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Andrew McCusker

Andrew McCusker

Position Director, Rail Logistics
Room 6.306
Phone +61 2 4239 2346
Email andrew_mccusker@uow.edu.au

Background

Andrew has been supporting the NSW government on the rail strategy for Sydney and NSW and is appointed to a number of committees concerned with the strategy and execution of rail futures in NSW. Andrew has carried out peer reviews for TfNSW and for Railcorp on various plans and strategies from ‘Sydney’s Rail Futures’ to ’Long term asset strategies and maintenance planning’.

He has acted as mentor to the RailCorp CEO and executive team as the organisation transforms towards rail franchising. Andrew has been involved with the recruitment and appointment of the CEO’s for the new rail organisations Sydney Trains and NSW Trains, and continues to support the rail reform program for the state.

Appointed as SMART’s inaugural Director of Rail Logistics in late 2011, Andrew is currently developing and leading the SMART Rail Logistics Division in establishing a research capability to support and champion the role of rail as part of the broader transport network in Australia. Andrew has also provided executive learning in building higher performance rail organisations through a series of module development and master class deliveries for the industry.

For the last 24 years Andrew has worked in the Hong Kong MTR Corporation which is recognised as one of the world’s leading railway companies, renowned for leading-edge customer service and service performance in passenger rail.

Over his last five years Andrew led the Rail business for MTR as Operations Director and was responsible for bringing the rail company into sustainable profit through innovative programmes delivering consistent services levels to achieve 99+% performance level while reducing costs and improving safety and customer satisfaction.

Andrew has held Chairmanship of a cable car company and a telecoms services provider and has acted on a number of boards including OCL (Octopus Cards Ltd.) the premium transport card company with some 20 Million cards in circulation and which has a card with the widest range of applications from Multiple transport use to on and off street parking as well as a wide range of commercial and residential uses.

Andrew presently is a director of MTM the Melbourne Metro and chairs a board safety committee for the shareholders (MTR, UGL and John Holland), and has assisted Transport Queensland in a critical review of their first 30 year rail transport strategy.

Andrew has held senior rail positions in Operations, Projects, Safety, and Maintenance during which he delivered substantial performance and productivity improvements. In addition to his reputation for driving productivity and establishing system approaches he is also renowned for future proofing and capability building programs that have supported MTR HK to become a most respected and leading organization.

During his tenure with the MTR Hong Kong and has a wide experience in New line project oversight, direct control of renewals, replacement and refurbishment programs across all railway assets and installations and project managed the world’s first platform screen doors retrofit to an underground railway.

Andrew was past president of the COMET group of metros (an International Forum of the world’s top metro rail companies with around 40 members). He was instrumental in devising the approach, establishment and philosophy that has contributed to the success of the organisation. In 2007 Andrew received recognition when awarded the Australian Asset management Council’s Steve Maxwell leadership Award.

Prior to his career in rail, Andrew was Chief Engineer to the Bahrain State Power Authority where he was in charge of power and water production, network control and new construction. During his time in Bahrain he oversaw the transformation of the electrical system from one with endemic failures to establishing a highly secure electricity and water supply system which achieved international standards.

Publications

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Last reviewed: 21 November, 2016