Dr Helen Nugent AO was appointed as Chairman of ARTC on 3 August 2015. Helen has significant experience in infrastructure, energy and resources, and financial services. As Non-Executive Director of Origin Energy (2001-2016) and Macquarie Group (1999-2014), she has overseen the development of major infrastructure projects in areas such as LNG, energy and roads. She has also been Chairman of Sydney Airport and Macquarie Airports. Currently, she is Chairman of Ausgrid. In the financial services sector, she was Director of Strategy at Westpac Banking Corporation (1994-1999); Chairman of Funds SA (2000-2015); Chairman of Swiss Re (Australia); Chairman of Veda Group; and a Non-Executive Director of Mercantile Mutual and State Bank of New South Wales. She is currently a Non-Executive Director of IAG. She has given back extensively to the community. In education, she has been Chancellor of Bond University and President of Cranbrook School. In the arts, she has undertaken several federal Government reviews and is Chairman of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia. She is also Chairman of the National Disability Agency.
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.
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 Non-Executive Director of QIC Limited; a former Chairman of Minter Ellison Lawyers; and a former board member of Queensland Treasury Corporation and DBCT Holdings Pty Ltd.
Ms Bonnington joined the ARTC Board on 6 August 2014. Ms Bonnington started her career as a Chartered Accountant and over a 30 year executive career in international and local finance, has held many senior roles including CFO and Finance Director across construction, engineering, manufacturing, energy, utilities, health and financial services 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, and is currently the Chair of several Audit and Risk Committees. 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.
Mr Vince Graham was appointed to the ARTC Board as Non-Executive Director on 18 March 2016, and has had extensive experience in executive roles at both a federal and state level. Prior to his appointment at ARTC, Mr Graham was the Chief Executive Officer of Ausgrid, Endeavour Energy and Essential Energy in NSW managing a $15 billion five year capital program. In his role as Managing Director of the National Rail Corporation for a decade, Mr Graham was instrumental in leading the establishment of a viable interstate rail freight operation and reforming work practices and operating methods in the rail industry. Mr Graham 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. As CEO of RailCorp Mr Graham was responsible to the Board and NSW Government for the development, tendering and delivery of the $30 billion PPP Waratah train project.
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 infrastructure. Chris has held a variety of senior leadership roles in the transport and infrastructure industries, 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 had the experience of 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.
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 the Domain Trust Board of Trustees.
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, equity and debt capital markets, and financial advisory. 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; being a member of the advisory team for Wesfarmers’ successful takeovers of Coles and Howard Smith; advising on the privatisation of the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline; and the IPO’s for WA Newspapers, SGIO and Bankwest. Previous Non-Executive Director roles include Amcor Limited, West Australian Newspapers Holdings Limited, Bank of Western Australia, Western Power Corporation and AlintaGas. 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.