Neil Findlay owned and operated Australian transport and logistics businesses for over 30 years until their sale in 2007.
These businesses won multiple, often repeat State & National awards in the government & private sectors in fields such as training, industry excellence & quarantine. Confidant of the Chairman – and other directors; provider of guidance in directorial duties & responsibilities
He has been a director of the Australian Trucking Association, NatRoad and Chair of TruckSafe.
Neil, an active speaker and writer has travelled extensively in third world countries undertaking relief & support work, and remains heavily involved in Not-For Profit fields spanning youth rehabilitation through to aged care.
He is currently:
- A Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport.
- Deputy Chair of the Performance Based Standards Review Panel.
- An active residential property investor.
- Director of Circadian Australia, Used Trailers and Yukana Retirement Village.
Andrew Rankine is employed by the Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd as the Logistics Manager. He has broad and varied experience in the transport and logistics industry, having held senior positions in the trucking, rail and port industries over the last 20 years, including roles in the McIver Corporation Pty Ltd, McIver Transport Pty Ltd, the Australian Trucking Association, and Queensland Rail.
He is Chairman of the Port of Brisbane Landside Logistics Forum, and until recently, Chairman of the Ports Australia Logistics Working group.
Andrew also has considerable experience in the development and operation of innovative high productivity vehicles.
Prior to 1992, Andrew served for 23 years in the Regular Army as an artillery officer.
Andrew is a graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon and the Army Command and Staff College, Queenscliff, Victoria. He has a Bachelor of Arts (Military) from the University of New South Wales, and a Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting from the University of Canberra.
Peter Garske was appointed by the Ministerial Council to the Board of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator in May 2012. He held the role of Deputy Chair from 2015 and until recently stepping down in 2019.
Peter was appointed a Director of the Queensland Transport & Logistics Council in 2010.
Peter was the Chief Executive Officer, Queensland Trucking Association Ltd from November 1995, retiring in mid-2016. He provided strategic and operational leadership in Political Lobby Government Regulation Service and Advocacy, Policy Development and Debate, Community Relations and Public Affairs, and Employment Law Service.
He was a member of Queensland’s Workplace Health & Safety Board for the period 2002 – 2016.
Peter was a member of the Department of Transport and Main Roads Ministerial Freight Industry Council for approximately 20 years and Chair of the Department of Transport and Main Roads Heavy Vehicle Safety Working Group.
Peter was a Trustee Director of TWU Nominees Pty Ltd, an Industry Superannuation Fund with approximately $5 billion under management, for the period 1996 – 2016. He was Chair of the Funds Investment Committee 2011 – 2016.
Peter was a Director 2001-2006 of the Colonial Agricultural Company Ltd Australia’s then 8th largest cattle holding.
Andrew is a Senior Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO, based in Brisbane with core skills in operations research and transport optimisation. Andrew worked closely with various Australian agriculture industries (including sugar, beef) for over 15 years, improving seasonal and operational planning across all segments between farming and marketing.
He recently led the development of TRAnsport Network Strategic Investment Tool (TRANSIT), which is a spatial model for simulating transport cost benefits from infrastructure investments (road upgrades, use of rail versus road, processing and storage facilities) and policy interventions in agriculture logistics. It holistically estimates the transport benefits across the freight network, by analysing every possible vehicle and rail trip, and optimising routes between all enterprises in the supply network.
His broader science interests include:
- Modelling and optimising complex industry and infrastructure systems, particularly with rail transport planning and logistics, agriculture supply chains, and intermodal transport.
- Extending the concepts in value chains and its associated analysis methodologies to address broader sustainability and resilience issues.
- Developing innovative decision support tools for land use planning
- Developing new solution techniques for very large scale and complex industry/logistics planning problems not previously solved.
As Director-General of Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR), Neil has an annual budget of almost $10 billion, including capital expenditure of $3.5 billion and managed assets worth in excess of $80 billion.
Neil joined the Queensland Public Service in March 2012 as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of TransLink where he was responsible for the public transport network across Queensland. He was appointed Director-General of TMR in March 2013.
In September 2014, Neil became Commissioner for the National Transport Commission (NTC) and joined the Roads Australia Board in November 2014. Neil is Chair of Austroads and Deputy Chair of the Australian Road Research Board. He is also a board member of the Tourism and Transport Forum, Roads Australia and the Australian Centre for Rail Innovation and Police-Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYC) Queensland.
In September 2014, Neil became Government Champion for the Woorabinda Indigenous community. From 2015–2017, Neil was the Queensland Public Sector’s CEO Champion against domestic and family violence. In 2017, Neil won the Australia’s CEO Challenge Race, a fundraising initiative that raises money and awareness for domestic and family violence prevention.
Prior to joining TransLink, Neil was one of the United Kingdom’s (UK) most senior public transport executives. He was Chief Executive and Director-General of Merseytravel, the transport authority for Merseyside in the north of England.
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