Board of Advice

The purpose of the Board of Advice is to support the continued development and utilisation of the Institute as a centre of excellence adding value to the community. The academic and commercial membership of the committee gives a broad network for the sharing of expertise and experience. Particular contributions from members include: high-level advice on issues identified by the Board and Institute staff for inclusion in the teaching and research programs and assistance with integration of the faculty and student activities, within the community of stakeholders.



Alastair Stone

Dr Alastair Stone

Managing Director, Pacific Infrastructure Corporation

Alastair has over thirty years experience in banking, economics and engineering. He has successfully initiated, implemented and participated in major projects and infrastructure deals. He has also advised various international and domestic agencies and governments; including the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, Jakarta Municipal Government, Shanghai Municipal Government, and several Australian State Governments, on private sector participation policies and strategies. 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

Wendy Adam

Wendy Adam

National Traffic and Transport Planning Executive, Parsons Brinckerhoff

Wendy Adam, is an Emerita Transport Executive of Parsons Brinkerhoff Australia. She has a BA from Michigan State University in Urban Policy Analysis (1974) and a Masters of City Planning from Harvard University (1976). Her primary research area has always been in urban public transport and its relation to urban form, from her days in Centre for Transportation Studies at MIT, through positions she held in Australian consultancies, the NSW public service and the Gold Coast City Government. She is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Traffic Planning and Management having been President of the NSW chapter and a founder of the Queensland chapter. She is a past president of the University of Sydney’s Planning Research Centre. Recently, she become an associate in Mike Veysey Consulting, advising on public transport planning matters.

Gillian Akers

Gillian Akers

Director, AkersConsult

Gillian Akers' has over thirty five years' experience in traffic and transportation, road design, urban development, and general civil engineering. She has extensive experience in public sector management, demand forecasting and investment advice, the collection and provision of travel and demographic information and related models, broad knowledge and experience of transport planning models, economic, social and environmental evaluation techniques and policy issues. She has participated in several state government and national working groups and has been frequently consulted on strategic transport planning matters by both public and private sector infrastructure investors.

Todd Chapman

Todd Chapman

Head of Airports, QantasLink, Qantas Airways Ltd

Todd’s is Head of Airports for Qantas Regional Airlines and oversees more than 60 airports for the QantasLink B717, F100 and Dash 8 fleets as well as regional airport operations for the B737 fleet. This includes commercial engagements with ground handlers and councils and airport providers for terminal facilities.

Todd’s career has included other roles such as leading business transformation, management of the B717 wet lease relationship with Cobham Aviation, operations control and pilot recruitment.

His initial career direction was focused on flying and included a Diploma in Aeronautics. This was followed by a Bachelor in Aviation Management (UWS), a Post Grad Certificate in Change Management (AGSM) and a Masters in Business Administration Exec (AGSM).

Todd is passionate about education and seeks to build collaborative relationships between industry and academia in order to maximise learning and development as well as employment opportunities for students

Doug Dean

Doug Dean, AM

CEO & Managing Director, Veolia Australia and New Zealand

Doug Dean is CEO and Managing Director of Veolia Australia and New Zealand. Respected longest serving CEO in Australia's waste management and industrial services sectors. Previously senior executive with a major Australian transport group for 10 years. Accounting background with one of Australia's top business service firms. Committee member on key industry groups and is on the Veolia Group Management Committee in Paris. Doug was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2012 for services to the Environment, Industry and the Community.

Paul Forward

Paul Forward

Commissioner with the NSW Planning Assessment Commission

Paul Forward holds graduate qualifications in economics and town planning. He commenced his career as a lecturer in economics at the University of NSW, lecturing in micro-economic policy, urban and regional economics and public policy. In 1980 Paul joined the NSW Public Sector where he held senior management positions in the Department of Industrial Development and at the Sydney Water Board. In 1989 he joined Coopers and Lybrand Consultants as an Associate Director, and conducted consulting assignments in strategic planning and marketing for public and private sector clients. In 1992 he was appointed Director, Corporate Planning at the Water Board. Paul joined the RTA in February 1995 as Director Road Network Infrastructure. From December 1999 until late 2005 he was the Chief Executive of the Roads And Traffic Authority, NSW. Paul was a Principal of Evans and Peck from 2006 to 2013. Paul is a past Chairman of Austroads. He was a non-executive Director of Delta Electricity and Chairperson of the Biosciences Research Centre Joint Venture at La Trobe University. Paul is a graduate of the Institute of Company Directors.

Michael Kilgariff

Michael Kilgariff

Chief Executive Officer, Australian Logistics Council

Michael Kilgariff is the Managing Director of the Australian Logistics Council (ALC) – which represents the major and national companies participating in the Australian freight logistics supply chain industry. Michael holds a degree in Economics from the Australian National University, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ diploma and advanced diploma courses. Michael has a diverse background and leadership experience in industry, industry associations and government, at the national and state/territory level. He also has experience in dealing with public policy issues across a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders, including international organisations.This background has given Michael a highly developed understanding of how industry and government interact and how key public policy issues can be successfully developed and progressed. Since taking on the Managing Director’s role in 2009, Michael has worked with his Board to reposition the entire purpose, strategy, membership and structure of ALC. ALC is now strategically focussed on national infrastructure and regulatory issues, with a high level of engagement across all levels of government and industry across Australia.

Peter Koning

Peter Koning

General Manager, Australia and New Zealand, Network Rail Consulting

Peter has over thirty years’ experience in the Australian and European rail industries and has extensive knowledge of strategic network planning, infrastructure management and the implementation of rail industry reform policies. He is an experienced railway operator and transport business manager having worked in both the public and regulated private sectors. Previously Peter held a variety of front line management positions with British Rail prior to becoming involved in the rail reform and privatisation process. On joining Railtrack he assumed commercial responsibility for Great Western Trains in the run up to industry privatisation. On being appointed as Railtrack’s Director for European Affairs based in Brussels, he advised the European Commission on a range of railway reform initiatives including the creation of the European Rail Freight Freeways and industry interoperability.

On returning to the UK, Peter worked on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (HS1) and the London Crossrail program in senior leadership positions. In 2007 Peter was appointed as a Director of AECOM based in the UK and Australia. In 2013 he was appointed as Network Rail Consulting’s first General Manager for the Australia and New Zealand region.

Anisa Makalic

Anisa Makalic

Head of Supply Chain, Tip Top - a division of George Weston Foods

As the Head of Supply Chain for Tip Top Australia and New Zealand, Anisa manages the performance, ongoing capability development and continuous improvement of the Tip Top Supply Chain Function. Tip Top is ANZs leading bakery, delivering over one million loaves and other bakery products to over 20,000 locations every day. Tip Top operates an extensive distribution network through 100+ distribution centres and over 2000 distribution employees and partners. It is one the largest distribution operators in ANZ outside of 3PL and public service operations.

Since joining Tip Top, Anisa has led a major program of transformation resulting in significant supply chain quality and efficiency improvements. This Program has been recognised with multiple internal GWF and external industry awards including 2013 SMART Award for Supply Chain Excellence in Transport and Logistics and 2014 NSW iAwards for Supply Chain innovation.

Prior to Tip Top, Anisa has developed extensive experience supporting organisations with the identification and delivery of strategic business improvement opportunities across the end-to-end supply chain. In previous roles, including management consulting with Accenture, she has led successful programs within Retail, FMCG, Consumer High Tech, and Pharmaceutical industries across Europe, North America and Australasia.

Darryl Mellish

Darryl Mellish

Executive Director, Bus and Coach Association NSW

Darryl Mellish has been the Executive Director of the Bus and Coach Association (NSW) [BusNSW] since mid 1999. Before joining the Bus Industry he held Company Director positions in the pharmaceutical industry (12 years) and as a Business Development Manager for CSIRO (16 years). His management and business skills have included the formation of new companies, mergers, acquisitions, capital raisings and shareholder relations. Darryl has Commerce training and many years administrative and management experience, heading finance and operations departments before becoming a Director. He is also a member of the Governance Institute of Australia. Since joining the Bus Industry he has been particularly committed to forming quality partnerships, looking at ways of developing sustainable land transport systems, marketing and education programs and building relationships with key stakeholders. BusNSW represents 600 members employing 15,000 people and 6,500 vehicles. Darryl Mellish is the NSW Private Bus Industry leader and industry spokesman for Bus Reform in NSW.

Stephen Rowe

Stephen Rowe

Director, Busways Group

Stephen Rowe is Director and part owner of the Busways Group of companies. Stephen joined Busways in 1984 and with his brother Richard, is instrumental in shaping the Groups direction and growth. Prior to 1984 he worked in quality assurance and research in the food industry. Stephen completed the Masters of Transport Management at The University of Sydney in 1993. He is the immediate past President of BusNSW and has been an active member of the BusNSW Board of Management, Executive Committee and Industrial Relations Committee for many years. Stephen is also a Councillor of the Australian Public Transport Industrial Association and a long standing member of the Bus Industry Confederation Council.

Dr Marjid Sarvi

Dr Marjid Sarvi

Director, Institute of Transport Studies, Monash University

Majid Sarvi is the director of Institute of Transport Studies and the Head of Transport Group at Monash University. He has received 3 degrees in civil engineering: a BEng (with honors), a MEng and a Ph.D. from Tokyo University in 2001. He has served on several international committees, the ADB30 Network Modelling Committee, AHB45 traffic flow theory committee, and Emergency Evacuation Task Force of the US Transportation Research Board. He is the founding chair of the crowd dynamic modelling committee of US Transportation Research Board. He has over 17 years of professional, academic and research experience in the areas of large multimodal transport network modelling, vulnerability and optimisation, crowd dynamic modelling, and traffic flow theory of congested networks. He is the author/co-author of over 200 refereed publications in top transportation journals, various conference and symposia proceedings. He serves on the editorial board of several eminent journals including Transportation research part C, Journal of Advanced transportation and Transportmetrica. He has extensive industry and consultancy experience.

Tony Sheldon

Tony Sheldon

National Secretary, Transport Workers Union of Australia

Before his election in 2006 to National Secretary of the Transport Workers Union of Australia, Tony Sheldon served from 1998 to 2009 as the State Secretary of the TWU New South Wales Branch, where he had also been an industrial officer, an organiser and Assistant State Secretary; he was also an industrial officer with the Liquor Trades Union.

Since 2011, Tony has served as the Senior Vice-President of the Australian Labor Party. Tony is a graduate of the Harvard University Trade Union Program and has completed post-graduate studies in Industrial Law at the University of NSW.

Tony represents the TWU on the Executive of the peak body of the Australian labour movement, the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU).  Tony is Chair of the road transport workers' section committee of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), the international peak body for transport workers.  He is also is a member of the Australian Labor Party’s National Policy Forum, which develops a long-term approach to policy development across the labour movement; is a member of the Administrative Committee of the Australian Labor Party (NSW Branch), which is responsible for the management and administration of the Party; and is a member of the TWU Super Board of Trustees governing TWUSuper, the superannuation fund for transport industry workers.   

Dave Stewart

Dave Stewart

Director General, Transport for NSW

As the Secretary of Transport for NSW, Dave Stewart leads around 25,000 people employed by the state's Transport cluster, shaping the policy and delivery of public transport, roads and freight across NSW. Dave brings more than 30 years of experience in identifying and meeting the needs of the transport cluster’s diverse customers, including time as Head of Projects in Queensland’s Treasury and Director-General of the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads. Dave has lead large government transport and infrastructure projects and portfolios, as well as providing policy, strategy, planning and operational advice. He has worked within the private sector, in Queensland and the United Kingdom, on a range of road, construction and geotechnical and advisory roles. Dave is a chartered civil engineer and holds masters degrees in business and engineering science and has completed an executive program at Harvard University looking at private sector involvement in project delivery. He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and an Honorary Fellow, Chartered Institute of Transport and Logistics.

Rob Tyson

Rob Tyson

Director, Economics & Policy, PwC

Rob is a Director in the PwC Economics and Policy team. He has extensive experience in undertaking economic cost benefit analysis, option analysis, forecasting, policy formulation, economic growth strategies and business case development. His experience is focussed on the fields of transport infrastructure and urban renewal, with Rob also having a strong background in health economics and macroeconomics which he has used to develop a range of new and innovative transport appraisal techniques. Rob plays a leadership role in PwC's macroeconomic offering, providing advice to Government and private clients in the sector on the how emerging economic, social and demographic trends will affect their industry and business. Rob sits on the Committee for Sydney Transport Taskforce and acts as a peer reviewer to a number of State and Commonwealth agencies.

Les Wielinga

Les Wielinga

Director, Everything Infrastructure (EIG)

Les has more than 36 years’ experience in the management of transport issues, strategic planning, development, design and delivery of infrastructure, program and project management.

He is currently Chair of the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority Board and Chair of the Australian Road Research Board.

Whilst Director General NSW Transport he led a significant change process in NSW Transport which included the creation of an integrated transport agency, new rail entities and cultural change.

Recent Career history includes

2013-current Director Everything Infrastructure Group
2010-2013 Transport for NSW (Director General)
2009 Sydney Metro Authority (Chief Executive)
2006-2008 NSW Roads and Traffic Authority (Chief Executive)
2001-2006 NSW Roads and Traffic Authority (General Manager / Director Motorways).

As Director General, Transport for NSW he operated within a highly visible and dynamic portfolio that affects the day-to-day lives of the people of the State, businesses, and the environment.

During this period of reform, Les led the integration of the various NSW transport agencies into one agency that is determined to create a better transport system that is fundamentally designed around the needs and expectations of customers, communities, and the economy.

Les recently joined EIG and provides consulting Services under the banner of EIG Strategic.

International Members

Chandra Bhat

Professor Chandra Bhat

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

Dr. Chandra R. Bhat is the Director of the Center for Transportation Research (CTR) and the Adnan Abou-Ayyash Centennial Professor in Transportation Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches courses in transportation systems analysis and transportation planning.  Substantively, Bhat has contributed to the area of transportation and urban policy design, with far reaching implications for public health, energy dependence, greenhouse gas emissions, and societal quality of life. Methodologically, he has been a pioneer in the formulation and use of statistical, econometric, and mathematical modeling methods. Recently, Bhat received the 2013 Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in recognition of his pioneering contributions to the complex multi-dimensional dependency modeling and econometric analysis fields.

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.

Prof. Axel Börsch-Supan, Ph.D., born 1954, studied Mathematics and Economics in Munich and Bonn. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from M.I.T. and was Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the JFK-School of Government at Harvard University.

1989-2011 Börsch-Supan was Professor of Macroeconomics and Economic Policy at the University of Mannheim. In 2011, Börsch-Supan joined the Max Planck Society and became director at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy (MPISOC) in Munich, leading the Munich Center for the Economic of Aging (MEA).

Börsch-Supanis a member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Mass., Adjunct Senior Researcher of the RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, California, member of the Committee on Macroeconomic Effects of Aging of the National Academies of Science, and member of the MacArthur Foundation Aging Societies Network.
He is member of the Council of Advisors to the German Economics Ministry (chair 2004-08), of the German federal governments’ expert group on Demography, has co-chaired the German Pension Reform Commission, and was member of the German President’s Commission on Demographic Change.

He has served as a consultant to many governments, the OECD, the World Bank, among others.

Ken Button

Professor Ken Button

Director, Transportation Policy, Operations and Logistics Centre, George Mason University, USA

Dr Kenneth Button is Director of the Transportation Policy, Operations and Logistics Center. He is Professor of Transportation at George Mason University's School of Public Policy, where he teaches transportation economics, transportation logistics, international transportation, and managerial economics. Dr Button is a prolific author whose books include Handbook of Transport Systems and Traffic Control, The Future of International Air Transport Policy, and Transport and Public Policy, and he has written more than 200 scholarly articles on economic and transportation topics. He edits Transportation Research: Transportation and Environment. Dr. Button has served as Special Advisor to the House of Commons Transport Committee and as a full time advisor to the OECD. He received his PhD in Economics from Loughborough University, the United Kingdom.

Paul Cousins

Professor Paul Cousins

Professor of Operations Management and CIPS Professor of Supply Chain Management, Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester, UK

Paul is Professor of Operations Management at Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester, and also Director of the Supply Chain Management Research Group. His career to date has spanned a range of business sectors from industry (Westland Helicopters & Sikorsky Aircraft), consulting (A.T.Kearney) to academia (University of Bath, The University of Melbourne, Australia and Queens University Belfast). It has led him to work in Europe, USA, andAustralia. He has obtained over 1.5m in research grants and has conducted research and consultancy work for numerous firms across a range of industrial sectors at national and international level. He has published in a wide range of journals, including the Journal of Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, British Journal of Management and the International Journal of Production and Operations Management. He has also co-authored several books and research reports.

Trevor Heaver

Professor Trevor Heaver, Emeritus

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

Trevor Heaver is Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia where he was head of the transport economics and logistics programmes for many years. He has published several books and over 100 articles on transportation, logistics and transportation policy topics and has consulted to corporations and governments in Canada and internationally. He has an established presence in international research as a founding member and a Past-President of the International Association of Maritime Economists and a Past-Chairman of the World Conference on Transport Research. His recognitions include: the International Francqui Chair Professor in Belgium held at the University of Antwerp, 1998; the Distinguished Member Award, Transportation and Public Utilities Group, American Economics Assoc., 2001; and Fellow, Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. His recent research interests focus on economic and sustainability issues in international shipping and logistics.

Alan McKinnon

Professor Alan McKinnon

Head of Logistics in Kuhne Logistics University, Hamburg

Alan McKinnon is Professor and Head of Logistics in the Kühne Logistics University in Hamburg. He was Founder and Director of the Logistics Research Centre at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh until January 2012 and is now an emeritus professor of this university. He holds or has held visiting professorships in Malaysia, China, Sweden, the UK and South Africa. A graduate of the universities of Aberdeen, British Columbia and London, he has been researching and teaching in freight transport/logistics for over 35 years, has published extensively in journals and books and been an adviser to several governments and international organisations. He was chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Logistics and Supply Chain Council, a member of the European Commission’s High Level Group on Logistics, a lead author of the transport chapter in the latest IPCC Assessment Report and is currently chairman of the Transport Advisory Group of the EU Horizon 2020 research programme. In 2003 he received the Sir Robert Lawrence Award, the highest distinction of the UK Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

Juan de Dios Ortzar

Professor Juan de Dios Ortuzar

Department of Transport Engineering and Logistics, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Chile

Professor Juan de Dios Ortuzar has over 40 years experience as an academic and advisor on transport modelling and social project evaluation. He has fostered the development of discrete choice models and its application to determining willingness-to-pay for reducing transport externalities. He has written more that 100 papers in archival journals, 40 book chapters and is co-author of Modelling Transport, a major book published by Wiley reflecting the state of the art. He has two other books in Spanish and is editor of three books dealing with travel demand modelling. Finally, he is Co-Editor in Chief of Transportation Research, part A, Area Editor of Transport Reviews and member of the Editorial Board of the journals Transportation, Transportation Research B, Transport Policy, International Planning Studies, Journal of Choice Modelling, Transportation Letters, Research in Transportation Economics and Travel Behaviour and Society.

Tae Oum

Professor Tae Hoon OUM

UPS Chair Professor, University of British Columbia, and Chairman-ATRS

Professor Oum specializes on economics, strategy and policy analysis in transport/logistics and public utility sectors. He serves on Editorial Boards of twelve journals including past Editor of Journal of Transport Economics and Policy for 13 years (1998-2011). He authored/co-authored 36 books, 120+ refereed journal papers, and numerous reports for international and national organizations, regulatory commissions and major corporations around the world. Honors include ATN Achievement Awards (2013); the USTRF Career Achievement Award (2006) and overall Best Paper (2009); WCTRS Overall Best Paper (1998); Killam Research Prize (2002).

Wayne Talley

Professor Wayne Talley

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

Professor Wayne Talley is Executive Director of the International Maritime, Ports and Logistics Management Institute, Frederick W. Beazley Professor of Economics, Professor of Maritime and Supply Chain Management and Eminent Scholar at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, USA. He is currently: Honorary Chair Professor, National Chiao Tung University (Taiwan); Honorary Guest Professor, Shanghai Maritime University (China); Honorary Visiting Professor, City University (London, UK); Honorary Editor-in-Chief, Transportation Research Part E; and 2014 President, Transportation and Public Utilities Group, American Economic Association. His publications include 170 journal papers and book chapters and 10 books. The latter include Port Economics (Routledge, 2009) and The Blackwell Companion to Maritime Economics (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012).

Kenneth Train

Professor Kenneth Train

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

Professor Kenneth Train teaches econometrics, regulation, and industrial organization at the University of California, Berkeley. He also serves as Vice President of National Economic Research Associates. Author of the books Discrete Choice with Simulation (2003), Optimal Regulation (1991), and Qualitative Choice Analysis (1986), he has also written over 60 articles on economic methods and issues. He chaired the Centre for Regulatory Policy from 1993 to 2000 and has testified as an expert witness in regulatory proceedings and court cases. He has received numerous awards for his teaching and research, including most recently the Richard Stone Prize in Applied Econometrics.

Jacobus Walters

Professor Jackie Walters

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

Jackie Walters is the Chairperson of the Department of Transport and Supply Chain Management at the University of Johannesburg and the Director of ITLS (Africa). His academic speciality includes public transport and aviation studies, as well as transport economics and logistics. Recent research focuses on the impact of policies on the development of the commuter bus industry and the public transport contracting system. He serves on a number of committees appointed by the Department of Transport and has been a member of the steering committee for the recently completed Gauteng Master Plan 2037. He has also been a specialist adviser to the Southern African Bus Operators Association since 1989.