SYSTRA ANZ creates Chief Client Officer role

In the newly created role, Helen will play a crucial part in establishing and deepening relationships with clients. She will ensure we are always evolving, learning, and adapting to their needs, making sure we always bring the right expertise.

Helen Williams

“To be truly innovative and play a leading role in shaping our communities through the projects we deliver, we need to be there where it matters. This role  for me means acting in a way that is consistent with our values. We are committed to building trust with our clients and providing them with best in class service, combining our deep local knowledge with global expertise to position them for success.”

Helen Williams, Chief Client Officer

Alana Newbrook, CEO, SYSTRA ANZ says, “SYSTRA ANZ puts the client at the centre of all we do. The establishment of this new role is a further commitment to clients, ensuring there is a constant, informed, internal voice for them in every meeting, every conversation and every project. This ensures we remain informed, agile, and responsive to their current and future needs.’

Leveraging globally connected teams

In mid-September, Helen attended the Global Management Conference in Paris, joining SYSTRA leaders from around the world to reflect on 2022-23, look ahead to 2024 and beyond, and share best practice.

Helen adds, “Heading to Paris to work with our global team was a great way to kick-start my new role. It was a fantastic opportunity to learn how each region in SYSTRA’s global business is tackling complex problems, and to explore how we can leverage that expertise and bring this new thinking to the ANZ market. In particular, our commitment to sustainability and focus on climate change and adaptation is a high priority for us in ANZ.”

Andrea Edney: Trenchless Woman of the Year

The inaugural award was announced at last weeks No-Dig Down Under event and aims to honour a woman who plays a leading role within the Australian trenchless technology industry. It recognises someone who goes above and beyond their role, strives for excellence, as well as someone who actively advocates for other women within the industry.

Jon Daley, Executive General Manager – Tunnels, says, “We are so proud of Andrea for winning this award. Since starting with SYSTRA Bamser, she has always displayed a dedication to innovation, leadership, and an unwavering passion for trenchless technologies and tunnelling. She is very deserving.”

Andrea says, “I am incredibly grateful for the recognition. As a female leader, I have always encouraged and supported others in the industry, mentoring the next generation and developing great relationships. I am extremely fortunate to have always been surrounded by great teams of strong men and women, and to always have the support of my family.”

During last week’s event, Andrea explored project and industry experiences through the lens of women in the trenchless industry, including a discussion of positive outcomes associated with diversity.

“No Dig is the preeminent event for our industry”, says Andrea. She adds, “Being able to share my insights as an advocate for all women across a diverse range of roles in our industry was a great opportunity. Along with my award, hopefully it helps to make a difference. I would love to see more women in all roles in the industry, and particularly in leadership.”

About Andrea

With over two decades experience, Andrea specialises in underground infrastructure projects spanning large-diameter tunnels, culvert jacking, pipe jacking, micro-tunnelling, and auger-boring. Andrea has successfully navigated all project phases, including conception, completion, and various delivery modes like construct-only, design and construct, and fast-tracked BOOT projects, achieving substantial cost savings. Her exceptional stakeholder management and advocacy for the industry, including women’s participation, have fostered enduring relationships with industry stakeholders and specialists.

To learn more about our expertise in Trenchless Technologies, please click here.

Tereza Barros strengthens Transport Planning in ANZ

Transferring from SYSTRA Brazil, Tereza will bolster our Transport Planning and Sustainability division bringing key skills in sustainability, E-Buses and Bus Rapid Transit

Guillaume Paix, ANZ Transport Planning Lead says, “We’re thrilled to have Tereza join us. She exemplifies SYSTRA’s global reach and the power of our connected teams value.”  

He adds, “As we look to grow our presence in the key markets of New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and New Zealand, our clients will benefit from her background in both public and private sectors. She brings to the team a key focus on transport demand studies and expertise in assessing the socio-economic viability of transportation projects.” 

“I’ve wanted to move abroad for a few years now and when the opportunity presented itself, I grabbed it with both hands. The ease with which the transfer happened is testament to SYSTRA’s global mobility and commitment to connecting teams.” 

Tereza Barros, Senior Consultant – Transport and Sustainability

Speaking of the opportunity, Tereza explains, “I am extremely passionate about sustainability and the role public transport can play in achieving net zero. I am a firm believer that transportation is more than just urban mobility, it can be an agent for social transformation.  

“Coming from Brazil, I know this to be the case. In a region dominated by bus, I can bring unique experiences to our clients in Australia. Equally, I’m excited to learn more about the Active Transport sector and to develop my skills in data science.”  

Global Experience provides unique insight

Transport Planning in Australia is at a critical junction in time as we transition away from the idea of moving vehicles to moving people.

“We can keep adding lanes of traffic to our streets or we can think about mobility differently. Tereza will provide terrific insight into how other regions have adapted to new ways of thinking. We’re particularly excited about her experience in Bus Rapid Transit, and E-Buses, both of which will become more and more common in Australia.” 

Guillaume Paix

To improve the liveability and sustainability of our communities, active transport modes, and Electric buses are set to change the way people move.  

“As data comes more freely available, new technology solutions are helping planners to make the best possible solutions and will assist us in embedding sustainable mobility options for the community to use,” says Tereza.  

She adds, “Our team have developed many solutions that enable this modal shift. The Victorious Tool (formerly the Bus Disruption Tool) helped streamline disruption planning for a key client in Victoria. We also have our globally renowned CYCLOPS tool which is using open-source data to improve cycling safety and connectivity in our cities.” 

Hands on Experience Reinforces Beliefs

In 2022, Tereza participated to SYSTRA’s Bridges to Prosperity project in Rwanda, a hands-on experience reinforcing her belief in transportation as a positive driver of societal change, aligning perfectly with her view that engineering can make a meaningful difference.

Tereza along with nine others spent two weeks helping to build an 80-metre pedestrian bridge in Mushishiro in Muhanga County.

For more information on our Transport Planning services, please click below.

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July 18, 2023

As the state’s single largest rail investment, the QTMP will help support the state’s economy and bolster Queensland as a leader in rail manufacturing with long-term jobs and skills development. 

The new state-of-the-art trains will provide passengers with more efficient, reliable and accessible travel across South East Queensland.  

Under a joint venture, SYSTRA and EGIS will be responsible for providing IC services across the entire QTMP, ensuring quality, safety and excellence for the people of Queensland.

Having already partnered in Australia and overseas on some of the most complex rail megaprojects, the team brings together two leading global engineering organisations that specialise in rail; to support the Government on a decade-long journey to deliver this transformational project.

“The selection of EGIS with our partner SYSTRA for the IC services for QTMP further builds on our ambition to be the leading rail professional service providers in Queensland. We are proud to be a part of this significant infrastructure program contributing jobs, growth and sovereign manufacturing capability to the state of Queensland and look forward to working closely with the State, Queensland Rail and Downer to progress this project.”

– Peter Mauracher, Egis Independent Certifier Project Director.

“SYSTRA is continuing to build on our reputation as a trusted independent advisor providing best in class IC services, through our recent engagement with the Queensland Government. Partnering with EGIS, we will help ensure the Government’s election commitment to supply, build and deliver 65 new passenger trains from their Maryborough facility; all in time for the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Brisbane-based teams join forces bringing not just local knowledge, but our global might, to ensure this State significant project is delivered on time for the citizens of Queensland.”

– Alana Newbrook, CEO, SYSTRA ANZ.

The QTMP includes:

  • construction of 65 six-car passenger trains
  • construction of a purpose-built manufacturing facility in Maryborough for major manufacturing/assembly works
  • construction of a new rail facility in Ormeau
  • ongoing operation and maintenance of the fleet and rail facility.

Major construction activities on the facilities will commence later this year. The first train is anticipated to be manufactured by 2026, with all trains expected to be in service by 2032. The team look forward to contributing their expertise to this State-shaping program.

About EGIS

EGIS is an international player active in the consulting, construction engineering and mobility service sectors. The Group creates and operates intelligent infrastructure and buildings capable of responding to the climate emergency and helping to achieve more balanced, sustainable, and resilient territorial development.

With operations in 120 countries, EGIS places the expertise of its 16,000 employees at the disposal of its clients and develops cutting-edge innovation accessible to all projects. Through its wide-ranging fields of activity, EGIS is a central player in the collective organisation of society and the living environment of citizens all over the world.

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SYSTRA is one of the world’s leading engineering and consulting groups specialised in public transport and mobility solutions. For more than 65 years, the Group has worked alongside cities and regions, contributing to positive development by creating, improving, and modernising their transport infrastructures.   

The ANZ team is an integral part of the global network, backed by nearly 9,000 experts, providing us the unique ability to be agile with global scale.   

With our first project in Australia almost 20 years ago, in 2022, we opened our first permanent office in New Zealand, and are going from strength to strength, expanding in both geography and head count.  

When a project is complex, high risk and requires deep technical skills and pedigree, SYSTRA ANZ is the signature team.

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For media enquiries: 

Victoria Black 

Director, Clients, Markets and Engagement 


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SYSTRA strengthens its expertise in tunnels with the acquisition of Bamser

SYSTRA ANZ is pleased to announce the acquisition of Bamser, an Australian based infrastructure advisory firm providing multi-disciplinary services to the transport, utilities, mining and energy sectors.

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Left to right: Alana Newbrook, SYSTRA ANZ; Ben Crosby, SYSTRA Bamser; Tim Brown, SYSTRA Bamser; Jean-Charles Vollery, SYSTRA Groupe

With offices in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, Bamser have delivered city shaping projects extensively across Australia and into Asia.

‘We’ve been involved in some of the largest infrastructure projects in Australia and overseas and look forward to adding our expertise to one of world’s leading engineering and consulting groups, specialised in public transport and mobility solutions.’ – Tim Brown, Director, Bamser.

‘By combining our strengths, SYSTRA in design and Bamser in delivery, our current and future clients gain a broader service offering across more of the project lifecycle, from the advisors that they know and trust.’ – Ben Crosby, Director, Bamser.

Renowned for their excellence in underground engineering, the transaction boosts SYSTRA’s position as a leading global player in complex tunnelling, coming after the 2021 acquisition of SWS, a leading tunnelling design firm based in Italy.

‘As we look to continue the growth of our cities and move to a net zero future, tunnelling provides a solution to enable mass transit along with providing opportunities for energy storage and creation through dams, pumped hydro and trenchless projects. We are excited to further bolster our global offering in complex engineering solutions and add to our global expertise in bridges and tunnels with the acquisition of Bamser.

With a large pipeline of major infrastructure projects to be delivered, and significant skills shortage in the tunnelling space, our clients and partners will benefit from our expanded service offering, deepening our global leadership in underground engineering and bringing it to the ANZ market at a time when most needed’ – Alana Newbrook, CEO, SYSTRA ANZ


SYSTRA is one of the world’s leading engineering and consulting groups specialised in public transport and mobility solutions. For more than 65 years, the Group has worked alongside cities and regions, contributing to positive development by creating, improving, and modernising their transport infrastructures.

The ANZ team is an integral part of part of the global network, backed by nearly 9,000 experts, providing us the unique ability to be agile with global scale. With our first project in Australia almost 20 years ago, in 2022, we opened our first permanent office in New Zealand, and are going from strength to strength, expanding in both geography and head count. When a project is complex, high risk and requires deep technical skills and pedigree, SYSTRA ANZ is the signature team.

For more information, visit

About Bamser

Established in 2008 with offices in QLD, NSW and VIC, Bamser provides frontline advisory services on complex tunnelling, trenchless and infrastructure projects across Australia and internationally.

An integrated team of project development, procurement, and delivery advisors with the best technical skills and local experience available, they have been involved in some of the largest infrastructure projects in Australia, including Sydney Metro; WestConnex; Western Harbour Tunnel, Suburban Rail Link, AirportLink, Legacy Way and Cross River Rail.

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For media enquiries:
Victoria Black
Director, Clients, Markets and Engagement
Tel: 0423844921

SYSTRA Appoints New Regional Directors 

All three join the extended SYSTRA ANZ Executive Leadership Team and will accompany Chris Hurst and Jackson Tang who will continue in their roles as Regional Directors for Queensland and Western Australia. 

“Following on from the success of 2022, we are determined to keep growing and expanding the SYSTRA story into new target areas”, says Alana Newbrook, CEO & Managing Director of SYTRA ANZ.  

The appointments of Sandra, Elliot and Trevor will help ensure SYSTRA is there where it matters, on the complex projects with the greatest impact.  

Sandra Lang - Director - Digital Engineering (Regional director for NSW)
Sandra Lang, Director – Digital Engineering (Regional director, NSW)
Elliot Ali - Director - Systems & Safety Assurance (Regional Director, Victoria)
Elliot Ali, Director – Systems & Safety Assurance (Regional Director, Victoria)
Trevor Garnett - Director - Security & Technology (Regional Director ACT)
Trevor Garnett – Director – Security & Technology (Regional Director, ACT)

Alana adds, “Having Regional Directors in each state will support the business as we look to grow our reputation as the signature team for transport solutions with new clients while also offering existing clients outstanding project delivery expertise. Sandra, Elliot and Trevor will also play a critical role internally, helping us enhance our culture and embed our values of bold leadership, connected teams and excellence into our growing team.” 

“I am thrilled to take on the extra responsibility as the Regional Director for New South Wales,” said Sandra. “I’m excited to work alongside all our talented professionals in the region to positively enhance our culture and to deliver world-class infrastructure solutions for our clients.” 

“Victoria is a critical growth area for the business,” says Elliot. “With so much opportunity at hand, I’m looking forward to helping grow our team and embedding our technical expertise into some of the country’s largest infrastructure projects.” 

“I am excited to get started as the Regional Director for the ACT. Along with the recent hire of Andrew Waye as the Director of Security and Technology Solutions who is also based in Canberra, the team is primed for substantial growth into Federal Government Agencies,” says Trevor.  

Sandra Lang 

Sandra’s professionalism and expertise is based on more than 30 years practicing Digital Engineering in the international construction industry. The spectrum of projects she has worked on includes rail and airports as well as the commercial sector. 

Since joining SYSTRA in 2020 she has worked on some of the major global transport projects such as the High-Speed Rail in the UK, the Doha Metro in Qatar and the Sydney Metro West project. 

Sandra holds a Master of International BIM Management of Zigurat Global Institute of Technology. 

Elliot Ali 

Elliot has helped to deliver projects in rail, aviation and defence across Europe and Australasia, including leading major projects and government initiatives. Focussed on large, mission critical and safety critical problems, he has built and led teams to deliver multi-billion dollar projects, keeping business, operational, and commercial strategies aligned. 

These experiences have allowed him to explore avionics bays and cockpits, work in airfields, walk tube lines, represent London Underground during the Olympics, authorise a $10bn rolling stock procurement, and oversee transformational changes to engineering departments. Elliot started with SYSTRA in 2022. 

Trevor Garnett 

Trevor is a skilled and competent project, program and business operations Manager with over 30 years’ experience in Defence and Defence Industry.  He has extensive experience especially in the aviation domain having been involved in Aircrew/craft Training systems, Maintenance Systems and Avionics systems for both fixed and rotary wing platforms as well as aviation support elements. He leverages his technical understanding to attain better accuracy in his project management materials. Trevor has been with SYSTRA since 2018. 

About SYSTRA: 

SYSTRA ANZ’s mission is to be there where it matters; on the complex projects with the greatest impact, providing innovative solutions that will shape the future of our communities. As one of the world’s leading engineering and consulting groups, we are focused on building tomorrow’s mobility solutions today. Operating in more than 80 countries, we have designed 1 in 2 of the world’s metros and highspeed rail lines. The ANZ team is an integral part of part of our global network, backed by 9000+ experts, providing us the unique ability to be agile with global scale.​ 

For more information, please contact: Victoria Black, Director Clients, Markets and Engagement, SYSTRA ANZ at

SYSTRA wins EIIP role with Sydney Trains

On behalf of Sydney Trains, SYSTRA will be focusing on the Remote Switching part of EIIP fulfilling a highly specialised service. As part of the project scope, SYSTRA will design, type approve, and construct and commission the integrated remote switching system.

Helen Williams, Executive General Manager – Transport, SYSTRA says, “SYSTRA has forged a reputation as the signature team for transport solutions and this project exemplifies that. We want to be the go-to for clients looking to resolve complex challenges and to bring direct benefits to the communities we live and operate in.”

The Remote Switching capability has been developed to address two key challenges. First is to accommodate a safer and more productive maintenance schedule for rail corridor assets to maintain safe operation. The second is to reduce the impact on commuters if a power outage is required in case of an emergency.

The project aims to deliver safer and more improved electrical power outages on the 1500V Overhead Wiring and High Voltage networks. More specifically, the project will deliver benefits such as: 

This project will commence with an off-system trial.

For more information on our expertise in System Integration please click here or for more on the project, please reach out to Helen Williams.

SYSTRA ANZ Appoints Chris Hurst as Executive General Manager – Major Projects

As SYSTRA continues its growth across ANZ, Chris will be responsible for leading the newly formed Major Projects team – established to focus on the successful delivery of major projects for our clients, partners, and the communities we serve.

“2022 was a huge year for Systra in ANZ; we won our largest intake of orders in major projects as we successfully pivoted to taking on larger roles in complex projects. Due to the success of this strategy, it was clear we needed a new division dedicated to delivery. Chris was the obvious choice and has what it takes to lead this newly formed team,” says Alana Newbrook, CEO SYSTRA ANZ.

Alana adds, “Chris is well-known to many of our clients, having been part of the SYSTRA team for the last five years. He brings to the role extensive experience managing complex major infrastructure projects; most recently leading our operational integration teams delivering train control systems projects across ANZ. Under Chris’s leadership, the team will ensure that we not only continue to provide outstanding delivery to our clients, but we also grow our reputation as the partner of choice and signature team for transport solutions across ANZ.”

The creation of a new role and team for Major Projects is exciting to not just further strengthen and grow our own team, but to bring more of the global SYSTRA skill sets to our local clients. “I am excited to take on this new role overseeing a larger portfolio of complex projects,” says Chris.

“SYSTRA ANZ has been growing steadily for the last couple of years on the back of some significant wins. I’m looking forward to working with our teams in Australia, New Zealand and across SYSTRA to capitalise on this growth momentum and deliver world-class infrastructure solutions for our clients.”

With over two decades experience in project delivery and consulting roles, Chris has worked on numerous large-scale infrastructure projects including West Coast Route Modernisation in the UK and the roll out of the European Train Control System in Southeast Queensland.


SYSTRA ANZ’s mission is to be there where it matters; on the complex projects with the greatest impact, providing innovative solutions that will shape the future of our communities. As one of the world’s leading engineering and consulting groups, we are focused on building tomorrow’s mobility solutions today. Operating in more than 80 countries, we have designed 1 in 2 of the world’s metros and highspeed rail lines. The ANZ team is an integral part of part of our global network, backed by 9000+ experts, providing us the unique ability to be agile with global scale.​

For more information, please contact: Victoria Black, Director of Clients, Markets and Engagement, SYSTRA at

Four to Join Horizons Program

We are excited to announce Ben Voss, Consultant – Systems Safety Assurance, Amine Aloui, Consultant – Train Control and Signalling, Gemma Main, Senior Consultant – Systems Safety Assurance and Thomas Britland, Principal Consultant – Human Factors have been selected to join the Rail Industry Safety Standards Board (RISSB) Horizons Program 5.0.

The Horizons Program offers a unique opportunity to up and coming technical professionals who want to broaden their knowledge and understanding of technology in rail. The program seeks to address the challenges of the rail industry by offering participants knowledge sharing and leadership development opportunities that focuses on improving critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, communication, and collaboration.

Ben Voss
Gemma Main

Dave Cahilap, Learning and Talent Development Manager, SYSTRA says, “We are incredibly excited for Ben, Amine, Gemma and Tom. All four are outstanding individuals who continue to uphold our values and who have all excelled in their roles helping to shape positive outcomes for our clients and the community.

“Their selection as part of the Horizons Program will provide them with a greater understanding of the industry as well as input into its direction.”

Ben adds, “I’m really looking forward to attending the Horizons Program, I’m particularly keen to hear from some of the industry’s most senior leaders as well as develop my professional network.”

The Horizons Program is aimed at technical professionals aged 35 and under who have been identified as emerging high potential leaders or those who would benefit from learning more about the rail industry and new technologies. The Horizons Program includes:

For more information on the learning and development opportunities available to staff at SYSTRA, please click here.

Connecting Teams through International Mobility

In October this year, Nieves transferred to our Sydney office from our headquarters in Paris.

Nieves a Senior Consultant in our Complex Structures team says, “The opportunity to come out to Australia to help grow our expertise in Tunnels and Bridges was too good to refuse. Firstly, the opportunity to work on some of Australia’s most significant projects was a big factor in our decision to move and then secondly the chance to bring our young family over to Australia was equally amazing. My family and I are both grateful for SYSTRA’s support to make the move possible.”

SYSTRA ANZ is focused on developing its skills in Complex Structures leveraging its Bridges & Tunnels international network of more than 900 experts across the world. In her role, Nieves will bring her decade of experience to connect our global network to the local market where she will also focus on the execution of tenders, negotiation of services and project delivery.

She adds, “In my career I’ve been fortunate enough to have worked on projects in Europe and Central America including roles onsite as a construction engineer so have valuable experience and networks that I think will be of value to our Australian clients.”

The Future must focus on Sustainability

When speaking about the future of Complex Structures, Nieves is passionate about the role sustainability will play.

“We are building all these amazing structures that are connecting people to one another as well as new opportunities, but it needs to be done in a more sustainable way. Transport is the world’s third largest emitter of carbon. That is why SYSTRA has placed sustainable innovation at the core of its offer because we cannot compromise the future of the next generation.

Nieves Penalba Perez

“An example of sustainable innovation is our CarbonTracker tool which measures, monitors and controls carbon emissions at each phase of the project. The application is a powerful solution during the tender design of a Design & Build project to evaluate the CO2 emissions of the reference design and the savings that our design could generate.”

A Champion for Social Responsibility

Moving to Australia was not the first times Nieves has lived abroad. Having grown up in Spain she moved to Paris for her first opportunity with SYSTRA where she began her career as an Alignment and Track Engineer.

Recently, Nieves was given the full support of the business to take a year off to travel the world and volunteer. Spending time in a remote Peruvian town in the Andes Ranges near the Cusco Valley, Nieves admits this experience made her more aware of the societal responsibility we have in our industry. Upholding our value of bold leadership, she has since championed SYSTRA’s involvement with ‘Bridges to Prosperity’ where we will help construct a footbridge in Rwanda.

She finishes, “I consider equal opportunity, diversity, and inclusion as core values for the future of our industry. As a woman living abroad, I am very thankful for the opportunities that have come my way. Now, as a mum, I feel that it’s my turn to help us reach social equality. Our commitment to build a more sustainable future is essential to serve the coming generations.”

Upholding our Values

SYSTRA’s international mobility is embedded within our values. We connect our experts throughout the entire Group and coordinate them in order to respond to the most complex issues. This also extends to our people connecting with their loved ones overseas. We recently introduced an International Work Remote Program so our staff can visit family and friends anywhere in the world. Read more about that here.

To find out more about our ambitions and values, please hit the link here.

To get in contact with Nieves, please reach out to her here.