Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Appointment of new Australian Rail Track Corporation Chair

Media Release


16 July 2015

Joint release with:

Mathias Cormann

Minister for Finance

The Government today announces the appointment of Dr Helen Nugent AO as the new Chair of the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC). Dr Nugent is appointed for a period of three years.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss and Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said ARTC is a wholly government owned company that manages the nation's interstate rail network.

Dr Nugent's significant executive management and board experience makes her well suited to serve as Chair. She brings extensive expertise in finance, governance, infrastructure investment, and risk management to the Board.

Dr Nugent's previous appointments include as Partner at global management consultancy, McKinsey & Company and as Director of Strategy at Westpac. Over the past 20 years, she has served on multiple boards, both private and not-for-profit, including at Swiss Re Australia, the State Bank of New South Wales and Opera Australia, as well as at infrastructure investment entities including United Energy, Macquarie Airports and Macquarie Group.

Dr Nugent was a Menzies Scholar to Harvard University, where she gained her MBA. In 2004, she was made an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) for services to business, the arts and the community.

Dr Nugent replaces Mr John Caldon who has held the position of Chair of the ARTC for five years from 2010. Mr Truss and Minister Cormann thanked Mr Caldon for his service to ARTC over this period.

Mr Caldon has overseen significant investments aimed at improving the competitiveness of the interstate rail network during his term. Mr Caldon has made an invaluable contribution to ARTC and leaves the company well-placed to meet future challenges in the freight rail and broader transportation market. During his leadership, ARTC more than doubled in size since 2010.