Victorian Ports Corporation
Rachel Johnson took up the role of inaugural Chief Executive Officer of Victorian Ports Corporation (Melbourne) (VPCM) in November 2016, following the Victorian Government’s successful leasing of the Port of Melbourne’s commercial operations to a private sector operator.
Rachel has wide ranging experience of Australian freight and logistics businesses and the development and operation of transport infrastructure in both the public and private sectors.
Rachel has held senior positions in New South Wales government bodies as well as in a number of high profile private sector companies.
Rachel holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours), Aeronautical Engineering, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has advanced management qualifications.
As the CFO of Transdev Australasia, Alexia is responsible for the financial management and reporting of the business, including overseeing the financial performance and improvements of operations within the region.
Alexia is a finance professional with over 19 years’ experience in audit and financial management, across a range of industries including recruitment, defence and transportation.
Alexia has a strong expertise and leadership in all the administrative, financial and tax areas and a proven track record in establishing and leading audit and finance teams. Proficient in four languages (English, French, Italian and Spanish), her multi-lingual, stakeholder engagement and customer centric skills have allowed Alexia to quickly cross cultural boundaries and organisational levels to support and benefit business outcomes.
Alexia holds a Masters in Audit from EDHEC Business Schools and a Masters in Finance from University of Barcelona.
Infrastructure & Project Financing Agency
Leilani Frew was appointed as the inaugural CEO of the Australian Government’s Infrastructure and Project Financing Agency in 2017. IPFA is an executive agency that works with the Australian Government, States and Territories as well as private sector stakeholders and provides independent commercial and financial advice to support the Australian Government’s infrastructure investment decisions.
With a career spanning over 25 years, Leilani is a respected and experienced infrastructure finance and advisory professional having held a number of leadership positions in both the private and public sectors. Prior to joining IPFA, Leilani spent nearly five years leading NSW Treasury teams in the provision of commercial and financial advice to the NSW Government and its agencies delivering on the Government’s major infrastructure and services commissioning priorities and serving on a number of Government advisory boards and committees.
Before her public service career, Leilani held senior positions in Moelis, RBS, ABN AMRO and Commonwealth Bank specialising in supporting public and private sector organisations to acquire, divest and/or raise capital for infrastructure assets around the world. Her contribution to the infrastructure industry was recognised by her peers in 2015 when she received the Women’s Achievement in Infrastructure Award from Infrastructure Partnerships Australia. Leilani holds a Masters of Applied Finance from Macquarie University and a Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Engineering, both from the Queensland University of Technology.
With a reputation of embracing the complex and the challenging as well as harnessing the power of people to get things done, Leilani enjoys enabling positive transformation through effective governance and collaborative implementation. Passionate about rugby union, she is an ardent All Blacks supporter and, together with her husband Paul, is a proud parent of their son Joshua.
Department of Transport Victoria
Fiona Adamson is passionate about people and the journeys we make. As an executive director at the Department of Transport, Fiona is managing people through disruptions as Victoria builds more than $50 billion of new road and rail infrastructure. In her previous role as director of customer experience at PTV, one of Fiona’s initiatives was the mobile myki partnership with Google.
Before joining the public sector three years ago, Fiona was director of customer service at Foxtel. Fiona is also held senior roles in the airline and banking industries. Fiona’s leadership style is supportive. Fiona rewards creativity and values honest feedback. Mentoring women is a priority.
Anna Vourtsis joined VicTrack in 2011 and has been a member of the Executive team since 2015.
Anna is an exceptional stakeholder engagement leader with experience working for high profile government and private organisations. She is passionate about stakeholder and community engagement, organisational strategy, and driving change management initiatives.
Prior to joining VicTrack, Anna worked in private consulting providing strategic advice around communications strategies, stakeholder engagement and advocacy. Anna also spent eight years in local government in natural resource management, and corporate and community planning.
Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development & Cities
Kerryn Vine-Camp has worked across the Australian Public Service (APS) in several Senior Executive Service positions including the Australian Public Service Commission, Department of Health, Human Services, Immigration and Border Protection, Attorney General’s and the Department of Climate and Energy Efficiency. In Karry’s current role leading the Western Sydney Unit, she is excited to be combining a broad range of skills in Federal and State government along with a passion for aviation.
Colin was appointed as the EGM – Program and Delivery in February 2019. Colin is the head of the new team formed to manage the interface and delivery of the multi-billion dollar upgrades to the V/Line Network.
The Program and Delivery Team was formed in response to the major investment in regional rail and the associated growing organisational need for future focus and planning, without compromising the day to day operational outcomes demanded by our customers and stakeholders.
Colin has held several roles within V/Line including the Executive General Manager of Strategy and Program, the Executive General Manager of Asset Management and General Manager of Major Works, during which time he led many level crossing initiatives and managed all operational assets for the V/Line Network. Colin joined V/Line in 2007 as the Senior Signalling Engineer.
Colin has more than 30 years’ experience in the rail industry, having commenced his career as Technical Officer in the British Rail Signalling and Telecommunications Department and having over 20 years’ experience leading multi-disciplinary rail projects within Australia and Europe.
Irene Rusak is an experienced General Counsel with a proven record of managing an in house legal function and team. Having joined Sydney Trains in 2017, Irene provides strategic and practical legal advice in a complex business environment. Throughout her distinguished career, Irene has lead and implemented large scale change programs and has a particular focus in managing Corporate Governance in dynamic and large complex organisations.
Translink, Department of Transport & Main Roads Queensland
Sarah has an extensive career in the public transport sector spanning national and international markets across both public and private sector organisations leading various streams including strategy, policy, service planning and customer channels.
Throughout her career, Sarah has balanced strategic intent and operational activities to deliver seamless structural, behavioural and cultural transformational change programs.
Sarah is well known for her strong inclusive leadership style, and natural ability to distil complex challenges into pragmatic solutions.
In her current role, Sarah is responsible driving the Queensland State Government’s $371 million Smart Ticketing strategy and customer transition approach, providing strategic leadership across accessibility, advocacy, policy, customer research, marketing, communications, media and stakeholder engagement teams.
Keolis Downer Victoria (Yarra Trams)
Department of Transport Victoria
Fatima Mohamed strives to serve the community and knows it can only be done through authentic relationships and working with colleagues who bring diversity, smarts and passion to deliver meaningful services.
Fatima’s career has taken her across a number of public service areas including communications and engagement, policy, community development, utilities and infrastructure delivery works. Nothing sends more fire in Fatima’s belly and meaning and motivation than when she sees teamwork at play that is valued and contributes to our communities, life and liveability.
Australian Rail Track Corporation
Ngaire Walkinshaw, CPA, is an experienced leader and finance professional. Ngaire has worked as a General Manager at Australian Rail Track Corporation Ltd for 10 years leading large end to end processes, change initiatives, people management and process improvements. Ngaire has held senior and project management roles, mainly in large infrastructure companies, both in Australia and the UK. Ngaire’s passion is leading people and change, simplifying and streamlining processes and adding value through the presentation of data. Ngaire has used her leadership skills in mentoring emerging leaders, coaching staff and sharing her insights on resilience.
Anna Dartnell is the General Manager of Aurizon’s Iron Ore and Central Bulk Operations in Western Australia. She is a proven operational leader, with broad industry experience spanning Resources, Manufacturing, Transport (Road, Port & Rail), Logistics and Professional Services.
Anna began her working life in the field of Industrial Relations and Organisational Effectiveness in the WA mining sector, before moving to develop industry-leading expertise in supply chain management and operational excellence working with some of Australia’s most iconic manufacturing, distribution and transport businesses.
In addition to her role with Aurizon, Anna is a Non-Executive Director with the Kimberley Ports Authority and Brightwater Care Group Ltd and serves on the Board of NAWO (the National Association of Women in Operations), Australia’s peak body representing women in operational businesses.
She’s a passionate advocate for gender diversity in operational industries and an active mother of two children.
Belinda Flynn is the General Manager Health, Safety and Environment for Qube Holdings Limited. With more than 20 years’ experience in human resources, health and safety and change management Belinda’s experience across large global workforces, coupled with her background in operations and workplace safety and compliance places her as leader in Diversity and Inclusion.
Professional People Whisperer
Recently voted as one of YMag’s Top Ten Women to Watch in 2019, Anneli’s passion for decoding people and performance dynamics make her a sought after speaker, mentor and leadership expert. She makes the complex job of understanding why people do what they do (and how to get the best out of them), both accessible and entertaining. As a Professional People Whisperer, Anneli works with leaders to increase their influence, engagement and interpersonal impact for better business results. Anneli is the co-author of several books on shifting human behaviour with her latest book, ‘Developing Direct Reports: Taking the guesswork out of leading leaders,’ providing a reference guide for developing leadership performance on the job. Oh and she’s a nifty parallel parker, a keen runner and a salsa dancing addict who has been featured as an expert across multimedia publications including Foxtel’s Sky News-Business Success program, The Australian – Business Review, Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, The Advertiser, The Courier-Mail, HuffPost, 3AW, and Modern Business Magazine, to name a few.
Jo Wise Leadership
Jo Wise is a Leadership Coach, Keynote Speaker and Executive Performance & Behavioural Adviser to female leaders, executives and high-level entrepreneurs at jowiseleadership.com. Jo is very passionate about working with women who want to effect lasting influence and growth within their business and organisational structures and help them reach new heights in a sustainable way, by being true to their personal strengths and values.