Sunday 18th Nov, 2018

Changing of the guard at Infrastructure Australia

Photo: Infrastructure Australia
Photo: Infrastructure Australia

INFRASTRUCTURE Australia has a new chair after the Commonwealth government appointed Julieanne Alroe to replace Mark Birrell who is retiring.

Chief executive Philip Davies welcomed the appointment, with Ms Alroe bringing extensive experience from the aviation sector to the role.

Her experience includes more than 30 years in commercial airport management, operations and infrastructure management.

Ms Alroe was a member of the Infrastructure Australia board before her appointment and is currently CEO and managing director at Brisbane Airport Corporation.

“I want to thank Mark for his dedication and incredible service to Infrastructure Australia over the last nine years,” Ms Alroe said.

“Under Mark’s stewardship, Infrastructure Australia has become a trusted advisor to governments, industry and business leaders around the country, with a strong policy voice and widely recognised mandate to lead reform.”

Mr Birrell joined the Infrastructure Australia Council at its inception in 2008 and was appointed chairman in May 2014.

Other new appointments include former senior Telstra executive Deena Shiff, former senior Toll executive Andrew Ethell, former Director-General of the Western Australian Department of Transport Reece Waldock and former Evans & Peck executive Dr Peter Wood.

Peter Corish AM, Dr Colin Duffield, John Ellice-Flint, Dr Daniel Norton AO and Gabrielle Trainor AO have been reappointed while Dianne Leeson and Nicole Lockwood continue as board members.

Minister for Urban Infrastructure, Paul Fletcher, said the appointments recognised “the diverse experience of the new appointees—across telecommunications, trucking and logistics, state government transport delivery and consulting engineering”.

The Australian Logistics Council has welcomed the announcement of the new board, including that of ALC former deputy chairman and Honorary Fellow, Andrew Ethell.

“This appointment recognises Andrew’s considerable expertise across the policy issues of vital importance to Australia’s freight logistics industry,” said ALC managing director, Michael Kilgariff.

Mr Kilgariff said as the nation’s infrastructure umpire, IA played a critical role in advancing infrastructure projects.

“These include transformational projects such as Inland Rail, the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal in NSW, the Western Sydney Airport and, of course, recommending the development of a comprehensive National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy, which is being undertaken by the federal government,” he said.

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