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The International Association of Public Transport Australia/New Zealand (UITPANZ) podcast series, Women Who Move Nations, features interviews with public transport leaders from Australia, New Zealand and around the world. Each guest shares her insights on the big issues impacting mobility today along with their career journeys. Hosted by UITPANZ Executive Director, Michelle Batsas.
 
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In this bonus episode of Women Who Move Nations, host Michelle Batsas, Executive Director of UITP Australia New Zealand, becomes the interviewee, as Magda Robertson, General Manager of Torrens Connect in Adelaide, finds out why Michelle loves being part of the public transport sector and what’s top of mind for her right now. Michelle also shares so…
 
Natasha Santha, Partner at L.E.K. Consulting, joins Michelle Batsas, Executive Director of UITPANZ, for an exciting discussion about decarbonisation and automation in public transport and the positive impacts these technologies will have on society. Natasha also shares the lessons she’s learnt over the years about leadership, finding your strengths…
 
Magda Robertson is the General Manager of Torrens Connect where she oversees Adelaide’s tram network and surrounding bus network. In her discussion with Michelle Batsas, Executive Director of UITPANZ, Magda shares insights from her extensive operations experience in major transport networks including Metro Trains Melbourne and Sydney Trains. She ap…
 
Laurence Batlle is Chairwoman of the Executive Board at RATP Dev, the international development arm of urban public transport operator RATP Group. In this role, Laurence oversees RATP Dev's 110 bus, metro, tram, railway, e-scooter and waterborne operations across 13 countries globally. In her interview with Michelle Batsas, Laurance shares insights…
 
Lara Poloni is the President of global infrastructure consulting firm, AECOM. Lara shares insights with host Michelle Batsas from her extensive experience working on major transport infrastructure projects all over the world. Her love of cities and desire to make them functional, sustainable and liveable, drives her passion for public transport and…
 
Lauren Skiver is CEO and General Manager of SunLine Transit, a bus operator in California's Coachella Valley and a world-leader in decarbonising heavy vehicles. In her interview with Michelle Batsas, Lauren shares how she’s putting her organisation at the forefront of the huge transformation agenda facing the public transport and mobility industry.…
 
Julie Mitchell, the Deputy Director General of Policy, Planning and Investment at Queensland's Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR), is passionate about innovation in public transport. Julie shares her vision and drive for shaping the best possible public transport services for Queensland now and into the future, which she says will involve…
 
Megan Bourke-O’Neil, Deputy Secretary of Policy and Innovation at the Victorian Department of Transport, joins guest host Angé Anczewska, General Manager of UITP Australia New Zealand, in a heartfelt discussion about why public transport is so important to our communities. Megan shares that she loves working in a purpose-led field that can improve …
 
Jenny Chetwynd, Executive General Manager of Planning and Investment at Auckland Transport is passionate about how public transport can shape people’s lifestyles and the impact she can have as a public transport leader. Jenny and host Michelle Batsas, the Executive Director of UITPANZ, discuss the public transport outlook and how to tackle congesti…
 
Dr Josipa Petrunic, President and CEO of the Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC), has a wide ranging discussion with host and UITPANZ Executive Director, Michelle Batsas, about the future of zero emissions transport, influencing decision makers to get initiatives funded and dealing with imposter syndrome. Be empowered…
 
The Hon. Jacinta Allan MP has held public transport portfolios since 2014. She talks to host Michelle Batsas about her passion for ensuring public transport meets the needs of urban and regional communities. She's driven to create better connections and services for everyone. Through a range of projects big and small, including Melbourne's Metro Tu…
 
Western Australia's Minister for Transport and Planning, the Hon. Rita Saffioti MLA, is transforming the state by planning transport projects that deliver better mobility and economic benefits. She's particularly proud of the local rail car manufacturing policy which she wrote in opposition and is now implementing as part of Perth's Metronet projec…
 
Wendy McMillan, President Australia and New Zealand for Bombardier Transportation, has three decades of executive leadership experience. While workplaces have improved to be more inclusive for women, there's still a long way to go. Wendy wants to see organisations be proactive, "almost tenacious", in mandating and leading policies to create gender …
 
The Honourable Julie Anne Genter is New Zealand's Minister for Women and Associate Minister for Transport and for Health. Her passion for urban and transport planning got her into politics, she explains to host Michelle Batsas. She advocated for over a decade to have minimum parking requirements removed from district plans, to allow for more benefi…
 
As Chairman of the Board of Keolis Downer in Australia and President of the Middle East and India for Keolis, Leila Frances is a woman who moves many nations. As she explains to host Michelle Batsas, Leila has built her expertise through on-the-ground operational experience, understanding people and line management, then switching to the commercial…
 
Transdev Melbourne's Managing Director, Loretta Lynch, is proud to join the team delivering around 30 percent of Melbourne's bus network, with 1400 staff, 500 buses and 25 million passenger journeys a year. The jewel in their crown is Melbourne's first locally-built, fully electric bus, Loretta shares with host Michelle Batsas. Loretta first got ho…
 
Becky Wood, Managing Director, Transportation - Australia & New Zealand at Aurecon, describes to host Michelle Batsas how, while working on the financial side of major rail infrastructure projects as a chartered accountant, she quickly discovered what really interested her was the tangible link between the assets she was getting funded and transfor…
 
ViaVan's Jessica Oppetit thinks public mobility has become a lot more dynamic in the last five years. It's a great example of how data and innovation can change and positively influence an industry, Jessica tells host Michelle Batsas. Jessica outlines how demand-responsive transport can supplement fixed-route services and improve the public transpo…
 
Nicole Rosie, CEO of the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA), explains how she used her mastery of change management to lead the organisation through New Zealand’s level four COVID-19 lockdown, less than a month after she started the role. Bringing organisations, teams and individuals along with a new way of working and making it part of their ‘why…
 
Leanne Redden, the Aussie heading up the Regional Transportation Authority in Northeastern Illinois, oversees the second biggest public transport network in the USA. She discusses how public transport benefits everybody, even people who don't use it. She's been inspired by women who are bold and brave and tries to model that behaviour herself.…
 
Elizabeth Mildwater, Transport for NSW's Deputy Secretary of Greater Sydney, reflects on the present and future of public transport in Australia's biggest city, as well as transport workers' commitment to serving the public. She's championing gender equality and reconciliation through better recruitment and procurement practices. Tune in to find ou…
 
Transport for London's Managing Director of Crossrail 2, Michèle Dix, is no stranger to a challenge, having implemented London's congestion charging regime and having previously held the position of Managing Director of Planning for TfL. She lives to serve the public, whether it's through major public transport policy innovations or the perfect cup…
 
UITP Australia New Zealand is proud to present its first podcast series, Women Who Move Nations. Every week we’ll feature a different female public transport leader, to discuss the big issues impacting her work and gain insights from her professional journey. Our formidable line-up of guests includes leaders from Australia, New Zealand and around t…
 
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