On 22 November, as part of a governance transition initiated in 2015, ARA elected its first board under its new constitution.
Bob Herbert AM was re-elected as the body’s independent chairman, joined on the board by ARA CEO Danny Broad.
Eight general directors were elected:
- Alan Beacham, executive general manager – rail and defence, UGL;
- Howard Collins OBE, chief executive, Sydney Trains;
- John Fullerton, CEO and managing director, Australian Rail Track Corporation;
- David Irwin, CEO, Pacific National;
- Andrew Lezala, managing director, Metro Trains Melbourne;
- Karl Mociak, executive general manager – strategy and international business, John Holland Group;
- Greg Pauline, managing director, Genesee & Wyoming Australia; and
- Kevin Wright, chief operating officer, Queensland Rail.
A further four directors were chosen to represent specific industry sectors:
- Emma Thomas, director-general, Transport Canberra and City Services;
- Damien White, CEO, TasRail;
- Michael Miller, CEO, Downer Rail; and
- Julian Sharp, project director, CPB Contractors (AGM-LXRP Caulfield-to-Dandenong).
Mr Herbert congratulated the 12 directors, saying: “I am delighted that ARA members have elected such a strong group to lead ARA over the next three years.”
He said the election of the new board “marked the completion of a significant transition” ARA had made over the preceding 12 months, during which it had become incorporated as a ‘Company Limited by Guarantee’.
“The incoming board will meet early in 2017 to finalise its work program in accord with the ARA forward strategy endorsed by the AGM,” Mr Herbert said.