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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.

Hon Catherine King MP, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government

The Hon Catherine King is Australia’s Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government and the first woman to hold the transport portfolio at the national government level. In her interview with member host Michelle Batsas, Executive Director of Future Mobility at the Victorian Department of Transport, Minister King shares insights on Australia’s fast rail future, reflections on her 20-year political career and advice for aspiring politicians and policymakers.

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Samantha Gain, Kaiwhakahaere Matua Metlink / General Manager of Metlink, Greater Wellington Regional Council

Samantha Gain is Kaiwhakahaere Matua Metlink / General Manager of Metlink, the public transport agency for Greater Wellington Regional Council in New Zealand. She is interviewed by guest host Sally Stannard, Deputy Director-General (Translink) at Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads and Vice Chair of PTAANZ’s Board of Directors. Sam trained as a lawyer and loves the legal complexities of delivering public transport services and projects, as well as the diverse range of people she gets to work with and the community service it provides. Sam also shares fun and actionable advice about leadership and building the career you want.

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Crissy Ditmore, Head of Public Policy, North America, Optibus

Crissy Ditmore is the Head of Public Policy, North America at Optibus, an end-to-end software platform for more equitable, sustainable, and efficient transport services. In her interview with member guest host Katie Cooper, Chief Executive Officer of Metro Tasmania and a PTAANZ Board Director, Crissy shares inspiring insights into how technology and data can be used to create more equitable, accessible public transport networks. Crissy also shares her exciting career journey that started with using public transport all over the world while travelling as a performer, to becoming an industry thought leader renowned for her dedication to leveraging technology for the public good. Don’t miss Crissy’s empowering advice on building supportive professional relationships and making sure you and your organisation are prepared for the unexpected.

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Judith Sturman, Executive Group Manager, Transport Canberra

Judith Sturman is the Executive Group Manager of Transport Canberra and a Board Director for the Public Transport Association Australia New Zealand (PTAANZ). In her interview with Michelle Batsas, Executive Director of Future Mobility at the Victorian Department of Transport, Judith analyses and shares lessons from her 30-year public transport career, which started in the United Kingdom and led her to Australia where she has worked in Sydney, Melbourne and now Canberra. Judith highlights her excitement for how zero emissions vehicles are changing transport for the better and gives empowering insights into her professional successes and leadership style.

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Bonnie Crawford, General Manager & VP, Umo Mobility, a Cubic Transportation Systems platfrom

Bonnie Crawford is the General Manager and Vice President of Umo Mobility, part of Cubic Transportation Systems. She is interviewed by guest host Sally Stannard, Deputy Director-General (Translink), Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland and Vice Chair of the PTAANZ Board of Directors. Bonnie shares her professional journey from the mailroom to the boardroom by getting a variety of experiences early in her career, then becoming more intentional mid-career to put herself on a leadership pathway and ending up in a sector she loves. Like many women in public transport, Bonnie is inspired by the positive impact her work has on the community. She’s passionate about using software and technology transformation to create connections and access for riders from every walk of life.

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Sue Chan, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Public Transport Association Australia New Zealand

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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