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    Minister for Transport and Main Roads
    The Honourable Scott Emerson

    Neil Scales appointed TMR Director-General

    Minister for Transport and Main Roads
    The Honourable Scott Emerson

    Friday, March 01, 2013

    Neil Scales appointed TMR Director-General

    Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson announced that Neil Scales OBE has accepted the offer to take up the appointment as the new Director-General, Department of Transport and Main Roads. 

    Mr Emerson said Neil had demonstrated over the past four months that he was the right person to lead the Department.

    Governor in Council yesterday approved to terminate the employment contract of Michael Caltabiano as Director-General, Department of Transport and Main Roads.

    “Neil has been acting DG since October 2012 and showed outstanding leadership during the recent floods as the Department worked to re-open roads, re-build bridges and re-connect communities quickly,” Mr Emerson said.

    “He understands that the task has only just begun to deliver a significant recovery and resilience program across Queensland.

    “Neil will also lead the implementation of Newman Government reforms, including a better public transport network, safer licensing, and the delivery of road and transport projects across Queensland.”

    Matt Longland will remain as the acting Deputy Director General of TransLink.

    Media contact: Andrew Berkman 0429 128 637

    Background

    Neil Scales was previously CEO of the former TransLink Transit Authority following a national and international executive recruitment conducted in 2011. He took up his position in February 2012.

    Previously he was one of the United Kingdom’s most senior public transport executives with more than 30 years of experience in the industry. He has extensive executive transport experience in Europe, as a consultant to the World Bank and the European Commission, and 12 years as Chief Executive and Director-General of Merseytravel in the north of England.

    In 2005, Neil was awarded an OBE for services to transport.