2021 – Dr Philip Laird

Dr Philip Laird’s OAM is for service to the rail freight and passenger transport Industry. Philip was the Inaugural Executive Chair of the RTSA in 1998-2000, a member of the RTSA Awards committee 2000-2019 and became a life member of the RTSA in 2008. Philip is also a Fellow at the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, and has held many Professional and Advisory roles throughout his career in rail.

Railway Technical Society of Australasia

  • Inaugural National Chairman, 1998 – 2000
  • Member, Awards Committee, 2000 – 2019
  • Life Member, 2008

Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport

  • Fellow
  • Member, since 1987
  • NSW Committee Member

Professional and Advisory roles

  • Member, High Speed Rail Project, CRC for Rail Innovation, 2009-2010
  • Supervisor, ARC Co-operative Research Project, Rail Infrastructure Corporation of NSW, 1998 – 2001
  • Supervisor, Land Freight Transport Energy project, Energy Research and Development Corporation of Australia, 1990-1993
  • Consultant, Transport Energy Studies Pty Ltd, 1989-2017
  • Consultant, (then) State Rail Authority of NSW
  • Contributor, Track and Signal magazine, 1996 – 2020
  • Contributor, Railway Digest magazine, ongoing

University of Wollongong

  • Honorary Principal Fellow

Awards and recognition include:

  • Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Community Engagement, University of Wollongong

Philip’s interview in the Illawarra Mercury can be read in full here.

Philip Laird pictured with his RTSA Life Membership award in 2008

Philip Laird pictured with his RTSA Life Membership award in 2008