Transport NSW gets new deputy freight director

Rachel Johnson has been appointed Deputy Director General Freight and Regional Development for Transport NSW

August 15, 2011

Rachel Johnson has been appointed Deputy Director General Freight and Regional Development for Transport NSW

Johnson, who has a wide range of experience in Australian freight and logistics businesses has previously held senior executive positions with Patrick Corporation, Pacific National, Linfox, GrainCorp and the Westlink M7 Motorway.

According to NSW Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Roads and Ports Duncan Gay, Johnson also brings to the role a strong knowledge in the area of transport infrastructure development and operation.

"Johnson has a broad range of skills within the Australian logistics and infrastructure sector," Minister Berejiklian says.

"She will lead a division which integrates freight strategies and programs, to meet the needs of the NSW economy and particularly regional economies.

"The new division will be the central point of co-ordination for the NSW Government’s role in freight transport, distribution and servicing in NSW."

Berejiklian adds the senior management team for the new integrated transport authority is taking shape, with the appointment of two other deputy directors general.

Chief operating officer of Auckland Transport Fergus Gammie has been appointed to the Transport Services division and
Transport Construction Authority Chief Executive Chris Lock will assume the role of Deputy director general transport projects.

"The appointment of the three deputy directors general is a major step forward in the establishment of Transport for NSW," Berejiklian says.

"We are extremely pleased to have people of such calibre and experience on board, as we focus on improved customer service for transport in NSW and delivering value for money for the NSW public," Berejiklian says.

"These new deputy directors general will help to set the strategic direction for Transport for NSW and maintain our focus on placing the customer at the centre of everything we do.

"We have sought out the best candidates, both globally and in Australia, and we are appointing a very strong team to help us move forward and achieve better outcomes in transport for the NSW community and economy.

Duncan Gay confirms the establishment of a new division focusing on freight and regional development is absolutely vital and a clear indication of the importance of regional NSW to the state.

"This means that for the first time the key freight system components including road, rail, marine, ports and intermodal terminals will be consolidated, and will provide a single point of contact for industry interaction," Gay says.

"I am delighted that Rachel Johnson has agreed to head up the freight and regional development division. Her knowledge and expertise will be invaluable," he says.

The three new deputy director generals will commence in their new roles over the next three months.

The recruitment for the remaining director general positions is being finalised.

Legislation to form Transport for NSW will be introduced in parliament later this month.

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