Steve Butcher

Steve has over 41 years’ experience in the rail industry and is regarded as one of the most experienced global rail experts, having worked in the UK, Middle East, India, USA, Australia and Asia Pacific regions.

Steve’s role as the Executive General Manager for John Holland Rail & Transport, is responsible for planning, leading and executing the full end to end rail portfolio of rail engineering, design and construction and the Operations and Maintenance businesses. Steve is also responsible for the strategic direction, growth and bidding activities along with day to day operations reporting to the group board. This role holds full P&L accountability for the Rail division and associated consortiums and joint ventures.

Prior to joining John Holland, Steve was Managing Director Global Transport with Serco, where he was responsible for the operational and strategic aspects of its global transport business.

Steve is also a highly experienced Board Director and has added significant value in oversight roles of major rail contracts, extensions and enhancement programs in both the heavy and light rail/metro operational areas, ensuring they drive customer satisfaction and are delivering commercially successful outcomes. Steve is experienced in both frontline rail operations as well as representing corporate interests, with a proven track record in motivating high performing teams and engendering a culture and discipline of achieving targeted outputs.

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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).