Hon. John Anderson AO

  |  Chairman

The Hon John Anderson AO served as a member of the Federal Parliament for nearly two decades. During that time he held the portfolio of Transport and Regional Services, and was the Deputy Prime Minister for six years.
John and his wife Julia farm in north-west NSW; he is active in the not-for-profit sector.

Ken Matthews AO

  |  Vice-Chair

Ken Matthews is a consultant specialising in government issues.
Ken retired as Chairman of the Australian National Water Commission in October 2010. He was previously the Secretary (CEO) of the Federal Department of Transport and Regional Services, and prior to that, the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. In previous years Mr Matthews worked in the Australian Government’s Department of Primary Industries and Energy where he was responsible for policy advice on Australia’s mining industries. He has also served in the Department of Industry, Technology and Commerce where, for seven years, he was responsible for advice on manufacturing industry policy and technology policy.

Mr Matthews has been elected a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration – Australia, a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. Mr Matthews was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2001 for services to public administration. In 2005 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for services to regional communities, the national transport system and for his contribution to public administration in Australia. Mr Matthews completed an economics degree, majoring in Government in 1974 at the University of Sydney.

Vicki Brown

  |  Independent Director

Vicki commenced in her role as Independent Director on 24 July 2017 and is the former Executive Director of the Australasian Centre for Rail Innovation (ACRI). Prior to this she was the Director for Transport Policy for the Australasian Railway Association (ARA). Her prime responsibility at the ARA was spearheading the campaign to successfully obtain radio spectrum vital for rail.
Vicki's career background was at the senior executive level in the Commonwealth Government and she has over 26 years' experience in policy development and negotiation.
Vicki brings to her role on the Board of ACRI extensive experience in policy development, market reform, standards development and research which will be highly beneficial in progressing ACRI's agenda.

Andrew Meier

  |  Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer

Andrew was appointed Executive Director of ACRI in July 2017, having led for the previous decade a collaborative national land transport information program whilst at the Australian Road Research Board. This included the development of the Rail Knowledge Bank. Andrew has chaired and served on international committees under both the International Transport Forum/OECD and the US Transportation Research Board.

Neil Scales OBE

  |  Director-General, Department of Transport and Main Roads

Neil joined the Queensland Public Sector in March 2012 as CEO of TransLink, where he was responsible for leadership of the public transport network across Queensland. In this role Neil was accountable for an annual budget of more than $1.5 billion and partnerships with TransLink's 19 service delivery programs.
Neil not only became trade qualified but also studied for a series of work-related qualifications at Sunder lan Polytechnic including ONC (Engineering), HNC (Electrical and Electronic Engineering), a BSc (Engineering) and an MSc in Control Engineering and Computing Systems. This was supplemented by qualifications in general management, a Diploma in Management Studies with Distinction and an MBA with the Open University.

Sue McCarrey

  |  Chief Executive, Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator

On 8 December 2014, Sue took up the appointment of Chief Executive / National Rail Safety Regulator bringing with her strong leadership to continue the ONRSR’s vision in supporting the rail industry to deliver safe operations.
Sue has worked within the transport sector for over 13 years, most recently as Deputy Director-General, Policy Planning and Investment with the Department of Transport, Western Australia where she had responsibility for implementing the national transport reform, including national rail safety reform, and as Executive Director Safety and Strategic Development at the Public Transport Authority.
A law degree and post-graduate qualifications in policy and administration, along with experience in the transport industry, provides Sue with expertise in rail safety, government policy and administration, including legal frameworks, and the mechanics of government.

Paul Lowney

  |  General Manager Asset Management & Projects, Arc Infrastructure

Paul has spent over 20 years gaining experience in operational businesses and delivering major projects. Paul has degrees in both maths and engineering and commenced his professional career in Europe on large infrastructure projects such as the Channel Tunnel Rail Project.
Paul has subsequently worked with a number of large multinational construction firms, government agencies and in private sector operational businesses.

Phillip Campbell OAM

  |  Head of Engineering Services, Australian Rail Track Corporation

Phillip Campbell has 40 years’ experience leading teams in the engineering, maintenance and project management domains. He is currently the Head of Engineering Services for Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC). Phillip joined ARTC in July 2007 as Configuration Manager, and has since had a number of engineering, project management and operational roles. In 2011 he project managed the demobilization of the NSW Country Regional Network, as well as the ARTC investigation into Queensland regional rail in 2014. He held the role of General Manager Technical Standards from 2012 to 2016.

Phillip holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, an MSc in structural design and a Graduate Diploma in Railway Operations. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He is the Executive Chair of the Railway Technical Society of Australasia (RTSA) and is also the Chair of the SA Chapter of the Engineers Australia College of Leadership and Management. He is also a member of the Systems Engineering Society of Australia (SESA). Phillip is registered on the National Engineering Register (NER) in the Aerospace and Mechanical Categories, registered as a practicing APEC Engineer, holds current Registered Professional Engineer Queensland (RPEQ), and is also registered as a Chartered Professional Engineer by the Engineering Council, UK. Phillip has served on the South Australia Division Committee of Engineers Australia, and was President in 2005. He has also served as Chair of the Australian Joint Board for Aerospace Engineering and continues to serve on the Advisory Committee of the Sir Ross and Sir Keith Smith Fund. Phillip was previously the Chair of the RISSB Train Control Systems Standing Committee. He was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2013 for services to engineering. Phillip was awarded the Engineers Australia Professional Engineer of the Year for 2017.

Rubim De Moura

  |  Port & Rail Engineering Manager, Fortescue Metals Group Limited

Rubim is the Port & Rail Engineering Manager (Fortescue Metals Group). Engineering and Reliability support to Port and Rail Operations in Port Hedland. HIs previous experience includes Rolling Stock Manager (FMG), responsible for the engineering and maintenance of 3386 ore cars and 53 locomotives (SD70Ace, Dash-9, SD90MAC and SD9043, fixed plant engineering and maintenance at Anderson Point Port and Cloudbreak Mine (FMG)

Prior to this Rubim was project leader of the mechanization process of the heavy-haul operations for Vale, the biggest track maintenance program in South America, including various tampers, regulators, rail grinders, undercutters, track renewal machines and others.

Rubim graduated at the Federal University of General Mines in Brazil in mechanical engineering.

Warren Wellbeloved

  |  Rail General Manager, BHP

Warren is currently General Manager Rail with BHP having commenced this role in July 2019. Over his 13 years with BHP, Warren has held several leadership positions across multiple commodities and geographies. Warren has studied Chemical Engineering in South Africa, holds an MBA from the University of California Los Angeles and the National University of Singapore as well as a Graduate Diploma in Asset Management.