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The RTAA has an active and diverse Management Committee which is responsible for overseeing the activities of the Executive, including playing a governance role. Elected annually at the Annual General Meeting at AusRAIL, the committee includes all office bearers (the Executive) and at least three other elected members.

Management Committee meetings are held at least three times per year.

The following Management Committee Members, in addition to the Executive, were elected in 2019:

Marketing Manager

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Laurena Basutu

Marketing Manager

Laurena is a Civil and Environmental Engineer with specialist technical experience in rail acoustics. She is passionate about delivering projects that change the everyday lives of ordinary people. She is particularly interested in how process improvement, engineering expertise and technology can deliver better results. 
Currently she is the Project Manager Train Delivery for New Intercity Fleet Project. 

Laurena has managed many freight rail performance and service delivery projects including:
·        the delivery of the 23rd and 24th Sydney Growth Trains B Sets into revenue service,
·        the roll out, from procurement and contract negotiation through to service delivery, of several On Demand Public Transport pilot projects trialling the delivery of public transport using flexible routes and on demand scheduling driven by new ridesharing technology platforms, and
·        the delivery of Transport for NSW’s $50 million Freight Noise Attenuation Program to reduce noise along freight train lines.
She is very excited to be part of the RTAA’s vision to make rail more inclusive for everyone.

 

NSW/ACT Chapter:

Jim Mahood

Chair

Jim has 35 years' civil engineering experience and started his career as a civil engineer with the State Rail Authority of NSW.
Since that time he has held various positions including within Broadspectrum’s rail and power businesses, as well as having experience in road maintenance and pavement stabilisation projects.
Key rail projects Jim has been involved with include the Sydney Airport Line and Epping to Chatswood Rail Tunnel maintenance contracts. Adding to this experience, Jim brings his commitment to cooperative contracting philosophies and developing outsourced asset management solutions in transport infrastructure.

He was elected to the Executive in 2016 and has been an active RTAA member for many years, including playing a key role on the Rail Industry Field Day organising committee.

Laurena Basutu

Vice-Chair

Laurena is a Civil and Environmental Engineer with specialist technical experience in rail acoustics. She is passionate about delivering projects that change the everyday lives of ordinary people. She is particularly interested in how process improvement, engineering expertise and technology can deliver better results. 
Currently she is the Project Manager Train Delivery for New Intercity Fleet Project. 

Laurena has managed many freight rail performance and service delivery projects including:
·        the delivery of the 23rd and 24th Sydney Growth Trains B Sets into revenue service,
·        the roll out, from procurement and contract negotiation through to service delivery, of several On Demand Public Transport pilot projects trialling the delivery of public transport using flexible routes and on demand scheduling driven by new ridesharing technology platforms, and
·        the delivery of Transport for NSW’s $50 million Freight Noise Attenuation Program to reduce noise along freight train lines.
She is very excited to be part of the RTAA’s vision to make rail more inclusive for everyone.

Committee Members:

Thomas Kerr, Jonathan Barnes, David Bainbridge, Peter Milton, Abbie Thomas, Samiha Najem, Nour El-Hajj, Lai Le and Brett Harvey

VIC/TAS Chapter:

Anna Murray

Chair

Anna has 23 years’ experience as both an Engineer and Leader over a wide range of projects and clients, the majority of her time working specifically in the rail industry. She has extensive technical and managerial skills in the development and delivery of multi-disciplinary projects, rail maintenance programs to support a reliable network, business improvement initiatives and overall asset assurance management  and developed this experience and skill set in both the UK and Australia in private and public sector roles.
Additional experience includes business development, strategy production, commercial management, design management and integration, project completions and a good understanding of overall railway operations.  Another key focus has been in regard to technical competency and capability development and a particular interest is in multi-skilling staff and developing the next generation of both Engineers and Leaders in the industry.
Qualifications

Simon Lehman

Vice-Chair

Simon is a Senior Signalling Project Engineer with John Holland. He has 10 year’s experience in the rail industry and has completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Robotics & Mechatronics), Bachelor of Science (Computer Science & Software Engineering), Graduate Diploma in Railway Signalling and Telecommunications and a Diploma in Project Management. Simon has been involved with the construction and delivery of many minor and major projects around Victoria. These projects have provided Simon with a broad range of experience and provided the opportunity to work with various Signalling Systems and equipment, both new and old. Simon has observed firsthand the dedication, careful planning and preparation required in order to successfully undertake large and complex multi-disciplinary brownfields projects.

Committee Members:

Paul Trask, Thomas Scash

QLD/WA/SA/NT Chapter:

Tom Kerr

Chair

As RTAA President, Thomas’ vision is to encourage and inspire the younger generation to live their dreams, take calculated risks and ensure they do not take for granted the knowledge and wisdom their seniors have passed down to them. 

Thomas is a Chartered Professional Project Manager, Civil Engineer and a Tutor with nearly 10 years of experience in the construction and maintenance of railways. He has completed a Bachelor of Civil Engineering, a Diploma of Project Management and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. 

With extensive expertise in rail, Thomas has a broad understanding of different railway modes such as heavy rail, metro and light rail. He has achieved many accolades including Sydney Trains Gold Award, RTAA Young Rail Specialist Award and Transport for NSW’s Employee Excellence Award. 

Thomas thoroughly enjoys working with his teams, challenging the norm and working in such a diverse and vibrant environment that is transport industry.

Vice-Chair – Vacant