The Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds team are passionate about the mental health of employees in the transport and logistics sector. They work to bring our programs to life and make the resources of Healthy Heads accessible to organisations around the country.
Meet the team behind our success
Chief Executive Officer
Naomi brings a wealth of experience to her role as Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds’ inaugural Chief Executive Officer. Naomi was previously Executive Director of the TrackSAFE Foundation – an Australian rail industry not-for-profit that addresses suicide on the rail network, and the resultant trauma caused to train drivers and other frontline staff. It is this experience that Naomi will draw upon and apply to HHTS, to strengthen and grow the organisation, and work to improve mental health in the trucking and logistics industry. Naomi has spent her career to date honing her passion for working nationally to unite industries behind significant causes such as mental health, providing individuals and organisations with the resources they need to face challenges head-on, creating cultures of care and support. Naomi holds a Bachelor and Masters from Monash University, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Director Industry Relations and Program Management
In August 2021, Melissa joined Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds bring extensive on-the-ground industry experience to her role as Director Industry Relations and Program Management. Melissa has worked in the road safety sector and managed road safety projects and campaigns for over nine years. Part of this time was spent in her previous role as Safety, Health and Wellbeing Director at the Australian Trucking Association (ATA). Here, Melissa led the evidence-based design of SafeT360, the trucking industry’s major public-facing safety exhibition and campaign launched in November 2019. She also managed TruckSafe, a comprehensive industry safety accreditation scheme that considers the technical and mechanical aspects of industry safety and addresses human safety factors. Melissa has been recognised by the Institute of Public Works and Engineering Awards for excellence in local government road safety having coordinated a successful campaign across nine local government areas.
Government Relations Advisor
In October 2023 Ben joined Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds as Government Relations Advisor. As a previous CEO of the Australian Trucking Association Ben brings a wealth of industry experience to the organisation. Ben is co-founder and host of Remount, a not-for-profit delivering horsemanship programs for Veterans suffering mental stress and PTSD as a result of their service. Ben’s passion for mental health and psychosocial support to the community, and his experience in the transport industry brings a unique perspective and skill set to the team. Ben is the current Chair of the National Museum of Australia, a serving Officer in the Royal Australian Navy and holds a Masters of Business Administration.
National Partnerships Manager
Tania brings over ten years’ partnership experience to her role as National Partnerships Manager. She has worked across both the private and public sectors and has now joined the not-for-profit sector to follow her passion for promoting the importance of mental health and wellbeing. Tania has previously worked with organisations such as Samsung, Fujitsu, Woolworths, WWF, Coles, Glencore and many others. With a close connection to the transport and logistics industry she has witnessed firsthand how promoting good mental health and wellbeing in the workplace can significantly improve staff retention, employee satisfaction and overall, create a happier workforce.
Kayla joined Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds as Project Coordinator in March 2022. Kayla brings on the ground industry experience having worked in the road transport industry for over three years. Kayla has extensive experience in the development and delivery of impactful events, activations and programs, from grassroots community engagement to national educational initiatives. Kayla leads the Healthy Heads Roadshow, reaching truck drivers and people working in warehouses and distribution centres through face-to-face events. As well as this, Kayla coordinates other projects that focus on awareness-raising and education, facilitating the opportunity for businesses and individuals to increase their understanding of mental health and wellbeing in alignment with the National Mental Health and Wellbeing Roadmap. Kayla is passionate about working towards a healthier and happier industry, where mental health is as every day as safety.
Events & Marketing Manager
With over a decade of expertise in event management, Julia joins the Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds team as their Events & Marketing Manager. Julia comes having worked most recently on several events in the transport industry, such as the Australasian Railway Association’s flagship event, AusRAIL PLUS 2023, their 2021 Inland Rail Conference and TrackSAFE Foundation’s 2022 National Level Crossing Safety Forum. Julia’s extensive experience is evident in seamlessly managing all facets of large-scale conferences, gala dinners, award ceremonies and community engagement events for a range of industries and sectors. Julia is passionate about creating a mentally and physically healthier and happier industry for all.