He was born in Melbourne in 1966, and attended Xavier College 1977–84.
He received a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne in 1987.
After finishing university he worked as a commercial real estate agent, financial planner, client services manager and had a short stint as a milk truck driver.
Luke was elected as the State Member for Narre Warren North in November 2002.
Luke served as Parliamentary Secretary, in Treasury and Finance from 2006 – 2007 and then Parliamentary Secretary to Premier John Brumby from 2007 -2010
Whilst in opposition, Luke served as Shadow Minister for Roads, Child Safety and Sport and Recreation.
Luke Donnellan is now Minister for Roads, Road Safety and Ports in the Victorian Labor Government led by Premier Daniel Andrews.
Luke is married to Charlotte and together they have two sons. In his spare time, Luke enjoys going to the footy with his boys, running and gardening.
Jacinta is currently the Minister for Public Transport and the Minister for Major Projects in the Andrews Government. Jacinta is also the Leader of the House.
In the previous Labor Government, Jacinta held a number of Ministerial portfolios including Regional and Rural Development and Industry and Trade. She has also been the Minister for Skills and Workforce Participation, the Minister for Skills, Education Services and Employment, the Minister for Women’s Affairs, the Minister for Education Services and Minister for Employment and Youth Affairs.
Jacinta was elected as the Member for Bendigo East in September 1999 at the age of 25, making her the youngest woman to ever be elected to the Victorian Parliament.
Jacinta was born and grew up in Bendigo and studied at St Joseph’s Primary School in Quarry Hill then Catholic College Bendigo, before completing her BA (Hon) at La Trobe University in Bendigo.
Before entering Parliament, Jacinta worked in the office of Steve Gibbons MP, Federal Member for Bendigo, and for two years prior to that she worked in the office of Neil O'Keefe MP, Federal Member for Burke, and the Commonwealth Department of Industrial Relations.
Jacinta is married and has two young children.
As Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta is looking forward to delivering a number of public transport projects including the removal of 50 of Melbourne’s most dangerous level crossings, the Metro Tunnel, extending the South Morang Line to Mernda, overseeing the purchase of new rolling stock, as well as delivering a $100 million improvement to bus services.
As Minister for Major Projects, Jacinta will also oversee the Flinders Street Station redevelopment, delivery of the Ballarat West Employment Zone, the State Library of Victoria redevelopment and co-ordinating the long-term development of key precincts like Fisherman’s Bend and Arden-Macaulay.
Martine joined the Committee for Melbourne in March 2016 after serving as Chief Executive Officer of the Australia China Business Council (ACBC) where she led the development of the organisation’s national strategy.
With extensive experience in government, the non-profit and international policy sectors, Martine has high-level expertise in public policy development, formulation and promotion in Australia and internationally. She has specialised in strategic and operational planning, stakeholder management and organisational change management.
Prior to her role at the ACBC, Martine was Deputy Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy where she spearheaded the organisation’s business and organisational development. As Secretary-General of the Australian Red Cross (ARC) from 2001-2004, based at its national headquarters in Melbourne, she worked on a national transformation strategy to help the ARC improve its delivery of community and relief services across Australia and globally.
From 1983 to 2000, Martine was a senior Australian diplomat serving as Australian Ambassador to Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay; Deputy Head of Mission and Australian Deputy Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna. Martine was also an adviser to Foreign Minister Evans from 1992 to 1994.
Martine served on the Australian National University Council from 2004-2014 and is a member of the Australian Volunteers International board.
Martine holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Political Science and German) from the Australian National University. She speaks French, German and Spanish.
As Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Melbourne, Brendan brings over 35 years of corporate experience and a wealth of infrastructure expertise including former CEO of Queensland Motorways, where he oversaw the successful transition of the business from government to private ownership. Brendan was also the former Chief Operating Officer of Transurban Group, with responsibilities including serving as CEO of CityLink Melbourne for almost nine years.
Allen has over 35 years’ experience in the construction sector. Prior to joining the Level Crossing Removal Authority in July 2015, Allen worked on the Regional Rail Link project, one of Australia’s largest infrastructure projects. He joined the Regional Rail Link Authority in 2010, first as the Chief Operating Officer, and then served as Chief Executive Officer from July 2014 until the completion of the project. With his industry knowledge and private sector experience, he led the delivery of the award-winning project ahead of time and under budget.
A strong believer in the value of people, the power of collaboration and the exceptional outcomes achievable through teamwork; Allen has a pragmatic leadership approach with well-honed management skills and an underlying passion for innovation.
Allen has wide-ranging experience of Alliance Leadership Teams, Joint Ventures and major project boards. He has delivered high value complex infrastructure projects in the water sector and across the transport sector including road, rail and airport modes.
Stuart Ballingall is the Program Director - Connected & Automated Vehicles at Austroads, which is the association of Australian and New Zealand road transport authorities. Stuart also has a leading role preparing for emerging transport technologies in his role as Director - Transport Futures at VicRoads. Other roles currently held include with the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) board of directors, and the National Positioning Infrastructure Advisory Board. Stuart has significant experience leading technical programs that span across the transport, automotive, and ICT industries. Previous senior roles held by Stuart include with General Motors Holden, the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV), and VicRoads. Stuart is also an active member on numerous government and industry forums, both at the national and international level.
Shohei YOSHIDA is the representative of the Sydney office of the Central Japan Railway Company (JRC). JRC is the owner, operator and innovator of the Tokaido Shinkansen bullet train system linking Japan’s principal metropolitan areas of Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka since 1964; the world’s first bullet train. JRC is also the developer of the Super Conducting Maglev System, capable of maximum speeds of 603km/h. JRC has launched a project to develop a Tokaido Shinkansen bypass line using Superconducting Maglev technology, which is to commence initial stages of its operation within a few years.
After earning his Shinkansen drivers licence, he led a wide range of teams from operation of Shinkansen to hiring and training of employees. Prior to assuming his role in Sydney, he was the manager of the Track and Structure Department of the Shinkansen Division, responsible for supervising the maintenance and improvement of tracks and structures for Shinkansen in Shizuoka area with extensive knowledge and experience of civil engineering and track and structure maintenance. Prior to that, he was the head of the Shin-Yokohama Track and Structure Maintenance Office in which he led more than 200 engineers/workers. He also has an experience to work in Federal Railroad Administration in the United States as a researcher, and he researched Track maintenance technologies and safety standards in the US.
He earned his Bachelor of Engineering in Deprtment of Civil Engineering from University of Tokyo in 1999 and his Master of Engineering from University of Tokyo in 2001.
Mr. Cleary’s background is in a range of fields including agri-business, financial services and real estate. Nick founded CLARA and subsidiary Infrastructure Corporation Australia (2011) to seek out new infrastructure opportunities to be supported by the private sector including High Speed Rail, Inland City Development, a second Sydney Airport and Land-Port facilities.
Mr Cleary has a passion for regional communities and the potential that resides within. He continues to seek ways to play an active role in contributing to the improvement of people’s lives across the East Coast of Australia. Nick served as Vice Chairman of the NSW Nationals over 2013-2016.
As CEO of ITS Australia and a career focusing on transport strategy Susan is ideally placed to translate the benefits that transport technology can deliver to business and the Australian community.
Through the global network of ITS Associations and Susan has strong linkages with the international ITS community.
Other affiliations include the Convenor of the Austroads CAV Industry Reference Group and a member of:
Amy Child is an Associate at Arup, a global design and engineering firm. She is a transport planner specialising in urban strategy and active mobility.
Amy has lived and worked in the UK and Australia and has spent the majority of her career as a consultant providing transport solutions which are equitable, considerate of the urban fabric and enhance the user experience. She is an expert in developing integrated transport strategies, with a focus on walking and cycling.
Career highlights include developing the transport strategy for the new Perth Stadium and providing travel planning advice to businesses impacted by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.
Amy holds qualifications in transport planning and management, urban and environmental planning and civil engineering.
Mr Simon Thomas is the Programme Director for the Inland Rail Programme at the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC). In this role Mr Thomas is responsible for leading the project team and overseeing the delivery of the Programme’s construction elements.
Mr Thomas has over 28 years of major infrastructure project experience and has successfully delivered projects on time, to budget for major contractors and consultants within UK, Asia, Middle East & Australia. His previous roles include Project Director of Aurizon’s $904m Wiggins Island Rail Project, which is one of Australia’s largest rail infrastructure projects linking the new Coal Export Terminal in Gladstone with over 70km of new rail infrastructure.
During his time at Aurizon, in 2014 Mr Thomas was awarded Project Director High Commendation by the Australian Institute of Project Management for his work on the project.
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