Ports Australia appoints Gallacher as new CEO

Peak body sees past recent controversies to tap ex-shadow ports minister

Ports Australia appoints Gallacher as new CEO
Mike Gallacher will now focus on ports advocacy


Ports Australia has banished any doubts over Mike Gallacher’s recent political difficulties to appoint him as its new CEO.

A former policeman and government minister, Gallacher resigned from New South Wales Parliament yesterday after 21 years in the Legislative Assembly.

"I am looking forward to a truly exciting opportunity to use my skills and experience to lead an organisation advocating on behalf of its members and the sector," he said then.

Between 2011 and 2014, he held the police and emergency services, central coast and industrial relations portfolios.

Though he denies any wrong-doing, he fell foul of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) probe into political donations, lost his ministerial position and became and independent.

Ports Australia says his "long standing interest and understanding of ports and shipping related issues, together with his widely acknowledged advocacy and policy development skills were instrumental in his successful application" swung its decision in his favour.

It notes his relationship with the industry developed with his appointment as shadow minister for ports following the 2003 NSW State election "and from that time he has been the strongest advocate for the future growth and advancement of our industry".

It adds that he has always maintained an interest and a preparedness to understand the challenges and opportunities affecting ports across the nation. 

"There is no doubt that Michael will build on the outstanding leadership and direction set by our former CEO David Anderson to drive the public profile of Ports Australia and to strongly advocate on the issues affecting the efficiency and development of our nation's shipping gateways," Ports Australia chairman Vincent Tremaine says. 

"Ports Australia would also like to sincerely thank David Anderson for remaining in his position in a part-time capacity during this transition period.

"We appreciate his 10 years of exemplary service as Ports Australia’s CEO and we wish him all the best for his future endeavours." 

Gallacher’s tenure begins on April 18. 

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