Transport and Manufacturing ISC

Steve Shearer

Steve Shearer

Executive Officer, SA Road Transport Association

Steve Shearer has been the Executive Officer of the SA Road Transport Association since 1994.

He is also a member of the Australian Trucking Association Council and several industry committees and liaison groups with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and the National Transport Commission. In this capacity, Steve has played a central role in the development and implementation of a series of reforms within the trucking industry, including the Chain of responsibility reforms and fatigue management programs and the development of the HV National Law which is now undergoing a national review. 

Steve has a background of over 15 years of management in the federal Government in several departments, including law-enforcement policy areas and coordinating Australia’s counter-terrorism arrangements in the late 1980’s, and as a State Manager of Veterans’ Affairs in SA and Queensland.

Steve adopts a pragmatic outcome-focused approach and has little time for the purely process-driven mentality as he seeks to facilitate the continual improvements in safety and compliance within the trucking industry. All this has had a dramatic impact on the roles of employees within the industry and the skills they require.

Andrew Downs

Andrew Downs

Deputy Chair
Executive Director, SAGE Group Holdings

Andrew began his working life in 1980 as an apprentice electrician for Bridgestone Australia, in the automotive manufacturing industry. In 1994, he started his own company, SAGE Automation from the family backyard shed.

Today, SAGE Automation is Australia’s largest independent System Integration service provider with 10 offices nationally and three in India, employing more than 350 staff and with revenues of $100million per annum.

Andrew is passionate about leadership and strategy and has recently completed the Owner President Management course at Harvard Business School.

Andrew loves his role as ambassador for SAGE. He serves on a number of privately-owned technology company boards. He is a member of the Australian Industry Group Defence Council as well as a Director of Ai Group Training. Andrew was named Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Central Region – Technology) in 2004.


  • Stephen Myatt - Australian Industry Group
  • Ian Curry - Australian Manufacturing Worker's Union
  • Adam Wilkinson – Fleurieu Milk Company
  • Paul McPhee - Collins Adelaide
  • John Antoney - Australian Maritime and Fisheries Academy