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Michael Hickey

Michael Hickey
Address: Rail Planning Services – 702, 91 Phillip Street, Parramatta NSW 2150
E-Mail: michael.hickey@railplanning.com.au
Phone: 0417 430 960

PROFILE
An experienced business manager, Michael has led teams of up to 2,500 staff, managed annual capital budgets to $128m, revenue $520m, expenditure $490m and won numerous awards including two Engineering Excellence Awards, two NSW Permanent Way Institution Ken Erickson Achievement Awards and the Institution of Engineers Engineering Excellence Awards for Public Works.
Michael is a strong communicator, with experience ranging from strategic planning and policy advice at senior government level, to team and staff development, university lecturing and media presentation. Leading large, multi-disciplined teams, he has experience in briefing consultants, professional services, administering design and construct contracts, and construction and service specifications. An excellent economiser, Michael’s skills in resource management and developing and implementing effective management business systems are exemplary. Michael’s success is owed to a sound understanding of the railway-operating environment.

STRENGHTS AND SKILLS
• Experience and ability to lead large multi-disciplined rail projects and work with multi-disciplined project teams
• Has excellent communication skills and ability to deal with multiple stakeholders and address issues to provide outcomes to satisfy everyone’s needs
• Delivers excellent results for his clients and achieve project objectives by understanding the client and developing solutions they need
• Experience in briefing consultants, professional services, and administering design and construct contracts, and construction and service specifications.

EXPERIENCE
Transport Projects Division
Principal Manager Reliability and Operational Readiness 2012 – 2014
Championed Monthly Certification Procedure for Works in Progress. Projects completed include Riverwood to Revesby Quadruplication, Newtown Station Upgrading and Auburn Stabling Project Stage 1.
Transport Infrastructure Development Corporation
Director Reliability and Operational Readiness 2006 – 2010
Develop and implement procedures so that the reliability of the RailCorp network is not adversely affected by TIDC Projects. Through “Operational Readiness” integrate completed TIDC projects into RailCorp.
Director Compliance and Operational Readiness 2004 – 2006
Manage the Risk and Safety Management processes across TIDC. Maintain the accreditation required under the Rail Safety Act and also third party accreditation of the Corporate Management system. Through “Operational Readiness” integrate completed TIDC projects into RailCorp.
Rail Infrastructure Corporation
General Manager Infrastructure Capability 2004 – 2004
Develop systems and processes to lead the resurgence of the engineering and related professions, as well as the key technical and engineering trades within RailCorp NSW to advance the reputation of RailCorp NSW staff as technically competent professionals within the professional and general community.
Project Manager, Waterfall Incident Management Office 2003 – 2004
Led a team of engineers, lawyers, safety experts and external resources to coordinate RIC’s response to the Special Commission of Inquiry and Rail Safety Investigation following the Waterfall rail accident.
General Manager Engineering 2001 – 2003
Led a Division of 450 People ensuring that RIC infrastructure was specified and designed to authorised standards, development of asset management system and frameworks. Introduced Configuration Management process to RIC.
Group General Manager Safety & Standards, RIC Safety Division 2001 – 2001
Combined RSA and RAC standards and later managed the asset management group and the engineering group. Managed the Safety Incident Database, developed the new Work on Track Rules, had oversight of safety projects including the SPAD review and the level crossing upgrade program, and managed the integration of audit and investigation.
Rail Services Australia
Transport Taskforce for Sydney Olympics 2000 – 2001
Seconded to assist the Special Taskforce to prepare Sydney for the 2000 Olympics. Manage the rail infrastructure for the Olympics.
Manager – RAC Operations 1999 – 2001
Manager – Contract Operations 1999 – 1999
General Manager Consulting 1995 – 1999
Acting Regional General Manager, CityRail Illawarra 1994 – 1994
Cityrail
Regional Engineering Manager, CityRail Illawarra 1989 – 1994

QUALIFICATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS
Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) Honours, University of NSW, 1973
Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations, Institute of Technology, 1980
Diploma of Management, 2011
Diploma of Project Management, 2011
Diploma of Occupational Health and Safety, 2011
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, 2012