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Search begins for high speed rail CEO

High-speed Newcastle

The Federal Government has begun the search for a chief executive officer (CEO) to drive the nation’s new High Speed Rail Authority.

The body commenced operations last month, to progress the Government’s election commitment of establishing the Authority to plan and develop a high speed rail network along the east coast of Australia.

Now the organisation has begun recruitment for a permanent leader to steer it, whose board is chaired by Jill Rossouw, supported by Gillian Brown, Dyan Perry, Ian Hunt and Neil Scales.

The CEO will be sourced through a merit-based process with key criteria including high level leadership and a demonstrated track record in complex transport-related infrastructure. The appointment will be for a period of up to five years.

The officer will work closely with the Board to lead the Authority to advise Government on the planning, construction and operation of a transformational high speed rail network, with the first stop being planning and corridor works for the Sydney to Newcastle section of the network, backed by a $500 million Australian Government commitment.

For more information, visit www.hsra.gov.au/careers.

Transport minister Catherine King said advertising for a permanent CEO was an important new step in progressing high speed rail in Australia.

“With all the moving pieces starting to take shape, the High Speed Rail Authority continues to gain momentum, led by a team of rail and infrastructure experts,” she said.

“We are on the lookout for an accomplished and respected leader, with the experience and expertise in managing large and complex transport infrastructure operations to progress high speed rail.”