Safe railways for Australia

Operations Forum - Sydney Office

The Branch Operations Forum provides the New South Wales Branch of the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) and representatives of the rail industry with the opportunity to exchange ideas and to discuss operational rail safety issues.

The forum:

  • discusses compliance issues (at the broader industry level in NSW) to provide input to the ONRSR's regulatory strategies to improve safety in the industry
  • reviews and provides input to safety improvement initiatives developed by the ONRSR
  • provides a link with other rail industry consultative committees such as the ONRSR's CEO Industry Reference Group and the Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board's Safety Managers Group.

Read the terms of reference.

See the list of members below:

Large operators & rail infrastructure managers

  • Campbell Clark, Manager Regulatory Liaison, Sydney Trains
  • Martin Jones, Manager Safety Environment Quality & Risk, NSW Trains
  • Sandra Wilson-Ryke, General Manager Risk and Safety, Australian Rail Track Corporation
  • Ken McHugh, Team Leader Accreditation, Aurizon
  • Paul Olive, A/Manager, Safety (Rail and WHS), Quality and Environment, John Holland Rail - Country Regional Network
  • Howard Hoper, Rail Operations Manager, GrainCorp
  • Richard Mazurkiewicz, Safety & Environment Regulatory Specialist, Pacific National
  • Matthew Manchester, Principal Manager, Governance and Regulatory Safety, Quality, Environment and Risk, Transport for NSW

Medium operators

  • An Le, Executive Manager, National Compliance & Rail Safety, CFCL Australia

Heritage or isolated operators

  • Richard Clarke, Chief Engineer, Sydney Tramway Museum
  • Ross Jackson, Rail Safety and Operations Manager, Transport Heritage NSW

Contractors or maintainers

  • Lindsay Holt, Rail Safety and Compliance Manager, Laing O'Rourke
  • Bill Plakias, National Rail Safety Manager, John Holland Group
  • Graham Campbell, Senior Safety Manager, Lend Lease
  • Leo Vesey, HSSE Improvement and Assurance Manager, UGL Rail


  • Alex Claassens, Secretary, Rail Tram and Bus Union


  • Colin Holmes, New South Wales Branch Director (Chairperson)

The following member is an observer on the forum:

  • Kevin Kitchen, Deputy Chief Investigator, Office of Transport Safety Investigations (OTSI)

Feedback and suggestions for forum discussion topics are welcome and can be provided by contacting one of the industry members or the New South Wales Branch of the ONRSR.

For more information contact the Secretariat via 1800 572 077.

Related documents

Summaries of meetings

Minutes of RSSF meetings

Last updated: 1 September 2017