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Rail is the backbone of our society – connecting people and places and catalyzing growth. As rail owners and operators in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) respond to challenges associated with rapid urbanization, population change and growing freight volumes, our team is delivering holistic and integrated rail solutions that help clients plan, develop, finance, design, construct, operate and maintain transit infrastructure that connects people, communities and business.

Come and visit us at the Jacobs AusRAIL Exhibition Theatre to find out more.

Meet the team presenting at AusRAIL PLUS 2023

  • Andrew Tingay

    Andrew Tingay, Jacobs Global Solutions Director, Strategic Consulting

    Andrew advises national and regional Governments on long-term infrastructure policy and strategy spanning transport, energy, water, defense, digital and cities.

    Andrew is participating in a panel discussion on the topic: Navigating the metaphoric twists, turns, ups and downs of High Speed Rail.

    9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 14 in the Jacobs AusRAIL Exhibition Theatre

  • Emma Dade

    Emma Dade, Jacobs Technical Director - Climate Response & ESG

    Emma works closely with clients and project teams in Australia and New Zealand, leading organizations and projects to understand and managed their ESG and climate goals, risks and opportunities. She has significant experience collaborating with diverse teams across numerous sectors to develop abstract and complex ideas into clear strategies and actions to drive positive outcomes.

    Emma is presenting on the topic: Climate Risk and opportunity in the Rail & Transit sector - understanding climate related business risks and opportunities aligned to the TCFD framework.

    1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 15 in the Jacobs AusRAIL Exhibition Theatre.

  • Frank Szanto

    Frank Szanto, Jacobs Technical Director – Rolling Stock

    Frank has 35+ years of experience in the Australian rail industry. He is dedicated to exploring ways to decarbonize rail and rolling stock on a global scale, with an emphasis on zero-emission technologies like battery-electric operation, hydrogen vehicles, and alternative fuel options. Frank's expertise in freight rolling stock and operations has made him a leader in the analysis and technical journey for clients' decarbonization goals.

    Frank is co-presenting on the topic: Who’s Leading the Decarbonization of Australian Freight? With Roger Buckley from Aurizon.

    1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Thursday, November 16 in the Jacobs AusRAIL Exhibition Theatre.

  • Lauren Guiney

    Lauren Guiney, Jacobs Graduate Rail Engineer

    Lauren is a graduate rail engineer at Jacobs with track and civil design expertise. She has worked on significant infrastructure projects such as the Suburban Rail Loop and Level Crossing Removal Program. Lauren is committed to designing accessible and equitable railway systems for all passengers. She was awarded the RTSA's 2023 Emerging Rail Professional award for her presentation on improving the safety of rail travel for women.

    Lauren is presenting on the topic: Gender-Inclusive Design for Safer Railways.

    9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Thursday, November 16 in the Jacobs AusRAIL Exhibition Theatre.

  • Tonya Elliott

    Tanya Elliott, Jacobs Business Development Director, Rail

    Tanya leads the rail delivery team across Southeast Australia and New Zealand and has a background in project delivery and client management across water and transport industries. Her role is an operational and governance role, working with our teams delivering rail projects from alliances to technical advisors. Her role is to provide the right skills and teams to our clients, leading a team of 100 rail professionals across the region and India.

    Tanya is chairing proceedings in the Jacobs AusRAIL Exhibition Theatre on Tuesday, November 14.

  • Jason Walmsley

    Jason Walmsley, Jacobs Business Development Director, Rail

    Jason has over 33 years’ experience within the rail industry, working in the public and private sectors in both the contractor and engineering arenas. He has worked on a diverse range of civil and rail projects across Australia and overseas, with strong experience in the management of multi discipline routine maintenance, asset management and major construction projects.

    Jason is chairing proceedings in the Jacobs AusRAIL Exhibition Theatre on Wednesday, November 15.

  • Rhiannon Longville

    Rhiannon Longville, Jacobs Business Development Director, Rail (WA/SA)

    Rhiannon self identifies as a ‘jack of all trades, master of none’; having a science degree, she’s spent most of her nearly 20-year career in engineering consultancy and has worked in technical delivery roles, project management, team leadership, business development, strategy and client relationship management. The common threads have been a passion for problem solving and sustainability, and a strong focus on communication.

    Rhiannon is chairing proceedings in the Jacobs AusRAIL Exhibition Theatre on Thursday, November 16.

  • Julian Small

    Julian Small, Jacobs ANZ Market Director Rail, Ports and Aviation

    Julian has over 30 years’ experience in the U.K., Asia, Middle East and ANZ, holding leadership roles on major international rail infrastructure programs including Dubai Metro, Kuwait Metro and Hong Kong’s Westrail projects. In his current role, Julian has oversight of Jacobs’ business in the rail market. Jacobs is delivering services across most of the major rail projects in ANZ including Cross River Rail, Metronet, Inland Rail, Sydney Metro, Melbourne Airport Rail Link and Suburban Rail Loop.

    Julian is facilitating a panel discussion on the topic: Navigating the metaphoric twists, turns, ups and downs of High Speed Rail.

    9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 14 in the Jacobs AusRAIL Exhibition Theatre.


  • Francois Heyns

    Francois Heyns, Principal Rail Engineer

    Francois is a Chartered Professional Engineer with extensive experience in the development, implementation and maintenance of railway projects. He has a passion for track substructure design and maintenance management and the optimal use of maintenance equipment to maintain the track substructure.

    Francois is presenting on the topic: Optimising Sustaining Capital for Formation Renewals.

    1:45 p.m. - 2:10 p.m. Wednesday, November 15 in the Track RTAA technical session.

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