Brian Hannon is currently Managing Director of Buslink Pty Ltd and Hannon Group Pty Ltd, family owned companies operating public transport operations and property development respectively. The Group has also had previous experience in waste management, manufacturing, mining, farming and the media.
He has over 30 years’ experience in the establishment, development and management of large and successful business ventures, with 25+ years dedicated to the bus industry.
Brian has experience outside of the group’s main activities and was a founding director of an ASX listed energy exploration company and is currently chairman of the Story Bridge Adventure climb in Brisbane.
As Managing Director of Buslink, Brian focuses on Stakeholder relationships and Contract Management ensuring that clients are receiving the desired level of customer service.
He holds a Bachelor of Finance with majors in accounting and commercial law. He is also a Fellow of CPA Australia and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
David has worked with Buslink NT since finishing his education, commencing in the workshop as an apprentice mechanic from where he has progressed to Managing Director.
As workshop manager, David introduced improved systems to deliver greater efficiencies in vehicle reliability and reduced breakdowns. His next role saw him with overall responsibility for the fleet and depot as Transport Logistics Manager. This breadth of experience has given him a first‐hand understanding of many aspects of the transportation industry from the ground level up.
Since mid‐2013 David has been Managing Director of Buslink NT. In this time he has introduced a staff wellbeing program which assists with ensuring all staff have a balanced approach to both life and work. He is known for his open‐ door policy and working alongside his team.
David has been involved in all recent developments of Buslink in the Northern Territory, including successful bus company acquisitions, day to day running of the operation and the implementation of international certification to safety, environment and quality.
Chief Financial Officer:
With a history in accounting roles in the Public Transport industry, Tim joined the Buslink group in early 2013.
Immediately prior to this he spent nine years with Transdev Australasia, a global organisation created from the merger of Transdev and Veolia Transport in 2011. Tim found Transdev to be the perfect environment to learn about all facets of corporate governance, reporting to authorities, Performance Management Systems and Financial Management.
Tim obtained a Bachelor of Business with a major in Accounting and achieved CPA status in 2000. He has been involved in the accounting profession for the past 18 years with over a decade in the Public Transport industry.
He brings a wealth of experience from this relevant background to his current role as Chief Financial Officer for Buslink. In this position, Tim manages corporate governance, reporting and contractual obligations for the various Buslink entities.
Michael is chairman of Buslink Pty Ltd and Hannon Group Pty Ltd, family owned companies with both head offices in Darwin. The group operates a number of public transport companies throughout the Territory and regional Australia. They also own property development companies and have experience in manufacturing, media, mining and crocodile farming.
He approaches all his ventures with his trademark passion and determination to make a difference. Through his involvement in business as well as public and government bodies, Michael has made a tangible contribution to the development of the Territory. In the year 2000, this contribution was recognised when he was honoured as a Member of the Order of Australia for Service to Business and Commerce in the Northern Territory and the Community.
Michael has shared his knowledge and experience though a range of senior government and commercial positions including Alderman of the Darwin City Council, Member of the Northern Territory Town Planning Board, Member of the Northern Territory Grants Commission and Chairman of the Power and Water Authority. He is currently a board member of Primary Resource Investments, Hermes’ Australian Crocodile farming and export operation, and is a current and founding director of the Australian Lottery Company.
Born in Warrnambool Victoria and educated at Geelong Grammar, Stephen is the third generation of his family to run buses. An Industry which he returned to in 1977 after 8 years National Service as a helicopter pilot. Since that time he has grown the business by a mixture of strategic purchases and improvements to service levels.
A keen advocate of the efficient delivery of effective bus based public transport he is actively involved in Industry matters, is a life member of Bus Association Victoria and was the inaugural Chairman of the Bus Industry Confederation from 2001 to 2009. The BIC acts as the peak National body for the Bus Industry in Australia representing both suppliers and operators. Stephen is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.
On a local level Stephen is an active member of a wide range of committees encompassing transport, aviation, sustainability and business support.
Bertram joined Buslink early in 2014 following an extensive career specialising in people, asset, stakeholder and change management.
His previous roles have included executive positions in the water and electricity industry with the Power and Water Corporation (PWC) of the Northern Territory. PWC is responsible for providing power, water and sewerage services to all residents in the NT.
At PWC Bertram represented the business on various boards and associations at the national level and was also tasked with leading the business during Emergency Management situations including cyclones and floods.
Experience gained at PWC has proved beneficial to Buslink and provides the group with a ‘fresh voice’ on bus related matters.
With tertiary qualifications in both mechanical and electrical engineering, a Business degree and MBA from Melbourne University, Bertram is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and cites continuing professional development as a key interest.
Mick Hannon has 24 years’ involvement in the management and operation of large and complex businesses with a focus on transport and logistics.
With hands-on roles in various areas of the businesses he has complemented his innate skills with practical experience in all critical areas of the business. His background includes 13 years as Managing Director of Buslink NT.
A true entrepreneur, Mick has consistently demonstrated his natural commercial acumen through a diverse range of successful independent business ventures. Each of these businesses is characterised by a strong culture of service excellence driven by proven robust processes which ensure the achievement of desired outcomes.
Mick’s broader experience includes managing a number of property development ventures as well as acting as a Board Member and Director of the family’s previous farming ventures.
A fourth generation bus operator, Sam has worked in all facets of the bus industry; from driving to operations, workshop and administration to his current role as Managing Director of Buslink Sunraysia, since starting with the family group of companies nearly 20 years ago.
These roles have given Sam extensive experience in service planning and delivery, accreditation, fleet procurement and contract management, as well strong experience in design and project management of recent bus depot developments.
Sam sits on the board of both State and Federal bus industry representative associations, as well as the Federal industrial association and is an active advocate for improvement in public transport services, particularly in regional areas, and ensuring development and relevance of bus operators across the country.
Sam Joined the Board of Buslink Sunraysia and Buslink Queensland in 2010 and is also Managing Director of the Transit South West operations.
Tony has over 30 years’ experience in the Transport industry, commencing with the Australian Army’s Royal Australian Corp of Transport and then in the Bus Industry, mostly with Greyhound where he started in the industry as a Driver, rising through numerous managerial positions to become Greyhounds COO.
Tony joined Buslink VIVO as General Manager in February 2013 and is responsible for the day to day operation of Buslink VIVO on the Ichthys Gas Project.
In addition to his professional activities, Tony is actively involved with the Bus Industry, being a past President of Queensland Bus Industry Council (QBIC) and a current member and Chairman of the QBIC Long Distance Tour and Charter Management Committee as well as a council member of the Australian Public Transport Industry Association (APTIA) and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator Bus Taskforce.
Governance and commercial advisor
Graham has supported the Group’s corporate and strategic development projects for almost 10 years. He is a Partner with Accountancy Firm Grant Thornton and leads their Corporate Finance capability in the Brisbane office. In this role he supports merger, acquisition, divestment and financing transactions and the ongoing strategic development for a portfolio of clients.
He has also worked with large, multinational organisations and has supported the Buslink Group in planning, developing, funding and executing major strategic development initiatives such as new business tender submissions and the establishment of new business operations.