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TrackSAFE appoints new Executive Director

1 May 2020

TrackSAFE appoints new Executive Director

The TrackSAFE Foundation Ltd has appointed Heather Neil as its Executive Director, effective from 4 May 2020.

Heather brings considerable experience from the for purpose and charity sectors including 12 years as CEO of the RSPCA Australia and eight years as a Director of the Community Council for Australia.

TrackSAFE Chairman, Bob Herbert, AM welcomed the appointment noting Heather’s strong credentials in leading evidence based public policy and engaging the community, governments, industry groups and individual companies to deliver desired outcomes.

“Throughout her career, Heather has been actively involved in advocating for and delivering improved legislation, policies and practices across a wide range of issues” said Mr Herbert.

Heather joins TrackSAFE at a crucial time for the rail industry.

On April 30 Rail R U OK?Day was held with a record breaking 93 companies involved and reaching over 70,000 rail employees across Australia and New Zealand. All were encouraged to ask the question ‘are you ok’ whenever they see a colleague that may be troubled in some way, consider how best to offer help, then follow through.

“All too frequently rail employees are exposed to traumatic incidents due to suicides, level crossing accidents and through the untoward behaviour of trespassers on the rail network. Now, added to that COVID-19 is having its impact on employee well-being and mental health. Never before has there been such a strong need for the role TrackSAFE plays” explained Mr Herbert.

 “In this regard, a key role for Heather will be to engage with all sectors of the rail industry and TrackSAFE’s partners, both Lifeline and the RUOK charities. We work in tandem with both these bodies” he added.

Heather has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Geography, a Master of Business Administration and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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