VIC Transport Infrastructure Conference 2021

16-17 June 2021
Melbourne Convention
& Exhibition Centre
Melbourne, Victoria

Speakers

Hon. Jacinta Allan
Hon. Jacinta Allan

Minister for Transport Infrastructure, Minister for the Suburban Rail Loop Victoria

Hon. Tim Pallas
Hon. Tim Pallas

Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations Victoria

Andrew Williams
Andrew Williams

Director, Business Strategy Major Road Projects Victoria

Dr Jonathan Spear
Dr Jonathan Spear

Chief Operating Officer Infrastructure Victoria

Marion Terrill
Marion Terrill

Transport & Cities Program Director Grattan Institute

Damian Brizzi |
Damian Brizzi

Package Director, Rail Systems, Rail Infrastructure and Sunbury Line Upgrade Projects Rail Projects Victoria

William McDougall
William McDougall

Independent Transport Planner Victoria

Caryn Anderson |
Caryn Anderson

Executive General Manager Port Growth and Planning Port of Melbourne

Professor Majid Sarvi
Professor Majid Sarvi

Program Director, Transport Technologies University of Melbourne

Mark Havryluk |
Mark Havryluk

Director, Regional Rail Revival Rail Projects Victoria

Mark Dixon |
Mark Dixon

Chief Executive Officer City of Wodonga

Graham Currie
Graham Currie

Professor, Transport Engineering Monash University

Ed Walker |
Ed Walker

General Manager Victorian Projects ARTC

Peter Anderson
Peter Anderson

Chief Executive Officer Victorian Transport Association

Stephen Litterick |
Stephen Litterick

Senior Executive Acciona Geotech

Rachel Dapiran |
Rachel Dapiran

Executive Director, Planning Infrastructure and Technical Victorian Planning Authority

Jennifer Kaye |
Jennifer Kaye

Director Strategic Communications Level Crossing Removal Project

Megan Cusack |
Megan Cusack

Deputy Director Communications and Stakeholder Engagement Melbourne Airport Rail Link (Rail Projects Victoria)

Mandi Davidson
Mandi Davidson

National Lead – Communications and Engagement RPS

Colin Craney |
Colin Craney

Engineering Manager CPB Contractors

Peter Gill
Peter Gill

Infrastructure Managing Director Donald Cant Watts Corke (DCWC)

Trent Woodberry |
Trent Woodberry

Director Strategic Communications Major Road Projects Victoria

Eric Shegog |
Eric Shegog

Program Director Major Road Projects Authority

Mikel Alonso
Mikel Alonso

Transport Market Leader - Australia GHD

Romina Cavallo |
Romina Cavallo

General Manager Strategic Development RPS

Hon. Jacinta Allan

Hon. Jacinta Allan

Minister for Transport Infrastructure, Minister for the Suburban Rail Loop, Victoria

Jacinta is currently the Minister for Transport Infrastructure and Minister for Suburban Rail Loop 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 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 several Ministerial portfolios throughout her career including Public Transport, Major Projects, 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 went to school at St Joseph’s Primary School in Quarry Hill then Catholic College Bendigo, before completing her studies 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, Melbourne Airport Rail and the 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.

As Minister for Suburban Rail Loop, Jacinta is responsible for the delivery of the state-shaping Suburban Rail Loop project which will transform the way Victorians travel and connect to health, education and employment centres across Melbourne’s middle suburbs. As the biggest transport project in Victoria’s history, the Suburban Rail Loop will create a pipeline of investment renewal in key precincts, bringing services and jobs closer to communities and neighbourhoods.

Jacinta also has oversight of Development Victoria – the Government’s development agency responsible for the delivery of major civic projects, property development (both residential and commercial) and urban renewal projects. She is also responsible for the long-term development of key transport precincts including Arden and Sunshine.

Hon. Tim Pallas

Hon. Tim Pallas

Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations, Victoria

Tim Pallas is the Treasurer of Victoria, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Industrial Relations.
Tim was elected to the Victorian Parliament in 2006 and is the state member for Werribee.
Tim previously served in the Bracks and Brumby Governments as Minister for Roads and Ports, and later added Major Projects to his responsibilities. He was also previously Minister for Resources in the first term of the Andrews Labor Government, overseeing a period of significant growth in that sector.
As Minister for Roads, he delivered EastLink, oversaw the M1 Upgrade, the construction of the Deer Park Bypass and Geelong Ring Road, completed the upgrade of the Calder Freeway to improve links to Bendigo, and was responsible for commencing the Peninsula Link project on the Mornington Peninsula.
In the Major Projects portfolio, he was responsible for big ticket items like the development of AAMI Park, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, as well as the Melbourne Recital Centre and Melbourne Theatre Company’s auditorium.
Tim’s first budget as Treasurer in May 2015 delivered the biggest education budget and investment in public transport in the State’s history. His second budget in April 2016 included the single biggest school capital investment in Victoria’s history as well as the new Metro Tunnel. His third budget in May 2017 included an unprecedented $1.9 billion investment to address family violence.
The 2018/19 Victorian Budget focused on continued jobs growth, investment in major projects and the Free TAFE initiative.
The 2019/20 Budget delivered a suburban transport blitz, universal three-year-old kinder, and the solar homes initiative, while maintaining a strong and steady economic approach.
Tim has played a significant role in the delivery of the $1.7billion Economic Survival Package and $2.7 billion Building Works Package that are designed to support Victorian businesses, households and workers to get through to the other side of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Victorian Budget 2020/21 – his sixth – invested an unprecedented $49 billion to rebuild Victoria and ensure Victorians remain at the heart of recovery, supporting massive jobs growth and delivering the infrastructure that communities want and need.
Tim studied Arts/Law at the Australian National University prior to taking up roles with the Federal Firefighters Union and the Storemen and Packers Union. Tim still holds a legal practising certificate and is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
He later served as Assistant Secretary of the ACTU before taking up a position as Chief of Staff to Premier Steve Bracks.
He is married with two children and is a passionate supporter of the Western Bulldogs, Melbourne Storm, Melbourne Victory and the Melbourne Vixens. In his spare time, Tim works towards fulfilling a dream of being an accomplished chilli farmer.

Andrew Williams

Andrew Williams

Director, Business Strategy, Major Road Projects Victoria

Starting as a graduate with VicRoads in 1995, Andrew has accumulated over 20 years of infrastructure project management experience, successfully delivering a number of key projects like the Springvale Level Crossing Removal Project, the Albury Wodonga Bypass and the Nagambie Bypass.  As Executive Director, Major Projects at VicRoads, Andrew oversaw a number of high-profile projects including, the Monash Freeway Upgrade, Thompsons Road Upgrade and the Chandler Highway Upgrade. This also included the Victorian first, availability style Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement for the $1.8b Suburban Roads Upgrade project.

After serving as Director, Development and Performance at Major Road Projects Victoria (MRPV) where he worked at the front end of the project lifecycle including establishing projects, seeking funding and liaising with key government stakeholders to prepare projects for delivery, Andrew now brings that extensive knowledge to his new role as Director, Business Strategy, where he focusses on supporting and coordinating our various interfacing stakeholders

Dr Jonathan Spear

Dr Jonathan Spear

Chief Operating Officer, Infrastructure Victoria

Dr. Jonathan Spear is Infrastructure Victoria’s Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer. He leads Infrastructure Victoria’s work on the 30-year infrastructure strategy, research program and providing independent advice to the Victorian Government.

In addition, Jonathan is General Counsel and responsible for Infrastructure Victoria’s project management functions.
Before joining Infrastructure Victoria, Jonathan held senior leadership, policy, strategy and legal roles with the Department of Premier & Cabinet, Department of Justice, Victoria Police and Slater & Gordon Lawyers.

Marion Terrill

Marion Terrill

Transport & Cities Program Director, Grattan Institute

Marion is a leading policy analyst with experience that ranges from authoring parts of the 2010 Henry Tax Review to leading the design and development of the MyGov account. She has provided expert analysis and advice on labour market policy for the Commonwealth Government, the Business Council of Australia and at the Australian National University. She joined the Grattan Institute in April 2015 to establish the Transport Program, and has published on investment in transport infrastructure, cost overruns, value capture, congestion and discount rates.

Damian Brizzi

Damian Brizzi

Package Director, Rail Systems, Rail Infrastructure and Sunbury Line Upgrade Projects, Rail Projects Victoria

Damian is a civil engineer with a career spanning almost 17 years in the rail industry. Beginning his professional experience as a design consultant at GHD, Damian trained as a track and civil designer, before moving on to John Holland in engineering management and construction management roles on major rail projects such as Wodonga Rail Bypass, South Morang Rail Extension and Regional Rail Link Package B.

Damian joined Metro Trains Melbourne in 2014, where he established a delivery team within the organisation to construct the Calder Park Stabling Project and the Bayside Rail Improvement Project, before going on to support the North Road, McKinnon Road, Centre Road, and Caulfield to Dandenong level crossing removals.

In 2017, Damian joined Rail Projects Victoria as Project Director where he now leads the Metro Tunnel Project, Rail Systems Alliance, Rail Infrastructure Alliance, the Sunbury Line Upgrade project and the Gap Road Level Crossing Removal project. Damian also oversees the Metro Tunnel Project’s Integrated Program team. 

Over the course of his career, Damian has developed a unique set of skills that has enabled him to successfully deliver more than 10 major rail projects.

William McDougall

William McDougall

Independent Transport Planner, Victoria

William McDougall is an independent transport planner and engineer with over 45 years' experience as a consultant to public and private clients. He has worked in Australasia, Asia, Middle East and the UK. In Victoria he has conducted or contributed to many key transport studies, including the Northern Central City Corridor Study, East West Link Needs Assessment, Melbourne Airport Landside Access Strategy and the Rowville and Doncaster Rail studies. Now self-employed, he has recently advised objectors on hearings into major transport projects, including Melbourne Metro Rail Tunnel, West Gate Tunnel, Mordialloc Freeway and North East Link. William is concerned about the politicisation of transport planning and the urgent need for sustainable, evidence-based decision making in infrastructure investment.

Caryn Anderson

Caryn Anderson

Executive General Manager Port Growth and Planning, Port of Melbourne

Caryn is responsible for leading the coordination of the Port’s growth strategies and supporting activities including planning and supply chain.

Having joined the former Port of Melbourne Corporation in 2006, Caryn has over 20 years of experience in the Australian and international ports, shipping and logistics sectors. Caryn’s practical industry experience is supported by formal qualifications in science, law and business.

Professor Majid Sarvi

Professor Majid Sarvi

Program Director, Transport Technologies, University of Melbourne

Professor Majid Sarvi is the director of Transport Technology program at the University of Melbourne. He is the founder and director of the Australian Integrated Multimodal EcoSystem (AIMES). AIMES is a world first; a grid mapped with smart sensors to test emerging, multimodal connected large-scale transport technologies in a complex urban environment. Through AIMES, Majid is bringing the transport network together, collaborating with more than 50 domestic and international partners from industry and government . AIMES’ key objective is to deliver safer, more efficient and sustainable transport solutions for all road users to enable smarter cities to thrive.

Majid’s unique skillset includes research leadership, innovative vision, a track record in senior management, and industry engagement. He has extensive experience in strategic planning, business development and change management, bringing ideas to commercial viability. He combines pragmatic business-focused planning with a researcher’s curiosity delivering world-class outcomes for teams and projects.

Majid has consulted on numerous international projects including: leading the first fully automated highway between Tokyo and Nagoya as Chief Engineer; the first full scale probe-intelligent vehicle for traffic state estimation in Japan; optimization of the ferry network in Hong Kong; contribution to the Transport Master Plan for the city of Dubai; the Freight Master Plan for the city of Abu Dhabi; and transport planning of the Dubai Metro Green Line.

Majid has more than 23 years of professional, academic and research experience in the areas of traffic and transport engineering. His research is multidisciplinary with an international outlook applying theory to combat real-world challenges. His expertise covers a range of topics, including: connected multimodal transport systems, cooperative ITS, crowd dynamic modelling and simulation and network vulnerability assessment and optimization.

Mark Havryluk

Mark Havryluk

Director, Regional Rail Revival, Rail Projects Victoria

Mark oversees the development and delivery of the $1.75 billion Regional Rail Revival, which is upgrading every passenger rail line in Victoria, and leads the coordination and integration of the program with other relevant infrastructure projects and public transport stakeholders.

Regional Rail Revival – a joint initiative of the Australian and Victorian governments – is in full swing, and is already delivering significant benefits for regional Victorians.

Mark has extensive project development, delivery, engineering and advisory experience and has worked on some of the largest transport and rail infrastructure projects in Australia and globally, including the Metro Tunnel.

 

Mark Dixon

Mark Dixon

Chief Executive Officer, City of Wodonga

Mark Dixon commenced his role as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Wodonga City Council in April 2019 and has guided the community through bushfires, COVID-19 and the border closures.  As the council CEO, Mark also sits on the Ovens Murray Regional Partnership, where he leads the transport portfolio.  Improved access to passenger and freight services along the North East line has been a priority point of advocacy for all councils within the Hume Region and Mark will highlight why transportation infrastructure is critical to regional Victoria’s ongoing growth and transformation.

Prior to his appointment at council Mark was the Managing Director of Wodonga Institute of TAFE for a period of four years and a former senior military officer for more than 30 years in both the British and Australian Armies.  His Defence leadership experience spans the fields of counter terrorism, defence intelligence, training, transport & logistics, capability acquisition and procurement.   He has seen active service in Iraq and Afghanistan and worked throughout Europe, Asia and the United States. 

Graham Currie

Graham Currie

Professor, 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 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 world’s 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 world’s 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.

Ed Walker

Ed Walker

General Manager Victorian Projects, ARTC

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. 

Peter Anderson

Peter Anderson

Chief Executive Officer, Victorian Transport Association

Peter Anderson is one of Australia’s foremost experts in transport and logistics, with a lifelong career working in the business of freight movement for private businesses, and more recently Victoria’s peak transport industry representative group.

As Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Transport Association, a role he has held since late 2014, Peter is the voice of over 800 transport and logistics operators in Victoria, with a focus on enhancing the productivity, safety, workforce development and sustainability of the industry through leadership and advocacy.

Peter was appointed VTA CEO after serving as a Board member since 2007. His involvement with the VTA dates back to 1994, serving on numerous committees and as honorary Chair of the VTA’s General Freight Committee and its Container Group.

Coming from a transport family, Peter has lived and breathed freight and logistics his whole life. He has held management positions since 1983, becoming only the second Chief Executive Officer at The Scott Group of Companies, where he drove major cultural change and business improvements.

Stephen Litterick

Stephen Litterick

Senior Executive, Acciona Geotech

Stephen Litterick was, until recently, the Alliance General Manager at the Southern Program Alliance, which is busy removing dangerous and congested level crossings on the Frankston Line as well as undertaking rail upgrades elsewhere on the network. Stephen has worked on quite a few level crossing removals and he enjoys the engineering diversity and challenges which they bring. Originally from the UK, he has also worked in Hong Kong, China, New Zealand and Queensland before settling with his family in Melbourne. Much of Stephen’s three decades in the industry has been spent on projects involving collaboration including alliancing and partnering. He is a Civil Engineer and an Engineering Executive and Fellow of Engineers Australia. He enjoys working for ACCIONA and he shares the company’s passion for sustainable development goals.

Rachel Dapiran

Rachel Dapiran

Executive Director, Planning Infrastructure and Technical, Victorian Planning Authority

Rachel has a Master of Urban and Regional Planning and experience working in government and public policy at a senior level. Rachel is a strategic thinker with a proven track record of stakeholder management, effective advocacy and implementing complex policies.

Jennifer Kaye

Jennifer Kaye

Director Strategic Communications, Level Crossing Removal Project

Jennifer has over 20 years experience providing high-level communications advice and project management services to government, corporate and not-for-profit sectors.

As a Communications Director in the Government sector, Jennifer has devised and managed campaigns to successfully communicate major government programs, and worked closely with senior executives and Ministers. Jennifer has also developed marketing strategies and branding campaigns for private sector companies.

More recently Jennifer was an Account Director at a national communications consultancy managing government and business clients. Jennifer is currently managing a large communications team in LXRA to deliver an extensive communications and engagement program.

Megan Cusack

Megan Cusack

Deputy Director Communications and Stakeholder Engagement, Melbourne Airport Rail Link (Rail Projects Victoria)

Mandi Davidson

Mandi Davidson

National Lead – Communications and Engagement, RPS

Mandi Davidson is the National Lead for Communications and Engagement at RPS, a leading global professional services firm. Mandi has more than 20 years’ experience in communications and engagement and has held senior roles in the delivery of the Victorian Desalination Plant, Regional Rail Link and a number of urban renewal projects for Development Victoria. Mandi is the Deputy Chair for IAP2, the peak body for engagement practitioners in Australia and New Zealand, and is also a Director of the IAP2 international board.

Colin Craney

Colin Craney

Engineering Manager, CPB Contractors

A skilled Design and Engineering Manager with a background in civil engineering, Colin has extensive experience in leading engineering, design and systems assurance teams on a range of major rail, road and buildings projects. Colin's level-headed temperament and logical application of design principles is balanced by an ability to understand key construction and client drivers, enabling sound decision making.  This experience equips Colin to manage the intricate interfaces between project requirements and stakeholder needs, successfully balancing the technical challenges of design with the realities of construction.

Having held key Engineering and Design Leadership roles on city shaping projects such as the Level Crossing Removals Program and redevelopment of Harbour Esplanade, in addition to major State and Federal Government Projects across Australia, Colin is one of Victoria’s leading infrastructure Engineering Managers. Currently the Engineering Manager for the $2b Rail Infrastructure Alliance, Colin oversees the development and alignment of technical solutions for the complex connection between the new Metro Tunnel and existing operational surface level metropolitan rail network in addition to the recently awarded traction power, signalling, platform and stabling upgrades required to accommodate operation of new High Capacity Metro Trains along the Sunbury Line.

 

Peter Gill

Peter Gill

Infrastructure Managing Director, Donald Cant Watts Corke (DCWC)

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.

 

Trent Woodberry

Trent Woodberry

Director Strategic Communications, Major Road Projects Victoria

Eric Shegog

Eric Shegog

Program Director, Major Road Projects Authority

Mikel Alonso

Mikel Alonso

Transport Market Leader - Australia, GHD

Mikel is responsible for GHD’s transport market in Australia, connecting clients with the best talent, ideas and technology across the road, rail, aviation and ports sectors.

Driven by GHD’s power of commitment locally and connected network globally, Mikel partners with clients in identifying transport challenges and developing sustainable solutions through industry-leading technical authority.

He is passionate about delivering multi-benefit infrastructure, including fully integrated public and private transport solutions that better connect people and communities, foster greener living and support future growth.

With a strong leadership track record across Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the United Kingdom, Mikel’s work has been associated with iconic, city-shaping projects including London Underground and Crossrail, Auckland’s City Rail Link and Melbourne Metro.

Mikel is a GHD Principal, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia and holds a Masters and PhD in Engineering from the University of London.

Romina Cavallo

Romina Cavallo

General Manager Strategic Development, RPS

 

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