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The Public Transport Podcast

Our podcast series features interviews with public transport leaders from Australia, New Zealand and around the world. Each featured guest shares her insights on the big issues impacting mobility today as well as stories about their unique career journeys.

Sue Chan, Acting Chief Executive Officer, PTAANZ

Sue Chan is currently acting as Chief Executive Officer of the Public Transport Association Australia New Zealand (PTAANZ). Her education and career have spanned across Asia-Pacific and Australia and she has worked with stakeholders worldwide. In her podcast interview with guest host Tabitha Carr, Marketing Specialist at Daimler Truck and Bus and a PTAANZ Emerging Mobility Leader, Sue shares inspiring insights from her professional journey, how she transitioned from a career in admin and finance to transport planning and consulting and advanced her career by taking risks and achieving strategic outcomes. Sue encourages women to believe in themselves, stay positive and keep learning and explains why you shouldn’t be afraid to fail.

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Samantha Abeydeera, Executive Director Strategic Operations, Transport for NSW

Samantha Abeydeera is the Executive Director of Strategic Operations at Transport for NSW, one of Australia’s largest transport authorities. Sam shares unmissable insights into how she’s proven herself with outstanding results and become a champion for diversity in the sector. Be empowered by Sam’s advice on how you can use your unique selling proposition to overcome barriers and build the career of your dreams.


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Laura Shoaf, Chief Executive, West Midlands Combined Authority

Laura Shoaf is the Chief Executive of the West Midlands Combined Authority in the United Kingdom (UK). Laura is also Chair of the Urban Transport Group, the UK’s network of city region transport authorities and she previously led Transport for West Midlands.

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Sally Stannard, Deputy Director-General (Translink), Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland

Sally Stannard is a Deputy Director-General at the Department of Transport and Main Roads in Queensland and the head of Translink. Sally is also Vice-Chair of the Public Transport Association Australia New Zealand (PTAANZ)’s Board of Directors. Sally shares professional and personal stories that paint an exciting picture of her career journey and what a typical week looks like in her current role.

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Hiba Farès, Chief Executive Officer, RATP Dev

Hiba Farès is the CEO of RATP Dev, the global arm of RATP Group, which is the world’s third-largest public transport operator. In this episode, Hiba shares her passion for public transport and customer experience along with insights into the positive impacts her work has on the environment and the communities RATP Dev operates in. Hiba also gives empowering advice on negotiating and how to land your next promotion.

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Dr Gillian Miles, Chief Executive Officer and Commissioner, National Transport Commission

Dr Gillian Miles is the CEO and Commissioner of the National Transport Commission (NTC), Australia’s lead agency for national land transport reform to support all Australian governments to improve safety, productivity, environmental outcomes and regulatory efficiency. Gill shares her impressive career details which span three decades as a senior executive in the public sector at the national, state and local government level, with a particular focus on transport and community-focused services. Gill is passionate about improving diversity in Australia’s land transport workforce and is collaborating with other female leaders in the sector to drive change through the National Women in Transport initiative.

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Polly Trottenberg, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation

Polly Trottenberg is Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Transportation. Polly joins host Michelle Batsas, for a comprehensive conversation ranging from the relationship between transportation and the political process to education, equity and leadership. Polly also highlights the significance of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, which has the potential to transform transport infrastructure, safety, sustainability and equity across the United States.

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Sophia Dickinson
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