2019 CCF Road Sector Breakfast
Jaala Pulford MP – Minister for Roads, Road Safety & the TAC and, Fishing and Boating
Jaala is committed to making sure every Victorian remains safe on our roads. Some of her key priorities are to make it easier for Victorians to get around and to ensure we are maintaining a road network that meets the needs of our growing state. She is also keen to continue her work in making Victoria a mecca for recreational fishers as well as being the first ever dedicated Boating Minister, to put recreational boating in the spotlight. Jaala was previously Victoria’s first female Agriculture Minister, as well as being the Minister for Regional Development and the Deputy Leader in the Legislative Council.
Throughout her career she has been a passionate advocate for regional Victorians and one of her proudest achievements in her previous roles was being able to have supported regional and rural Victorians in times of crisis. Jaala has been a Member for Western Victoria since 2006 after spending more than a decade as an official of the National Union of Workers.
Paul Northey – Chief Regional Roads Officer, Regional Roads Victoria (RRV)
As the Chief Regional Roads Officer heading up the dedicated regional division of the Department of Transport, Paul is responsible for the leadership, management and performance of the more than 19,000 kilometres of regional arterial roads that RRV oversees.
Paul joined RRV in September 2018 and has over 25 years experience in the government utility sector having held previous senior management roles in the areas of strategic planning, corporate strategy, sustainability, asset management and risk management.
Paul’s academic qualifications are a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil), a Master of Engineering (Environmental) and a Master of Business Administration. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia and is a member of the Deakin University Engineering Advisory Board.
Rebecca Skelton – Chief Metropolitan Roads Officer
Rebecca’s career spans the private and public sectors; the automotive industry, health and human services, emergency management, roads and infrastructure. At each point she has been tasked with engaging communities on important issues, negotiating complex media and political issues and delivering complex programs and services to benefit of Victorians.
Currently VicRoads Chief Metropolitan Roads Officer, Rebecca oversees the metropolitan roads teams, day to day network operations and emergency management, during one of the largest infrastructure programs in Victoria’s history and amid rapidly increasing population and demand for efficient transport services.