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From the RA Fellows Council

July 2019

In Victoria, the Council has held an early morning breakfast in Melbourne’s CBD, and in NSW an after works drinks session with great attendance from the Fellows.

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Message from the Council 

Hi Fellows,

Winter is now upon us and if you are from the south or south-east coast of the country, you would be witnessing the crispness of the mornings and the early evening darkness.  It has always amazed me that even in these times where hibernation is very attractive, the quick pace of industry does not change and we maintain our commitment to achievement.

The Fellowship Council has been focused on several activities this quarter and one activity in particular, is front of mind for me. The Council is working on invigorating the bi-monthly catch-ups for the Fellows and the Alumni in your local region. Although in states such as Queensland whereby the Fellows have been routinely catching up, in other regions around the country, these events had not really taken off.

In Victoria, the Council held an early morning breakfast in Melbourne’s CBD with excellent attendance from the Fellowship. Similarly, in NSW, the Council held an after works drinks session at “The Swinging Cat” also with great attendance from the Fellows. 

The intent of the function is to improve networking opportunities between the Fellows and provide access to your peers in industry. Given that the infrastructure industry is experiencing boom times across the country, the networking functions give an opening to connect with others working on similar projects or developing policies that will define the projects of the future. 

Next events are planned for all regions across the country and we look forward to seeing you at the next Fellow event in your capital city.

Kate Borg
Fellowship Council  

Nominations for 2020 Fellowship Program Now Open
Nominations for the 2020 Fellowship Program are now open! These are due by COB Friday 23 August 2019 to Hannah. The nomination form and application guidelines can be found here. Questions may be directed to Hannah and more information about the Program is available here.

Calling for Fellowship Council Chair & Deputy
Nominations for the Fellowship Council Chair and Deputy Chair are now open. To be eligible, you must be a current or past member of the Council. We will announce the successful applicants at the November Annual Dinner. Please contact Hannah if you would like to find out more. 


Upcoming Events

Young Professionals Group Mentoring - Thursday August 22 - Sydney

After the success of our first Young Professionals Group Mentoring in Brisbane and Melbourne, we will be hosting our next session in Sydney. The Mentoring sessions are led exclusively by Fellows, and targeted at YPs with 0-5 years' experience. To register your YPs to attend please click here, or contact Hannah if you are interested in Mentoring. 

Young Professionals Breakfast with Paul McCormick - Thursday September 5 – Sydney

Join us for our next YP Breakfast as we hear about two of the biggest projects coming up in Sydney and some key infrastructure lessons learned from across the globe.

Our guest speaker is Paul McCormick, Program Director at Roads and Maritime Services who is responsible for both the Sydney Gateway ($2.4bn) and F6 Extension ($2.4bn), as well as other multi-million dollar projects across Sydney.

We strongly encourage Fellows to champion the industry engagement for YPs. Click here to register. 

Fellows Multi-State Leadership Roundtable with Jayne Whitney, Chief Strategy Officer, John Holland - Tuesday September 10

The next Multi-State event will be hosted in Sydney with Jayne Whitney, Chief Strategy Officer of John Holland. Jane will share lessons from her time in various executive roles spanning 20 years in the energy, utilities and infrastructure markets.

Click here to register. 


Young Professionals Annual Gala Dinner - Thursday November 7 - Sydney

RA's Annual Young Professionals Gala Dinner and Award Presentation is to be held on Thursday November 7 with the keynote to be delivered by Elizabeth Mildwater, Deputy Secretary, Greater Sydney Division Transport for NSW.

It will be another great evening of networking for the industry's under-35's and we will also be awarding our Young Professionals 'PPP' Award - Promise, Passion and Pursuit. Nominations will be called in September.  


Annual Fellowship Workshop & Dinner - Thursday 21 and Friday 22 November  - Melbourne

The Fellowship Induction Workshop and Annual Fellows Dinner will be held on Thursday 21 (dinner) and Friday 22 (workshop) November at the Windsor Hotel in Melbourne. 

Mark these dates in your diary and more information will be provided in due course. 


Recent Activity

Young Professionals Event - Brisbane

Our first YP event in Brisbane for 2019 was held in late May, with a panel discussion on the topic of ‘lessons learned the hard way - what they wish they knew then’. Our stellar panel included Vince Sanfilippo, GM Queensland, CPB Contractors, Alicia Fava, Executive Director, Building Queensland, Rachel Fowler, GM Transport & Infrastructure, Beca and Ivor Peries, Technical Director, Clough.

We had over 170 attendees with networking continuing after the panel session - a great success!

RA Transport Summit Fellows and Young Professionals Session

On day two of RA's Transport Summit, a session was held exlusively for Fellows and YPs.

We began with a panel session facilitated by our Fellows Councillor Natalie Lockwood, along with Roy Wakelin-King, Executive Director, RMS, Erica Adamson, Major Projects Executive, WSP, and Jackson Ross, General Manager, Integration & Commercial at Transurban. The session focused on understanding the client’s wants and needs in today’s competitive market. 

Following the panel session, YPs split in to five groups and did an interactive session on business development, led by Fellows. 

Young Professionals Breakfast - Melbourne

Our Young Professionals Breakfast event was held in June with over 200 attendees. We heard from three experienced leaders across the Major Transport Infrastructure Authority discussing the challenges in the current infrastructure boom and what they mean for the changing needs of the client.

Guest speakers were Brodie Woodland, Director, Commercial and Legal - North East Link Authority; Alexis Davison, Director Program Services & Engineering - Major Road Projects Victoria; and Damian Brizzi, Rail Infrastructure Package Director - Rail Projects Victoria. Our 2018 Young Professionals 'PPP' Award winner, Teresa Tran facilitated the panel – her first hosting experience. Well done Teresa!
Pictured left to right, Yasmin Roper, Alexis Davison, Teresa Tran, Brodie Woodland and Michael Kilgariff

2018 Young Professional PPP Award Winner Teresa Tran in Melbourne
Teresa spent 2 days with the RA team in Melbourne as part of her PPP award experience. Over the two days, in addition to hosting the panel session at the YP breakfast, Teresa spent time with RA staff and visited the West Gate Tunnel Project and the Chandler Highway Upgrade sites, both hosted by Fellows. 

It was a valuable experience for both RA and Teresa and we thank the Fellows for helping in coordinating such a great couple of days.

Young Professionals Group Mentoring - Brisbane and Melbourne

RA's first series of Group Mentoring kicked off in Brisbane in June, followed by Melbourne in July. The group mentoring is an initiative that was started to provide additional opportunities for YPs, and enhance the Fellowship alumni experience by allowing them to 'give back'. We received fantastic feedback from our YPs and we thank all of our mentors for making the time to contribute their time to a great event in both respective states.

New Appointments

Congratulations to the below on their recent appointments/ promotions:
  • Anna Andrews - Director Northern, Regional and Outer Metropolitan Division, RMS
  • Natalie Lockwood - National Program Manager, ARRB
  • Evonne Bennett - Project Director, TransGrid 
  • Gavin Chadbourn - Manager Asset Strategy and Panning, pitt&sherry 
  • Hugh Tait - Team Leader, Civil & Structures, AECOM

Golden Ticket
To all 2019 Fellows – don’t forget you can attend any regular Industry Lunch or Young Professionals event in 2019 at no charge.

Please email Rachael to book your desired events and keep your eye on the website for any upcoming. 

Keen to contribute to the Newsletter?
If you or your company have some news or recent publications you would like to include in our newsletter, please send them through to Marlie. We would love to showcase the work and achievements of our Fellows!

Look out for 2019 Events 
RA delivers 100 events nationally each year. Please keep an eye on our website to see what we have coming up near you - and reach out if you would like to attend, discuss speaking opportunities, or find out more about sponsorship. 

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