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.
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 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.
Owain is a Senior Associate at Grattan, having begun as an Associate in July 2015.
During his time at Grattan, Owain has worked in the Transport and Cities, Household Finances, School Education, and Budget Policy & Institutional Reform programs. He has co-authored reports on several transport policy topics, including infrastructure procurement, project selection, cost overruns and value capture.
Prior to joining Grattan he spent 13 years working as an actuary in general insurance, at IAG, before following his heart and making a career change into public policy.
Owain holds a Bachelor of Commerce & Bachelor of Science from the University of Melbourne. He has also completed professional qualifications as an actuary.
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 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 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.
Mark oversees the development and delivery of the $4 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 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.
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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
Romina is a leader in strategic communications and engagement, having worked on city-shaping infrastructure projects for over 15 years. Leveraging her deep expertise in stakeholder and community engagement and underpinned by social research, Romina has contribute to the strategic development and implementation of engagement strategies for some of NSW’s largest infrastructure projects.
Her experience spans early planning, on large and complex projects such as the Digital Systems program for Transport for NSW and drinking-water security for Greater Sydney, to securing approvals for projects like the Western Sydney Airport, through to construction of significant infrastructure, impacting sensitive communities, including $130million Green Square stormwater upgrades in inner Sydney.
A geographer at heart, Romina understands that transport infrastructure has enormous impacts and benefits on communities and their everyday lives. Her strategic approach to engagement ensures that a community and stakeholder lens is applied to key decisions in projects – ensuring broader support, resilience in the scope and execution of projects and minimising risk to project outcomes.
Romina lectures undergraduate students in planning and engagement at the University of NSW and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Andrew Loh brings exceptional skills in the fields of project and cost management of infrastructure and building projects. His extensive experience covers over 15 years in the construction industry focusing on measurement and cost management of major infrastructure and heavy engineering projects.
Andrew’s experience therefore spans a number of key sectors including water, rail, roads, port, oil & gas, health, commercial and residential building. In more recent years Andrew has provided these services on projects using the EPCM, Alliance and Program Alliance models to both private and public clients.
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.
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