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The Commission

The NTC is led by a Commission, including the Chief Executive Officer.

The role of the Commission

The Commission operates under the National Transport Commission Act 2003 and the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 and also works to a Statement of Expectations issued by the Council. In conjunction with the Council, the Commission is responsible for the NTC’s strategic direction and performance. One of its main responsibilities is to establish a sound, risk-based system of controls to provide reasonable assurance that our objectives will be met within an acceptable degree of risk.

The Commission meets regularly throughout the year and maintains a watching brief over external and internal environments. The Commission has authority to determine all matters related to the NTC’s policies, practices, management and operations and is also responsible for evaluating the Chief Executive Officer’s performance.

NTC Commissioners

The NTC has six commissioners including the Chief Executive Officer.

Carolyn Walsh
Chair (non-executive)

Carolyn commenced as Chair of the National Transport Commission on 1 January 2018. She has been a Commissioner since 1 January 2014.

Carolyn is a Commissioner at the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, Acting Chair of the NSW Environment Protection Authority and is a member of a number of NSW Government agency audit and risk committees. She also provides consultancy services in safety and risk management.

Her past roles with the NSW Government have included Chief Executive of the Independent Transport Safety and Reliability Regulator and Executive Director, Office of the Coordinator General of Rail. She has also held several positions within the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Science and Resources.

Carolyn has a Bachelor of Economics and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Nola Bransgrove OAM
Deputy Chair (non-executive)

Nola commenced as Deputy Chair of the National Transport Commission on 1 January 2018. She has been a Commissioner since 1 January 2014.

Nola was joint owner of Branstrans Pty Ltd, a long-distance family transport company based in Gippsland, Victoria for 48 years. She had an instrumental role in the development of the industry accreditation program TruckSafe and was responsible for managing multiple accreditation programs in the Branstrans business. She was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for services to the transport and logistics industry, women, and the community in 2012.

Nola is also Chair of Women in Supply Chain and Deputy Chair of Transport and Distribution Training, Victoria. Her past roles include Municipal Councillor of Traralgon Shire, Commissioner of Latrobe Regional Commission, Trustee Director of Transport Industry Superannuation Fund, Councillor of Victorian Freight and Logistics Council and Director or Chair of a number of other representative organisations.

Nola has a Certificate IV in Governance and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, a Diploma of Logistics and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Neil Scales OBE
Commissioner (non-executive)

Neil was appointed a Commissioner of the National Transport Commission on 10 September 2014.

Neil is the Director-General of Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads.

He is trade qualified and also studied for a series of work-related qualifications at Sunderland Polytechnic including ONC (Engineering), HNC (Electrical and Electronic Engineering), a BSc (Engineering), and an MSc in Control Engineering and Computing Systems. This was supplemented by qualifications in general management, a Diploma in Management Studies with Distinction, and an MBA with the Open University.

In 2005, Neil received an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to public transport. He was also awarded an honorary Fellowship from Liverpool John Moores University in 2011 for his services to the region. Neil is a fellow of the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation having successfully completed a course on Ethical Leadership.

Reece Waldock AM
Commissioner (non-executive)

Reece commenced as Commissioner of the National Transport Commission on 1 January 2018.

He has more than 35 years’ experience in strategic management with expertise in organisational reform. His appointment as Director General of the Department of Transport (WA) followed a 20-year career with various state government transport agencies with 15 years as CEO. He was appointed the inaugural head of three transport agencies in May 2010—Director General Transport, Commissioner Main Roads WA and Chief Executive Officer of the Public Transport Authority. Prior to his public sector career, Reece held a number of senior management roles with BHP.

Reece is currently Chair of the Planning and Research Centre (PATREC), Chair of the Kimberley Port Authority (KPA), Chair of the SA Public Transport Authority (SAPTA) and a Board Member of Infrastructure Australia. Reece has wide audit committee experience including government agencies, Lifeline (WA), Kimberley Port Authority and Infrastructure Australia.

He has a Master of Business and a Bachelor of Science (Metallurgy with distinction), and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

Gillian Miles
Chief Executive Officer and Commissioner (executive)

Gillian Miles commenced as Chief Executive Officer and Commissioner at the National Transport Commission on 1 April 2019.

With over 30 years’ experience, Gillian has a strong record of achievement in public sector excellence, particularly in transport and community-focused services. As a senior executive, she has worked at national, state and local government level, advising on major reforms, policy and strategies to transform the regulatory environment and the way infrastructure and services are funded and delivered.

Gillian's leadership roles include Head of Transport for Victoria, CEO of the City of Greater Geelong, Head of Strategy and Performance at the Transport Accident Commission, and Deputy Secretary roles at the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure (Victoria) and the Department of Planning and Community Development (Victoria).

Gillian has a Bachelor of Education, Master of Letters in Cultural Theory and Doctor of Business Administration.

Steven Kennedy PSM
Commissioner (non-executive)

Steven Kennedy was Commissioner of the National Transport Commission from 1 January 2018 to 29 August 2019 during his tenure as Secretary of the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities.

Prior to that, Steven was a Deputy Secretary at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, where he was responsible for Innovation and Transformation and led work on the Cities Agenda, regulatory reform, public data and digital innovation.

Steven was previously a Deputy Secretary at the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science; the Department of the Environment; the former Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education; the former Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, and the Head of Secretariat of the Garnaut Climate Change Review – Update 2011.

Steven held a number of positions at the Treasury including the General Manager of the Infrastructure, Competition and Consumer Division and the Domestic Economy Division. Steven began his career in the public service as a cadet at the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Prior to joining the public service, Steven trained and worked as a nurse.

Steven holds a PhD and a Masters in Economics from the Australian National University and a Bachelor of Economics (First Class Honours) from the University of Sydney.

Development and performance

The NTC is committed to the continued professional development of its Commissioners through ongoing evaluation, education and improvement. This approach ensures that Commissioners and the CEO are equipped with the knowledge and information they need to discharge their responsibilities effectively for the benefit of the NTC and its stakeholders, and that individual and collective performance is regularly and fairly reviewed.

The performance of the Commission, its committees, individual commissioners and the Chief Executive Officer is evaluated and reviewed regularly against quantitative and/or qualitative indicators. In August 2019, a ‘Commission and CEO Performance Enhancement Policy’ was adopted to further formalise the NTC's approach to Commissioner education and performance review.

Performance reviews are undertaken every year, with the most recent report by Grant Thornton (the NTC's internal auditors) tabled at the February 2020 Commission meeting. This report found that the NTC had implemented the appropriate processes and cadence to support commissioners and management, and that overall, the Commission was working effectively and providing appropriate oversight for the NTC.

Commission meetings

During the reporting period, five commission meetings were held.

Attendance at Commission meetings 201920


Commission no. eligible to attend

No. attended

Carolyn Walsh (Chair)



Gillian Miles (CEO)



Nola Bransgrove (Deputy Chair)



Steven Kennedy



Neil Scales



Reece Waldock



Risk and Audit Committee

The Risk and Audit Committee is a committee of the NTC Commission. The Commission delegates responsibility for monitoring and reporting on risk, control and compliance to the Committee.

The Committee’s role is to independently assess the NTC's governance and risk management policies and procedures. The Committee regularly reports back to the Commission and works to ensure that:

  • major organisational risks are identified and managed with appropriate mitigation measures and reviews in place
  • the NTC complies with work health and safety and financial management government policies and legislated requirements
  • mandatory government reports are accurate before being submitted to the Commission
  • financial accounts are independently audited in line with legislated requirements.

During 2019–20, the Committee’s members were:

  • Nola Bransgrove (Chair of the Committee)
  • Reece Waldock
  • Neil Scales.

Other Commissioners can attend meetings either by invitation or as observers. The terms of reference for the NTC's risk and audit committee is available on the NTC's website.1

Attendance at Risk and Audit Committee meetings 201920

Risk and Audit Committee member

Risk and Audit no. eligible to attend

No. attended

Nola Bransgrove (Deputy Chair)



Reece Waldock



Neil Scales



Remuneration of each member of the Audit and Risk committee

Member name

Total annual remuneration

Nola Bransgrove


Reece Waldock


Neil Scales



  1. https://www.ntc.gov.au/sites/default/files/assets/files/NTC-Risk-and-Audit-Committee-Terms-of-Reference-Dec-2019.pdf