Ports Australia CEO Mike Gallacher announced that Margie Barbouttis has taken over from Ash Sinha as policy and operations director.

Gallacher paid tribute to Sinha, who has held the position since 2016, for his work in visiting ports around the country, meeting with industry members and government affiliates and running Ports Australia’s working groups. 

An ‘invaluable member’

‘Ash has been an invaluable member of the Ports Australia team, driving policy debate around issues such as coastal shipping, sustainability and helping to lift the profile of port and maritime related issues both within government and the wider community,’ Gallacher said.

Extensive experience outside industry

He said Barbouttis has had extensive experience in policy and project development and coordinating specialised working groups in areas outside the port industry.

Government-owned and privatised ports

Ports Australia represents government-owned and privatised ports, state marine regulatory authorities and the Department of Defence through the Royal Australian Navy. 

Formed in 1916, it changed its name from the Association of Australian Ports and Marine Authorities to Ports Australia in 2007.