Carving out a niche in transport planning and strategy
Well established in his career, John Storrie (BE(Civil)(Hons) 2000, MTrans 2005 MBA 2010) is a Director of Storrie Consulting. His wide-ranging responsibilities involve advising on transport strategy, policy and planning, as well as commercial advice, and major project tendering.
“I provide transport strategy and planning advice to public and private sector clients, with a strong focus on public transport,” explains John. “In recent years, I’ve worked more across the commercial aspects of transport projects, and I’ve leveraged this experience to offer commercial advice in non-transport areas.”
John’s expertise has been bolstered by previously working on large transport modelling projects. “This experience developed my skills in undertaking rigorous problem analysis, which is so important in the work I do today,” he reveals. John enhanced his knowledge and experience in public transport during his time working with the Victorian Government. This experience also gave him a good understanding of the needs and expectations of public sector clients.
Looking back, John reflects fondly on his first role with the Public Transport Division in the former Department of Infrastructure (now Public Transport Victoria). “We had an energetic team that planned and delivered a significant number of public transport enhancements across the state,” he shares. “In doing so, we improved the lives of so many. And this work gave me the chance to travel throughout regional Victoria and meet people from all walks of life.”
Over the years, John has come to appreciate the value of mentors. “They provide valuable insights into everyday professional life and influence how you think about the challenges you face,” he says. “Whenever you get the opportunity to learn from experienced professionals, grab it.”
When not hard at work, John enjoys pottering around the garden, and relaxing with his family. In these quiet moments, his thoughts turn to sustainability. “I hope to see much better integrated transport and land use planning,” he muses. “As our city grows, we’ll have some difficult questions to answer if we want to hand over a liveable city to future generations.”
What value did you gain from the Master of Transport course you studied at Monash University?
Monash has a very strong reputation in the transport industry. Monash provided me with a very strong foundation (or in the case of the Masters, extension of my knowledge base) for my career in transport.