Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds (HHTS) has announced the appointment of Melissa Weller as Director Industry Relations and Program Management.
With a background in local government Weller brings extensive experience to HHTS having worked in the road safety sector for over nine years, managing road safety projects and campaigns at local and national levels.
Weller has held the role of Safety Health and Wellbeing Director at the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) for the past four years and has managed the TruckSafe industry accreditation program since mid-2019.
She also led the Volvo ATA Safety Truck re-design (SafeT360) project.
Weller will commence her role in mid-August, 2021.
“Melissa has been engaged with HHTS for nearly three years having been actively involved in a steering committee that was established prior to the Foundation’s inception, working alongside industry colleagues to identify where support was needed regarding mental health and wellbeing in the Australian road transport, warehousing, and logistics industries,” said Naomi Frauenfelder, HHTS CEO.
“Since the Foundation launched in August 2020, Melissa has continued this engagement as a prominent member of the HHTS Standards Working Group”, she added.
“The HHTS Board is extremely delighted to welcome Melissa into this new role and looks forward to working closely with her to evolve the Foundation’s key projects and initiatives.”
Weller, according to Frauenfelder, brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to HHTS.
This experience will be valuable in supporting the Foundation achieve its goal of industry-wide awareness and understanding of mental heath and wellbeing.
ATA Chairman David Smith echoed those sentiments in a statement.
“Melissa has been dedicated to making impactful changes relating to safety across the trucking industry during her four years at the ATA, her passion and enthusiasm for all areas of safety will be a great benefit to HHTS,” he said.
“Alongside the Board I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Melissa for her dedication and drive as Safety Health and Wellbeing Director, we look forward to continuing to work with her at HHTS which is an important industry initiative that the ATA has closely supported.”