Our Directors

Helen Nugent

Dr Helen Nugent was appointed as Chairman of ARTC on 3 August 2015. Helen is an experienced Company Director with a strong background in financial services, energy and resources, and strategy. In financial services, Helen was a Non-Executive Director of Macquarie Group for 15 years; Chairman of Swiss Re (Australia); Chairman of Funds SA; Non-Executive Director of Mercantile Mutual and the State Bank of NSW; and Director of Strategy at Westpac Banking Corporation. In energy and resources, Helen is currently Chairman of Ausgrid; a former Non-Executive Director of Origin Energy; and as a former partner at McKinsey & Company, worked extensively in the sector. Helen is Chairman of the National Disability Insurance Agency and a Non-Executive Director of IAG; was Chairman of Veda Group, from listing until it was taken over by Equifax; and was also Chairman of Sydney Airport and Macquarie Airport. Helen has been actively involved in the arts and education. Helen is currently Chairman of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia; and was previously Chancellor of Bond University and President of Cranbrook School. In 2004, Helen was made an Officer of the Order of Australia.

John Fullerton

Mr John Fullerton is Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Australian Rail Track Corporation Ltd and was appointed to the position in February 2011. John has extensive experience in the rail industry, as Chief Executive Officer of Freight Link, Chairman of Rail CRC Lt and Director of Tasmanian Railway Pty Ltd. Further positions in the industry include Chief Operating Officer of the National Rail Corporation and Divisional General Manager (Operations) at Pacific National. John’s experience spans more than 30 years across strategic planning, business development, customer service and operations and engineering. John’s extensive background as a strong advocate for the rail industry is highly valuable to ARTC. Under John’s leadership, ARTC has been re-invigorated through the various streams of the Transformation Program, realising a company that is more competitive, more customer focused and more successful in getting freight on rail.

Gillian Brown

Ms Gillian Brown joined the Board as a Non-Executive Director in June 2010. Gillian is a highly regarded Consultant at Minter Ellison Lawyers, with 25 years of experience in finance, infrastructure, energy and resources, and debt capital markets transactions. She is a leading corporate and project finance lawyer, and has been recognised with numerous accolades including 2016 Brisbane Structured Finance “Lawyer of the Year”, and individual Best Lawyer rankings for structured finance and project finance. Gillian is a former Chairman of Minter Ellison Lawyers and a former board member of Queensland Treasury Corporation and DBCT Holdings Pty Ltd.

Jay Bonnington

Ms Bonnington joined the ARTC Board on 6 August 2014. Ms Bonnington started her career as a Chartered Accountant and held many senior roles across construction, engineering, manufacturing, utilities, health and financial services sectors. Ms Bonnington has had a 30 year executive career in international and local finance, with senior CFO/Finance Director roles in energy, financial services, construction and engineering sectors. Her executive career involved working at Transfield Ltd on major projects. Between 2002 –  2005, Ms Bonnington was the National Chief Executive Officer of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Australia. Ms Bonnington now serves as a full-time Non Executive Director of Perpetual Super Ltd, UTA Hastings Infrastructure Fund and SEFA Ltd, as well as various community NFP boards. Ms Bonnington has held a number of other board positions over her career. They included Non-Executive Director positions with the Port of Melbourne, VicPower Trading, SE Water, Gippsland Water Authority and University and Medical Research board roles. Ms Bonnington’s background in infrastructure and financial services is extensive. Her experience includes the governance oversight of a number major infrastructure projects along with the important element of community and stakeholder engagement. Ms Bonnington holds a B. Com., and a M.B.A (Monash), and has attended Harvard Business School Executive Management programs. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a FCPA. Ms Bonnington is a member of the Audit and Compliance, Environment Health and Safety, and Risk Committees.

Vince Graham

Mr Vince Graham was appointed to the Board as Director on 18 March 2016, and has had extensive experience in executive roles at both a federal and state level. Prior to his appointment, Vince was the Chief Executive Officer of Ausgrid, Endeavour Energy and Essential Energy in NSW. In his role as Managing Director of the National Rail Corporation over a decade, Vince was involved in the development of the national rail freight network. He was the Chief Executive Officer of RailCorp NSW, the Chief Operating Officer of State Rail Authority, and the Managing Director of NSW Grain Handling Authority. Vince has a Civil Engineering Degree from Sydney University.

Chris Barlow

Mr Chris Barlow was appointed to the ARTC Board as a Non-Executive Director on 2 May 2016, joining the Board with extensive experience in the airline and airport industries. Chris has held a variety of senior leadership roles in the transport and infrastructure industry, serving as Managing Director for a number of UK Airports. Chris was previously CEO & Managing Director of the Australian Pacific Airports Corporation, running Melbourne and Launceston airports. Additionally, Chris has held a number of Board positions including directorships at Asciano Limited, Airport Development Group, Visit Victoria and Melbourne Convention Bureau. Chris’ background in transport, rail logistics and regulated infrastructure is highly valuable to the ARTC Board.

David Saxelby

Mr David Saxelby was appointed to the Board as Non-Executive Director on 1 December 2016. David has had a highly successful 30 year career in construction, infrastructure contracting and major projects. He was previously the Managing Director of Thiess and most recently the Chief Executive Officer of Lendlease’s Construction and Infrastructure Business. David has been responsible for delivering many of Australia’s iconic major projects, including the ANZAC Bridge, Darling Harbour Convention Centre, Lane Cove Tunnel, Epping to Chatswood Underground Rail Link and NorthConnex. David has held a number of senior industry positions as President and Board member of Australian Constructors Association, Board member of Roads Australia, Board member of Infrastructure Partnership Association and Board member of the Mineral Council of Australia. David was listed in the Top 100 Engineers in Australia for four consecutive years and is a Non-Executive Director of the Office of Projects Victoria Advisory Board, Decmil Group, Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust Board of Trustees, Ocius Pty Ltd and the Australian Constructors Association (Alternate Director).

Jennifer Seabrook

Jennifer Seabrook was appointed to the ARTC Board as Non-Executive Director on 1 December 2016. Jennifer is a chartered accountant and has had a successful executive career in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, debt markets and valuations. She is a Special Advisor to Gresham Partners Limited and holds directorships at MMG Limited, Western Australian Treasury Corporation, IRESS Limited and Iluka Resources Limited. Jennifer’s experience in mergers, acquisitions and capital structuring advisory transactions include the sale of Wesfarmers’ interest in the Australian Railroad Group; the structuring of buyback rights for West Australian Newspapers; and being a member of the advisory team for the successful takeovers of Coles and Howard Smith. Previous Board commitments include Amcor Limited, West Australian Newspapers Holdings Limited, Bank of Western Australia, Western Power Corporation and Alinta Gas. Jennifer’s former advisory panel memberships include ASIC’s External Advisory Group, the Takeovers Panel, Corporations Law Simplification Task Force and WA Pearling Industry Advisory Panel.

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