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ARA begins search for new CEO

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Executive recruitment firm Jo Fisher has begun its search for the next chief executive of the Australasian Railway Association, with the role advertised late last week.

Former chief executive Bryan Nye formally left his post at the end of April. As a result, the industry body is currently being run by interim chief operating officer Phil Allan, and interim chairman Bob Herbert.

But the association is well on its way to finding its next chief executive, with job ads popping up in a number of different mediums last week.

Recruitment agency Jo Fisher posted one such ad to popular job site SEEK on Thursday, May 21.

“The Australasian Railway Association (ARA), the peak membership based body representing the rail industry – passengers, freight and track operators, contractors and suppliers – is seeking to appoint a leader to take the organisation through an exciting phase of change for the long term delivery of value adding services to its national membership,” the agency wrote.

“The role reports to a Board, representative of the industry and committed to policies and their advocacy to enhance the prosperity and standing of all facets of rail in the Australian and New Zealand economies.”

According to Jo Fisher, ARA’s next boss “will be experienced in leading change, with an ability to focus on the strategic direction for rail”.

“The ideal candidate will demonstrate political acumen with excellent stakeholder management, advocacy and media skills,” the ad continues.

“The role also entails a commercial orientation, the management of budgets, and the leadership of its Canberra-based professionals.”

See the ad here.

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