Lee to leave lobbyists

One of Sydney’s ‘colourful’ public transport leaders will step down from the TTF

Lee to leave lobbyists
Lee to leave lobbyists

By David Goeldner | December 18, 2012

New South Wales public transport identity John Lee will step down from his position as CEO of Australia’s peak tourism and transport ‘think tank’, the Tourism and Transport Forum.

Lee has held the CEO’s position for two years and was formerly the head of the State Transit Authority’s Sydney Buses operation.

TTF Chairman Hon Bruce Baird AM, who also chairs the recently created National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, says Lee’s decision to resign was unexpected.

"We are disappointed that John has decided to leave the organisation after successfully leading it through a period of significant challenges and internal reform," Baird says.

"John has done a great job in cementing TTF’s position as the pre-eminent advocacy group for tourism, aviation and transport in Australia.

"John is well respected by both the TTF board and membership and will leave with our best wishes."

Despite Lee’s announcement, he won’t be leaving quite yet until a replacement CEO is found, according to Baird.

Baird says it will be business as usual during the recruitment process, and Lee will continue to work with TTF’s Deputy CEO Trent Zimmerman on key issues heading into 2013, with a clear focus on the federal election.

"We hope to have a new CEO in place in the first quarter of 2013, and John will be involved in ensuring that the right candidate is secured for this vital role," Baird says.

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