JIM MODROUVANOS -
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, POINT TO POINT TRANSPORT COMMISSION
Jim Modrouvanos was appointed Executive Director of the Point to Point Transport Commission on 1 June 2020.
Jim has over 30 years’ experience in the public service sector including at a Senior Management level in NSW public transport agencies and as an Executive Director in Transport for NSW.
Previously Jim set up and led the Asset Standards Authority, performing a major safety regulatory role within Transport, and in recent times he has been working with the Safety Environment and Regulation Division.
On a personal level, Jim enjoys fixing things involving carpentry or electronics and experimenting with technology such as 3D printing.
He lives in the Inner West of Sydney with his wife, 11 year old daughter and their adopted cat.
6 QUESTIONS TO KNOW
1. What’s a typical day like for you?
In the current COVID-19 situation we are working from home like many government departments. My day starts with looking through morning emails to see if any urgent matters have arisen overnight.
There is usually a school run and after that meetings with my team and various stakeholders to discuss a range of issues across the point to point transport industry. There are many interesting safety issues, interpretations of the law and public health issues that arise and need to be worked through.
There is also an afternoon school run, followed by more emails and meetings. It sounds a bit tedious but there are many important issues to resolve and a really good group of team members and other participants to work with, so I’ve found it quite satisfying.
2. If you could be anywhere other than here, right this minute, where would you be?
It would definitely be on one of the Greek islands - probably Rhodes. I have family there so it’s a special place for me.
3. What do you think are the best skills that you bring to your job?
My significant experience operating in the type of regulatory arrangements that apply in point to point transport, my ability to think clearly through problems, the way I bring teams together to solve complex problems and my practicality.
4. How do you think your colleagues would describe you?
Colleagues have previously commented that I bring humour, pragmatism and expertise to the roles that I undertake. Others I have worked with have described me as calm in a crisis, a methodical problem solver and someone that is prepared to share stories to illustrate various approaches to solving problems.
5. What do you want to make sure you do before you die?
Get in some serious world travelling! I would like to take some trips into parts of Europe I haven’t seen, the US and Asia.
6. What are you happiest doing, when you’re not working?
I like experimenting with new technology and learning new things in my spare time. Often I can be found working on a new project or fixing something that is broken whether that be mechanical, electronic or even just a home repair. The last thing I fixed was our dishwasher – I was very happy to hang up the dishwashing gloves.