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Diversity & Inclusion Committee:

David Bainbridge


I have more than 40 years’ experience within highly regulated environments in the mining, construction and transport industries and a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Safety Practitioner. I have held senior operational, engineering and SHEQ roles both in the UK and Australia.

I joined the Rail Track Association Australia in 2007 and was very honoured to serve as President from 2010 to 2017. During my 7 years as President, I led the delivery of a strategic plan for modernisation and expansion of the RTAA for the benefit of its Members and the Rail Industry as a whole.

My personal passion for the promotion of ‘Diversity and Inclusion’ within the industry has continued within the RTAA since handing the leadership baton to the next generation.  In 2019, I was recognised for my contribution to the RTAA by being awarded Life Member status.

I am the General Manager Risk, Safety & Environment within ARTC Corporate and have responsibility for governance and oversight for the function across the Interstate and Hunter Valley operational businesses; and, the Inland Rail program.

Committee Members:

Abbie Thomas, Laurena Basutu, Edward Olivier

Young Professional Award Committee:

James Donovan


James is a Systems Interface Engineer, working for MTR on the Sydney Metro Project. Originally from Melbourne, James spent 5 years working for Metro Trains Melbourne in a variety of roles, gaining a breadth of experience across rail systems engineering and operations. In 2017, James was awarded the Frank Franklyn Young Rail Specialist Award by the RTAA, and through his role on the RTAA committee, hopes to contribute to the growth of other young engineers within the rail industry.




Committee Members:

Abbie Thomas, Simon Lehman, Thomas Scash, Paul Trask, Aleu Dukuek

Technical Review Committee:

Peter Milton


Peter has 46 years’ engineering, operations, construction and maintenance experience in the rail industry covering heavy haul, metro, freight and light railways in the global market, including extensive multi-disciplinary engineering and management experience in design and delivery of railways in Australia and overseas.  This work has also included modelling of train operations within terminals and around complex rail networks including staging of works for track, signalling, overhead wiring and civil works. During this time, he has also coordinated studies into new rail projects and the integration or projects into existing networks.
He has worked for rail authorities (owner and operator roles) and tier one construction contractors delivering rail projects using varying contract methods from alliances to design and construct and construct only.
Peter currently provides specialist rail knowledge to projects including resolving complex rail issues, development of alternative solutions and identification of innovations in rail projects for EIC Activities who are part of the CIMIC group of companies.
Peter holds a Bachelor of Technology (Civil), a MIE Aust (CPEng), a member of the RTSA and a Life Member of the RTAA.

Committee Members:

Thomas Kerr, Kieran Navin, Samiha Najem, Simon Lehman, Laurena Basutu, Aleu Dukuek, Anna Murray

Field Day Organising Committee:

Jonathan Barnes


Jonathan has worked in the rail industry for the last 15 years, having started his career with Swetha in 2000. He spent his early years in Rail Safeworking and corridor management, while studying civil and computer engineering at Western Sydney University. He joined RailCorp’s Intern program in 2008, working in the Civil Major Construction group, and has subsequently worked across a range of areas. He is currently the Rail Inspection Services Manager for Sydney Trains.

Jonathan joined the Management Committee in 2013 and has played a key role in the Rail Industry Field Day as well as improving the RTAA’s engagement with young members. In 2014, Jonathan was honoured to be elected Vice President.

Complementing his role with RTAA, Jonathan is an active member of various panels and groups of Engineers Australia, including holding a position with the Sydney Division Committee.

Brett Harvey


My name is Brett Harvey and I am the Rail National Account Manager for Kennards Hire. My aim is to provide solutions and equipment for customers working in the rail corridor using the best machinery available in the market. I have been involved in the rail and hire industry since 2003, travelling throughout Australia to support the various rail networks. I joined the RTAA in 2017 and Kennards Hire has been a long standing member.




Committee Members:

Thomas Kerr, James Donovan, Abbie Thomas, Brett Harvey, Shaun Bouma