Emma Parry, Associate in Wellington has been nominated as one of three finalists for the ARA New Zealand Rail Conference Young Professionals pitching competition.
The competition called for ideas that could dramatically enhance rail in New Zealand and Australia and invited concepts that target any aspect of rail – technical, customer service, strategic business planning, marketing and technological. Emma’s pitch, titled ‘Building a cost-effective light-rail system – lessons learnt from the UK’, was selected from a huge amount of entries from Young Professionals throughout Australasia. She will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the ARA conference as part of her nomination.
Emma worked as a Lead Engineer for Colas Rail, one of Europe’s leading suppliers of railway infrastructure, on several major rail projects in the United Kingdom before joining Frequency. Projects included the Midland Metro Alliance, CrossRail London and the Glasgow SPT Underground Modernisation.
“I love the challenge of the construction industry, particularly light rail, as there still doesn’t seem to be one correct answer. Each light rail system is unique; each faces different challenges and successes and each system is notoriously a very expensive development.
I believe there are ways this can be improved and I am passionate about finding efficiencies in the development of light rail systems.
I’m taking this opportunity to share the lessons learnt from working in the UK with New Zealand industry experts. I’d like to help New Zealand plan effectively for the upcoming Auckland and Wellington light rail developments and avoid making the same mistakes many have made overseas.”
Emma will present her pitch to over 240 conference delegates on the 19 June. She will be judged by both industry judges and the audience. The winner will be announced at the ARA New Zealand Rail Dinner later that evening and the winner will receive a TranzAlpine rail journey between Christchurch and Greymouth.
The award is part of ARA’s strategy to invest in young professionals who they believe will embrace change and bring age diversity to the industry at a time of unprecedented investment and expansion.
The economic value of rail to New Zealand was recently calculated to be approximately $1.47b to $1.54b per annum. Building on the Government’s commitment to rail, the conference will bring together key industry and government stakeholders, customers, researchers and suppliers to network and exchange ideas on innovation, collaboration, technical expertise and the investment needed to advance future opportunities for rail in New Zealand.
The ARA New Zealand Rail Conference 2019 will take place at the Pullman Hotel Auckland on the 19 and 20 June.