Transport Minister Eric Charlton today announced the appointment of Mr Ross Drabble to the position of Acting Commissioner of Main Roads, Western Australia.
He takes over the key role at Main Roads following the retirement earlier this month of Dr Ken Michael.
Mr Drabble, who has been Commissioner of Railways in Western Australia since 1994, has been appointed to the new position for the next 12 months. Mr Wayne James will become Acting Commissioner of Railways.
"Ross Drabble has been an outstanding success at Westrail and his experience as a chief executive officer will provide crucial impetus at Main Roads," Mr Charlton said.
"Ross implemented a reform program at Westrail which produced the first operating profit in the organisation's 117-year history. He built a team which streamlined Westrail into a benchmark for all other Government agencies around Australia.
"He takes over as head of Main Roads at a time when WA is gripped by road-funding uncertainty and the job will entail the type of innovative thinking which helped turn Westrail around."
Mr Charlton said the appointment of current senior executive Wayne James to Acting Commissioner status at Westrail would ensure the momentum built up within the organisation would be continued.
"I have great confidence in the abilities of Wayne, who has been a key player with Ross Drabble in the successful transformation of Westrail," he said.
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