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Building a fleet for NSW's passengers of the future

Delivering on key projects for New South Wale’s future

Alumnus Becky Wood is putting her leadership skills to work leading major projects with Transport for NSW

Beck Wood

Becky Wood, Executive Director, Fleet Program Delivery at Transport for New South Wales

Becky Wood joined the Transport for New South Wales team two years ago after leading a range of major rail projects in the UK including Thameslink and the Intercity Express Program.  As the Government Sponsor for Crossrail she held responsibility at Board level for the UK's investment in the scheme, then the largest infrastructure project in Western Europe.  Previous Project Director roles include working as Sponsor for Phase 1 of HS2, the UK’s new high speed rail network which connects major cities and the regions. 

In her current role as Executive Director, Fleet Program Delivery at Transport for New South Wales, Becky's portfolio of work includes the New Intercity FleetSydney Growth TrainsRegional Rail Program, and Tangara Technology Upgrade. The Fleet Technical team works across the program and in partnership with Asset Standards Authority colleagues to promote best practice, enable innovation and deliver the best possible engineering outcomes across the program and broader Transport for New South Wales portfolio.  The Fleet Program also includes delivery of the new inner harbour and Parramatta River ferries for Sydney. Delivery of the overall Fleet Program will enable safer, more efficient, more accessible and more sustainable journeys for future passengers across the NSW rail and ferries networks.

This is an image of Sydney ferries.

As part of the process to deliver new services for the Sydney inner harbour there has been investment of $52 million in six new inner harbour ferries. The second of the new ferries built in Tasmania was delivered to Sydney in May. Naming of the ferries has involved the public with more than 60,000 people voting on their favourite names. The first two vessels delivered are named after prominent Australians, Catherine Hamlin and Fred Hollows.

Becky said, "being from the UK, it’s been particularly exciting to be part of delivering a new fleet of iconic Sydney ferries. These new ferries may look like the popular yellow and green first fleet ferries but they are actually a faster, bigger class of vessel and the most accessible we've ever brought into service." 

Becky joined the most recent cohort of the John Grill Centre’s Executive Leadership in Major Projects (ELMP) program delivered through three residential blocks, an in-organisation project and executive coaching over the course of a year. Becky said joining the program has “been useful in helping me to build and support a strong, cohesive team that can deliver a diverse program of work. It has also re-focussed my energy on the necessity for active leadership to achieve cultural change and, through that, enable improved strategic outcomes in relation to innovation, sustainability & collaborative work practices."

It has also re-focussed my energy on the necessity for active leadership to achieve cultural change and, through that, enable improved strategic outcomes in relation to innovation, sustainability and collaborative work practices.
Becky Wood on her experience of the ELMP program