Executive Leadership Team

  1. Craig Carmody

    Craig Carmody

    Chief Executive Officer

    Craig joined Port of Newcastle as Chief Executive Officer in August 2018, building on extensive experience spanning the transport, maritime and infrastructure sectors.

    From 2014 Craig was Head of Strategy and Corporate Affairs at Svitzer, the towage services division of Maersk Group, where he was responsible for strategy, innovation and corporate affairs. While at Svitzer, Craig also led the regulatory affairs engagement with governments, port owners and port authorities. 

    Craig has held senior roles in the Australian Federal Government, serving as the Director of Policy in the Prime Minister's Office, Deputy Chief of Staff to the Deputy Prime Minister and Senior Policy Advisor to Ministers for Infrastructure and Transport, and Workplace Relations and Employment. 

    He served 10 years in the Australian Army, including the Special Forces, reaching the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and holds post-graduate qualifications in public policy, business management and industrial and employee relations. 

  2. Simon Byrnes

    Simon Byrnes

    Chief Commercial Officer

    Simon is the Port of Newcastle's Chief Commercial Officer. He is responsible for overseeing all commercial, property and business development activities at Port of Newcastle, as well as ESG, planning, corporate governance, company secretarial and compliance management. 

    Simon joined the Port of Newcastle in February 2019 and brings a broad range of legal and commercial expertise gained from working on some of Australia's largest infrastructure projects. He has always had a passion for transport and has worked in strategic roles for Government, and the private sector, across the road, rail, aviation and marine industries.  

    Prior to joining the Port of Newcastle, Simon was most recently the Executive General Manager Aeronautical Business, General Counsel and Company Secretary at Hobart Airport which involved managing a multi-disciplinary team responsible for aeronautical revenues, legal, governance and risk management. Prior to that, Simon was a Special Counsel in the Major Projects and Construction Group at Clayton Utz.

    Simon holds degrees in Commerce (Finance) and Laws from UNSW and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

  3. Tanya McDonald

    Tanya McDonald

    Executive Manager Corporate Affairs

    Tanya joined the Port of Newcastle in September 2018 and is responsible for external communication, media, stakeholder, community and government relations.

    She has held senior executive roles in the Queensland and Commonwealth governments and in the private sector, with significant experience leading complex reforms, including building, education, infrastructure, industrial relations, resources, economic development and trade and transport.

    Prior to joining the Port of Newcastle, Tanya held the position of Executive Director, Strategy and Stakeholder Relations at the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.

     

  4. Trent Gearside

    Trent Gearside

    Executive Manager Projects & Infrastructure

    Trent's responsibilities include project delivery and governance, infrastructure services and strategic projects.

    Trent joined the Port of Newcastle in October 2018 and has 17 years of experience in the ports and logistics industry, including 12 years leading asset development and management projects on both the contractor and client side.

    Prior to joining the Port of Newcastle, Trent held the role of Infrastructure Development Manager with Darwin Port, where he commissioned their Port Master Plan and delivered the new hardstand and refrigerated container facility.

    Trent holds degrees in Civil Engineering and Commerce from the University of Wollongong.
  5. Marie Omark

    Marie Omark

    Executive Manager Corporate Services

    Marie joined the Port of Newcastle in September 2018 as the Executive Manager Corporate Services. Marie's portfolio oversees the strategy and operation of all corporate services including IT, human resources, administration and executive support services and the running of the CEO office.

    Marie brings with her a wealth of experience in corporate strategy, business transformation and change management, marketing and communications and executive services.

    Prior to joining Port of Newcastle, Marie held the role of Head of Corporate Services at Svitzer, the towage services division of Maersk Group. 

    She holds a Master of Science degree in Strategy, Organisation & Leadership and a Master of International Management from Copenhagen Business School.

     

  6. Glen Hayward

    Glen Hayward

    Executive Manager Marine & Operations

    Glen's responsibilities include wharf services, vessel scheduling, port cargo logistics, terminal operations, port security, emergency management, survey services, dredge operations and marine fleet management.

    Glen joined Port of Newcastle in 2014 as Operations Supervisor.

    Glen has previously held senior operational and rail freight logistics management roles at WSP and Aurizon.