President’s Letter – December 2021

Hello members and welcome to this quarter’s YTP Newsletter. On behalf of the committee, I would also like to extend our thanks to our industry partners, the Aurecon Jacobs Mott Macdonald (AJM) Joint Venture, Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM) and the Victorian Department of Transport (DoT) for their continued support.  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!

Firstly, I would like to provide a short introduction about myself as I join YTP’s committee for the first time.  I am currently a Systems Assurance Engineer at John Holland working on the Rail Infrastructure Alliance since 2019. Prior to joining RIA, I was working as a graduate site engineer in transport and renewables projects and have come to enjoy the diversity of experiences in not only rail, but the wider transport industry.

Of course, we cannot do this without a strong team and have the privilege of leading some of the brightest mind’s in the industry. Our committee this year come from a diverse range of backgrounds, skills and world class organisations including Yarra Trams, Advisian, AECOM, ARTC and Turner & Townsend and invite you to get to know them.

This quarter, we held our Annual General Meeting and it has certainly been a busy month as we are working through the new committee transition and coming together to work through the vision, purpose and outcomes of what we want to achieve in the year ahead. It has been an unprecedented and challenging couple of years across the country, and we could have never foreseen what was ahead of us when the rapid transition began to remote working and virtual events. Please be assured that we will be working hard to take the opportunities to bring people together in a safe manner in the year ahead, but we will also use the lessons and innovations developed over this time to also expand our opportunities for members in other cities to participate.

YTP was honoured to to conclude the 2021 year with ‘The Road to Zero Emissions’ Networking Event, hosted in collaboration with Siemens. The event was a continuation from 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.

We have also been running our final virtual coffee catchups for the year through December and have invited our members to grab your fresh cup of coffee and participate in this 30-minute networking event  and connect with other members from around Australia working in the transport industry. YTP will continue to run these throughout the new year, so stay tuned for sessions coming up.

Rounding out this quarter (and the year!), we bring you an interview with Michelle Doolan from AECOM to bring you a glimpse into a day in the life of Senior Track Engineer and her career working in transport.

I am genuinely excited about the opportunity to lead this year’s committee and am grateful for the support of our members. Our inbox is always open, so please get in touch if you have any suggestions on how we can improve articles or if you would like to contribute. Happy reading!