Past Events


October 2022

A panel debate focusing on the commissioning and delivery of transport infrastructure in Australia, attended by over 40 young professionals, hosted and sponsored by AECOM.

Thanks to AECOM, our panellists Samuel Lombard from ConnellGriffin, Dean Hislop from SMEC, Alison Dilger from Aurecon and James Warfe, Grant Viljoen and Ainsley Nigro from AECOM. The panellists highlighted the complexities of investing in megaprojects and modernisation to upgrade our transport infrastructure to support a more connected transport network.

Read more about the event and see the photos here.


August 2022

Aligned with Rail Safety Week, Young Transport Professionals partnered with Metro Trains Melbourne for a two-part series on the role of the Metro Control Centre in the operations of train movements daily.

The two-part series comprised of an online lunch and learn and an interactive workshop. Hosted at the State Library of Victoria, Young Transport Professionals held an interactive workshop employing the learnings of the lunch and learn. The event provided an understanding of the complexities of managing an unpredictable railway network.

Metro Trains Melbourne facilitators Gary Wegert, Kuldip Johal, Claudia Gemes, Travis Fitzpatrick, Lindsay Underwood, Conor Beddoe and a special appearance from Catherine Baxter for the lunch and learn event provided valuable insights and guidance.

Read more about the event and see the photos here.

shaping transport superhubs interactive workshop

May 2022

Hosted at the State Library of Victoria, Young Transport Professionals held an interactive workshop on the topic of Shaping Transport Superhubs. The event encouraged the discussion of facilitating intermodal transport, urban design and sustainable outcomes (to name a few).

Facilitators Gillian Anderson (AJM-JV), John Richardson (AJM-JV), Peter Nicholls (MTM) and Daniel Ding (MTM) provided valuable insights and guidance as the groups battled it out for victory of the best Superhub design!

Read more about the event and see the photos here.


March 2022

Metro Trains Melbourne continues to support the annual lawn bowls networking event, which has been a great way for members to network with one another and have a healthy competition with one another.

Read more about the event and see the photos here.


December 2021

YTP ended the year with a bang! Partnering with Siemens, The Road to Zero Emissions’ Networking Event was a continuation of the Road to Zero Emission panel discussion hosted in July, centred around sustainable transport and what initiatives are required to reach net zero, with an emphasis on electrification of the bus network.

Read more about the event and see the photos here.

Systems Engineering in Major Transport Projects

September 2019

The YTP kicked off the 2019/2020 financial year with a panel discussion sponsored and hosted by Advisian. Attendees from over 20 companies gathered to network and hear a panel of four subject matter experts discuss systems engineering and its application within major transport projects.

Facilitator David Ramsdale (Advisian) and speakers John Nasr (Advisian), Emma-Rose Tildesley (KPMG), Marcus Chadwick (Rail Projects Victoria) and Alexandra Morey (Rail Projects Victoria) were able to provide insights on the origins of systems engineering methodology – developed by NASA for the Apollo program! – as well as how its principles are applied. A message unanimous across the panel was that systems engineering principles are integral to the success of any project. With the staggering pipeline of major transport projects occurring in Victoria, the panellists agreed that all industries must maintain a systems engineering mindset throughout entire project lifecycles if we are to achieve satisfactory outcomes.

Environment and Sustainability

November 2018

Hosted at Downer’s central offices in the Melbourne CBD, over 50 members took the opportunity to attend three interactive workshops followed by a pizza-filled networking. During the event, members learned about achieving environmental certification for HCMT from Ellese O’Sullivan, constructing the HCMT maintenance depot in Pakenham East by Ross Brookshaw and how virtual reality (VR) technology is being used to improve maintenance and training practices in transport by Mike Ayling and students from Swinburne University.

Technological Innovation Disrupting the Transport Industry

September 2018

A panel discussion focusing on technological innovation disrupting the transport industry, attended by over 80 young professionals, hosted and sponsored by Aurecon.

Thanks to Aurecon, our panellists Aaron Belbasis, Sinead Collins, Lauren Beattie and Marcus Morrison. Our panellists were led in an insightful discussion by facilitator Mark Roberts.  The panellists highlighted the importance of data, streamlining project delivery and how disruptive technologies are impacting the transport landscape.

The Future of Intermodal Freight

July 2018

YTP members heard from Austin Kennedy, AECOM about freight investment in the Asia Pacific and Brad Richards, Transport for Victoria about the freight task, and how Victoria can best plan, develop and integrate local transport and freight networks.  A huge thank you to our speakers and sponsor AECOM.

Battle of the cities

April 2018

Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM) and Metro Trains Australia (MTA) hosted the YTP’s first panel discussion. Members heard from Nick Dickinson, Chief People and Performance Office at MTA, who spoke about the current global investment in public transport around the world and how Australia is tracking in it’s two biggest cities. The panel discussion consisted of a good discussion of the works and current projects helping to shape the two cities, and consisted of MTA’s Vickie Steward, Strategic Growth Projects Advisor, MTM’s Nick Pelham, General Manager of Strategic Asset Management and MTM’s Huw Millichip, General Manager Network Develop and Integration.


February 2018

Metro Trains Melbourne continue to host the annual lawn bowls networking event, which have been a great way for members to network with one another and have a healthy competition with one another.


November 2017

Advisian hosted the YTP’s final quarterly forum for the year, where we explored the importance of safety in transport. Members heard from speakers Jodie Talone, Director of Rail Safety, Transport Safety Victoria, and Advisian’s Ellery Salida, Senior Associate – Strategic Transport Advisory, who explored safety through a planning and regulatory lens.


September 2017

Professionals Australia hosted the YTP’s third forum for 2017, which explored the topic of ‘Future Cities’. With Melbourne’s population expected to grow to over 5 million people by 2030, we will all play a crucial part in shaping the way the city will look, feel and function over the next decade.


June 2017

AECOM hosted the YTP’s second forum for 2017, which explored the topic of ‘Career Progression’. Members heard from Nicole Stoddart, Managing Director, Construction Services – AECOM and Damian Brizzi, Deputy Director, Rail Infrastructure and Wider Networks – Melbourne Metro Rail Link Authority.

Network Management

March 2017

Metro Trains Melbourne hosted the YTP’s first forum for 2017 with support from VicRoads. The forum explored the topic of ‘Network Management’, and members heard from John Merritt, CEO – VicRoads and John Gaffney, Manager, Network Optimisation – VicRoads. As well as hearing the insights of key speakers, members were also given the opportunity to tour the VicRoads Network Control Centre.