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ACRS Welcomes New CEO – Dr Ingrid Johnston

The Australasian College of Road Safety (ACRS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Ingrid Johnston as its new Chief Executive Officer. Dr Johnston will commence in this role in early May 2021.

Dr Ingrid Johnston

A passionate advocate for social justice and health, Dr Johnston brings over 20 years of public health policy experience to ACRS. Dr Johnston currently serves as Senior Policy Officer for the Public Health Association of Australia and previously held roles with the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Relationships Australia and the Australian Federal Police. She currently serves on the Board of Australia’s Climate and Health Alliance.

Dr Johnston has been widely published, and in 2015 completed a PhD on adaptation of disaster response to climate change on remote Pacific islands.

In announcing Dr Johnston’s appointment, ACRS President, Martin Small said that the Executive Committee was delighted to welcome a candidate with vast public health experience to lead ACRS into the future.

“In Ingrid we have found a leader who can propel ACRS forward. Ingrid’s public health and not-for-profit experience will be of enormous benefit to our members, staff, executive committee and the road safety community as a whole”, said Mr Small.

Remarking on her appointment Dr Johnston stated “I am passionate about influencing policy to improve the health and safety outcomes for our communities. I believe that ACRS, is uniquely positioned to play a vital role in advocating for life saving measures. I look forward to working with ACRS members and the Executive Committee to ensure this effort.”

Dr Johnston’s appointment comes at the end of an open executive search process conducted over a number of months.

Interim CEO Nick Clarke will continue to serve as CEO until 30 April. The Executive Committee extends its thanks to Mr Clarke for his outstanding stewardship of the College over the past six months.