NSW Port Authority appoints new CEO

Sydney Harbour Master Captain Philip Holliday has been named as the Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Port Authority of NSW.

As CEO and Director Mr Holliday will lead the Port Authority in managing the navigation, security and operational safety needs of commercial trade and cruise shipping in Sydney Harbour, Port Botany, Newcastle Harbour, Port Kembla, Eden and Yamba.

“As Sydney Harbour Master and Chief Operating Officer, Mr Holliday has shown great leadership at Port Authority and a steadfast commitment to providing the safest and most efficient marine services in our ports,” said Chair of the Port Authority, Robert Dunn.

Holliday joined Port Authority in 2011 and has been fulfilling the role of acting CEO following an announcement in September that Grant Gilfillan would step down after 12 years as the organisation’s head.

In 1998, Holliday joined Associated British Ports (ABP), the UK’s largest port operator, in a port operations role, becoming the Harbour Master for the ABP Port of Southampton and Marine Advisor for the group’s 21 UK ports.

On moving from the UK to Australia, he became chair of Ports Australia’s Port Operations Working Group and took a lead role in the development of the Australian Port Marine Safety Management Guidelines.

The appointment follows a comprehensive recruitment process that was undertaken to fulfil the position of CEO and Director by the Board of the Port Authority of NSW and their recommendation was made to the NSW Government for endorsement. A recruitment process to fill the roles of Sydney Harbour Master and Chief Operating Officer has commenced.

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