Media Release

New Chair welcomed to Board of Ports Australia

Posted on
October 23, 2019

Ports Australia has welcomed Stewart Lammin as the newly elected Chair of Ports Australia’s Board of Directors.


Stewart’s appointment was announced following the Ports Australia Cocktail Party held at Parliament House, and Annual General Meeting (AGM) at Old Parliament House, Canberra, last week. His election followed the recent retirement of former Chair and Chief Executive Officer of NSW Port Authority, Grant Gilfillan, who has held the position since March of this year.


Stewart has been the Chief Executive Officer for Flinders Port Holdings since March of 2018, previously Flinders General Manager for six years and has been involved in the sector for over 35 years. Stewart said he was excited for the challenge of leading the Board through such important times for the industry.

Stewart being congratulated by Senator Jacqui Lambie, The Hon Michael McCormack MP (Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure,Transport and Regional Development), and CEO of Ports Australia, Mike Gallacher


“With ever-increasing social and political discussion forming around our sector, the voice of Ports Australia will only increase in value,” Stewart said.


“Optimising the efficiency of our nation’s trade, freight and supply chain should be one of Australia’s upmost focuses going forward, and Ports Australia will continue to lead that push.


“The Board will continue to work with management to ensure that Ports Australia’s collective vision for the industry’s future is heard and acted upon,” Stewart said.


Ports Australia’s CEO, Mike Gallacher is confident that Stewart’s appointment will ensure the maintenance of strong collaboration between the Board of Directors and management team.


“With over three decades experience in the sector, as well as being the CEO of a thriving port and coming from the position of Deputy Chair, I have no doubt Stewart is the man for the job.


“We’re heading into exciting times of advancements across the sector, and our members can trust they’ll be heading into those times under a strong leadership team,” Mike said.


Both Mike Gallacher and Stewart Lammin paid tribute to retiring Chairman, Grant Gilfillan.

Outgoing Chair, Grant Gilfillan and Stewart Lammin


“I want to acknowledge the contribution of outgoing chair, Grant Gilfillan, who invested his time and imparted plenty of wisdom upon both my team and I. Grant has worked around the country, as well as international roles.


His experience and knowledge resulted in him leading the International Association of Ports and Harbours and he continues to lead as Chairman of the Australian Cruise Association. I have no doubt Stewart will fill the big boots he’s stepping into,” Mike said.


“I have had the good fortune to work with Grant for many years now. He has always been a natural leader within the industry and has driven a strong program within the Port Authority to ensure more women are given the opportunity to perform senior operational roles. Grant has been a true driver of change within the ports sector” Stewart said.



Media: Josh Appleton – E:, P: 02 9247 7581

Ports Australia is the peak industry body representing port authorities and corporations, both publicly and privately owned, at the national level.

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