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The Commissioners

Mr Martin DolanChief Commissioner Martin Dolan

Martin Dolan was appointed as the first Chief Commissioner of the ATSB on 1 July 2009 for a term of five years.

Mr Dolan has worked as a Commonwealth public servant for 30 years. Prior to the ATSB, he was Chief Executive Officer of Comcare, with responsibility for the occupational health and safety and workers' compensation of Commonwealth employees.

From 2001-2005 he was Executive Director, Aviation and Airports at the Department of Transport and Regional Services, with responsibility for airport sales and regulation, aviation security, aviation safety policy and international aviation negotiations.

Previously, Mr Dolan had undertaken various corporate management roles in the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, including Chief Finance Officer and Head of Corporate Management. He started his public service career in 1980 with AusAid, managing aid projects in developing countries.



Ms Carolyn WalshCommissioner Carolyn Walsh

Carolyn Walsh has over 25 years experience in policy development, regulation and safety management at both the Commonwealth and state levels. She has 10 years experience in the transport sector, initially as Executive Director, Strategy in the NSW Office of the Coordinator-General of Rail, and then as the Chief Executive of the NSW Independent Transport Safety and Reliability Regulator (ITSRR).

In addition to her role as Commissioner of the ATSB, Ms Walsh is currently a member of the NSW WorkCover Authority Board and of the NSW Minister's Freight Advisory Council. She is also a member of the Audit and Risk Committees for the NSW Police Integrity Commission, the Aboriginal Lands Council and the Public Transport Ticketing Corporation.

Ms Walsh has specialist expertise in safety (both transport and occupational health & safety), risk management and the regulatory framework governing transport operations in Australia. She was the Chair of the national Steering Committee that advised the National Transport Commission on the development of the national Model Bill for Rail Safety, which has now been adopted in most states and territories. ITSRR's functions included not only safety management, but oversight of the reliability and sustainability of publicly funded rail, bus and ferry operations in NSW. She therefore has significant expertise in transport policy, asset management and performance measurement.

Ms Walsh has a Bachelor of Economics degree and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Company Directors Course.



Mr Noel HartCommissioner Noel Hart

Noel Hart has over 30 years experience in the shipping industry, including thirteen years at sea in senior deck officer positions. His qualifications include a Master Mariner Class One degree
and business administration and MBA certificates.

Mr Hart left his seagoing career to join BP Australia in 1985 and has held management positions with BP Shipping in Melbourne, London and Chicago in roles including Australasian Regional Shipping Manager, Liquefied Natural Gas and Shuttle Tanker Fleet Manager, Marine and Technical Assurance Manager (UK), and Regional and Commercial Manager (USA).

From 2006 to 2009, he was appointed to the position of General Manager of North West Shelf Shipping Service Company, based in Perth. In this position, Mr Hart was responsible for the safe shipping of Liquefied Natural Gas from north‑western Australia to Asian and other global customers.

Whilst based in London, Mr Hart was Chairman of the General Purposes Committees of both the Oil Companies International Marine Forum and the Society of International Gas Tankers and Terminal Operators. He also served as director of the Middle East Navigational Aids Service, and was an alternate director of both the Alaskan Tanker Company and the Marine Preservation Society in the USA, as well as the Marine Oil Response Centre in Australia.

In November 2008, Mr Hart was elected as Chairman of the Australian Shipowners Association, and in July 2009 he was appointed as a Commissioner of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.

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Last update 01 April 2011