Renita Garard takes lead at Port of Townsville

Well-known Queenslander to lead board through growth plans

Renita Garard takes lead at Port of Townsville
Renita Garard has been named chair of the Port of Townsville


Renita Garard has been named the new chair of the Port of Townsville.

Acting Queensland premier Curtis Pitt says the well-regarded business leader will add significant value to the port’s board, just as it is poised for new growth and expansion.

"Ms Garard brings a wealth of commercial and leadership experience to the board, having provided financial and taxation advisory services through senior roles with leading professional services firms for more than 15 years," Pitt says.

A dual Olympic gold medallist in hockey, Garard also holds directorships with PricewaterhouseCoopers Australia and the Townsville-Mackay Medicare Local and has held senior positions with KPMG, Crowe Howarth and Earnst & Young.

"She will be a great addition to the Port of Townsville at a key point in its history and I wish her well in this new role."

Port of Townsville is a Queensland government-owned corporation that manages the entry point for North Queensland.

Its recently released annual report indicates plans to prioritise growth over the coming year, in particular through strategic offerings to the defence and cruise markets.

"We will be northern Australia’s hub for trade, offering excellence through diversity," it says.

Garard replaces Patrick Brady, who had served as chair since December 2013.

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