Tom is the Deputy Program Director for Metro Product and Integration at the Sydney Metro Delivery office. In this role, Tom is responsible for overseeing the successful delivery of product, technical, customer and precinct outcomes.
Tom has over 25 years’ experience in strategic urban, transport and infrastructure planning and delivery at the state and local government level. This work has involved the coordination of the private and public sectors in the development of land and the provision of urban services and infrastructure.
Prior to joining Sydney Metro, Tom was the Deputy Director General of the Department of Planning and Infrastructure.
Mr Simon Thomas is the Programme Director for the Inland Rail Programme at the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC). In this role Mr Thomas is responsible for leading the project team and overseeing the delivery of the Programme’s construction elements.
Mr Thomas has over 28 years of major infrastructure project experience and has successfully delivered projects on time, to budget for major contractors and consultants within UK, Asia, Middle East & Australia. His previous roles include Project Director of Aurizon’s $904m Wiggins Island Rail Project, which is one of Australia’s largest rail infrastructure projects linking the new Coal Export Terminal in Gladstone with over 70km of new rail infrastructure.
During his time at Aurizon, in 2014 Mr Thomas was awarded Project Director High Commendation by the Australian Institute of Project Management for his work on the project.
Dennis has been the Chief Executive for the WestConnex Delivery Authority (WDA) since August 2014 and became the CEO of Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) when it assumed the delivery function of the project in October 2015.
Dennis was previously Managing Director of ConnectEast, operator of Melbourne's EastLink tollway. Prior to ConnectEast, Dennis was CEO of TransdevTSL, a joint venture company responsible for the Australian public transport operations of Transdev/Transfield Services. He started his career with Air Liquide Canada and spent 22 years there in a variety of executive, sales and technical roles in Canada, France and Australia.
Dennis is a Director of Roads Australia and was also the Honorary Consul of Canada in Victoria and Chairman of the Transport Reform Network.
Sean is currently a Director of Ultraspeed Australia, Hyperloop-One’s official representative in Australia. He is working with Hyperloop One to support the implementation ultra-high speed ground transport (over 1,000 km/h) project for Australia.
Sean has 30 years’ professional experience as an economist and 15 years’ specific involvement in investment promotion, economic and location development. His main areas of interest and expertise are in economic and location development, location strategy, and investment promotion practice.
During the course of his career Sean has negotiated, managed and delivered more than 125 programs and projects in over 25 countries for a range of government, private sector and international development agency clients. This includes specific economic assessment projects and business proposition development for high speed ground transport in Australia and the UK, as well as economic, location and investment promotion strategy and planning at national, city, and local area levels.
Sean is a Director with ILSA Consulting, a specialist economic development and investment promotion consulting firm. He has held previously held senior positions with the investment promotion consultancy OCO Global, where he was Head of Consulting, and the Foreign Investment Advisory Service, an advisory unit within the World Bank Group, where he was Regional Program Coordinator for the Pacific.
Sean also spent 10 years as a consultant with PwC in Australia, Hong Kong, and the UK and with the specialist economic and planning consultancy Pieda, in Scotland.
Sean holds MSc Management Sciences, from the University of Manchester, and a BA Economics (Honours) First class with Commendation, from the University of Exeter.
Sean is a member of the Chartered Management Institute (UK) and the Institute of Welsh Affairs.
Paul Bloxham is Chief Economist for HSBC in Australia and New Zealand. In this role, he is chief spokesperson for HSBC on forecasts and trends for the Australian and New Zealand economies and their interaction with global financial markets and international economies. He is also a key member of the HSBC Global Research team, working with 500 analysts across 87 markets to help formulate HSBC's unique global view of the world's economy. Prior to joining HSBC in 2010, Paul spent 12 years as an economist at the Reserve Bank of Australia where he held a range of different roles in the economics department, including heading up the overseas economies and financial conditions sections. Paul has published a number of papers, including on household finances, asset prices, monetary policy and global commodity price trends. Paul is a regular commentator on local and international business television and a frequent contributor of opinion editorials to the Australian newspapers. Paul is an adjunct professor at Curtin University and a member of the Australian National University’s shadow reserve bank board. Paul holds a master’s degree in public financial policy from the London School of Economics.
Andrew was appointed as Project Director, Sydney Light Rail in August 2015.
A flagship project within the NSW Government’s strategic plan, the CBD and South East Light Rail will modernise Sydney’s public transport system, improve the reliability of CBD travel, revitalise the city centre, and create new urban environments along its alignment.
Over the last year Andrew has worked with the delivery contractor, the community, businesses and major stakeholders. Construction is underway along more than 50 per cent of the project corridor.
Prior to Transport for NSW, Andrew worked in senior executive roles in the private sector in Europe, the United States and Australia in engineering, infrastructure, resources, energy, and defence industries.
Leena is accountable for overseeing the capital redevelopment projects for WSLHD including the Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals Stage 2 works and Westmead Stage 1.
She represents WSLHD on all strategic capital projects with government departments and private organisations.
Simon Morgan is Director - Government & Communications with the Australian Logistics Council (ALC).
ALC is the peak national body representing the major and national companies participating in the Australian logistics industry, with a focus on national supply chain efficiency and safety.
Throughout 2017, ALC’s key focus is on the development of the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy, which was announced by the Prime Minister as part of his Annual Infrastructure Statement in November 2016.
ALC is committed to working with the freight logistics sector to ensure the Strategy is relevant to the needs of industry.
Prior to joining ALC, Simon was a political and policy advisor to a number of Federal MPs and Ministers, and was previously National Policy Advisor for the Facility Management Association of Australia.
Jane Fitzgerald is Executive Director of the New South Wales Division of the Property Council of Australia, leading the advocacy agenda at a time of enormous investment and change in the sector. Prior to her appointment, Jane was a senior executive with the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department and, amongst other roles, was the Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption. Previously, Jane was the Deputy Director-General of the NSW Ministry for Police and chief of staff to two ministers in the NSW Government. Jane has a law degree and an arts degree majoring in politics from the University of NSW. She is also a moderator with the Cranlana Programme, an independent organisation with a broad objective to cultivate wisdom in leadership.
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