Leadership and Policy Seminar Series

Established in 2003, the ITLS Leadership and Policy Seminar Series benefits from leading national and international experts (CEOs, Visiting Professors etc) speaking on topical transport and logistics issues relevant to business and academia. The seminar series attracts a broad audience from industry, government and academia as well as our own faculty and research students. Seminars are usually one hour long including the presentation and time for Q&A.

Our seminar convenors are Professor Corinne Mulley, Chair in Public Transport and Dr Rico Merkert, Senior Lecturer in Aviation Management. As seminars are confirmed details are listed below.

Seminars are normally held fortnightly on Tuesdays, between March and November (with a break in July), from 11am to noon with coffee and tea available from 10.30am. The venue is: Lecture Theatre 1, Level 1, 173-175 Phillip Street, Sydney CBD. See directions.

Invitations are sent to our mailing list at least one week in advance. Seminars are free, however, an RSVP is required, so please respond to the seminar invitation. Join our seminars mailing list.

John Nelson

Date: 31st Mar 2015 11:00 am

Speaker: Professor John Nelson, University of Aberdeen

Topic: A passenger-centric approach to flexible transport provision in rural areas

Abstract: In rural areas there are limited conventional (fixed route) public transport options. Although low demand areas are often more suited to flexible transport services they are commonly introduced on a stand-alone basis to cater for a specific group of the population or to fill a specific need. Eligibility criteria relating to user types and operating areas/times often apply, resulting in limited options for passengers. This presentation describes a prototype flexible integrated transport system (FITS), which enables transport providers to relax their eligibility criteria where possible, thereby reducing unmet demands while increasing resource utilisation. Examples are drawn from the transport to healthcare domain using rural Aberdeenshire as a case-study.

Bio: Professor John Nelson holds the Sixth Century Chair of Transport Studies at the University of Aberdeen and is Director of the Centre for Transport Research (CTR) and Co-Director of the RCUK dot.rural Digital Economy Hub. He also directs the Aberdeen / Heriot-Watt node of the Transport Systems Catapult University Partner Programme. John is particularly interested in the application and evaluation of new technologies to improve transport systems as well as the policy frameworks and regulatory regimes necessary to achieve sustainable mobility. John Nelson is Chairman of the Universities’ Transport Study Group (UTSG), which promotes transport teaching and research across the UK and Ireland.

David Borger

Date: 21st Apr 2015 11:00 am

Speaker: David Borger, Western Sydney Business Chamber

Topic: How the West was won! The challenges in getting the green light for an airport in Western Sydney

Abstract: Badgerys Creek airport has been arguably the most controversial transport infrastructure project in recent history.  This presentation will outline the role of advocacy and grass roots leadership in changing opinion and building support for critical infrastructure.

Bio: David Borger is the Western Sydney Director of the Sydney Business Chamber, a division of NSW Business Chamber.

In this role, Borger advocates for the needs of leading businesses in the Western Sydney area, helping set the policy agenda and promote discussion on issues that contribute to economic activity and growth in Western Sydney.Prior to this, he served as Minister for Housing, Minister for Western Sydney and Minister for Roads as well as assistant Minister for Transport in the NSW Government.

As Housing Minister he oversaw the construction of approximately 9,000 new social housing dwellings - including 6,300 through the Nation Building Economic Stimulus Plan. David has also worked as an Urban Planner and adviser to the Minister for Planning.

He was also the youngest person, at 30 years of age, to hold the office of Lord Mayor of Parramatta where he served for three terms.