Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan and V/Line Board Chair Jenny Dawson today announced the appointment of James Pinder as Chief Executive Officer of V/Line.
Mr Pinder has more than 32 years’ experience in the rail industry, including as General Manager Rolling Stock at Metro Trains Melbourne, and Fleet Manager at Southern Railway in the UK.
He has also worked with Downer EDI in New South Wales, and for the last nine months has worked as a Consultant on the Crossrail Project in London.
Mr Pinder, who will officially take on his new role on 28 November, will lead a team of more than 1,600 employees delivering nearly 3,000 train and coach services to regional Victorians each week.
His appointment comes at a time of significant growth in the regional network. More than 340 extra services were added last year with the completion of the Regional Rail Link project, and 170 more services will begin next year.
Major projects like the $518 million Ballarat line upgrade, and the ongoing delivery of 48 new regional carriages will enable further growth in services as more regional Victorians use public transport.
Acting V/Line CEO Gary Liddle will finish on Friday 28 October; and Chief Operating Officer Carol-Anne Nelson will act in the role of CEO from 29 October to 27 November.
Source : Victorian Government Media Release Friday 21/10/16