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From the RA Fellows Council


Dec 2019


Roads Australia welcomed the 2020 Fellows at the November Induction and Annual Dinner, and fare-welled the 2019 Fellows.

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Message from the Council 

Dear Fellows,
 
As 2019 draws to a close and many of us are looking forward to a well-deserved break, the Fellowship Council is reflecting on the past 12 months, along with what’s ahead in 2020.
 
Our outgoing Chair Ross Campbell welcomed myself and Jill Boag into the roles of Chair and Deputy Chair at November’s 2019 graduation and 2020 induction. It’s a real privilege to be selected to represent the broader Fellowship on the Council and Jill and I are very grateful for the opportunity to guide the program in building a diverse, inclusive and sustainable pipeline of leadership talent across the industry – from our young professionals through to the up and coming executives within the Fellowship.
 
Ross has been an influential sponsor of the diversity agenda throughout the Fellowship and YP programs, as well as supporting the broader Roads Australia Policy streams to ensure we weave this into the social fabric of our industry at all levels. His vision is reflected in the Council achieving strong female representation, including Jill and I being the first all-female Chair and Deputy. We also continue to make significant improvements on the broader gender balance across each year’s Fellowship applications, intake, and mentors including doubling the number of female mentors for 2020.
 
Since inception of the YP program, we have had more than 2,750 attendees at events and in 2020 we plan to grow the network and mentoring opportunities, provide more technical and site visit opportunities, and grow the YP representation at the Transport Summit.
 
Ross will remain on the Council as immediate outgoing Chair for the remaining term of the existing Councillors, with nominations re-opening late next year. Thank you Ross for your continued focus on diversity and growing capability among the industry’s next generation. Congratulations on your achievements and we look forward to building on your strong legacy.   
 
The Council will hold a strategy session early in the new year to determine our plan for 2020 and will continue to identify opportunities for Fellows to become involved in the Policy stream priorities. If you are keen to get involved, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Marlie, who can put you in touch with the Policy Chair or Deputy as appropriate.
 
On behalf of the Fellowship Council, wishing everyone a very happy and safe holiday period surrounded by your nearest and dearest.

Anna Andrews
Fellowship Chair


Message from the 2018 PPP Award Winner

I would like to kindly thank Roads Australia for such an exciting and eye-opening 12 months. This year I had the opportunity to shadow the RA team, attend a large majority of the year’s events and also really challenge myself by presenting (a lot) of speeches. However, the opportunities to connect with people have by far been the best part of this experience. I have a better understanding and appreciation of what goes on behind the scenes for the Fellowship Program by shadowing the Fellowship Council. I had fantastic stroke of luck by being adopted by Fellowship Group 2 and I thoroughly enjoyed contributing to a topic that I’m passionate about. I also would like to thank all the 2019 and past Fellows who I have met this year, for all knowledge shared, all the new role models I now have but also making the token young professional feel welcomed at many events throughout this year. I look forward to seeing you at future Alumni events!

Teresa Tran 
2018 RA  PPP Award Winner and Civil Engineer, WSP

    

 


Fellows Induction and Annual Dinner 

Roads Australia welcomed the 2020 Fellows at the November Induction and Annual Dinner, and fare-welled the 2019 Fellows. 

The Fellows and Mentors heard the presentation of group projects from our 2019 Fellows, focusing on the attraction and retention of diverse skills. Congratulations to Group Two made up of Linh Truong, Cardno, Kelle McGilvray, RMS, Sam Sader, TSA, Phil Duffy, HKA and Chris Turnbull, Turnbull Engineering for taking out the top prize and winning a 12 month 'Golden Ticket' to all RA events. All group projects are available online or by clicking here

Day one concluded with a Dinner with guest speaker Jayne Whitney, Chief Strategy Officer, John Holland who spoke about her path to leadership. Jayne also shared her key experience and lessons learnt along the way. 

Day Two of the workshop lead by Heath Gledhill from Aurecon worked with the new Fellows on their elevator pitch, adaptive leadership for capabilities and skills and different leadership styles, providing the 2020 Fellows with a wealth of knowledge.
       
      

Calling for YP Mentors 
 
RA is continuing the group mentoring for Young Professionals in 2020 following a successful launch in 2019. This involves Fellows taking the mentor hot-seat, allowing Fellows to pass on some of the tips learned from their mentor, but it also allows you to stay engaged in the Fellowship Alumni and pass on the leadership baton.

If you are interested in being a group mentor please contact Marlie.


Upcoming Events


Young Professionals Breakfast
Wednesday 18 March 2020 - Melbourne

The Young Professionals Program will host a Breakfast event on Wednesday 18 March 2020 at Citadines in Melbourne. Guests will hear from Will Smith, Project Director, WGTP. Bookings will open in the new year, keep an eye out for the email, with limited spots available.


2020 Fellows Mid Year Workshop and Dinner
Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 April


2020 Fellows SAVE THE DATE for the Fellows Mid Year Workshop, being held in Sydney on Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 April. 


2020 Roads Australia Transport Summit
Thursday 14 and Friday 15 May - Sydney 

Save the date for the 2020 Roads Australia Transport Summit, hosted in Sydney! More information and agenda will be released in the New Year!

Registration is open for the Conference and John Shaw Dinner, 2020 Fellows please contact Rachael Rooney, Rachael for your conference ticket as this is included with your Golden Ticket*, everyone else can register online. 

*please note the Golden Ticket does not include access to the John Shaw Dinner.



Recent Activity

Young Professionals Mentoring Event - Townsville 

Roads Australia attended its first event in Townsville, North Queensland in October. The event was lead by David Tompson, Principal - Highways Business Leader NSW & ACT, Arup and RA Fellow. With mentoring sessions ran by Marko Misko, Sustainability Policy Stream Chair, Roads AustraliaMichael Bancroft, North Queensland Business Manager, Cardno, Sanjay Ram, Regional Director North Queensland, TMR and Kim Gebers, General Manager - Infrastructure, Port of Townsville,

The 25 attendees each had a chance to sit down with the mentors and discuss career paths, leadership skills and pick their brain on all things business and infrastructure in Townsville. 

 


Young Professionals Gala - Sydney 

 

Roads Australia held its third Young Professionals Annual Gala Dinner in November. The night set out to celebrate the next generation of industry leaders, with TfNSW Deputy Secretary, Elizabeth Mildwater delivering the keynote address and presenting the Young Professionals 'PPP' Award.

The 2019 PPP Award was presented to Verity Williams for presenting outstanding values that align with the award 'Promise, Passion and Pursuit'. Verity will now take over from Teresa Tran as the Roads Australia Ambassador for 2020. We look forward to the next 12 months together!

 



Young Professionals Networking Event - Melbourne 
 
To celebrate the end of 2019, Roads Australia brought together the Melbourne Young Professionals to celebrate the year that was. Joined by Sydney's Shaun Webster, Digital Engineering Lead for Laing O'Rourke, and Madeleine McManus OAM, Director Industry Engagement & Director MITI for Monash University. 

Our guest speakers covered innovation and technology - including digital engineering - in the construction and transport space, and what it means for the next generation of young engineers coming through. The YPs were also informed in more detail about the Victorian Digital Asset Strategy and what this means for the State. 


Young Professionals Breakfast - Perth

Hosted by RA Fellowship Council Member and ARRB National Program Manager, Natalie Lockwood, the breakfast featured a panel of experts made up of Laurence Giles, Senior Vice President - Global Markets and Solutions, Redflex Group, Adam Wilmot Technical Director, Road and Civil Infrastructure, GHD and Jeff Paice, Contract Manager, Lendlease Services who discussed asset management challenges and opportunities, and new technology, including ITS innovation, traffic analytics, and road safety.

The interactive panel session allowed the attendees to ask questions and engage with the panelists to get the most out of the session, coming away with an influx of information. 

  


New Appointments
 
Congratulations to Elena Macaulay for commencing a new role as Service Director - Infrastructure at Plenary Group

Roads Australia Annual Report

The 2019 Annual Report is currently available, to review the Annual Report, please click here  


 

Golden Ticket
 
To all 2020 Fellows – don’t forget you can attend any regular Industry Lunch or Young Professionals event in 2020 at no charge. This includes the upcoming 2020 RA Transport Summit Sydney!

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 Prue. We would love to showcase the work and achievements of our Fellows!

Look out for 2020 Events 
 
RA delivers 100 events nationally each year, with 2020 Event being released shortly. 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. 

Please contact Marlie for Fellowship related enquiries or Prue for Young Professionals enquires. 

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