Our Minister

The High Speed Rail Authority reports to the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, the Hon Catherine King MP.(Opens in a new tab/window)

Who we are

The Board

The High Speed Rail Authority Board will oversee the development of the high-speed rail network along the east coast of Australia by providing strategic direction to the Authority. The Board of the Authority is the Accountable Authority for the purposes of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013

The High Speed Rail Authority Act 2022 provides that the Board consist of Chair and four other members, all of whom are appointed by the Minister.  At a minimum it must convene at least four meetings each calendar year to ensure the proper, efficient and effective performance of the Authority’s functions.

Board Members

Jill Rossouw, Chair

Ms Jill Rossouw is an accomplished Non-Executive Director and Committee Chair, with multi-sector Board experience across privatised transport infrastructure entities, social infrastructure and public healthcare. She is currently Executive Director, Infrastructure at IFM Investors and a Board member of the Port of Brisbane. She is a Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds multiple qualifications in the finance sector including a Master of Philosophy in Finance (University of Cambridge, UK).

Gillian Brown, Member

Ms Gillian Brown is an experienced non-executive director with expertise in transport, infrastructure and fund management. She is current a director of Ausgrid and a non-executive director of Queensland Investment Corporation. She has an LLB (Hons) from the University of Queensland, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from FINSIA and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ian Hunt, Member

Mr Ian Hunt is a former infrastructure CEO with over 30 years’ experience in engineering and project management.  His business management experience includes leadership of major project delivery and engineering services organisations and he was CEO of Moorebank Intermodal Company, a Commonwealth government business enterprise. Mr Hunt is currently a non-executive director of Canberra Light Rail and the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds.

Dyan Perry OBE, Member

Ms Dyan Perry OBE is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of High Speed One (HS1) Ltd, responsible for owning, operating and maintaining the HS1 high-speed railway in the United Kingdom (UK). She has extensive Board experience, has a Masters in Transport and Logistics from Salford University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management.

Neil Scales OBE, Member

Mr Neil Scales OBE is an experienced infrastructure leader and was most recently the Director-General of the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads. He was formerly the CEO of Translink and the Director-General of Merseytravel in the UK. He has held numerous board positions and is currently chair of Austroads, a commissioner of the National Transport Commission and a member of the Queensland Transport and Logistics Council.

Our leadership team

Chief Executive Officer – Tim Parker

General Manager – Rudy Alcantara

Director Corporate and Secretariat – Eleisha Hickey

Director HSR Engagement and Policy – Fiona Carrick