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Roads Australia Event Details

RA Policy Webinar - Progressing Procurement Reform

28/10/2020 12:30 to 28/10/2020 14:00

Venue: via Zoom

 Australia is witnessing its greatest infrastructure boom in generations, with governments stepping up their investments to help fast-track transport infrastructure projects to spur the nation’s post-COVID economic recovery.

In this environment, it is more important than ever for industry and governments to work together to ensure projects are delivered in a way that maximises benefits to the community and enables industry to get the best use of its capital and people.

The recent Roads Australia Procurement Reform Report sets out 21 recommendations and corresponding strategies for delivering reform in this crucial area.

Join Roads Australia as we bring together subject matter experts from across government and the private sector to explore the next steps needed to achieve lasting change that will enhance the viability and sustainability of projects – and of our industry.

Moderated by Roads Australia President Michael Bushby, our panel includes:

  • Clare Gardiner-Barnes, Board Member and Transport Reform Policy Stream Chair, Roads Australia and Head of Strategy, Planning and Innovation, Infrastructure NSW
  • Corey Hannett, Board Member, Roads Australia and Director-General, Major Transport Infrastructure Authority (MTIA)
  • Scott Olsen, Board Member and Capacity Policy Stream Chair, Roads Australia and CEO, Fredon Industries
  • Sarah Marshall, General Manager – Operational Support, Fulton Hogan
  • Kate McDonald, Transport Infrastructure Sector Leader, pitt&sherry

Don’t miss your opportunity to hear directly from some of Australia’s foremost experts about progressing the recommendations set out in the Roads Australia Procurement Reform Report and put your questions forward in an interactive discussion. 

Date:   Wednesday 28 October

Time:     12.30pm-2pm AEDT 

ZOOM:  The Zoom link will be sent to you when you have registered your interest


RA Members can participate for FREE

RA Non members - $150 (inc GST)

Contact - Director Events - Rachael Rooney for event bookings


Michael Bushby, President, Roads Australia

Michael is a Strategic Advisor to WSP in Australia and New Zealand, as well as a Board Director and past Chairman of NZ transport technology and services company EROAD. Between 1998 and 2011, he held various senior roles at the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) - including that of Chief Executive for the last two and a half years, managing a $5.3 billion budget and a team of 8,000. Michael was nominated for (and elected) President of Roads Australia at the 2019 AGM. This is his third term on the RA Board, having previously represented the RTA (2009-11) and Ventia (2014-16).

Clare Gardiner-Barnes, Transport Reform Policy Stream Chair, Roads Australia and Head of Strategy, Planning and Innovation, Infrastructure NSW

Clare Gardiner-Barnes is the Head of Strategy, Planning and Innovation at Infrastructure NSW. In her role Clare is responsible for the 20-year State Infrastructure Strategy, development of 5-year Infrastructure plans, provides independent advice to government on strategic infrastructure issues and opportunities.
As a board member of the NSW Telco Authority and Roads Australia, Clare is committed to working with industry and across government to support the adoption of new infrastructure technology. Before taking on infrastructure leadership roles Clare worked in in various executive positions in education and was the Chief Executive of the Department of Children and Families in the Northern Territory. Clare is an advocate for women in leadership and workforce flexibility.

 Corey Hannett, Board Member, Roads Australia and Director-General, Major Transport Infrastructure Authority (MTIA)

Corey has been Victoria’s Director-General overseeing its massive pipeline of transport infrastructure projects since 2014. As head of MTIA, he is responsible for the delivery of some of Australia’s largest transport projects, including the North East Link road tunnel, Metro rail tunnel, West Gate road tunnel and the removal of 75 of Melbourne’s most dangerous and congested level crossings.
As well as these mega-projects, MTIA is upgrading every regional passenger line in Victoria, planning for a rail link to Melbourne Airport, delivering the Western Rail Plan including fast rail to Geelong and Ballarat and upgrading roads across suburban and regional Victoria.
Corey’s portfolio of projects currently under construction, or in planning, is $57 billion.
Corey is a driven and motivating leader, with more than 25 years’ experience in construction including 15 years in the public sector. He was previously Chief Executive of the Regional Rail Link Authority which delivered the largest rail project in Victoria for almost a century, and earlier in his career worked with Boral Resources and Baulderstone Hornibrook on large-scale road projects.

Scott Olsen, Board Member and Capacity Policy Stream Chair, Roads Australia and CEO, Fredon Industries 

With over 25 years’ experience in the construction industry, Scott has significant experience in business management of infrastructure, rail and building businesses as well as project delivery and leadership roles on major infrastructure and building projects.
Formerly a Board Member of NSW Civil Contractors Federation, as well as a current Board member of Roads Australia, Scott has a real passion for the construction industry and actively involved in delivering on Roads Australia’s Strategic Plan over the last 6 years.
As the CEO of the Fredon Group, Scott works with each of our divisions to continue the development and growth Fredon has seen over the past 51 years and ensure that as a group, we are providing the right level of support and guidance to be a leading contractor in the sectors of Electrical, HVAC, Security, Technology, Asset Services, Infrastructure and Mining and Industrial.
Scott is committed to long term sustainable outcomes for the business, which includes the development and training of people, the health and wellbeing of staff and providing a safe working environment through passionate and engaging leadership.
Prior to joining Fredon, Scott was the NSW/ACT Executive General Manager for John Holland, where he was responsible for the NSW/ACT business and a member of the Executive Leadership Group.

Sarah Marshall, General Manager – Operational Support, Fulton Hogan

Sarah is a General Manager at Fulton Hogan that leads the operational functions of Health & Safety, People & Culture, Industrial Relations, Marketing & Communications, and Environment, Community & Sustainability. Sarah brings over 25 years of experience working in the construction and infrastructure industry.
Sarah Marshall is a highly respected sustainability leader that has spent her professional career spearheading positive cultural change in the infrastructure industry. This includes driving infrastructure sustainability, reducing the stigma of mental health issues, increasing Indigenous engagement and procurement, workforce employment, skilling and training and driving improvements in diversity.
Previously with Lendlease as Executive General Manager, Sarah Marshall has also held senior leadership roles with Abigroup and Leighton Contractors.   Sarah is Deputy Chair and Independent Board Director on the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) and a Board Director on the NSW Architects Registration Board. 

Kate McDonald, Transport Infrastructure Sector Leader, pitt&sherry

Kate is a Civil Engineer and Transport Planner with more than 27 years’ experience in consulting and local government throughout Australia and London. During that time she has specialised in managing transport planning and concept design projects ranging from very small to $300M CAPEX, with a focus on bringing together multidisciplinary teams.
Kate is pitt&sherry’s national Transport Market Leader, responsible for sustainability and growth of pitt&sherry’s Transport Infrastructure business. She is also currently serving as Executive Director.
Kate has a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) and Graduate Diploma in Management from Swinburne; and is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia.

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