Queensland Rail (QR) has appointed a new Chairman, following the resignation of Michael Klug in October 2016.

Phillip Strachan, who was appointed to undertake the inquiry into QR train crewing practices in October 2016, is now Chair of the board, effective from 7 February 2017.

Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, said, “Phillip Strachan has undertaken a comprehensive review of QR, interviewing senior staff of the organisation and gaining a thorough understanding of its culture and practices.

“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.”

Ms Palaszczuk said one of Mr Strachan’s first tasks will be to meet the shortlisted candidates for the position of QR Chief Executive Officer.

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,” Ms Palaszczuk 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 Mr Klug and CEO Helen Gluer in October 2016.

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