VIC Transport Infrastructure Conference 2018

11-12 April 2018
Melbourne Convention
& Exhibition Centre
Melbourne, Victoria

Speakers

Hon. Jacinta Allan MP
Hon. Jacinta Allan MP

Minister for Public Transport, Minister for Major Projects Victoria

Malcolm Macintyre
Malcolm Macintyre

Head of Origination Capella Capital

Martine Letts
Martine Letts

CEO Committee for Melbourne

Kate Roffey
Kate Roffey

Director City Economy, Innovation & Liveability Wyndham City Council

Brendan Bourke |
Brendan Bourke

Chief Executive Officer Port of Melbourne

David Clements
David Clements

Program Director – Major Projects Victoria Transurban

Allen Garner |
Allen Garner

Chief Operating Officer Level Crossing Removal Authority

Associate Professor Hussein Dia |
Associate Professor Hussein Dia

Program Leader – Future Urban Mobility, Smart Cities Research Institute Swinburne University of Technology

Peter O' Brien |
Peter O' Brien

Director Skylink RapidTransit Pty Ltd

Neil Stonell
Neil Stonell

Partner Grimshaw

Stuart Ballingall
Stuart Ballingall

Director – Transport Futures VicRoads

Shohei Yoshida
Shohei Yoshida

General Manager Central Japan Railway Company

Nick Cleary
Nick Cleary

Chairman Consolidated Land and Rail Australia - CLARA

Dr. Charles A. Karl |
Dr. Charles A. Karl

National Technical Leader ARRB Group

David Warren
David Warren

Partner Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Susan Harris |
Susan Harris

Chief Executive Officer ITS Australia

Trevor Budge |
Trevor Budge

Manager – Regional Sustainable Development City of Greater Bendigo

Amy Child
Amy Child

Associate Arup

Simon Thomas
Simon Thomas

Program Director – Inland Rail ARTC

Dr. Tony Morton
Dr. Tony Morton

President Public Transport Users Association (PTUA)

Catherine Rooney |
Catherine Rooney

Chief Economic & Commercial Adviser Infrastructure Victoria

Wendy McMillan |
Wendy McMillan

CEO - Rolling Stock Development Division Transport for Victoria

Scott Harvey
Scott Harvey

Regional Sales Manager PlanGrid

Warren Harrison
Warren Harrison

Victorian Market Leader - Transport GHD

Michael Hopkins |
Michael Hopkins

Deputy Head, Policy and Reform Transport for Victoria

Anna Wilson
Anna Wilson

Economist Frontier Economics

James Dixon
James Dixon

Associate Director, Origination Plenary Group

Craig Rispin
Craig Rispin

Business Futurist & Innovation Expert The Future Trends Group

A/Professor Russell Thompson
A/Professor Russell Thompson

Department of Infrastructure Engineering The University of Melbourne

Emilie van de Graaff |
Emilie van de Graaff

Director, Passenger & Network Innovation Yarra Trams

Hon. Jacinta Allan MP

Hon. Jacinta Allan MP

Minister for Public Transport, Minister for Major Projects, Victoria

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.

Malcolm Macintyre

Malcolm Macintyre

Head of Origination, Capella Capital

Malcolm Macintyre is Managing Director of Capella Capital, a financial sponsor, developer and manager of infrastructure projects and assets throughout Australia and New Zealand.

A distinguishing feature of Malcolm’s career is his proven ability to lead consortia in winning large complex PPPs in Australia and the United States. The latest of which is the Metro Tunnel Tunnels and Stations Package, where he is currently Chief Executive of Cross Yarra Partnership.

His past two PPP projects, recognised as ‘city changing’, include the Sydney Light Rail PPP and Darling Harbour Live. His success is attributed to team and relationship building, his relentless drive and commercial acumen, founded on 25 years’ experience in infrastructure development and financing, investment banking and chartered accounting. Through his deep understanding of government aspirations and project objectives he galvanises his teams to achieve outstanding, community-oriented outcomes.

Malcolm has also sat on a variety of project company boards, gaining considerable experience in what it takes to successfully deliver projects through construction and into the operating phases.

Prior to joining Capella Capital seven years ago he headed Babcock & Brown’s North American Transport and Social Infrastructure Group in New York. Previously he was the Local Managing Director in ABN AMRO’s highly regarded Infrastructure Capital Group in Sydney where he was a member of the team for 12 years.

Martine Letts

Martine Letts

CEO, Committee for Melbourne

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.

Kate Roffey

Kate Roffey

Director City Economy, Innovation & Liveability, Wyndham City Council

Kate has extensive experience as a CEO and Senior Executive within the commercial, government and not-for-profit sectors.

Kate is currently the Director of City Economy, Innovation & Liveability at Wyndham City Council and is responsible for the oversight of strategy and development in the areas of transport, urban planning, environment and sustainability, economic development, smart cities and city centre development.

Prior to this role, Kate was the CEO of the Committee for Melbourne from 2012 to 2016. As CEO, Kate successfully led a broad cross-section of Melbourne’s most influential companies and institutions to develop initiatives and deliver outcomes that ensure Melbourne continues to grow as a prosperous, globally connected city while at the same time, retaining its mantle as the “World’s most liveable city”.

Before joining the Committee, Kate held an executive position at Tennis Australia as Manager of the Melbourne Park Redevelopment, where she played a leadership role in developing the masterplan vision of, and secured almost $1 billion in government funding, for the substantial upgrading of facilities for the Australian Open Tennis Championship.  Kate originally started her working career as a biomechanist at the Australian Institute of Sport and also holds a Psychology Degree specialising in Sport Psychology.

In addition to her Executive roles, Kate is also an experienced non-executive director and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Kate is currently Chair of the Victorian Regional Channels Authority, is a Director on the Melbourne Football Club, Berry Street and Melbourne University Sport Boards, is an Advisory Board member for Metro Trains and is a member of the Ministerial Freight Advisory Council and the Ministerial Golf Strategy Taskforce. Kate is also actively engaged as an independent expert commentator in the media and is a regular guest on the ABC News Breakfast Show and QandA.

Brendan Bourke

Brendan Bourke

Chief Executive Officer, Port of Melbourne

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.

David Clements

David Clements

Program Director – Major Projects Victoria, Transurban

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.

Allen Garner

Allen Garner

Chief Operating Officer, Level Crossing Removal Authority

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.

Associate Professor Hussein Dia

Associate Professor Hussein Dia

Program Leader – Future Urban Mobility, Smart Cities Research Institute, Swinburne University of Technology

Dr Hussein Dia is a Civil Engineer with three decades of experience in Intelligent Transport Systems and transport modelling. He has worked extensively in academia and has strong collaboration with both the public and private sectors, including strong engagement with industry research. His research interests are in smart infrastructure systems and the convergence of technology, infrastructure and human elements in urban environments. His current work is focused on disruptive mobility and harnessing digital innovations to unlock potential opportunities for low carbon mobility in tomorrow's smart cities. His current research projects include investigations of how autonomous vehicles, Blockchain, Internet of Things and the sharing economy are set to transform mobility in the world's large and fast growing cities. His standing in this field is demonstrated by more than 100 publications including a book on Intelligent Transport Systems published in 2014. His most recent book, Low Carbon Mobility for Future Cities, was published in 2017.

Hussein is a Chartered Professional Engineer, Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Fellow of Engineers Australia, and Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. He currently serves as Senior Editor for the international journal IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transport Systems.

Peter O' Brien

Peter O' Brien

Director, Skylink RapidTransit Pty Ltd

PETER O’BRIEN HAS SPENT THE PAST FORTY YEARS IN THE PURSUIT PUBLIC POLICY ACTIVISM
 
Graduating with Honours from Melbourne University in 1974 and completing articles in 1976 ,Peter commenced his career - focussing initially on commercial and town planning matters.
 
Under the Bracks Government, Peter went on to complete the second stage of the aquariumtog ether with the three new buildings on the Fishmarket Site car park, in JV with Far East Consortium.

Peter was an indispensable advocate in the conversion of both North and South Banks.

Peter was also involved in the Docklands rejuvenation and the as yet unfulfilled plans for Federation Square East and the Melbourne-Sydney High Speed Rail project. In 2008 Peter was awarded “The Outstanding Contribution by an Individual Award “by the Victorian Government in recognition of his Australian and international business achievements.

Since late 2013, when he was asked to found and chair a long term bipartisan campaign for C21st train connectivity between Melbourne Airport and the CBD and beyond, Peter has led a global team of pro bono experts. Their SkyLink RapidTransit P/L proposal for automated, high frequency, silent, sustainable and financially viable state of the art train technology finally resulted in the Federal Government 2017 Budget allocation of $30m for Joint Fed-Vic Studies. Peter was appointed to the Advisory Board of the Fed-Vic Melbourne Airport Access initiative in late 2017, despite the fierce opposition of entrenched vested interests. He has personally secured the positive engagement of both the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition, the heads of both major airlines and media groups, the Airport management, the Committee for Melbourne, the Vic Tourism Industry Council, the RACV and even SkyBus!

Neil Stonell

Neil Stonell

Partner, Grimshaw

As a Managing Partner of Grimshaw, a global architectural practice, Neil is focused on designing complex projects which support the operational, environmental, and cultural contexts of their sites.

He is jointly responsible for leading Grimshaw’s Australian operations which were established to deliver the practice’s first Australian project, Southern Cross Station, recipient of the 2007 RAIA National Urban Design Award and RIBA Lubetkin Prize.
 
Neil works across a range of typologies including aviation, commercial, convention, exhibition, education, research, and infrastructure.

Beginning with the Paddington Station Redevelopment in London, Neil has developed a deep knowledge of transport and infrastructure projects. Following his relocation to Australia to help deliver Southern Cross Station, Neil has led teams for the Melbourne Metro Tunnel and Auckland City Rail Link reference designs, and numerous level crossing removal projects including new stations at Nunawading, Mitcham, Ringwood, Gardiner and Ormond.
 
Neil is currently leading the team for the $600m Mernda Rail Extension.

Stuart Ballingall

Stuart Ballingall

Director – Transport Futures, VicRoads

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

Shohei Yoshida

General Manager, Central Japan Railway Company

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.

Nick Cleary

Nick Cleary

Chairman, Consolidated Land and Rail Australia - CLARA

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.

Dr. Charles A. Karl

Dr. Charles A. Karl

National Technical Leader, ARRB Group

Dr Charles Karl is Principal Technology Leader, Future Transport Technology at the Australian Road Research Board.

Over the last 28 years Charles has been working in the field of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). Charles’s background in Network Operations includes work in traffic data fusion, travel time modelling, network performance monitoring, traffic management, telematics, co-operative ITS and traveller information. He is also the technical lead for connected and automated vehicles.

Charles's doctoral thesis investigated the response of drivers to a dynamic traveller information system operating in Melbourne. 

David Warren

David Warren

Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth

David is a partner in Corrs’ Projects team with a broad range of experience on infrastructure projects both in Australia and Europe. He has acted as lead transaction lawyer in various Government procurement transactions, in particular PPP transactions, both for Government and the private sector.

David has had key roles on major road infrastructure projects such as the East West Link, West Gate Tunnel, East Link, Airport Link, Peninsula Link, Cross City Tunnel and CLEM7 Tunnel Projects.

He has also worked on major public transport projects such as the Melbourne Metro, High Capacity Metro Trains, Sydney Light Rail and Gold Coast Rapid Transport Projects.

Susan Harris

Susan Harris

Chief Executive Officer, ITS Australia

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:

  • Victorian Ministerial Freight Reference Group
  • National Transport Commission Industry Advisory Group,
  • Member of the Space Cross Sectoral Interest Group, and the
  • 2026 Spatial Agenda Leadership Group.

Trevor Budge

Trevor Budge

Manager – Regional Sustainable Development, City of Greater Bendigo

Trevor Budge AM is the Manager of Regional Sustainable Development at the City of Greater Bendigo where he is responsible for economic development, Council’s environment strategy, long range land use planning, city centre
activation and Council’s integrated transport and land use strategy. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Community Planning and Development Program at La Trobe University. He has worked for state government, regional
bodies and local government and he conducted his own consulting business for 16 years. He has held senior academic positions at La Trobe and RMIT universities. He is a former state President, a Life Fellow and has a National Lifetime Achievement Award from the Planning Institute of Australia. He was instrumental in establishing the Institute’s seven-year post tsunami recovery project in Sri Lanka and has taught extensively at the University of Moratuwa in Sri Lanka. He became a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia in June 2011 for service to town planning, particularly the development of regional and rural communities in Victoria, and to education. In 2016 Victoria’s Planning Minister appointed him as a Board Member of the Victorian Planning Authority.

Amy Child

Amy Child

Associate, Arup

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.

Simon Thomas

Simon Thomas

Program Director – Inland Rail, ARTC

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.

Dr. Tony Morton

Dr. Tony Morton

President, Public Transport Users Association (PTUA)

Dr Tony Morton is an electrical engineer and President of the Public Transport Users Association, Victoria.  Over two decades Dr Morton has been involved in campaigns for public transport alternatives to tollroads, for improved public transport to Rowville, Doncaster and Melbourne's suburban growth areas, and for reform of governance and management arrangements for public transport, with a focus on multimodal network planning and community involvement in decision making.  Aside from public transport Dr Morton's interests include renewable energy, smart electricity grids and modelling of complex engineering systems.  Dr Morton works as a consultant in the electric power industry and holds adjunct academic appointments at the University of Melbourne School of Engineering and Monash University.

Catherine Rooney

Catherine Rooney

Chief Economic & Commercial Adviser, Infrastructure Victoria

Catherine Rooney is the Chief Economic and Commercial Adviser at Infrastructure Victoria.

Prior to beginning her role with Infrastructure Victoria in May 2017, Catherine was Executive Director, System Reform at the Department of Economic Development, Transport, Jobs and Resources and before that spent a number of years as Assistant Director at the Department of Treasury and Finance.

Catherine has extensive experience in Victoria’s public sector as well as the private, having spent a decade working for The Allen Consulting Group.

Wendy McMillan

Wendy McMillan

CEO - Rolling Stock Development Division, Transport for Victoria

Wendy has more than 25 years’ experience in executive management positions within the transport, infrastructure, construction, resource, agribusiness and government sectors. She is also an experienced company director.

Wendy is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Rolling Stock Development Division at Transport for Victoria. She is responsible for helping to grow Victoria’s rolling stock industry through integrated planning, strategy, industry development and rolling stock procurement. Wendy leads the division’s multi-billion dollar capital budget which includes the High Capacity Metro Trains Project as well as other metro and regional trains, and tram projects.

Scott Harvey

Scott Harvey

Regional Sales Manager, PlanGrid

Scott Harvey is a professional Account executive with over a decade experience, providing software solutions to the Construction industry. He has proven experience with working in the Australian Construction industry providing technical innovations to impact a company’s bottom line.

Scott brings a wealth of experience to PlanGrid having worked at leading Construction software organisations including Aconex, HILTI and most recently Levesys.

Warren Harrison

Warren Harrison

Victorian Market Leader - Transport, GHD

Warren has extensive experience in the planning, design and delivery of major civil infrastructure projects, relationship development with key clients as well as leadership of multi-disciplinary teams including specialist sub consultants.

His expertise in transport infrastructure covers planning and project management including multidisciplinary highway and rail projects and planning, preliminary and detailed design for port facilities.

Michael Hopkins

Michael Hopkins

Deputy Head, Policy and Reform, Transport for Victoria

Michael's public service career has included 27 years in government in a range of policy and communications positions, but also including a stint on the political side as Chief of Staff to a Minister in the ACT Government. His policy career has focussed on transport, planning and environmental management, and for the last 15 years has held a number of executive positions in the Victorian Government. He's also led the communications functions for a number of government departments.


Michael is currently the Deputy Head of Transport for Victoria for Policy and Reform.

Anna Wilson

Anna Wilson

Economist, Frontier Economics

Anna Wilson heads up the transport practice of Frontier Economics. She is an experienced economist who specialises in regulatory and policy reform in the water and transport sectors. Anna has provided advice on structural reforms, pricing and economic regulatory strategy to State and Federal policy makers and regulators and regulated businesses both in Australia and the UK. This has included looking at the funding and institutional arrangements that would be needed to support the introduction of road user charging and the economic and practical challenges associated with implementing these reforms.

James Dixon

James Dixon

Associate Director, Origination, Plenary Group

James is an Associate Director within the Origination division of Plenary Group. James has over 11 years of experience across infrastructure investment, private equity and corporate finance. James led the financing for the Western Roads Upgrade project that reached financial close on 19 December 2017. The innovative financing solution is significant as it marks the return of the long term debt market to Australia - with the first ever greenfield PPP project bond since the Global Financial Crisis.
 
James commenced his career at Babcock & Brown in their Transport and PPP team in Melbourne. Plus he has significant experience internationally where he spent over 5 years at Amber Infrastructure in London (UK), and a few years in Dubai (UAE) at ASMA Capital.
 
Transactions which reached financial close include:
 
AUD 1.8 billion – Western Roads Upgrade PPP (Aus, Vic)
GBP 2.0 billion – Offshore Transmission Owner: Lincs, Ormonde, Robin Rig, Gunfleet Sands, & Barrow windfarms (UK)
EUR 1.0 billion – Diabolo Rail Link PPP (Belgium)
AUD 400 million – South Australian Schools PPP (Aus, SA)

Craig Rispin

Craig Rispin

Business Futurist & Innovation Expert, The Future Trends Group

Craig Rispin is a Business Futurist and Innovation Expert. His expertise is in emerging business, people and technology trends – and how companies can profit from them.

Craig has over 20 years’ experience working where the future has been created – with some of the most innovative companies in the world in the IT, consumer electronics, internet and broadcasting industries.

He is an award-winning speaker and has addressed audiences as large as 16,000 people on 5 continents and has consulted with CEOs of leading companies worldwide.

Some of his clients include: Australasian Rail Association, Sydney Airport, Perth Airport, LINX Cargo Care Group including Geelong Port, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota and many other transport and infrastructure organisations.

A/Professor Russell Thompson

A/Professor Russell Thompson

Department of Infrastructure Engineering, The University of Melbourne

Russell is an Associate Professor in Transport Engineering at the University of Melbourne. He has a Bachelors Degree in Mathematics (RMIT University), Masters in Transport Engineering (Monash University) and a PhD in Traffic Engineering (The University of Melbourne). For the last 15 years he has been involved in numerous local freight studies, including the Melbourne’s Freight Movement Model and the Victorian Freight and Logistics Plan. Russell is a Team Leader of the Volvo Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Urban Freight Systems and Vice-President of the Institute for City Logistics based in Kyoto. Currently, Russell is actively involved in several urban freight projects in Melbourne including High Productivity Freight Vehicles and Loading Dock Booking systems. He is currently supervising research projects involving modelling logistics sprawl, collaborative freight systems, road pricing, urban consolidation centres and multi-modal freight systems.

Russell has also contributed to a number of international studies relating to urban freight, including the European Union’s Best Urban Freight Solutions (BESTUFS) project and the OECD report on urban distribution. He was a founding Director and has been the Vice President of the Institute for City Logistics based in Kyoto since 1999.

Russell has co-authored over 10 books and 100 refereed publications. He recently co-edited a book, “City Logistics: Mapping the Future” (CRC Press, 2015) that presents a range of innovative solutions to increase the efficiency and reduce the impacts of freight in cities.

Emilie van de Graaff

Emilie van de Graaff

Director, Passenger & Network Innovation, Yarra Trams

A collaborative and inspiring leader, Emilie believes that a sustainable public transport system forms an integral part of a liveable city, contributing to positive outcomes for the citizens, visitors and the environment. “People never talk about how great it is to live next to a busy road, but they do talk about the benefits of having public transport close by, or being able to walk and cycle to the places they want to go. They’ll also tell you about their great experiences travelling on public transport networks in other cities. It shows just how much the experience of getting around is part of the place you are in,” she says. 

This is what motivates her to continue to work to improve Melbourne’s tram network, working closely with the State and with councils to provide an excellent customer experience, at all stages of the journey, from home to stop, to destination. To that end, the urban design and service interface are important aspects of the overall experience.  

Her current role encompasses network planning and development, network timetables, passenger experience and marketing, accessibility and innovation. 

Emilie has nearly 20 years’ experience in the transport sector, having also led operations, stakeholder engagement, customer service and marketing at Transdev from 2011 to early 2017, where she was responsible for over 1000 drivers, fleet (over 500 buses), and the operational control centre. During that time she was part of the set up of the new franchise, and oversaw the construction of three new depots, refurbishment of a further two depots and a complete overhaul of business support systems. 

Prior to joining Transdev Emile worked in the UK firstly for a public transport authority (Worcestershire County Council) and later in consultancy with Integrated Transport Planning. In that time she led on numerous innovative transport projects including a whole of city sustainable transport program for Worcester, various rural and urban bus developments including an innovative on demand transport network, road safety and school transport strategies. As a consultant she has worked for Transport for London, the Welsh Assembly Government, City of Dublin, and Transport for West Midlands, among others.  She started her career in marketing and communications with The Body Shop and went on to work in social marketing in consultancy with a wide range of projects in public health and education.  

Emilie has completed a bachelor degree in Landscape Architecture, a Post Graduate Degree in Public Relations and a Diploma in Management (Chartered Institute of Management, UK).

 

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