New leadership for BusNSW

After 18 years as BusNSW executive director, Darryl Mellish will be handing over the role to Matt Threlkeld

New leadership for BusNSW
BusNSW industry development manager Matt Threlkeld has been appointed as executive director

Mellish put a succession plan to the board that sees Matt Threlkeld appointed as executive director from the end of July 2017.

Mellish will take on a non-executive director and advisor role to the industry on a part time basis.

Matt Threlkeld is currently the BusNSW industry development manager and before joining BusNSW in 2007, managed Transit First, a large Sydney metropolitan bus operation acquired by Transdev.

He has commerce and marketing degrees with many years’ experience in the industry at operational and policy levels.

Mellish says the time is right for Threlkeld to take over, saying he has great ideas and is a quality person who is respected by members and key stakeholders.

"We are in a period of relative stability from a contract and regulatory perspectives and it’s a good time to facilitate change" Mellish says.

"There are new of challenges and opportunities on the horizon for Matt and I want to broaden my sources of fun and re balance the family and work environment.

"It’s been a great 18 years in an industry so far, I have been very fortunate.

"The industry is involved in all aspects of business and community, which is a very good environment for job satisfaction.

"I have had the pleasure of working with lots of people dedicated to serve their customers and run efficient businesses."

Mellish has worked with seven transport ministers and six BusNSW Presidents in a period of major reform.

Threlkeld says he is honoured to be offered the position.

"It’s an exciting time to be involved in Public Transport in NSW and my family has a long history in the bus industry" he says.

"BusNSW has a large membership of dedicated operators and suppliers to represent, and deals with many stakeholders, which brings a high level of responsibility.

"Whilst at BusNSW I have been able to benefit from Darryl’s extensive corporate experience, and am pleased that Darryl will be available for consultation.

"Darryl and outgoing president Frank D’Apuzzo, have ensured the association is well placed to meet future challenges, and I look forward to building on their work with new president, John King, and the BusNSW board.

"With any change, there is an opportunity to reconsider how things are done and I plan to review our member services and commercial activities over the next few months."


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