Nominations received under each Australasian Rail Industry Award category are assessed by an independent judging panel with three representatives appointed from industry and government including an independent chair on the panel from the ARA.

Judges are selected for their knowledge and experience and also for their willingness to commit their time to the Awards program.

Submissions are judged in a rigorous process and scored using a points system to ensure the highest quality, credibility and a fair outcome.

All applications will initially be assessed based on online submissions. Applicants who are shortlisted will be judged on the online submission and a phone interview, as well as a potential site visit.

The judges are looking for:

  • new innovations and ideas
  • practical, applicable solutions
  • financially sound businesses
  • passion and commitment to the rail industry
  • overall professionalism
  • clear and concise answers to all questions

The Judges

Jane Lavender-Baker
Group Executive Corporate Affairs and People, Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC).

In her role with ARTC, Jane has responsibility for:

                      • Brand management
                      • Stakeholder, media and community relations
                      • Internal communications

For the past 15 years Jane has built a career on working with companies on the brink of major change and reform.

From shaping responses to major incidents or crisis to leveraging the strength of brand to drive cultural transformation, Jane is a builder of high performing Corporate Affairs teams that deliver on company performance targets.

She established the Corporate Affairs function at ARTC in 2012 and in the years since has transformed the company’s brand strategy, visual identity and employee values playing a pivotal role in the company’s move from passive infrastructure owner to champion for freight on rail.

Jane also program manages the company Transformation Program – a three year program to increase customer satisfaction, productivity, employee engagement and reputation.

David Edwards
Managing Director, Australasian Transport Risk Solutions Pty Ltd (ATRS)

David has over 51 years experience in the Australian rail transport industry in rolling stock construction and maintenance, railway operations, network rules, safety legislation and accreditation, compliance auditing and accident investigation.

Prior to forming ATRS in 2008, David held senior executive management positions such as Group General Manager – Safety Health & Environment with Asciano and previously in a similar role with Pacific National with responsibility for the company’s overall rail safety, accreditation, workplace health and safety, environment, anti-terrorist security, and safety critical training in each Australian State and Territory.

Prior to this David held positions such as National Manager Safety with the National Rail Corporation, Manager Operations Safety with the New South Wales Department of Transport – Rail Safety Directorate (the first Rail Safety Regulator in Australia), and as Locomotive Operations Manager with the NSW Freight Rail Corporation.

David has wide ranging experience in general train operations as a Locomotive Driver and Driver Trainer, and has also had wide ranging experience in the investigation of major rail safety incidents, and in particular, was called upon as an expert witness in both the Glenbrook and Waterfall Special Commission’s of Inquiry under the leadership of Justice Peter McInerney.

David holds a Degree in Business Management and a Post Graduate Degree in Human Resource Management from Macquarie University in Sydney. David also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Workplace Training and Assessment.

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After nearly 9 years as Chief Executive of NSW railways, Rob has stepped down from full time management roles within the industry.

Earlier this year, he was appointed the Chair of Transport Heritage NSW and a Director of the tourism body Destination Country & Outback NSW.

He remains a Director of TrackSAFE, being committed to both improving the rail industry’s safety record and supporting those affected by incidents on the railway.

He intends to continue in management advisory roles within our railway industry, and will continue to actively participate in and support the various industry associations.

Other Judges

Institute of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE) – Systems Engineering Award

  • Howard Revell, Technical Fellow of Ansaldo-STS, Fellow of the IRSE
  • Tony Howker, (Retired) Former International President of the IRSE
  • Peter Symons, Vice President IRSE

Permanent Way Institution (PWI) – Young Achiever Award

  • Mike Hickey, Rail Planning Services
  • Zane Sell, Rhomberg Rail Australia
  • Geoff Wannan, GJW Management
  • Julian Sharp, CPB Contractors
  • Dave Spiteri, Transport for NSW

Rail Track Association Australia (RTAA) – Frank Franklyn Young Rail Specialist Award

Judging panel will consist of at least four members of the RTAA Frank Franklyn Award Sub-Committee, as led by the RTAA’s Award Champion. The applicant may be required to make a brief presentation to the panel on their application to assist in determining the winner. Judging panel members for 2017 will be selected from the following:

  • Thomas Kerr, Sydney Trains
  • Jim Mahood, Broadspectrum
  • Julian Sharp, CPB Contractors
  • Christina Young, Downer
  • Kylie Huth, VAE Railway Systems Pty Ltd (Voestalpine)

Railway Technical Society of Australasia (RTSA) – Young Rail Professional Award

The Young Rail Engineer Award has a separate panel of judges coordinated by the RTSA:

  • Simon Wood (Chair)
  • Philip Laird
  • Robert Schweiger
  • Randall Prestidge
  • Iman Salehi