Natasha Santha is a Partner in L.E.K. Consulting’s Melbourne office and is a member of the firm’s New Mobility, Transport and Infrastructure practices. Natasha has significant experience in transport and infrastructure segments, with particular expertise in public transport operations, heavy asset procurement, major project investment evaluation, bid support and airport ground access. She regularly advises governments and infrastructure owners on the impacts of new and emerging technologies and services relating to their organizations. Natasha also works extensively across the energy value chain and brings a deep understanding of the implications of transport fleet decarbonization. She regularly manages time-critical, high-stakes projects that often involve complex strategic issues and multidisciplinary stakeholder environments. Natasha has led the development of several long-term corporate strategies (often in the context of service/technology-driven disruption), managed multidivision project teams to execute organizational change and advised on M&A transactions.
Natasha is a frequent speaker and has written many articles about new mobility. Her expert commentary has appeared in The Economist, the Financial Times and a variety of other news publications. In July 2021, Natasha was appointed to the Victorian Government’s advisory panel to deliver a zero emissions vehicle future. She is also on the Australian Government’s National Emerging Aviation Technologies consultative panel.
Prior to joining L.E.K., Natasha worked in the energy industry at AGL Energy. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree (Electrical and Computer Systems), a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Accounting and Finance) and an MBA from Melbourne Business School.
Undergraduate: Bachelor of Engineering, Electrical and Computer Systems; Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting and Finance, Melbourne Business School
Graduate: MBA, Melbourne Business School
Simon Barrett is a Senior Partner based in Sydney that works across several closely related sectors: transport and travel, new mobility, infrastructure and major capital projects. He has more than 30 years of experience in strategy consulting across Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe.
Simon regularly advises major corporations on strategy, organisation and performance, M&A and major capital projects. His clients include major operators and investors in road, rail (both passenger and freight), light rail, buses, ports, shipping, aviation, airports and tourism.
Simon also works extensively in the public sector on long-term policy and strategy, organisational design and major capital projects. In this capacity, Simon has been deeply involved in many of the major transport reforms and innovations in Australia and New Zealand over the last two decades.
Simon is an Advisory Board Member of the Transport and Tourism Forum (TTF) and Chair of the TTF’s Passenger Transport Panel. He is also a Director of the Pathways Foundation and a Fellow of the AICD.
Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science, University of Melbourne
Graduate: Doctorate of Philosophy, University of Cambridge