VIC Transport Infrastructure Conference 2019

1-2 May 2019
Melbourne Convention
& Exhibition Centre
Melbourne, Victoria

Speakers

Vicki Ward MP
Vicki Ward MP

Member for Eltham Parliamentary Secretary for Public Transport Infrastructure

Richard Lockett |
Richard Lockett

Former Head of Unit European Railway Agency

Peter Sammut |
Peter Sammut

Chief Executive Officer West Gate Tunnel Authority

David Clements |
David Clements

Program Director – Major Projects Victoria Transurban

Allen Garner |
Allen Garner

Chief Executive Officer Major Road Projects Authority

Anne Taylor |
Anne Taylor

Director Strategic Safety Major Transport Infrastructure Authority, Office of the Director-General

Stuart Moseley |
Stuart Moseley

Chief Executive Officer Victorian Planning Authority

Catherine Rooney |
Catherine Rooney

Strategy & Research Executive Director Infrastructure Victoria

Ian Sturdy |
Ian Sturdy

Project Director High Capacity Metro Trains Project

Rob Bryant |
Rob Bryant

Executive Vice President of Asia-Pacific InEight

Kate Roffey |
Kate Roffey

Director – Deals, Investment & Major Projects Wyndham City Council

Jill Boag |
Jill Boag

Project Director - Metro Tunnel Early Works John Holland

Brendan Bourke |
Brendan Bourke

Chief Executive Officer Port of Melbourne

Martin Cutter |
Martin Cutter

Chief Executive Officer City of Greater Geelong

Peter Gill |
Peter Gill

Managing Director - Infrastructure Donald Cant Watts Corke

David McCann
David McCann

Regional Manager - Victoria/Tasmania Agonis Group

Peter Kartsidimas |
Peter Kartsidimas

Senior Manager Transport, Planning and Infrastructure RACV

Campbell A. Rose AM |
Campbell A. Rose AM

Chief Executive VicTrack

Craig Richards |
Craig Richards

Chief Executive Officer Bicycle Network

Andrew O’Brien |
Andrew O’Brien

Vertical Solutions Architect, Industry Solutions Group Cisco Systems

Tony Butler |
Tony Butler

Operations Director GHD Digital

Bernadette George |
Bernadette George

Strategic Planner Mildura Rural City Council

Dr Crystal Legacy |
Dr Crystal Legacy

Senior Lecturer - Urban Planning University of Melbourne

Adrian Kemp |
Adrian Kemp

Partner HoustonKemp

Tony Morton
Tony Morton

President Public Transport Users Association (PTUA)

Professor Graham Currie |
Professor Graham Currie

Director of Monash Infrastructure, Chair of Public Transport, Professor in Transport Engineering Monash University

William Smith |
William Smith

Project Director CPB Contractors John Holland Joint Venture - West Gate Tunnel Project

Cr Nicolas Frances Gilley |
Cr Nicolas Frances Gilley

Councillor, Chair Transport Portfolio and Chair Aboriginal City City of Melbourne

Cr Glenn Milne |
Cr Glenn Milne

Chair Rail Freight Alliance

Scott Harvey |
Scott Harvey

Regional Sales Manager PlanGrid

Brendan Pauwels |
Brendan Pauwels

Program Director Major Road Projects Victoria

John Hearsch
John Hearsch

President Rail Futures Institute

Karthik Venkatasubramanian |
Karthik Venkatasubramanian

Vice President, Data Science & Analytics Oracle Construction & Engineering

Dr Bill Russell |
Dr Bill Russell

Secretary Rail Futures Institute

Ed Walker |
Ed Walker

GM Projects, Interstate Network Victoria - Interstate Network and Inland Rail

A/Prof. Russell Thompson |
A/Prof. Russell Thompson

Department of Infrastructure Engineering University of Melbourne

Andrew Harris |
Andrew Harris

Vice President of Sales - APAC InEight

Vicki Ward MP

Vicki Ward MP

Member for Eltham, Parliamentary Secretary for Public Transport Infrastructure

Vicki Ward MP is the Member for Eltham and Parliamentary Secretary for Public Transport Infrastructure. She was first elected to the Victorian Parliament in 2014 and was re-elected in 2018. Vicki has spent her working life focusing on public policy and the community.

Since being elected to Parliament she has served on Parliament’s Public Accounts and Estimates Committee and on the Environment and Natural Resources Committee. She has previously served as the Parliamentary Secretary for Industry and Employment.

Richard Lockett

Richard Lockett

Former Head of Unit, European Railway Agency

After an early career in rolling stock maintenance in the UK  Richard took on the role of Production Director and deputy Chief Executive of one of the UK Train Operating Companies taking responsibility for the Safety, Operations and Engineering in the period leading up to and beyond privatisation in the late 1990s and early 2000s. After a period as Director of Systems and Standards for the UK Association of Train Operating Companies where he also at various times led the European Association for Interoperability (AEIF) and Community of European Railways (CER) Systems Coordiation, Control Command and Signalling and Economic Evaluation activities Richard moved to the European Railway Agency (ERA) in 2007.  

Whilst at the Agency Richard was the head of Unit responsible for Strategy, Research and International relations. He was responsible for the development of the concepts underpinning vehicle authorisation, the cross-acceptance of Member States National Rules and took on the role of  coordination of the Agency’s various activities drafting regulation. He also set up the (world-wide) network of Railway Regulatory Agencies.  

After 12 years at the Agency (and with Brexit fast approaching) Richard retired from the Agency now acts as an independent advisor on Railway Technical and Safety regulation (Technical Diplomacy) and Railway System Change management.

Peter Sammut

Peter Sammut

Chief Executive Officer, West Gate Tunnel Authority

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

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 Executive Officer, Major Road Projects Authority

Allen is the inaugural CEO of Major Road Projects Victoria (MRPV), which came into existence in July 2018. MRPV is responsible for delivering the States infrastructure investment in major road projects in metropolitan Melbourne and across regional Victoria.

Allen has close to 40 years of experience in the construction sector including 30 years in private enterprise, so brings to government a detailed knowledge and understanding of the construction industry. The defining characteristics of Allen’s career are innovation and collaboration. In each of his past leadership positions Allen has used his creative vision to drive successful outcomes. Whether it be in procurement methods, new approaches to partnerships, or applications of best practice to safety and sustainability, Allen forges new paths encouraging others to come with him on the journey. He has expertise in mobilising large teams and working with diverse stakeholders in complex environments.

These qualities have led Allen to his current role, where he has built a brand-new organisation with a remit of improving road by leading the way in innovative road construction solutions. Allen has a whole-of-project vision, from business case through to delivery, with a strong emphasis on governance. This includes steering a Public Private Partnership (PPP) solution for the Suburban Roads Upgrade (SRU) project including a maintenance element which will protect this investment for many years to come.

As COO of the Level Crossing Removal Project (LXRP) Allen led the development of the Program Alliance approach, challenging industry to collaborate with the State to deliver one of the most complex infrastructure projects seen in the history of the state. Allen embraced new construction methods to create a highly successful project while reducing impacts on the Victorian industry. This included having the courage to pursue the ultimately successful sky rail approach despite strong resistance. 

Allen led pioneering work in implementing the social procurement model which creates opportunities for the purchase of goods and serviced from social benefit suppliers, to employment and training opportunities for socially and economically disadvantaged people. Allen continues to apply this approach as well as making his commitments to sustainability and sustainable employment a reality with MRPV.

Allen’s passion for good governance and collaboration could be easily seen in his leadership roles as COO and then CEO of Regional Rail Link. He combined his private sector experience with government knowledge to create partnerships which delivered this award-winning infrastructure project ahead of time and almost $1b under budget. 

Allen has a pragmatic leadership approach with well-honed management skills and a passion for innovation. He is a strong believer in the value of people, the power of collaboration and the exceptional outcomes achievable through teamwork.

Anne Taylor

Anne Taylor

Director Strategic Safety, Major Transport Infrastructure Authority, Office of the Director-General

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

Stuart Moseley

Chief Executive Officer, Victorian Planning Authority

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. 

Catherine Rooney

Catherine Rooney

Strategy & Research Executive Director, Infrastructure Victoria

Catherine Rooney leads Infrastructure Victoria’s research program and the update of the 30-year strategy.  Prior to joining 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. In addition to her public sector experience, Catherine spent a decade working for The Allen Consulting Group and Deloitte on a range of infrastructure, energy, and social policy issues.

Ian Sturdy

Ian Sturdy

Project Director, High Capacity Metro Trains Project

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

Rob Bryant

Executive Vice President of Asia-Pacific, InEight

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.

Kate Roffey

Kate Roffey

Director – Deals, Investment & Major Projects, Wyndham City Council

Kate has extensive experience as a CEO and Senior Executive within the commercial, government and not-for-profit sectors. In her current role as Director Deals, Investment & Major Projects at Wyndham City, Kate is focused on the growth of key international and national industry sectors and facilitating investment from both public and private entities via the creation of innovative deals that leverage value capture concepts to fast track delivery. Kate is also responsible for overseeing major projects in the areas of transport, construction and mixed used developments.

Prior to this role, Kate was the CEO of the Committee for Melbourne.  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 and was responsible for overseeing the master planning for this major redevelopment and for negotiating the $978 million funding deal with the State Government.

Kate is currently Chair of the Victorian Regional Channels Authority and Metro Trains Advisory Board, is a Director on the Melbourne Football Club and is a member of the Ministerial Freight Advisory Council and has recently been appointed to the Ministerial Planning Review Panel.

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.

Jill Boag

Jill Boag

Project Director - Metro Tunnel Early Works, John Holland

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 Bourke

Brendan Bourke

Chief Executive Officer, Port of Melbourne

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.

Martin Cutter

Martin Cutter

Chief Executive Officer, City of Greater Geelong

Mr Martin Cutter commenced as the City of Greater Geelong’s Chief Executive Officer on 4 June 2018.

Mr Cutter is a highly-skilled business leader and operational, finance and corporate services executive, with more than 14 years’ experience in Local Government and more than 22 years’ experience in private business.

His previous appointment at the City of Melbourne included Acting Chief Executive Officer, Director of City Business and Director of Corporate Services.

Prior to entering Local Government, Mr Cutter was Chief Financial Officer and General Manager at Australian River Co Limited, held various roles at ANL Limited, including Chief Financial Officer and General Manager Shipping Finance, and was a Senior Manager at KPMG.

Mr Cutter has extensive experience in finance and business management, including in financial analysis, reporting, forecasting, budgeting, corporate strategic planning, project management, business development, corporate branding and stakeholder management.

Mr Cutter has served on a number of independent boards, including Destination Docklands Limited and Melbourne Business Precincts Ltd.

Peter Gill

Peter Gill

Managing Director - Infrastructure, Donald Cant Watts Corke

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.

David McCann

David McCann

Regional Manager - Victoria/Tasmania, Agonis Group

David McCann is the Regional Manager of Agonis Group, providing expert advisory services to the Transport Infrastructure market across Australia.  David’s expertise has been gained working within the contracting, consulting and advisory industries over the past 28 years.  Having joined Agonis Group in 2018, David has assisted Clients to understand constructability and risk from a contractors perspective in order to deliver collective success on projects. 

Prior to joining Agonis Group, David worked for a large international contractor for 13 years, holding regional and national pre-contracts roles; helping to expand the organisation across new regions and markets.  His project background includes major civil construction sector experience covering road, rail, airports and mixed discipline sectors.

Peter Kartsidimas

Peter Kartsidimas

Senior Manager Transport, Planning and Infrastructure, RACV

Peter has 20 years’ experience in project management, traffic engineering and strategic transport planning in Western Australia, United Kingdom and Victoria. With varying roles, he has led a number of high-profile projects in the private and government sectors, including numerous city centre regeneration projects, public transport infrastructure projects, road planning studies and bicycle strategies. Before joining RACV in March 2019, Peter ‘s recent work included the Doncaster Area Rapid Transit Study, the New Perth Stadium and the Stirling City Centre project in WA.

Campbell A. Rose AM

Campbell A. Rose AM

Chief Executive, VicTrack

As a seasoned senior executive, with experience across major events, infrastructure development, construction and business transformation, he has led the repositioning of VicTrack.

VicTrack is a Victorian Government agency with custodial responsibility for public transport infrastructure, telecommunications systems and land. VicTrack has an asset base circa $38 billion (with an additional $2 billion in rolling stock assets in associated companies). 

VicTrack is the largest titled landholder in Victoria after the Crown. 

The business has three core areas of focus being:

  • Property and land management through its Property Group
  • Telecommunication services (licensed by the Australian Communications Management Authority) providing underpinning telecommunication services to the transport sector through its Telecommunications Group
  • Deliver of specialised projects through its Projects Delivery Group.

Cam recently chaired, the Retired Tram Stakeholder Reference Group that has been responsible for developing the recently launched Victorian Government’s Retired Tram Strategy. 

Cam’s prior experience includes Chief Executive of the Melbourne Major Events Company, including leading the successful 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games Bid (1994-1999), the 2001 Brisbane Goodwill Games (1999-2002), the Western Bulldogs (2002-2011) and Stralliance Developments, a Melbourne-based development and construction company (2011-2013).

Cam has a strong track record at the interface of public, private infrastructure including property development and the provision of telecommunication services.

Cam holds a number of roles in the philanthropic and community sector, recently finishing as a Deputy Chair of the 2018 Invictus Games and Founder and Chair of the organising committee for the Prime Minister’ Sporting Oration. Further he has a particular interest in education, medical research and consumer representations in the cancer stream of Melanoma. 

Cam amongst many sporting achievements participated in Australia’s defence of the America’s Cup in 1987 and represented Australia at the 1988 Olympic Games in sailing (Seoul).

In 2017 Cam was recognised as a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to sports administration, to infrastructure and transport development, and to the community of Victoria. 

Cam has a Bachelor of Applied Science and was recognised for his services to the Victoria University with an Honorary Doctorate in Letters.

Craig Richards

Craig Richards

Chief Executive Officer, Bicycle Network

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.

Andrew O’Brien

Andrew O’Brien

Vertical Solutions Architect, Industry Solutions Group, Cisco Systems

Andrew is a Solutions Architect in Cisco’s Industry Solutions Group, responsible for providing solutions for the operational technology side of the enterprise. He plays a key role in shaping and implementing Cisco’s
strategy for developing an end to end information technology solutions into the Transport and Smart City Sectors. He advises Cisco teams, customers and in crafting and delivering business value, solution architecture, integration and business process change.

Andrew has 20 years of experience in Energy, Transport and IT industries. He has deep knowledge of operational technologies in these sectors, including advanced control center applications, integration of distributed resources, market operations, enterprise software, and enterprise application integration architecture. He has extensive experience in working with in different capacities, e.g. as a technology provider and as a trusted advisor.

More recently Andrew has been focusing on an architectural approach to Business Digital Transformation, how can the transportation sector unlock the power of data to create more insight and more value?

Andrew has a global leadership role and pronominally services the Asia Pacific market, aligning industrial networking requirements to tangible, robust telecommunications solutions that allow customers to achieve their business outcomes.

Tony Butler

Tony Butler

Operations Director, GHD Digital

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.

Bernadette George

Bernadette George

Strategic Planner, Mildura Rural City Council

Qualified with a Master of Urban Planning (University of Melbourne) and Arts Degree that, unusually, include sub-majors in economics and business management to complement traditional majors in the social sciences, Bernadette has an established reputation for being a lateral thinker and leader in the planning profession. 

After seven years in growth area strategic planning at Wyndham City Council, in 1995, Bernadette ran her own specialist social planning consultancy for the next two decades, before taking a little time out (to paddle with dolphins, whales, turtles and dugongs). 

In August 2018, Bernadette commenced as the new Strategic Planner for Mildura Rural City Council.   

Bernadette has long been involved with the Planning Institute where, in consultation with members and key stakeholders drafted the Institute’s first Policy Statement on Ecologically Sustainable Development, back in 1997 …way before it was trendy. 

Possibly because of this effort, and being one of the few “brave souls” prepared to offer public comment at the time, about the governance risk posed by private certification of building surveyors (Flammable Cladding, anyone?) Bernadette was elected by her peers to serve a two-year term as President (Victorian Div.) from 1997-1999.

For her contribution over the decades, including leading the planning profession into new terrain, recognizing and fostering better health outcomes from urban planning and design, Bernadette was honoured by being made a Fellow of the Institute, in 2006.  

Elsewhere in her “spare time”, Bernadette has helped many communities fight off silly ideas such as toxic waste dumps (Wyndham, 1997, Mildura in 2007) or seriously daft development proposals, in Queensland, on a flood prone site (Central Queensland 2008). 

Of most relevance to a Transport Conference, Bernadette’s work aims to ensure proper consideration of social, economic and environmental impacts by the planning process. 

Bernadette was inaugural Chair of the Planning for Health programme, 2002-4, a joint initiative of PIA (Vic) and VicHealth; a former Planning Ambassador for the “Go for your Life!” awareness campaign and has served as an Expert Witness for many a VCAT and Planning Panel hearing.

Dr Crystal Legacy

Dr Crystal Legacy

Senior Lecturer - Urban Planning, University of Melbourne

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.

Adrian Kemp

Adrian Kemp

Partner, HoustonKemp

Adrian Kemp is an economist and founding partner of HoustonKemp, a firm dedicated to the application of economics and data analytics to complex problems arising in public policy and business. 

He has a particular interest in the role that technology and emerging data can play to improve transport infrastructure policy and practices within Australia and regionally, and so delivering better outcomes for the community through improved productivity and effectiveness of the transport industry. This interest stems from having spent much of the last ten years at the forefront of debates surrounding road reform, road infrastructure funding and financing, heavy vehicle regulation, public transport policy, and the regulation of ports.

Most recently, Adrian has been developing metrics to monitor road safety, speed performance, and reliability, using GPS-probe data, and investigating how blockchain technology and machine learning can revolutionise the transport industry, including by improving the operations and interactions of road agencies.

Tony Morton

Tony Morton

President, Public Transport Users Association (PTUA)

Tony Morton has been a PTUA Committee member since 1996, edited PTUA News from 1997 to 1999, and has coordinated the production of numerous PTUA policy documents, including “It’s Time To Move” in 2002.

Between 2000 and 2004 while working as a research fellow at Monash University (and travelling to the Clayton campus each day by public transport from Brunswick) he actively campaigned to improve public transport in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs as an alternative to building the Scoresby Freeway. He also helped out when the city paid its last respects to Tram Stop 7 in Collins Street, and has focussed more recently on the management arrangements needed to replace the current mismanaged regime.

Tony currently works in the city for an engineering firm that specialises in renewable energy. He admits to owning a car but prefers to use public transport as he believes it gives him more freedom.

Tony’s professional work involves the mathematical modelling of engineering systems. Experience has taught him that, whether in electrical engineering or transport planning, a computer model is only as good as the assumptions you put into it.

In the 2002 State election Tony ran in the seat of Brunswick as a candidate for the Public Transport First party. He was somewhat relieved at not being elected.

Tony’s other interests include environmentally and socially sustainable housing, social criticism, mathematical puzzles, and all serious music.

 

Professor Graham Currie

Professor Graham Currie

Director of Monash Infrastructure, Chair of Public Transport, Professor in Transport Engineering, Monash University

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.

William Smith

William Smith

Project Director, CPB Contractors John Holland Joint Venture - West Gate Tunnel Project

William has 27 years’ experience leading large-scale civil engineering, construction and railway projects in Australia and internationally. Over the last 15 years William has specialised in high-profile public transport infrastructure projects, including the West Coast Route Modification, Metronet London Underground, Reading Viaduct, and the Whitechapel section of the Crossrail Program (UK), Metro de Santiago (Chile), and the Furlong Main Blackburn Heatherdale Level Crossing Removal Project. 

Most recently as Alliance General Manager for the Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project, William has overseen the delivery of Victoria’s largest infrastructure project at the time, providing a strong delivery, planning and commercial focus.

William is currently Project Director for the CPB Contractors John Holland Joint Venture delivering the $6.7B West Gate Tunnel Project.

Cr Nicolas Frances Gilley

Cr Nicolas Frances Gilley

Councillor, Chair Transport Portfolio and Chair Aboriginal City, City of Melbourne

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.

Cr Glenn Milne

Cr Glenn Milne

Chair, Rail Freight Alliance

Cr Glenn Milne is serving his fourth consecutive term on Mildura Rural City Council; it is also the seventh time he has been elected Mayor. Born and bred in the region, Cr Milne grew up on a dried fruit and citrus property at Cardross, while completing school and further education pursuits locally, he has always maintained a strong interest in horticulture. He has also been employed as a press photographer, worked in community development and welfare. The father of eight, including two foster children, is both a Board and life member of the Mallee Accommodation and Support Program and also serves on the Boards of Sunraysia Residential Services and Mildura Chaplaincy Committee and he is an Ambassador for Bully Zero.

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.

Brendan Pauwels

Brendan Pauwels

Program Director, Major Road Projects Victoria

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

John Hearsch

President, Rail Futures Institute

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.

Karthik Venkatasubramanian

Karthik Venkatasubramanian

Vice President, Data Science & Analytics, Oracle Construction & Engineering

Karthik Venkatasubramanian is currently a Vice President at Oracle wherein he has global responsibility for defining and delivering the data strategy within Oracle’s Construction and Engineering Business Unit. In a career spanning 20 years across 4 continents, Karthik has been instrumental in building data and analytics capabilities from the ground-up for many organizations across several industries. He has successfully led several large scale digitisation and transformation programs across IT, Sales, Marketing, Finance and Operations that have been the featured in case studies, patent applications, industry publications and international conferences. 

He has an Engineering Degree in Electronics and Communication and a MBA from Melbourne Business School. He is also part of the Industry Advisory Board within the Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics at Deakin Business School. 

Karthik is a passionate believer in creative innovation through the use of technology and infuses an element of “dataism” in almost every aspect of life. He regularly presents at Universities and industry events globally around the use of data to transform project delivery. His current focus is on the application of data science techniques in solving real world construction and engineering problems.

Dr Bill Russell

Dr Bill Russell

Secretary, Rail Futures Institute

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.

Ed Walker

Ed Walker

GM Projects, Interstate Network, Victoria - Interstate Network and Inland Rail

Ed Walker is the General Manager Projects Victoria at the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC). He leads the delivery of both the Inland Rail and North East Rail Line Upgrade projects in Victoria. 

Ed’s history with ARTC dates from 2014 to 2017 during which time he held the roles of Manager Infrastructure Strategy, GM Corporate Development and finally Director Customers, Service Offering & Terminals within the Inland Rail Leadership Team. His recent return to ARTC comes via John Holland, where he held the position of GM Strategy and Business Development. 

A/Prof. Russell Thompson

A/Prof. Russell Thompson

Department of Infrastructure Engineering, University of Melbourne

Russell is an Associate Professor in Transport Engineering at the University of Melbourne. He has a bachelor’s 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

Andrew Harris

Andrew Harris

Vice President of Sales - APAC, InEight

Andrew joined InEight in November 2018 as Vice President – Sales for the Asia Pacific region. In this role, he is responsible for the regional sales strategy, including customer satisfaction and success.

Before joining InEight, Andrew was General Manager of Sales for blueAPACHE IT as a Service and, prior to that, National Sales Manager of Southern Cross Computer Systems. In both roles, Andrew was responsible for leading sales and customer health nationally across commercial, state and federal government sectors. Andrew has also amassed extensive telecommunications experience leading teams that were delivering high-value solutions to some of Australia’s most well-known organisations. He has led sales and customer experience for a range of cloud-centric managed service organisations, with significant experience in leading teams in highly competitive markets.

Away from the office, Andrew enjoys music and most sports, as well as being active with family. Andrew holds a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship.

 

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