• John Wilson




John has been involved in transport-related industries for most of his working life. His extensive experience includes metropolitan and long-distance bus and coach management, light rail, metropolitan and country passenger rail services and ferries as well as rail freight and shipping in the mining industry. He has worked in these roles across Australia and in New Zealand and internationally.

John’s previous positions include Managing Director of Met Bus (the Victorian public sector bus operator which he was recruited from the private sector to prepare for sale), and Chief Executive of Yarra Trams which he also prepared for franchise to the private sector. He is also the principal of WD & Associates, a transport consultancy specialising in public transport. He is also an experienced company director within the public transport industry and holds numerous seats on distinguished transport committees.

Assignments have included project management of major fleet acquisition programs, track extensions & major infrastructure and fleet refurbishment programs, rolling stock and bus procurements, transport ticketing, business transition management, business planning, due diligence, DDA audit & action plans development,governancem, financial modelling and risk assessment. Under contract as CEO he has recently managed the Sydney Airport Rail business through its period of receivership, preparing it for sale and transition to its new owners.

John has a B.Business, is a Certified Practicing Accountant (FCPA) and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD). He is an active member of the International Association of Public Transport and travels widely to maintain a current perspective on transport developments around the world.