The International Association of Public Transport Australia/New Zealand (UITPANZ) podcast series, Women Who Move Nations, features interviews with public transport leaders from Australia, New Zealand and around the world. Each guest shares her insights on the big issues impacting mobility today along with their career journeys. Hosted by UITPANZ Executive Director, Michelle Batsas.
The Hon. Jacinta Allan, Minister for Transport Infrastructure, Coordination of Transport: COVID-19 and the Suburban Rail Loop, Victorian Government
The Hon. Jacinta Allan MP has held public transport portfolios since 2014. She's passionate about ensuring public transport meets the needs of urban and regional communities. She's driven to create better connections and services for everyone. Through a range of projects big and small, including Melbourne's Metro Tunnel and the Level Crossings Removal Project, she's transforming public transport infrastructure across Victoria. She's also transforming the sector itself through the Women in Transport program, setting workforce targets and making sure women know about the pathways and opportunities available to them.
Hon Rita Saffioti MLA, Minister for Transport; Planning, Western Australia
Western Australia's Minister for Transport and Planning, the Hon. Rita Saffioti MLA, is transforming the state by planning transport projects that deliver better mobility and economic benefits. She's particularly proud of the local rail car manufacturing policy which she wrote in opposition and is now implementing as part of Perth's Metronet project. She encourages women to join public transport to gain skills in a range of areas from engineering, signalling, driving heavy vehicles to customer service, that can also be transferred to other sectors such as mining and agriculture. For her, the key to success is focusing on work that makes you happy and being genuine.
Wendy McMillan, President Australia and New Zealand, Bombardier Transportation
Wendy McMillan, President Australia and New Zealand for Bombardier Transportation, has three decades of executive leadership experience. While workplaces have improved to be more inclusive for women, there's still a long way to go. Wendy wants to see organisations be proactive, "almost tenacious", in mandating and leading policies to create gender equity. Wendy believes public transport can offer a diverse range of people exciting and varied careers. Leaders must create a workplace culture where different needs are met and everyone - from the new starter to senior executives like herself - is open to continual learning and not afraid to ask questions.
Hon Julie Anne Genter, Minister for Women, Associate Minister for Transport and Associate Minister for Health, New Zealand Government
The Honourable Julie Anne Genter is New Zealand's Minister for Women and Associate Minister for Transport and for Health. Her passion for urban and transport planning got her into politics. She advocated for over a decade to have minimum parking requirements removed from district plans, to allow for more beneficial use of urban space. She highlights how the cost of subsidising public transport is much lower than the cost of another car on the road. She implores women to back themselves and fight for transport and the future of the planet.
Leila Frances, Chairman of the Board, Keolis Downer and President, Keolis - Middle East and India
As Chairman of the Board of Keolis Downer in Australia and President of the Middle East and India for Keolis, Leila Frances is a woman who moves many nations. She has built her expertise through on-the-ground operational experience, understanding people and line management, then switching to the commercial side of the business and growing that into an international perspective. She oversees the world's largest tram network in Melbourne, Australia's first multimodal network in Newcastle, Gold Coast light rail and new automated metro systems in Doha, Qatar and Hyderabad, India. Reflecting on her career in public transport, Leila feels fortunate to work in such a forward-thinking sector that’s all about changing cities and people’s lives.
Loretta Lynch, Managing Director, Transdev Melbourne
Transdev Melbourne's Managing Director, Loretta Lynch, is proud to join the team delivering around 30 percent of Melbourne's bus network, with 1400 staff, 500 buses and 25 million passenger journeys a year. The jewel in their crown is Melbourne's first locally-built, fully electric bus. Loretta first got hooked on working in public transport when she delivered Stage 2 of the Gold Coast light rail upgrade, allowing three times the usual services to be run for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Career-wise, she highlights how her unique approach to networking, seeking out people she can help, rather than the other way around, has made the task enjoyable and led her to many professional opportunities.
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Great insights for anyone interested in public transport or empowering women professionally
Insightful discussions with inspirational women
A fabulous podcast for anyone new to transport or looking for insights and inspiration for a long term career in the transport industry.