MRT Inc Committee

President

Ken Lister

BEng (Elect), CPEng, FIEAust, MAICD

Ken has over 40 years’ experience in the energy industry including generation, transmission and distribution, until retiring from Snowy Hydro Ltd in 2016 as Chief Operating Officer. In this role, Ken was responsible the safety, operations, engineering & maintenance as well as CAPEX and OPEX projects of this multi-state business with assets approx. $3Bn and responsibility for over 300 personnel. Ken has been Member and Chair of several NFP Boards including as Australian Lead for the guidance and support of a Children’s Home in Uganda. Ken resides in Cooma.

Vice President

Mary Walters

RN

Mary has worked for over 40 years as a highly respected Community Nurse in Australia, Middle East and France. She has seen first-hand how her passions of physical and mental health enhance positive well-being. As a Farmer, Mary has also experienced droughts and the associated health, financial and relationship challenges, many of which can be alleviated through exercise such as cycling and walking. This is her prime motivation to take on the role as MRT Inc President. Indeed the proposed Monaro Rail Trail would transit her property hence she has a sound understanding of issues of interest to Landowners. Mary recognises the great opportunity a Rail Trail would provide to benefit the physical & mental health, economic growth and well-being

Secretary

Fay Steward

BBSc, PGDip Urban & Regional Planning, PGDip Business Admin

Fay’s career spans some 40 years developing strategic land use policy and strategy for NSW Government land planning and management agencies, as well as entrepreneurial roles with Vodafone, and venture capital firms in the telecommunications industry. She has held executive management roles in the private and public sectors; most recently as Executive Director Land Planning and Management for the ACT Government. Here, Fay was responsible for Canberra’s urban services, National Arboretum Canberra, commercial forests, and national parks. Fay has worked with many community organisations to establish co-operative agreements managing public land for community benefit. Now retired and living in Bega, Fay is a small-scale beekeeper, and Director of the SE Region Local Land Services Board. As a cyclist, she is keen to assist development of trails throughout NSW for all ages and abilities.

Treasurer

Andrew Carter

BSc. PGDip Business Admin

Andrew is a resident of Canberra where he has worked in technical roles in Forestry and Botany at the ANU. He spent several years in Nepal as part of an Australian Government aid project in community forestry and saw the importance of bottom up communication when dealing with small communities. The last 15 years of his working life was in private enterprise with his award-winning small business in retail and hospitality. During this time, he served on the executive of the industry marketing group and professional associations. He and his wife have ridden many cycle trails in Europe and New Zealand and have seen how rail trails are an assured way to bring new life to small business in rural areas.

Other Committee Members

Michael Daniel

Cate Spencer

Jen Smart

Jack Clayton

Charlie Maslin

MRT Inc Steering Group

Team Leader Stakeholder Management

Ken Lister

BEng (Elect), CPEng, FIEAust, MAICD

Ken has over 40 years’ experience in the energy industry including generation, transmission and distribution, until retiring from Snowy Hydro Ltd in 2016 as Chief Operating Officer. In this role, Ken was responsible the safety, operations, engineering & maintenance as well as CAPEX and OPEX projects of this multi-state business with assets approx. $3Bn and responsibility for over 300 personnel. Ken has been Member and Chair of several NFP Boards including as Australian Lead for the guidance and support of a Children’s Home in Uganda. Ken resides in Cooma.

Planning

Fay Steward

BBSc, PGDip Urban & Regional Planning, PGDip Business Admin

Fay’s career spans some 40 years developing strategic land use policy and strategy for NSW Government land planning and management agencies, as well as entrepreneurial roles with Vodafone, and venture capital firms in the telecommunications industry. She has held executive management roles in the private and public sectors; most recently as Executive Director Land Planning and Management for the ACT Government. Here, Fay was responsible for Canberra’s urban services, National Arboretum Canberra, commercial forests, and national parks. Fay has worked with many community organisations to establish co-operative agreements managing public land for community benefit. Now retired and living in Bega, Fay is a small-scale beekeeper, and Director of the SE Region Local Land Services Board. As a cyclist, she is keen to assist development of trails throughout NSW for all ages and abilities.

Finance

Andrew Carter

BSc. PGDip Business Admin

Andrew is a resident of Canberra where he has worked in technical roles in Forestry and Botany at the ANU. He spent several years in Nepal as part of an Australian Government aid project in community forestry and saw the importance of bottom up communication when dealing with small communities. The last 15 years of his working life was in private enterprise with his award-winning small business in retail and hospitality. During this time, he served on the executive of the industry marketing group and professional associations. He and his wife have ridden many cycle trails in Europe and New Zealand and have seen how rail trails are an assured way to bring new life to small business in rural areas.

Project Management

David Byrne

BEng (Civil), PGDip Management, CPEng, MIEAust

Dave has over 35 years’ experience in project management and leadership including Director of Engineering Services - Cooma-Monaro Shire Council, Quality Manager Special Projects - NSW Public Works, Drainage Agent - Costains Civil Engineering UK. Dave also held various industry and leadership roles including: Secretary of the South East Australian Transport Strategy Inc. 13 years, Executive Committee member of the NSW Water Directorate 11 years, Chair of the Monaro Group Engineers Australia 13 years, Cooma Rotary 14 years. David resides in Cooma.

Risk & Compliance

Peter Coumbis

LLM (Syd), MCom (NSW), Dip Prac Man (QLS)

Peter recently stepped down as General Counsel of the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) in North Queensland. His role at AIMS since 2009 focussed on corporate management and government policy as well as preparing contracts in relation to intellectual property, commercial property, construction law, vessel charters, research collaborations, IT and consultancy service agreements. Peter’s role included acting as its Senior Lawyer, Manager of the Commercial Services Group, its FOI and Privacy Officer and PID Act Investigator. Peter has had a long career in the private sector which included senior commercial partner with Ashurst and corporate counsel at Westfield. Since moving to Cooma, he has taken up the honorary roles of director and chairperson at the Sir William Hudson Nursing Home and continues to be engaged in legal work on a part-time basis as Special Counsel for AIMS and for various Commonwealth government agencies in a consultancy capacity. Peter resides in Cooma.

Media & Publicity

John Sim

BA, Dip Ed

John has been a Secondary School Teacher inspiring youth his love of Geography and the outdoors for 38 years. He currently works on a casual basis as a Discovery Ranger in the Kosciuszko National Park where he can share his love of nature assisting in the education of School Students and in a liaison role with the general public. John is a keen cross-country skier, cyclist and currently President of the Cooma Cycling Club which comprises about 100 active Participants in this relatively small Town. John has strong positive network with other Community organisations and uses his influence to encourage people of all ages to develop their physical, mental and emotional potential. John resides on a rural property north of Cooma.

Maintenance

Frank Bakker

BEng, MIEAust

Frank is a Mechanical Engineer with 40 years’ experience in the Power Industry. The last 15 years he has been actively in Project Management, currently working in a project operational readiness specialist role. Frank is an avid bushwalker, cross country skier and cyclist. He has qualifications as a white water instructor and sea kayak senior instructor. Now resident in Cooma for 32 years, with wife and two adult sons. He is am keen to expand and promote activities for both residents and visitors in the Monaro and sees the Monaro Rail Trail as a great way to do this.

Business Specialist

Kathy Kelly

BEc, FCA, GAICD

Kathy is a chartered accountant and registered company auditor with over 30 years of experience. As a Director of Boyce Chartered Accountants (1989 - 2019), she managed the firm’s Cooma office and provided specialist tax and audit services to agribusinesses, and business advisory services to clients ranging from small businesses and charities through to larger agricultural clients. Kathy also led the Cooma Chamber of Commerce as President from 2015 until 2018, a period in which membership tripled and the Chamber was awarded Best Chamber Far South Coast with the NSW Business Chamber for both the 2017 and 2018 years which led to State Finals. Kathy now undertakes charity work and non-executive directorship positions. Kathy has a strong understanding of charities and not for profits including the governance requirements around these entities. She is passionate about contributing to regional and rural areas. Kathy resides in Cooma.

Map Based Technology Specialist

Raelene Forbes

B.Ed, B.Sc.

After a stint as an educator, Raelene found her calling working with maps and map data. Her 14 years’ experience in the spatial industry includes roles in both private industry and government, working in the fields of navigation, natural resource management, agriculture, biosecurity and utilities. In her current role at Snowy Hydro, she is responsible for leading a strategic program to implement and integrate map based technologies and processes to better support safety, operational effectiveness and decision making. Having spent part of her teenage years growing up in the Hunter Valley, Raelene can clearly see the range of opportunity the Monaro Rail Trail will bring to the region in which she and her family now call home. She knows good maps and map data will be needed to inform the project. More importantly they will allow the community and all other stakeholders to engage with the project in a way that is accessible, familiar and easily understood.

Accounting and Finance Specialist

Tom Bartlett

BComm, CPA, MBA

Tom has over 25 years of experience in operationally-focused Finance roles within the Manufacturing, Mining & Energy industries. Currently employed by Snowy Hydro Ltd in the role of Senior Manager - Project Accounting and Finance Services, a role which requires him to partner closely with the Asset Management & Technology team and the wider business to provide oversight, insight & foresight in relation to the Long Range Projects Budget. More specifically, Tom is responsible for the provision of quality Project Accounting services, reporting & analysis, development & review of complex financial models to support the justification of project business cases. Tom resides in Rose Valley, near Cooma.

Monaro Landowner Specialist

Charlie Maslin

B AgEcon

Charlie has been farming in the Bombala area since the early 1980’s. He is passionate about managing his property to the best of his ability and looks to maintaining ground cover, reducing weeds and returning streams to a better ecological state. A keen bike rider, he enjoys the local back roads and trails and values them as a way of seeing the beauty of the local area. He has ridden rail trails in NZ and Europe and is confident the proposed MRT would be a world class destination. Charlie is a landholder with a section of the rail corridor running through his property. He believes the rail trail might cause some inconvenience in the running of his business but looks to the long-term benefit to the district and he is excited about the prospects such a project would offer to this region, especially for the Bombala community.