Expert insight: a deep dive into heavy haul

30 Mar 2023
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Expert insight: a deep dive into heavy haul

30 Mar 2023
About the speakers
  • Georgia Nicholls
    Georgia Nicholls
    General Manager - Rail Freight & Heavy Haul at Australasian Railway Association
    Georgia Nicholls commenced in the role of General Manager – Rail Freight with the ARA in late January 2021. Georgia was most recently employed as Stakeholder Relations and Issues Manager with Dairy Australia leading national dairy industry response to crises, natural disasters and threats to the industry’s social licence. Previously, Georgia served as CEO of the Victorian Taxi Association during transformative change in the passenger vehicle industry, and held various roles in the Victorian transport sector and Victorian public service.
  • Tamara Mahes
    Tamara Mahes
    General Manager Rail Operations at Fortescue
    Over her 18 years in heavy haul, Tamara has successfully led and delivered continuous improvement programs across operations and maintenance, as well as large-scale mega-capital projects. She has held leadership positions both nationally and globally at top tier mining and logistics companies, and is locally-based in the Pilbara community.
  • As a natural empathetic leader, Candis Rhodes thrives on building high performing teams and coaching developing leaders. Her style of building resilient groups creates an environment that people want to be part of. Candis is known to enjoy life, enjoy her work assignments and bring a positive mood of happiness to the work environment. Starting her Rio Tinto career in construction, she worked across many teams. She delivered technology and expansion projects and lead teams in the leading edge RTIO Operations Centre. Candis then spent 4 years in the Railways division, delivering highly challenging automation projects into Rail Operations. She has experience managing large operations teams with high engagement scores.

Key takeaways

The Australasian Railway Association is addressing the skill demand in the rail industry by trying to help industry collaborate better and directing the right skills into rail careers.

The rail industry is welcoming to collaboration, but commercial constraints and intellectual property concerns sometimes hinder progress.

The best part of being in the rail industry is the opportunity to be brave and do something different and contribute to the world.