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Alroe to replace Birrell as Infrastructure Australia chair

Brisbane Airport boss Julieanne Alroe has been named the new chair of Infrastructure Australia, following the retirement of Mark Birrell.

Alroe, a member of the IA board since June 2015, will take over as the independent advisor’s chair in September.

Urban infrastructure minister Paul Fletcher announced the move on August 4, along with the appointments of former senior Telstra executive Deena Shiff, former senior Toll executive Andrew Ethell, former director-general of the Western Australian Department of Transport Reece Waldock, and former Evans & Peck executive Dr Peter Wood to the board.

“I am really pleased that the diverse experience of the new appointees – across telecommunications, trucking and logistics, state government transport delivery and consulting engineering – will complement the skills of the continuing board members,” Minister Fletcher said.

Peter Cornish, Colin Duffield, John Ellice-Flint, Daniel Norton, and Gabrielle Trainor have been reappointed to the board, and Dianne Leeson and Nicole Lockwood will also continue as board members.

Birrell, Gerard Blood, Michael Carapiet and Peter Watson are all leaving the board.

“I want to thank Mark [Birrell] for his dedication and incredible service to Infrastructure Australia over the last nine years,” Alroe said.

“Under Mark’s stewardship, Infrastructure Australia has become a trusted advisor to governments, industry and business leaders around the country, with a strong policy voice and widely recognised mandate to lead reform.”

Alroe is currently the chief executive officer and managing director of Brisbane Airport Corporation. She has also held board positions with Tourism and Events Queensland, and is the president of the Queensland Futures Institute.

Her previous board appointments also include chair of Airports Coordination Australia, and the Airports Council International Safety and Technical Standing Committee.

Alroe said she was honoured to be appointed as chair of IA.

“I look forward to continuing this important work, advocating for nationally-significant infrastructure investment and reform,” Alroe said.