What makes a future leader?

The NSW Public Sector Young Professionals Network (YPN) in collaboration with Transport YPN recently launched their Executive Insight Series.

The inaugural session was focused on the theme of “What makes a future leader?”. Transport leaders Rodd Staples (Secretary, Transport for NSW), Jon Lamonte (Chief Executive, Sydney Metro) and Kirsten Watson (Chief People Officer, People & Culture) headed up the Q&A panel.

Jon Lamonte, Kirsten Watson and Rodd Staples as panellists.

The night started with a series of fast round questions to break the ice. The audience learned that Kirsten is tea drinker, Rodd favours Apple Music to Spotify and Jon’s usual coffee order is a decaf long black.

The leaders shared insights into their career journeys, about their failures, successes and what makes them tick. Each leader shared what projects are exciting them most at the moment with the top three being the introduction of the Five Ways of Leading, the community building around

Castle Hill Station and the introduction of an artificial intelligence approach to monitoring assets in the rail corridor.

Talent News caught up with some of the talent participants in attendance. Here are some of their key takeaways!

“It was comforting to hear Rodd Staples mention that ‘first impressions don’t last’, only by going beyond the surface level will you get to really know and understand a person. It was an inspiring moment that I’ll keep in mind as well when meeting new people.” Jenny Nguyen, Graduate.

“The event was a fantastic opportunity to network. The advice they gave and the stories they shared from their own careers has been an eye-opening experience for us as future leaders.” Ismet Ozen, Graduate.

To close off the night each leader left a piece of advice for those in the room to take forward in their early careers. Jon’s advice to notice laughter and ideas in organisations, Kirsten's was to never stop learning and Rodd’s was to always follow your passion.

For information about the Transport Young Professional Network, and their upcoming events, sign up to receive their monthly newsletter.


Talent Programs participants at Transport Leaders at TYPN

The NSW Public Sector Young Professionals Network (YPN) in collaboration with Transport YPN recently launched their Executive Insight Series.

The inaugural session was focused on the theme of “What makes a future leader?”. Transport leaders Rodd Staples (Secretary, Transport for NSW), Jon Lamonte (Chief Executive, Sydney Metro) and Kirsten Watson (Chief People Officer, People & Culture) headed up the Q&A panel.

Jon Lamonte, Kirsten Watson and Rodd Staples as panellists.

The night started with a series of fast round questions to break the ice. The audience learned that Kirsten is tea drinker, Rodd favours Apple Music to Spotify and Jon’s usual coffee order is a decaf long black.

The leaders shared insights into their career journeys, about their failures, successes and what makes them tick. Each leader shared what projects are exciting them most at the moment with the top three being the introduction of the Five Ways of Leading, the community building around

Castle Hill Station and the introduction of an artificial intelligence approach to monitoring assets in the rail corridor.

Talent News caught up with some of the talent participants in attendance. Here are some of their key takeaways!

“It was comforting to hear Rodd Staples mention that ‘first impressions don’t last’, only by going beyond the surface level will you get to really know and understand a person. It was an inspiring moment that I’ll keep in mind as well when meeting new people.” Jenny Nguyen, Graduate.

“The event was a fantastic opportunity to network. The advice they gave and the stories they shared from their own careers has been an eye-opening experience for us as future leaders.” Ismet Ozen, Graduate.

To close off the night each leader left a piece of advice for those in the room to take forward in their early careers. Jon’s advice to notice laughter and ideas in organisations, Kirsten's was to never stop learning and Rodd’s was to always follow your passion.

For information about the Transport Young Professional Network, and their upcoming events, sign up to receive their monthly newsletter.


Talent Programs participants at Transport Leaders at TYPN

Page published: 27 September 2019, 16:16