Key People in our Organisation

Michael Baulch | Director

Michael is a fourth generation member of a public transportation family.

Since 1981, Michael has filled senior management positions with the Warrnambool Bus and Motor Company managing over 400 buses in school, route, intercity and industrial contracts. He was the General Manager of Portland Buslines, Latrobe Valley Buslines and Buslink Queensland’s operations.

In 2004, Michael established Australia Transit Group Pty Ltd (ATG) in WA and consolidated the company as a major operator, operating 200 vehicles from six depots. 2007, saw the establishment of Transport Systems Australia Pty Ltd and Michael is currently the Managing Director.

Michael was formally the Chairman of the Bus and Coach Association of WA, Board Member of Transport Forum WA (School Bus Division), Chairman of the WA Bus Industry Conference and Councillor of the Shire of Kojonup.

He presently represents the bus industry as a Board Member of BusWA, Councillor of the Bus Industry Confederation and Board Member of the Australian Public Transport Industry Association.

Michael holds a private pilot’s license and is a keen sports person, having represented WA, Tasmania and Australia in Aussie Rules Football.

Shane Jakobi | Group General Manager

Shane has had an extensive career in the passenger transport industry demonstrating strong leadership, technical expertise, quality control and outstanding performance in both contract and people management. Comprehensive experience within the commercial, industrial, education, government construction and transport industries, demonstrating quantifiable achievements and expertise encompassing all facets of contract and operations management.

Prior to joining Emerald Coaches, Shane has previously held management positions with Bus Queensland, Stonestreets and Macaffertys.

Shane is committed to quality results with a zero harm Workplace Health & Safety record and a passion for leadership. Skilled in developing stakeholder relationships to build profitable partnerships and create a culture of repeat business and customer referral.

Sharon Harris | Emerald Operations Manager

A member of the Emerald Coaches team for 17 years, Sharon is both an experienced coach driver and administrator.

She oversees the organisational day to day running of the depot, including scheduling, driver inductions and training, maintenance planning and charter booking and quoting.

Sharon’s friendly approach to clients and staff, coupled with her intimate knowledge of the business and excellent problem solving skills has provided the company with stability and leadership over the last decade.

Johan Smit | Emerald Workshop Manager

Johan has been a member of the Emerald Coaches team for 13 years, and is a highly qualified and professional technician.

Johan is a specialised coach and bus expert and is capable in all aspects of repairs, maintenance and administration.

His focus on bus safety is second to none, and his commitment to the depot is invaluable.

Monique Bock | Group Internal Accountant

With over 30 Years experience Monique is an NIA Qualified Accountant who has worked in small, medium and large corporations. Monique is BAS registered and a member of the Australian Accounting Technicians and registered with the Tax Practitioners Board and is a Certified Xero Adviser.

Monique is responsible for accounts receivable and accounts payable, monthly BAS and financial reporting, weekly payroll and purchasing.

Brett Wilkins | Mackay Workshop Manager

Brett has spent the majority of his working life around Passenger Transport and Fleet Maintenance fields.

Prior to joining Emerald Coaches Brett filled Maintenance and Management roles with Buslink Queensland, Gold Bus, Sunbury Bus and Dean’s. Brett’s expansive knowledge across Financial, Operational, Customer Service,

Workshop, Fleet Procurement, HR, WHS and Contract Compliance is vital in our growing Mackay Depot.