Monday 19th Nov, 2018

Two new faces at Newcastle

Tanya McDonald and Trent Gearside. Port of Newcastle
Tanya McDonald and Trent Gearside. Port of Newcastle

PORT of Newcastle has welcomed two new senior executives to its ranks in recent months.

Executive manager corporate affairs Tanya McDonald started in the role in September, and executive manager projects and infrastructure Trent Gearside joined in October.

Ms McDonald said she was looking forward to leading the port’s external communication and stakeholder engagement strategy.

“The port is strongly committed to diversification so this is an exciting time to have joined the team in Newcastle,” she said.

Mr Gearside has returned to Newcastle following his recent role at Port of Darwin as infrastructure development manager. His achievements there include commissioning the port’s master plan and delivering a new hardstand and reefer facility.

He said he had been involved in the ports and logistics sector for more than 15 years and was honoured to be leading Port of Newcastle’s extensive projects and infrastructure portfolio.

“We have a suite of major infrastructure projects in the pipeline that will be transformational for the Port and the region,” he said.

“I can’t wait to get in, start working and lead the team through the next phase of development.”


Port of Newcastle CEO Craig Carmody said it was an exciting time and the two roles would be key to realising the future potential of the port.

“Working at the Port of Newcastle presents an opportunity to not only live and work in one of Australia’s best cities, but also play a role in shaping the future growth and economic diversification of the Hunter region,” he said.

“I am pleased the port has secured Tanya and Trent. Both are seasoned professionals with a wealth of experience across the corporate affairs and ports and logistics sector. I look forward to welcoming them to the team.”

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