Moving Australia


BIC 2017 National Annual Conference - Hobart November 12 - 15 


2017 Conference Speakers



Conference Opening


Will Hodgman - Tasmania’s 45th Premier.

Born and educated in Hobart, Will graduated in Arts and Law at the University of Tasmania in 1993 and was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Tasmania in 1994.
In 2002, Will was elected as a Liberal Member for Franklin in the Tasmanian House of Assembly and was appointed Deputy Leader of the Opposition. In March 2006, Will became Leader of the Liberal Party and the State Opposition. At the 2014 State Election, Will led the Liberal Party to Government, securing the largest majority for any Government since the 25 member Parliament was established in 1998. Will was sworn in as Tasmania's forty-fifth Premier on March 31st 2014 and is Minister for Tourism, Hospitality and Events, Sport and Recreation and Aboriginal Affairs.


Guest Speaker - Robyn Moore

Robyn Moore is regarded as one of Australia’s best and most in-demand speakers. For over 40 years she has been working in Education, Advertising and the Communication/Entertainment Industry. She has unique skills with “the Power of the Word” and her entertaining, inspiring and thought provoking presentations totally captivate her audiences at national and international conferences. Robyn literally “sells people back to themselves” so they recognise old habits and behaviours and take responsibility for choices, which create the outcomes they want in their lives both personally and professionally. Robyn’s presentations are quite often literally described as… “life changing”.

Future Mobility - Opportunity or Hype

Director - MaaS Australia
Andrew Somers is a specialist consultant in network operations and ITS, working closely with clients to help them get optimum results from their transport networks and technology initiatives. He is a Director of both Transoptim and Mobility as a Service Australia. Transoptim’s services extend from setting objectives through to achieving outcomes; from policy, strategy, program and project development through to transition to operations, evaluation and continuous improvement. Transoptim helps clients to work with industry partners to reduce risk and improve benefit realisation from their transport network operation activities, particularly those that involve the application of technology. Mobility as a Service provides the new freedom of mobility, with personalised access to the mobility you need. Mobility as a Service Australia (MaaS Australia) is here to help Australians gain earlier access to the benefits of MaaS.

Chief Executive Officer - Intelligent Transport Systems Australia
As CEO of ITS Australia and a career focusing on transport strategy, Susan is ideally placed to translate the benefits that transport technology can deliver to business and the Australian community. Through the global network of ITS Associations, Susan has strong linkages with the international ITS community. Other affiliations include the Convenor of the Austroads CAV Industry Reference Group and a member of:
- Victorian Ministerial Freight Reference Group
- National Transport Commission Industry Advisory Group
- The Space Cross Sectoral Interest Group, and the
- 2026 Spatial Agenda Leadership Group.

Bryan Willey, Director Road Transport Strategy - Transport for NSW
Bryan is a Transport Planning and Infrastructure Director with 25 years of experience. His experience ranges from defining transport and infrastructure policy, strategic planning, project development through to implementation of multi-modal transport systems. Brian's project experience includes introducing bus priority, road network planning, performance measurement and multi-modal transport planning in London. Bryan has also advised on the development of mass transit systems and lead on the establishment of public transport and infrastructure projects - having experience in both the private and public sectors in Australia, the United Kingdom and the Middle East. Bryan has most recently led on the delivery of the NSW Road Planning Framework and associated strategic performance outcomes, the review of road network congestion and reliability in Australia and New Zealand on behalf of Austroads and is currently leading the strategy and planning for an integrated land use and transport vision for Sydney and NSW for the next 40 years through ‘Future Transport’.

Graham McCabe, Principal Traffic and Transport Planning - GHD Consultants
Graham McCabe is a Professional Engineer at GHD and has more than 20 years’ experience in traffic and transport planning and engineering. He has developed innovative solutions to improve the transport system including traffic signal design and optimisation, traffic modelling, bus network planning and design and walking and cycling. He has is currently designing a new bus system for Davao, the Philippine’s third largest city. He has presented at a variety of conferences on the integration of self driving vehicles and Mobility as a Service.

Professor Graham Currie - Professor of Public Transport, Director, Public Transport Research Group, Monash University
Prof Currie is a renowned international Public Transport research leader and policy advisor with over 30 years experience.He is founder and Director of the Public Transport Research Group at Monash University which in 2015 was identified as one of the top 3 research groups in the world by an independent European review of the field. In July 2016 Graham won the best research paper prize at the 14th World Conference on Transport Research in Shanghai, also winning the William W Millar prize for best research paper from the US Transportation Research Boards Annual Meeting in Washington DC.
Professor Currie specialises in research on public transport markets, route and network design in transit, transit futures and social and economic benefits of urban transit.

Future Scenarios and Government Perspectives

David Anderson, Chariman and Commissioner - National Transport Commission
David commenced as the Chairman of the National Transport Commission on 1 January 2014. David is an independent consultant on transport and infrastructure issues and projects to private companies, Australian transport jurisdictions and to the Prime Minister and senior ministers of the Government of East Timor. His past roles include or have included: Chairman, Centre for Pavement Engineering Education; Chief Executive Officer of VicRoads; independent Chair of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s Performance Based Standards Review Panel; and expert panellist on rail safety and heavy vehicle policy.

Michael Roschlau, Past President - Canacdian Urban Transport Association
Michael Roschlau is a strategic adviser in the field of public transit and urban mobility. His career has been dedicated to promoting efficient and effective public transit, most recently as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA).  During his 29 years at CUTA, Michael became known as a strong advocate for public transit. Michael was instrumental in creating Transit Vision 2040 - a generational vision which has become a national blueprint for transit development in Canada.While Michael was President & CEO of CUTA, government investment in Canadian public transit increased from $676 million to $4.3 billion annually. Since his retirement from CUTA in 2015, Michael has acted as strategic adviser to the Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC), the Canadian Transit Heritage Foundation and Grande West Transportation. He holds a PhD in transport geography from the Australian National University, as well as a Master of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

Matthew Longland, Deputy Director-General Department of Transport and Main Roads
Matthew has been a member of the department’s Executive Leadership Team for four years and was appointed as Deputy Director-General, TransLink Division in December 2016. He is responsible for leading Queensland’s integrated passenger transport system, including bus, train, ferry, trams, personalised transport, long distance coaches, school bus services and subsidised air services. In this role, Matthew works closely with more than 2000 delivery partners to provide reliable, efficient and customer focussed services across the state. Matthew has led a range of functions across Transport and Main Roads and the former TransLink Transit Authority for the past 15 years, preceded by 2 years at the former Department of Local Government and Planning. Matthew also has experience working in the private sector locally and internationally.

John Karaboulis, Executive Director, Service Delivery & Asset Management Infrastructure & Services, Transport for NSW
John has a background in a civil engineering and business with 25 years experience in Project Management, Contract Management and Service Delivery in both private and public sector organisations. John commenced with Transport for NSW in late 2009 and he now heads up the Service Delivery & Asset Management branch of the Infrastructure & Services Division. John has led significant change in the delivery of transport in NSW including the biggest rail timetable change in a generation, the competitive tendering of metropolitan bus contracts, and the procurement of NSW Country Link Services, Fast ferry Services, Outer Metropolitan and Rural & Regional Bus contracts. Furthermore, John led the implementation of the Transport Officer and Police Transport Command model to combat fare evasion and improve customer security.

Sal Petroccitto, CEO - National Heavy Vehicle Regulator
Sal became Chief Executive of the NHVR in May 2014. Sal has led significant transformational change across the NHVR, working to ensure the Regulator has the right operational focus and capability to fulfill its remit under the Heavy Vehicle National Law.
Sal was previously the General Manager of the Roads, Rail and Ports System Management Division with the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads where he was responsible for the development of key strategies and policies for the state's transport system and had overall coordination of the state's multi-modal freight policy agenda. He led significant reform agendas on behalf of the department across the transport portfolios. Sal has extensive experience across the private sector, state and local government, holding senior leadership roles in transport and logistics, transport planning, strategic planning and client service management.

National and International Perspectives

Laruent Kocher, Executive Vice President Marketing Innovation and Services, Keolis
Graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique, Laurent Kocher began his career in 1989 at IBM France as a sales engineer for major clients in the public and health sectors. He also participated in the creation of the IBM Global Services division in Western Europe. He was then appointed Director of Operations of the Business Consulting and Systems Integration division before becoming Head of the Business Unit for Hosting and Transactional Solutions. In 2004, he was Head of the banking and insurance sectors within IBM Global Services. In March 2005, he joined the France Telecom Group to develop service activities for major French and International Companies. In 2009, he was named CIO of the France Telecom Group. He joined Orange France in 2010 as Senior Vice President for SoHo, SMEs and Entreprises markets. From October 2011 to May 2013, he was CEO for France at the Atos Group. In January 2014, he was appointed Executive Vice President for Marketing, Innovation and Services at Keolis.

Clint Feuerdherdt, Group CEO, Transit Systems Group
Group CEO, Clint Feuerherdt, BECom BCom (Hons) - Clint is responsible for leading the Transit Systems Group in its next generation of growth. In his time with Transit Systems, he has been responsible for leading winning bids in the bus division, taking the business to the United Kingdom and growing a substantial ferry business. Clint has previously held investment banking positions where he was regarded as a transport infrastructure expert. He has previously advised companies including BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Xstrata and Virgin Group on corporate and transport infrastructure strategies. Clint graduated from the University of Queensland with an Honours Degree in Commerce and was awarded the University Medal. Drawing on executive level experience with some of Australia’s largest corporate entities, Clint ensures that Transit Systems maintains its position as one of Australia’s leading passenger transport providers.

Special Address

Hon Anthony Albanese, Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development
Anthony grew up in public housing in the inner Sydney suburb of Camperdown and recognised early-on the need to fight for social justice and equal opportunity in Australia. Anthony has often said that he was raised with three great faiths: The Catholic Church, The South Sydney Football Club and Labor. This ethos is what led Anthony into joining the Australian Labor Party at the age of fifteen. While completing a Bachelor of Economics at the University of Sydney, Anthony started fighting for progressive change through his involvement with student politics. After graduating and working with the Commonwealth Bank, Anthony began working for former prisoner of war and legendary Whitlam and Hawke Government Minister, Tom Uren. In 1996 Anthony was elected as the Member for Grayndler in Sydney’s Inner West, where he has lived his entire life. Anthony continues to be a progressive Member of Parliament and is a passionate advocate for the environment, workers’ rights, refugees and equality for all members of the community, regardless of gender, race, age, sexuality or religion. He believes in opportunities for all through education and training, universal healthcare and the need for Government investment in local communities.

Bus and Future Intelligent Mobility

Mel Pecen, Managing Director ANZ - Trapeze Group Asia Pacific
Mel Pecen, Managing Director, Australia & New Zealand Mel is an experienced public transport professional, having spent 30 years in the bus industry and holding several executive positions with large Australian bus operators before joining Trapeze. He has extensive knowledge of the complexities experienced by bus companies and is skilled at solving these challenges through the use of technology to gain greater optimisation and efficiency. Mel leads Trapeze Group’s Australia and New Zealand business while contributing to the broader management and success of the company across the Asia Pacific region.

Stephen Lucas, Chairman - ConnectU Warrnambool
Born in Warrnambool Victoria and educated at Geelong Grammar, Stephen is the third generation of his family to run buses. An Industry which he returned to in 1977 after 8 years National Service as a helicopter pilot. Since that time he has grown the business by a mixture of strategic purchases and improvements to service levels. A keen advocate of the efficient delivery of effective bus based public transport he is actively involved in Industry matters, is a life member of Bus Association Victoria and was the inaugural Chairman of the Bus Industry Confederation from 2001 to 2009. The BIC acts as the peak National body for the Bus Industry in Australia representing both suppliers and operators. Stephen is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. On a local level Stephen is an active member of a wide range of committees encompassing transport, aviation, sustainability and business support.

Yale Wong, Doctoral Candidate and Research Analyst - Insitute of Transport and Logistics Studies, The Business School, University of Sydney
Yale's present research is to market test mobility as a service (MaaS) with respect to demanders and suppliers, supervised by Professors David Hensher and Corinne Mulley. He holds the Busways Group and University of Sydney Business School Postgraduate Scholarship on Public Transport Systems. Yale has completed projects for the Bus Industry Confederation and Sustainable Business Australia, and recently concluded a three-month study visit to South Africa funded by the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations. He has worked previously in bus operations with experience in network planning and service development.

Inspiring Future Workplaces

Grace Collier, Columnist - The Australian
Grace spent her early years in the Labour movement, before she started her own industrial relations consulting business. Grace has written for other publications including the AFR, and contributed with specialist chapters in several books.

Paul Gwyn, Managing Director - INIT Asia-Pacific
Paul has Degrees in Electronic Engineering and Maths plus an MBA from the University of Sheffield and a Masters in International Business Strategy from ICG. He has over 40 years of experience in developing rugged mobile technologies – in both military and civilian applications. He was responsible for developing the Public Transport product portfolio at Tait Electronics (NZ) and has enjoyed global success with integrated voice and data products on a global basis. Paul was involved in developing world firsts in analogue and digital radio systems with high speed data polling specifically aimed at ITCS data systems.  Paul is currently Chair the UITP Cyber Security working group who are developing UTIP strategy and policies framework for their members.

Hamish Duff, Director - The Orion Network
Hamish is the Managing Director of Mastercom and a founding Director of the Orion Network. Hamish is a specialist in wide-area radio networks and is passionate about transforming businesses through the application of digital mobile radio technology. With a career in communications spanning more than 30 years, Hamish is skilled in making the complex simple - engineering communication solutions to support the needs of all users - from the control room to the field. As President of the Australian Radio Communications Industry Association (ARCIA), Hamish is highly regarded for his technical competency and in 2009 was awarded an ARCIA technical excellence award.

Guest Speaker

Geoff Knight
Geoff Knight is an extraordinary Kiwi with an extraordinary story - a rough diamond made good - from a rugged deep sea trawler-man and patch wearing member of the Highway 61 motorcycle gang, to becoming an international opera singer! Underneath the stage presence and operatic bravado is a remarkable story. Like the songs and arias he sings, Geoff’s journey from overweight and bullied schoolboy to the world of bikie gangs, to stuntman, actor, and accomplished performer is remarkable. Not only does this story drive a compelling onstage performance but it is the foundation for enthralling presentations. With experience in dramatic Film and TV productions and a voice of beauty and power, Geoff brings his story to life through speech and song and holds an audience spellbound with the incredible journey that is his life.



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