Port Waratah Announces Penny Winn as New Chair

Port Waratah Coal Services announced the appointment of a new Chairperson today following the retirement of Michael Harvey at the end of May.

Ms Penny Winn was appointed chair effective from 1st June, bringing with her significant experience in supply chain strategy and the logistics industry, including with the Woolworths Limited Group.

Ms Winn said that she is looking forward to the challenges of the role.

"As a key service provider to the Hunter Valley coal industry, Port Waratah continues to adjust to the difficult market environment being experienced by our customers. I hope to contribute to developing this key business so that it can achieve its best in all market conditions," said Ms Winn.

"Port Waratah recognises the importance of building positive relationships and working in partnership with its stakeholders and I will encourage Management to ensure that every employee understands his or her role in securing our licence to operate," she said.

The Chief Executive Officer of Port Waratah, Hennie du Plooy, welcomed Ms Winn to the role.

"I look forward very much to working with Penny as Chair to ensure that we continue to deliver reliable and high quality services to the coal industry," he said.

Ms Winn was nominated for the position by Coal & Allied, in accordance with the provisions of the Port Waratah Coal Services Ltd constitution.



Penny Winn

Penny Winn has been Director Group Retail Services with Woolworths Limited since December 2011. She is responsible for leading the Logistics and Information Technology divisions across Woolworths Limited. Penny also leads the company’s multichannel and Mercury 2 (supply chain transformation) strategies. She is a member of the Management Board. Penny is also a Director of Quantium – Australia’s leading Data Analytics Company.

Penny has a strong background in logistics with over 12 years’ experience in this space. Penny commenced her retail career at Grace Bros, before initially joining Woolworths Limited in 1987. During her time with the company, she held a number of key roles, including General Manager Project Mercury (responsible for the original transformation of the Woolworths Supply Chain), General Manager Retail Support and National Manager Banking. In 2006 Penny was seconded to the role of Director of Strategy and Change at Asda Stores U.K. PLC (a division of Walmart). On returning to Australia in early 2008 Penny took up the role of Executive General Manager, Merchandise and Logistics for Myer.

Penny holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Australia National University and an MBA from the University of Technology, Sydney.


Port Waratah Coal Services

Port Waratah is an unlisted, public company, whose main purpose is to deliver a high quality, cost-effective coal-handling service which meets customers’ need for reliable and equitable access to export terminal capacity in the Port of Newcastle.

Port Waratah owns and operates the Kooragang and Carrington Coal Terminals, with a combined throughput capacity of 145 million tonnes per annum. Port Waratah is currently seeking a development approval for the proposed Terminal 4 project which would provide an extra 70 million tonnes of annual capacity.

Port Waratah’s shareholders are Hunter Valley coal producers and Japanese coal customers.



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