RWTA Welcome New Executive Officer and Administration Officer

The Board of the Refrigerated Warehouse & Transport Association of Australia Ltd (RWTA) welcome Russell Sturzaker to the position of Executive Officer. Russell commenced with the Association on 22 September, and officially took over his new role on Friday 3rd October.

After an exhaustive recruitment process, the RWTA Board appointed Russell Sturzaker as the new Executive Officer. Russell has extensive experience in the Not for Profit Sector, currently serving as Chairman of the Australasian Society of Association Executives (Melbourne Chapter). His previous role was as CEO of Four Wheel Drive Victoria, a position he held for five years. At Four Wheel Drive Victoria, Russell was responsible for the overall development and management of the Association. His key task was to provide services to members and key stakeholders in accordance with the strategic intent, statutory requirements and membership agreements. He initiated, developed and implemented sound business practices, financial planning and reporting. Russell helped to build the membership base through strong communication, marketing, and consultation skills. He brings strong database management skills, web development experience and a track record of service delivery.

Russell replaces David Costelloe, who retired from the RWTA on Thursday 2nd October, after more than nine years serving the Association. For the past seven years David has been ably supported by his wife Dianne as the RWTA’s Administration Officer. Dianne also retired from the RWTA on Thursday 2nd October. The RWTA Board wish to thank Dianne & David for their great efforts over the last nine years, the Association has come a long way over this period, and our growth and success have been to a very large part due to the great work of David & Dianne. David has been the face of the RWTA, and has worked tirelessly to benefit the Association, and both David & Dianne leave a great legacy.

Also new at the RWTA and supporting Russell in his new role is Anne Thornton who commenced on Monday 29th September (working three days per week) as our new Administration Officer. Anne also has extensive experience in Association Management and the Not for Profit Sector, having served as the the Executive Officer for a national specialty nursing group for 9 years. One of Anne’s tasks during this period was to assist the board with moving the College from a federated body to a

company limited by guarantee, and with the rewriting of their constitution. Anne has excellent organisational and administrative skills having run the college’s office on her own for 5 years, and then with minimal assistance for the following 4 years. Anne also assisted in the organization and running of conferences and seminars across Australia.

We welcome Anne to her new position and wish her well in her new role.

New Contact Details at the RWTA

Listed below are the new contact details for the Executive Officer and Administration Officer, and we would ask that you update your contact details for the RWTA as follows:

Executive Officer

Russell Sturzaker

Refrigerated Warehouse & Transport Association of Australia Ltd

VTA Offices, 50 Wirraway Drive Port Melbourne VIC 3207

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PO Box 5 South Melbourne VIC 3205

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Phone: (03) 8620 2802

Mobile: 0418 173 566

Email: rsturzaker@rwta.com.au

 

Administration Officer

Anne Thornton

Refrigerated Warehouse & TransportAssociation of Australia Ltd

VTA Offices, 50 Wirraway Drive Port Melbourne VIC 3207

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PO Box 5 South Melbourne VIC 3205

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Phone: (03) 8620 2817

Mobile: 0438 858 101

Email: admin@rwta.com.au

Comment

Russell Sturzaker

As the former Chief Executive Officer of Four Wheel Drive Victoria, Russell has extensive experience in the Not for Profit Sector, and this was recently validated by his peers with his election to the position of Chairman of the Australasian Society of Association Executives (Melbourne Region).