Stephen Cantwell joined the TasRail Board in January 2017 and was appointed Chair in January 2020. With almost 40 years of experience in a broad range of strategic, functional, and customer-facing roles within multi-billion dollar national and international businesses, Stephen has extensive experience backed by strong commercial acumen. In addition to his TasRail role, he sits on the boards of Port of Brisbane P/L and Queensland Rail. He is also a member of the Townsville Industrial Development Board.
Throughout his executive career, Stephen worked in a range of C-suite and CEO roles with the pre-privatised Queensland Rail and the publicly listed Bradken Ltd. At Bradken, Stephen was responsible for differentiated consumable and capital products supplied to global markets in the resources, freight rail and power generation sectors. His role encompassed responsibility for manufacturing facilities worldwide, distributing through an extensive network of sales and service centres in Australasia, Southeast Asia, Africa, the Americas, China, India, and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
In a career spanning 33 years with Queensland Rail, Stephen worked through every organisational level to build strong national and international business credentials in the transport and logistics sector. He 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.