A/ Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Neil Scales is the Acting Chief Executive Officer of Queensland Rail.
Appointed as Director-General of the Department of Transport and Main Roads in January 2013, he has previously led Queensland’s public transport network as CEO of TransLink.
Prior to joining TransLink, Neil was the Chief Executive and Director-General of Merseytravel, the transport authority for Merseyside in the north of England. In this role, he was responsible for some 200 million passenger journeys per year by train, bus, ferries and through the 2 Mersey Tunnels.
Along with over 40 years of experience in the transport industry, Neil received an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to public transport. He was also awarded an honorary Fellowship from Liverpool John Moores University in 2011 for his services to the region.
Neil was appointed as a commissioner with the National Transport Commission (NTC) in September 2014 and was appointed to the Roads Australia Board in November 2014. He is a Board member of the Police-Citizens Youth Club (PCYC), Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) Group and also the Australasian Centre for Rail Innovation.
In 2015, Neil was the Queensland Public sector’s CEO champion against domestic violence by participating in an initiative called the Australia’s CEO Challenge Race. He continues this important role in 2016. This annual drive sees business leaders raise awareness and funds for those affected by domestic violence.