Brian is currently a key interface manager between NSW rail industry bodies seeking to manage the reform of the rail industry, he is the trusted and knowledgeable intermediary between organisations, which speaks volumes of the professionalism throughout his career and the benefits now being realized. He used his extensive rail maintenance and project experience to lead and manage project staff in the development and delivery of complex multi-discipline projects. He strives to balance and achieve best for project outcomes through efficiently and effectively in accordance with approved budget, time parameters, standards and quality, all within a safe working environment. He is project focused with a passion for successful delivery and drives for long term realization of benefits through whole-of-life analysis from concept to decommissioning.
Strengths & Skills
- Development and management of program schedules.
- Strong emphasis on management and control of the program budgets and costs.
- Quality governance and risk management.
- Strong team player and leader/mentor, co-ordinating and managing teams; and managing stakeholder engagement.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Procurement of major long lead items.
- Strong Asset Management and Asset Whole of Life proficiency.
- Extensive technical capability in track maintenance for passenger and freight lines.
Rail Planning Services
Strategic Interface Manager 2016
As part of the Sydney Light Rail construction, undertaken by Acciona, the works interface with key asset stakeholders in the Central Business District. Brian was involved in a short-term engagement to understand the project deliverables and its impacts on the key stakeholder of Sydney Trains at several discrete locations along the Light Rail route. Brian’s engagement was to develop a Strategic Interface Document to be used to support the delivery of the Project whilst managing this stakeholder requirements.
Program Director 2016 – 2017
Brian is currently engaged as the Program Director by Sydney Trains, Engineering & Maintenance Directorate to manage its timetable readiness for the 2107 Timetable. With his previous Program Director experience and internal operating knowledge of Sydney Trains he has been able to manage the rapid establishment of the Time Table readiness program which has now been accelerated to 1st July 2017 in readiness for timetable go live on October 2017. The key deliverable for this engagement has been to establish and mobilise the program team, covering identified work streams across three Divisions of Asset Management, Network Maintenance and Fleet Maintenance. Brian established implemented and is managing a program schedule that integrates required work streams and includes key milestones that align to the accelerated timetable implementation schedule. Further he has established and implemented a governance and stakeholder management process that aligns and integrates activities across the Division and Directorate with the Future Network Divisions timetable implementation program. Currently the works delivery is on target to meet the readiness requirements for the 2017 Timetable.
Project Manager Innovation & Interface 2014 – Present
Since 2014 Brian has also project managed the interface for innovative electronic rail lubrication trials on behalf of TfNSW and the successful configuration handover of these assets to Sydney Trains together with their type approval, Technical Maintenance Plan development, life cycle costing, training plans and safety assurance. This initiative has also assisted in the development of the Asset Standards Authority new Rail Lubrication Standard. As a result of this work Brian has been engaged to undertake the Business Case Development for Sydney Trains to upgrade and rollout electronic rail lubricators across their Network. With this future project implementation, Sydney Trains will become the world leader in rail lubrication management.
Rail Reform Interface Management
Interface Manager 2013 – Present
Working on behalf of Transport Projects with Sydney Trains during the transitional period of Rail Reform, provided mentoring and interface support in the areas of construction, operational readiness, and delivery interface and asset handover of Major Capital Projects. These Projects, currently worth in excess of $4.1bN, are required to be delivered to set milestones and commissioning dates whilst the Reform is underway. Projects have included the Northern Sydney Freight Corridor ( North Strathfield Rail Underpass, Epping to Thornleigh Third Track, Gosford Passing Loop), Auburn Stabling, Clyde Connection Works, Auburn Junction Project, Clyde Junction Project, Liverpool Turnback, Digital Train Radio System and Wynyard Walk. Success in program schedule delivery has seen all these Projects remain on target with the momentum maintained and support during the transition for Sydney Trains.
Program Manager – Projects Division 2008-2013
Lead and manage project staff in the development and delivery of assigned projects in the external works program, in order to efficiently and effectively deliver the capital works projects in accordance with approved budget, time parameters, standards and quality and within a safe working environment. Epping to Chatswood Rail Line management of outstanding works post operations. Southern Sydney Rail Line. Management of RailCorp interfaces and enhancement works, including station upgrades.
Great Western Highway Upgrade Interface with RailCorp. Interface management especially at Lawson for a 600m track slew of the Up and Down mains. South West Rail Line (primarily worked on the Glenfield Junction concept/design phase). Rail Clearways Program $2.1Bn with the Projects of Hornsby Platform 5, Cronulla Line Duplication, and Quakers Hill to Schofield’s duplication, Revesby Turnback successfully delivered in my period of interface management. Northern Sydney Freight Corridor project. RailCorp involvement with Project sponsors for development of concept designs on the three projects for stage 1. Auburn Stabling Project stabling sidings of 11 tracks concept development. North Sydney Station Upgrade. Construction enhancement upgrade. Wynyard Walk management of interface delivery with RailCorp stakeholders and closure of the existing Kent St Tunnel. Light Rail Extension – management of RailCorp interfaces on behalf of stakeholders. North West Rail Link – interface management with NWRL Project team with Epping to Chatswood Line interfaces.
A key member of a number of executive committees to manage in particular the Alliance Leadership Teams, Program Control Groups and also Commissioning and Operational Readiness Committees as well as interface meetings with ARTC, TCA, DoIT and RTA.
Regional Manager – Illawarra Region 2003-2008
Manage the overall performance of the rail network infrastructure within geographical boundaries of the Illawarra Region. Manage the Maintenance, key Capital and Major Periodic Maintenance programs of works to set key performance indicators and key milestone targets. Managed the termination of the Fluor maintenance contract and the initiation of RailCorp maintenance teams taking over the South Coast Fluor contract area. Separation of the City Region as a standalone Region and resource development of South Coast Region.
Engagement of staff, vehicles, depots and associated tools and equipment to manage the area from Waterfall to Bomaderry. Successfully arranged for the bisecting of the existing Illawarra Region. Development of Asset Management strategies required for the Infrastructure and the forward plans up for 15 years in advance. As a result of the asset management strategies put into place submitted for and won the Silver Award and the Founders Plate from the Asset Management Council of Australia for the Illawarra Region.
Rail Infrastructure Corp – Infrastructure Manager 2002 – 2004
Rail Services Australia – Project Manager – Sydney South 1999 – 2002
Commercial Manager – Contracts 1998 – 1999
Executive Manager – Major Works 1996 – 1999
Qualifications & Affiliations
- Advanced Diploma in Project Management – Australian Institute of Project Management (2011)
- Masters in Maintenance Management (Honours) – University of Wollongong (1995)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Management – University of Wollongong (1983)
- Bachelor of Engineering, Civil (Honours) – University of Technology (1978)
- Certified Practising Project Director – Australian Institute of Project Management