Rail e-Mentoring Program

Sharing industry knowledge and connecting minds across Australia and New Zealand

Following the success of the ARA’s Women in Rail Mentoring Program and recognising the importance of connecting ARA members during a time when many are working from home, the ARA is launching a new e-Mentoring program that is open to all members. The program will provide participants with a unique opportunity to connect with others within the rail industry, either by sharing their industry insights and practical career advice as a mentor or by taking on the professional development opportunity as a mentee. Participating in a mentoring program can lead to greater job satisfaction, better performance and improved professional confidence.

Selected participants:

Mentors: Alison Devereaux, UGL; Andrew Pearce, Canberra Metro Operations; Andy Charlesworth, Sydney Trains; Anthea Antonio, Arup; Blake Smith, Australian Rail Technology; Brian Luber, Downer Group; Candice Heine, NSW TrainLink; David Bainbridge, ARTC; Dianne Clemens, Sydney Trains; Emma Abernethy, NSW TrainLink; Fiona Weir, Australian Rail Track Corporation; Gary Dean, V/Line; Hanife Serin, Arup; Helena Orel, CPB Contractors; Huw Bridges, Transdev Australasia; Ian Garrad, SNC-Lavalin Atkins; Jamie Mullins, WSP; John Bartlett, Transport for NSW; John Cross, 2XM projects; Kenelm Wong, Transport for NSW; Leah Cook, ARTC; Leanne Knox, Sydney Trains; Lindsay Holt, Laing O'Rourke Australia; Maggie Pearce, Sydney Trains; Mark Pettigrew, Network Rail Consulting; Mark Simpson, WSP; Matthew Morrish, 2XM Projects; Nabeel Hassan, NSW TrainLink; Paul Holmes, Department of Transport Victoria; Pradeep Balavinodan, Alstom; Renita Lee, Sydney Trains; Richard Bowden, Commonwealth Bank of Australia; Roy Unny, Shoal Group; Sarah Taylor, BHP; Silvana Taleb, Sydney Metro; Simon Serebryanikov, V/Line; Stephen Litterick, Acciona Coleman Rail; Steven Keating, Rio Tinto

Mentees: Anthony Coxon, V/Line; Ash Athukoralalage, Speno Rail Maintenance Australia; Barbara Furtado, Systra; Bethany Ball, Trasndev Sydney; Brienna Snare, ARTC; Brodie Akacich, ARTC (Inland Rail); Chantal Farrelly, Sydney Trains; Coral Irvine, V/Line; Devin Devendra, WSP; Ernest Ngai, SNC-Lavalin Atkins; Jack ODonoghue, Martinus Rail; James Western, Martinus Rail; Joanna Jamrozy, PTA WA; Joseph Francis, Transport of NSW; Juliette Catherall, Go-Ahead Australia; Keelie Elliott-Shircore, Strukton Rail; Linda Haw, Sydney Trains; Luke Newton, 2XM Projects; Mitch Munro, V/Line; Mohana Chikkarapu, ARTC; Nicholas Richards, UGL Limited; Nikhil Bharadwaj, Transport of NSW; Nishani Yatiagalagama, Sydney Trains; NurHayati Jamalludin, Arup; Princy Kunduparambil, Sydney Trains; Renee Frossinakis, Yarra Trams; Rudra Sagar, Sydney Trains; Shalini Prasad, Sydney Trains; Sharada Shrivastava, Sydney Trains; Sophie Lovett, ARTC; Tahneal Tantos, UGL; Tanishq Sarkar, ARTC; Tanya Kennett, V/Line; Thomas Haffner, ARTC; Timothy Sandhu, Trasndev Sydney; Tony Murphy, ARTC; Vaishali Haria, Aurecon; Wendy Yates, V/Line

 

Learn how the ARA's Rail e-Mentoring Program works >>

How the Rail e-Mentoring Program is different from the ARA Women in Rail Mentoring Program

  • The Women in Rail Mentoring Program is aimed at facilitating gender diversity and retention of female employees in the rail industry through empowering women and providing professional and leadership development opportunities. Only women can apply as mentees.
  • The Rail e-Mentoring Program encompasses all gender and age groups and focusses on sharing industry knowledge including specific professional issues.

Both programs facilitate networking and are aimed at connecting the industry, strengthening it despite the COVID-19 outbreak.

Key dates:

Activity

Approx. date

Applications Open 21 April 2020
Program Information Webinar 1 May 2020
Applications Close 25 May 2020
Matching Pairs, Confirmation to Participants 8 June 2020
Program Launch Webinar 25 June 2020
Completion of the Program Mid December 2020

Additional webinars to provide program tips will be scheduled during the program

Who can participate as a mentee?
  • The program is open to employees of ARA member organisations only who have been involved in the rail industry for 24 months or more on the date of application
  • No limitations regarding gender or age
  • Mentees are required to obtain approval from their employer to participate in the Rail e-Mentoring Program. Employers are asked to cover the program cost of their nominated mentee at $350 (incl. GST). The ARA has introduced a special reduced rate to acknowledge the financial pressures being experienced by rail organisations during this time
  • Interested candidates are to submit an application specifying their area of professional interest/potential outcomes as well as responses to other questions for consideration by the ARA
  • The ARA selection committee will seek to ensure a spread of mentees from a variety of ARA member companies, and the most suitable match between mentor and mentee pairs
Who can participate as a mentor?
  • Rail professionals with career experience greater than 10 years (this includes rail and non-rail experience)
  • Employment with an ARA member organisation is mandatory
  • A passion to see people reach their full potential
  • Willingness to share industry specific expertise
  • Good reputation for values and conduct
  • Proven excellent communication skills, with an ability to challenge and encourage mentees and enhance their professional development
  • Personable and outcomes focused
  • High achievers
  • Located anywhere in Australia and New Zealand
  • Capacity to commit time to engage with their mentee 
Program Fees
  • Mentors: Free
  • Mentees: $350 (Incl. GST). This includes participation in the program, webinars and supporting online resources.
Mentoring Program Code of Conduct >>
Program Information Webinar Slides >>
Contact

Please contact the ARA with any further enquiries via programs@ara.net.au