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ALUMNI DIARIES | Amanda Yeates

Updated: Nov 5, 2019

WITH a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) in one hand and a Professional Business Woman of the Year award in the other, Rockhampton Girls Grammar Alumni, Amanda Yeates (nee Horrigan) has been taking the transport world by storm.



The 1988 Alumni has been busy since leaving the school yard with a career focusing intently around transport and the role it has in economic vibrancy and shaping local communities.

As Deputy Director-General Infrastructure Management and Delivery for the Department of Transport and Main Roads, Amanda oversees the delivery of the integrated program of infrastructure projects and the maintenance and operation of the state-controlled road network. This includes delivery of Transport and Main Roads’ (TMR) record $21.7 billion program of works over four years.


In July of 2018 Amanda was appointed to her current role as well as the Executive Leadership team. Prior to her appointment Amanda held the positions of General Manager Program Delivery and Operations, Regional Director North Coast and Wide Bay Burnett, General Manager Integrated Transport Planning and Deputy Regional Director Metropolitan Region.



The journey to becoming Deputy Director-General has been one filled with extensive experience. Amanda started her career in Local Government, with roles at both Brisbane City Council and Gold Coast City Council. Learning early on in her career the value of a diverse experience base, Amanda sought leadership roles that were outside her comfort zone, including working on Indigenous Land Use Agreements relating to mining in Western Cape York and forest industry land use planning and management.

Some of Amanda’s career highlights include leading significant government policy negotiation including the Moreton Bay Marine Park Zoning Plan review and the South East Queensland Forests Agreement.



As Deputy Director-General Infrastructure Management and Delivery, Amanda also provides leadership and direction to the four branches – Engineering and Technology, Program Delivery and Operations, RoadTek and New Generation Rollingstock.

Amanda is a passionate advocate and supporter of workforce diversity and is committed to fostering an environment and culture that supports a vibrant, diverse, collaborative, safe, rewarding and high-performing workplace. As Chair of the TMR Safety, Health and Wellbeing Governance Committee, Amanda is dedicated to the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of all staff across the department.

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