Jacinta is currently the Minister for Transport Infrastructure in the Andrews Labor Government. Jacinta is also the Leader of the House in the Victorian Parliament.
Jacinta was elected to Parliament in 1999 and is the longest serving Victorian female Minister in the State’s history and Victoria’s equal longest serving Labor Minister.
Throughout her career she has advocated strongly for Government investment that delivers for all Victorians, by creating jobs and delivering better health, education and transport services for communities.
Jacinta has held a number of Ministerial portfolios throughout her career including Public Transport, Major Projects and 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 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 (Hons) at La Trobe University in Bendigo.
Jacinta is married and has two young children who attend the local Primary School.
As Minister for Transport Infrastructure, Jacinta is overseeing the delivery of the largest investment in transport projects in Victoria’s history including the removal of 75 of Melbourne’s most dangerous and congested level crossings, the construction of the Metro Tunnel, the Suburban Rail Loop, Airport Rail Link and the $1.6 billion Regional Rail Revival package, which will make improvements to every passenger line on the regional network.
Jacinta is responsible for the delivery of Victoria’s major road projects including the West Gate Tunnel, North East Link and upgrades to key suburban and regional road networks.
Don Matthews was appointed the new Local Jobs First Commissioner in October 2018. Mr Matthews is a highly regarded senior executive from the manufacturing industry and will be a great advocate for businesses, workers, apprentices, trainees and cadets – ensuring they continue to benefit from Victorian Government procurement. He is currently the Chair of various Boards and has held several senior roles in industry, including Chief Operating Officer at Amcor Australasia, President SCA Hygiene Australasia and most recently was Executive Director of the Industry Capability Network Victoria.
Peter Sammut is the Chief Executive Officer of the $6.7 billion West Gate Tunnel Authority which is the government body responsible for the management and delivery of the West Gate Tunnel Public Private Partnership (PPP) Project.
The Authority is also responsible for the recently completed delivery of Stage 1 of the Monash Freeway Upgrade and the Webb Dock access improvement projects.
Before leading the West Gate Tunnel Authority, Peter was the CEO of Capital Projects within the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
Peter has over 35 years’ experience in managing some of Victoria’s most significant and complex infrastructure projects, in both PPP and state delivery models and across multiple sectors.
The last 18 years have been on PPP projects, including the $3.5 billion Victorian Desalination Project, one of the world’s largest reverse osmosis desalination plants and recipient of over 20 international and national awards and the $2.5 billion EastLink PPP Project, also the recipient of numerous awards and Victoria’s largest ever urban road project at that time.
Now on the West Gate Tunnel project since mid-2016, Peter has previously pioneered initiatives now in use on many major projects such as performance based Environment Effects Statements, particularly suited to PPP projects.
David Clements is the Program Director for Major Projects in Victoria for Transurban.
David currently oversees the $6.7 billion West Gate Tunnel Project for Transurban. Other projects under his remit include the $1 billion CityLink Tulla Widening Project, completed in late 2017, and the $400 million Monash Freeway Upgrade, due for completion in mid 2018.
He has over 15 years’ experience in the infrastructure and construction industry and has gathered experience on a diverse range of projects including high rise buildings, processing plants and large scale transport infrastructure projects in both green and brown field environments.
David spent seven years working in Asia on building and civil construction engineering projects prior to moving back to Australia in 2003. Prior to joining Transurban, David was the General Manager of Southern Way, the Project Company responsible for the finance, design, construction, delivery and operation of the 27km long Peninsula Link Freeway in Melbourne. He was also the Project Director of one of the two consortiums to be shortlisted for the final stages of the $5 billion East West Link Project bid in Melbourne. David has had extensive exposure to a broad range of project delivery models including managing contractor, design and construct, EPC, alliances and public private partnerships.
David joined Transurban in October 2014.
Anne commenced work with the Office of the Coordinator-General in July 2015 to oversee the safe delivery of the Major Transport Infrastructure Program. She provides strategic safety support to the Coordinator-General, Mr Corey Hannett. The Coordinator-General has the responsibility, on behalf of the Victorian Government, to deliver the Major Transport Infrastructure Program which currently estimated to be $38 billion.
Anne is well supported in her role, working closely with 5 Safety Directors who have responsibility for safety within each of the Administrative Offices; Level Crossing Removal Authority, Rail Projects Victoria, Westgate Tunnel Authority, North East Link Authority and the Major Road Projects Authority, as well as various senior leaders from within the Program and the broader Victorian Government.
Anne has held leadership safety roles in construction and petrochemical for more than 20 years in both government and private enterprise and clearly enjoys a challenge!
Stuart Moseley has more than 30 years of experience in urban management and project delivery, and has held senior positions in three State Governments, the private sector and local government.
He is a former Chief Executive of the Adelaide City Council, a former National Vice-President of the Urban Development Institute of Australia, a Registered Planner and Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia, and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Immediately prior to taking the helm at the VPA in June 2017, Stuart oversaw the delivery of a new planning system for Queensland a new regional plan for South East Queensland.
In his VPA role he has driven the repositioning of the Authority as a broad-based State-wide growth planning agency and is now working to deliver the organisation’s largest-ever project portfolio.
Adele is Director of Strategy and planning at Infrastructure Victoria and brings more than a decade of infrastructure planning experience to the team. In 2016, she led the development of Victoria's first ever 30-year infrastructure strategy. Previous roles include Project Director of the Metro Tunnel Project through its planning and development phases. Adele holds Bachelors of Engineering (Honours) and Arts from Monash University.
Ian Sturdy is the Project Director of the Victorian Government’s $2.3 billion High Capacity Metro Trains Project, which is managing and delivering 65 new trains under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) Project.
Before his current role, Ian was the Program Director for Heavy Vehicle Operation with the Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland.
Ian has more than 28 years experience in integrated transport planning, design, managing and delivering major transport infrastructure projects, particularly public transport projects. Ian has extensive strategic planning experience in developing major public transport infrastructure projects and programs.
In addition to 65 new trains, the High Capacity Metro Trains Project is delivering a new state-of-the-art depot in Pakenham East comprising maintenance facilities, a stabling yard for 30 trains and a high-tech driver training simulator.
Rob Bryant joined InEight in March 2018, as executive vice president, Asia Pacific, with responsibility for sales and general operations throughout the region.
Before joining InEight, Rob was director of operations for ECI Solutions, leading sales and operations for the company’s Australian business. He also served as chief operating officer for QA Software, which was acquired by InEight in 2018. During his tenure with QA Software, the company secured the use of its flagship document management product – TeamBinder – on over $100 billion worth of projects, including numerous government infrastructure projects with contractors from across the globe. Prior to that, Rob was general manager for IBISWorld Business Information. He started his career in London, working in marketing and public relations.
Rob has led sales and operations for a range of cloud-based product and service organisations, with significant experience in leading high-growth software business servicing the construction and engineering sector.
Away from the office, Rob enjoys trail running over short-course and ultra-distance events, as well as being a father of three young and quickly growing children.
With over 20 years’ experience as a Project Manager, Jill has worked on largescale infrastructure projects, including Melbourne Metro Early Works, Melbourne Water Capital Delivery, South Road Superway and Network Integration and Ancillary Works (NIAW) and Barwon Water Alliance.
On all projects Jill can add value at executive level on: technical and strategic planning skills, risk management, finance and cost management, safety, quality, environmental targets, time targets.
She has a strong background in building positive working r elationships with clients and stakeholders and a proven record of accomplishment collaboratively managing projects from design through to delivery and completion. A big strategic thinker, Jill will always challenge the ‘right’ answer for the outcome.
In addition to her construction delivery skills she has an established history in the UK in managing statutory planning and property acquisition and business development.
Brendan brings over 35 years of corporate experience and a wealth of infrastructure expertise, including tenure as 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.
Brendan serves on the Boards of the Australian Logistics Council and Ports Australia and is a member of the Victorian Government’s Ministerial Freight Reference Group.
With over 31 years of infrastructure experience in both construction and maintenance has provided Greg with strong project management expertise and has provided the basis for his successful executive management career within both private and public sectors.
Greg has a passion for improving project outcomes through early identification of risk. He is a leader of people, aligning individuals and stakeholders with project and business objectives to achieve powerful results.
As a General Manager for tier 1 contractors, Greg gained a great appreciation of project and operational risk and is now assisting both government and private sector clients in achieving enhanced results.
Peter is an infrastructure expert, with over 35 years’ experience providing cost and contract management services on major projects in both Australia and South Africa.
He has an accomplished track record and well-rounded skill set with particular expertise in risk management and programme-level risk quantification.
With a Master of Science in Engineering, Surveying and Space Geodesy, Peter has routinely applied his expert knowledge on critical infrastructure projects in a long list of different sectors including aviation, mining, marine, rail, roads, water and sewers.
Craig leads an amazing team of people who are striving to make the world better. Physical activity is vital for a long, happy life. So Bicycle Network makes it easier for everyone to ride a bike every day. The end game is to turn Australia into a nation of bike riders.
As the C.E.O Craig’s role is to provide direction, get the best out of the team and make sure everyone is on track. Craig says the title means nothing unless he inspires the team to do things they didn’t think they could.
Craig sums up how he feels about his job with this quote, ‘To love what you do and feel that it matters, how can anything else be more fun.’
He started working life with 9 years as a commercial lawyer. But he couldn’t help thinking, ‘There must be more to life than filling out a timesheet every 6 minutes?’ Then one day he hit the jackpot and had a case involving sports marketing.
This ignited a spark so he started a sponsorship consulting business. After 5 fun years he then went on to become the General Manager Commercial Operations for the Brisbane Broncos and Carlton Football Club.
In 2007 he joined the then Bicycle Victoria as GM Marketing and Membership and has been pedalling hard to get more people in the saddle ever since.
Tony has more than 25 years' experience on large-scale international transportation projects with expertise extending to the design and management of highway and railway projects, focusing on commercial and contract management. As Operations Director for GHD Digital, Tony drives business growth by focusing on key performance drivers whilst working collaboratively to deliver on client priorities. Tony is a passionate advocate for emerging technologies and believes digital delivery for major transport infrastructure projects will soon be commonplace and accepted as the new norm.
Qualified with a Master of Urban Planning (from the University of Melbourne) and a Bachelor of Arts Degree (from Central Queensland University) with sub-majors in economics and business management that complement traditional majors in the social sciences, Bernadette is a fully qualified planner and specialist social planner. After a highly regarded career in local government Bernadette established her own specialist social planning consultancy in 1995.
Bernadette has also been actively involved with the Planning Institute of Australia for more than a decade. This included a two-year term as President (Victorian Div.) from 1997-1999 and was honoured by being made a Fellow of the Institute, in 2006. Her pro bono work for the Institute has focused on:
Bernadette has provided expert social planning advice to (Victorian) Planning Panel and VCAT (Planning and Environment Court equivalent) hearings and has also provided guidance, with regard to more efficient and effective social infrastructure planning and urban design, on more standard private sector and public housing residential development projects. In recent times and on a pro bono basis, Bernadette has also assisted numerous local community groups, in both Queensland and Victoria, struggling to protect their local neighbourhoods from the negative impacts of the “Sea-change” and other over-development pressures where these would generate net social, economic and environmental costs to the host community. Such costs typically include: lost pedestrian safety, loss of views from public vantage points, loss of local community identity and social cohesion, poor energy and resource management, lack of public transport and sustainable transport planning and loss of affordable housing.
Dr Crystal Legacy is a Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning at the University of Melbourne and a former Australian Research Council DECRA recipient (2014-2017). Crystal has published widely on the topics of transport politics, urban conflict, citizen participation, strategic plan-making, urban governance and infrastructure planning and has acted as a Guest Editor on several journal special issues including most recently for Urban Policy and Research ("Critical Urban Infrastructure" with A/Prof Wendy Steele). She is also on the editorial board for the journals Planning Theory and Practice (Comments and Reviews Editor) and Urban Policy and Research (Reviews Editor). Her current research interests include urban transport politics where she is currently working on a substantial body of work that seeks to reframe the role of citizens in transport planning in the 'urban age'. Her interest in contemporary models of urban governance and transportation planning also extends to the area of autonomous vehicles where she is working with a team of researchers on the relationships between transport innovation, urban governance and strategic planning. Crystal also has a keen interest in planning theory with a particular interest in communicative planning, agonism, post-foundational readings of urban politics and deliberative democracy.
Prof Currie is a renowned international Public Transport research leader and policy advisor with over 30 years experience. He has published more research papers in leading international peer research journals in this field than any other researcher in the world. He is founder and Director of the Public Transport Research Group at Monash University which was identified as the 3rd top academic research group in the world in an European independent review of the field in 2015. In 2016 Professor Currie won both the best paper in the 14th World Conference on Transport Research in Shanghai and the best paper in the 95th Annual Meeting of the Transport Research Board in Washington DC, the largest transport conference in the world. Professor also won the TRB paper award in 2012 and is the only person to ever win it twice.
Professor Currie is founder of the ‘World Transit Research’ clearinghouse (www.worldtransitresearch.info) which has consolidated all research in this field into a single accessible source and is now used by over 8,000 towns and cities in over 170 countries worldwide.
Professor Currie has worked for some of the worlds leading Public Transport Operators including London Transport, and he has managed numerous Public Transport research and development projects internationally. Prof Curries experience spans Project Management, Demand Forecasting, Planning Methods in Public Transport, Regulatory Reviews, Efficiency and Performance Benchmarking, Training, Market Research, Investment Appraisal and Financial and Economic Analysis. Graham is also a specialist advisor to international agencies on planning transport special events and has worked on all the summer Olympic Games since 1996 and the Hajj pilgrimage in Mekka. Graham is also employed by international consultants Strategy& PwC as a specialist in public transport but is also employed at Monash University as one of the worlds first Professors in Public Transport. In this role he aims to develop knowledge and training for the public transport profession on a national and international basis.
Nic has had a varied and distinguished career. He is a Dad. And to relax he is building a home in the Victorian high country with his friends and kids.
Nic left the UK 20 years ago after founding and leading a homelessness organisations that was recognised globally for its innovation and for which Nic was awarded an MBE.
On arriving in Australia he was asked to lead the Brotherhood of St Lawrence as its CEO, and for this work was awarded a Centenary medal. He is recognised by the World Economic Forum as a world leading social entrepreneur, and is an award‐winning author for his writing on social enterprise.
Since 2005 Nic has founded and led 2 organisations focused on Co2 reduction, energy security and affordable energy. The organisations delivered some of the worlds largest energy efficiency campaigns, changed the way UN carbon credits are generated globally and cut global CO2 emissions by tens of millions of tones.
As a Melbourne City Councillor, he Chairs the Transport Portfolio and also Chairs the Aboriginal City Portfolio.
An engineer by trade, Brendan Pauwels has worked in the Victorian infrastructure industry for more than 20 years, the last four as a Project Director. During this time, he has managed a variety of transport projects ranging from complex tram stop upgrades to new freeway construction and level crossing removals. Since joining the Major Road Projects Authority, Brendan has led the delivery of projects in central and south east Melbourne including the high profile Streamlining Hoddle Street project and the complex EES compilation for the Mordialloc Freeway.
John Hearsch has been an Australian career railwayman and transport administrator for over 50 years. He is currently Principal of his own consultancy, John Hearsch Consulting Pty Ltd).
Starting his career in the former Victorian Railways in 1959, he rose through the ranks and a wide variety of operational, administrative and managerial roles. In 1983 he became Chief General Manager, Transport Operations of the newly formed State Transport Authority of Victoria (trading as V/Line). This position was responsible for all operational, maintenance and engineering functions of the State’s freight and non-metropolitan rail passenger services with over 10,000 employees at the time of V/Line’s inception, including all professional engineering services covering the civil, mechanical and signalling disciplines and project management.
The position was also responsible for planning and implementing major changes to the operations of the V/Line rail system and for substantial upgrading of the associated infrastructure. At the time, these changes took place in a difficult industrial relations and sensitive political environment.
John transferred to Queensland at the end of 1990 to become Group General Manager, Freight of Queensland Rail (QR). In this capacity he was responsible for the overall marketing, financial, operational and maintenance performance of QR’s extensive freight business including over 6000 route km of infrastructure, freight terminals and an extensive fleet of locomotives and wagons.
He retired from QR in 1998 and established his own consultancy specialising in railway and transportation management issues. For the past 20 years the consultancy has been very active in providing support to Governments, organisations involved in major rail projects and re-structuring of former Government-owned rail networks as well as to new or prospective private sector rail operators, financiers, customers and infrastructure owners and developers.
John was Deputy Chairman of the CoOperative Research Centre (CRC) for Railway Engineering and Technology during its existence from 2001 to 2007. Over the years John has been a member of several Statutory Authority Boards, including as a Director of Trans Adelaide from 2008 to 2011, the body then responsible for the operation of Adelaide’s metropolitan train and tram services. John has been a Director of several companiesinvolved in transport advocacy, planning and research.
In 2012, the Railway Technical Society of Australasia honored John with its annual award for the most outstanding individual contribution to the Australian and New Zealand rail industries.
John is a graduate in commerce and economics from the University of Melbourne and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.
He has been President of the Rail Futures Institute since its formation in 2013.
Dr E W (Bill) Russell is Managing Director of E W Russell and Associates Pty Ltd, management and training consultants. Bill has held Professorial posts at 5 universities over a 25 year period. From 1989 to 1997 he was Professor and Director of the Public Sector Management Institute and then Graduate School of Government at Monash University. He was Co-Director for 8 years until 2012 of the Australasian Centre for the Governance and Management of Urban Transport at the University of Melbourne.
Bill has over 45 years’ experience in the public sector. He has been head of two Victorian Government departments and on the board of four Victorian statutory authorities including the former State Electricity Commission. He has also been Research Director for the Commonwealth Public Service Board in Canberra, the former Victorian Public Service Board and the Victorian Parliamentary Public Bodies Review Committee.
Bill has undertaken many transport studies including the study of the Doncaster line On the Right Track; the pre-feasibility study of the Rowville railway; Melbourne’s Northern Gateway, Railing Ahead, the Central Murray Transport Study and authored 4 books on transport policy. He has prepared numerous Policy Papers for the Alliance of Councils for Rail Freight Development, (comprising 23 local governments in New South Wales and Victoria) including preparation of their 2014 State Policy Manual and provided advice including research and report drafting to the 2015 Victorian Parliamentary Select Committee on the privatisation of the Port of Melbourne.
Bill also has extensive experience in local government. He was an elected Councillor of the City of Hawthorn. He has worked as a consultant on service planning for Brisbane City Council and has advised councils in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland as well as the Local Government Association of South Australia. He worked on Victorian Auditor General’s Office Performance Audits on Local Government Performance Reporting and Revitalising Central Dandenong, as well as undertaking the role of Local Government Probity Auditor for waste and road maintenance/construction contracts for an interface council. He has worked on many reviews for Local Government Ministers, ranging from advice on Municipal Clerk training to the reform of Local Government Planning. He was for a number of years Chairman of the Local Government Best Value Commission, which was responsible for promoting best value and continuous improvement in local government.
Bill has been Honorary Secretary of the Rail Futures Institute since its formation in 2013.
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