FELLOWS NEWS - APRIL 2020
As you are well aware, the COVID-19 situation is evolving rapidly and having a significant impact across the economy and Australian society.
Roads Australia continues to monitor this closely and will make informed decisions in the coming months based on the best available advice from the National Cabinet and Chief Medical Officer. The health of our staff and stakeholders remains paramount.
You will see below we have made some changes to the immediate Fellows and Young Professionals activity, and will endeavour to deliver what we can online in the coming months. 2020 Fellows can be assured we will make up for any lost time during their Fellowship year.
We look forward to keeping you updated and ensuring our members stay connected during what is an interesting time and steep technological learning curve for many!
If you have any comments or suggestions you would like to share with RA on how we can best deliver for you in the virtual world, please don't hesitate to contact the RA team at any time.
RA Fellowship Council
Young Professionals Networking Event - Brisbane
RA kicked off the 2020 Young Professionals program with a networking event in Brisbane. Guests heard from Julie Mitchell, Deputy Director-General (Policy, Planning and Investment) at DTMR, Colette Munro, Chief Digital Innovation Officer at AECOM and Hugh Morrison, Asia Pacific Engineering Manager for Bechtel.
Julie, Colette and Hugh spoke about innovation and technology - including digital engineering - in the construction and transport space, and what it means for the next generation of young engineers and leaders coming through.
Fellows Multi-State Lunch with Guy Templeton
Fellows had the privilege of hearing from guest speaker Guy Templeton (President and CEO Aust & NZ with WSP) at the recent multi-state event hosted in Sydney. Guy shared his considerable knowledge on how to set up projects for success, as well providing some insightful advice on leadership.
Thanks to CPB Contractors for hosting Fellows in their offices nationally, and to Simon Berry (former Councillor) for moderating the discussion.
Young Professionals Breakfast - Melbourne - POSTPONED
Given the exceptional circumstances surrounding COVID-19 we made the difficult decision to postpone the RA Young Professionals Breakfast in Melbourne, which was due to be held on Wednesday 18 March, to a date later in the year. Please keep an eye out for a new date. We appreciate your patience and understanding on the matter.
2020 Fellows Mid-Year Workshop - NOW VIA WEBINAR
RA has decided to split the Mid-Year workshop in to two parts to allow for a face-to-face component in mid 2020.
Original date - 30 April - Part One via webinar
New date - 1 & 2 July - Part Two face-to-face (taking in to consideration health updates)
If you have not received these details please contact Marlie.
RA Fellows Webinar with Ken Kanofski - 30 April
As part of the 2020 Fellows Mid-Year Workshop, Fellows past and present are invited to dial into the RA Fellows Webinar with Ken Kanofski, former CEO Roads & Maritime Services as he speaks on effective government relations and leadership. Click here to register.
2020 Roads Australia Transport Summit - NEW DATE
Roads Australia has postponed the 2020 Roads Australia Transport Summit and John Shaw Dinner until October. New event dates will be released in the coming week, with early-bird registration extending for this year's premier industry-run networking and knowledge-sharing event.
Once again we'll have a plethora of international and local expert speakers dissecting the issues that are 'front and centre' in both the national transport debate and the industry workplace - everything from new transport technologies to the latest thinking around procurement and risk, road funding to network performance, road and road workers safety to industry diversity and a dedicate Young Professionals session.
2020 Fellows Golden Ticket holders can register for the Summit* for free. Contact Rachael to redeem your ticket.
*Please note registration of the summit does not include a ticket to the 2020 John Shaw Dinner, nor does the Golden Ticket apply.
Multi State Event with Annette Kimmitt - 7 October
SAVE THE DATE! RA are delighted to host Annette Kimmitt, Managing Partner and CEO, MinterEllison at the upcoming 7 October Multi State event.
Our multi-state events are open to all Fellows, past and present. While this event is being hosted in Melbourne, each state holds its own event, and we engage with other states via video-conference. All Fellows have the opportunity to hear from the speaker and ask questions, while engaging with Fellows in their home states.
Keep 7 October free in your diary, with more information to be released shortly!
The Fellowship Council, along with past Fellows, have been leading quarterly informal meet ups to stay connected. While we are currently limited to online communication, we recommend you continue to connect to your Fellowship peers via phone or video in the interim. Your state Council representatives will be in touch to organise these in the coming weeks.
Please contact Marlie if you would like to host a meet up.
RA's Policy Committee will be sending out an EOI for Young Professionals and Fellows to join the Policy Stream Working Groups as we endeavour to represent a diverse industry across all policy activity.
RA's five Policy Streams are:
Click on each of the Policy Streams to learn more and contact Marlie if you are interested in nominating.
Congratulations to the following for their new appointments:
Richard Hughes - Associate Director, Transport & Strategy
Brad Baker - Head of Field Services, AGL Energy
Power of Engineering's origins lie in a one-off collaboration in 2012 between their founding members (Felicity Briody and Jillian Kennyand industry bodies to deliver a highly successful event for school students that aimed to create awareness about the array of opportunities available through engineering careers.
The Power of Engineering are seeking volunteers for a range of events nationwide. To view upcoming events and register your interest to Volunteer – please click here
RA is continuing the Fellows-led 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.
MRPV - Student Immersion Days
MRPV, with the Career Education Association of Victoria (CEAV) and industry partners, will be delivering a series of one-day, structured, industry-based learning experiences for students in years 7 to 10.
MRPV’s Civil Construction Industry Immersion Experience Program will be an opportunity for Year 7 to 10 students in eligible Victorian government schools to actively engage in an industry immersion experience that builds their knowledge of the world of work and future workforce skill requirements.
To register your interest in being a volunteer in either the CBD or regional events, please email Prue.
Director of Operations Regional and Outer Metropolitan
Transport of NSW
Immediate Past Chair
Highways Business Lead - Australasia
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Australian Road Research Board
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Department of Transport and Main Roads
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