Ex-Asciano boss new chair of Logistics Council

Former Asciano Group COO Don Telford has been elected the new chairman of Australian Logistics Council

June 1, 2010

Former Asciano Group Chief Operating Officer Don Telford has been elected the new chairman of the Australian Logistics Council (ALC).

Telford, who replaces long-serving chair Ivan Backman, is joined on the board of the peak national body for Australia’s freight T&L industry by a number of new directors.

The ALC board now comprises:

  • Ian Murray, Deputy Chairman and Executive Director, Australian Institute of Export
  • Helen Newell, Director Corporate Development and Government Relations, Asciano
  • Ingilby Dickson, General Manager Supply Chain and Logistics, BlueScope Steel
  • Tania Whyte, President Commercial, Linfox Australia
  • Dom Figliomeni, CEO, Port Kembla Port Corporation
  • Stephen Cleary, Group General Manager – Freight, Qantas Airways
  • Michael Carter, Executive General Manager, QR Network, QR
  • Andrew Ethell, General Manager Group Corporate Affairs, Toll Group
  • Daryll Hull, Managing Director, Transport and Logistics Centre
  • Tony Sheldon, Federal Secretary, Transport Workers Union
  • John Begley, Chairman, Victorian Freight and Logistics Council
  • Michael Haines, CEO, Westgate Ports
  • Paul Larsen, CEO, WestNet Rail.

Backman, who presided over the AGM in his final official function as chairman of ALC, a role he has held since 2003, says the Council has changed much over this time and is set to change again going forward.

"2009/2010 has been a period of considerable change for the Australian Logistics Council, with a move to Canberra, new strategic plan and policy focus, and reliant on a fully member funded structure," he says.

"One thing was clear seven years ago and remains clear today: there is a need for an organisation which offers a united view on behalf of the Australian freight transport and logistics supply chain.

"ALC is now established as Australia’s peak national freight T&L body, and is a genuine industry voice - increasingly providing credible advice and influence to government decision making in our vital T&L sector."

Backman and retiring director David Williams were made Honorary Fellows of ALC at the AGM in recognition of their contribution.

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