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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?

Applications for the 2022 intake closed on 31 August. 

To download the application form, please click here

For more information, contact Prue Northey at or phone 0439 363 687

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.

The Ashurst Scholarship

Roads Australia is pleased to announce that in partnership with Ashurst, we are providing one scholarship for the Program in Victoria. The scholarship is to support both Roads Australia’s diversity and inclusion program, as well as support Ashurst’s social value initiatives.

The Scholarship Application requires applicants to fill the full Fellowship Application, as well as additional information on scholarship eligibility.

The scholarship is open to anyone, including non-members of Roads Australia, however preference will be given to those who best satisfy the selection criteria detailed in the application form.

Scholarship applications for 2022 open Tuesday 27 July, download the form here!

 Who is involved?

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

It is chaired by David Stuart-Watt, RA's immediate Past President and the Director, Australia / Client Director Transport ANZ with WSP. David 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 2022 intake

We're delighted to announce and welcome the successful applicants for the 2022 intake of the RA Fellowship program.
  • Danielle Turrin Senior Project Engineer, Acciona
  • Jane Ada Associate Director, AECOM
  • Lynette Curry Associate Technical Director, Arcadis
  • Claudia Prior Senior Engineer, Arup
  • Chloe Williams Technical Director, Roads, Aurecon
  • Emilija Trajkovska Senior Associate, Bamser
  • Jason Miles Associate Civil Structural Engineer, Beca
  • Laura Baxter Team Lead - Flooding and Drainage, BG&E
  • Nick Eddy Senior Project Manager, BildGroup
  • Gillian Lindsay Project Controls Manager, Clough
  • Viraj Sahasrabuddhe General Manager Commercial, Colas
  • Ryan Jones Project Manager, CPB
  • Linda Palmer Senior Manager Planning, Department of Transport (VIC)
  • Steve Butchart Operations Manager, Downer
  • Rowan Wiltshire Divisional Manager - Metro, Fulton Hogan
  • Liz Tinlin BGL - Bridges, GHD
  • David Miller Principal Structures Engineer - Asset Management, HDR
  • Maryia Haworth Principal Policy Officer, iNSW
  • Alannah Bolster Senior Associate Civil Engineer, Jacobs
  • Catherine Marr Senior Estimating Manager, John Holland
  • Kenneth Leister Project Manager, Laing O'Rouke
  • Uma Ranjan Construction Manager, Lendlease Services
  • Rosemary Rice Construction Manager, McConnell Dowell
  • Tracie Hanson Technical Director, Mott MacDonald
  • Jessica Franklin Civil Engineering Advisor, MRPV
  • Ross Mannering Transport Leader - Tasmania, pitts&sherry
  • Christopher Bassa Project Delivery Advisor, Ranbury
  • Kristy Lankester Project Communications Manager, Seymour Whyte
  • Glen Chrzanowski Principal Engineer / Team Leader, SMEC
  • Dean Simmonds Director Network Management West, Transport for NSW
  • Melissa Perkins Manager (Data, Solutions & Insight), TMR
  • Braydon Ames NSW Civil Lead, Tonkin
  • Damien Assink Professional Services Team Leader, Transmax
  • Jill von Wolfersdorf Manager NSW Operations, Transurban
  • Astrid Hagqvist Senior Project Manager, TSA 
  • Robbie Kerr Design Manager, Turnbull Engineering
  • Donny Yap Pre-Contracts Manager, Ventia
  • Brianna Dorrough Estimator, Ward Civil
  • Alisa Hitchcock Communications Director WestConnex,  Transurban 
  • Nuno Muralha Major Projects Executive, WSP

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.