Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

The 2012 ACRS National Conference featured internationally renowned experts in their fields.


Anne T. McCartt, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Research, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in Arlington, Virginia.

The Institute is an independent, nonprofit, scientific and educational organization dedicated to reducing the losses – deaths, injuries, and property damage – from highway crashes.

At the Institute, she oversees a multidisciplinary research staff whose work centers on finding ways to change driver behavior, improve roadway design, and make vehicles safer.  She has authored more than 150 technical reports and scientific papers on such topics as alcohol-impaired driving, automated enforcement, distracted driving, young drivers, and occupant protection.  She was president of the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine and serves on expert committees and advisory boards of the Transportation Research Board and other safety organizations.  Dr. McCartt received a B.A. from Duke University and a doctorate in public administration and policy from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, State University of New York at Albany.


Emeritus Professor Mary Sheehan AO, CARRS-Q Faculty of Health, School of Psychology and Counselling

Professor Sheehan was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) in the 2003 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for service to education and to public health.

Mary’s specific area of research interest is the application of social psychological theory to educational and rehabilitation initiatives to enhance community road safety. She has had a long standing commitment to improving the safety of drivers in rural and remote areas of Australia and  in reducing the incidence of drink driving.

She has received international recognition for her work in alcohol, drugs and traffic safety through ministerial and executive appointments such as to the International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety (ICADTS). She is a foundation member of the Australian College of Road Safety (ACRS), and was awarded a Fellowship in 2000 for her contribution and commitment to road safety.


David Healy, ACRS Fellow, ACRS Co Vice-President (National) & Victorian Chapter Chair 

David Healy is a consultant in the road safety field and formerly held senior management positions in the Transport Accident Commission and VicRoads.  David is currently Vice President (Development) of the Australasian College of Road Safety and Chair of its Victorian Chapter.  He is also chair of the Victorian Community Road Safety Alliance, an advisory board to VicRoads.

David was awarded the prestigious 2011 ACRS Fellowship last year in recognition of his long standing and active practice and leadership in some of Australia’s major road safety agencies.  David has played a significant role in advocacy that has led to successful implementation of major road safety initiatives in Victoria.  This in turn has led to Victoria’s achievements in road safety being recognised internationally, and to being seen as a model for change and improved practice in other Australian jurisdictions.

David’s experience and interests relate to strategy and policy development, marketing, community-based road safety and evaluation of road safety activities and programs. He holds qualification in Engineering (Civil), Education and Quantitative Methods.

The College is also very pleased to announce that David is one of our featured Keynote presenters at the 2012 ACRS National Conference – we look forward to joining many of you there to hear David’s engaging presentation.


Nigel Robinson, Acting Manager, Aboriginal Programs, Transport: Roads & Maritime Services, NSW Government

Nigel is a member of the Gand-an-garra local Aboriginal land council and is currently the Acting Manager, Aboriginal programs with the Roads and Maritime Service.

Over the past ten years Nigel has held management, policy and operational roles within RMS and was awarded the RTA Aboriginal employee of the year in 2007.

During his time working within RMS, Nigel has made significant contributions to Aboriginal strategy, policy and program directions in the fields of Aboriginal heritage management, Aboriginal employment and Aboriginal road safety and driver licensing programs.

Nigel is a founding member of the Austroads national Indigenous driver licensing working group and is a member of the national Indigenous road safety working group.