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Board of Directors

TasRail has a skills based board of non-executive directors lead by Chairman Robert Annells. With the exception of David George who was appointed in 2011, the board have been guiding TasRail since 2009 from rail recovery to rail revitalisation.

Robert Annells

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Independent Non-Executive Chairman
Chairman Governance and Remuneration Committee
Member, Capital Projects Committee

Bob Annells is the Chairman of VicTrack, the Melbourne Convention Centre & Exhibition Trust and Forestry Tasmania. He was previously Executive Chairman of Connex Melbourne from 2003-2009. During this time he also was chair of Veolia Australia and of two subsidiary companies, Connex  Auckland and Mainco Melbourne. Veolia is largest privately owned transport operator in Australia and Manico Melbourne was the maintainer of all rolling stock and infrastructure involved in the Melbourne train system. Bob is also a past chairman of the Tourism Tasmania Board and has also served as a Director of the Tasmanian Development Board. He was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2001.

Roger Gill

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Non-Executive Director
Chairman Capital Projects Committee
Member, Strategy and risk Management Committee
Member, Governance and Remuneration Committee

Roger established his own successful international renewable energy consulting business, Hydro Focus Pty Ltd in 2007. Prior to this he worked at Hydro Tasmania for 30 years. During that time he held myriad senior positions including Executive General Manager from 2004-2007. He is also Non-Executive Director of Tasmania irrigation Pty Ltd, Hydro Focus Pty Ltd and Pacific Hydro Pty Ltd. He is also a Vice President of the International Hydropower Association.

Robert Neil

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Independent Non-Executive Director
Chairman Strategy and Risk Management Committee
Member, Safety and Performance Committee
ember, Finance Audit and Compliance Committee
Member, Governance and Remuneration Committee

Bob’s principal career was in the oil and gas industry. He’s held numerous Senior Executive roles in engineering, gas marketing and strategic planning with Esso Australia. He was also Director-General of the NSW Department of Energy from 1996-2001 prior to accepting a four-year appointment with the Tasmanian Government to manage the state’s entry into the national electricity market. Bob has also previously served Northern Territory’s Power and Water Corporation from 2005-2009. Bob is a fellow of both the Institute of Engineers Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and is a current Director of Neil Consulting Pty Ltd.

Sarah Merridew

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Independent Non-Executive Director
Chairperson Finance Audit & Compliance Committee
Member, Safety & Performance Committee
Member, Governance & Remuneration Committee

Sarah is a Chartered Accountant and former Partner at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. She has extensive experience in providing audit and risk management advisory services to both the private and public sectors. Sarah is also a Director of MyState Ltd and its subsidiaries, along with the Tasmanian Water & Sewerage Corporation.  She is also the Honorary Treasurer of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (Tasmania) in addition to being actively involved with many other community organisations.  Sarah is also a past Director of the Tasmanian Public Finance Corporation and Tasmanian Perpetual Trustees.

David George

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Independent Non-Executive Director
Chairman Safety and Performance Committee
Member Capital Projects Committee
Member, Governance and Remuneration Committee

David has more than 30 years experience in the rail industry. He’s a former Chief Executive of ONTRACK (New Zealand rail network) from 2004-2007. He’s also managed Queensland Rail’s coal and freight businesses between 1998-2004. Prior to that he was the director of European Business for British Rail in the run up to opening of the Channel Tunnel. David is currently a Director of Queensland Rail Ltd and a Member of the Queensland Rail Board.  He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Australia.