• Dale Larkin

 

 

 

Dale’s background was in the bus and rail industry in South Australia, where he was Director of TransAdelaide which, at the time, operated the city’s entire public transport system (750 buses and 130 rail cars). He was also General Manager of AUSTRICS Ltd, a specialist developer and provider of transport software systems for timetabling, rostering, scheduling and fleet optimisation. In the mid-1990s, Dale joined CGEA (subsequently renamed Connex, now Transdev) and led successful bids for businesses in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and overseas in the Phillipines. In Melbourne, his team won the franchise for Hillside rail which accounted for 45% of the rail network.

Dale was CEO of Connex Melbourne until 2000 when he relinquished the position to pursue other business opportunities. However, he maintained a close relationship with the company which included negotiating a major shareholding in West Coast Rail (Victoria) and TransRail (NZ). He also worked on the development of the urban rail network in Manila and developed long term strategic plans for Connex’s monorail and light rail operations in Sydney.

Dale also assisted Pacific National to rationalise its rollingstock and infrastructure assets after its acquisition of National Rail and FreightCorp. In 2003, Dale became a part-owner and Director of Australian Public Trustees Ltd, which acquired West Coast Rail from Connex and onsold to V/Line, the Victoria Government Corporation. With APT, he also developed a bus leasing business and assisted NSW’s State Transit in its acquisition of 500 new buses.

Dale is currently actively involved in various business development opportunities with the bus industry and provides specalist interim management. As well as tender development activities, providing transition management support. Dale was also CEO for the Victorian Government owned Metlink during its transition to being absorbed into Public Transport Victoria.