The global expertise of our shareholders is complemented by our Executive Leadership Team members, who have decades of experience within the ports and transport logistics industry.

Executive Leadership Team

Port of Newcastle’s Executive Leadership Team is responsible for the day-to-day management of Port of Newcastle.

Craig Carmody


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.

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.

Glenn Thornton

Executive Manager Projects & Assets

As the Port’s Executive Manager Projects & Assets, Glenn oversees major infrastructure, asset management and the capital works program designed to directly contribute to the Hunter’s economic prosperity and secure the region’s long-term sustainability. 

Glenn joined the Port from global engineering professional services consulting firm WSP, where he was the NSW Region Director and Project Director Advisory for Australia.

He is a former Hunter Business Chamber CEO who has forged strong relationships with senior leaders within business and government.

Throughout his year career of more than 30 years, Glenn has successfully delivered major infrastructure projects totalling billions of dollars. His hands-on experience in advisory, planning, design, governance and project management is a great asset to the Port.

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, safety, administration and executive support services. Marie is also responsible for 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.

Nick Livesey


Nick is Chief Financial Officer at Port of Newcastle, with responsibility for the organisation’s financial strategy, implementation, governance and ESG.

Nick joined the Port in May 2019 having most recently spent 12 years at Sydney Airport, which is Australia’s largest and busiest airport. Nick performed a range of senior financial management roles, including four years as Head of Finance. With extensive experience in the infrastructure and property sectors, Nick has a track record of identifying trends and business levers to maximise asset utilisation and returns. He was previously a Senior Manager at global consultancy firm Ernst & Young and has a reputation as a strategic business partner adept at navigating a complex business environment where there are competing priorities.

Nick holds a BA (Hons) Economics (Industrial) from University of Leeds and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Paul Brown


Appointed as the Port’s Executive Manager Business Development, Paul has responsibility for the commercial aspects of the large-scale projects Port of Newcastle is now pursuing.  Paul is also responsible for leading the growth and diversification of the Port’s product and customer base, with a focus on long-term sustainability.

Paul was formerly General Manager of Growth and Business Development at freight rail operator Aurizon.  He was most recently based in New York with one of the world’s most innovative companies, General Electric, as Sales Director for GE Renewable Energy and, before that, GE Transportation (Rail, Mining and Marine). 

He brings with him extensive experience in infrastructure, asset optimisation and innovative technology in rail, mining and energy, the perfect mix of enterprise to drive new forms of trade through the largest port on Australia’s east coast. 

Simon Byrnes


Simon is the Port of Newcastle’s Chief Commercial Officer. He is responsible for overseeing all commercial, 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.

Tanya McDonald

Executive Manager Corporate Affairs & Strategy

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

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.

Board Members

Board Members

Our Shareholders, The Infrastructure Fund and China Merchants Port Holdings Company (CMP), each own 50% and have a strong, global track record in managing large infrastructure assets.

Roy Green


Until recently Roy was Dean of the UTS Business School, and previously headed a research centre at the University of Newcastle where he is now a Conjoint Professor and member of the Vice Chancellor’s Business and Industry Advisory Board.

Roy has enjoyed a career in universities, government and the private sector in Australia and overseas. He is currently Chair of the Innovation Roundtable at the University of Technology Sydney and the newly established Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Hub, and a board member of the Innovative Manufacturing CRC. He also chaired the CSIRO Manufacturing Advisory Council, NSW Manufacturing Council and Queensland Competition Authority.

Carol Cheng


Carol is the Executive General Manager of Board of Director and Legal Department and also the Head of Investor Relation of China Merchants Port Holdings Company Limited (CMP).

Carol has worked in CMP for 16 years in Finance Department and Legal Department and is the director of various port investments in Sri Lanka and Brazil. She has also actively participated in M&A activities, Financing activities, Investor Relation and Corporate Governance in CMP. She is a fellow of The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, UK.

Clinton Dines


Clinton was born and raised in Queensland and subsequently lived and worked in China for 36 years, 21 as President of BHP Billiton’s China business. He was educated in Asian Studies at Griffith University in Brisbane and in business at INSEAD in France and has extensive experience as an executive in China and Asia businesses.

Since 2009 Clinton has had an active career as a Non-Executive Director, currently serving on the Boards of Fonterra, Port of Newcastle, Zanaga Iron Ore and Freedom Road Travel. He was previously a Director of KAZ Minerals, Aurecon and North Queensland Airports and Executive Chairman of Caledonia Asia from 2010 to 2013. He is an Adjunct Professor at Griffith University’s Asia Institute and is a Member of the Griffith University Council.

Hugh Fitzsimons


Hugh is the Head of Transport & Healthcare (Australia and New Zealand) at Macquarie Infrastructure & Real Assets and is part of the management committee of The Infrastructure Fund (TIF) and Macquarie Global Infrastructure Funds 2 & 3 (GIF).

Hugh is Director of Queensland Airports Limited, which includes Gold Coast, Townsville, Mt Isa and Longreach airports. He is also a former director of Oceania Healthcare New Zealand, Hobart Airport, and DCT Gdansk in Poland. Hugh has a particular focus on operating performance improvement, capital planning and strategy. He has worked at Macquarie for 16 years in Sydney and New York.

Maciek Kwiatkowski


Maciek is an expert in port operations and development, with over 35 years of experience in six countries.

Maciek is the Senior Ports Advisor to Macquarie Infrastructure & Real Assets in the Asia Pacific region. From 2013 to 2016, Maciek was the CEO of Deepwater Container Terminal (DCT) Gdansk in Poland, overseeing growth from 500,000 to 1.6 million TEUs and a €200m construction of a second deepwater terminal. His career in Australia included roles with P&O Ports in Melbourne and Sydney from 1984 to 1994. Internationally, Maciek worked in various terminals and rail companies including Vostochny International Container Services, SeaLand Russia, South Asia Gateway Terminal in Sri Lanka and DP World Callao in Pero. 

Yunshu (Nelson) Liu


Nelson joined the Port of Newcastle Board in 2018. Nelson is the Chief Representative in Australia of China Merchants Port Holdings Company Limited (CMP), a major listed company on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Nelson has more than 30 years’ experience in port construction, management and operations. Before joining CMP, Nelson worked in senior executive and director roles of various port terminals. He was an Executive Director of CMP from 2009 to 2012.

Yongxin (Vincent) Lu


Vincent is the Deputy General Manager of China Merchants Port Holdings Company Limited (CMP) and Vice President of China Merchants Port Group Company Limited.

Having obtained a master’s degree in Project Management at the Curtin University of Technology, Vincent has gathered rich management experience in the international portfolio expansion activities of port companies from past positions such as Assistant General Manager of Zhen Hua Engineering Co., Ltd. and Acting Head of the GM’s Office of China Harbor Engineering Co., Ltd. (Beijing). Vincent has worked at CMP for 14 years and served as Deputy General Manager of the Research & Development Division, General Manager of the International Division, and Assisant General Manager. Between May, 2014 and January, 2016, Vincent was accredited to France as CFO and Senior Vice President of Terminal Link.