PORTS Australia has announced its policy and operators director Ash Sinha is moving on.

Mr Sinha is being replaced by Margie Barbouttis.

In a statement, Ports Australia said Ash Sinha had been part of the Ports Australia team since early 2016, time which had earnt him “endless respect across the industry”.

“Ash has been an invaluable member of the Ports Australia team,” said Ports Australia CEO Mike Gallacher.


“Driving policy debate around issues such as coastal shipping, sustainability and helping to lift the profile of port and maritime related issues both within government and the wider community.”

Mr Gallacher said Ash Sinha was widely acknowledged across the supply chain sector for his knowledge and was often sought for his sound practical advice in addressing challenges confronting the sector.

“I wish Ash all the very best as he takes on a new role within the ports sector in Queensland and will enjoy continuing to work with him in his new capacity,” he said. 

New policy and operations director Margie Barbouttis is said to be already skilled in policy work and logistics.

“With extensive experience in policy and project development and coordinating specialised working groups in areas outside the port industry, Margie has already shown an appetite to broaden her understanding of the role ports play in enabling this nation’s trade in the short time she has been with us,” Ports Australia said in a statement.