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Roads Australia Event Details

RA Policy Webinar - The future role of hydrogen fuel cell technology in our public transport system

08/12/2020 17:00 to 08/12/2020 18:15

Venue: via Zoom

Presented as part of RA’s ongoing policy focus on the impact of new technology on the transport sector, the event follows on from an International Insights webinar from September, where RA facilitated a discussion on the transition from Internal Combustion Engines (ICE) to Electric Vehicles (EVs). The impact of these technologies were also covered in RA’s two most recent study visits in 2018 (Cities for the Future) and 2019 (Future Transport: Smart Cities).

This latest session will explore the role hydrogen will play in the electrification of buses. Specifically, whether hydrogen fuel cell buses will be embraced in Australia. The discussion will also address the importance of looking beyond just tailpipe emissions, and using renewables to generate green hydrogen to achieve low / zero emissions. The session will also explore whether Australia is likely to use hydrogen in other forms of public transport.

Moderated by Becky Wood, Transport Reform Policy Stream Deputy Chair, RA, and Managing Director - Transportation ANZ, Aurecon, you’ll hear insights from our speakers including:

  • Katy Taylor, Chief Strategy and Customer Officer, The Go-Ahead Group plc (UK)

  • James Hetherington, Manager of Hydrogen Strategy, International Climate and Technology Division, Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

  • Dr Fiona Simon, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Hydrogen Council

  • Phil O'Neil, Senior Associate – New Energy, Advisian

Don’t miss your opportunity to learn more how the opportunities and challenges being faced in the UK compare to Australia - and put your questions to recognised experts in our interactive discussion. 

Date:   Tuesday 8 December

Time:     5.00pm-6.15pm Mel/Syd AEDT (GMT 6-7am)

ZOOM:  The Zoom link will be sent to you when you have registered your interest


RA Members can participate for FREE

RA Non members - $150 (inc GST)

Contact - Director Events - Rachael Rooney for event bookings

Please find our Event and Booking guide here.




View Dr Fiona Simon's Presentation here

View Phil O'Neil's Presentation here

View James Hetherington's Presentation here

Download RA International Policy Insights - Hydrogen Webinar December 2020 here


Katy TaylorChief Strategy and Customer Officer, The Go-Ahead Group plc (UK)

Katy joined Go-Ahead, the FTSE 250 international passenger transport business in 2012.  As Group Strategy and Customer Director, her responsibilities include commercial development, customer experience, corporate affairs, innovation, strategy and sustainability.
Prior to Go-Ahead, Katy held director-level roles in financial services, media, hospitality and professional services including Kroll, Vneshtorgbank, IG Group and LCP.  She led organisational change programmes in digital, retailing, data, reputation, marketing, business development and culture.
Katy is the Non-Executive Director of England’s largest housing and care provider Anchor Hanover and is Chairman of digital ecommerce provider OnTrack Retail. She is also a founding member of the Business in the Community Place initiative and leads diversity and customer initiatives across the rail industry through the industry body, Rail Delivery Group.

 James HetheringtonManager of Hydrogen Strategy, International Climate and Technology Division, Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

James leads the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources’ Hydrogen Strategy team. The team was established in early 2020 to support Australian Government activities to advance Australia’s hydrogen industry and shape global markets, including through coordinating the implementation of actions agreed in Australia’s National Hydrogen Strategy.
Prior to this role Mr Hetherington has served for over 16 years in a variety of energy and industry related roles for the Australian Government, primarily in clean energy technology development, energy security, energy productivity and associated grid and energy market reform. 

 Dr Fiona Simon, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Hydrogen Council

Fiona  is the CEO of the Australian Hydrogen Council (AHC), the peak body for the Australian hydrogen industry.
AHC connects the hydrogen industry and its stakeholders in building a secure, clean and resilient energy future based on hydrogen. AHC’s members are from a range of sectors, including energy, transport, consulting, banking and technology.
Prior to joining the Australian Hydrogen Council, Fiona worked for close to 20 years in energy policy and regulation, specialising in energy retail competition and consumer protection matters.Fiona holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Melbourne.
She has published a well-regarded academic book on retail energy regulation in Australia.

 Phil  O'Neil, Senior Associate – New Energy, Advisian

Phil is one of the leads for Green Hydrogen initiatives for the global Worley engineering group. In his 22 year career, he has worked with a range of industrial and government clients developing policy, strategic and technical approaches for New Energy solutions, green hydrogen developments, energy efficiency, carbon abatement and sustainability.

Phil currently advises key Australian and international clients on their hydrogen production and utilisation projects, in the hydrocarbons, chemicals, power, mining and financing sectors.

Becky Wood, Transport Reform Policy Stream Deputy Chair, RA, and Managing Director - Transportation ANZ, Aurecon

Becky is the Managing Director, Transportation, ANZ for Aurecon and a member of the Executive leadership team of the ANZ business. She sets the strategy for Aurecon’s approach to all modes of Transportation across its Australia and New Zealand business, leading work to ensure Aurecon is well-placed to enable the transport networks of the future as defined by its clients and needs of the communities they serve. An experienced project delivery professional, Becky has led a range of complex and significant major transport programmes. Her past roles include Director, Rail Major Projects and Growth for the UK's Department for Transport, and Executive Director, Fleet Program Delivery at Transport for New South Wales where she was responsible for the $6 billion program of new heavy rail rolling stock and ferry vessels for the State.  Becky is the Deputy Chair of Roads Australia’s Transport Reform group and was named one of NSW’s top 50 Public Sector Women in 2018.