Len Neist

Len is an experienced and capable executive leader and senior systems engineer with experience locally and internationally for both private and public enterprises.  His career, spanning some 38 years, has prepared him to identify, understand and manage the risks associated with major change, whether it is planned or unexpected. His career has spanned all segments of the capability life cycle from needs analysis, capability definition, requirements specification, acquisition, sustainment and disposal. His Master Degree in military logistics provided the necessary foundation and prepared him for his roles in policy development and strategic leadership.

Len served as an aerospace engineer in the Australian Air Force focusing on systems assurance and capability management.  After 21 years he moved into international consulting in the area of risk definition and management in transport, defence and security.  After 8 years of management consulting he was appointed as the New South Wales Independent Transport Safety Regulator which he performed for 5 years, he then moved onto the role of workplace health and safety regulator for the state of Victoria.

His return to surface transport was as Shadow Operator for the Melbourne Metro Tunnels & Stations project following which he was invited to take up his current role as Chief Engineer for Public Transport Victoria responsible for the asset integrity of the public transport Network in Victoria.  As Chief Engineer he is involved in the assurance of the readiness of new transport capabilities for integration with the extant public transport network.

More recently, Len has chosen to return to aerospace by accepting the role of Design Assurance & Integration Manager for the Air Services Australia OneSKY Program to deliver a harmonised civil-military air traffic management service capability to manage the Australian controlled airspace.