sometime be overshadowed. Yet for our industry, ensuring the members of our workforce get home to their loved ones each day remains a top priority.

 Join with members of RA’s Road Worker Safety Group as we host a Webinar that will explore how to overcome some continuing challenges involved in protecting our workforce day-to-day. We’ll also look at how adopting new strategies and technological solutions can address some of the barriers and create a safer working environment for our people.

 Hosted by Sophie Chalmers, Policy Officer, Roads Australia and moderated by James Pennings, Executive General Manager – Sales, Strategy and Marketing, Altus Group, you’ll hear insights from our speakers including:

  • James Bennett, Operations Manager - Transport Technology and Services, Ventia
  • Richard Delplace, Program Director – Transport Operations Network, Austroads
  • Jim Appleby, Chief Operating Officer, Hiways Group

Don’t miss your chance to learn more about the opportunities and challenges being faced by those that work on our roads - and put your questions to recognised experts in our interactive discussion. 

Date: Thursday 26 August

Time: 1pm - 2pm (AEST)

  12.30pm - 1.30pm (ACST)

  11am - 12pm (AWST)

ZOOM The Zoom link will be sent to you when you have booked on this event.  An email will be sent with the link on Tuesday.


This event is complimentary to RA members

RA Non members - $150 (inc GST)

Contacts: Rachael Rooney (Event queries) or Daniel Mellow (Booking queries)




View James Pennings presentation here

View Jim Appleby and James Bennett's presentation here

View Richard Delplace presentation here


James Bennett, Operations Manager - Transport Technology and Services, Ventia

 James is the Operations Manager for Ventia’s Transport Technology and Services business, leading Ventia’s nationwide capability in Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) design, delivery, commissioning, operations and maintenance whilst also developing Ventia’s role in future transport technologies.

James spent 3 years as Project Director of VBA, delivering the Sydney Maintenance Contract (SMC) to TfNSW in the South Zone, leading the team delivering Asset Management, Routine Maintenance, Incident Response, Event Management, and Improvement Projects across 2000 Lane Kms of South Sydney. In parallel James assumed the Contract Manager role for the new Sydney Roads Asset Performance Contract in the Parklands Zone during the mobilisation phase from January to June 2021.
James is a Chartered Engineer who prior to arriving in Australia in 2018 had a 25-year career in the care of critical infrastructure in the UK, leading O&M contracts for prestigious clients such as The Ministry of Defence, London Underground, Network Rail. Prior to leaving the UK James was Project Director for the BBMM JV responsible for Highways England’s Area 10 Network around the Northwest of England, giving him an excellent insight to the industry of both sides of the world.
James is a champion of diversity and inclusion and lives Ventia’s core value of putting safety and health above all else.

James Pennings, Executive General Manager - Sales, Strategy and Marketing, Altus Group

James has been with the Altus Group for 8 years and holds Executive responsibility for company wide sales, strategy, marketing, and media.

Altus is a $150m per year business that manages the safety, commercial and reputational interests of their customers, through the delivery of temporary traffic management, engineering, event management and civil training services. Most importantly, they are in the business of getting people home safely.
Their teams simplify and solve delivery challenges for a wide range of industry sectors including civil construction and maintenance, utilities, rail, local government and SME's.
Altus is also highly active in the support of public policy development and initiatives that promote improved road user safety, especially for those most vulnerable, including road workers.

 Richard Delplace, Program Director – Transport Operations Network, Austroads

Richard Delplace is Austroads Program Manager for Transport Network Operations and an ITS Australia Board director.

In his role at Austroads, Richard leads best-practice research and national harmonisation between the federal, state and local Australian and New Zealand road transport agencies. His program covers all matters relating to road transport network operations, including real-time road network operations, ITS, network planning, traffic engineering, active travel, road freight management, as well as the national harmonisation effort on temporary traffic management that we are discussing today.

Richard is a proud father of 2, based in Perth, and who completed his engineering education and started his career in his home country France before moving to Australia in 2007.

Jim Appleby, Chief Operating Officer, Hiways Group

 Jim Appleby has over 35 years’ experience in the road construction, asphalt and civil engineering industries. Graduating from Leeds University in 1991 Jim spent the first 25 years of his career in the UK, working for several years in senior executive positions before relocating to Australia in 2011 to join Downer and worked in a variety of roles in the Downer Road Services business.

In June he took up the role of COO in Hiway Group across Australia and New Zealand.

He has genuine passion for people and a vision of Zero Harm through embracing behavioural change.



Bookings are to be confirmed and paid in full 48 hours prior to the event.  Bookings received 48 hours prior to the event cannot be guaranteed unless a confirmation has been received by the Events Director. Cancellations should be notified in writing by email.  Cancellations received prior to one week before the event will receive a full refund less 25%.   No refund will be applicable for cancellations received after one week prior to the event although substitute delegates are welcomed.    

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