James Veness

GM – People & Culture, Downer

James is an experienced strategic people leader within the Rail Industry, with over 15 years of experience

across Human Resources & Employee Relations and exposure in both the Passenger and Freight market segments.

Having completed senior roles supporting operations and project delivery, including a number of large scale domestic

rollingstock manufacturing projects, James is now proud to lead the People and Culture response for Downer’s Rail and Transit Systems division, ensuring the implementation of a strategic people management response in a rapidly changing labour market environment.

James has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Masters of Labour Law and Relations, and is passionate about creating and sustaining an inclusive workplace culture which reflects the ever-changing communities that Downer operates within.

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AusRAIL Custom Stand Venue guidelines

All temporary structures will be professionally designed, structurally sound and will contain reasonable provision for:

  • Safety of persons to be accommodated in the event of fire including means of egress
  • Prevention of fire
  • Suppression of fire
  • Patrons must give consideration for wheelchair access to the Stand (NCC – Section D3.3) The reduction of the existing level of fire protection is not permissible.

Designers and builders have an obligation to design and construct to these principles and any relevant standards or legislation while meeting the special needs of their client. Parts of these principles include:

  • Stands over 18m2 where roofing is fitted must have a “Smoke Detection Device” and have a fire extinguisher installed. The recommended material for the roofing is “shark tooth” type material that allows water penetration from sprinklers and fire cannon.
  • Audience chairs within a temporary structure must be secured in groups of not less than 4 and not more than 16. Maximum seats in each row must not exceed 8 where there is an aisle at one end only or 16 where there are aisles on both sides of the row. (NCC NSW H101.11.1).