Meet Samantha Abeydeera, one of our Top 50 Public Sector Women

As Deputy Executive Director of Train Crewing and Support at Sydney Trains, Samantha leads over 1,000 drivers, guards, and crew managers.

Since taking on the role late last year, she’s built a strong focus on both the mental health and diversity of her workforce and empowered her staff to be the owners and drivers of important programs like the Indigenous Recruitment Strategy. She also likes taking the time to get out and about on the network to talk to front line crew, ensuring she is visible, accessible and regularly listening to any feedback and concerns.

We had a chat with Samantha to ask her what it means to be named on the inaugural NSW Top 50 Public Sector Women list, what she loves about her role and what she does to switch off outside of work.

Tell us about your role and team at Transport

I'm currently one of the Deputy Executive Director’s for Train Crewing at Sydney Trains. The role is responsible for the on-time and safe delivery of services for customers by our talented teams of drivers, guards and our fantastic shift and crew managers.

What excites you most about working for Transport and the Public Sector?

I am passionate about delivering for the people of NSW. The Public Sector comprises so many dedicated people across transport, health, education and industry and I enjoy working with such a talented group.

What is your biggest career highlight to date?

When more than 100 drivers and guards volunteered to take part in the Peer Support Program. The program is all about staff buddying up to help crew members return to work should they be involved in an incident. It made me really proud to be part of an area that is built on such strong camaraderie.

What advice do you have for other women who are looking to progress their careers at Transport?

Transport is a fantastic place to work with many remarkable people. So many inspirational women at Transport have paved the way and there are many men that support and champion female leaders – my advice is that you don’t have to look far to find inspiration and support! 

How do you ensure you keep a good a good work/life balance? 

I ocean swim all year round – I love it because it’s quiet time and I can leave my phone on the shore.

What does this recognition mean to you?

It is such an honour to be recognised amongst a group that I respect and admire so much. I'm very grateful. 

Tell us a fun fact that people may not know about you?

I have written a contemporary fiction book which I'm in the process of editing. It's a labour of love!