Women in Transport (WiT) Leadership Development Scholarships

Since 2017, the Women in Transport (WiT) Leadership Development Scholarship Program has provided opportunities for career advancement for high potential women to rise to senior positions within the industry.

This year we received 26 high calibre applications and a panel of senior leaders from within Transport, selected three to each receive $30,000.

Congratulations to our latest recipients Aditi Sachdeva, Department of Transport, Rhiannon Drummond-Clark, Suburban Rail Loop and Tamara Preuss from North East Link Project.

These worthy winners will study at a Masters level in the areas of Professional Management, Environment and Climate Emergency and Law.

Women employed by the Victorian Public Service (VPS) within Major Transport Infrastructure Authority (MTIA) and its projects, or by the Department of Transport (DoT) and its associated agencies are eligible to apply.

For more information, please read the WiT Leadership Development Scholarship Program Guidelines 2022-202 [PDF 513 Kb].

Successful applicants 2022

Read more about our 2022 Scholars below:

Rhiannon Drummond-Clark

Rhiannon Drummond-ClarkRhiannon Drummond-Clark currently works as an Environmental Adviser at Suburban Rail Loop Authority (SRLA). SRLA is committed to continually striving for improved environmental outcomes by establishing meaningful and practical sustainability targets. Rhiannon has always had a strong interest in environment and sustainability and is passionate about public transport due to its undeniable potential to help reduce emissions.

Rhiannon’s approved course - the Masters of Environment and Climate Emergency at Curtain University - prioritises climate change emergency planning and response whilst developing multi-disciplinary capabilities such as economics, policy development, project management and urban and regional planning.

This course will position Rhiannon as a leader in an emerging field, learning the most up-to-date strategies and developments in innovation for managing the environment, sustainability and climate risk in transport.

Tamara Clare Preuss

Tamara PreussTamara Clare Preuss is a Principal Lawyer for the North East Link Program (NELP), currently working on the Public Private Partnership (PPP) tunnelling package (Central Package).

Tamara’s approved course, the Master of Laws at Melbourne University, focused on construction law subjects, will seek to cultivate her as an expert in infrastructure delivery and construction law. The course will provide the foundation for advancing Tamara into key leadership roles within Victoria's exciting portfolio of transformative transport projects and position her for advancement in delivery teams where there is commonly an under representation of women in the workforce.

Tamara is excited to be working in transport infrastructure in Victoria during a time of such growth and development. 

Aditi Sachdeva

Aditi SachdevaAditi Sachdeva is currently employed as a Senior Engineer, Network Interface & Assurance on the North-East Link Project within the Department of Transport. Aditi aspires to lead teams, major state projects and put a value focus on ‘customer-centricity’ into practice.

Aditi’s approved course, the Master of Professional Management will help her to develop customer-centric cultures while boosting her confidence to unleash her strategic leadership to navigate through change in mindsets, while harnessing the true potential of diversity and inclusion within the Transport sector.

By completing her course, Aditi’s aim is to apply and promote best practice safe system guides to improve safety and accessibility of the transport system. Aditi also aims to contribute to the ‘safety-focussed-culture’ to better anticipate costs/risks/reactions and plan countermoves relative to project options, subsequently, contributing towards the overall reduction in environmental impacts across major state projects.

Application process

Applications for the 2022 program have now closed.

For additional information, please contact [email protected].

This program is delivered by MTIA’s Level Crossing Removal Project on behalf of DoT.