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Australian lifetime achievement winner announced

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ITS Australia President Dean Zabrieszach has announced Brian Negus, Ambassador to ITS Australia as the 2018 recipient of the Max Lay Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Max Lay Lifetime Achievement Award is an industry nominated award, named after Dr Max Lay AM, a globally recognised pioneer and leader in Transport and Intelligent Transport Systems.  ITS Australia says recipients must personify achievement of the ultimate standard for a leader in the ITS field.

Negus’s transport career has spanned over 50 years with extensive experience in the public sector, transferring that experience to support public policy on transport initiatives through his leadership in the private sector. Brian remains engaged in several high profile and influential roles, including Ambassador to ITS Australia, where he continues to lead, guide and mentor organisation’s and individuals on a broad range of transport issues, especially smart technology solutions to improve transport, despite retiring from full time employment.  He also holds a number of Board positions including ITS World Congress Board of Directors; Chairman of Collaborative ITS Consulting Australia (CICA) and Director of Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Negus said it is an absolute honour to be recognised by peers and the ITS community, “It has been a privilege to work with so many talented and innovative people over my career. I have been thrilled to be a member of the ITS Australia and ITS World Congress Boards and be part of creating ITS Australia as a formative player both in Australia and internationally”,

During his six-year tenure as President of ITS Australia, Brian led the 23rd ITS World Congress and was Chair of the global ITS World Congress Board. This was the second ITS World Congress to be held in Australia and was hosted in Melbourne 2016. The event attracted more than 11,000 Australian and international delegates from 73 countries, was said to be one of the most successful World Congress events, and has received numerous accolades and awards in the years following.

Brian Negus began his career in road construction, then transport planning and traffic engineering. He followed a path from there through the Road Traffic Authority, Department of Transport, Melbourne Port.

Corporation, Public Transport Victoria, VicRoads and finally holding the position of General Manager of Public Policy for the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria where he was instrumental in the initiative that resulted in the Victorian Government’s decision to remove 50 rail level crossings across the Melbourne road and rail networks.

During the 1980’s, Negus held two senior positions in the Victorian Road Traffic Authority, Traffic Management Division. He was Group Manager, Traffic Signals where he project-managed the implementation of the SCATS traffic signal system in Melbourne, the first city to adopt SCATS from NSW, and then General Manager Traffic Management.

Away from work Brian Negus dedicates his voluntary time to Rotary Templestowe where he has been a Director and President initially from 1989 – 1995, and again since 2016 as Director of Membership and Marketing.

Dean Zabrieszach, President ITS Australia said “Brian is a trusted adviser in the entire transport field and he is widely valued because of his dedication and assiduity in supporting others and helping them to succeed.

“For most of his career Brian has been driving organisations, and the community, for progress in the transportation sector, especially smart technology solutions to improve transport safety, mobility and sustainability. It is because of this that the industry has chosen Brian to be the recipient of the Max Lay Lifetime Achievement Award.

“I congratulate Brian on behalf of ITS Australia, and we look forward to officially presenting the award to him at the end of November.”

The ITS Australia National Awards Presentation Night will be held in Brisbane at the Sofitel on 22 November 2018. The Director-General of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland, Neil Scales is the keynote speaker, and in addition to the Max Lay Lifetime Achievement Award, presentations will be made to winners of the Industry, Government, Automated Vehicle (sponsored by ADVI), Research and Young Professional categories.


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