NEW Full Time CEO for V/Line Announced

 
  kuldalai Chief Commissioner

Appointment Of New V/Line CEO  


Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan and V/Line Board Chair Jenny Dawson today announced the appointment of James Pinder as Chief Executive Officer of V/Line.

Mr Pinder has more than 32 years’ experience in the rail industry, including as General Manager Rolling Stock at Metro Trains Melbourne,  and Fleet Manager at Southern Railway in the UK.

He has also worked with Downer EDI in New South Wales, and for the last nine months has worked as a Consultant on the Crossrail Project in London.

Mr Pinder, who will officially take on his new role on 28 November, will lead a team of more than 1,600 employees delivering nearly 3,000 train and coach services to regional Victorians each week.

His appointment comes at a time of significant growth in the regional network. More than 340 extra services were added last year with the completion of the Regional Rail Link project, and 170 more services will begin next year.

Major projects like the $518 million Ballarat line upgrade, and the ongoing delivery of 48 new regional carriages will enable further growth in services as more regional Victorians use public transport.

Acting V/Line CEO Gary Liddle will finish on Friday 28 October; and Chief Operating Officer Carol-Anne Nelson will act in the role of CEO from 29 October to 27 November.


Source : Victorian Government Media  Release  Friday  21/10/16

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  DalyWaters Chief Commissioner

Unbelievable.

When will this Government wake up to how disastrous Pommy rail managers are.

Surely the results at National Express, the last year of Connex, Metro Trains, currently at V/Line and the woeful efforts at the Department of Infrastructure / PTV / whatever name today over the past 20 years are sufficient evidence to say enough is enough.

Always bad news is released by Government PR sections on a Friday afternoon when talkback radio does not follow on the next day and the subject is forgotten by Monday.  This is no exception.
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
Always bad news is released by Government PR sections on a Friday afternoon when talkback radio does not follow on the next day and the subject is forgotten by Monday.  This is no exception.
DalyWaters
Yep, the spin doctors call it Taking out The Trash. Link below refers to an episode of The West Wing but ABC radio refers to it all the time. The more you release at one time the less scrutiny it gets. And they all do it, it is not the sole domain of one side of politics.

http://politicaldictionary.com/words/friday-news-dump/

BG
  woodford Chief Commissioner

Unbelievable.

When will this Government wake up to how disastrous Pommy rail managers are.

Surely the results at National Express, the last year of Connex, Metro Trains, currently at V/Line and the woeful efforts at the Department of Infrastructure / PTV / whatever name today over the past 20 years are sufficient evidence to say enough is enough.

Always bad news is released by Government PR sections on a Friday afternoon when talkback radio does not follow on the next day and the subject is forgotten by Monday.  This is no exception.
DalyWaters
A couple of thoughts on the issue................................

A woodford opinion, you have been warned...................

Whats the point of blaming a CEO when the prime problem is the Government apparently does not give a dam about the railways. What can the CEO do if the government will not come to the party. The reason why the goverment has a CEO of VLine is so it can escape the blame and sadly nearly everyone has fallen for this, Note: this is why these people get such high salaries, they are the goverments fall guy's.

Its standard practice for governments to release news in this kind of fashion for anything they do not wish to be discussed. If they REALLY want to kill a story they release it on christmas eve when the majority of journalists are on holidays and not paying any attention. The british government did this some time ago on a payrise for them selves.
  kuldalai Chief Commissioner

Be reasonable . The apointee has wide experience in railways over 30 years in Australia and Overseas in both Government and Private enterprise . Where he originally comes from is irrelevant really .  He has extensive experience previously on the Metropolitan Melbourne network .

The advert required extensive railway experience and he has that both in Operations, Maintenance and  private Consulting .

So the apointee meets the key criteria .

It is in the Governments interest to appoint the most capable person as CEO, as Ministers & Governments then can better concentrate on the bigger picture, and leave the CEO s to concentrate on running the businesses on a day to day basis .
The right CEO can make a Ministers and Governments lives much easier.  Ministers hate surprises especially of  bad news that is unexpected and that was what happened in double barelled  form last January .

Failure to have a CEO with the right skills, experience and leadership skills most likely led to the sort of mess VLP ended up in ,  with the concurrent disasters of early 2016 in the V/Locity wheel wear crisis and the lx  /DMU activation issues. Combined these two issues cost the last fulltime  CEO his job, and the Victorian taxpayer at least $ 30m that we know of and still counting .

Now with a new CEO on board VLP can now   hopefully move to a more pro active,  accountable senior management structure which  was also the process of a detailed separate study by Monash University (done for the VLP Board but not released as yet .) This project was undertaken concurrently with the VL wheel wear study earlier this year, as no doubt the Minister and Board both had worries as to whether the inherited VLP Management structure was the most appropriate given the arrival in January  2016   of the two major operational / maintenance crises without warning . ( Both of which had been brewing for some months, based on  publically released reports and parliamentary enquiries. )
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Wondering what his 90 day plan might look like?
  Bogong Chief Commissioner

Location: Essendon Aerodrome circa 1980
I'm inclined to agree with Kuldalai, Pinder appears to have the right sort of knowledge and experience for the job.

However I have some reservations, mostly to do with politics. Firstly, as has already been mentioned, why did the state government slip this out with the Friday afternoon trash rather than proudly announce that they had found the right person for the job at a time when it would receive decent news coverage?

Secondly, after the all the fire services carnage, the emergency services minister, two CFA heads, the CFA head of ops, the entire CFA board, the MFB head and several other senior MFB managers have been sacked (or "encouraged to resign") and replaced with what even the governments most loyal fans concede are "politically compliant" yes men. So does Mr Pinder have any "political form"? Has he been a member of a political party aligned with the present state government, has he worked for para-political outfits such as unions or sympathetic think tanks? If so, we should at least raise a sceptical eye brow.

However if he really does have the right knowledge and experience and If he doesn't have any political form, then I'm inclined towards Kuldalai's more optimistic assessment of the new Vline boss.  Smile
  Heihachi_73 Chief Commissioner

Location: Terminating at Ringwood
Unbelievable.

When will this Government wake up to how disastrous Pommy rail managers are.

Surely the results at National Express, the last year of Connex, Metro Trains, currently at V/Line and the woeful efforts at the Department of Infrastructure / PTV / whatever name today over the past 20 years are sufficient evidence to say enough is enough.

Always bad news is released by Government PR sections on a Friday afternoon when talkback radio does not follow on the next day and the subject is forgotten by Monday.  This is no exception.
"DalyWaters"
I think our government still has an affinity for the UK. I often wonder what would happen if the Queen's head was no longer on our money, or whether it would mean parity with the Fijian dollar.
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
Be reasonable . The apointee has wide experience in railways over 30 years in Australia and Overseas in both Government and Private enterprise . Where he originally comes from is irrelevant really .  He has extensive experience previously on the Metropolitan Melbourne network .

The advert required extensive railway experience and he has that both in Operations, Maintenance and  private Consulting .

So the apointee meets the key criteria .

It is in the Governments interest to appoint the most capable person as CEO, as Ministers & Governments then can better concentrate on the bigger picture, and leave the CEO s to concentrate on running the businesses on a day to day basis .
The right CEO can make a Ministers and Governments lives much easier.  Ministers hate surprises especially of  bad news that is unexpected and that was what happened in double barelled  form last January .

Failure to have a CEO with the right skills, experience and leadership skills most likely led to the sort of mess VLP ended up in ,  with the concurrent disasters of early 2016 in the V/Locity wheel wear crisis and the lx  /DMU activation issues. Combined these two issues cost the last fulltime  CEO his job, and the Victorian taxpayer at least $ 30m that we know of and still counting .

Now with a new CEO on board VLP can now   hopefully move to a more pro active,  accountable senior management structure which  was also the process of a detailed separate study by Monash University (done for the VLP Board but not released as yet .) This project was undertaken concurrently with the VL wheel wear study earlier this year, as no doubt the Minister and Board both had worries as to whether the inherited VLP Management structure was the most appropriate given the arrival in January  2016   of the two major operational / maintenance crises without warning . ( Both of which had been brewing for some months, based on  publically released reports and parliamentary enquiries. )
kuldalai
That may be true however it is Government that ultimately funds infrastructure and fleet, and often have their own political interests at hand.
  DalyWaters Chief Commissioner

Be reasonable . The apointee has wide experience in railways over 30 years in Australia and Overseas in both Government and Private enterprise . Where he originally comes from is irrelevant really .  He has extensive experience previously on the Metropolitan Melbourne network .
kuldalai
I do not wish to attack the appointee himself.  I am attacking the continual appointment of British persons to key roles in Victoria's transport system when they have been failures almost without exception.
  Madjikthise Assistant Commissioner

Be reasonable . The apointee has wide experience in railways over 30 years in Australia and Overseas in both Government and Private enterprise . Where he originally comes from is irrelevant really .  He has extensive experience previously on the Metropolitan Melbourne network .

The advert required extensive railway experience and he has that both in Operations, Maintenance and  private Consulting .

So the apointee meets the key criteria .

It is in the Governments interest to appoint the most capable person as CEO, as Ministers & Governments then can better concentrate on the bigger picture, and leave the CEO s to concentrate on running the businesses on a day to day basis .
The right CEO can make a Ministers and Governments lives much easier.  Ministers hate surprises especially of  bad news that is unexpected and that was what happened in double barelled  form last January .

Failure to have a CEO with the right skills, experience and leadership skills most likely led to the sort of mess VLP ended up in ,  with the concurrent disasters of early 2016 in the V/Locity wheel wear crisis and the lx  /DMU activation issues. Combined these two issues cost the last fulltime  CEO his job, and the Victorian taxpayer at least $ 30m that we know of and still counting .

Now with a new CEO on board VLP can now   hopefully move to a more pro active,  accountable senior management structure which  was also the process of a detailed separate study by Monash University (done for the VLP Board but not released as yet .) This project was undertaken concurrently with the VL wheel wear study earlier this year, as no doubt the Minister and Board both had worries as to whether the inherited VLP Management structure was the most appropriate given the arrival in January  2016   of the two major operational / maintenance crises without warning . ( Both of which had been brewing for some months, based on  publically released reports and parliamentary enquiries. )
kuldalai
Andrew Lezala had "experience" as well.
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
Be reasonable . The apointee has wide experience in railways over 30 years in Australia and Overseas in both Government and Private enterprise . Where he originally comes from is irrelevant really .  He has extensive experience previously on the Metropolitan Melbourne network .

The advert required extensive railway experience and he has that both in Operations, Maintenance and  private Consulting .
Andrew Lezala had "experience" as well.
Madjikthise

None of this is surprising why do we think anything will really change?

Lezala runs the worst performing must unpopular transport system in Australia 5 years running.  Proabably good mates with the guy they have just appointed.
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
I'm inclined to agree with Kuldalai, Pinder appears to have the right sort of knowledge and experience for the job.

However I have some reservations, mostly to do with politics. Firstly, as has already been mentioned, why did the state government slip this out with the Friday afternoon trash rather than proudly announce that they had found the right person for the job at a time when it would receive decent news coverage?
Bogong
Yep, I absolutely agree with Kuldalal which makes me even more interested as to why the Gov chose to do this on a Friday Afternoon. I would have thought that (especially considering the appointee's credentials) this would be seen as a GOOD NEWS announcement. Unless the Gov't perceives that the VLine brand is so damaged that no news to do with it can be seen as good news.

BG
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
Again Victorians are treated poorly.  God save us all.
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
I'm inclined to agree with Kuldalai, Pinder appears to have the right sort of knowledge and experience for the job.

However I have some reservations, mostly to do with politics. Firstly, as has already been mentioned, why did the state government slip this out with the Friday afternoon trash rather than proudly announce that they had found the right person for the job at a time when it would receive decent news coverage?
Yep, I absolutely agree with Kuldalal which makes me even more interested as to why the Gov chose to do this on a Friday Afternoon. I would have thought that (especially considering the appointee's credentials) this would be seen as a GOOD NEWS announcement. Unless the Gov't perceives that the VLine brand is so damaged that no news to do with it can be seen as good news.

BG
BrentonGolding

Instead of the armchair commentators naysaying about UK appointees etc...how about some comments by those who use V/Line every day.

Fortunately on the Ballarat line at least, notwithstanding the occasional jumper and signal failure, I reckon V/Line provides a great service on my line and in general I think V/Line is held in reasonably good stead by the average non-railfan commuter... or should I say the increasing numbers of commuters.

The V/Line brand is in no way 'damaged' and is held in far higher regard by the average punter than the brand called METRO.


Mike.
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
The V/Line brand is in no way 'damaged' and is held in far higher regard by the average punter than the brand called METRO.
"The Vinelander"
Well that's not saying much. Any organisation would have to really work at it to have a worse reputation than Metro.
  DalyWaters Chief Commissioner


Instead of the armchair commentators naysaying about UK appointees etc...how about some comments by those who use V/Line every day.

Fortunately on the Ballarat line at least, notwithstanding the occasional jumper and signal failure, I reckon V/Line provides a great service on my line and in general I think V/Line is held in reasonably good stead by the average non-railfan commuter... or should I say the increasing numbers of commuters.

The V/Line brand is in no way 'damaged' and is held in far higher regard by the average punter than the brand called METRO.


Mike.
The Vinelander

Which Australian railway company brand does this new appointee have experience at?
  TOQ-1 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Power Trainger

Instead of the armchair commentators naysaying about UK appointees etc...how about some comments by those who use V/Line every day.

Fortunately on the Ballarat line at least, notwithstanding the occasional jumper and signal failure, I reckon V/Line provides a great service on my line and in general I think V/Line is held in reasonably good stead by the average non-railfan commuter... or should I say the increasing numbers of commuters.

The V/Line brand is in no way 'damaged' and is held in far higher regard by the average punter than the brand called METRO.


Mike.
The Vinelander
I'd agree. Over on the Bendigo Line, people do complain a bit, but V/Line do their best with what they've got to provide a rather good service.

I'd say the area that V/Line needs to improve on most of all in day to day running is communication so when something goes wrong people understand why exactly there is a problem. Things like the month long shut down should be advertised months in advance, not just a couple of weeks, and the replacement bus timetables need to be available weeks before so people can plan ahead. Of course, with more use of real time data coming into use, this should make things easier.  

I would say though that given that all negative feedback to VLine flows pretty directly to the minister, it could be seen as a damaged brand from their point of view. Though I don't see how finally appointing a new CEO would draw much complaint, except for the fact he's worked for Metro in the past.
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line

Instead of the armchair commentators naysaying about UK appointees etc...how about some comments by those who use V/Line every day.

Fortunately on the Ballarat line at least, notwithstanding the occasional jumper and signal failure, I reckon V/Line provides a great service on my line and in general I think V/Line is held in reasonably good stead by the average non-railfan commuter... or should I say the increasing numbers of commuters.

The V/Line brand is in no way 'damaged' and is held in far higher regard by the average punter than the brand called METRO.


Mike.
Which Australian railway company brand does this new appointee have experience at?
DalyWaters

Should that be a requirement Question
  JimYarin Chief Commissioner

Location: Adelaide, South Australia

Which Australian railway company brand does this new appointee have experience at?
DalyWaters

Any answers to a very good question?

For my thinking why can;t we find good capable Australian Management for V/Line?
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Any answers to a very good question?

For my thinking why can;t we find good capable Australian Management for V/Line?
"Jim Yarin"
Because of a particular mindset which holds that if it's imported it has to be better. Remember the unlamented Sol Trujillo at Telstra? - was paid a fortune and achieved very little.
The Victorian Railways used to have quite capable Chief Commissioners who had started in the yards and risen through the ranks. They had the advantage of knowing how things actually worked. This is no longer considered important. There is one drongo in the upper echelons of V Line who roundly criticised the working of double headed steam locos. He demanded to know how the second driver knew when to apply the brakes. He was told, none too gently, by numerous people, that the lead driver controls the braking. This is the sort of management we now put up with; decisions made based upon no knowledge.
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction

Instead of the armchair commentators naysaying about UK appointees etc...how about some comments by those who use V/Line every day.

Fortunately on the Ballarat line at least, notwithstanding the occasional jumper and signal failure, I reckon V/Line provides a great service on my line and in general I think V/Line is held in reasonably good stead by the average non-railfan commuter... or should I say the increasing numbers of commuters.

The V/Line brand is in no way 'damaged' and is held in far higher regard by the average punter than the brand called METRO.


Mike.
The Vinelander
"how about some comments by those who use V/Line every day"

I'd love to but my line has been closed for most of October Laughing I can tell you that the bus replacement service is awful. It is cheap though as no Vline staff seem to check if you are touched on or not and the Bus drivers actively encourage pax not to!

BG
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line

Instead of the armchair commentators naysaying about UK appointees etc...how about some comments by those who use V/Line every day.

Fortunately on the Ballarat line at least, notwithstanding the occasional jumper and signal failure, I reckon V/Line provides a great service on my line and in general I think V/Line is held in reasonably good stead by the average non-railfan commuter... or should I say the increasing numbers of commuters.

The V/Line brand is in no way 'damaged' and is held in far higher regard by the average punter than the brand called METRO.


Mike."how about some comments by those who use V/Line every day"

I'd love to but my line has been closed for most of October Laughing I can tell you that the bus replacement service is awful. It is cheap though as no Vline staff seem to check if you are touched on or not and the Bus drivers actively encourage pax not to!

BG
BrentonGolding

So...you're actually complaining about getting a 'free' commute Question

Notwithstanding the 'free' commute. The infrastructure work had to be done at St Albans/Ginifer and there's track work being undertaken simultaneously along the Bendigo line.

Due to the shocking weather lately, don't be surprised if the closure goes beyond the 30th.

Mike.
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
So...you're actually complaining about getting a 'free' commute Question .

Mike.
No, I am stupid enough to pay. I then take my seat at the front of the bus (the best viewing spot) and watch the other people walk straight past the MYKI reader and jump on the bus. On the WE I witnessed (not for the first time this month) passengers asking the driver if they should touch on (pretty obvious I would have thought, that's why they put the machine there) and the driver say "no, don't bother, just jump on"

BG
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
What new insights could this appointee bring to V/Line?

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