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Rapid Transit Advisor, UK

Chris Reid

Technical Director
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Chris leads WSP’s team of project managers, engineering managers and engineers in the Rail Stations team in Scotland and North of England.
He is responsible for winning and delivering Projects as well as the growth and development of the team.

Chris is a Fellow and Chartered Civil Engineer with extensive experience in Interface Management and management of Stakeholders.
He has worked in Design Management, Integration Management, Project Management, Design Construction Support, Design Assurance and Design Team Leader Roles for WSP.

Prior to joining WSP Chris was the Design Manager for the £740M Edinburgh Tram Scheme and had intimate knowledge of all elements of the design and construction, supporting the client and the contractor. He has extensive Light Rail experience through projects both nationally and internationally, having been part of teams in Qatar, Denmark and Israel as well as the UK.

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Rapid Transit Advisor, Global

David McAlister

Global Director, Transport & Infrastructure
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Dave McAlister is the Chief Development Officer at WSP USA and is the Global Director, Transport and Infrastructure for the Corporation.

Mr McAlister was previously Parsons Brinckerhoff's Director of Corporate Development. Mr McAlister joined Parsons Brinckerhoff in 1981 as a trackwork design engineer, and held a variety of technical and management positions within the firm. He also served as Managing Director—Europe/Africa/Middle East, and Director of Operations—Americas for Parsons Brinckerhoff. He has also served as Principal-in-Charge on several major projects, including large-scale transportation programs. Mr McAlister holds a B.S. in civil engineering from Bucknell University.

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Pou Whanake - Technical Director Māori

Kumeroa Pihama

Te Atiawa, Ngaati Mahanga, Ngaati Maru, Waikato-Tainui
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Kumeroa has benefitted from a full-immersion Maori education, being surrounded by the culture in every facet of his life.

He relishes proactive, challenging and forward-thinking roles, drawing on his experiences in the finance industry and his personal relationships.

Kumeroa offers exceptional leadership, communication and customer relationship management skills, including building and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders and developing collaborative initiatives.

He is adept in assessing risk and providing mitigating factors or alternative approaches. Kumeroa has extensive portfolio and customer relationship management experience. Since joining WSP he has lead Iwi engagement on multiple projects and continues to do so. He is the manages the social and commercial relationships between WSP and Waikato Iwi.

Key skills include: Iwi engagement, facilitation, risk assessment, economics, communication in Te Reo and English and knowledge of tikanga Maori protocols.

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Rapid Transit Advisor, Australia

Sam McWilliam

Rail National Executive, Australia
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Sam is the National Executive of WSP’s Rail business with over 18 years’ experience.

She is a high achiever driven to lead and motivate large successful multidisciplinary teams. An engineer by training, Sam loves to apply her problem solving skills in combination with her unflappable demeanour and a healthy dose of humour to getting the best results out of her teams.

Since joining WSP in 2004 Sam has worked throughout Australia and South East Asia on several, city shaping transport projects.and has contributed to several major transport projects, including Sydney Metro Northwest, City and Southwest and West, WEX/CRL and CRE and the South Island Line East Project in Hong Kong.

Sam’s early career was focused on tunnelling and underground structures where she designed and delivered underground spaces on several large D&C projects and gained significant experience in rock mechanics, excavation design, tunnel contracting and procurement. After this, her career expanded to include design lead and management roles on multidisciplinary projects, with a focus on rail, metro and underground station delivery.

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Rapid Transit Advisor, Australia

Scott Ney

Client Director NSW/ACT, Australia
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Scott leads WSP for the Advisory and Transport Group.

Overseeing 130 staff nationally in Australia, Scott is responsible for the overall performance of the group, including project delivery, financial performance, and client satisfaction.

A seasoned professional with a globally diverse 25-year background in the industry, he has served in senior leadership and project management capacities on a variety of design projects and studies worldwide. His global transit experience includes senior roles on projects in Australia, New Zealand, UK, USA, and Asia.

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Rapid Transit Advisor, New Zealand

Sean Myers

Head of Rail and Transit
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Sean leads rail and transit infrastructure projects in the Australian and New Zealand market.

He is an industry leader in strategic planning for urban networks, including option selection and feasibility assessment for new corridors. 
Sean has advised clients on capacity enhancement assessments for existing networks and step-change asset management programs. He has led numerous multi-disciplinary projects in New Zealand such as City Rail Link, Papakura to Pukekohe and Wiri to Quay Park business cases.

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Rapid Transit Advisor, New Zealand

Angus Gabara

Principal - Rail and Transit Advisory
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Angus has 20 years of experience with passenger rail and local government in Auckland and Wellington, and has led the delivery of over $1.6 billion of award-winning rolling stock and infrastructure projects.

He also built and led the team that successfully tendered and awarded the 15-year performance-based metro rail operations contract and set the strategic direction and platform for the quality and growth of metro rail in Wellington - delivering record levels of patronage growth and customer satisfaction.

Angus was the instigator of significant change in the NZ metro rail industry including contract model change and the transfer of infrastructure assets to regional authorities. The depth and variety of change Angus has led have made him a confident Project Director with an aptitude for putting together the right team and driving milestones.

Angus most enjoys working with stakeholders to deliver complex programmes of legacy infrastructure and enduring change, all the while juggling the expectations of the public sector with the commercial drivers of the private sector.

He confidently communicates with council, board, community, media and conference audiences and is passionate about continuous improvement of customer and stakeholder relationships.

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Rapid Transit Advisor, New Zealand

Theunis van Schalkwyk

Technical Director, Transport
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Theunis has experience in the planning and development of large and complex infrastructure projects gained by working in both public and private sector organisations.

This includes experience in the development of numerous strategic and indicative business cases as well as communicating and discussing their findings with governing boards, council committees, elected representatives and funding agencies for investment decisions. 

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Rapid Transit Advisor, New Zealand

Jack Jiang

Principal Advisor - Transport Planning
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Jack works at the intersection of urban design and transport planning.

Coming from a career in urban design and transition into the transport sector, he sees the value of urban design thinking can have in transport planning outcomes for rapid transit systems like light rail and metro.

Jack's technical background is in walking and cycling planning and design. He led the walking and cycling design for Auckland Eastern Busway 2 & 3 project, Support Growth Alliance amongst other transport projects. He particularly focused on integrating walking and cycling into the public transport planning and design, where the first mile and last-mile journeys take place.

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