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Healthy Heads foundation appoints new CEO

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Healthy Heads in Trucks and Sheds (HHTS) has announced the appointment of Naomi Frauenfelder as the foundation’s inaugural Chief Executive Officer.

Frauenfelder takes the reins from interim CEO Lachlan Benson who has been in the chair since the industry’s mental health and wellbeing program launched last August with a $600,000 boost from the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative.

“The HHTS Board is delighted to welcome Naomi into this executive leadership role, and looks forward to working collaboratively with her as the foundation builds on its three key pillars; training, standards, and wellness,” said HHTS Chair Paul Graham

Frauenfelder brings a wealth of knowledge to HHTS, having previously held the position of Executive Director at the TrackSAFE Foundation.

TrackSAFE is 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.

“​Naomi has a passion to unite industries behind mental health, providing individuals and organisations with the resources they need to face challenges head-on,” said Graham.

“Her skills and experience make her a​ great fit to lead HHTS to becoming the recognised peak body for mental health and wellbeing across the industry.”

HHTS, in conjunction with AP Psychology & Consulting Services (APPCS), will launch a three year Industry Blueprint Strategy, National Framework, Guidelines and Charter for Psychological Safety for road transport and logistics, in early 2021.

Benson will work alongside Frauenfelder until April, 2021 to support the delivery of this industry-wide initiative.

“Along with the board I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Lachlan Benson for his dedication and spirited leadership as Interim CEO of HHTS,” added Graham.

“Lachlan has been on the journey to establishing the foundation for nearly two years and has been at the forefront of its key founding initiatives and achievements to date. We owe much to his efforts”.

Graham said Benson will now transition to the HHTS board as an independent director.

“We look forward to welcoming him onto the board and his continued involvement in helping to shape the future of the foundation.”

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