The newly formed Transport Heritage NSW today announced the members of their management team, meaning transport heritage in NSW is one step closer to meeting its full potential.
Recently an overwhelming majority of stakeholders voted in favour of transforming the 50-year-old NSW Rail Transport Museum into Transport Heritage NSW, enabling the first tangible step in the reforms of the NSW transport heritage sector announced in May 2013 by NSW Minister for Transport, Gladys Berejiklian.
Inaugural Chair of THNSW, Mr Peter Lowry OAM said, “the NSW Rail Transport Museum members voted resoundingly to form THNSW, the Company’s Board is now in place, and we can now announce our senior management team”.
The THNSW Board comprises:
- Chair, Peter Lowry OAM — appointed by the NSW Minister for Transport;
- Member-elected Directors — Deputy Chair David Ireland and Rod Caldwell, Brett Fitzpatrick, Ray Rumble;
- Appointed Directors —
Howard Collins OBE, Chief Executive of Sydney Trains;
Don Godden, founding partner of heritage consultants Godden Mackay Logan Pty Ltd;
Tim Reardon, Deputy Director-General, Policy and Regulation, Transport for NSW (TfNSW) – temporary appointment until 30 June 2014.
“We’re delighted that the THNSW Board has such a strong range of talents, combining effective representation for members and volunteers, strong governance, finance and heritage expertise, and dynamic links to the wider rail and transport sector,” Mr Lowry said.
After a public and competitive recruitment process, the Board of THNSW has also appointed its’ new Chief Executive Officer, Mr Andrew Killingsworth.
“Andrew brings extensive management experience and understanding of the NSW transport heritage sector and its’ volunteers.
Andrew has a solid 20-year track record of achievement in the management of our State’s heritage trains, attractions and community events,” Mr Lowry said.
“The formation of THNSW is the best opportunity NSW’s transport heritage has had for decades, THNSW will work with Transport for NSW and the transport heritage sector to secure a bright future for our much loved heritage transport assets and attractions,” Mr Lowry said.
“We’ll continue to deliver our usual frequent Heritage Express heritage train experiences from Sydney Central and widely through NSW, operate the Trainworks visitor attraction and collection at Thirlmere and work with Transport for NSW to oversee the ongoing major repair of NSW’s iconic steam locomotive 3801.
“We’re grateful for the tremendous support of the vast majority of our stakeholders in establishing THNSW, and we now all look forward to a new and dynamic rejuvenation of our transport heritage sector with a positive unity of purpose,” Mr Lowry said.
THNSW’s initial aims are to:
- Build and shape THNSW as a simple, efficient and responsible not for profit organisation;
- Engage with the community and customers, and provide meaningful involvement for volunteers;
- Improve the sustainability, safety and care of the NSW transport heritage asset collection;
- Develop the regional tourism potential of transport heritage;
- Work with TfNSW to implement the recommendations of the Transport Heritage Review Report;
- Establish agreed funding and asset custody frameworks;
- Collaborate fairly, equitably and directly with the NSW transport heritage sector by providing guidance for events management, heritage asset works and funding applications;
Support the Independent Funding Panel which is to be established by TfNSW to transparently assign project funds and assets within the sector across NSW.
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Attached Image: Legend of Steam loco 3642 attracts crowds in Wagga Wagga, NSW during a regional tour of the Riverina district in Augst 2013. Image: Colin McDonald