Alumni Lecture Series: Lance Hockridge
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Lance Hockridge retired as Managing Director and CEO of Aurizon in November, 2016.
Lance has more than 30 years’ experience in the transportation and heavy industrial sectors in Australia and the United States with BHP Billiton and BlueScope Steel.
At BHP Billiton Limited, Lance was a member of the leadership team that led BlueScope Steel’s successful demerger from BHP and subsequent listing on the ASX.
In 2005, Lance was appointed President of BlueScope Steel’s North American operations where he led a major turnaround in safety, production and financial performance.
Lance joined the then QR as CEO in 2007, leading the company through a successful IPO in November 2010. Subsequently Lance led the renamed Aurizon through a major safety, customer, cultural, operational and financial transformation.
Lance was a member of the Business Council of Australia’s Efficient Regulation policy committee and a regular participant in industry forums on transport infrastructure and reform. He was part of Q20, the business advisory group promoting Queensland investment as part of the G20 Summit in Brisbane in 2014.
Lance is a private sector member of the Australian Government’s Department of Defence Gender Equality Advisory Board and a founding member of Queensland’s “Male Champions of Change” group that is leading diversity initiatives in the workplace in Queensland. He also won the Australian Human Resource Institute Diversity CEO Champion of 2014. He is Deputy Chairman of the Queensland Government Domestic and Family Violence Implementation Council.
Through Lance’s leadership Aurizon has an empowerment partnership with Australian National Committee of United Nations (UN) Women. Lance has spoken at UN Women business events in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth. He has signed on behalf of Aurizon the UN’s Women Empowerment Principles. He was awarded a UN Empowerment Award in March 2016.
He is also the Chairman of The Salvation Army’s Queensland Advisory Board.