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Lewis Crooks

Lewis Crooks
Address: Rail Planning Services – 702, 91 Phillip Street, Parramatta NSW 2150
E-Mail: lewis.crooks@railplanning.net
Office: 0400 177 487
Mobile: 0427 871 050

PROFILE
Lewis’ career incorporates over 30 years’ experience managing road, rail and urban development projects in both government entities and private enterprise. Lewis has led project and construction teams delivering subdivisions, road upgrades and bridgeworks in the ACT and Sydney, large highway earthworks and drainage projects throughout NSW, major multidiscipline rail projects throughout the Sydney Metropolitan Rail Network and a large rail track construction project in Hong Kong. Over the past five years Lewis has been responsible for the successful interface management between Sydney Trains and Transport Projects Delivery Office, with the last six months incorporating portfolio integration across Transport Projects Division.
Lewis’ ability to lead a strong multidiscipline project management team is just one of his strengths. His construction experience allows him to have a pragmatic view of projects, often allowing simple, no-fuss, solutions to challenging problems, including staging of complex projects. His ability to bring together the client, the deliverer and interfacing stakeholders to work as one team has led to the delivery of many demanding projects with minimal conflict or delays.

STRENGHTS AND SKILLS
• Superior ability to manage contracts and the resulting interfaces across government and private enterprise, developing a collaborative workplace meeting all participants’ requirements.
• Experience and ability to lead large multi-disciplined rail projects and work with multi-disciplined project teams.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Strong leader, team player and mentor; coordinating and managing his teams and incorporating the inclusion of interfacing stakeholders into the solution.

EXPERIENCE
TfNSW – Transport Projects Division
Portfolio Integration Manager 2014 – 2015
Management of co-ordination and resolution of cross portfolio issues across Transport Projects Delivery Office (TPO) working collaboratively with Sydney Trains and other rail stakeholders to create a seamless interface between the organisations.
Lewis represents TPO’s interests at meetings with representatives from rail organisations. Activities undertaken include the identification of cross portfolio issues within TPO, discussions with involved parties and the management of the resolution of these issues, including the preparation of a monthly Cross 1
Portfolio Action Plan which summarises the progress on these issues for tabling at the TPO Management Meeting; Representing TPO at the Sydney Trains Track Possession Requirements meetings and Timetable Specification Determination meetings; reinforcement to Program Directors and Project Managers across all portfolios within TPO of use of Sydney Trains tools – the Project Master Schedule, PACT, Design Review Assessment and Criticality Assessment processes – which ensure access to the network, critical support resources and track possessions for construction activities; Assistance with compilation of the portfolio interdependency register to ensure critical activities on interfacing projects are delivered as required, and highlight where they may be late; Compilation of papers and attendance at Rail Timetable Implementation Committee to assure Sydney Trains’ executive of the suitable progress of TPD’s operationally critical projects; Member of the Delivery Interface Steering Committee which was established to determine collaborative operating solutions between Sydney Trains and TPO, resolving issues such as the handover and defect management of project works, collaborative implementation of Project Agreements and processes to facilitate their timely sign off.
Lewis has opened new channels of communication between TPD and the Sydney Trains Asset Management and Asset Maintenance Divisions, such as TPD’s weekly attendance at the Sydney Trains ICON Visual Management Centre (VMC) meeting, which has resulted in Sydney Trains having a better understanding of TPD’s requirements and some of the difficulties encountered in delivering their projects.
Ralcorp
Senior Project Manager, Major External Works 2009 – 2013
Responsible for the successful delivery of the $2.1billion Rail Clearways Program which included the Kingsgrove to Revesby Quadruplication, Cronulla Line Duplication and Upgrade, Homebush and Lidcombe Turnbacks, Richmond Line Duplication and Macarthur Turnback projects. Management of the TPD/RailCorp Interfaces which included ensuring that RailCorp’s requirements, including safety, scope, quality, budget and program are adhered to by TfNSW Transport Projects Division (TPD) throughout the delivery of these projects. A major requirement of his team was to act as a conduit between all RailCorp stakeholders and TPD to define RailCorp’s requirements for the specific projects in a timely manner and ensure that these are forwarded to, and incorporated by, TPD and their contractors in the project’s design and construction.
Senior Project Manager, New Infrastructure 2006 to 2009
Responsible for managing a team of project managers primarily responsible for the delivery of RailCorp provided capital rail infrastructure works to external Government parties at the live operational interface points. Coordination of the delivery of projects whilst working through the often conflicting requirements of TIDC and the RTA and their contractors and RailCorp to deliver an outcome suitable to both.
Projects managed include: Delivery of stations systems, signal and control systems commissioning interface works on various Rail Clearways Projects including Berowra New Platform, Hornsby Platform 5 and Yard Upgrading, Macdonaldtown Stabling and Revesby Turnback, with a value of $45.5million for TIDC, concurrent with rail infrastructure construction projects necessary for the delivery of the RTA’s Great Western Highway Upgrade project, including the $18m Lawson Turnback Project.

Rail Infrastructure Corporation (RIC)/ RailCorp
Senior Project Manager 2002 – 2006
Responsible for the delivery of the Bondi Junction Turnback and Stabling Project which involved the tunneling of a crossover passage and installation of all new infrastructure whilst maintaining operations on the ESR Line. He managed the concept definition, design, construction and finalisation of this project including discussions and negotiations with internal and external stakeholders.
Leighton RSA Joint Venture (Hong Kong)
Construction Manager 1999 – 2002
Responsible for the management of all permanent way track construction works on the Kowloon Canton Railway’s $HK750million West Rail Permanent Way contract. Trackforms included over 29km of Low Vibration Track and Floating Slab Track within tunnels and 20km of ballasted track at the Maintenance Depot. A key success factor was the successful negotiation with interfacing contractors to co-ordinate early access into their work areas, allowing the project to meet a very tight delivery program.
State Rail Authority / Rail Services Australia
Project Manager 1993 – 1999
Managed all stages of the project lifecycle for many multidiscipline rail infrastructure projects for Rail Services Australia (formerly State Rail Authority of NSW).
MacMahon Construction Pty Ltd

QUALIFICATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS
Project Manager 1990 – 1993
Bachelor Eng Civil Engineering – UTS (1985)
Diploma of Porject Management- UNE (2014)
Member NSW PWI since 2096