Presidential Address – Jack Wood

For those who have not met me at one of our recent events, my name is Jack Wood and I have been nominated to be the new YTP President for financial year 2019/2020, where I have the exciting task of leading the new committee.  I am currently working at Advisian as a Senior Consultant, a role I have held for the past 2 years.  After graduating from university in the UK, I spent 4 years working in the Middle East, but have found myself calling Australia home for the past 2.

Having worked overseas for as long as I have, I understand the importance of building a strong network and connecting with other like-minded young professionals. This year’s committee is  determined to continue YTP’s legacy of providing our members with valuable networking and development opportunities via forums, site visits, and social events.  These events are only set to expand, with this year’s team being one of the most diverse YTP has seen, made up of representatives from Advisian, Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM), Jacobs, Rail Projects Victoria (RPV), Siemens, SNC-Lavalin, and Yarra Trams.

As YTP has now been operating for half a decade, I thought it would be a good opportunity to reflect on the journey so far and take a look at what 2020 has to offer us young professionals working in the transport industry.  It is such an exciting time to be involved in the booming transport industry in Victoria – there are an unprecedented number of projects either under construction or coming through the pipeline. Based on the commitments of the State and Federal governments this trend is set to continue for at least the next decade with city shaping projects such as the Suburban Rail Loop.

I am sure you would agree that the previous committees have done an outstanding job, developing strong partnership arrangements and consistently growing the YTP membership base. We now have almost 800 members from 160 companies, working across 25 disciplines. This provides an enormous opportunity to build a diverse professional network. Over the years we have worked with some of Victoria’s largest transport organisations, including Advisian, AECOM, Arup, Aurecon, Bombardier, Downer, Jacobs, Metro Trains Australia (MTA), MTM, Professionals Australia, and most recently Siemens. We also have an ongoing partnership arrangement with the Aurecon Jacobs Mott MacDonald Joint Venture (AJM). The support we receive from these major organisations is crucial, as it has enabled the committee to continually organise events and provide networking and learning opportunities to our members for free!

Looking to 2020, the committee has some big ambitions. We hope to grow the membership base to 1,000, increasing the representation from central government agencies as well as contractors. We’re aiming to expand our activities beyond forums and site visits to include more opportunities for broader professional guidance and membership engagement, including more collaborative arrangements with other professional organisations.

If you like what we’re doing, please tell your friends and colleagues about how they can get involved in YTP, either as individual members or through our sponsorship and partnership arrangements.

It’s an exciting time to be a part of YTP, and I look forward to seeing you all at our future events!

YTP Siemens Port Melbourne Factory Tour

This October, YTP members had the opportunity to tour the Siemens Mobility factory and product development facility in Port Melbourne. Key staff members, such as Andrew Chan (CoE Development Engineer), Dion Marriott (CoE Principal Key Expert – Point Machines & Mechanical) and Rogier Andenes (Sales Representative, Victoria) spoke about the products and solutions being developed locally, such as point machines, train stops and a variety of signals. On the tour, members had a closer look at the equipment, and even had the chance to operate one of the folding signal post mechanisms.