Board Members


Alastair Shields B.Bus (Acctg). LLB, EMPA

Appointed 2 September 2014

Alastair is Chair of the AustralAsia Railway Corporation, Chair of the Racing Commission (NT), and Chief Executive Officer of the Darwin Waterfront Corporation. He is also the Northern Territory Government representative on the Joint Management Board for Kakadu National Park. Alastair also provides specialist consulting services.

Alastair was born and educated in Darwin and has more than 35 years of public sector experience in the Northern Territory, most of it at the Northern Territory Department of the Attorney General and Justice and its predecessors. In the period 2013 to 2017, Alastair held a number of Chief Executive Officer roles for Northern Territory Government agencies.

Alastair has been involved in commercial negotiations for many major projects in the Northern Territory, including the AustralAsia Railway. He has qualifications in Law and Accounting from the Charles Darwin University, and a Masters in Public Administration from
ANZSOG. In 2007, he was awarded Australian Government Lawyer of the Year by the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association.

Chief Executive Officer

Brendan Lawson Dip.CE, FIEAust

Appointed CEO 6 October 2004

Brendan Lawson is the Chief Executive Officer of the AustralAsia Railway Corporation. Mr Lawson is a civil engineer with a background in construction of transport infrastructure and has been associated with the AustralAsia Railway Project since 1996. Previous roles with the Northern Territory Government involved managing a range of preconstruction activities for the Railway, project management of Darwin’s East Arm Port, Project Administrator of the Darwin Waterfront Development and the Darwin Marine Supply Base.

Andrew Kirkman, Chief Executive Officer, NT Department of Transport

Appointed 14 October 2015

Andrew was appointed as the Chief Executive of the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics in September 2016.

With more than 20 years experience in the Northern Territory Public Sector, Andrew has previously held positions as the Chief Executive of the Department of Transport and as Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director in the Department of Housing.

In addition to key roles in the AustralAsia Railway Corporation, Department of the Chief Minister and NT Treasury, he has worked in finance and commercial roles in the private sector, locally in the mining industry and overseas on public private partnerships.

Andrew holds tertiary qualifications in business and is a Certified Practicing Accountant.

 Mr Mike Wilde

Appointed 28 July 2018

Mike Wilde is the Manager, Moving Freight in the South Australian Department Of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI). Prior to joining DPTI, Mr Wilde spent over 32 years in the rail freight industry with experience in business. development, customer service delivery, and operations planning roles. This includes 15 years in freight activities on the Alice Springs and Darwin corridors, holding senior management positions with FreightLink and as a board member for the tarcoola to Darwin corridor maintenance joint venture.

Mr Tim Materne

Appointed 25 November 2019

Tim is Special Counsel Commercial Litigation at the South Australian Crown Solicitor’s Office, Tim represents the South Australian Government in major and complex litigation, managing a portfolio including construction, insolvency, IP, environmental and insurance-based disputes. Prior to working for Government Tim was a partner in a boutique legal firm, specialising in marine and transport insurance and utilities law.