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Meet The Speakers

Richard Wankmuller - CEO, Inland Rail

Richard Wankmuller was appointed to the role of Inland Rail’s CEO in April 2018 and oversees the delivery of both the development and construction elements of Inland Rail.

Richard has more than 35 years’ senior management experience in both the private and public sectors, including significant time in CEO and Managing Director roles, and has held both executive and non-executive Director positions with some of the world’s largest global engineering and construction companies, including Cardno, GHD and Parsons.

Although having lived in Australia for some years, Richard’s time in the USA and Europe has added a global perspective to his approach to the planning, financing, design and delivery of large infrastructure projects and programs. He has helped clients develop and deliver more than $35 billion worth of infrastructure programs across a wide variety of stakeholder interests, in many parts of the world.

Richard understands the vital nature that rail plays in Australia’s national supply chain. As the leader of this once-in-a-generation and Australia’s largest rail freight infrastructure project he recognises the key role that communities, ARTC’s customers, and a wide range of stakeholders play in shaping the success of Inland Rail.


Jonathan Cartledge - Director, Policy & Research Infrastructure Australia

In his role at Infrastructure Australia, Jonathan helps deliver a reform agenda to enhance quality of life and productivity through better infrastructure with a strategic focus on industry productivity, market capacity, place, sustainability and resilience.

He brings 20 years of experience in executive management, government relations, strategy and project management roles in the public and not-for-profit sectors in Australia and the UK including senior roles with the Green Building Council of Australia and Consult Australia, and as Chair of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council Cities Task Group.

Jonathan has a Master of International Studies with Honours from the University of Sydney, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


James Goodwin - CEO, Australian Airports Association

James was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Airports Association in June 2020. Prior to this, he was the Chief Executive of Australia’s leading vehicle safety advocate, the

Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) since 2015.

Before joining ANCAP, he held the position of Director – Government Relations & Communications at the Australian Automobile Association and also held a high-profile senior community and corporate affairs position at AirServices Australia.

A former journalist and news presenter, James worked for major network news outlets in Sydney and Canberra including several years in the Parliamentary Press Gallery.


Jon Davies - CEO, Australian Constructors Association

Jon was appointed as the first Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Constructors Association in July 2020, after leading the Queensland Major Contractors Association for two years. He has over 30 years of construction industry experience supporting the successful commercial delivery of projects in Australia, the Middle East, UK and Asia.

Jon is a passionate advocate for change. He is driven by a desire to ensure that every level of the industry is sustainable, resilient to boom and bust cycles and able to deliver the infrastructure society needs in a collaborative and efficient manner.


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