Loss of industry icon

The trucking and insurance industries are devastated today with the sad news that John Kelly (JK) passed away suddenly at home over the weekend.

For all concerned and particularly those who had the privilege of knowing him, JK was larger than life

and undoubtedly practiced his philosophy by seizing every opportunity that came his way.

With the benefit of experiencing road transport at grass roots, JK was an advocate for change. His career evolved from owner driver to operations and ultimately to risk and safety management involving BP Australia, Roadmaster and others.

He was involved in the early days of the development of an initiative which is now known across the industry as the TruckSafe accreditation program and remained an ambassador for the program since that time.

In 1997 he joined National Transport Insurance (NTI) as the NSW Transport Risk Manager. He saw NTI as a way to continue his passion in achieving safety outcomes for the road transport industry.

John celebrated 10 years with NTI on the day prior to his passing. There are many transport companies that benefited from JK’s influence and determination.

His vast knowledge of transport, logistics and safety accreditation made him a valuable resource to all those that he assisted.

Whilst he battled ill health in recent times, he never lost his incredible vigor for life and commitment to family and industry.

He is survived by his wife Jenny, daughter Amanda and son, Noel.

JK will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Funeral arrangements are yet to be announced but will be in Sydney later this week.

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