ITE-ANZ Executive Board

The Executive Board of the ITE-ANZ comprises volunteers from the Transport industry throughout Australia and New Zealand.
Matt Bennett



Matt Bennett is a transport planner based in Aurecon’s Melbourne office and is president of the YITE Committee. Starting from a young age, Matt has always been fascinated by all modes of transport and how best to integrate them. His involvement with the ITE began with the Australian first Student Leadership Summit in 2018. As part of the organising committee, Matt took responsibility for the pub trivia styled Traffic Bowl and aided the marketing and communication strategy. As the inaugural president of the YITE Committee, Matt aims to help establish and grow a strong global network with fellow transport enthusiasts.

Danielle Rebbechi


Danielle Rebbechi

Danielle returns to the Young ITE-ANZ (YITE) as the Co Vice President, following a successful role as the inaugral Secretary for the committee.

Danielle is a Senior Project Development Engineer at Department of Transport. She is passionate about the transportation industry and is a keen advocate for young people contributing to the profession through fresh, innovative ideas.She has been involved in the ITE-ANZ for over a year, taking on the role of Interstate Representative Liaison and Speaker Liaison as part of the organizing committee for the inaugural Student Leadership Summit (SLS). She has also taken on an active role within the ITE, assisting in the organization of 2019 seminars.

Danielle is looking forward to exploring opportunities with her fellow committee members to assist professionals and students to make a significant contribution to the profession.

Matt Harridge

Vice President

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Matt is a Director at O’Brien Traffic and has over 20 years of experience in traffic engineering and transport planning acquired in both the public and private sectors, including various leadership positions within municipal Councils.
He started his association with ITE as a Student Member during university and has continued to support ITE throughout his professional career.

Matt has published papers on a range of transport issues and presented at a wide range of conferences – both in Australia and internationally.
He also holds the positions of Vice-Chair of a school board and Chair of a youth education organisation that operates across Australia. These roles have given Matt a broad understanding of governance, risk management, culture leadership and community engagement.

Matt has a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) and Bachelor of Science (Geology) from Monash University and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

David Nash


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David has over 40 years experience in traffic and transport engineering through his work at VicRoads. He left VicRoads in 2012 and formed a consulting firm called Traffinity. His main interests are traffic control devices – traffic signals, signs, markings and street lighting. His last position at VicRoads was Manager-Road and Traffic Standards where he was responsible for policy, standards and guidelines for all manner of traffic management issues.

He lectured for 8 years at Swinburne University in Transport Engineering and now does consulting work for many varied projects in Australia and overseas.

David joined the Board in 2012 and has enjoyed being able to contribute more time to the continued development of the profession and advocating for the transition to more sustainable transport, including EVs. 

Eric Ye

Executive Board Member

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Eric graduated from The University of Sydney in 2017 with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and Bachelor of Commerce (Finance). He is currently working as a transport consultant at GTA, primarily involved in car park and road design for a range of clients from private developers to government agencies.
Eric joined the ITE-ANZ Executive Board after being awarded the GHD Undergraduate Student Award in 2017 for his honours thesis, “Lane Distribution Optimisation of Autonomous Vehicles for Highway Congestion Control”.

Sarah Zhang

Immediate Past President


Sarah is a passionate transport planning consultant who loves to help her clients find solutions. She specialises in transport and pedestrian planning, with project experience encompassing transit stations, arts and culture, stadia, and commercial buildings. She has worked on a range of high profile public and private sector projects in Melbourne, Sydney and New York. Sarah’s international reach and experience in transport and pedestrian planning is due to her vast travelling experience across five continents, and living experience in three continents.

Sarah is currently the Chair of Women in Engineering, Sydney. She is the recipient of the 2018 Institution of Transportation Engineer’s Emerging Professional Award for ANZ, the 2017 Engineers Australia Young Professional Engineer Award for NSW, a pedestrian panellist for the Sydney Olympic Park Design Review Panel, and the pedestrian representative in City of Sydney’s Local Pedestrian, Cycling and Traffic Calming Committee.

Nick Szwed

Executive Board Member

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Nick studied at the University of Melbourne and graduated with BE(Civil) and MEngSc. For around 50 years he worked mainly for VicRoads and its predecessors, and also provided consulting services to local government and universities. He worked in nearly all areas of transport but focussed on traffic engineering, road safety, rationalising speed limits, economic evaluation and active sustainable transport.

Nick started his career in the early 1970s when the road toll was at a historical peak and he now claims he has saved more lives than all the doctors he has had to consult since that time. This is another example of how engineers have contributed to health and longevity, a fact not understood by many.

He is no longer doing paid work but is just as busy as ever. He is still contributing to the transport profession through his involvement in the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). He joined the ITE-ANZ Executive Board in 2009 and held roles of Secretary and President. His main interest lies in nurturing young professionals and stimulating discussion about contemporary transport issues.

Nick has recently focussed on matters historical. Nick is a member of the VicRoads Association and has set up a website to record the history of VicRoads and its predecessors: 

He has researched the origins of his own family which originated in Belarus. He has studied the geopolitical history and current events of this area and given talks about current developments to U3A, Probus, Rotary, Masonic Lodges and other groups.

Nick and his High School mate Joe have been researching and recording the history of the migrant suburb they grew up in: . Nick and Joe have been giving talks about their work to Readers and Writers Festivals, library and school groups.

Nick’s favourite little piece of his historical writing is “Australia’s First Roads”:

Daniel Przychodzki

Global District Director

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Daniel Przychodzki is the Team Leader – Transport at the City of Greater Dandenong, Victoria. With over 20 years of experience working as a professional Engineer, including senior roles within RACV, VicRoads and Local Government, Daniels skills broadly cover Traffic and Transport Management, Road Safety, Strategic Transport Planning and Project Management.

Daniel first joined the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) as a Student Member in 1998, and became an Associate Member not long after he graduated in 1999. Now a Member of ITE, he has held a position on the ITE Australian and New Zealand Section Executive Board since 2001. Daniel has occupied the positions of Section Secretary in 2004 and 2005, Vice President in 2006, President in 2007 through to 2009 and is currently the ITE Global District Director representing all members outside of North America on the International Board of Direction.

Daniel Gaschk

Assistant secretary

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Daniel graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2013 with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours in Civil). Daniel has experience in the field of traffic engineering and road safety, having been involved in a variety of traffic and transport related projects at Trafficworks Pty Ltd after joining the company in 2016. Previously, he gained experience in project management as National Asset Coordinator for Coles Services over two years.

Daniel joined the board in 2018 after his involvement in presenting at the ITE Transport Engineer Careers seminar and is excited to contribute further to the field of Transport Engineering.

Marianne Richards

Newsletter Editor

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Marianne retired from the Victorian Public Service in 2016 after a town planning career of 38 years in the public sector in Victoria and South Australia. She has extensive knowledge and experience in port, airport and freight network planning and development issues across all levels of Australian governments. Marianne’s interests include application of transport and land use planning policy and development frameworks, processes and initiatives across economic, social and environmental issues; and implementing practical outcomes in land use planning policy frameworks for the long term sustainability of airports, ports and freight networks. Marianne participated in the development of national and state aviation, port and freight network strategies.
Marianne has a Bachelor of Arts (Monash University), a Graduate Diploma of Town Planning (South Australian Institute of Technology) and a Graduate Certificate of Business Administration (Mt Eliza Business School). Marianne has been an active member of ITE since joining in 2017. She is currently ITE-ANZ Board member liaising with the TEM Mentoring Program, editor of the ITE-ANZ Newsletter and a member of the ITE Urban Goods Movement Standing Committee.

Ken Hall

Executive Board Member

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Ken has had over 35 years in road transport with specialist knowledge in road safety and traffic management. Following a long career at VicRoads where his last position was Manager Road Safety Engineering, Ken is now consulting. He has a particular interest in assisting the development of sound road transport policy and strategies by utilising the best available information and research and also in developing individuals and organisations to deliver road transport services. In addition to his consulting work Ken has lectured in transport at Victoria University and is a mentor to students in the RMIT MBA program.

Ken has degrees in Civil Engineering and Economics and a Master of Business Qualification (Management).

Sara Moridpour

Executive Board Member

Sara Moridpour

Sara holds a bachelor of civil engineering and received her masters and PhD degrees in transportation and traffic engineering. She has 15 years of work and research experience in the field of traffic and transportation. She has been working in the School of Engineering at RMIT University, from 2010.

Sara is highly engaged in a range of research and professional activities within and beyond RMIT. She has published numerous journal papers, and presented in many prestigious conferences in traffic/transport engineering. She has served as technical and organising committee member of different conferences and editorial board member of journals. She has been invited to speak at traffic/transport conferences, workshops and symposiums.

Richard Tay

Executive Board Member


Professor Richard Tay, CPEng, is the VC Senior Research Fellow in the School of Business IT & Logistics. He has previously taught at University of Melbourne, La Trobe University and Queensland University of Technology as well as universities in Singapore, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Australia and Canada, and was a visiting scholar at MIT.

He has completed many research and consultancy projects in road safety, transport economics, and evaluation of transportation programs and policies. He has been invited to serve on many government panels, committees & task forces on road safety in Australia and around the world. He serves on the editorial board of several scientific journals and has been invited to speak at and has chaired technical sessions at many road safety conferences around the world.

He is a Fellow and Life Member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers and a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transportation.

Kenn Beer

Executive Board Member

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Kenn is the Principal of Safe System Solutions Pty Ltd – a specialist road safety engineering consultancy that he founded in 2013. Throughout his career, Kenn has worked in delivery, development, planning and program roles within VicRoads. Kenn has also had roles advising governments of the Philippines, California, New Zealand and all States of Australia on complex road safety issues. Kenn is an Austroads project manager, sits on the Victorian Board of the Australasian College of Road Safety and was elected to the Engineers Australia Victorian Board of Engineering in 2010.

Kenn holds a Bachelor of Engineering, is an accredited transport planner, Senior Road Safety Auditor, facilitator and trainer. Kenn won the 2014 ITEANZ Emerging Professional Award and the ITE District 8 Rising Star Award in 2015.

Seyed Arash Fatemi


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Arash is a Senior Transport Modelling consultant at Clarity Consult focusing on the development of mesoscopic and microscopic traffic simulation models to evaluate the impact of future scenarios on transport network. He has a bachelors degree in Civil Engineering and graduated from Monash University with a Master’s degree in Transport Engineering in 2018. 

As the webmaster of ITE-ANZ he has the opportunity to combine his web design skills with transport topics and learn from both leader and peers in the industry. Prior to joining the ITE-ANZ Executive Board in 2018, he was a member of the Student Leadership Summit committee.

Lindsay Oxlad

Executive Board Member

Lindsay’s career spans more than 50 years as an civil engineer, transport planner and policy advisor with both State and Commonwealth Governments and Non-Executive Director with Health Partners Ltd and Statewide Superannuation Trust.

Prior to his retirement from the State Government in mid 2016 and setting up as a semi-retired specialist Consultant and Company Director in 2017, Lindsay was Manager, Road Transport, Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, managing a specialist transport planning and engineering team responsible for the development of medium to long-term strategies for capital investment in road transport infrastructure projects for South Australia and High Productivity Vehicle road and route access regulation .

Throughout his career, he has developed a wide range of valuable skills, particularly in audit, financial and investment management, risk management, industrial relations, project management, corporate governance and strategic and scenario planning.

Lindsay has a Master’s Degree in Engineering, a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and is a Registered Professional Engineer, Queensland; a Chartered Professional Engineer; a Fellow of Engineers Australia; a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; a Fellow of the US Institute of Transportation Engineers; a Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport; a Member of the Australian Institute of Traffic Planning and Management and a member of the Australasian Transport Research Forum Inc.