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Romilly Madew - AO FTSE, CEO, Infrastructure Australia

Speaker at Week 1: State Of Play 2020

Romilly was appointed Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure Australia, in early 2019 and is responsible for overseeing Infrastructure Australia’s critical role in helping governments prioritise projects and reforms that best serve our communities. 

Before joining Infrastructure Australia, Ms Madew was CEO of Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) for 13 years. In acknowledgment of her contribution to Australia’s sustainable building movement, Ms Madew was awarded an Order of Australia in 2019.

She is currently a Commissioner for the Northern Territory Economic Reconstruction Commission, Member of Placemaking NSW Advisory Committee and Independent Chair of the Currawong State Park Advisory Board (NSW). Romilly was recently on the Expert Advisory Panel for the CSIRO Report on Climate and Disaster Resilience and held Board positions with the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) and Sydney Olympic Park Authority. She has sat on numerous Federal Government panels including the Cities Reference Group, National Sustainability Council, Climate Futures Independent Expert Group and the National Urban Policy Forum.

Romilly is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and Technology, Honorary Fellow, Planning Institute of Australia and Life Fellow GBCA.

Mark Crosweller - AFSM Head of the National Resilience Taskforce, Australian Strategic Policy Institute

Speaker at Week 1: State Of Play 2020

Mark Crosweller has been recently appointed as the Head of the National Resilience Taskforce and was formerly Director General of the Emergency Management Australia Division of the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs.

He is now responsible for leading on national resilience policy advice and was formerly responsible for the coordination of Australia’s response to crises, including natural disasters, and to terrorist or security-related incidents both domestically and internationally.

Mark has 34 years of operational experience including as a fire-fighter, as well as 20 years in senior executive leadership and strategic management. During this period he has led major strategic reform at the national, state, territory and local government levels in governance, strategy, policy, operations and capability. As Director General he was responsible for briefing the Prime Minister and Cabinet in all aspects of disaster management.

Mark is currently researching the ethical premise of leading people through the adversity and loss of disasters for his PhD. Mark was awarded the Commissioner's Commendation for Service in May 1999, the National medal for distinguished service in June 2000 and the Australian Fire Service medal in June 2003.

Kirk Coningham OAM, CEO, Australian Logistics Council (ALC)

Speaker at Week 1: State Of Play 2020

Kirk has been the CEO of the Australian Logistics Council since January 2019. Prior to this, Kirk was the National Executive Director of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (until December 2018), and headed the Master Builders Association of the ACT as Chief Executive.

Kirk has also occupied senior positions with Leighton Holdings, the Australian Medical Association and the Murray Darling Basin Commission; served as a diplomat; been a Captain in the Australian Army; held senior media roles within government and worked as a journalist. Kirk received his Medal of the Order of Australia for his work with the crisis taskforce following the bombings which occurred in Bali on 12 October 2002.

Marie Lam - Frendo - CEO, Global Infrastructure Hub

Speaker at Week 1: State Of Play 2020

Marie was appointed
Global Infrastructure Hub CEO in January 2019. Prior to joining the GI Hub, she was the Head of Asia-Pacific for Acuity, the advisory services business of the SNCL group, helping clients in regard to infrastructure project strategy and finance. From 2011 to 2014, Marie headed the Infrastructure Initiatives department of the World Economic Forum, where she led their thought leadership activities, publishing thought leadership reports on best practices in the infrastructure sector. She led the dissemination effort of these best practices to governments and advocated to coalitions such as the B20 and the G20. 

Before that, Marie worked for European utilities Essent then RWE where she drove their business development activities in the Africa and Central Asia region for various commodities, including their equity investment in LNG and hydro power plants. She started her career in 2001, and worked for various engineering consulting firms holding several technical and commercial positions for energy and transport projects in Africa, Middle East and Europe.

Chris Melham - CEO, Civil Contractors Federation (National)

Speaker at Week 1: State Of Play 2020

Chris has accumulated over 30 years experience as an industry advocate within the not-for- profit industry association sector. He has represented a number of industries at state, federal and international levels and currently represents Australia's civil construction industry as Chief Executive Officer of Civil Contractors Federation National (CCF).

In his capacity the CCF National CEO, Chris also sits on a number of high level Federal Government Advisory Committees representing the interests of CCF including:

  • Australian Government Security of Payments Working Group
  • Australian Taxation Office Fuel Schemes Advisory Group
  • National Heavy Vehicle Regulator Industry Reference Forum
  • Standards Australia Council
  • Australian Construction Industry Redundancy Trust Fund

Priscilla Radice - CEO of the Infrastructure Association of Queensland (IAQ) and Director of Contribute Consulting.

Speaker at Week 2: Construct 2020 

Priscilla is a dynamic senior leader with a proven track record in designing, implementing and leading transformational change. This has been demonstrated across the breadth of Priscilla’s corporate history in consulting and government, where she has led significant transformational programmes and shaped successful new operating models.

Priscilla is a trusted business advisor on change management and leadership and a well regarded project director in port development, transport and logistics and city strategy sectors.

As a sociologist, Priscilla always places people at the centre of her thinking and is passionate about infrastructure’s role to support thriving connected communities and sustainable economies.

Paul Thomas - Deputy Director of Tunnels and Stations, Rail Projects Victoria

Speaker at Week 2: Construct 2020  

Paul leads the design development of the Metro Tunnel Project and has been involved in the project from the very early planning and design phase along with procurement and delivery.

Paul is originally from South Wales in the United Kingdom. Following the completion of his Civil Engineering studies and engineer training he left the UK in 1993 and has lived in Melbourne since 2005.

Paul has 30 years’ experience in the Civil Engineering industry with 25 years spent in tunnelling and underground construction, mostly in the design and construction of mass transit, hydro-power and deep sewer projects. Mass Transit projects include international locations such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Riyadh and New Delhi, as well as hydro power and deep tunnel sewer projects in Melbourne and Victoria.

Paul has extensive experience with Tunnel Boring Machines, tunnels and drill blast tunnels, as well as mined caverns and underground station structures.

Tom McCormack - Chief Information Officer at Western Sydney Airport

Speaker at Week 2: Construct 2020

Tom McCormack is the Chief Information Officer at Western Sydney Airport. In this role, Tom is responsible for the design and implementation of all technology and cyber security aspects of Australia’s first smart airport, which is due to open in 2026.

Over his career, Tom has been involved in the creation, implementation and operations of complex technology systems across a range of sectors, including financial services, transportation, public sector, and media amongst othersWith a great deal of experience across both the FMCG and aviation industries, Tom has held a number of transformational technology leadership roles within a range of global brands.  He is widely regarded for providing thought leadership in technology outsourcing.

Peter Engelen - General Manager Planning and Infrastructure, NSW Ports

Speaker at Week 2: Construct 2020

Peter Engelen oversees the strategic and statutory land use planning, as well as the development and maintenance of the port and intermodal infrastructure in line with NSW Ports’ strategic asset management plan. 

Peter has 20 years experience in the planning, design and delivery of port development projects. From 2007, he was involved with the expansion of Port Botany and its container terminals. He transferred from Sydney Ports Corporation to NSW Ports at its inception in 2013. 

Prior to coming to Australia in 2006, Peter held a senior position at Royal Haskoning, where he managed international port planning and development projects. He holds a Masters of Science in Civil Engineering and is board member at PIANC Australia, the Bayside Business Enterprise Centre, and the Illawarra Regional Advisory Council.

Hon Michael McCormack MP - Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development

Michael McCormack has lived and worked in the Riverina region all of his life. He was elected as The Nationals’ Member for Riverina 2010 and has held the roles of Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance, Assistant Minister to Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss, Assistant Minister for Defence, Minister for Small Business, Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Defence Personnel. In February 2018, Michael was elected the 14th Leader of The Nationals and was sworn in as Australia's 18th Deputy Prime Minister as well as the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development. 

Prior to entering Parliament, Michael began professional life with a journalism cadetship with The Daily Advertiser newspaper in Wagga Wagga in 1981. He became editor at the age of 27, making him the youngest person appointed to edit a daily newspaper in Australia at the time. Michael later co-founded a media and publishing small business in Wagga Wagga, which he owned and operated in partnership until he was elected to Parliament.

Bruce Thompson -Executive Director Spatial Services, NSW Department of Customer Service

Speaker at Week 3: Asset Management in Critical Infrastructure

Bruce Thompson is Executive Director Spatial Services, in the government of NSW. Bruce is responsible for the State of New South Wales’ geodetic and positioning infrastructure and for its spatial and mapping functions. Bruce has over 25 years’ experience in the spatial sector, primarily in the Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales governments. He is the Chair of the Australia New Zealand Land Information Council (ANZLIC).r

Matt Henson - Asset Management Systems Manager at Jemena

Speaker at Week 3: Asset Management in Critical Infrastructure

With a career exclusively utilities-based (water and energy in Australia and the UK), Matt has progressed through various engineering, project management, operational and business planning roles to now lead the Asset Management System for Jemena amongst other responsibilities.  

Mindful of the nexus between people, process and systems, Matt enthuses the benefits of solutions that can be readily adopted and therefore more likely to influence the culture necessary to realise the desired change.  

As a well-respected member of the asset management community, Matt is involved with a number of industry bodies and represents APGA on the TC251 (MB-019) Australian Committee for the international suite of asset management standards (ISO550XX).  

Matt holds an honours degree in Environmental Engineering, GradCert for Public Sector Management, CPPM and CAMA.

Nicola Belcher - Director of Rail Assets, Projects and Compliance, Victorian Department of Transport  

Speaker at Week 3: Asset Management in Critical Infrastructure

Nicola has been working as an Engineering Manager for the past twenty-five years in a diverse range of roles in local, state and federal Government in Australia. She began her career as a Marine Engineer in the Royal Australian Navy, working as the Deputy Engineer on two different Australian frigates. 

She has spent the last ten years working in infrastructure engineering, mainly in transport, water, traffic engineering and road safety roles. These roles have involved engaging with the community, designing innovative solutions, delivering projects, managing assets, and managing traffic and transport operations. 

Nicola’s role at the Department of Transport in Victoria requires her to work closely with the contract management teams, public transport operators, big build infrastructure authorities, and other Government agencies to ensure the state has sufficient information to understand the extent and state of the public transport assets and to oversee the management of the assets throughout their life.

Russell Riding - Automation Team Leader at Melbourne Water Corporation

Speaker at Week 3: Asset Management in Critical Infrastructure

Russell Riding has been working in the water industry for almost 30 Years in the Mechanical and Electrical Asset arena – covering installation, maintenance, capital delivery and asset management. He joined Melbourne Water in 2007 as an Asset Manager in the Water Asset Management Team.

Prior to this, Russell spent 13 years in the private sector – delivering capital projects and maintenance solutions for various water utilities across Victoria.

Russell’s current role is accountable for the delivery of solutions to increase Melbourne Water’s level of automation across its sewerage, water and drainage systems. This includes projects that realise benefits using various technologies including IoT and artificial intelligence.

Russell’s team objectives include increasing energy and chemical efficiency across operations and improved process performance.

Bradley Hocking - Asset Management Systems Lead, Shoal Group

Speaker at Week 3: Asset Management in Critical Infrastructure

Brad provides expertise and leadership in transport and infrastructure projects from a variety of skill sets including asset management, systems engineering, reliability engineering and risk management. He has led Shoal’s Asset Management Systems program and Shoal’s Training Program. Brad was named one of Engineers Australia’s most innovative engineers for 2020 for his work on an Asset Management System Framework.

Peter Seltsikas - Senior Manager Asset Management, SA Water 

Peter leads the management of SA Water’s 14 billion asset base, which delivers water and wastewater services to more than 1.7 million customers in South Australia.

 He is an infrastructure management professional with 25 years’ experience across the oil, gas and water sectors at a state and national level. Throughout his career, Peter has been responsible for all aspects of infrastructure management including operations and maintenance, engineering, capital project delivery and strategic asset management.  

 Most recently, Peter has driven SA Water’s organisational shift in asset management maturity through enabling global best practice approaches, and is overseeing the adoption of smart technology and data analytics to transform asset decision-making.

 As SA Water continues adapting and working through its strategic response to COVID-19, Peter has also been tasked with leading the business and its people through recovery and reform.

Tony Histon - Managing Director – Transmission & Distribution, AAPAC 

Speaker at Week 4: Disaster Management

Tony leads Accenture’s Transmission and Distribution Practice in Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. Over the last 20 years, he has helped utility businesses across Asia Pacific deliver resilient energy infrastructure and systems. Tony develops Accenture’s capability, research and offerings to digitally enable network operations, field work and asset investments. Tony holds an Executive MBA from the AGSM, a Masters in Engineering Science, a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering with Honours and electrical trade certifications.

John Kilgour - CEO, Civil Contractors Federation - Victoria

Speaker at Week 4: Disaster Management

John Kilgour is the Chief Executive Officer for the Civil Contractors Federation Victoria. Known for his strong advocacy work and networks at local and state government levels, John joined CCF in February 2016 from the Committee for Ballarat where he was CEO. Prior to joining the Committee for Ballarat, John has a long and distinguished career in the downstream oil industry with BP. During his 34 years with the BP Group of companies, John delivered major investment projects in the oil and gas, retail, petrol and convenience sectors throughout Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia. In February 2017, John was appointed President of the Victorian Civil Construction Industry Alliance, which CCF is a member.

Victoria Chantra - Associate Director - Environment, AECOM

Speaker at Week 4: Disaster Management

Victoria is an Associate Director in AECOM’s Sustainability and Resilience Practice. Victoria has worked across the Asia-Pacific Region on city resilience, disaster risk reduction, climate risk and adaptation. As a social and environmental scientist, she is acutely interested in the interactions between people and nature and the many challenges this presents for cities in the 21st Century. Most recently, Victoria led the technical development of New Zealand’s first National Climate Change Risk Assessment. Previously she was a Strategy Partner for 100 Resilient Cities for five years, working with cities to deliver City Resilience Strategies in Melbourne, Christchurch. Bangkok, Singapore and Jakarta and advising other cities including Sydney and Vancouver. She has worked with a diverse range of communities, private and public sector organisations to understand and respond to climate change and other resilience challenges. This includes working with Emergency Management Victoria to develop the first Community Resilience Framework for emergency management in Victoria and with Local Government Victoria to support local governments to assess their emergency management capability and capacity. Prior to joining AECOM, Victoria worked for the Natural Disaster Assistance Unit at the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Mark Cannadine - Manager Business Resilience, ElectraNet

Mark has over 20 years’ experience in crisis management and business resilience across the policing, health and energy sectors, in the UK, Asia, Australia and the Pacific.  Mark’s operational experience includes disaster victim identification operations in Phuket Thailand following the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami and humanitarian assistance coordination in Fiji following cyclone Winston in 2016. Mark has been a guest lecturer at the WHO Mass Gathering Training Program for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 2017 Hajj organising committee, a presenter on Risk and Crisis Communications for the 2018 Asian Games Planning Committee and is co-author of “Disaster Health management – A primer for students and practitioners.

Adrian Hart - Associate Director, BIS Oxford Economics

Speaker at Week 5: The Future Of Infrastructure

Adrian has over 20 years of economic analysis and consulting experience with BIS Oxford Economics, focusing on the infrastructure, building, maintenance and mining industries.

Adrian has undertaken a wide range of consultancy projects for the public and private sector based on his detailed understanding of construction, mining and maintenance markets, their drivers and outlooks, the range of organisations operating in this space and the issues they face. This work includes deeper industry liaison, contractor and competitive analysis, pipeline analysis, demand and cost escalation forecasting, and capacity and capability projects for the public and private sector.

He also undertakes briefings and workshops for senior management, board members and industry associations, and facilitates and chairs roundtables between government and industry. Adrian holds a first class Honours degree in Economics from the University of Sydney.

Claire Parry - Managing Director, Infrastructure Skills Advisory

Speaker at Week 5: The Future Of Infrastructure

With over 20 years’ experience in education, major projects and the private sector, Claire Parry is an internationally recognised expert in social procurement, workforce development and industry participation. Claire is Managing Director of Infrastructure Skills Advisory, a specialist consultancy that enables government, industry and businesses to deliver socio-economic outcomes through major infrastructure projects. She advises organisations that commission, procure or deliver jobs, skills development, diversity and inclusion and industry outcomes.

Claire works with education and industry to develop and deliver new competency frameworks, qualifications and training programs, and industry training facilities for infrastructure, construction, engineering and rail.

Claire’s experience spans major infrastructure projects in Australia and internationally, including Sydney Metro, Regional Rail, Inland Rail, WestConnex, Sydney and Canberra Light Rails and Crossrail, UK.

Yale Wong - ANZ Market Lead (Public Transport), Cities Forum

Speaker at Week 5: The Future Of Infrastructure

Yale Z Wong, PhD, is an international advisor in the public transport and intelligent transport systems (ITS) sectors; ANZ Market Lead at the Cities Forum and Honorary Associate at the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS).

With deep technical expertise and a global outlook on future mobility (including mobility as a service), business transformation, operational management, market entry, institutional reform, research and policy development, Yale’s extensive experience cuts across government, bus/coach operators, industry associations and vehicle manufacturers/suppliers. 

Yale is a frequent keynote speaker, media commentator and powerful industry advocate, having won the David Willis Prize (2018), ITLS Research Prize (2018), and selected by ITS Australia as Youth Ambassador to the World Congress (2019), and as recipient of the Young Professional Award (2019).

Radmila Desic - Queensland Women on Tools Committee Member and Lifetime Member, National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC)

Speaker at Week 5: The Future Of Infrastructure

Radmila began her career in the industry as an apprentice Carpenter Joiner in 1992. Throughout her career on the tools Radmila actively participated in programs such as Trades Women on the Move and Wider Opportunities for Women which are programs that actively promote non-traditional careers to women. She also evolved her construction career to include a broad range of knowledge regarding the training system, apprenticeship and traineeship models and guidelines. She now uses this knowledge to further develop strategies for better engagement and retention of women in construction.

In 2010 Radmila received the 1st Place Gold Winner of the inaugural 2010 CLW’s National Advancement of Women in the Workplace Award (AWWA) for developing and implementing a state-wide strategy for Women in Construction, and in 2013 Radmila was a Finalist in the BMAG Brisbane Person of the Year. In 2019, Radmila received NAWIC Life membership and is now the NAWIC representative on the Housing and Public Works Exemplar Building Project aiming to have 30 per cent female representation.

Caroline Wilkie - CEO, Australasian Railway Association (ARA)

Speaker at Week 5: The Future Of Infrastructure

Caroline commenced as the Chief Executive Officer of the ARA in February 2020. Caroline served as the CEO of the Australian Airports Association (AAA) for over nine years. She brings extensive policy experience to the role at the ARA, with a strong understanding of the nation-building impact of infrastructure investment and how critical transport networks are to connecting urban and regional communities.

With a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Sydney and a background in Communications and Public Relations, Caroline was appointed National Manager of the Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF) in 2003. This, coupled with her role at the AAA, gives her a unique insight into the rail industry.

She believes the rail industry touches the lives of so many people in both Australia and New Zealand, whether they are catching passenger trains, trams or light rail in our cities for work or are a business that relies upon the rail freight network. Rail is essential to drive economies, increase productivity and shape the development of industries across both Australia and New Zealand.

Caroline will continue to develop the ARA’s strong focus on safety, regulation, skills development and the implementation of new technologies within the rail industry as well as defining a new future agenda on behalf of our members and the rail industry.

If you’re working in or with Australia’s infrastructure industry, this is a not-to-be-missed event.

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