NATIONAL Road Transport Association president Allan Thornley has announced his resignation after almost a decade in the job.

Mr Thornley says it is time to concentrate on his own business.

“I have spent nine years on the Board. I have enjoyed the experience of serving the Australian road transport community as well as the friendship and hard work of all those who have served on the Board over that time,” Mr Thornley said.

“I would like to thank all members for the opportunity to serve them and wish NatRoad the very best for the future.”


NatRoad CEO Warren Clark thanked Mr Thornley for this dedication and personal investment in his position as president.

“Allan contributed immensely to the success of the Association and the broader Transport industry,” Mr Clark said. “His inclusive leadership style has seen NatRoad forge strong and lasting relationships with our stakeholders and enhance our public profile significantly.”

 Mr Thornley’s early career began in automotive component manufacturing. From there he moved into transport in 1984, taking on several positions before settling into Shaws Darwin Transport in 1997.

He became Director of NatRoad in 2010.

QMC Logistics managing director Scott Davidson is to be his successor.

In his five-year position as director, Mr Davidson is said to have played an instrumental role in development of NatRoad’s corporate partnerships.

“It is an honour to be appointed President of the National Road Transport Association,” Mr Davidson said. “NatRoad and the Board have a significant role to play in ensuring the best outcomes for our members and the wider Australian road transport industry.

“I welcome the opportunity to lead and guide the organization in its continued pursuit of that mission.”

Mr Davidson also thanked Mr Thornley for his contribution.