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ARA appoints a Young Leaders Advisory Board (Y-LAB)

Posted: 28 February 2019 | | No comments yet

Extensive interest in this initiative resulted in almost 50 applications from across both Australia and New Zealand.

ARA appoints a Young Leaders Advisory Board (Y-LAB)

The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) has appointed eight talented under-35 year-old rail professionals to its initial Young Leaders Advisory Board (Y-LAB).

With the focus of harnessing the ideas of young talent in the industry, the Y-LAB will report to the ARA Board, providing a younger perspective on Board priorities as well as discussing new ideas and opportunities for the rail industry.

“This is an exciting new initiative to formally engage the future leaders of our industry,” said ARA CEO, Danny Broad.

“Our industry is changing fast, with over $100 billion invested in new projects over the next 10 years, and with new technologies being introduced, we need to engage the future leaders of our industry in key decisions.

“The successful applicants demonstrated a breadth of vision with some innovative yet practical ideas to be progressed through the ARA for our industry.”

Danny continued: “Engaging the younger demographic of our industry is a key priority of the ARA. We are excited to establish new ways to converse with under-35 years-olds on future industry directions.

“The eight appointed individuals represent the diversity of roles and segments of the rail sector, bringing young engineers, planners, compliance and general managers from rail operators, manufacturers, suppliers, contractors and consultants to the table.”

Alongside the eight appointed members of the Y-LAB, four Reserve Y-LAB members were selected.

The Y-LAB appointees are:

  • Neysa Arland, Control Communications Manager, Transdev Auckland
  • Tegan Ball, Program Manager, Principal Workforce Planner, Queensland Rail
  • Jessica Ghaleb, Track and Civil Engineer, Jacobs
  • Mike Groves, Infrastructure Maintenance Engineer, Network Rail Consulting
  • Abdul Jamal, Design Engineer, John Holland Group
  • Amy Lezela, Head of Engineering, Rolling Stock, Metro Trains Melbourne
  • Liam O’Shannessy, General Manager Maintenance and Operations, Downer (on secondment to Yarra Trams)
  • Jamie Ross Smith, Commercial and Compliance Manager, Unipart.

The four Reserve Y-LAB members are:

  • Toby Briggs, Operations Manager, Martinus Rail
  • Jane Gillespie, Senior Consultant, Arup
  • Charlotte Moss, Project Engineer, Bombardier
  • Josh Steed, Team Leader Vehicle Services, SNC Lavalin.

Y-LAB first meeting is in mid-March in Melbourne and will consider two key priorities on the ARA Board agenda; the promotion and branding of the industry, and addressing the skilled labour shortages in rail over the next 10 years.

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