Phillip Strachan to be new Queensland Rail Chairman

Inquiry Commissioner Phillip Strachan will be appointed Chairman of Queensland Rail, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said today.

The Premier said Mr Strachan, who was appointed to undertake the inquiry into QR train crewing practices in October, will now Chair the QR Board. The appointment will be effective from tomorrow.

“Phillip Strachan has undertaken a comprehensive review of Queensland Rail, interviewing senior staff of the organisation and gaining a thorough understanding of its culture and practices,” she said.

“He has made wide-ranging recommendations to ensure QR has sufficient drivers and a reliable pipeline of training to deliver the services that Queenslanders will need into the future.

“Phillip Strachan is uniquely placed to lead the organisation through what will be a significant transition to focus on its customers – the travelling public.”

The Premier said one of Mr Strachan’s first tasks will be to meet the shortlisted candidates for the position of QR Chief Executive Officer. He will meet those candidates later this week.

Acting Chair Nicole Hollows will return to her full-time position of Chief Executive Officer of government-owned SunWater.

“I would like to thank Nicole for her service as Acting Chair and her ongoing leadership of SunWater,” the Premier said.

Ms Hollows and Department of Transport and Main Roads Neil Scales were appointed Acting Chair and Acting CEO respectively following the resignation of QR Chairman Michael Klug and CEO Helen Gluer in October.

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