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Australia appoints new rail and aviation leaders

The federal government’s latest appointments have been made to help progress major national rail and aviation projects

The federal government has announced new appointments to the bodies responsible for nationally significant rail and aviation projects. 

Nick Miller has been appointed as Inland Rail’s new CEO while Wayne Johnson will become both CEO and managing director of the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC).  

Timothy Eddy, DonnaMaree Vinci and Ken Kanofski have also been appointed as non-executive directors of the Western Sydney International Airport (WSA) project. 

The appointments have been made to address recommendations from The Delivery of Inland Rail: an Independent Review report by Dr Kerry Schott. 

“The federal government is committed to building strong leadership across the infrastructure sector – I’m confident these leadership appointments will enhance capability and efficiency right across the board,” federal transport and infrastructure minister Catherine King says. 

King says Miller is a wellrecognised and respected leader within the Australian and New Zealand infrastructure and construction industry. Prior to this appointment, he was managing director and CEO of Adbri Limited and managing director of Fulton Hogan. 

Johnson brings significant experience to both roles with a mix of governance, business operations and management experience as interim CEO of ARTC and as a former group executive of ARTC’s Hunter Valley Network. 

“These appointments bring us a wealth of experience and leadership that will help guide the future development of ARTC’s rail network and the delivery of the Inland Rail project,” federal finance minister Katy Gallagher says. 

The federal government says the appointments of Eddy, Vinci and Kanofski to the WSA board will complement and enhance the broad range of the board’s expertise and skills required to deliver Australia’s newest airport, which it says is on track to start operations by late 2026. 

“I look forward to seeing the delivery of the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport continue with the appointment of new and experienced directors,” Gallagher says. 

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