ARA sees structure change and senior players move

Nye and Tanner to leave rail industry body as it undergoes changes

ARA sees structure change and senior players move
Bryan Nye is set to leave after 12 years as ARA CEO.


The nation’s rail lobby is undergoing reform, with a new and independent Rail Industry and Safety Standards Board (RISSB) expected to be complete by July 1.

The move is one of several affecting the industry that have been underway for a year and fruition coincides with two senior position holders, ARA chairman Lindsay Tanner and CEO Bryan Nye, leaving the organisation.

Plans to separate the RISSB from the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) were unveiled in March 2014.

"This decision was aimed at driving further progress in improving rail’s safety and productivity and to more closely align to the objectives of the newly established Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR)," Tanner says.

"A new RISSB Board is now leading the establishment of the separated RISSB to be completed by 1 July 2015.

"This also follows the creation of the Australasian Centre for Rail Innovation (ACRI) in 2014, chaired by the Hon. John Anderson AO, as an independent rail research and innovation company.

"The ARA is now well positioned to review its own important role within the industry as the peak representative body for rail.

"This review is being led by a sub-committee of the ARA Board and will be completed over the next three months."

Nye will leave the organisation on the April 30.

 "Bryan has made an enormous contribution to the industry since he was appointed as CEO of the ARA in 2003, some 12 years ago," Tanner says 

"In January 2014, he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to the rail transport industry, and to the business sector.

"On behalf of all of its members, the ARA would like to thank Bryan for his leadership over the past 12 years and wish him the very best for the future.

Tanner announced that he will also be leaving the ARA as his term in the position comes to a close.

"After a two year period assisting the organisation with its transition I will finish my term in April 2015 and announce that Mr Bob Herbert AM has been appointed as Interim Chair to complete the review process," Tanner says.

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