Having carved out a successful career in the male-dominated world of engineering in the rail industry, Charlotte Moss knows from first-hand experience exactly what it takes to succeed. She is an engineering and leadership professional delivering a technical, complex and safety-critical multi-million-dollar portfolio including one of Australia’s biggest and most complex rail automation projects.
Recognized by WA’s branch of the United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA WA) for her work in gender diversity and by Women in Technology Western Australia Award (WiTWA) for her impact on the industry and her community, Charlotte is determined to create awareness of existing issues and make a change.
How did you get into rail?
I stumbled into rail. While studying electrical engineering, I started working as a part-time administration assistant at a rail signaling company. Once they found out I was studying engineering, they provided me with exposure in rail design and testing and I then joined the team as undergraduate engineer.
Charlotte Moss, Superintendent Delivery Rail Systems – Sustaining Capital Rail, Rio Tinto
What have been some of your career highlights?
The biggest highlights in my career are not only working on some great and complex projects but the people that I have met within my career. It’s such a small industry that even moving between projects, you still end up working with the same people. They become family.
In addition to this, the experiences I have had travelling with work and being exposed to different cultures overseas and new perspectives are definitely highpoints.
What’s your favourite destination for holiday or work?
The best place I have worked has been Sweden. I loved the culture, the people and the food!
What’s your sliding doors moment?
I had a great a mentor, Andy Smith, who supported me with my career. He was always there to provide support and advice and guided me through challenging situations.
What do you see as the top priority for rail in the next 5 years?
I believe the priorities for the next 5 years are safety (always), diversity & inclusion, net zero emissions, innovation and the workforce.
In addition to being the MC at the dinner, Charlotte will be sharing her experiences at Heavy Haul Rail 2023 (29-30 March) in Perth as part of an industry panel discussion looking at ‘How to deliver successful mega projects through team culture’.
To book your place to meet Charlotte and learn from her experiences, visit the event website www.informa.com.au/hhrail23