VIC Major Projects Conference 2019

27-28 November 2019
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Speakers

Tim Pallas MP
Tim Pallas MP

Treasurer of Victoria Minister for Economic Development & Industrial Relations

Moses Lee |
Moses Lee

Team Leader - Economics and Modelling Infrastructure Victoria

Adele McCarthy |
Adele McCarthy

Executive General Manager, Planning and Precincts Suburban Rail Loop Authority

Angela Skandarajah |
Angela Skandarajah

Chief Executive Officer Development Victoria

Stuart Moseley |
Stuart Moseley

Chief Executive Officer Victorian Planning Authority

Dr. Collette Burke |
Dr. Collette Burke

Victorian Chief Engineer

Tania Quick
Tania Quick

Director – Fishermans Bend Taskforce Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Linda Cantan
Linda Cantan

Package Director - Tunnel & Stations Rail Projects Victoria

Professor Stephen Nicholls
Professor Stephen Nicholls

Director of MonashHeart and Professor of Cardiology Monash University

Kate Cornick |
Kate Cornick

Chief Executive Officer LaunchVic

Joanne Wandel |
Joanne Wandel

Program Director – Queen Victoria Market Precinct Renewal Program City of Melbourne

Kate Roffey |
Kate Roffey

Director - Deals, Investment & Major Projects Wyndham City Council

Emily Lazzaro |
Emily Lazzaro

Deputy Director, Communications & Stakeholder Engagement Regional Rail Revival

Trent Woodberry |
Trent Woodberry

Director, Strategic Communications Major Road Projects Victoria

Esther Diffey |
Esther Diffey

Director Communications and Stakeholder Engagement (South Australia & Victoria) Aurecon

Ian Filby |
Ian Filby

Project Director – CarbonNet Project Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Mark Havryluk |
Mark Havryluk

Director – Regional Rail Revival Rail Projects Victoria

Phil Christensen |
Phil Christensen

Senior Vice President Bentley Systems

George Hatzimanolis |
George Hatzimanolis

Chief Executive Officer Repurpose It

Mandi Davidson
Mandi Davidson

National Lead - Communications & Engagement RPS Australia Asia Pacific

Martin Hawson |
Martin Hawson

General Manager – Community Mildura Rural City Council

Tony Clark |
Tony Clark

Head of Project Communication & Engagement Victorian Health & Human Services Building Authority

Dr Kirsty Jones
Dr Kirsty Jones

Research Fellow Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University

John Scales
John Scales

Founder JWS Research

Danni Hunter
Danni Hunter

Chief Executive Officer UDIA VIC

Terence Jeyaratnam
Terence Jeyaratnam

Partner – Climate Change and Sustainability EY

Bronwen Clark
Bronwen Clark

Executive Officer National Growth Areas Alliance

Libby Porter
Libby Porter

Professor of Urban Planning, Centre for Urban Research RMIT University

Peter Tamblyn
Peter Tamblyn

Sales and Marketing Manager – Asia Pacific Close the Loop

Scott Harvey
Scott Harvey

Regional Sales Manager PlanGrid

Nick Savvas
Nick Savvas

CEO Touch Projects

Zac Kerr
Zac Kerr

Partner K & L Gates

Shannon Smyth
Shannon Smyth

Manager - Resource Recovery Strategies and Program Sustainability Victoria

Tim Pallas MP

Tim Pallas MP

Treasurer of Victoria, Minister for Economic Development & Industrial Relations

Moses Lee

Moses Lee

Team Leader - Economics and Modelling, Infrastructure Victoria

Moses is team leader of the Economics and Modelling team at Infrastructure Victoria where he guides economic research on infrastructure program assessments and microeconomic reforms.

A large piece of work at Infrastructure Victoria is the 2020 30-year infrastructure strategy which Moses is leading a large program of work. This includes; assessing the strategic merits of city-shaping projects across Victoria; identifying infrastructure priorities to strengthen and support regional Victoria’s comparative advantage and disadvantaged communities; as well as work on microeconomic reforms such as Transport Network Pricing.

Prior to working at Infrastructure Victoria, Moses has had signigicant experience in policy-making at a national level where he advised on social and economic policy. He has provided advice on developmental economics, labour market economics, skills and education policies, trade and investments as well as developing regional economies.

Moses received his M.Ec with first class honours from the University of Sydney and bachelor degree in economics and actuarial studies from the Australian National University.

Adele McCarthy

Adele McCarthy

Executive General Manager, Planning and Precincts, Suburban Rail Loop Authority

Angela Skandarajah

Angela Skandarajah

Chief Executive Officer, Development Victoria

With over 20 years’ experience in the real estate sector, Angela has broad commercial property experience with particular expertise in property development, urban renewal and infrastructure projects.

The former head of Minter Ellison's National Real Estate, Environment and Planning team, Angela has acted for both public and private sector clients in high-profile property and infrastructure projects. Angela is a member of the Board of Advisors for the Property Industry Foundation and has been a long term contributor to Property Council of Australia and Law Council of Australia committees.

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. 

Dr. Collette Burke

Dr. Collette Burke

Victorian Chief Engineer,

Dr Collette Burke is the inaugural Victorian Chief Engineer, with more than 25 years of engineering and construction industry experience in roles such as Site Engineer, Executive Manager and Managing Director. Having completed a PhD in risk management at RMIT and value for money on major infrastructure projects, she is also an internationally acknowledged researcher.

In addition to her role as the Victorian Chief Engineer, she acts as the Managing Director of Exner Group and Karsta in the Middle East and has been appointed as a Director for VicTrack. Formerly, Dr Burke was the National Director of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC).

Dr Burke has a drive for greater operational outcomes, a focus on strategic and forward planning, people development, effective delivery and commercial strategy.

Tania Quick

Tania Quick

Director – Fishermans Bend Taskforce, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Tania Quick is the recently appointed Director, Fishermans Bend Taskforce at the Victorian Department of Jobs Precincts and Regions.  She has extensive experience across the urban planning and property development industry, having held senior roles in the Victorian Government and the private sector.
 
Not one to shy from a challenge, she often finds herself drawn to complex and controversial urban renewal and major development projects, and has built a career focussing on facilitating ‘on the ground outcomes’ not just ‘on the shelf’ documents.  Fishermans Bend offers all the planning, development and infrastructure complexities imaginable, and the recent shift in focus from planning to delivery aligns perfectly with Tania’s passion for creating great urban outcomes.
 
Her key current and previous roles include:

  • Founding director, TQ Urban Planning
  • National Discipline leader/State Manager Planning, Meinhardt Australia.
  • Chair, UDIA Urban Renewal Committee, and Chair/Member of UDIA Planning Committee and UDIA Board Member
  • Expert Member of the Fishermans Bend Ministerial Advisory Committee
  • Sessional Panel Member Planning Panels Victoria

Linda Cantan

Linda Cantan

Package Director - Tunnel & Stations, Rail Projects Victoria

Linda Cantan has over 20 years’ experience in infrastructure delivery across a number of sectors including transport, education and health.

Her extensive experience working on Public Private Partnership projects includes the $2.9 billion Eastlink, $1.11 billion Bendigo Hospital project, $367 million Melbourne Convention Centre Development and $309 million Southern Cross Station redevelopment. 

As Package Director Tunnel & Stations, Linda has overseen the procurement and contract negotiation for the $6 billion package to build the five new underground stations and Metro Tunnel and is responsible for managing the contract throughout construction.

Professor Stephen Nicholls

Professor Stephen Nicholls

Director of MonashHeart and Professor of Cardiology, Monash University

Steve Nicholls is the new Director of MonashHeart and Professor of Cardiology at Monash University. He will be the Director of the Victorian Heart Hospital. He completed his cardiology training at John Hunter Hospital and PhD at the University of Adelaide, prior to holding a postdoctoral fellowship and faculty appointment at the Cleveland Clinic. He returned to Australia to serve as the inaugural Deputy Director and Heart Health Theme Leader at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute. His research interests focus on the role of metabolic risk factors and imaging in atherosclerosis, with work spanning from early discovery to leadership of large clinical trials. He is Chair of the (i) Australian Atherosclerosis Society Clinical Council, (ii) Australia and New Zealand Alliance for Cardiovascular Trials, (iii) Asia Pacific Cardiometabolic Consortium and (iv) Future Leader Fellowship committee of the National Heart Foundation, Secretary of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand, Treasurer of the Australian Cardiovascular Alliance and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

Kate Cornick

Kate Cornick

Chief Executive Officer, LaunchVic

Dr Kate Cornick is the CEO of LaunchVic, the Victorian Government’s startup development agency. Kate is deeply passionate about the role of innovation in our economy and society more broadly, and has considerable experience in technology innovation across startups, academia, corporates and government.

Most recently, Kate led the development of human resources technology startup Rision Ltd, creating new products, partnerships, sales and ultimately a listing on the ASX. Kate sits on a number of boards including the Victorian Government Innovation Expert Panel, The Charles Sturt University Council and the AIIA Victoria Council.

Kate is a telecommunications engineer and was involved in policy development for the NBN. She has held the positions of Senior Telecommunications Adviser and Deputy Chief of Staff to Senator Stephen Conroy, the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and has also worked as a General Manager at NBN Co. Kate Cornick undertook her PhD in optical telecommunications at the University of Melbourne and, as part of her studies, spent time at AT&T Research Laboratories, USA.

Joanne Wandel

Joanne Wandel

Program Director – Queen Victoria Market Precinct Renewal Program, City of Melbourne

Joanne Wandel joined the City of Melbourne in October 2015 to lead the delivery of Council’s largest capital works program to revitalise the Queen Victoria Market. Prior to that, she spent four years at Places Victoria where she was the Development Director of the Melbourne Docklands project and later General Manager Land Development and Housing, delivering a range of projects in metropolitan and regional Victoria worth more than $2 billion.

Joanne has a proven track record in delivering and facilitating large projects, working in partnership with the public and private sector.  She has held senior roles at the Office of Housing, Ashe Morgan Winthrop, R Corporation, the then Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development and Mildura Rural City Council.
Joanne holds a Master of Commercial Law from the University of Melbourne, an MBA and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Politics.

Kate Roffey

Kate Roffey

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

Kate Roffey (Chairman) was appointed a Director of VRCA on 1 June 2016. She has extensive experience as a CEO and Senior Executive within the commercial, government and not-for-profit sectors.

Kate is currently the Director of Deals, Investment and Major Projects at Wyndham City, where she has played a critical role in securing a new A League team for Melbourne’s West and developing a Public-Private-Partnership deal that will see Australia’s first privately owned sports stadium built in Wyndham. Prior to that, Kate was the CEO of the Committee for Melbourne where she successfully led a broad cross-section of Melbourne’s most influential companies and institutions to develop initiatives that ensured Melbourne continued to grow as a prosperous globally connected city and retain its mantle as the ‘World’s most liveable city’. As an industry leader in this role, Kate led influential policy discussions around the key issues of infrastructure development, economic growth, urban optimisation and liveability.

Prior to joining the Committee, Kate held an executive position at Tennis Australia as Manager of the Melbourne Park Redevelopment, where she played a leadership role in developing the Masterplan vision of, and secured almost $1 billion in government funding for, the substantial upgrading of facilities for the Australian Open Tennis Championship.

In addition to her Executive roles, Kate is also an experienced non-executive director and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In addition to her role at the Victorian Regional Channels Authority, Kate is Vice President of the Melbourne Football Club, is the Chair of the Metro Trains Advisory Board, Member of the Ministerial Review into Planning and Essential Services Board as well as being a member of the Ministerial Freight Advisory Council.

Emily Lazzaro

Emily Lazzaro

Deputy Director, Communications & Stakeholder Engagement, Regional Rail Revival

Trent Woodberry

Trent Woodberry

Director, Strategic Communications, Major Road Projects Victoria

Trent is a senior communications and stakeholder engagement executive with proven experience delivering award winning (national and international) stakeholder engagement campaigns on some of Australia's largest infrastructure projects. Trent's experience spans across both the public and private sectors including management roles with major alliances, design and construct tunnel contracts, Public Private Partnerships, Joint Ventures, market led proposals and as a Regional Communications Director for John Holland. Most notably Trent was a member of the Regional Rail Link City to Maribyrnong River Alliance, EastLink Joint Venture, Burke/North/Mckinnon and Centre Level Crossing removal and the Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal project, all of which received numerous awards for communications and stakeholder engagement. As MRPV’s leader in Strategic Communications, Trent is responsible for our communications, stakeholder engagement and corporate affairs functions.

Esther Diffey

Esther Diffey

Director Communications and Stakeholder Engagement (South Australia & Victoria), Aurecon

Esther’s in-depth understanding of social procurement, stakeholder engagement, risk management and strategic communication has proven a powerful tool in ensuring her infrastructure clients’ goals are achieved. With over 15 years of stakeholder management experience spanning across Government and private Tier-1 construction and engineering companies, she has a proven ability to develop and execute effective communication and strategic procurement strategies. Esther was the Lead Advisor, Community & Stakeholder Relations at CPB Contractors on the Melbourne Water M40 Preston Reservoir to Merri Creek Water Main Renewal Project, and 3 Main Drains Project, specifically Aberfeldie Drainage Improvement Project. Esther develop the Social Procurement Strategy for the Western Distributor Project and provide strategic input into the Workforce Development Plan, Victorian Industry Participation Policy, and Major Projects Skills Guarantee. Currently Esther is a PhD candidate at Swinburne University undertaking research into social procurement, its practices and opportunities for design and implementation to create positive social outcomes.

 

Ian Filby

Ian Filby

Project Director – CarbonNet Project, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Ian Filby is the Project Director for CarbonNet at the Department of Jobs Precincts and Regions,  a State and Commonwealth funded project investigating commercial scale carbon capture and storage for Gippsland, enabling new industries such as hydrogen production consistent with Net Zero Emissions by 2050 target.

Ian has bachelor degrees in civil engineering and commerce, with an extensive background working at the interface between government and the private sector on major capital projects. Prior to joining CarbonNet, Ian was involved in the delivery of the Victorian Desalination Project and large scale water recycling proposals for the Latrobe Valley.

Mark Havryluk

Mark Havryluk

Director – Regional Rail Revival, Rail Projects Victoria

Phil Christensen

Phil Christensen

Senior Vice President, Bentley Systems

Phil joined Bentley in 2011 after the company’s acquisition of FormSys, where he was founder and CEO. He was named senior vice president of reality modeling and cloud services in 2017 and is responsible for the company’s portfolio of reality modeling software and cloud services including ContextCapture, ContextCapture Center, ContextCapture Cloud Processing, ContextCapture Editor, Descartes, Pointools, and ProjectWise ContextShare.  Phil also leads the development of a range of new cloud services for mobile access to analysis models and Scenario Services for design optioneering. His prior roles with Bentley include senior vice president of analytical modeling, vice present of offshore and optioneering, vice president of offshore and marine, and director of product development/marine. Phil earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Auckland and a master’s degree in engineering science from the University of Western Australia.

George Hatzimanolis

George Hatzimanolis

Chief Executive Officer, Repurpose It

Mandi Davidson

Mandi Davidson

National Lead - Communications & Engagement, RPS Australia Asia Pacific

Martin Hawson

Martin Hawson

General Manager – Community, Mildura Rural City Council

Martin Hawson, General Manager Community, Mildura Rural City Council

Martin has extensive experience in the education and health sectors and has worked in local government at the Mildura Rural City Council for the past 19 years. The Community Department is made up of three Branches’ which are Community Futures, Community Care Services and Leisure and Cultural Services within the Mildura Municipality.

During his career Martin’s integrated approach to addressing disadvantage in communities has been a major focus. This has led to the development of models which aim to address the underlying causes of disadvantage rather than the symptoms. Through community planning and community engagement, the cross sector linkages and models have emerged as practical solutions to overcoming disadvantage in communities. The realisation of these models in a practical sense to deliver outcomes and make a difference is emerging as the key challenge facing communities.

In recent years Martin has overseen several successful major redevelopment projects including the redevelopment of the Mildura Arts Centre (building and theatre), Red Cliffs and Merbein Community Hubs (including libraries) and the Mildura Riverfront.

A current focus of Martin’s is the realisation of the ‘Mildura Future Ready’ Funding and Advocacy Strategy, which has seen Mildura Rural City Council successfully attract over $20.5M in State and Federal Government funding since the strategy’s development in 2017.

Martin holds a Masters in Health Administration, Graduate Diploma in Health Science and a Diploma in Education.

Tony Clark

Tony Clark

Head of Project Communication & Engagement, Victorian Health & Human Services Building Authority

Tony brings a wealth of experience in leading transformation through the challenging political and economic landscape.

As Assistant Director of Communications and Engagement at the Victorian Health and Human Services Building Authority, Tony leads the engagement for a diverse set of projects including the $580M Victorian Heart Hospital a fully digital cardiac hospital and research hub, $685M Community Hospital Program delivering 10 new hospitals, $1.5B New Footscray Hospital a PPP project, $132 million 10 Early Parenting Centres, Mental Health facilities, Ambulance Stations and more totalling over $7 billion in infrastructure.

Tony is also a Director on the board of IAP2 Australasia.

Dr Kirsty Jones

Dr Kirsty Jones

Research Fellow, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University

Dr Kirsty Jones is the senior researcher for the Next Generation Engagement Program, Australia’s largest study into community engagement in infrastructure, to date. Kirsty is currently leading Phase 1 of the program’s Flagship Research Project – the development of the case centre and the Infrastructure Engagement Excellence Framework. She brings more than a decade of experience coordinating industry and government engagement with research institutions. This experience includes her work for the University of Melbourne, where she oversaw the development, coordination, delivery and evaluation of programs to share knowledge between university researchers, government and health professionals to achieve better public health outcomes.

John Scales

John Scales

Founder, JWS Research

Danni Hunter

Danni Hunter

Chief Executive Officer, UDIA VIC

Terence Jeyaratnam

Terence Jeyaratnam

Partner – Climate Change and Sustainability, EY

Bronwen Clark

Bronwen Clark

Executive Officer, National Growth Areas Alliance

Bronwen Clark is Executive Officer of the National Growth Areas Alliance, representing 21 fast-growing Councils in outer urban areas of Australia where 5 million people live. She coordinates a national research program and advocates for improved policies on infrastructure, population distribution and urban planning.

Alliance Members experience population growth rates at double the national average, inadequate infrastructure to cope with increased demand, significant lags in government investment in roads, public transport and essential services.

Bronwen brings advocacy, policy and government relations expertise to the Alliance. She has consulted extensively to local government, small business and not-for-profits, and has worked with the Federal Government on multilateral trade negotiations, including representing Australia at the WTO.

Libby Porter

Libby Porter

Professor of Urban Planning, Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University

Professor Libby Porter is a scholar in planning and urban geography, based at the Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University. She is a writer, researcher, educator and activist about cities and urban place-making, contributing to debates about the impacts of displacement from public housing renewal programs, the relationship between Indigenous people and urban land development, as the well as the displacing effects of mega-events. Her many publications and books include Whose Urban Renaissance? An International comparison of urban regeneration policies(co-edited with Kate Shaw 2008 Routledge); Unlearning the Colonial Cultures of Planning(2010 Ashgate), Planning for Coexistence?(with Janice Barry Routledge 2016) and most recently Planning in Indigenous Australia: From imperial foundations to postcolonial futures with Sue Jackson and Louise Johnson (Routledge 2018). Professor Porter has worked in planning and urban policy practice and taught in planning and geography schools around the world. She is the co-founder of Planners Network UK, a progressive voice for radical planning in the UK and convenor of the Save Public Housing Collective.

 

Peter Tamblyn

Peter Tamblyn

Sales and Marketing Manager – Asia Pacific, Close the Loop

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.

Nick Savvas

Nick Savvas

CEO, Touch Projects

Nick Savvas is the founder and CEO of Touch Projects. He has over 20 years industry experience across Public Transport, Light Rail, Infrastructure and Logistics and has held key project delivery roles on large private & public sector projects throughout Australia.

He’ll be sharing insights into the challenges that his team often face in delivering projects in the public realm. The current surge in road and public transport projects underway in Victoria means that we need to understand the challenges we face in delivering projects in the live environment where people still need to live, work and play, while we continue to operate road and public transport services… and deliver a complex construction project at the same time.

Zac Kerr

Zac Kerr

Partner, K & L Gates

Mr. Kerr is a partner in the Melbourne office and advises on projects and infrastructure transactions globally, particularly in Australia and Asia. He has a particular knowledge of the transport, power, water and social infrastructure / public–private partnership (PPP) sectors, including greenfield contracting, financing and secondary markets.

Mr. Kerr has advised on:

  1. more than 30 major energy and waste projects in the Australian market, including the current East Rockingham Resource Recovery Facility and three other resource recovery facilities currently under development;
  2. every privately owned toll road in Australia (together with a number of international road projects); and
  3. the majority of the PPPs undertaken in Australia to date (together with a number of offshore PPPs).

He is also experienced in advising clients lending to or buying and selling stakes in these assets.

Mr. Kerr also has extensive experience advising on the sale and purchase of infrastructure assets and non-recourse or limited recourse project finance documentation.

Shannon Smyth

Shannon Smyth

Manager - Resource Recovery Strategies and Program, Sustainability Victoria

 

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