Forum: Sydney Light Rail Sponsored by NSW Trade & Investment

FORUM: Sydney Light Rail Sponsored by NSW Trade & Investment

Date & Time: Wednesday 6th August, 6:00pm for 6:30pm

Venue: Powerhouse Museum, Coles Theatre, 500 Harris St, Ultimo NSW

Speakers: Panel members will include representatives from Transport NSW, Arup, City of Sydney and The Committee for Sydney.

The Forum will feature an expert panel who will discuss and take questions from the audience on the topic of Sydney Light Rail. 

Light Rail is an important part of Sydney’s transport future. With design and planning for the CBD and South East Light Rail well underway, light rail as a central form of connecting our city, becomes a closer reality. What are the benefits for businesses, the community, and those thousands who commute through our city every day? Hear from key stakeholders in government, engineering, council and city shapers share their views on what’s in it for us, and what Sydney can learn from cities around the globe that have adopted light rail as a key form of transportation.

Panel members will include:

Chris Lock


Deputy Director General, Transport Projects Division, Transport for NSW

Chris Lock is a Deputy Director General within Transport for NSW, with responsibility for developing and delivering transport infrastructure and fleet assets. He is also responsible for the Asset Standards Authority.
Chris has extensive management experience in infrastructure, spanning 40 years in both public and private sectors in Australia and overseas. He has been associated with notable Sydney projects including the original Darling Harbour development, the Sydney Harbour Tunnel, Anzac Bridge, the Sydney Parallel Runway and the Epping to Chatswood Rail Link. Current projects include the South West Rail Link, Transport Access Program, Northern Sydney Freight Corridor, Wynyard Walk, Sydney Light Rail and the Waratah trains.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Quantity Surveyors) and a member of other bodies including the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia (IAMA), the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM).

Dr Tim Williams

Dr Tim Williams is CEO of the Committee for Sydney, ‘an increasingly influential policy forum’ (AFR). Before coming to Australia in late 2010, Tim was recognised as one of the UK’s thought-leaders in urban regeneration and economic development. Tim played a formative role in developing East London as CEO of the Thames Gateway London Partnership, Europe’s most significant urban regeneration initiative, and was successful in attracting billions of investment in infrastructure in this part of the capital, helped design and deliver a new style development corporation, and played a part in securing the Olympic Games for the area. He also acted as strategic advisor to the CEO of Lend Lease on the building of the Olympic Athletes’ Village in Stratford, East London, and advised the key London Boroughs in the Olympics area on their strategies for obtaining a social, economic and place-making legacy from the Games. Between 2005 and 2010 Tim was a special advisor on urban development, city strategies, local government and planning to 5 successive UK cabinet ministers, a unique record. As a special advisor he helped create a new national urban regeneration organisation called the Homes and Communities Agency with its $8b budget. He also helped develop the $25b Crossrail project which will bring major renewal opportunities to Thames Gateway. 

Bruce Johnson

Bruce Johnson is a Principal with Arup based in Melbourne. He has 27 years of experience in the transport planning and infrastructure sector throughout Australia and internationally. Bruce is a strategic transport planner, experienced in the planning and operations of transport infrastructure for multiple modes; with expertise in strategic network planning, demand assessment, network modelling and feasibility assessment for road and public transport projects. He is leading Arup’s current work on the Canberra Light Rail Master Plan and is involved in the preparation of the business case for a metro and light rail projects in Abu Dhabi. He contributed to development of the NSW Long Term Transport Master Plan.

Dr Richard Sharp

Dr Richard Sharp is a Principal of Arup, and leads the Management Consulting business of Arup Australasia.

Richard brings very wide experience across infrastructure design and construction, including roads, rail, water, energy, commercial building, industrial, educational and residential developments. He specialises in integrating diverse technical, commercial and strategic inputs to deliver the very best in project outcomes.  He has dealt extensively with State and Federal Governments including at Ministerial level, and interfaced with defence and security agencies both within Australia and internationally. 

He is an experienced Company Director and Chairman of both public and private companies.  He is also an accredited Gateway Reviewer, a member of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia’s Transport Taskforce, a member of the Advisory Council for the Engineering Faculty at UTS and UNSW, and a member of the Advisory Council for the SMART Infrastructure Research Facility at University of Wollongong.


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Event Details


Wed 6 Aug 2014 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm



Powerhouse Museum 500 Harris Street Ultimo NSW 2007


Non Members: 


Engineers Australia Sydney Division

Event Contact

Jenny Ha