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Saturday, April 21, 2018

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 Sellers

 

As 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.

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 is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the PTA. Before moving to this position, he was executive director of the Transperth system – Perth’s integrated bus, train and ferry system – for 12 years.

Mark joined the PTA after six years with DoT and the Department for Planning and Infrastructure (DPI), when Transperth was managed under those agencies. He gained extensive logistics, transport and people management skills during 21 years in the army and 20 years in senior public transport management roles.

 
Richard Wales - General Manager, Network & Infrastructure

Richard Wales

 

Richard’s responsibilities include the asset management of the railway infrastructure and the provision of IT services to support the PTA’s operations. He joined the PTA from the British rail industry where he was the head of engineering for enhancement projects.

He previously held roles in the private sector as a general manager responsible for maintenance and as a business development manager for an engineering consultancy.

 
Elwyn Gearon - Acting General Manager, Transperth Train Operations

Elwyn Gearon

 

Elwyn has direct line responsibility for all customer service personnel, security personnel, train controllers, train drivers, service planners, depot staff and staff responsible for rollingstock procurement and maintenance (diesel and electric). 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, Elwyn is a degree qualified Mechanical Engineer, with additional qualifications in business and project management, and over 25 years experience working in public transport.

 
Tim Woolerson - General Manager Transwa

Tim Woolerson

 

Tim’s responsibilities include managing the delivery of transport services through the regional train and road coach network, the maintenance of infrastructure, and the management of contracts.

Before joining the PTA, he spent six years in the private sector working in the vehicle fleet management field, and 21 years in the military, where he acquired extensive logistics and management experience and expertise.

 
Peter Jones - Acting Executive Director Transperth System, Regional and School Bus Services

Peter Jones

 

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

He also oversees the management of Regional Town Bus Services and School Bus Services.

David Browne - Executive Director, Safety and Strategic Development

David Browne

 

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

Before joining PTA predecessor WAGRC, he spent 20 years in the aviation industry including 15 years in the RAAF.

 
Kevin Kirk - Executive Director, Finance and Contracts

Kevin Kirk

 

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

Kevin is a FCPA and a fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants. He has more than 40 years’ experience in public service and has held senior roles in MRWA and DoT.

 
Brian Appleby - Executive Director, People and Organisational Development

Brian Appleby

 

Brian is responsible for strategic people management, as well as overseeing the delivery of functional human resource services for the PTA’s people.

He has more than 30 years’ experience in labour relations, human resource management, workforce services and learning and development. Brian is also vice-chair of the Logistics Training Council, and chair of the Australasian Railways Workforce Development Committee.

 
Ross Hamilton - Director Major Projects

Ross Hamilton

 

Ross is responsible for the delivery of major projects such as the Kenwick Freight Facility and Radio System Replacement project, the transport infrastructure component of the Perth Stadium project, the new Aubin Grove Station, the multi- storey car park at Edgewater Station and the Forrestfield-Airport Link.

Ross has worked for Westrail and the PTA in various roles including construction, planning, land rationalisation and maintenance.

 
David Hynes - Manager Corporate Communications

David Hynes

 

David has contributed significantly to the PTA’s communications expertise and activities, specially in media relations.

He has previously worked as a media adviser to a senior Cabinet Minister; contributed to national and international publications as a freelance journalist; and run his own public relations consultancy.

This followed a 20-year career at WA Newspapers, 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 Thomas

 

Owen oversees the planning for the future of Perth’s rail network including its integration within the wider transport system and urban development. He also manages the PTA’s wider land assets and environmental obligations.

Previously he worked as the PTA’s manager for Route and Infrastructure Utilisation Planning, and was a senior transit planner in the MAX Light Rail project team.
 


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