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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

Peter Woronzow - Chief Executive Officer (and Director General - Transport)

Peter Woronzow

After acting in the role for about 18 months, Peter Woronzow was confirmed as head of the transport portfolio in November 2021, assuming the positions of CEO of the PTA, Director-General of the Department of Transport, and Commissioner of Main Roads WA. As such, he 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.

Having previously been Managing Director of Main Roads, Peter brings a wealth of experience, having worked in the Transport Portfolio for several decades.

He is a member of CPA Australia, chairman of the Australian Road Research Board and a director on the Board of Austroads Ltd.

Mark Burgess - Managing Director

Mark Burgess


Mark leads the Executive team responsible for the day-to-day operations of the PTA and the many projects the PTA is involved in. Before moving to the Managing Director position in 2010, he was Executive Director of the Transperth system – Perth’s integrated bus, train and ferry system – for 12 years.

Mark joined the PTA at its creation in 2003, after six years with the Department of Transport and the Department for Planning and Infrastructure (DPI), when Transperth was managed under those agencies. Prior to joining the WA State Government in public transport roles, he gained extensive logistics, transport and people management skills during 21 years in the army.

Elwyn Gearon - General Manager, Network & Infrastructure

Elwyn Gearon


Elwyn’s responsibilities include management and maintenance of the PTA railway network infrastructure and managing third party access to the PTA 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.

Michael Parker - Executive Director, Infrastructure Planning and Land Services  

Michael Parker


Mike 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.

Mike has over 20 years’ experience within the railway industry and the military. Previously Mike was involved as the Engineering Assurance Manager for the planning stages of numerous METRONET projects that are currently in delivery.

Mark Wirski - General Manager, Transperth Train Operations

Mark Wirski


Mark 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.

Mark has a Commerce degree and more than 15 years’ experience in train operations in a variety of roles.

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.

Martin White - Executive Director Transperth System, Regional and School Bus Services

Martin White


Martin'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.

Garry Taylor - Executive Director PTA Project Delivery

Garry Taylor


Garry is responsible for overseeing the delivery of major projects, including High-Capacity Signalling, Radio Systems Replacement, the Public Transport Operations Control Centre, and the new Midland and Lakelands stations

He joined the PTA from the British rail industry where he spent 25 years working in rollingstock engineering, asset management and train operating organisations.

Robyn Lamont - Executive Director, Finance and Contracts

Robyn Lamont


Robyn is responsible for maintaining the PTA’s financial management and procurement systems and processes.

She was previously Director – Finance Services at the PTA and brings more than 15 years of CFO experience to the role, having worked for publicly-listed Australian and U.S. entities. She also gained two years’ experience as a senior audit manager and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australian and New Zealand.

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.

Charlotte Hayes - Executive Director Customer Strategy and Communications

Charlotte Hayes


Charlotte is responsible for the development and delivery of the PTA’s stakeholder engagement and communication activities, as well as overseeing the provision of special event services and passenger communications. 

Charlotte has over 25 years’ experience in various marketing roles, both in Australia and the UK, including over 15 years with Transperth System, Regional and School Bus Services.

Russell Taylor - Chief Information Officer, Information Management and Operational Systems

Russell Taylor


As the Chief Technology Officer, Russell is responsible for the provision of Information Technology services, advice and solutions to support the PTA’s operations.

Russell has more than 20 years’ experience in Information Technology a range of industries (from finance to government) in both Australia and the UK.

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