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Roads Australia Event Details

RA Study Visit Report Launch (Sydney)

24/10/2019 09:30 to 24/10/2019 11:45

Venue: SMC Function Centre

In July this year RA led its third international study visit to explore the latest developments - both regulatory and technological - in future transport and its impacts on city planning and growth.

This year's visit took us to North America, where we met with government and industry leaders in Washington, Pittsburgh, Detroit, San Francisco and Vancouver. We came away with key insights into how these leaders are shaping the future of mobility and addressing the regulatory challenges within their jurisdictions, and a better understanding of what these developments mean for us here in Australia.

Our Future Transport: Smart Cities. Regulatory and Technological Innovation report from the study visit will be launched in Sydney on 24 October by our President and delegation leader David Stuart-Watt, together with our Transport Reform Policy Stream Chair Claire Gardiner-Barnes and members of the delegation.




Date:       Thursday 24 October, 2019

Time:        9.30am - 11:45am

Where:     SMC Function Centre (Grand Lodge), 66 Goulburn Street, Sydney

Diet:         Please inform us if you have special dietary requirements







David Stuart-Watt, President, Roads Australia

David is the President of Roads Australia. In his professional life David is a Director of WSP Australia, Client Director for Transport ANZ.

In his former role David was the Transport and Roads Regulator for the NSW Government in Australia.

David has 40 years’ experience in the planning, design, delivery, management and operation of infrastructure for government and the private sector in both Australia and the UK. David has also held senior policy and regulatory roles for government in Australia.

David has been an Executive Director for twenty-six years and a non-Executive Director on companies, National and International bodies for the past 16 years.


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

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.


Mandi Mees, Director Productivity and Safety, National Transport Commission 

Mandi Mees is Director Productivity and Safety and leads reform projects to deliver improvements in the safety and efficiency of the land transport system.

Mandi has extensive experience in stakeholder and public engagement, authoring policy papers and developing policy options for governments to improve the public value of transport infrastructure investments in productivity, safety, congestion, automation, planning, asset management and procurement.

Mandi is also Deputy Mayor of the Macedon Ranges Shire Council leading reference groups on land use planning, airfield operations and is a current member of the council’s Audit Committee.


Aneetha de Silva, Managing Director - Government, Aurecon and Journey Reliability Policy Stream Chair, Roads Australia

Aneetha de Silva is an infrastructure professional with over 22 years’ leadership experience in the private and public sectors,and is experienced in developing, procuring, delivering and managing large-scale infrastructure assets and services. She has led commercial, legal, project finance, planning, environmental and sustainability, governance, risk, community and stakeholder relations functions.

Aneetha has advised national governments and shaped the public agenda in Australia and the Asia Pacific. She is a board member of Roads Australia, holds a Bachelor and Masters of Law from the University of Melbourne and attended the Infrastructure Executive Education program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.


Gayle Milnes, Executive Director, Portfolio Coordination and Research Division, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development

Gayle joined the department in late 2018. The Division’s responsibilities include the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics, the Office of Future Transport Technology, the National Freight and Supply Chain Taskforce, and the Transport and Infrastructure Council.

Gayle has held numerous positions across the Australian public sector covering climate change, water reforms, and foreign affairs and trade. She studied economics at the University of Melbourne before beginning her career at the Reserve Bank of Australia.



Kay Salvair Smith, Director Fusion Advisory 

Kay Salvair Smith is an experienced executive, with a background in ASX and LSE listed construction, engineering and asset-intensive organisations with the majority of her career leading and advising on key aspects of major, complex, large-scale infrastructure projects and services and managing business operations. Kay is experienced in the development of responsible strategy, appropriate governance, managing interfaces and coordinating the inputs between legal, technical, commercial and project finance teams.

Kay is passionate about supporting indigenous Australian tertiary engineering education and empowering women and is a leadership ambassador for SPS Leaders Alliance. Kay is a Partner of MinterEllison where she also leads the MinterEllison Infrastructure Consulting practice.


Atul Agarwal, Assistant Project Manager, TSA Management

Atul is an enthusiastic and eager young Project Manager with a great capacity for learning.  Since the completion of his Electrical Engineering degree he has worked in a variety of project support roles with Queensland Rail and Ansaldo. 

Atul is currently working as part of the client-side management team during design and construction of the new Air Traffic Services Centre (ATSC) facility at Brisbane and Melbourne. He provides assistance with design coordination, onsite construction management, RFI management, variations tracking, procurement and contract administration. Atul also organises and participates in Risk and Safety workshops and monitors and manages risks on an ongoing basis.






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