Conference Program

2:00pm: Jessica Dickers, Editor, Infrastructure magazine and MC

Welcome Remarks

2:10pm: Richard Wankmuller, CEO, Inland rail

The Inland Rail Program is the largest freight rail infrastructure project in Australia and one of the most significant infrastructure projects in the world. It will enhance supply chains and complete the backbone of the national freight network by providing a transit time of less than 24 hours for freight trains between Melbourne and Brisbane via regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. Spanning more than 1,700km across 36 local government areas, Inland Rail is transforming how goods are moved around our country, connecting regional Australia to markets more efficiently, driving substantial cost savings for producers and consumers, and already delivering significant economic benefits. Richard oversees the delivery of the development and construction elements of Inland Rail and his keynote presentation will give delegates a closer look into this major project, including current and future works, challenges and upcoming opportunities for the industry.

2:45pm: Jonathan Cartledge, Director of Policy and Research, Infrastructure Australia

This presentation will explore opportunities for resilience in a year of uncertainty – looking at Infrastructure Australia's recent work around resilience planning and responding to the challenges and impacts of COVID. Infrastructure Australia also recently released it’s 2021 Infrastructure Priority List outlining the nationally significant investments for consideration by Australia's governments.

3:20pm: Lisa McLean, CEO, NSW Circular

The circular economy is here, and the infrastructure industry needs to get ready. Next-generation infrastructure and services are allowing people to generate energy and water locally, reducing costs and creating an abundance of sustainable resources that can be shared. In her presentation, Lisa will explore the state of the circular economy in infrastructure – what we’re doing well, what could be improved, and where are the opportunities for professionals and companies in next-generation circular infrastructure.

3:50pm: Panel - The last six months in the infrastructure industry

With the industry dealing with the continuing COVID crisis and other disaster events, acceleration of digital transformation, and a massive amount of new projects funded, greenlit and starting construction, the last few months have been exciting and challenging for Australian infrastructure. This panel will see leaders from different sectors take a deep dive into the most pressing issues for infrastructure over the last six months.


James Goodwin, CEO, Australian Airports Association
Jon Davies, CEO, Australian Constructors Association
Michel Masson, CEO, Infrastructure Victoria
Marty Rickard, Senior Customer Success Advisor, Nozomi Networks

4:40pm: Closing remarks


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.

Lisa Mclean - CEO

Lisa is a circular economy and zero-carbon business transformation leader. She has been successfully advising industry and governments in developing new policy frameworks and regulations that bring about market change to enable the circular zero-carbon economy over the past 14 years. This work has covered the energy, water, waste and mobility sectors in the UK and Australia.

Lisa established and led the Open Cities Alliance, a peak industry association with unique membership from government to private sector and research organisations. In Australia, Lisa initiated and established the Australian Solar Thermal Association (AUSTELA), advised electric mobility providers, and worked with Flow Systems from a start-up sustainable water utility to its major role in shaping a new sustainable water and now multi-utility market.

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.

Michel Masson - CEO, Infrastructure Victoria

Michel started his career at Deloitte before joining the Bollore Group where he held various senior finance positions in the transport and logistics division in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. 

In 2005 he joined Keolis as head of Finance and Operations for the International Division where he was responsible for leading public transport operations in seven countries and held various non-executive director positions in UK and German rail franchises.

Michel was appointed CEO of Yarra Trams in 2009 and helped lead the development of Keolis Downer throughout Australia, before joining Infrastructure Victoria early 2016 as the inaugural CEO.

Michel is a graduate from the EDHEC Business School in France, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He also completed the Advanced Management Program from the Harvard Business School.

In 2017, Michel was awarded an Honourary Doctorate in Technology from Swinburne University in recognition of his contribution to shaping infrastructure in Victoria. He became an Australian citizen in 2014.

Marty Rickard - Senior Customer Success Advisor, Nozomi Networks

Newly appointed to Nozomi Networks, Marty is responsible for managing its customer advisory board and building relationships with pre-existing and new customers. 

Marty has extensive electronics and security knowledge from his previous roles – most noticeably, Trustpower, where he was accountable for selecting and implementing their OT and security network.