Keynote Speakers

Carey Griffiths

Carey Griffiths

National Manager: Service Delivery for School Transport, Education Infrastructure Service

Carey Griffiths has an extensive history in transport safety, and has previously presented at this conference in the UK in 2008 and 2014.  Carey comes from an almost 30 year career in Police, where he was promoted to the role of National Manager: Road Policing and also completed the Monash University Accident Research Centre Road Safety Executive Leadership Programme.  After his retirement from Police in 2015, he worked as a Regional Manager for the New Zealand Transport Agency before going to work for the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) as the Senior Injury Prevention Programme Manager for Motorcycles.  There he developed, in partnership with the Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council (MSAC), the joint ACC/MSAC Motorcycle Safety Strategy.  Carey has a particular interest in motorcycle safety and road safety generally, and is the National President of the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM New Zealand).

He is a motorcycle observer (mentor) for IAM and holds both the advanced riding and advanced driving IAM qualifications.  Carey now works for the Education Infrastructure Service (part of the Ministry of Education) as the National Manager: Service Delivery for School Transport.  His spare time is spent riding motorcycles and coaching others towards their advanced rider qualification with IAM.
Andrew Mergenmeier

Andrew Mergenmeier

Senior Pavement and Materials Engineer, FHWA

Mr. Mergenmeier is a Senior Pavement and Materials Engineer with the FHWA’s Resource Center. His primary responsibilities include materials acceptance and pavement design and construction. He is the vice-Chair of the AASHTO Subcommittee on Materials Technical Section 5a which is the Technical Section responsible for management of pavement measurement standards including the pavement profiling, friction, rutting and cracking measurement standards. He is the Field Project Engineer for the FHWA Friction Management Program that includes demonstrating new friction assessment tools within the framework of a friction management program. He is managing the pooled fund study, TPF-5(299) Improving the Quality of Pavement Surface Distress and Transverse Profile Data Collection and Analysis.

He came to this position in 2007 after 7 years as Virginia DOT’s State Materials Engineer. At VDOT he was responsible for overseeing the Materials Division which included preliminary engineering and construction functions, such as, pavement design and materials acceptance programs. Before VDOT, Mr. Mergenmeier worked for the FHWA for 15 years in various locations throughout the country.

Mr. Mergenmeier is a Civil Engineering graduate from the University of Kansas, and a Registered Professional Engineer.

Recent publications:
Von Quintus, H. and A. Mergenmeier, “Case Study: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s High Friction Surface Treatment and Field Installation Program”, Report No. FHWA-SA-15-038, February 2015

Mergenmeier, A., H. Von Quintus, J. Mallela, and P. Littleton, “SafetySM Edge Design and Construction Guide”, FHWA Report, January 2012
Harry Wilson

Harry Wilson

Director Safety and Environment, NZ Transport Agency

Since July 2016 Harry has been leading road safety for the Transport Agency. He is passionate about improving road safety outcomes through close working with partners to ensure integrated, focused and aligned efforts which deliver results for people in New Zealand. Harry has been tasked with developing a new approach to road safety in New Zealand, as the Transport Agency embarks on a programme of change in delivering its services to the country.

Harry joined the Transport Agency in 2008 as regional director for the Waikato and Bay of Plenty. He has been the key contact with local government and other stakeholders and partners in promoting regional alignment with strategies, plans and government transport policy direction.

He has also held the position of Freight Portfolio Director, ensuring the Transport Agency’s freight initiatives are integrated and coordinated. In this role he was instrumental in bringing together a wide range of stakeholders to form the Upper North Freight Accord, a strategy for the safe and efficient movement of freight through New Zealand’s key transport corridors. He also led the regulatory change to allow the introduction of high productivity motor vehicles (HPMVs), a new generation of trucks which allow for safer and more efficient freight movements.

Harry was previously chief executive of Environment Waikato (now Waikato Regional Council), and held management roles with the former Child, Youth and Family Services, Department of Social Welfare, and IHC.
Ewart Barnsley – MC

Ewart Barnsley – MC

Public Relations Manager

Ewart Barnsley is employed by the NZ Transport Agency as Public Relations Manager for the Waterview Connection project in Auckland – the country’s most ambitious and challenging roading infrastructure project ever.

He previously worked for several years with the Transport Agency and Transit NZ as the Media Manager for the Auckland/Northland region during a time of great transformational change in New Zealand’s largest city.

Ewart is an award winning journalist. As a reporter he was Australia Correspondent and then Pacific Correspondent for TVNZ, and was also the Executive Producer for TVNZ’s consumer advocacy programme, Fair Go. He has worked for radio and newspapers throughout New Zealand and in the UK.

Away from work Ewart enjoys “blood” sports and plays bridge to tournament level.

Ewart is highly qualified to play the role of Master of Ceremonies for the SaferRoads Conference, drawing on his vast background in media, news, and the New Zealand Transport scene.