Leadership changes at Transport and Main Roads

I’m very pleased to share with you updates to the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) Executive Leadership Team (ELT).

This team brings a wealth of leadership experience in their fields and professional expertise I trust to lead delivery of our vision and strategic priorities. As a group, the ELT purpose and direction is guided by whole-of-government and departmental priorities. These priorities are established through strategic planning to establish the objectives, strategies and performance indicators for TMR.

Existing members of the ELT are Matt Longland, Deputy Director-General Policy Planning and Investment; Jenny Grace, Chief Operations Officer; and Chris Mead, Deputy Director-General Corporate.

Joining ELT in late January is Ray Van Kuyk as our new Deputy Director-General TransLink. Ray joins us from Victoria and has formerly held significant transportation roles and provided oversight across a range of boards including Linking Melbourne Authority, VicTrack, Regional Rail Link Authority, Tulla-Sydney Alliance and Myki. Ray was also Deputy Secretary of the Department of Transport in Victoria.

With the departure of Graham Fraine, who has accepted the role of Deputy Director-General in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Mike Stapleton will take up the role of Deputy Director-General Customer Service, Safety and Regulation.

Mike has worked in Transport for more than 20 years, and is presently the Deputy Director-General, Infrastructure Management and Delivery.

In his previous role as General Manager, Land Transport Safety Branch, he managed Rail and Road Safety activities.

For the past 10 years Mike has played a key role in shaping many of the road safety initiatives in Queensland including Graduated Licensing, Alcohol Interlocks and immediate suspension for recidivist drink drivers, drug driving and expansion of the camera detected offence program.

I’m also very happy to announce Miles Vass has accepted the role of Deputy Director-General Infrastructure Management and Delivery.

Presently, Miles is General Manager for Program Delivery and Operations, responsible for delivering Transport and Main Roads’ capital funded projects, reconstruction projects, maintenance and preservation projects, and infrastructure works and services across the state.

During his 33 years with TMR, Miles has achieved a track record in forecasting improved and sustainable business practices, which are focussed on timely delivery and value for money transport systems (infrastructure) outcomes.

Miles recently oversaw the State Government’s reconstruction program of Queensland’s transport infrastructure following the unprecedented natural disaster events of over the past 5 years.

The reconstruction program – the largest of its kind in Queensland’s history – began in February 2011 and involved reconstructing an unprecedented 8,741km of state roads across the state, and more than 1,700 structures, including bridges and culverts.

The 4-year program delivered more than $6.4 billion in reconstruction works statewide, achieved savings of over $400 million and finished 6 months ahead of schedule.

I welcome the new members of our Executive Leadership Team and look forward to working with them.