CLOSING DISCUSSION | Level crossing removal

30 Nov 2023Transport
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CLOSING DISCUSSION | Level crossing removal

CLOSING DISCUSSION | Level crossing removal

30 Nov 2023Transport
About the speakers
  • Megan Drayton
    Megan Drayton
    Foundation Manager at TrackSAFE Foundation NZ
    Megan Drayton has managed TrackSAFE Foundation NZ since 2008, after also working for KiwiRail’s predecessor ‘Tranz Rail’ in the early 2000s. Her role at TrackSAFE involves promoting safety around the New Zealand rail network, including developing and advising on public safety campaigns, engaging with stakeholders and advocating for safety improvements based on risk. She works closely with TrackSAFE sponsors KiwiRail, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, Transdev Wellington, Greater Wellington Regional Council, John Holland, Auckland One Rail, Auckland Transport and JMDR, as well as road controlling authorities, NZ Police, rail heritage groups and victims and families personally affected by rail collisions. Megan also works alongside partners to encourage and support evidence-based rail safety education in New Zealand primary schools. TrackSAFE NZ has close ties with TrackSAFE Australia. A memorandum of understanding between the organisations recognises the common interests and commitment to promoting safety and reducing incidents on the rail networks in both countries.
  • Stephen Shaddock
    Stephen Shaddock
    Alliance General Manager - North Western Program Alliance at John Holland
    Stephen Shaddock (BEng) is an accomplished rail professional with over 20 years’ experience managing some of Australia’s largest rail construction and upgrade projects. He is currently Alliance General Manager for the $3.5B North Western Program Alliance (NWPA), leading a team of over 600 staff on the level crossing removal project in Melbourne. To date, the Level Crossing Program has removed over 75 dangerous and congested level crossings around the city and delivered a range of upgrades including new stations, track duplication and stabling yards to create safer, more open spaces for local communities to enjoy. Previously, Stephen has led delivery teams for some of Victoria’s most challenging and technically complex rail projects, such as the Regional Rail Link ($600M) and Metro Tunnel ($500M) on which he managed cross-functional teams with a focus on developing sustainable solutions that optimise whole-of-life outcomes. He has also been involved in the design development of several high-profile rail construction projects, such as the Melbourne Airport Rail Link and Geelong Fast Rail, giving him a strong understanding of the latest technologies and best practices in the industry. He is passionate about innovation and advancing diversity in construction and continuously seeks opportunities to enhance project efficiencies and outcomes for his clients.
  • David Gordon
    David Gordon
    Chief Capital Planning and Asset Development Officer at KiwiRail
    David joined KiwiRail in 2007 and has held a variety of project, property, RMA and operational portfolios. His current role is overseeing KiwiRail’s strategic capital projects.
  • Neil Cook
    Neil Cook
    Deputy Director Land Transport at Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
    Neil has had a 20 year management and consulting career in local and central government including an exciting and challenging 3 year stint in Fiji setting up a roading authority for the Government of Fiji. Since 2019 he has been involved in the rebuild of regulatory functions inside Waka Kotahi and as the Deputy Director of Land Transport works closely with the Director focussing on developing Waka Kotahi into a best practice modern regulator
  • Mark Lambert
    Mark Lambert
    Executive General Manager Integrated Networks at Auckland Transport
    Mark is the Executive General Manager at Auckland Transport responsible for the planning, development, new build and asset management of Auckland’s regionally owned transport network fixed infrastructure across roads (excluding State Highways), public transport and active modes and public transport rolling stock. Mark has previously been responsible for the planning, development and operational outsourcing of public transport services across bus, train, ferry and on-demand. This has included overseeing the transformation and evolution of the Auckland public transport service network over the last 15 years, doubled public transport use, and contributing to Auckland being amongst the top three in the World under the UITP Global Index for public transport rate of use growth. More recently Mark undertook the role of Interim Chief Executive for Auckland Transport between June 2022 and April 2023. Mark studied Construction Engineering and Management at Loughborough University in the UK.  He spent the first 10 years in construction and infrastructure project management in the UK and Europe.  Mark moved to New Zealand in 2003 working for Ernst & Young before joining Auckland local government in public transport in 2004.

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