NSW TrainLink Procurement, 92 suppliers and senior executives from Transport for NSW recently came together at the Building our Future NSW TrainLink Supplier Forum.
Rob Mason, Chief Executive of NSW TrainLink, delivered the opening address. He outlined the organisations business strategy with a focus on growth and the critical role suppliers play in delivering that growth.
Tim Reardon, Secretary Transport for NSW, next outlined the NSW Government’s transport vision and the planned A$107 billion investment in infrastructure and transport, including a new intercity fleet of trains.
Ross Pedley, Executive Director Finance and Corporate Services, highlighted the NSW TrainLink projects driving change and acknowledged suppliers’ contribution to the safe and smooth running of day-to-day operations.
Siju Johny, Chief Procurement Officer NSW TrainLink, presented the Voice of the Supplier research results and noted the work achieved to make it easier to do business with NSW TrainLink.
During a lively question and answer session suppliers asked the hard questions and Rob Mason illustrated the growth benefits of improving rail services between Sydney and Canberra.
Later, over lunch, suppliers had further opportunity to build relationships, share insights and help grow the business. At the Forum close the first edition of the bi-annual SupplyLink newsletter was launched, designed to inform suppliers of important and relevant news.
Suppliers rated the Forum as excellent. In particular they valued meeting and talking with senior management, understanding NSW TrainLink strategy and hearing first hand the Government’s rail and transport investment plans for New South Wales. One supplier noted the Forum was “a really excellent supplier relationship initiative”.
The Forum points to the strong commitment to better business relationships between NSW TrainLink and its suppliers.