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Board of Advice

Sharing expertise and experience
The Board of Advice supports the continued development and utilisation of the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies as a centre of excellence adding value to the community.

Synergy in diversity

Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies and its Board of Advice

Chair

Dr Alastair Stone

Dr Alastair Stone

Managing Director, Pacific Infrastructure Corporation

Alastair has more than 30 years' experience in banking, economics and engineering. His career has covered all facets of urban affairs including senior positions with the World Bank, Lend Lease and Merill Lynch. Alastair teaches in the Foundations lecture series on public infrastructure services.

Local members

Gillian Akers

Gillian Akers

Director, AkersConsult

Gillian has more than 35 years' experience in traffic and transport, road design, urban development and civil engineering. She has participated in several state and national working groups and is often consulted on strategic transport planning matters by both public and private sector infrastructure investors.

Todd Chapman

Todd Chapman

Principal, Leading Edge Management Consulting

Todd is the Principal of Leading Edge Consulting, a Sydney based practice that specialises in business transformation and operations improvement. Todd had previously worked in senior leadership roles within the Qantas Group for over 20 years and leverages this experience to help businesses unlock value and to be their best. He also brings a high energy, people centered approach to his work and focuses on developing leadership and relationships to driven genuine and sustainable change.

Glen Dawe

Glen Dawe

Retired Chair, NSW Section, Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Australia

Glen's 40-year career spans passenger transport, rail freight, logistics, supply chain management and business management. He retired from Queensland Rail as chief executive after previously being the chair of Queensland Rail.

Joost de Kock

Joost de Kock

Deputy Secretary, Customer Strategy and Technology

Joost joined Transport for NSW (TfNSW) in March 2020 as Deputy Secretary Customer Strategy and Technology. Prior to this, he was the General Manager Enterprise Transformation at Services Australia. He is a former Partner, Managing Director and Senior Advisor in the Sydney office of Boston Consulting Group where he was a member of BCG’s global Public Sector and Technology Advantage Practices, and the global IT in government topic leader. Joost’s career has been built around his ability to set strategy, define technology-driven reform and deliver customer-centric solutions. These are the skills he brings to his role at TfNSW where he is responsible for leveraging data and insights, new technologies, innovative solutions and partnerships to provide improved, integrated customer-centred solutions and develop long-term strategies, plans and policies for the Transport Cluster.

Kelsey Holman

Kelsey Holman

Chief Operating Officer, Qantas Freight

Prior to Qantas, Kelsey was a Director at KPMG and a Corporate Lawyer at what is now Norton Rose Fulbright. She has advised a range of government and transport entities, covering air, road and rail, with a highlight being work on the separation of Queensland Rail and creation of Aurizon, Australia's largest rail freight operator. Kelsey is also a mum of two kids, keen traveller, and she has a passion for driving inclusion.

Gareth Jude

Gareth Jude

HDR representative

Gareth was born in the UK and educated in the UK , USA and Australia. He has spent his most of his career in the retail industry and is now a well-known speaker, commentator, author and advisor with a particular interest in the disruptive effects of technology on the retail supply chain. His new book, “Retail Innovation Reframed” looks at process driven innovation in the retail industry. Gareth is a PhD candidate at ITLS researching consumer motivation to collaborate in last mile logistics.

Michael Kaine

Michael Kaine

Michael Kaine, TWU National Secretary

Michael has been fighting for the rights of transport workers for over 20 years from the TWU NSW branch legal team right through to national leadership. Michael drives the union’s national campaigns, bringing together workers from all sectors of road transport and aviation to fight for safe rates of pay and conditions and to lift standards in transport. A leading figure in the union movement, Michael has also led the charge to kick banks out of super as well as daringly taking on multinational giants in the gig economy such as Uber and Amazon to protect Australia’s hard-earned workers’ rights.

Michael Kennedy

Professor Michael Kennedy

Director and Professor of Practice at Monash Institute of Transport Studies

Michael Kennedy OAM is Director and Professor of Practice at Monash Institute of Transport Studies in the Department of Civil Engineering. In an environment of rapid technological, social, economic and environmental change and rapid growth in the transport and mobility sector, Michael’s focus is on ensuring that Monash ITS education and research programs respond to evolving challenges and opportunities. Michael has a well-earned reputation as an innovator, developing an entirely new intermodal transport system including new ships, terminal systems, road vehicles and containers, all designed to cater for the needs of the market.

Michael Kilgariff

Michael Kilgariff

Chief Executive, Roads Australia

Michael has worked closely with industry and government to promote public policies beneficial to national productivity and efficiency. Industry association Roads Australia has 150+ members including major contractors and consultants, motoring clubs, service providers and other industry groups. 

Professor David Levinson

Professor David Levinson

School of Civil Engineering, The University of Sydney

David teaches at the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Sydney, where he leads the Network Design Lab and the Transport Engineering group. He is also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo-Engineering at the University of Minnesota in the United States. 

Andrew Lezala

Andrew Lezala

Adjunct Professor at RMIT, Chair of Inver Engineering

Andrew is a business leader and engineer with 38 years' experience in the rail industry. He began his career at British Railways as an engineering graduate and spent 10 years in vehicle design, project engineering and maintenance. He has been chief executive of Metro Trains Melbourne since 2009. 

Martin Locke

Martin Locke

Lidunian Partners

Martin is an infrastructure finance specialist with more than 25 years' experience who has closed high-profile public-private partnerships in transport, health and education. He retired from PwC as a senior partner after leading the infrastructure advisory practice in Sydney since 2001. He now leads Lidunian Partners, and has a portfolio of consulting and non-executive director roles. 

Anisa Makalic

Anisa Makalic

Supply Chain Director, APAC

Anisa is also a board member and director of the Australasian Association of Convenience Stores. She is a supply chain management and strategy professional with extensive experience supporting organisations by delivering improvements throughout the supply chain.

Rico Merkert

Rico Merkert

Professor and Chair in Transport and Supply Chain Management, Deputy Director, ITLS

Professor Rico Merkert is Chair in Transport and Supply Chain Management and Deputy Director of the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies at The University of Sydney. Equipped with a PhD in Transport Economics he has taught and researched at a number of high profile institutions such as Cranfield University or Haas Business School, University of California Berkeley and is Visiting Professor at the University Johannesburg, South Africa. Rico is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Air Transport Management, Associate Editor of the Journal of Transport and Supply Chain Management and an appointed member of three U.S. Transportation Research Board (TRB) standing Committees.

Carlee McGowan

Carlee McGowan

General Manager, Supply Planning, Telstra

Carlee is a supply chain professional with more than 20 years’ experience in fast-moving consumer goods, both locally and internationally. She specialises in supplier management, supply planning, production, logistics, customer management, sales and operations planning to retail. 

Veronica Schulz

Veronica Schulz

HDR representative

Veronica Schulz is a PhD Student at ITLS  since March 2022. Veronica’s research interests are in sustainable logistics, the circular economy and port diversification. She has received various scholarships including the Australian Government’s Research Training Program Stipend Scholarship in 2022. Prior to this, Veronica obtained a Bachelor of Music from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2019 majoring in clarinet performance. She then graduated from the University of Sydney Business School with a Master of Commerce in 2021 majoring in logistics and supply chain management. Veronica has practical experience in public transport and marketing.

Peter Thornton

Peter Thornton

Principal of Transportation Associates 

Peter is a leader in infrastructure and transportation consulting based in Sydney. He specialises in the strategic development, planning and concept design of transport and infrastructure projects, drawing on his skills in engineering, environmental planning and project economics. He formed Transportation Associates after holding senior roles in WorleyParsons and having been a Director of TMG International and Arup Australia and an Associate Director of Macdonald Wagner. Peter has advised on projects such as Western Sydney Airport, Very High-Speed Trains, Inland Rail, airport rail links, autonomous freight vehicles and highways, minerals railways and port development. Peter is also a member of the Committee for Civil Engineering at Sydney University and was influential in the commencement of an undergraduate program in Transport, which has strong links to ITLS, within the School of Civil Engineering at Sydney University.

Matt Threlkeld

Matt Threlkeld

BusNSW Executive Director

Matt is the Executive Director of BusNSW which incorporates the Bus & Coach Association (NSW), Bus and Coach Industrial Association (NSW), and Bus and Coach Co-operative Society NSW. He is a senior executive with experience in managing contracts, people, fleet, marketing and events.

David Tucker

David Tucker

Chief of Project Advisory & Evaluation, Infrastructure Australia

David has responsibility for assessing business cases that are seeking more than $250 million in funding from the Australian Government, and for maintaining the Infrastructure Priority List, which provides a long-term pipeline of high-quality infrastructure proposals to guide government investment. David also oversees the Infrastructure Australia Assessment Framework, which provides best practice, fit-for-purpose guidance on the preparation and evaluation of infrastructure proposals, and led its major refresh, which was published in July 2021. David has over 21 years experience in the infrastructure sector. His technical experience includes planning, design and evaluation across multiple industry sectors and covering each stage of the project lifecycle.

Rob Tyson

Rob Tyson

CEO, Polis Partners

Rob is a Director in the PwC economics and policy team. He has extensive experience in cost-benefit analysis, option analysis, forecasting, policy formulation, economic growth strategies and business case development, as well as transport infrastructure and urban renewal.

Marina Van Der Walt

Marina van der Walt

Head of Assurance, Infrastructure NSW

Marina van der Walt is the Head of Assurance at Infrastructure NSW. Marina joined the agency in 2017.  

With over $112 billion in infrastructure to deliver in NSW over the next four years, Marina leads the Investor Assurance team to ensure major capital projects are delivered in a timely and cost-efficient way through the implementation of the NSW Infrastructure Investor Assurance Framework. Her team is also responsible for ensuring the NSW Government’s ~$400 billion asset portfolio remains adaptable to changing service need and resilient to shocks and stresses, through implementation of Asset Management Assurance.  

As an executive leader who has worked in the finance and public administration for more than 20 years, Marina has expertise in the strategic management of mega infrastructure portfolios, including the planning, commissioning, procurement and execution of tailored commercial arrangements for large infrastructure and service projects across sectors, in Australia and Africa.

Cecilia Warren

Cecilia Warren

Director, Research and Development, IAG

Cecilia leads IAG’s Research and Development function with responsibility for collaborating with university and research partners to deliver insights into the nexus between emerging technology and human need in mobility, shelter and work. 

International members

Professor Chandra Bhat

Professor Chandra Bhat

Director, Center for Transportation Research and Adnan Abou-Ayyash Centennial Professor in Transportation Engineering, the University of Texas at Austin

Chandra teaches courses in transportation systems analysis and transportation planning.

Professor Axel Börsch-Supan

Professor Axel Börsch-Supan

Director, Munich Center for the Economics of Aging, Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, Munich, Germany, and Professor for the Economics of Aging, Technical University of Munich, Germany.

Axel has been a consultant to several governments, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the World Bank, among others. 

Professor Ken Button

Professor Ken Button

Director, Transportation Policy, Operations and Logistics Centre, George Mason University, Virginia, United States

Ken teaches transport economics, logistics, international transportation and managerial economics. 

Professor Paul Cousins

Professor Paul Cousins

Head of School of Economics, Finance and Management, University of Bristol, UK

Prior to his current role, Paul was Professor of Operations Management at Alliance Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester. He was also Deputy Director of the School and Director of Research for four years.

Professor Trevor Heaver

Emeritus Professor Trevor Heaver

Centre for Transportation Studies, Operations and Logistics Division, Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia, Canada

Trevor was head of the transport economics and logistics programs at UBC for many years. His recent research focuses on economic and sustainability issues in international shipping and logistics.

Ir Prof. William H.K. Lam

Professor William H K Lam

Chair Professor of Civil and Transporation Engineering, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

William is an Honorary Professor at the Institute for Transport and Logistics Studies at the University of Sydney and President of the Hong Kong Society for Transportation Studies. He is a Co-Editor in Chief of the Journal of Advanced Transportation.

Professor Glenn Lyons

Professor Glenn Lyons

University of West England, Bristol

Glenn is the Mott MacDonald Professor of Future Mobility at UWE Bristol and a founding director (2003-2010) of the university’s Centre for Transport and Society. 

Professor Alan McKinnon

Professor Alan McKinnon

Head of Logistics, Logistics University, Hamburg

Alan was also a founder and director of the Logistics Research Centre at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, where he is now an emeritus professor. In 2003 he received the Sir Robert Lawrence Award, the highest distinction of the UK Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

Professor Juan de Dios Ortuzar

Emeritus Professor Juan de Dios Ortuzar

Department of Transport Engineering and Logistics, Institute in Complex Engineering Systems (ISCI), Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Chile

Juan has more than 40 years' experience as an academic and adviser on transport modelling and social projects. He has fostered development of discrete choice models and their application to determining willingness-to-pay in transport.

Professor Tae Hoon OUM

Professor Tae Hoon Oum

Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia, Canada

Oum specialises in economics, strategy and policy analysis in transport and logistics and public utility sectors. 

Professor Wayne Talley

Professor Wayne Talley

Executive Director, International Maritime, Ports and Logistics Management Institute, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, United States

Wayne is also the Frederick W Beazley Professor of Economics, Professor of Maritime and Supply Chain Management and Eminent Scholar at Old Dominion University. 

Professor Eiichi Taniguchi

Professor Eiichi Taniguchi

Department of Urban Management, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University, Japan

Eiichi's research centres on city logistics and urban freight transport modelling focusing on stochastic and dynamic vehicle routing and scheduling with time windows, multi-agent simulation considering behaviour of stakeholders who are involved in urban freight transport. 

Professor Kenneth Train

Professor Kenneth Train

Department of Economics, University of California, Berkeley; Vice President, US National Economic Research Associates

Kenneth teaches econometrics, regulation and industrial organisation. He has received numerous awards for teaching and research, including the Richard Stone Prize in Applied Econometrics.

Professor Bert van Wee

Professor Bert van Wee

Professor of Transport Policy, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Bert ia also a scientific director of TRAIL research school. His interests are in long-term developments in transport in the areas of accessibility, land-use transport interaction, evaluation of large infrastructure projects, environment, safety, policy analyses and ethics. 

Professor Jackie Walters

Professor Jackie Walters

Director, ITLS-Africa, Head of Department of Transport and Supply Chain Management, University of Johannesburg

Jackie's academic specialties include public transport and aviation studies, as well as transport economics and logistics.