Driving Gender Equality at Transport

Welcome to the Transport Women in Leadership Site. This is a space for you to find information, tools and resources about gender equality, and collaborate and connect with other people across the cluster.

For information about our commitment to driving gender equality, key programs and initiatives and our discussion board, you can visit the pages under 'Key Information'. For upcoming events, announcements and articles of interest, check out the 'What's New' board below.

This page is for you, so we encourage you to share your suggestions for what you would like to see more of on the discussion board.

Inclusion and Diversity Team

Welcome to the Transport Women in Leadership Site. This is a space for you to find information, tools and resources about gender equality, and collaborate and connect with other people across the cluster.

For information about our commitment to driving gender equality, key programs and initiatives and our discussion board, you can visit the pages under 'Key Information'. For upcoming events, announcements and articles of interest, check out the 'What's New' board below.

This page is for you, so we encourage you to share your suggestions for what you would like to see more of on the discussion board.

Inclusion and Diversity Team

  • Meet Sherri Fields from Customer Strategy and Technology

    4 months ago

    Sherri Fields is the Principal Manager Research and Investigation in Customer Strategy and Technology. She recently received the award of Fellow of the University of Technology (UTS). This award is in recognition of Sherri’s outstanding contributions to planning and communications in public service, especially transportation, and her contribution in developing a more transparent research environment.

    We spoke to Sherri to get to know her and her achievements a little better.

    What do you do at Transport?

    I lead a highly engaged and committed team that manages the Research Hub – aimed at improving research collaborations and partnerships between TfNSW and...

    Sherri Fields is the Principal Manager Research and Investigation in Customer Strategy and Technology. She recently received the award of Fellow of the University of Technology (UTS). This award is in recognition of Sherri’s outstanding contributions to planning and communications in public service, especially transportation, and her contribution in developing a more transparent research environment.

    We spoke to Sherri to get to know her and her achievements a little better.

    What do you do at Transport?

    I lead a highly engaged and committed team that manages the Research Hub – aimed at improving research collaborations and partnerships between TfNSW and the university sector.

    As a team, we work with Transport subject matter experts (SMEs) to develop Problem Statements, which are then put on our Research Hub for academics to respond to. Some current projects include mobility as a service, place-making, optimising signalised intersections, and improving workplace flexibility.

    What's your proudest moment?

    Launching the Research Hub to 150+ academics in June 2018 was a big career highlight. Since then, I have watched our interactions, both internally and externally, develop into meaningful relationships, partnerships and projects.

    And of course another proud moment was being awarded Honorary Fellow of UTS in 2020.

    What advice do you have for other women who are looking to progress their careers in Transport?

    Don’t be afraid to extend yourself into areas you feel are beyond you. For me, it was the UTS Industry Advisory Boards where I learnt so much and established many great relationships.

    How do you ensure a good work/life balance?

    I try to weave interesting activities into my evenings, like being involved in a long-running Book Club, dinners with friends and spending time with my family.

    Tell us something that people may not know about you?

    I’m a country girl from Keerrong, a town between Nimbin and Lismore. I have 4 children at various life stages – a daughter studying at UTS, and three sons in years 4, 10 and 12. They keep me happy, busy and grounded. I also enjoy swimming with the Drummoyne Swim Club.

    Congratulations to Sherri on her award!

  • Meet Jenni Andrews from State Transit

    4 months ago

    Jenni Andrews is the Operational Training Manager at State Transit and she believes that passion leads to opportunities.

    We spoke to Jenni to get to know her a little better.

    What do you do at Transport?

    I lead a team of facilitators, coordinators, driver capability trainers and driver coaches who are collaboratively building the skills, knowledge and capabilities of bus operators at State Transit.

    What’s your proudest moment?

    Launching the new Operational Training team in 2019 and then seeing the development of the team and their individual capabilities. Now we’ve been a team for over 12 months and I can...

    Jenni Andrews is the Operational Training Manager at State Transit and she believes that passion leads to opportunities.

    We spoke to Jenni to get to know her a little better.

    What do you do at Transport?

    I lead a team of facilitators, coordinators, driver capability trainers and driver coaches who are collaboratively building the skills, knowledge and capabilities of bus operators at State Transit.

    What’s your proudest moment?

    Launching the new Operational Training team in 2019 and then seeing the development of the team and their individual capabilities. Now we’ve been a team for over 12 months and I can see the difference they make to the trainees’ experience working for State Transit, each and every day.

    What advice do you have for women who are looking to progress their careers in Transport?

    Find what motivates and drives you. I love working in the learning environment and people notice when you have a passion for what you do. Passion leads to opportunities and I look forward to many more in the future.

    How do you ensure a good work/life balance?

    I’m still working on that one but having a flexible working arrangement makes it easier. Working in an operational environment and with two small girls, a husband and a puppy dog - life is busy! I try to make sure that when I am at home with my family they get all my attention. I also try and make time for me by going to the gym or taking a walk.

    Tell us something people may not know about you?

    I love musicals and see just about every one that comes to Sydney or Melbourne. This love sometimes turns to obsession - I’ve seen Wicked 10 times in three countries!

  • Meet Muriel Demarcus from Sydney Metro

    4 months ago

    Muriel Demarcus, is the Commercial Director for a line-wide implementation group for the Sydney Metro, City & Southwest. She lives by the motto: Just do it!

    We spoke to Muriel to get to know her a little better.

    What do you do at Transport?

    My team and I are transforming a tunnel into a railway as part of the City & Southwest project, which is a $1.5 billion piece of work. I lead a highly engaged and agile team that manages all aspects, from cost control to collaboration with other contractors and third parties.

    What's your proudest moment?

    At one...

    Muriel Demarcus, is the Commercial Director for a line-wide implementation group for the Sydney Metro, City & Southwest. She lives by the motto: Just do it!

    We spoke to Muriel to get to know her a little better.

    What do you do at Transport?

    My team and I are transforming a tunnel into a railway as part of the City & Southwest project, which is a $1.5 billion piece of work. I lead a highly engaged and agile team that manages all aspects, from cost control to collaboration with other contractors and third parties.

    What's your proudest moment?

    At one point our contractor couldn’t order the rail for the train maintenance on time due to difficulties with the supply chain. The team had to step in and order the rail through an existing arrangement with Sydney Trains. This was, to me, collaboration at its best.

    What advice do you have for other women who are looking to progress their careers in Transport?

    Just do it! We women have a tendency to undersell ourselves. To me, it’s all about taking risks, exploring new opportunities and continuing to deliver.

    How do you ensure a good work/life balance?

    Running is my therapy. I’m always training for an ultramarathon, even if this means having to wake up at the crack of dawn. I also like spending time with my two daughters, and I have found the teenage years to be more challenging than expected!

    Tell us something people may not know about you?

    I am a non-exec for the Royal Rehab Hospital Foundation and I used to be a National Liaison Officer for the Sydney Invictus Games. I spend a lot of time with people who’ve rebuilt their lives after horrific injuries and traumatic events. I admire them for their resilience and I will help them in any way I can.

  • Meet Sherrie Killiby from Customer Strategy and Technology

    4 months ago

    Sherrie Killiby is the Director of Digital Customer Information Services. She’s also a State finalist in the 2020 Telstra Women’s Business Awards , Public Sector and Academia category.

    We spoke to Sherrie to get to know her a little better.

    What do you do at Transport?

    I lead a team of around 70 people to deliver and operate Transport’s digital trip planning products like transportnsw.info , Opal Travel app and the Transport Bot .

    What's your proudest moments?

    Presenting the work of the Digital Customer Information Services team to others. I’m fortunate that I get to do this often, demonstrating...

    Sherrie Killiby is the Director of Digital Customer Information Services. She’s also a State finalist in the 2020 Telstra Women’s Business Awards , Public Sector and Academia category.

    We spoke to Sherrie to get to know her a little better.

    What do you do at Transport?

    I lead a team of around 70 people to deliver and operate Transport’s digital trip planning products like transportnsw.info , Opal Travel app and the Transport Bot .

    What's your proudest moments?

    Presenting the work of the Digital Customer Information Services team to others. I’m fortunate that I get to do this often, demonstrating the many ways you can get all the information you need to use the NSW public transport network.

    What advice do you have for other women who are looking to progress their careers in Transport?

    Be transparent, communicate well, back your ideas and recommendations with insights and research, always be prepared and have confidence in your abilities.

    How do you ensure a good work/life balance?

    It’s something that you need to continually work on creating, it doesn’t happen without conscious effort. And that conscious effort is rewarding for both your work and non-work time.

    Tell us something that people may not know about you?

    When I’m not at work, I’m a soccer mum and a dance mum.

  • Meet Aparna Koirala from Corporate Services

    4 months ago

    Aparna Koirala is the Customer Liaison Specialist in Accounts Payable, Transport Shared Services (TSS). She is also a strong promoter of disability awareness at Transport.

    We spoke to Aparna to get to know her a little better.

    What do you do at Transport?

    I assist with processing Accounts Payable exceptions and invoices. I also help with enquiries from business units and customers across the Transport cluster.
    On top of this I promote disability awareness in Transport and I’m also involved with the Disability Internal Transport Advisory Committee.

    What’s your proudest moments?

    My two proudest moments are graduating with a Bachelor...

    Aparna Koirala is the Customer Liaison Specialist in Accounts Payable, Transport Shared Services (TSS). She is also a strong promoter of disability awareness at Transport.

    We spoke to Aparna to get to know her a little better.

    What do you do at Transport?

    I assist with processing Accounts Payable exceptions and invoices. I also help with enquiries from business units and customers across the Transport cluster.
    On top of this I promote disability awareness in Transport and I’m also involved with the Disability Internal Transport Advisory Committee.

    What’s your proudest moments?

    My two proudest moments are graduating with a Bachelor of Communication (Media Arts) from Western Sydney University and receiving a promotion at Transport.
    As a deaf woman, I am proud of these achievements because they prove I am equally as capable of succeeding as anyone else.

    What advice do you have for other women who are looking to progress their careers in Transport?

    Believe in yourself, know that you have great skills and are capable. Do not give up! Keep a positive attitude!

    How do you ensure a good work /life balance?

    I like to watch romance, comedy and drama movies and I especially like Disney movies. I like to travel the world and socialise with my friends and family. I also attend a lot of deaf community and fund raising events including Deaflympics and Deaf Festival.

    Tell us something that people may not know about you?

    I’m from Nepal. I’ve competed as Miss Deaf Australia in the Miss Deaf World beauty pageant in Prague.

  • Meet Jo Withford from Regional and Outer Metropolitan

    4 months ago

    Jo Withford is a Project Engineer in Regional and Outer Metropolitan. She also takes an active role in promoting women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) opportunities at schools and universities.

    We spoke to Jo to get to know her a little better.

    What do you do at Transport?

    I manage the road maintenance council contracts with the City of Newcastle and Maitland City Council, as well as managing the development and construction of various safety and infrastructure services projects. I am also very active in encouraging women in STEM where I promote Transport and engineering by speaking at...

    Jo Withford is a Project Engineer in Regional and Outer Metropolitan. She also takes an active role in promoting women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) opportunities at schools and universities.

    We spoke to Jo to get to know her a little better.

    What do you do at Transport?

    I manage the road maintenance council contracts with the City of Newcastle and Maitland City Council, as well as managing the development and construction of various safety and infrastructure services projects. I am also very active in encouraging women in STEM where I promote Transport and engineering by speaking at various primary schools, high schools and universities. I am Digital Leader of Transport’s WiSE Network, as well as being on Engineers Australia’s sub-education committee. I also represent Transport as an Ambassador for Sydney Build 2020.

    What are your proudest moments?

    Being awarded Fellow status with Engineers Australia in 2018 was a proud moment as it was nice to be recognised by my fellow engineers for contributing positively to the field of engineering. I was also proud to be awarded Transport’s Regional Maintenance Female Employee of the Year for 2019. Finally, this week I was selected as a STEM ambassador for Science and Technology Australia !

    On a personal note, I am proud of the fact that with the help of my husband, I have been able to raise three happy and successful daughters while still maintaining a successful and fulfilling engineering career. And that I have been working for Transport for 20 years.

    What advice do you have for other women who are looking to progress their careers in Transport?

    It is important for us to always be true to ourselves, do what feels right, always be authentic and have confidence in our own ability. Have your ‘non–negotiables’, be brave and step out of your comfort zone at times because when you do, numerous opportunities may present themselves.

    How do you ensure a good work/life balance?

    Achieving a good work/life balance is one of my priorities in life. Having three active daughters and a husband that works away from home for half of every week means that I have to be extremely organised, efficient and at the top of my game. I achieve a good work/life balance by working at Transport on a part time basis (2 days in the office and two days at home). I try to do 20 minutes of exercise every day, eat really well and get lots of sleep. Having flexible working conditions is wonderful and allows me to work around family commitments, while still fulfilling my role with Transport.

    Tell us something that people may not know about you?

    When I was 15 years old I was a Rotary Exchange Student for 12 months in Canada. At the time, I was the youngest Australian to go on a 12 month exchange and it really changed my life. It was in Canada where I was introduced to engineering. The lady that I babysat for was an electrical engineer and I can remember being really interested and intrigued about her job.

  • Have your say!

    9 months ago

    Join our discussion on practical actions we can take to drive gender equality in Transport.

    Join our discussion on practical actions we can take to drive gender equality in Transport.

  • Driving gender equality

    9 months ago

    Find out what we’re doing to break down barriers to gender equality.

    Find out what we’re doing to break down barriers to gender equality.

  • Congratulations Gail!

    about 1 year ago

    Gail Le Bransky has been recognised with an Australian Public Service Medal on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to Transport.


    Gail Le Bransky has been recognised with an Australian Public Service Medal on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to Transport.


  • Infrastructure and Place celebrate International Women's Day

    over 1 year ago

    This year's International Women's Day theme was Balance for Better. To celebrate the day Transport for NSW's Infrastructure and Place division interviewed some of their people to find out more about what gender balance means to them in the workplace.

    Watch the video to find out more.

    This year's International Women's Day theme was Balance for Better. To celebrate the day Transport for NSW's Infrastructure and Place division interviewed some of their people to find out more about what gender balance means to them in the workplace.

    Watch the video to find out more.