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TasRail has a skills-based Board of Non-Executive Directors led by Chair Stephen Cantwell.

Stephen Cantwell

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Independent Non-Executive Director
Chair, Governance and Nomination Committee
Member, Audit and Risk Committee

Stephen Cantwell was appointed to the TasRail Board in November 2016. With almost 40 years’ experience in a broad range of strategic, functional and customer-facing roles within multi-billion dollar national and international business environments, Stephen has extensive functional and operational experience backed by strong commercial acumen. Stephen’s most recent executive role was as Executive General Manager Mineral Processing at Bradken, a global mineral processing, transport and industrial businesses. He was responsible for manufacturing operations in Australasia, China, India and North America, as well as for sales and distribution in Australasia, Asia, Africa, North America and South America. He retired from Bradken in September 2016. A former Chief Executive Officer of Queensland Rail, Stephen has strong international and business credentials. He now continues to work with a range of global corporations and governments to advise in the areas of transport, logistics and infrastructure. Stephen holds a Business Degree from the University of Southern Queensland, majoring in Operations Research and Information Systems, a Graduate Diploma in Transport Management and a Master of Business Degree from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He is also a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Transport and Logistics, a Fellow of the Centre for Integrated Engineering Management, and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ian Dobbs

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Independent Non-Executive Director
Chair, Safety, Health and Environment Committee
Member, People and Remuneration Committee
Member, Governance and Nomination Committee

Ian Dobbs was appointed to the TasRail Board in July 2017. Born in Nottingham in the UK and educated at university in Scotland, Ian spent his formative years in the UK rail industry in a variety of operational management roles. In 1993 he moved to Victoria to lead the State’s transport reform program before establishing his own consulting business. Returning to the UK as CEO of Stagecoach Group’s Rail Division, he then managed a number of the UK’s private rail franchises, acted as a Director of the Association of Train Operating Companies and latterly was appointed Deputy Chair of the UK Government’s Rail Value for Money Study in 2010. In 2011 he returned to Australia as inaugural Chairman and CEO of Public Transport Victoria, a position he retired from in 2015. Ian is currently VP of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) and Chairman of UITP’s Australian/New Zealand Board. He is a Council Member of the Australian British Chamber of Commerce, a Member of the Global Advisory Board of Cubic Transportation Systems and a Non-Executive Director of Network Rail Consulting Ltd (UK).

Janine Healey

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Independent Non-Executive Director
Chair, Audit and Risk Committee
Member, People and Remuneration Committee
Member, Governance and Nomination Committee
Member, Safety, Health and Environment Committee

Janine Healey was appointed to the TasRail Board in July 2017. Janine is a Chartered Accountant with more than 30 years’ experience and is a Fellow of the AICD, Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Chartered Tax Adviser.  She has previously been either a Director or Senior Manager with both KPMG and Deloitte.  She is a former director of Hydro Tasmania (13 years), Port of Launceston Pty Ltd, Tasmanian Electronic Commerce Centre Limited, Inveresk Railyard Management Authority and is a former member of the University Council.  She has been the chair of Audit Committees for all these entities as well as a member of HR and Remuneration Committees, Risk Management Committees and Governance Committees. Janine is former President of the Launceston Chamber of Commerce and is currently Treasurer.  She is also Treasurer of the award-winning Harvest Launceston and sits on a number of advisory Boards. She is a member of the State Divisional Council of the AICD and sits on the National Reporting Committee.

Philip Mussared

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Independent Non-Executive Director
Chair, People and Remuneration Committee
Member, Audit and Risk Management Committee
Member, Governance and Nomination Committee

Philip Mussared was appointed to the TasRail Board in December 2017. Philip has held senior positions in the Commonwealth, NSW and Tasmanian public sectors, most recently as Chief Executive Officer of the Retirement Benefits Fund. Philip is also Chair of the Tasmanian Traineeships and Apprenticeships Committee, Vice President of the Australian Risk Policy Institute, a Director of Hobart International Airport Pty Ltd and the National Trust (Tasmania), a member of the Tasmanian Heritage Council and an Associate Director of TFG International Pty Ltd. Philip has a BEc (Hons) and a BA and has been recognised as a Fellow by the Australian Institute of Company Directors, CPA Australia, the Institute of Public Administration Australia and the Australian Risk Policy Institute.

Alison Chan

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Independent Non-Executive Director
Member, Safety, Health and Environment Committee
Member, People and Remuneration Committee
Member, Governance and Nomination Committee

Alison Chan was appointed to the TasRail Board in February 2020. She is an award-winning governance and finance professional with 20 years’ experience leading innovative, strategic projects and a passion for sustainability and ethical practice. Alison started her executive career as a banking and finance lawyer with King Wood Mallesons in Sydney and spent 12 years with Clifford Chance in London advising on a wide range of corporate governance and commercial matters on international transactions.  She acted for the lenders in relation to the financing of Ethiopia’s Awash-Weldia Railway, a US$865m project to connect the northern and eastern economic and traffic corridors of Ethiopia, demonstrating her first-hand understanding of how railway projects benefit the broader economy and the range of environmental and social considerations relevant to such projects. Alison’s non-executive and pro-bono works have spanned a range of environmental and social welfare projects, including as a trustee of Alexandra Rose Charity and the Dunhill Medical Trust. After leaving the law and the UK, Alison brought her focus on sustainability to banking in Australia, where her expertise lies in working with industry and governments looking to invest in sustainability. Alison also represents the interests of Australian market participants on the International Capital Markets Association’s Green Bond Principles and Social Bond Principles Advisory Council and its Climate Transition Finance Working Group.

Acknowledgements:

Samantha Hogg

Samantha was elected to the TasRail Board in August 2015 and resigned in December 2019. In June 2017 Samantha became TasRail's second Chairman and led the business through the successful delivery of Tranche One of the Tasmanian Freight Rail Revitalisation Program. She helped drive a stronger focus on TasRail's Above Rail business performance and was passionate about the Company's performance towards being a more diverse workplace.

Bob Annells

Bob was elected to the inaugural TasRail Board on 23 November 2009 and retired from the Board on 6 December 2017. He held a number of pivotal positions since the Company's inception, including Executive Chairman, Non-Executive Chairman, Chair of the Governance and Remuneration Committee, and Member of the Capital Projects Committee. Highlights of Bob's tenure include Above Rail freight growth, dramatically improved safety record, standardisation of rollingstock, introduction of the state-of-the-art Advanced Network Control System and the track infrastructure investment program.

Sarah Merridew

Sarah was elected to the TasRail Board on 17 December 2009 and retired from the Board on 28 November 2017. Sarah held a number of positions on the Board, including Chair of the Finance, Audit and Compliance Committee, Member of the Strategy and Risk Management Committee; Member of the Safety and Environment Committee, and Member of the Governance and Remuneration Committee.

David George

David served as a TasRail Independent Non-Executive Board Member from May 2011 to June 2017. During his time on the Board, he was Chair of the Safety and Environment Committee; Member of the Capital Projects Committee; and a Member of the Governance and Remuneration Committee. David brought a level of technical rail operational expertise and management experience that provided valuable insight for the Board. 

Robert Neil
Robert served as a foundation Executive Director of TasRail from 4 November 2009 to 30 November 2016. During his time on the Board, Robert was Chairman of the Strategy and Risk Management Committee; Member of the Finance, Audit and Compliance Committee; Member of the Safety and Environment Committee (until 1 October 2015); and Member of the Governance and Remuneration Committee.

Roger Gill

Roger served as Executive Director and Acting Chief Executive of TasRail from 23 November 2009 to 28 April 2010, from which time he served as a Non-Executive Director until 2 September 2015. As the inaugural TasRail Chief Executive, Roger is credited with creating momentum in the newly created TasRail and for the development of the Rail Recovery Plan. This was a substantial and complex undertaking that identified TasRail's short and medium term operational and capital priorities and the Company's funding requirements for its first four years. The success of the Rail Recovery Plan has provided the very strong foundation from which TasRail has continued to develop.