Personal profiles: Meet Rachel and Gerry

29 June 2018

Rachel Tuckerman

Rachel Tuckerman

How long have you been with Transport Safety Victoria?
Six months. Time has moved quickly so far.

Brief work background?
I have been working in the rail industry for nearly 13 years now. I started driving cranes with Pacific National Rail then moved into operational management, then into safety.

Explain a typical work day.
I have to get up early to get the kids to childcare/school before the long commute to work from the north eastern fringe of Melbourne. I always look forward to sitting at my desk with a hot coffee.

Work can either be in the office or onsite with a rail operator. Another long commute home before the mum hat goes back on and its dinner, homework bed routine. Days are long, but the weeks move fast!

Describe something about the rail regulator that operators may not be aware of.
RSOs have a wide variety of skills, qualifications and experience. This enables us to make balanced decisions, have greater subject matter knowledge and some degree of confidence we have an understanding of what happens out in the “real” rail world.

What do you see as some future challenges for rail operators?
Diminishing workforce/skills, inadequate infrastructure and aging assets. There is a need for greater investment into technology, innovation and skilled resources.

What characteristic do you most admire in others?
Resilience and focus. “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” Michael Jordan

What gets you out of bed in the morning?
My family. My work. My life. If you are happy, getting out of bed is easy!

Given a chance, who would you like to be for a day? Why?
Beyoncé. I would love to stand up in front of a worshipping crowd and be able to sing and dance like her. I also think Beyoncé is a flawless business woman. Strong and powerful!

What would a "perfect" day look like for you?
A sleep in, the day with my family, a run in the afternoon and a wine with dinner. Quiet days are hard to come by sometimes.

If you had one free hour each day, how would you use it?
Either a nap or a run. Fact, a run gives me more energy.

Gerry Giuliani

Gerry Giuliani

How long have you been with Transport Safety Victoria?
I commenced within the Bus Branch as a Transport Safety Officer in January 2017. My role was to manage an audit program of various bus operators in the Western region. I was successful in a secondment opportunity and moved to the Rail Branch in January this year.

Brief work background?
My work history prior to joining TSV was in transport safety as an audit officer with the Victorian Taxi Directorate, now known as the Taxi Services Commission. Prior to that I was a protective services officer for the Australian Federal Police stationed at Melbourne Airport.

What characteristics do you most admire in others? Why?
Loyalty, respect and leadership. It is inspiring and I excel around people with these traits.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?
The fact that every day brings new challenges and no two days are the same (even though they might feel the same).

Explain a typical work day?
I like a coffee first thing which is usually followed by meetings with operators or incident follow up work and delivery of compliance activities.

Describe something about the rail regulator that operators may not be aware of?
The amount of planning and meetings that take place prior to a compliance inspection. It’s constant right until we head out.

What do you see as some challenges for rail operators in the future?
In Victoria, the move to a direct service delivery model under the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR). This may bring some change to the operations and regulation of rail activity.

Given a chance, who would you like to be for a day?
I’m a sports mad football fan, growing up and following the mighty Blues (Carlton). I spent my hours re-enacting the famous Jezza mark of the year. So anyone of the current crop of AFL Carlton footballers would be a thrill.

What would a "perfect" day look like for you?
Going for a drive in my 1971 Ford Falcon…

If you had one free hour each day, how would you use it?
Get out of the office and go for a walk.