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The Australian Railway Association (ARA) has elected a new Chairman at its 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM), held in Sydney.

Danny Broad was unanimously voted in by his fellow ARA board members, taking over the role from Bob Herbert.

Mr Herbert chaired the AGM attended by ARA members, noting the presence of more than a quorum of members in accordance with the ARA’s Constitution. 

ARA members in attendance and by proxy voted for the following outcomes:

  • Louise Collins, Pacific National, was re-elected as a General Freight Director until the 2022 ARA AGM
  • Howard Collins OBE, Sydney Trains, and Leah Waymark, Metro Trains Australia, were re-elected as General Passenger Directors until the 2022 ARA AGM
  • Michael Miller, Downer, was re-elected as General Manufacturer or Supplier of Rail Related Products and Services Director until the 2022 ARA AGM
  • Steve Butcher, John Holland Group, was re-elected as General Contractors Director until the 2022 ARA AGM
  • Murray Cook, Arc Infrastructure, was endorsed to fill a casual General Freight Director vacancy until the 2021 ARA AGM
  • David Franks, Keolis Downer, was endorsed to fill a casual General Passenger Director vacancy until the 2021 ARA AGM

Three of the four industry General Director positions were contested, highlighting a desire for senior rail industry executives to contribute to the future direction of the ARA and the rail industry more broadly.

The AGM officially concluded Bob Herbert’s tenure as ARA Chairman after four years at the helm. Bob will continue as the Chairman of the TrackSAFE Foundation and will therefore continue his contribution to the rail industry.

Newly elected ARA Chairman and Acting CEO (until Caroline Wilke commences as ARA CEO in mid-February), Danny Broad, said, “I thank Bob for his strategic leadership and achievements as Chairman of the ARA, specifically the development of a new constitution, leading to improved governance and democracy within the ARA, and his recognition and passion for the key role that workforce skills play in the industry. 

“Bob has helped guide the ARA into a strong position for its next chapter and the ARA Board and staff wish him well.”

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