Ports Australia’s Board of Directors have appointed a new chair, filling the vacancy left by previous chair Paul Weedon.

The Board has elected Mr Gilfillan to the position.

Mr Gilfillan is the Chief Executive of the Port Authority of NSW and a previous President and Chair of the International Association of Ports and Harbours.

Mr Gilfillan said he was looking forward to leading the organisation during an exciting time for the industry.

“We have seen a lot of changes over the last couple of years and there are plenty more on the horizon for the Australian Port sector and for the nation’s freight and supply chain as a whole.

“A strong voice like Ports Australia is crucial during these times to achieve the best results for the country’s ports to optimise trade and efficiencies to and from the port gate.

“I look forward to working with the management team at Ports Australia to realise the current projects the organisation is working on and plan for the future of the sector.”

Ports Australia’s Chief Executive, Mike Gallacher, also said he was looking forward to working closer with Grant as the organisation achieved key milestones.

“As Deputy Chair and with his experience throughout the sector Grant has been a valuable resource for the organisation, I am looking forward to him exercising that experience further in his role as chair.

“This organisation has plenty to offer both our membership and wider Australia and we are working hard to realise this potential.”

Grant has previously worked in Africa, the Middle East and Europe as a Senior Vice President, Managing Director and General Manager for DP World. Prior to this he served as Director of Operations for P&O Ports, Australia and New Zealand and as Managing Director of CSX World Terminals in Australia.

Grant was appointed to the Chair of the Australian Cruise Association in September 2017 and is currently serving as a Director on the Board of Lyttelton Port Company in Christchurch, New Zealand.

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