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The Roads Australia Fellowship Program

Proudly sponsored by John Holland, the Roads Australia (RA) Fellowship Program is a unique mentoring initiative that matches industry ‘up and comers’ with some of the most experienced, senior leaders in the Australian infrastructure sector. 

The program provides opportunities and encouragement for the next generation to develop leadership skills, build strong networks and stay engaged in our industry.

How does it work?

The Fellowship Program is a national mentoring program that pairs industry leaders (Mentors) with managers of 10 to 15 years’ experience who exhibit strong leadership potential (Fellows).

The Program runs for approximately 12 months, with a new intake each year. Each Fellow is matched with a Mentor in his or her home state. Participants meet frequently over the course of the year, with the Mentors providing one-on-one career counselling and leadership development.

The Program commences with an Induction Workshop and Annual Fellows Dinner.  In addition, all Fellows come together for a mid-year site visit and an end-of-program dinner.

Fellowship opportunities are exclusive to staff employed by member organisations of Roads Australia.

How do I participate?

Nominations for the 2020 intake are now closed. 

For more information, contact our Director - Stakeholders, Hannah Sauvarin, at or phone (03) 9821 5255.

What does it cost?

There is a $6,000 (inc gst) registration fee for each participating Fellow. This covers the cost of travel, accommodation and other incidentals associated with the induction, site visit and end-of program events. It also includes complimentary registration at Roads Australia industry lunches.

Who is involved?

The Program enjoys the support of some of the most respected leaders in our industry.

It is chaired by Ray Fisher, a former CEO of Emoleum and Immediate Past President of Roads Australia.  As the Chair of Executive Connection, Ray is himself an experienced mentor.

Confirmed mentors include current and former chief executives of road agencies and major private sector infrastructure companies and senior political leaders.

The long-term benefits

As a Fellow, you’ll have unprecedented access to someone who’s ‘been there, done that’. You’ll be able to tap their extensive knowledge, experience and skills; to seek their advice and guidance on your career path and learn first-hand the lessons of senior management.

The benefits will extend far beyond the formal 12-month Program. This is about creating lasting networks: between individual Mentors and Fellows, and among Fellows.

Indeed, it is expected that Fellows will remain “Fellows for life” and through the Fellowship Chapter will be marked by Roads Australia as industry leaders of the future.

Gender diversity

Roads Australia recognises the need for gender equality across the industry. The Program actively promotes diversity. Our target is to achieve a balanced representation of men and women in the Fellowship Chapter. This will be reflected in the selection process.  

Our thanks

The RA Fellowship Program is proudly supported by:

Congratulations to our 2019 intake

We're delighted to announce and welcome the successful applicants for the 2019 intake of the RA Fellowship program.
  • Alex Berry Senior Principal Civil Engineer WSP Australia
  • Carl Brodrick Area Manager, West Gate Tunnel Project
  • Anita Brown Director, Projector Communications - City & Southwest, Transport for NSW
  • Alex Campbell Regional Sector Leader - Infrastructure (APAC), SLR Consulting Australia
  • Harriet Christopherson Construction Manager - Kororoit Creek Road - Western Program, McConnell Dowell Constructors
  • Chris Davis Project Leader, Laing O'Rourke
  • Philip Duffy Director, Infrastructure Delivery, HKA Global
  • Raewyn Fisher Strategy Manager, Monitoring and Review, National Transport Commission
  • Ana Glavinic Manager - Technical Services Section, Department of Planning, Transport & Infrastructure, SA
  • Steve Grabar Senior Project Manager, BMD Constructions
  • Stewart Hancock Associate, Queensland Transport Infrastructure Team Leader, Arup
  • Toby Herniman Business Development Manager, ACCIONA Infrastructure
  • Brendan Hogan Principal Traffic Engineer, AECOM
  • Zak Hussain Project Manager, Amey
  • Antony Johnstone Transport Associate, Aurecon
  • Elena Macaulay Project Development Manager, Ventia
  • Wade Matthews Project Manager, Lendlease
  • Kellee McGilvray Director Traffic Engineering Services, Roads and Maritime Services
  • Melissa Merlo Section Leader - Roads,Jacobs Group
  • Amanda Miles Snr Engineering Manager, Western Program Alliance
  • James Parrott Team Leader - Transport Planning, SA, SMEC
  • Jen Robertson Construction Manager, Civilex Victoria
  • Sam Sader Project Manager, TSA
  • Andrew Spence Program Manager, Ventia Boral Amey JV, QLD
  • Zoe Toogood Senior Project Manager, Arcadis
  • Linh Truong Manager - Projects, Cardno
  • Chris Turnbull Managing Director, Turnbull Engineering
  • Verity Turner Environment and Planning Manager, Sydney Motorway Corporation
  • Jason Venz Principal Engineer (ITS Standards & Practices), Department of Transport and Main Roads
  • Peter Wills Director, GTA
  • Marc Zalunardo Project Manager, Downer Infrastructure

Fellows TV

2019 Fellows Multi-State lunch, April 10

Our 2019 Multi-State lunch, hosted at KBR offices around the country on April 10, was an opportunity for our current crop of Fellows to pick the brain of Brisbane Cross River Rail CEO, Graeme Newton.

Graeme was connected via live video-link to our Fellows sitting in KBR offices in Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, and was able to answer questions and share learnings and experiences from his 25-year career in infrastructure.

Currently overseeing Queensland's largest transport infrastructure project, the $5.4 billion Cross River Rail, Graeme offered some great insights that reflect the values and culture he's embedded in his project team.

Our thanks to Graeme, KBR and, of course, John Holland Group for making this opportunity available.