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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Executive team

Our Executive has a wealth of experience and skills to lead the PTA in its delivery of safe, customer-focussed, integrated and efficient transport services in Western Australia

Richard Sellers - Chief Executive Officer (Director General - Transport)

Richard SellersAs head of the Transport Portfolio, Richard is responsible for setting the strategic direction of transport in WA, shaping the development of a number of major integrated transport plans and leading the implementation of the State’s transformational capital projects.

Prior to his appointment in 2016, Richard held a number of senior roles in the public sector, including Director General of the Department of Mines and Petroleum.

In 2014, he was awarded the WA Patron's Award for his contribution to the resources sector, which is the highest honour in public administration given annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the State.

Richard currently holds the positions of Director General of the Department of Transport, Commissioner for Main Roads WA and CEO of the PTA.

Mark Burgess - Managing Director

Mark Burgess

Mark has gained extensive logistic, transport and people management skills through 21 years in the army and 20 years in senior public transport management roles.

He joined the PTA at its formation in 2003, after six years with the Department of Transport and the Department for Planning and Infrastructure when Transperth was managed under those agencies.

As PTA’s Managing Director, Mark is responsible for the day to day operations of the PTA. Before moving to this position five years ago, Mark was Executive Director of the Transperth system – that is Perth’s integrated bus, train and ferry system – for 12 years.

Richard Wales - General Manager, Network & Infrastructure

Richard Wales

Richard joined the PTA in March 2014 from the British rail industry where he was the head of engineering  for enhancement projects for the UK Rail Infrastructure Manager.  He is a Chartered Electrical Engineer and has worked in the rail industry for 24 years.

Richard previously held roles in the private sector as general manager responsible for maintenance, and as a business development manager for an engineering consultancy operating globally, delivering projects and growing the business.

Richard’s responsibilities include the asset management of the railway infrastructure and the provision of IT services to support the PTA’s operations.

Pat Italiano - General Manager, Transperth Train Operations

Pat ItalianoIn a 42-year career in public transport, Pat has acquired considerable expertise in business and strategic management, risk management, contract negotiations and audit. Since 1995 he has been a leading player in running the Transperth urban passenger rail network, and became GM of TTO in 2004.

Pat has direct line responsibility for all customer service personnel, train controllers, train drivers, service planners, depot staff, rollingstock procurement and maintenance (diesel and electric), and security personnel. He is responsible for promoting and managing the delivery of urban passenger rail to the highest customer service standards and is committed to ensuring the successful integration and delivery of expansions to the network.

Professionally, Pat is a qualified accountant, with a Bachelor of Business majoring in accounting and economics, a post-graduate diploma in accounting and is a member of CPA Australia.

Tim Woolerson - General Manager Transwa

Tim Woolerson

Twenty-one years in the military has provided Tim with extensive logistics and management skills along with an Associate Diploma in Engineering Maintenance. Tim joined the PTA 10 years ago as Transperth Fleet Manager after six years in the private sector working in the vehicle fleet management field.

In his current role he is responsible for the delivery of customer-focussed, safe and cost-effective transport services through the regional train and road coach network, the maintenance of infrastructure, and the management of contracts associated with these services.

Charlotte Hayes - A/Executive Director Transperth System, Regional and School Bus Services

Martin White

Charlotte’s responsibilities include managing and marketing the Transperth system, comprising commercial bus contractors, a commercial ferry contractor and the urban passenger rail services.

She also oversees the management of Regional Town Bus Services and School Bus Services. Charlotte has over 10 years’ experience with Transperth System, Regional and School Bus Services, managing special events, marketing and passenger information delivery.

David Browne - Executive Director, Safety and Strategic Development

David BrowneDavid joined PTA predecessor WAGRC in December 2002 as a policy officer. He has a Master of Transport Studies degree (UWA) as well as qualifications in policy and management. He had previously spent 20 years in the aviation industry including 15 years in the RAAF where he worked in a number of areas including strategic airspace management, policy and planning.

He is responsible for the provision of strategic services in safety, policy, business and information management, workers compensation, risk management, disability access, environment, emergency management and strategic planning, as well as the management of the freight rail network leases and the PTA’s involvement in freight rail network development initiatives.

Kevin Kirk - Executive Director, Finance and Contracts

Kevin Kirk


Kevin has more than 40 years’ experience in public service and has held senior roles in Main Roads WA and DoT. He holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) degree and is a CPA and a fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants. His professional interest is in the areas of financial management, business performance and procurement.

As the PTA’s Chief Finance Officer, Kevin is responsible for maintaining PTA’s financial management and procurement systems and processes.

Brian Appleby - Executive Director, People and Organisational Development

Brian ApplebyBrian joined the PTA in February 2008, bringing more than 30 years’ experience in labour relations, human resource management, workforce services and learning and development.

After beginning his career in the private sector, Brian undertook a range of roles as an operative, operational manager and director in key public sector agencies and central Government departments. He has a post-graduate qualification in industrial relations and is a former Australian Army Reserve officer. He is vice-chair of the Logistics Training Council and a member of the Australasian Railways Workforce Development Committee.

Along with his responsibility for strategic people management, Brian oversees the delivery of functional human resource services for the PTA’s people.

Ross Hamilton - Director Major Projects

Ross HamiltonRoss has worked for Westrail and the PTA for 28 years in various roles including construction, planning, land rationalisation and maintenance. With the inception of the PTA he worked as manager of track and civil infrastructure, then took over the construction of the Mandurah railway through the critical commissioning phase for the commencement of services in December 2007.

In recent years Ross has overseen the completion of the the Perth City Link project which includes the sinking of the Fremantle Line through Northbridge. He also oversaw the extension to the Joondalup Line from Clarkson to Butler, which increased the PTA's network by 7.5km. He is also responsible for overseeing the transport infrastructure component of the new Perth Stadium project, the new Aubin Grove Station and the multi-storey car park at Edgewater Station. With the development of the route for the Forrestfield-Airport Link under way, the size and complexity of this project will also see it being managed from within the Major Projects area.

David Hynes - Manager Corporate Communications

David Hynes

David brought a wealth of communications experience to the PTA (then WAGRC) when he joined the organisation in 2003 and has been a significant contributor to its communications activities, especially media relations, since then. Immediately prior to his appointment he had been working as a government media adviser to a senior Cabinet Minister.

He had previously worked as a freelance journalist, writing for a range of national and international publications, and run his own public relations consultancy, providing high-level strategic advice to a big number of clients. This followed a 20-year career at WA Newspapers working on the Daily News, Weekend News and Countryman, culminating in a three-year stint as Business and Finance Editor of The West Australian.


Owen Thomas - Director of Infrastructure Planning and Land Services


Owen is responsible for leading a team of passionate staff in planning for the future of Perth’s rail network, and managing the PTA’s wider land assets and environmental obligations. Prior to this role Owen worked as the PTA Manager for Route and Infrastructure Utilisation Planning and as a senior planner at the Department of Transport, most recently as part of the MAX Light Rail project team. Owen started his career working for the PTA in 2001 as part of the Transperth Service Development team, where he was involved in the day to day planning and operations of Perth’s public transport system. Owen has qualifications in both land use and transport planning, and in 2007 was awarded the CILTA/SCLAA WA Young Professional of the Year.

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