The National Road Transport Association has appointed Melissa Barry to its board.
NatRoad announced the appointment at its national conference in the Gold Coast in Queensland today.
Born and raised in the Albury-Wodonga region, Barry is a director of Border Crane Consultants, a business in Baranduda, Victoria, which she established with her husband Jason in 2011.
She worked in various roles in local government, manufacturing and defence before obtaining her truck driving licence and joining the family business full-time.
NatRoad chair Paul Fellows said: “Melissa brings a wealth of industry knowledge and a passion for transport and logistics.
“Her appointment reflects NatRoad’s commitment to diverse, innovative, and experienced leadership.
“Her experience across multiple sectors will undoubtedly be an asset to our board and our membership.”
Speaking about her new role, Barry said joining the NatRoad board is both an honour and a privilege.
“Road transport is the backbone of our nation, and I’m enthusiastic about contributing to its growth and prosperity.
“I’ve witnessed the challenges and opportunities in transport and logistics first-hand, and I am confident that together, we can drive real change for the benefit of our members and the sector at large.”
A NatRoad member since 2020, Barry is also a patron member of Transport Women Australia and a passionate advocate for women in trucking.
In 2021, she received a Driving Change Diversity Program scholarship, recognising her commitment to championing diversity in the transport industry.
In addition to her heavy vehicle accreditation, Barry is licenced to operate forklifts, motorcycles and boats.