Neil ScalesDirector General, Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads

As Director-General, Neil leads the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR), with an operating budget of $5.886 billion, capital budget of $3.185 billion and managed assets worth $70.690 billion.

Neil joined the Queensland Public Service in March 2012 as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of TransLink where he was responsible for the public transport network across Queensland. He was appointed Director-General of TMR in March 2013.

In September 2014, Neil became Commissioner for the National Transport Commission (NTC) and joined the Roads Australia Board in November 2014. Neil is Chair of Austroads and Deputy Chair of the Australian Road Research Board. He is also a board member of the Queensland Transport and Logistics Council, Tourism and Transport Forum, Roads Australia, the Australian Centre for Rail Innovation and Police-Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYC) Queensland.

In September 2014, Neil became Government Champion for the Woorabinda Indigenous community. From 2015–2017, Neil was the Queensland Public Sector’s CEO Champion against domestic and family violence. In 2017, Neil won the Australia’s CEO Challenge Race, a fundraising initiative that raises money and awareness for domestic and family violence prevention.

Neil became Acting CEO for Queensland Rail in October 2016, returning to the Director-General role at TMR in April 2017.

In 2019, Neil successfully completed the Vincent Fairfax ethical leadership course.

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