John Anderson| Chairman
The Hon John Anderson AO served as a member of the Federal Parliament for nearly two decades. During that time he held the portfolio of Transport and Regional Services, and was the Deputy Prime Minister for six years.
John and his wife Julia farm in north-west NSW; he is active in the not-for-profit sector.
Ken Matthews| Vice-Chair
Ken Matthews is a consultant specialising in government issues.
Ken retired as Chairman of the Australian National Water Commission in October 2010. He was previously the Secretary (CEO) of the Federal Department of Transport and Regional Services, and prior to that, the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. In previous years Mr Matthews worked in the Australian Government’s Department of Primary Industries and Energy where he was responsible for policy advice on Australia’s mining industries. He has also served in the Department of Industry, Technology and Commerce where, for seven years, he was responsible for advice on manufacturing industry policy and technology policy.
Mr Matthews has been elected a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration – Australia, a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. Mr Matthews was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2001 for services to public administration. In 2005 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for services to regional communities, the national transport system and for his contribution to public administration in Australia. Mr Matthews completed an economics degree, majoring in Government in 1974 at the University of Sydney.
Vicki Brown| Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer
Vicki is the inaugural Executive Director of the Australasian Centre for Rail Innovation (ACRI). Prior to this she was the Director for Transport Policy for the Australasian Railway Association (ARA). Her prime responsibility at the ARA was spearheading the campaign to successfully obtain radio spectrum vital for rail.
Vicki's career background was at the senior executive level in the Commonwealth Government and she has over 26 years' experience in policy development and negotiation.
Vicki brings to her role at ACRI extensive experience in policy development, market reform, standards development and research which will be highly beneficial in progressing ACRI's agenda.
Neil Scales| Director-General, Department of Transport and Main Roads
Neil joined the Queensland Public Sector in March 2012 as CEO of TransLink, where he was responsible for leadership of the public transport network across Queensland. In this role Neil was accountable for an annual budget of more than $1.5 billion and partnerships with TransLink's 19 service delivery programs.
Neil not only became trade qualified but also studied for a series of work-related qualifications at Sunder lan Polytechnic including ONC (Engineering), HNC (Electrical and Electronic Engineering), a BSc (Engineering) and an MSc in Control Engineering and Computing Systems. This was supplemented by qualifications in general management, a Diploma in Management Studies with Distinction and an MBA with the Open University.
Sue McCarrey| Chief Executive, Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR)
On 8 December 2014, Sue took up the appointment of Chief Executive / National Rail Safety Regulator bringing with her strong leadership to continue the ONRSR’s vision in supporting the rail industry to deliver safe operations.
Sue has worked within the transport sector for over 13 years, most recently as Deputy Director-General, Policy Planning and Investment with the Department of Transport, Western Australia where she had responsibility for implementing the national transport reform, including national rail safety reform, and as Executive Director Safety and Strategic Development at the Public Transport Authority.
A law degree and post-graduate qualifications in policy and administration, along with experience in the transport industry, provides Sue with expertise in rail safety, government policy and administration, including legal frameworks, and the mechanics of government.
Jeroen Weimar| Chief Executive Officer, Public Transport Victoria (PTV)
Jeroen first joined Public Transport Victoria in January 2015 as Executive Director, Performance & Contract Management. In this role he was responsible for managing the franchise agreements and operating contracts for Metro, Yarra Trams, V/Line and all bus contracts across Melbourne and regional Victoria. Jeroen also led PTV's work on the re-negotiation, extension and tendering of new transport operation contracts.
Prior to joining PTV, Jeroen was the Chief Operating Officer, UK Bus at First Group plc, where he was responsible for the operation of over 6,000 buses and 17,000 staff operating across the UK and the turnaround of over 40 regional bus businesses. With over 20 years' experience in the transportation sector, Jeroen has also worked at Serco Group plc as the MD for UK Transport and was the Chief Operating Officer, Surface Transport at Transport for London.
With over 20 years of experience in the transport sphere, Jeroen further bolsters PTV's profile as a highly-capable agency, attracting excellent staff who are well-placed to meet PTV's challenges, and reach their organisational goals.
Tim Ryan| Executive GM, Interstate Network, Australian Rail Track Corporation Ltd (ARTC)
After a 13 year career with the Western Australian Farmers Federation, including 4 years as its Executive Director, Tim joined the then Westrail in 1992.
He was involved in developing the legislation for economic regulation of open access on the Westrail network, and created and managed its Infrastructure Division which was responsible for granting access to third parties.
Tim commenced employment with Australia Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) as General Manager Asset Management in February 2005 and has held the positions of General Manager North/South Corridor, General Manager Hunter Valley and in July 2011 was appointed Executive General Manager Interstate Network, responsible for operations and infrastructure on the ARTC interstate network.
Sid Hay| Manager –Future and Innovation, Railways Division, Rio Tinto Iron Ore
Commencing with Rio Tinto in 1992, Sid has held a number of research, engineering, operational and strategy roles in Rio Tinto's heavy haul railway and port operations in the Pilbara. Sid has a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Queensland and a PhD in erosive wear of metals from Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia.
Bela Felsner| Rail Infrastructure Manager, Fortescue Metals Group Limited
Bela has a background in telecommunications that started with the Royal Australian Air Force. He worked in WA state rail before joining Fortescue Metals Group in early 2008. Currently Fortescue Rail's Infrastructure Manager overseeing Track, Civils, Signals and Communications and associated technologies, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in heavy haul rail to ACRI. Having been with Fortescue since the construction phase of its rail infrastructure, Bela places a unique customer perspective on the requirements of rail innovation for development of the heaviest, fastest and safest purpose-designed railways.
Paul Lowney| General Manager Asset Management & Projects, Brookfield Rail
Paul has spent over 20 years gaining experience in operational businesses and delivering major projects. Paul has degrees in both maths and engineering and commenced his professional career in Europe on large infrastructure projects such as the Channel Tunnel Rail Project.
Paul has subsequently worked with a number of large multinational construction firms, government agencies and in private sector operational businesses.
Jim Modrouvanos| Executive Director, Asset Standards Authority, Transport for NSW
Jim was appointed Executive Director of the Asset Standards Authority on 1 July 2013 with key accountabilities being the development of the technical base for NSW rail assets and the authorisation of organisations undertaking engineering works on the TfNSW funded rail network Jim has qualifications in electrical engineering and public administration and has over 29 years' experience in rail transportation. Jim has held a number of senior management roles in NSW Public Transport Agencies.
Jim has significant experience in asset management, operational technology, engineering systems, standards development, general management and project management.
Michael Bailey| Rail General Manager, BHP Billiton Iron Ore
Michael is currently General Manager Rail with BHP Billiton Iron Ore having commenced this role in March 2016.
Prior to this he was General Manager Port for a period of two and one half years. He was previously Port Manager for Rio Tinto Iron Ore at Cape Lambert for three years and prior to this occupied the role of Railway Maintenance Manager with Rio Tinto for the period 2005 until 2010.
Michael is married with two sons and enjoys snow skiing and photography using Leica rangefinder cameras when time permits.
Stuart Harrison| Head of Rail Operations, Roy Hill
Stuart’s career in rail has spanned 35 years commencing as a trainee driver in 1982. He has held a number of leadership positions throughout this time and has experienced both fly-in fly-out and residential roles with his current position as Head of Rail Operations with Roy Hill based in Port Hedland. Stuart has attained an education level equivalent to Diploma and is currently studying for a degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management.
Stuart has been married to his wife Vicki for 26 years and have two adult boys aged 22 and 24. Stuart is looking forward to working with a great bunch of people, being challenged and having the opportunity to contribute as an ACRI Board member.