Leadership Insights with Metro Trains' Pete Gleeson

We talked to Pete Gleeson, Executive Director - Projects, Metro Trains Melbourne, one of the latest members to join our MV Business+ corporate membership program, to bring you his leadership insights.

Pete Gleeson, Executive Director - Projects, Metro Trains Melbourne.

What is your current role at Metro Trains? How long have you been with the organisation?
Executive Director, Projects. I’ve been with Metro for 10 years.

Which products and services does your business offer?
Metro runs passenger trains in Melbourne and partners with the State Government in building rail projects across Melbourne.

What do you consider to be the strengths of your business in terms of faring in the market?
There are no real existing competitors—except for future franchise competitors.

What challenges are facing your organisation?
Attracting and retaining good people in a tight market.

How did you get where you are today, and who/what helped you along the way?
Hard work and focus, having a strong focus on people and putting my hand up for the next challenge. I was previously a Project Director.

What are your success habits?
Look after your team and their people. Always be honest, get to the point, but be compassionate and have empathy.

What business related podcasts or books are you listening to/reading?
Why Purpose Matters by Nicholas Barnett and Rodney Howard.

Through your work what is your ultimate goal?
Achieve the right balance of work and home life and lead a great team.

How do you achieve work-life balance?
Getting home early enough to see the kids and then spending lots of quality time with them on the weekend. A mountain bike ride when I have time...

Where do you find inspiration?
From my family.

What are you most optimistic about?
The future in Victoria. It is a great state and the investment in public infrastructure is at an all-time high.

How old were you when you had your first paying job and what was it?
13 — I worked on my father’s farm on the weekends and after school.

The MV Business+ catch cry is "Business as Unusual". What’s the most unusual thing about your role/business?
The Projects team at Metro do a lot of our best work at night—after the trains stop running. It’s safer and more effective to work on the rail corridor when there are no trains.

The museum is a place of wondrous discovery.  What has been your most wondrous discovery of the past year?
Seeing the Melbourne Museum at night!

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