The TOP Advisory Board expresses its sincere thanks to the following organisations and individuals for without their support we would not be able to provide this valuable community service and make a difference on our roads.
Ambulance Service of NSW
Retired Station Officer Jeff Gamble (Paramedic)
(from 5th March 1992 - 24th October 2013)
Jeff started work with the PMG (Telstra) as a trainee technician in 1967. He was a fulltime professional ABC Driving School instructor during 1975 - 1976. Jeff became an Ambulance officer in November 1976 at Randwick and commenced Paramedic Training in June 1980 and is re-certified as a Paramedic every two years. He has worked at Ambulance Headquarters, Parramatta and Penrith and was promoted to Station Officer at Springwood in August 1988. Jeff has been a presenter at TOP since the inception of the Program in 5th March 1992. He also gives presentations and talks to medical staff, church groups, child care centres and other emergency organisations. Jeff is currently located at an Ambulance Paramedic Station in Western Sydney.
NSW Police Force
Sergeant Paul Apap
(from 15th September 2011)
Sergeant Paul Apap joined the NSW Police Force in 1989 and transferred into the Highway Patrol in June 1991. He has over 20 years experience in road rule enforcement and traffic management and administration and has performed duty not only in Highway Patrol sedans but also has 10 years experience riding Police motorcycles. In his 20 years in the Highway Patrol he has performed high visibility road enforcement duties not only in the Sydney Metropolitan Area but also in the Western, Northern and Southern Regions of New South Wales. He has also worked with State and Local Government stakeholders in promoting road user safety and is qualified to use all the speed detection devices and breath analysis equipment used by the New South Wales Police Force.
NSW Police Force
Senior Sergeant Jim Prendergast
(5th March 1992 to 14th September 2011)
Senior Sergeant Jim Prendergast works in the Greater Metropolitan Region and is the Traffic Co-ordinator for the Western Zone. Jim has 30 years Police experience with 28 years in the Police Traffic Branch including on road enforcement and traffic administration. He has also represented Police on Local, Regional and State Traffic Administration Committees including management of major traffic generating events. This includes close liaison with all Government, Local Government and Corporate bodies with a vested interest in road safety. Jim is qualified in the use of all NSW Police Service Speed detection and Breath Analysis equipment. In addition, Jim was part of the development of the original concept of our Traffic Offenders Program and has been a presenter on behalf of the NSW Police since the Program's inception on 5th March 1992.
(from 17th January 2008 to 28th April 2016)
David Tynan currently holds the position of Road Safety Officer with Blacktown City Council. Prior to joining Council he was a management Consultant in project management, performance improvement and problem solving for 15 years working with almost all of the major organisations and all levels of Government in Australia. During that time he also developed and delivered the fleet vehicle driver training program, "Think & Drive, Risk Management for the Road". This program has now been integrated into Blacktown City Council's young driver program and is presented as part of the Blacktown TOP. David was also an RTA accredited Motorcycle Riding Instructor for 6 years and an Advanced Motorcycle instructor with Stay Upright Pty Ltd. David is also a member of the Australasian College of Road Safety, the Institute of Public Works Engineers Australia and serves on the Executive of the Survive The Ride Association NSW.
Drug and Alcohol Awareness
(from 13th August 2009)
Bob Rogan is from The Salvation Army - Blacktown City Corps. Bob has worked with alcoholics and drug addicts in an unofficial capacity for over 23 years. Currently he is employed as a Case Manager at Blacktown working with people trying to re-establish themselves after periods of rehabilitation or incarceration or just trying to get back on their feet. He has a Certificate IV in Christian Counselling and is currently studying for an Advanced Diploma in Family Therapy. He has also developed a cannabis cessation Program called 'Beat the Bong' for people trying to overcome cannabis dependence. He also runs support groups for various other positive life skills. Bob can be contacted on email@example.com
(from 3rd October 2002 to 16th August 2012)
Martin Webb is currently the National Manager - Claims for Western QBE Insurance, a division of QBE Australia Limited specialising in personal insurances including motor vehicle. Martin has held this position for the last 6 years and is responsible for the planning, coordination and delivery of Western QBE's claims service Australia wide, and is also responsible for the financial results in this area of operations. Martin commenced his career with the NRMA in 1983 and has extensive experience in claims, sales and portfolio analysis for companies such as NRMA, AMP, Zurich and QBE.
(from 6th October 2005)
Shaun Titmarsh grew up in the western suburbs of Sydney and has been practicing law for a period in excess of 20 years. Based in Parramatta and working throughout the New South Wales Court system Shaun has been a volunteer presenter with the Traffic Offenders Program since October 2005. Shaun is deeply committed to the Program as TOP not only provides assistance to people before the Court and in most cases reduces the penalties imposed by the Court system (based on his experience) representing clients. TOP also assists participants in being better educated about the danger of drink driving and other inappropriate driving behaviour. The Program also assists in educating people as to the likely consequences of their actions when they attend Court.
Spinal Injury Prevention
(from 10th October 2002 to 13th February 2014)
Craig informs people about spinal cord injuries as he is a person confined to a wheelchair and will be for the rest of his life. This is as a result of a motorbike accident Craig had in 1993 which left him a L1 incomplete paraplegic. Following the accident and his recovery, Craig decided to become a public speaker. Craig also plays wheelchair basketball for the Sydney Wentworthville Leagues Club team, the Wheelkings, plays in the National League and is also a member of the Australian Wheelchair Basketball Squad. Craig's presentation deals with how his accident occurred, about being in hospital, experiencing rehabilitation and what it was like to end up in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Also covered is how spinal cord injuries can affect your body and the way you live. By dealing with these aspects people will learn more about spinal cord injuries and how to be more aware of things around them. The main emphasis in Craig's presentation is that people must realise they have only one body that they have to keep for the rest of their life and everyone must 'make sure their next set of wheels is not a wheelchair'.
(from 22nd September 2016)
Fiona Frost is currently the Road Safety Officer with Blacktown City Council. Prior joining Council she was in a similar position at Willoughby City Council for 6 years where she developed the "You're the Driver" and "Drive Safer – Drive Longer" road safety programs for drivers as well as instigating numerous road safety campaigns. Fiona has experience as a civil engineer in road design and construction, and in traffic engineering. She has also been a secondary school teacher and sales rep.