Michael Hickey


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.

Strengths & 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.


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 – 2012

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


Regional Engineering Manager, CityRail Illawarra                                                                                                              1989 – 1994

Qualifications & 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