Consulting industry partners speaking at Transport Summit

05 August 2019 Consultancy.com.au

The 2019 edition of the ‘Australian Transport Summit’ takes place this Wednesday in Sydney. A host of senior industry experts have been lined up to share insights on how Australia’s transport industry is being disrupted by new mobility concepts and emerging technologies, including L.E.K Consulting partner Simon Barrett, KPMG partner Jacinta Hargan and PwC partner Emma Thomas.

The Australian Transport Summit is according to its organisers – Tourism & Transport Forum Australia (TTF) and UITP Australia New Zealand (UITPANZ) – Australia’s foremost public transport summit. Participants from all across the country will travel to Sydney for the 8th edition of the summit, which is themed ‘Real mobility: Connecting people, places, spaces’. 

A raft of well-known faces from the public and private sector have been tapped as keynote speakers and panellists, informing participants on how innovative mobility services are transforming the way people move and where they work and live. Following a kick-off delivered by Catherine King, Shadow Minister for Transport, Infrastructure & Regional Development, among others Pras Ganesh, Vice President at Toyota; Leanne Redden, Executive Director at the Regional Transportation Authority of Chicago; Owen Thomas; Executive Director Infrastructure Planning and Land Services at Metronet; and Tony Braxton-Smith, Chief Executive of the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure of South Australia will take the stage.

Simon Barrett, L.E.K. Consulting, Jacinta Hargan, KPMG, Emma Thomas, PwCThree of the speakers at the event come from the management consulting industry. Simon Barrett is a partner at L.E.K. Consulting Australia and leads the firm’s Travel and Transport practice in Australia and is a co-leader of L.E.K. Consulting’s New Mobility practice. He has advised dozens of clients in the transport landscape, including organisations active in the road, rail, bus, ports, aviation and airport sectors. Over the past two decades, Barrett has been involved with many of the major transport reforms Australia and New Zealand. 

Barrett will serve as moderator of the panel session ‘The spectrum of agile to trunk: How to use on demand and fixed services to get better mobility in cities’. 

Jacinta Hargan, a partner at KPMG and head of the firm’s Future Transport practice in New South Wales, has over 20 years’ experience in delivering business and customer led transformations in the UK and Australia, with a focus on technologies that shape how people travel. She has for instance led a major future transport technology strategy in New South Wales that is now being rolled-out, which includes pillars such as trials of automated vehicles, on demand services, Mobility as a Service and new and innovative ways to deliver increased information, personalisation and choice to customers.

Hargan will moderate the panel ‘No MaaS without Mass: The future of door-to-door mobility’, leading the discussions between Tony Braxton-Smith, Amanda Gilmore, Country Manager New Zealand at taxi disruptor Uber, and Matt Longland, Deputy Director General at Queensland’s Department of Transport & Main Roads.

The third expert with a consulting background is Emma Thomas, a partner at PwC. She is active in the firm’s Infrastructure and Urban Renewal practice, and has previously worked across several forms of transport including planes, trains and automobiles. Prior to joining the Big Four accounting and consulting firm in May this year, Thomas was director-general of Canberra Transport, and before that held positions at Boeing and the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads. 

Thomas will moderate the panel session ‘Designing tomorrow’s experience today: Innovating the planning, funding and governance of infrastructure in cities’.

Held at Sydney’s Hilton hotel, the Summit will bring together leaders and transport and mobility experts from public and private sector experts. Alongside hearing from industry experts and leading organisations in the transport arena, attendees are provided the opportunity to network and share ideas and best practices with peers.


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