Governance

RSE’s purpose is to save lives (our Vision) through the provision of world-class road safety education for youths (our Mission). This requires effective corporate governance with appropriate organisational structure, systems for internal control and risk management and personnel engagement.

The parent company of the RSE group, Road Safety Education Limited, is incorporated under the Corporation Act 2001 (Aus) as a public company limited by guarantee.  RSE is a registered charity and not-for-profit organisation operating as an educator of youth across Australia and New Zealand. The group is headquartered in Sydney NSW, Australia and operates in New Zealand through a subsidiary of the same name. The group also comprises Road Safety Education Foundation in Australia and the Road Safety Education Advisory Council established by Charter within the parent company. RSE in both countries, partners with corporations, government agencies, Rotary and civil society.

The directors of each board are responsible for corporate governance and the parent board in Australia is also responsible for the governance of the group. This includes maintenance of policies in relation to health and safety of staff and stakeholders engaged in the delivery of RSE’s education programs. Operative and administrative responsibilities are delegated by the parent board to the CEO & Managing Director. Each board meets regularly and monitors the achievement of qualitative and quantitative objectives against plans and other key performance indicators. Strategic direction is set by the parent board in conjunction with the CEO & Managing Director, who along with his team is responsible for implementation. The group’s financial reports are audited annually and extracts from these reports and a detailed report about operations are published in our Concise Annual Report.

Our volunteer directors, patrons and councillors generously give of their time in our mutual quest to save lives.

Board of Road Safety Education Limited

Australia

Dr Stuart Boland, AM

Dr Stuart Boland, AM

MB, BS, FRCS, FRACS, FACS, FAMA, FAICD – Chair

A/Prof Boland graduated in Medicine at Sydney University in 1967 and was appointed an Honorary General Surgeon at Sydney Hospital and Mona Vale Hospital in 1975.

He served the Medical Profession in a number of roles including as Chairman of the Medical Board at Mona Vale Hospital, subsequently on the Council of the Association of Surgeons and the Australian Council of Health Care Standards, two years as President of the NSW Branch of the AMA in 1991-1992 and later was the medical representative on the Council of Professions in NSW.  He had 10 years as Chairman of Australia’s biggest Medical Indemnity Insurer (AVANT) until he retired in 2014. Since 2011 he has taught anatomy at Notre Dame University.

A T (Terry) Birss

CA(NZ), FGIA, FCG (CS, CGP), FIPA – CEO/Managing Director

Appointed CEO & MD on 1 July 2013 having previously held the position of Executive Chairman since May 2010 and Chairman since incorporation in 2004. Mr Birss is a director of the Road Safety Education Foundation, a director of Road Safety Education Limited in New Zealand and is a Rotarian. Before his appointment as CEO/MD Mr Birss was an accountant in public practice.

John Loughlin

Managing Director of a building contracting company specialising in the construction of sport and leisure facilities for community groups including schools. A director since incorporation Mr Loughlin is a Rotarian.

Paul Pixton

Dip FP, JP

Self employed insurance broker and previously proprietor of a financial planning practice for over 20 year. Mr Pixton is a local business leader, a director since incorporation and a Rotarian.

Edward (Ned) Boyce

BA LLB (ANU) FAICD

Mr Boyce is a lawyer practicing since 1974 in property and commercial law. He is a past National Managing partner and Chair of Hunt & Hunt. Mr Boyce is a past president of the Rotary Club of Sydney, a past chair of the Foundation of a major independent school and a past councillor of the Law Society of New South Wales. Mr Boyce is a graduate of an executive  education program of the Harvard Business School and is Chair of the trustee of Road Safety Education Foundation.

Bruce Manefield

BSc FAICD

Bruce began began his career at IBM in business development roles. He has worked in a number of multinational organisations (Oracle, BHP, Telstra) in marketing, product management & commercial management roles. He has held CEO/GM roles in the not-forprofit sector working to build organisational capability, improved delivery and sustainability. He was also the Executive Officer of the NSW childcare industry association, Childcare NSW. More recently, he has driven organisational transformations at board level, mainly in the early learning and early intervention sectors. These include KU Childrens Services, Telstra Employees Credit Union & Gunawirra. Mr Manefield is a strong proponent of the value of early intervention in providing better outcomes for young people.

Gillian Kidson 

MBus (OpsMgt/GenMgt), Grad Cert Bus 

Mrs. Kidson is a commercially focused digital and technology strategist and operational executive leader with over 30 years of experience across various business sectors. Her experience has been developed through senior roles in Information Technology, Project Management and Quality Assurance both in Australia and overseas.

Wendy Teasdale-Smith

MEd, BEd, Grad Dip Prof Dev, Grad Dip PM, FACE

Ms Wendy Teasdale-Smith has extensive experience, knowledge and skills as an educationalist. She began her career as a secondary school teacher and ultimately spent ten years as principal of two state secondary schools in South Australia.  She has also spent time as an academic, director of an international school and CEO of the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC). She is an experienced non-executive director, having been a member of a variety of education, health, not-for-profit, and community-based boards. She has experienced firsthand the impact of deaths from road crashes during her time as a principal.

Kim Richards

BA DipEd DipEP BTeach

Ms Richards is a content and communications strategy director and has held senior positions in the Australian and UK media for more than two decades, including experience in the education, business, and parenting sectors.  She is a qualified educator and has spent time teaching in both primary and secondary schools, as well as developing education programs for commercial clients.

Kerry Chikarovski

B.Ec LLB

Retired December 2020 having served as a Director since 2013 including as Chair for over 5 years.

Lynne Wilkinson

BA Hons Grad Dip Fin Mgt.

Retired March 2021 having served as a Director since 2014.

 

 

New Zealand

Ru Tauri

MBA, BIS

Mr Tauri is Community Engagement Lead with Statistics NZ, which includes  stakeholder engagement, team management and strategy development. Prior to his position of Business Development and Initiatives Manager, ANZ, Ru held the role of General Manager, RSE NZ. He has an event management
and account management background with a special interest in collaboration, grassroots development and stakeholder
engagement.

Graham Clarke

Mr Clarke, has extensive experience in a range of farming systems including sheep and beef under organic principles reflecting his deep interest in the health of society – consumers and the environment. As a member of Federation Farmers NZ and former chair of the New Zealand Beef Council, Graham has participated in agri-politics at both a local and national level. Graham’s passion is building healthy cultures and people and reflecting his deep and personal interest in road safety advocacy, in recent years, he has led the care of a road crash survivor advocating road safety education for youth.

David Mallett

CPEng, MBA

Based in Christchurch New Zealand, Mr Mallett is a transportation engineer. David manages the South Island transport business of GHD and chairs the local Association of Consulting Engineers NZ transportation group. Through his work David consults for a variety of national and local government clients on a wide range of transport related activities from business cases, to detailed designs and construction, and through to network maintenance – all with a strong focus on continually improving road safety.

Alistair Coleman

Retired March 2021 having served as a Director since 2011.