Committee

The Bus and Coach Society of Victoria is run by a small but passionate group of volunteers who organise tours; maintain our archives and virtual museum; and assist with the production of our bi-monthly Australian Bus Panorama magazine. Both the committee and tours sub-committee meet about once every 8 weeks to discuss and plan upcoming society activities.

As can be seen below, the committee is made up of people from numerous backgrounds across a wide age group.

BCSV Committee

Michael Kane
President
Mick joined Ventura in 1979 as a bus driver, and over his time with the company was involved in most aspects of depot running & supervising. In 2013 he was transferred across to Transdev along with the orbital runs when he drives from their new Heatherton depot.

Mick has served in a variety of roles on the committee over the years, being president since 2005, providing leadership and support to the rest of the committee.

For many decades Mick has been getting a photographic record of buses, trams and trains around Australia and occasionally overseas. Mick is known for his passion to locate advertising liveries on buses and trams, along with getting cleanskin shots of new deliveries.
Email President
Craig Coop
Deputy President
Paul Kennelly
Secretary
After a brief stint of the Committee in the late 90s, Paul returned to the Committee in 2004 as our resident Archives Officer. Through this role Paul has digitalised thousands of photos that have been distributed to members via CD-ROMs that can be purchased via our online store. Over time this collection will also feature on the new BCSV Virtual Museum. This role also sees him meeting with former operators and their descendants to gain new insights and privileged access to former company files and photos.

In 2007 Paul became the society’s Secretary, acting as a liaison between the society, operators and other bodies, managing the business side of the society, providing leadership in the planning of tours and social meetings, preparing mailouts along with preparing the members’ timetable. More recently Paul has provided direction in the development of the long-awaited BCSV website.

In an acting position Paul also acts as our membership officer and treasurer, showing true dedication to keeping the society’s engine room running.

Paul has an outstanding knowledge of buses and operators throughout the baby-boomer era that allows him to provide insightful commentary on photos shared online, and with other members through meeting presentations and regular articles in Australian Bus Panorama.
Email Secretary
Craig Halsall, 30
Assistant Secretary
Craig has held a number of different roles in the transport industry over the past decade, from passenger counting and map proof-reading to website database assistant and working on tenders and schedules as a transport consultant.

As Assistant Secretary Craig takes an active role in planning itineraries for tours, management of the BCSV Facebook page and writing content for the BCSV website and Virtual Museum.

He also covers Victorian timetable news as a correspondent for both the society’s Australian Bus Panorama magazine and the Australian Timetable Association’s Table Talk journal.

In his spare time Craig can often be found getting coverage of network changes or large rail replacement shutdowns, particularly if there are older or unusual vehicles around. Craig is also know for his large collection of timetables that amount to the tens of thousands.
Email Assistant Secreatry
Michael Presta, 24
Restoration Officer
After finishing school, Michael has held a range of roles in the industry, beginning as an apprentice mechanic at Cardinia Transit before working for Eastcoast ordering spare parts. He later became one of the youngest drivers at Ventura.

Michael proudly owns both a Volvo B10M and Scania L113CRB, preserving buses he rode to school and around the south-eastern suburbs as a teenager. The buses allow him to put the skills learnt during his apprenticeship to good use. In his spare time Michael has completed the Safety Management Course for Bus Operators.

Other than his BCSV role, Michael is also a keen volunteer at his local CFA fire station, often on call ready to serve his local community.
Email Restoration Officer
Jason Blackman, 24
Safety Officer
Jason started his career in bus industry at 16 at Melbourne Bus Link working as a casual in administration. Since then he has gone on to work for a number of large and small Victorian bus operators in both administration and operation roles.

Jason has a keen interest in rostering and operations as well as accreditation and safety. He has just completed the Safety Management Course for Bus Operators through Monash University, being awarded the Overall Best Performance in the Safety Management Course for Bus Operators 2015/2016, the youngest person ever to get this award.

Having an eye for safety, Jason’s current role on committee is safety officer, considering OH&S issues for meetings, tours and other events. He also provides valuable support to the tours subcommittee in helping with organising various tours.

Growing up in the inner western suburbs, Jason has a particular interest in former Government bus operations in Melbourne, especially M.A.N. SL200s.
Email Safety Officer
Ben Knight, 23
Ben has had a colourful career in the industry so far, beginning at Driver in an operations role, soon moving to CDC and later Ventura, before coming full circle with a return to Driver in 2016 where he now works as a charter and school bus driver.

With a keen interest in seeing different operators and fleets, Ben joined the committee in 2015 where he has taken leadership with the society's tour calendar, playing a key role in the recently formed tours sub-committee. Ben is also a regular driver of our tour vehicles.

Outside of the hobby Ben is a qualified sound technician and still works on events from time to time.
Email Ben
Caleb Ellis, 18
Caleb resides in Bendigo in Central Victoria. He joined the committee in 2015 in a general position. Despite his young age, he has already helped co-plan two highly successful bus tours in Bendigo.

Caleb is currently undertaking his year 12 studies whilst working casually for the growing Whitmore Group.

His passion and drive to improve the public transport industry has been lifelong - at age 12 he successfully encouraged the state government to install plaques on V/Line's Bombardier Vlocity trains, recognisng their local construction and contribution to the Victorian economy.

This enthusiasm later saw him becoming an active member on the the City of Greater Bendigo’s Integrated Transport and Land Use Strategy (ITLUS) Reference group and the Government’s Bendigo Metro Rail Taskforce group.

His ultimate goal is to oversee the establishment of a public bus museum in Victoria.
Email Caleb

 

BCSV Tours Sub-Committee

Jason Blackman, 24
Email Jason
Caleb Ellis, 18
Email Caleb
Craig Halsall, 30
Email Craig
Michael Kane
Email Mick
Ben Knight, 23
Email Ben
Michael Presta, 24
Email Michael
Matthew Ellen

Other Key Roles

Matt Fleay-Daly, 18
BCSV Webmaster
Our talented webmaster Matt took the initiative to approach the BCSV to offer his services to design and manage our website, using skills learnt in his VCE multimedia studies.

He has led all stages of the development including picking out a suitable hosting service; the WordPress installation; sourcing plug-ins; layout; and coding to customise features to our requirements. Matt also set-up a webmail client with dedicated accounts for committee members.

Matt takes a keen interest in customer & operational issues across the public transport network, fostered by growing up in Area 1, the original TeleBus zone in Chirnside Park. This enthusiasm has since seen him gain regular customer service roles during rail shutdowns and major events.

Other than web design, Matt enjoys photography, often out and about Melbourne capturing enthusiast tours or network maintenance works.

Matt’s hidden talent is that not only does he bake sponge cakes, but that he has won multiple blue ribbons at the Royal Melbourne Show using the secret Fleay family recipe.
TwitterFacebookWebsite
Geoff Foster, 60
Australian Bus Panorama Editor
Geoff has been a member of the society since 1972-3 joining at age 16. Out of the last 40 something years since he was on the committee for over 30 years with the odd year or two off here and there. He has served in most of the committee positions including a long stretch as President during the 1980s.

Following a few years co-ordinating Victorian content for Fleet Line he became editor of the society’s own magazine, Australian Bus Panorama a role he has maintained now for 32 years.

In the late 1980s Geoff purchased and restored an ex U.S. Buslines Shark Front Comair Bedford SB3 which he drove to Sydney in 1988, in company with five other Victorian buses, for the opening of the Tempe Bus Museum. Geoff’s main interests are in vehicle records, photography and company histories plus collecting models, timetables etc.

Having retired for the Department of Education a couple of years ago, Geoff is now enjoys regular trips across the world with his wife.
Hayden Ramsdale
Australian Bus Panorama Proof-reader
Hayden’s interest in buses commenced at a very early age, living in Beaumaris (not far from our ABP Editor!) served by Sandringham - Mentone B.L. He later moved to Cheltenham where Blue & Silver Bus Lines and Ventura's Mordialloc - Box Hill run (later to become the 700) both ran close by.

As a teenager he’d ride his bike to watch Ventura buses (and lots of tip trucks) at the Warrigal Rd corner near their South Oakleigh Depot; marvel at the Freighter Lawton Monobuses at the Murrumbeena Motor Omnibus Service in Moorabbin or even head out to Dandenong to check out the Grenda's Depot. The building of Southland was a boon with many buses now appearing close to home.

Hayden discovered the BCSV in 1986 after commencing a driving career at Blue & Silver Bus Lines, which was acquired by Ray Allnuit's Sandringham Bus Company.

After a couple of years he moved onto Ventura, then Melbright Coaches before spending 6 years at Murrays. After a year as a Transport Supervisor in the Trucking sector he spent 18 years behind the wheel at Nuline Charter/Bayside Coaches with highlights including the Sydney Olympics, Melbourne's Commonwealth Games and a couple of Sydney – Cairns tours with American students.

In early 2016 Hayden purchased a house down on the Bass Coast and is now semi-retired driving a local school run.

Having formed friendships with quite a few BCSV members Hayden started collecting “the Gen” and helps out by checking the information in ABP against online lists and forum reports before the mag goes to print.
Andrew Fairhall, 34
ATDB Admin Team
Andrew is an Operations & Charter Supervisor at Ventura Bus Lines. Through this position Andrew liaisons regularly with senior management regarding vehicles for our tours and the use of the Ventura/Grenda Heritage Fleet for historic displays.

Andrew moderates posts on the Australian Transport Discussion Board forum on the Bus Australia website, as well as providing frequent updates to the online Ventura Fleet List regarding new deliveries and movements between depots.

His career started in the Customer Service department back in 2003. Since then he has enjoyed numerous roles from Assistant Fleet Manager to being an On-Road Supervisor to Chief Desto Programmer. Each December Andrew decorates and drives one of Ventura’s famous Christmas Buses over numerous routes around much of Melbourne.

Prior to the Grenda purchase, Andrew worked across all National Bus (North Fitzroy & Doncaster) and Ventura (Knoxfield, Oakleigh & Croydon) depots. Today he oversees operations across the Dandenong Ranges, based in the hills at the former U.S. Bus Lines depot near the township of Monbulk.

Known for his love of Mercedes Benz buses, in 2012 Andrew purchased a PMC bodied O405 that had operated with both Quinces and Ventura. He also owns two former State Transit NSW PMC bodied O305G bendy buses, acquired in 2012 & 2014. All three are in various stages of restoration and repair to bring them back to their former glory, which Andrew hopes to complete in the next few years.
Tour Drivers
Although many people are keen to provide get behind the wheel on our tours, the below names stand out as notable people who have provided driven numerous tours for the society over the last 5 years – we thank each and every one of them for getting us to our destination safely, giving up their days off for another day of driving.

Craig Coop
Brad Creek
Daryl Driver
Gary Driver
Andrew Fairhall
Michael Fedor
Jason Holmes
Michael Kane
Ben Knight
Michael Lancaster
Jason Lipszyc
Michael Presta
David Rae
Hayden Ramsdale
Jason Taylor
Andrew Woods
Poon Yu Sang
BBQ Chefs
Thanks also to our regular BBQ chefs on each tour, who without hesitation volunteer to cook the snags to perfection for an ever-growing number of people attending our tours.

Craig Coop
Brad Creek
Jenette Dawson
John Hall
Paul Kennelly
Michael Lancaster
Basil Reading