Gary Liddle, the new chairman of iRAP (EuroRAP’s international partner organisation) has been awarded one of Australia’s highest honours, in recognition of his work in promoting safer roads.

Gary was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in this year’s Australia Day Honours List on 26 January. Leading Australian educationalists, scientists and medical researchers were also named among this year’s AO recipients.

The citation for Gary’s AO states that it recognises his “Distinguished service to public administration in the Victorian transport sector through leadership in policy direction, infrastructure development, road safety and regulatory reform.”

Gary has served in a wide range of key transportation roles in the state of Victoria in Australia. He has served as CEO of VicRoads, CEO of Public Transport Victoria, Deputy Secretary of Transport and most recently as Enterprise Professor of Transport at the University of Melbourne. He has also held a number of board level roles in key national bodies including Austroads and ARRB Group.

EuroRAP chairman Ferry Smith said: ‘This is great news and well deserved recognition for all the remarkable work that Gary has done in helping to save lives in Victoria. He is also an inspirational figure for members of the road safety community in Europe.’