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They are the up and com­ing crop of the NSW bus scene and so the Volvospon­sored BusNSW Young Lead­ers gath­er­ing gave them all a chance to meet, bond and start to shape the in­dus­try’s fu­ture. Fabian Cot­ter re­ports.

AN IN­NO­VA­TIVE net­work­ing ‘think-tank’ initiative brought some of the lead­ing young bus in­dus­try tal­ent to­gether – to meet and share ideas – thanks to the joint ef­forts of BusNSW and Volvo Bus Aus­tralia, re­cently.

The 2018 Young Lead­ers Sem­i­nar, held at Syd­ney’s Park Royal Dar­ling Har­bour Ho­tel, saw BusNSW in­vited 25 up-and-com­ing in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als to at­tend a one-day event in a move that re­spon­si­bly en­cour­aged the next gen­er­a­tion of fu­ture bus lead­ers, en­trepreneurs and busi­ness own­ers to get more in­volved in the di­rec­tion that the bus in­dus­try is headed in the state.

BusNSW ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Matt Threlkeld says BusNSW was very pleased to host the 2018 Young Lead­ers Sem­i­nar in con­junc­tion with Volvo Bus Aus­tralia.

“To make this event hap­pen we needed a part­ner and Volvo Bus Aus­tralia has been a long-time ad­vo­cate for the de­vel­op­ment of young peo­ple in the in­dus­try”, he said.

“The aim of the event was to in­spire, en­cour­age, de­velop and pro­mote the next gen­er­a­tion of lead­er­ship in the in­dus­try via a sem­i­nar pro­gramme de­signed to as­sist with the pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment of the par­tic­i­pants.

“Par­tic­i­pants were from the con­tracted and non-con­tracted sec­tors, met­ro­pol­i­tan

“The aim of the event was to in­spire, en­cour­age, de­velop and pro­mote the next gen­er­a­tion of lead­er­ship.”

and re­gional ar­eas, fam­ily busi­nesses and multi-na­tion­als, and are in­volved in func­tions in­clud­ing op­er­a­tions, ad­min­is­tra­tion, plan­ning, HR and main­te­nance.”


BusNSW pres­i­dent John King of­fi­cially wel­comed the at­ten­dees. As King ex­plained: “We live in a rapidly chang­ing world and the way we plan and de­liver bus and coach ser­vices is be­ing trans­formed as never be­fore.

“We need young peo­ple to take up the chal­lenge and get in­volved, both within or­gan­i­sa­tions and at an in­dus­try level.”

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