Outgoing CEO thanked for contribution to Ports North

Published: 7 February 2023

After more than 33 years of service, Ports North today announced its Chief Executive Officer, Chris Boland will be leaving the company on 30 June 2023.

 Ports North’s Chair, Russell Beer, expressed his sincere thanks to Chris.

 “Chris has made a significant contribution and impact during his time with Ports North, including the last 13 years as CEO.” he said.

 “He has provided outstanding leadership and vision. Chris has overseen the successful delivery of region defining projects such as Cairns Cityport and the Cairns Shipping Development Project and ensured the management and development of vital regional ports in Cape York, the Gulf of Carpentaria and the Torres Straits is a major focus for the organisation.”

“In recent times he has managed the 30-Year Two-Port Master Plan for Cairns and Mourilyan which established the long-term vision for both ports and has been critical in unlocking State and Federal investment into the Cairns Marine Precinct Expansion Project. He has also skillfully navigated difficult challenges including COVID-19 and set the organisation up for long term success.”

 “As former chair of Queensland Ports Association and a current Board Member of Ports Australia, Advance Cairns and the Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service, Chris has also contributed significantly to the ports sector and the Far North Queensland Region.” he said.

 “Whilst he leaves Ports North, I know that Chris is a passionate and committed leader in the Far North Queensland community and will continue to add value in whatever he chooses to do next.”

 Russell said the Board have a transition plan in place and will commence recruitment for a new Chief Executive Officer.

 “We will be seeking a CEO to lead the company through its next phase of growth,” he said.

Media contact:

Paul Doyle: GM Corporate Affairs & Sustainability

Phone: 07 4052 3819

Email: paul.doyle@portsnorth.com.au

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Ports North is the port authority responsible for the Port of Cairns, alongside a network of
regional and remote ports including Mourilyan, Cooktown, Cape Flattery, Quintell Beach,
Thursday Island, Skardon River, Karumba and Burketown. Collectively, the ports enable more than
6.7 million tonnes of trade each year. Key bulk commodities include general and project cargo,
minerals, fuels, sugar, molasses, silica sands, metal concentrates, fertilisers, timber products and livestock.

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