Our Team

Transdev is a leading public transport company. We have a team of over 5,700 employees working on our train, bus, ferry and light rail services across Australia and New Zealand.

With our partners in local government, public authorities and private companies, we deliver over 131 million passenger journeys every year on over 2,050 vehicles and vessels.

Our ambition is to be the trusted partner of our clients and customers by pioneering in mobility.

Globally, Transdev is a world leader in the operation of passenger transport services. Operating in 19 countries around the world, we have 83,000 employees and manage 43,000 vehicles. Find out more about our international expertise

René Lalande, Chief Executive Officer

It is our people that make Transdev what it is today. From our front line employees who strive every day to make the journeys of our customers comfortable and enjoyable, to our operations employees behind the scenes who work hard to ensure our services are safe and reliable, to our office staff and managers who make sure our operations run smoothly and our people are empowered. Together, we are Transdev.

I’m delighted to say that with an 18-year presence in Australasia, Transdev continues to thrive in our region, with key tenders won in recent years and iconic contracts retained. Our patronage continues to grow at record breaking levels and our commitment to our people, our customers and our clients is as strong as ever.

Governments and private clients in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Auckland, Wellington and Darwin have placed their trust in us, our people, our systems, our experience and our multimodal expertise.

It is an honour to work as a partner with our clients to tackle congestion in our cities and provide a means of transport for commuters, tourists, resource workers and those seeking to connect with others in their community. The role of public transport is increasingly becoming more vital to the continued growth of our cities and regions and Transdev is proud to play its part in making these journeys happen every day.

Peter Lodge, Chief Operating Officer & Director Business Development

Peter has been directly involved with Transdev’s growth in Australia and New Zealand since 1997 and has previously held the positions of Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel and Director Commercial and Business Development and Acting CEO.

As Chief Operating Officer Peter looks after our businesses in Melbourne, Perth, Auckland and Wellington.

With over 16 years board and senior management experience in the public transport industry, Peter has a wealth of knowledge gained from working on bus, ferry, heavy rail and light rail operations throughout Australasia. He has played a key leadership role in more than 28 seamless public transport related contract transitions and has extensive management, legal and company secretarial experience.

Pierre Talgorn, Chief Financial Officer

Pierre joined Transdev Australasia in June 2015, bringing with him over 15 years’ experience in auditing and financial management roles. As the CFO of Transdev Australasia, Pierre is responsible for the financial management and reporting of the business, including overseeing the financial performance and improvements of operations within the region.

Prior to entering the services management industries, Pierre established his career with one of the world’s largest financial organisations, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, as an auditor of mid-sized companies.

He joined Veolia Environment as an internal auditor and has continued to develop and take on new challenges within Veolia and Transdev over the past 10 years.

During this time Pierre has been responsible for the financial management of Veolia Transport North American Operations, and held senior financial management positions in France.

Paul Birch, Director People and Culture, Health and Safety

Paul joined the Transdev Australasia executive leadership team in late 2013, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and expertise gained through an extensive career in human resource management.

He has worked across a range of different industries, both locally and internationally, specialising in organisational and cultural transformation, industrial relations, and improving Human Resource performance and capability.

Paul’s focus on engaging our people through a greater focus on performance and development, improving recruitment processes, and developing our people assists us in ensuring that we continue to build our capabilities to match our growing organisation.

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Shane Ellison, Chief Operating Officer & Deputy Business Development Director

Shane joined Transdev in 2005 as General Manager of Transport in Sydney and for the past 10 years has provided leadership in complex commercial, political and organisational environments, including the establishment of new project teams, leading organisational change and improving performance.

Shane has 20 years global experience in senior operational, project management and leadership roles across the rail, infrastructure and public transport industries. He has led procurement and project start-up processes throughout Europe, North America and the Middle East.

Since 2012, Shane has led Transdev’s New South Wales business as Managing Director and has been recently appointed as Chair of Harbour City Ferries.

As Chief Operating Officer Shane looks after our businesses in Sydney and Brisbane.

Nathan Lanthois, Director Legal & Commercial 

Nathan has over 15 years of legal and commercial experience with a strong focus on operations and maintenance for major transport and infrastructure projects including numerous PPPs. As Director Legal & Commercial, Nathan is responsible for the provision of legal advice for Transdev’s rail, bus and light rail operations throughout Australasia together with overseeing the procurement, facilities management, insurance and risk functions of Transdev. 

Nathan’s focus on corporate governance, contract and risk management, and commercial practices assists Transdev to continually grow and deliver an outstanding customer experience.