Our leadership

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    John Pistak

    John is a highly experienced and knowledgeable rail specialist with over 30 years of experience, operating, maintaining and constructing significant infrastructure. Most recently, John was Director of JP Rail Services, where he worked with clients including Brookfield Rail and Metro Trains Melbourne. 
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    John brings significant knowledge of rail asset management into his position as CEO,  as he was EGM Asset Management for V/Line in Victoria and held a similar role with Queensland rail; this experience  will prove invaluable on the CRN. John and his senior management team are looking forward to safe operation and maintenance of the CRN. 

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    Brett Callingham 

    Network Operations Manager
    Brett is well experienced in general management and operations, with a strong leadership background. Across two decades, Brett has held leadership positions in road, rail and air transport. Brett moved to Orange NSW ahead of contract commencement and outside of work, he enjoys what the town and region have to offer. 
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    Brett is a strong advocate about the equal treatment of people and is passionate about supporting the development of staff.  Brett and his team are excited to deliver a first-class service to our client, TfNSW. 

  • Mitch Scealy is UGL Regional Linx's Infrastructure and Maintenance Manager

    Mitch Scealy 

    Infrastructure Maintenance Manager
    Mitch has strong ties to the railway industry. Born into a railway family from West Wyalong NSW, Mitch started on the CRN as a fettler in his home town and transitioned into the signalling team with ARTC. Mitch joined John Holland at the commencement of their CRN contract in 2012 and joined UGL in 2020.
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    Mitch is passionate about about the CRN, rail O&M, positive team cultures and safety. Mitch and his team are committed to implementing UGLRL's maintenance and operational solution on the CRN that truly reflects value add and fit for purpose outcomes for TfNSW.

  • Image of Gemma Tomlinson-blake, PMO Manager

    Gemma Tomlinson-blake

    PMO Manager
    Gemma is a specialist PMO practitioner with extensive experience in the creation and inception of all PMO functions, as well as the re-look and re-design of existing PMO services, ensuring alignment with an organisation’s corporate strategy. Gemma’s experience will ensure that all deliverables are fit for purpose and pragmatic, whilst adhering to the required governance structures.
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    Gemma has experience in building and operating PMOs across the UK, New Zealand, and Australia in several different industries. Gemma is passionate about PMO and delivery with a focus on adding real value and helping the CRN achieve its outcomes.

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    Leo Vesey

    HSE Manager
    Leo is a HSE professional with over 2 decades of experience, predominantly in the rail industry. This experience includes the development and implementation of safety management systems in compliance with external engagement with the likes of ONRSR and the Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner.  Leo is also well experienced in the establishment of HSE principles and policies, having drafted UGL’s critical risk controls and business resilience framework for the management of COVID-19 within the workplace. 
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    Leo is married with two children and outside of work enjoys kitesurfing. Leo is passionate about safety culture and its importance in achieving successful outcomes. Leo and his team look forward to their involvement with TfNSW, where safety will be our highest priority in our operations. 
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    Daniel Prowse

    Commercial & Finance Manager
    Daniel is extensively experienced in the commercial sector and has previously worked for UGL as the Commercial & Finance Manager on Trackstar and Trackpower rail alliances in Queensland. Prior to joining UGLRL, Daniel was CFO for the Ngarluma Aboriginal Corporation in Western Australia and has relocated to Orange for his new role. 
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    Daniel takes great pride in developing and implementing strategic plans that provide value to communities and is passionate about fostering health, educational and economic opportunities for our nation’s First Peoples. Daniel and his team look forward to ensuring that our commercial, financial, payroll, risk, system and property functions operate to a high standard. 
  • Image of Lisa Milne UGL Regional Linx P&C Manager.

    Lisa Milne

    People & Culture Manager 
    Lisa is an accomplished and committed people and culture leader with a career spanning over two decades. Lisa has worked across domestic and international organisations translating strategy into pragmatic, innovative and value-added people solutions.  Prior to joining UGL Regional Linx she was the lead for the people and culture function for Harsco Rail across the Asia Pacific region.
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    Lisa has lived in regional NSW since 2009 after making the tree change from Sydney with her family, more recently calling Orange home since 2012.  Lisa and her team are passionate about the employee experience, developing opportunities and supporting our community and culture. 
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    Lucio Favotto

    Asset & Engineering Manager
    Lucio has over 28 years experience in infrastructure asset management, program development, project delivery, operations and maintenance. His experience also includes the development and implementation of strategic asset management systems in large complex organisations. 
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    Lucio has gained extensive expertise in a variety of industries including road, heavy rail, light rail, metro, buses maritime vessels and infrastructure. Lucio and his team will develop and maintain sound systems and assurance engineering principles that will deliver safe, reliable and sustainable customer service outcomes.

  • Image of Roger White, Communications and Stakeholder Advisor

    Roger White

    Communications & Stakeholder Engagement Manager
    Roger has a rich background as a media advisor, public relations and communications specialist, journalist, strategist and change agent in the media, political and corporate communication spheres. Roger is respected for his keen “eye and ear” for an issue and the way it should be promoted or handled.
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    Roger spent much of his formative years in regional NSW and now resides in Orange. Roger is a keen golfer and enjoys the relaxed lifestyle that the region offers. Roger and his team look forward to engaging with all CRN community members and stakeholders. 

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