Week One of the Critical Infrastructure Summit

Critical Infrastructure: State of Play

A thought-leading Summit keynote session on the biggest issues currently facing Australia’s critical infrastructure, plus online networking opportunities 

Was held on September 2nd


Conference Program

Jessica Dickers, Editor, Infrastructure magazine and Conference MC

Welcome remarks

Romilly Madew, CEO, Infrastructure Australia

Keynote presentation

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

Resilience in an environment of increasing ambiguity, uncertainty and complexity – from the personal to the global

PANEL: The last six months in infrastructure

Kirk Coningham, CEO, Australian Logistics Council

Marie Lam - Frendo, CEO, Global Infrastructure Hub

Chris Melham, CEO, Civil Contractors Federation (National)

Meet The Speakers

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

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

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)

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

Romilly Madew AO FTSE - CEO, Infrastructure Australia

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

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.