iRAP recognizes the extraordinary voluntary service of outgoing Board Chairman Gary Liddle including 9 years as a charity Trustee, and 5 years leading the iRAP Board.
Gary joined the Board in 2013 bringing with him a wealth of road agency experience as Chief Executive of VicRoads and governance roles with Austroads, ARRB Group, the World Road Association (PIARC) and REAAA.
Gary’s stewardship and support has seen the charity through the first Decade of Action for road safety and an incredible period of growth. “In my 9 years as a Trustee of the charity, iRAP’s impact has gone from 70 to 107 countries, 500,000km assessed to 1.3 million and 50 trained to 47,000. Importantly over US$80 billion of road investment has been made safer and thousands of lives have been saved.” Gary said.
The scale of global partners supported by the charity now exceeds 10,000 and the United Nations Member States have adopted the 3-star or better global standard as part of the Global Road Safety Performance Targets and the UN Decade of Action Plan for Road Safety 2021-2030.
“I am proud of the iRAP team and honoured to have worked with my fellow Trustees to guide the charity’s success that has been enabled by the donor support of the FIA Foundation and other partners worldwide. I look forward to seeing their life-saving impact grow under the leadership of incoming Chair, Miquel Nadal.”
iRAP CEO Rob McInerney said, “Gary is an inspirational leader who is so generous with his time, his wisdom, his intellect, his experience and his positive energy. With his road engineering background, Gary has set the strategic path for iRAP to establish the partnerships needed that ensure roads are upgraded and lives are saved. He is a great colleague and friend to all the iRAP family and we are so grateful for his contribution to iRAP’s life-saving work.”
Existing Trustee Miquel Nadal has been unanimously elected as the new Chairman of iRAP to take effect from February 28, 2022. In congratulating Gary for his service, Miquel said, “The legacy you leave is immense. Your effective leadership and wealth of road industry insights have guided the charity to great success.”
Gary has been, and will continue to be, a much-loved member of the iRAP family and we wish him, his wife Meredith and their family well as he retires with our heartfelt thanks.