31/01/2020 - 15:13

Love, Hart and Shepherd to chair ports authorities

31/01/2020 - 15:13

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Former Boston Consulting Group managing partner Ross Love has been made chair of the Fremantle Ports Authority, with the Mid West and Southern Ports authorities also appointing new chairs earlier this month.

Ross Love is chair of not-for-profit organisation Hopeland and a board member at West Australian Regional Development Trust.

Former Boston Consulting Group managing partner Ross Love has been made chair of the Fremantle Ports Authority, with the Mid West and Southern Ports authorities also appointing new chairs earlier this month.

Mr Love worked as former WA Premier Carmen Lawrence's chief of staff before studying at Harvard University and subsequently joining Boston Consulting Group in 1993.

He served as BCG's managing partner for Australia and New Zealand before transferring to the firm's New York office.

Upon his return to Perth, he has held several roles including senior adviser to Andrew Forrest at Minderoo Foundation.

Now serving on several boards, Mr Love is chair of New York-based not-for-profit organisation Hopeland, and a board member at West Australian Regional Development Trust.

Ports Minister Alannah MacTiernan said Mr Love had a proven track record in industry and in government.

“Efficient, modern ports at Fremantle and Kwinana are essential for WA’s economic health, and I am confident Ross's leadership will help drive the strategic direction of Fremantle Port’s development,” she said.

Ms MacTiernan thanked outgoing chair Jill Hoffmann, who has been chair since 2018 and a board member since 2011.

The state government has also appointed maritime law expert Kate Lewins to the board, and reappointed deputy chair Kim Horne.

The announcement comes after Noel Hart was appointed chair of the Mid West Port Authority and Ian Shepherd was made chair of the Southern Port Authority earlier this month.

Mr Hart brings maritime and shipping experience to the role, after previously working as general manager at North West Shelf Shipping Services Company and as commissioner of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.

He is also a former chair of Australia’s peak shipping body, Maritime Industry Australia.

Geraldton resident Peter Creek has been appointed as a director of the MWPA board while Kate Watson, also from Geraldton, has been reappointed for a further three-year term.

Newly appointed Southern Ports Authority chair Mr Shepherd is an engineer with 40 years’ experience and was most recently the chief executive of consultancy company GHD.

Ms MacTiernan said Mr Shepherd brought engineering, infrastructure and logistics experience to the role, and would help to drive continued economic development and jobs.

Former National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environment Management Authority chief executive Jane Cutler has also been appointed to the Southern Ports Authority board.

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